Brilliant scanner easy to use excellent results superior to flatbed - use Vuescan
Ibraar 'Le Saracen' "le_saracen", Amazon
3 March 2014
Summary: I can't understand the 1. 2 and 3 star reviews. I have been using an Epson 4990 since 2006 and have just bought this Plustek 8100 (instead if the 8200) and it is a revelation. Absolutely brilliant and so easy to use with excellent results. I didn't bother even touching the Silverfast disk, I already have Vuescan and used that and it recognised the scanner as soon as I installed the driver from Plustek website. I'm using iMac with OS X Mavericks.
Excerpt: I read a lot of reviews on it and most sites seem to be complaining about the slowness. The scanner is slow scanning at full 7200 dpi resolution if you are using the included Silverfast software. The software is slow. From scanning to actually saving the file, it took me 10 minutes from scanning 1 frame. I only use VueScan with it and the time was cut in half. The preview speed is quick, under 10s. Is a fast scanner using VueScan. I am totally happy with the scanner.
Excerpt: Good Bang for the Buck! Having owned a flat bed film scaner, this product, "hands down" is more productive when scanning large quanities... 200 +... (my recent project is appox 800)... quality of the scans = A+ (7200 dpi) speed of scans = A+ Color quality = B+ (now that could be an A or A+, but i'm using slide film from 20 years ago)
Excerpt: Scanning ease with a touch of a button. Save time over a taditional scanner that handles negs. The compact size takes little desk space & it's portable enough to take along in it's own protective bag. Scatches & dust are no match for the included software. Quality scans are the result.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy to operate, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Saves Time, Widely Compatible
Excerpt: After using an Epson flatbed scanner for years and never being happy with it, I picked up one of these. Images are such sharper. Tonal changes are much smoother. Overall image quality is 2x as good. Only qualms are the film holder stops are somewhat vague. Not a huge deal once you use it a bit. Silverfast can give great results but is a pain to use.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Good Resolution
Excerpt: The product is easy to use. Allthough the disc with the drivers did not function, I had no problems to download it from the internet. The working of the scanner is a no brainer. Insert slides into mount, push in to scanner. Press button. The software (Silverfast) takes a little while to figure out, but is exactly what I needed. I use Lightroom and photoshop for the majority of my edit word.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Widely Compatible
Summary: I recently purchased a Plustek slide and film scanner through an auction and unfortunately it was missing the slide and film carriers. I called Plustek about ordering replacements. The person I spoke to was incredibly nice, helpful and had a great sense of humor. If their product is as good as my experience on the phone with this rep, it will be worth every penny I paid for it !
Excerpt: Excellent product, well built, great output quality!<br /><br />I use the product exclusively to digitize color slides that date back to 1968. I have hundreds, they have been well selected from the start, no junk or badly exposed, and kept either in projector trays or in plastic slide covers.<br /><br />After a day of testing various settings with both the IntelliScan setting using SilverFast 8, and the QuickScan, I settled on the latter.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Widely Compatible, Works on Network
Summary: I was originally hesitant to spend this much money on a one-time project, digitizing hundreds of 35mm slides from the middle of the last century. It is a splendid product; well-made and feature-rich. The use of infrared light to detect dust and scratches is alone a reason to buy this. Solid-state illumination means no heat damage to your old film. Negatives: 1.) only 35mm format supported. Strip negative and transparency holders included 2.