Excerpt: I am a photographer who works in black and white film, without a large budget for equipment. My work flow is shooting and developing black and white negatives, and scanning them into the computer, where I process and edit using camera raw and photoshop. I love the ease of use of the scanner, and the quality of the scans. I have been scanning at 7200 dpi, which gives a "true" scan of 3600 dpi, and the quality has been excellent.
Excerpt: Finally, after having some cheaper solutions to slide scanning, I can get quality 7200 dpi scans.The scanner is slow and does not automatically advance to the next slide (which would have been a killer feature), but it's not that much work to reach over and advance it and hit the scan button every few minutes. Unfortunately the hardware scan buttons on the scanner don't work with Mac OSX, so it has to be done on-screen through the software.
Summary: I purchased the Plustek 8200i two months ago, and I have used it to scan hundreds of slides and negatives since. The scanner and included Silverfast software have made it possible for me to begin to create a digital archive of my analog slides and negatives from the pre-digital camera era. I have found this scanner to be an invaluable tool for unearthing my own past, and I recommend it highly to anyone with the time and inclination to embark on such a project.
Excerpt: I purchased this and another scanner and honestly thought this would be the main one I used for slides and negatives. Sadly this scanner just can't compete with the other one. The quality isn't what I had hoped for at all. After scanning, the imagines require a great amount of editing to be acceptable. If you enjoy editing, this machine may work for you, if not, I suggest you look at your other options.
Summary: When the scanner works, it works amasingly well providing excellent opportunity to modify pictures scanned from negatives. HOWEVER... 1) The Silverfast software is so UNSTABLE it's a NIGHTMARE, INFURIATING, & makes you want to chuck everything out the window...it is the WORST! The way you realize there's a problem is either a Microsoft C++ error, the "frame display" goes cock-eyed, but more likely the scanned picture with be saturated by a color (mine saturates BLUE)...
Summary: I received my scanner a few hours ago and I immediately got it out and setup after reading the instructions. The instructions were lacking a little but I followed them exactly and the setup was completed. I had picked out some test slides and negatives to try for the first time. There were slides and negatives over 40 yrs old and one negative that was over 50 yrs old. I had no problem scanning them and the oldest negative came out looking pretty good considering its age.