Reviews and Problems with Plustek OpticFilm 8200i AI
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This will work for basic needs too. It isn't "JUST" for advanced users.
2 weeks ago
Summary: I have about 1500 or more slides from 30 to 40 years ago that we never look at. The expense to get these digitized would be prohibitive. I wanted to be able to scan slides quickly, but if I had a really good photo I also want to have the capacity to scan it at high resolution. I just used the Plustek 8100ai today, and I feel it will serve my purpose. It will scan the slides in a couple minutes per slide if you want to just do a quick crop and scan using Quickscan.
Summary: IF you are looking for high quality scans of slides and negatives, this will definitely do the job. The IR dust reduction works very well and the software provided is very powerful, but somewhat complicated. High resolution scans necessary to make large prints from a slide or negative are relatively slow. High throughput is not something to expect with either the scanner or the software.
Summary: Cannot open program from desk top. source window is always blank even though program will start with button on scanner. Saving the image is complex and doesn't always work. Most icons have no definition or over label. Takes 15 to 20 minutes to process each neg.
Summary: Unit works as described albiet a slow operation. It takes about 3 minutes per slide from start to finish. Do not like that I have to reset from TIFF to JPEG on every slide I process, over 500 to date. The unit works quite well on good slides but you have to work long and hard on over/underexposed slides. The unit is quite easy to use, however, the"stops" on the slide holder are not particularly positive and require time to get a feel for them.
Excellent scanner, but beware of the 2-party bundle
Kenneth Meyer, Amazon
29 July 2013
Summary: I'm a retired software developer who spent a decade the film biz. I took a lot of pictures. I'm anything but a dark room pro; I'd never used Photoshop or any other sort of image manipulation software. I have a Dell Latitude running W7 and 16G of RAM. I purchased the Plustek 8200ai in March '13. I scanned a few hundred slides and negatives, both color and b&w, and was delighted with the results. The 8200ai seems like a very solid box.
Pros: Hardware seems very capable. On 7200dpi scans you can see film grain sharply resolved. Great value as scanner comes bundled with Silverfast Ai.
Cons: Installation procedure is confusing. Don't be surprised if you get a bunch of error messages. You can ignore/cancel most of them and keep going. You do not need to install the Presto! PageManager program. I have used both Silverfast and Vuescan with ths scanner without issues. Both programs have their pros/cons, but if Silverfast didn't come bundled with the hardware I'd probably buy Vuescan as I think it's better value for the money. Neither program is easy to learn,...
Pros: Plustek does pretty decent resolution and the added plus of IR scanning for scratches and dirt. Silverfast software is fast and does a pretty decent job of controlling scanning, scratch and dust removal.
Cons: Silverfast driver installation a bit wonky. If you are using 64 bit Windows, make sure you have 64 bit drivers for the Plustek. Color correction is not always what you see is what you get.
Summary: I purchased this scanner a few weeks ago. I agree that the instructions are almost worthless, but I was able to figure it out. First off, you need a robust computer to run this. My machine has an Intel i7 quad core processor and 16GB of RAM, yet it will seriously bog down if I attempt to run anything while scanning. I uninstalled my multi function printer/scanner before installing the drivers for this hardware.
Summary: I've been looking for a good way to scan 35 mm slides and negatives I've been accumulating since the 1970's and this is it. The resolution of the scanner and included software allow one to convert old slides/negatives into digital format. It takes a little time to learn the software, but once you've got that down, scan to your heart's content and know your images will be saved more or less forever. Highly recommended.