Reviews and Problems with Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE
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Very good results for individual slide scanning.
Jeffrey Beer ""FFB Photography"", Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Great for individual slide scanning. If you have many hundreds of slides to scan, I'd recommend a quality flat bed scanner with a large slide holder, like the Epson Perfection V700 or similar (the 700 holds 12 slides for batch scanning). The film holder has 6 slots, and is very easy to load. You insert it, make your settings, press scan, and wait a minute or so. Then you manually advance the holder to the next slide.
Recommend its purchase for anyone converting negatives
James Z., Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: The item was fairly easy to use. The Software has a lot of options, similar to using Adobe Photoshop a novice can figure out the routine stuff, and the professional has a ton of options to choose from. I'd recommend its purchase for anyone converting negatives to digital format.
Excerpt: This is a great film scanner that works even better than expected. If you are looking for something that produces high quality scans but requires individual tweaking, this fits the bill. If you want to turn your brain off and push a button, don't waste your money. The software is a little fluky but works well and gives complete control over color balance, contrast, etc. The infrared scanner is almost perfect, removing >95% of all scratches.
Excerpt: The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE is a reliable film scanner that will do the job. Don't expect to do any significant enhancement or editing using the included Silverfast 8 software. You will have to do the majority of your editing in post-processing apps like Photoshop or Lightroom. Silverfast 8 is not exactly a joy to use, but again, once you get used to its many quirks I believe you will find that it is serviceable. Scanning is slow, and hands-on.
Summary: I chose the Plustek because I had read an independent review that said infrared cleaning (any scanner brand) was better than the laser type. Well, the review was wrong. I still spend a lot of time cleaning up the scans. In addition, the Silverfast software that comes with it is worthless as far as I am concerned. It cannot be used with older versions of Photoshop and it has other problems too numerous to discuss in this forum.
Excerpt: Software is much better, few crashes now. Does a good job with scratches and dirt on old negs. Only problem is dealing with high density Fujichrome slides, needs more light to get the digital image high enough level to deal with noise. Does much better with Kodachrome slides. Overall, a good product when considering the next step up to a Nikon scanner that might do better with high density slides is much more expensive.
I have friends who used he plustek OpticFilm 7600i and loved it, after they got it working
Clayton King, Amazon
8 December 2014
Summary: I've spent hours trying to get the SilverFast SE Plus software to work with the plustek OpticFilm 82001 SE. The plustek support site has not been helpful. I have friends who used he plustek OpticFilm 7600i and loved it, after they got it working. It costs to much to give up on it yet.
Excerpt: I have owned an assortment of flatbed scanners with transparency adaptors over the past 20 years. For general reflective scanning they all worked pretty well but slides are another story. For non-critical use on the web, or other low resolution output, a flatbed can yield acceptable results with slides but once you start looking at printing at higher resolutions their limitations become very apparent.I am currently involved with a project that requires scanning about...
Summary: If SilverFast software was stable, this would be five stars. But the software is otherwise great and the film scanner works very well. I am scanning 35mm slides and negatives. Elimination dust and scratches works really well.
Excerpt: I've got a ton of old slides/negs from the 50's and 60's. So far I've probably scanned 100 of each. The software took a bit of getting used to (especially for B&W negs)but the quality is better than I expected. I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who wants better than a toy, but doesn't want to spend the really big bucks.