Reviews and Problems with Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE
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Very nice scanner for the price, solid, and great output. No worries here.
William E. Davis "FotoFreak", Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Got the 8200i in today, and installed the software quickly enough. I like the fact that the unit came with a carrying/protective bag roomy enough to fit all the cables, manuals, power supply, and accessories easily. The unit is quiet, well built and nice looking. The two film holder doors are easy to access and in about an hour from unpacking it, I had already scanned about 25 pics of my daughter.
Summary: There is insufficient information on installing the software for this product and my husband spent many hours trying to get it installed properly. After some considerable time he managed to get it all to work. We didn't contact the supplier as others mentioned in their reviews that they had found them unhelpful. It was worth persevering.
Summary: I am surprised, or maybe I am too dense to understand the operation of equipment like this, but some reviewers find these scanners wonderful. I am actually writing from my experience of the earlier model, the 7600i Ai but presumably in principle the new model works much the same. If you expect to take this machine out of the box like you would a camera or TV etc, read the istructions book and be away scanning, you will be very frustrated.
Revitalise old pictures or embrace the world of film photography
Martin N, Amazon
24 September 2013
Summary: After much research and having used an old Minolta Dimage film scanner with Windows XP and a scsi card the time was ripe to pick something that would work with USB and Mac OSX 10.8. This scanner suits the task admirably and is in constant use. The supplied software silverfast 8 is quite complex to use with many options, I downloaded vuescan as an alternative and tend to use this more often unless I need a particular film profile which silverfast has.
Summary: This seemed to be a pretty good scanner. The software is really bad, but the scanner was coming up with nice scans. Then half an hour into memory lane it started making a loud high-pitched noise and refused to go on. I got twelve scans out of it. Nikon, are you there? Please make film scanners again...
Summary: I was pleasantly surpised at the build quality of this item - it was actually much better than I expected. Scans are accurate and detailed. Just remember it only scans negatives and slides and only 35mm ones at that. The silverfast software provided is however a complete nightmare to use and to learn - & the alternate Plustek software is very dated and very basic. I eventually gave up and got a copy of Vuescan which is easy to use and gave very good results.
Summary: As has been said before, Silverfast is buggy and complicated. You can spend 4 hours trying to get it to work followed by a trip to the online store for hair restorer, or you can budget the extra £20 and get Vuescan. This works and is simple to use. I am particually delighted with the infrared dust and fungus clean up function. Saves a monumental job on photoshop.
Summary: Firstly, the scanner which I received had a hardware fault which prevented the device from performing infrared scans to detect dust and scratches. I have not based my review on this manufacturing glitch however, but on the abysmal support which was revealed as I tried to determine whether my device was not working, or whether I didn't understand how to use it.