Summary: No IR dust reduction. $100 less than the next model up. Perfect for B&W negatives than cannot benefit from IR dust reduction. Be aware that if you want to do Kodachrome with any scanner, you really need a Kodachrome calibration slide, which is extra.
Pros: Very good quality. Pretty good price.
Cons: This scanner has many, many controls if you are not inclined to use them get a scanner that is more automatic.
Excerpt: I bought the OpticFilm 8100 to digitize my old 35mm slides. It does an awesome job. I followed the WorkflowPilot in the SilverFast 8.0 (the software comes with the OpticFilm 8100) and using the highest available resolution (7200dpi) it took 4 minutes and 48 seconds to produce the best possible scan.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Excerpt: After some confusion setting it up, I have used this scanner quite a bit. It does a good job when the slide has good exposure but when the slide is on the dark side or there is sharp contrast between areas, even if they would project well, it doesn't do so well.
Pros: Accurate Color, Excellent Software, Good Resolution
Excerpt: This scanner gives superb scan results of 35mm film, on par with expensive scans from professional labs. The highest 7200 dpi scan resolution is actually over sampling the film gran too much, so I use the second-best 3400 dpi option which gives TIFF or JPG files that correspond to approximately 48...
Excerpt: I have used the 8100 for a month now...Works like a charm! Unlike other reviewers, I have had no problem with SilverFast..Takes a little getting used to, but no big deal. Have copied about 250 slides so far. they do need a little touch-up with Photo Elemments...
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Widely Compatible
Excerpt: Like many older photo guys, I have a 35mm slide collection with some worthy of digitizing. A number of years ago, I managed access to a Nikon CoolScan that was being used to convert pathology slide collections. This was for me, the gold standard.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Good Resolution