Summary: Plustek make some great products, this was not one of them, unless I had a faulty version. Good quality negative/slide scanners are expensive and often based on old technology like SCSI so I have never been able to justify buying one for personal use to eventually digitise all the family photos. I first bought a low end unit about ten years ago but the colour balance was awful ... scan a negative and it would be purple, scan it again and it would be green.
Summary: Saw some other reviews for this item but decided to go for it. I found the case to be sturdy for what it was. The instructions were abismal, nowhere was there any help to get it going. I could never get the thing to work although I have a usb2 connection on my computer (it only works with usb2) and my computer specs were more then needed. I had to return the unit to Amazon for a refund.
Summary: Plustek SmartPhoto F50 Compact 1800 DPI Film Scanner It's probably me, but I haven't been able to get the hang of the thing yet! I wish there were simple operating instructions included in the package. I have finally managed to scan colour slides onto the computer, but only by using Windows Photo Gallery tools.
Summary: Easy to use but could have done with better instructions to save time having to play around to discover how it worked. In the end I returned this model as I needed something with better quality reproduction - even the software included with the scanner did not give the desired result so now saving up for the 7600. Excellent delivery and returns service - as I have come to expect from Amazon - though I think this is the first time I have had to return something.
Works with Windows 7 64 bits Core2Duo T6600 laptop and delivering excellent results
frhout "frhout", Amazon
14 March 2010
Summary: This is a lightweight plastic box made in China, powered by a USB lead, with an instruction manual, one rack for four slides and another for six negatives. The CDRom driver didn't start installation automatically, so I had to follow the instructions step by step: right click on My Computer ... update driver etc and the installation was smooth. You have to work out which way to put the rack in, it clicks if inserted correctly.
Summary: Plustek SmartPhoto F50 Compact 1800 DPI Film Scanner I got nowhere with this product and had to return it to Amazon - possibly faulty. There are precise instructions for setting up and loading software, which went fine, but then directions cease. Although the actual operation is simple, you still need a step-by-step idiot's guide - otherwise, if it doesn't work you don't know whether it is faulty or if you are doing something wrong.
Summary: Has anyone tried to use this with Vista 64? I've spend days (literally)trying to get it to work...it sometimes does the pre-scan, sometimes not, and then freezes. I will try and download the MAC software and try it on my laptop.
Summary: Really is good value for money, works straight out of the box. Images are very good except where there is bright sunlight on skin - then can be blanched. Bought it to enable speedy transfer of slides to digital and it does just that.
Summary: I bought this product as a gift for my husband. He found it easy to set up, but the software leaves a bit to be desired, requiring a bit of tweaking with the advanced settings to get a good image. A second negative feeder would prove very useful. An easy to use product.