Review on OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner, by Camera Jabber

Camera Jabber is a website designed, built and aimed at photographers.  If you are looking for digitizing your collection of 35mm films, check out Mr. Jennings’ recent review on Plustek OpticFilm 8200i for advice.  


The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE is the complete solution offering scanning, dust and scratch repair in one. …  The PlusTek OpticFilm 8200i is the latest in home film scanning and the small size and shape make it an ideal desktop accessory. …

In order to convert your film into a digital image the OpticFilm captures the data through an internal projection system. Unlike many cheap neg scanners this is a quality device and the output and build ensure a light proof environment for the process.

Amongst those other options and where the software really starts to show why the OpticFilm is so much better than a flatbed scanner, is the ability to match your film and automatically enhance the image based of a film’s properties. … The dust and scratch tools are incredibly powerful and although the negatives I put through had definitely seen better days the end results were impressive, taking out the bulk of defects, although I’m ashamed to say that the care I’ve taken over storing these negatives over the last 20 years has been far from ideal.

The scanned images are exceptional although they do highlight the limitations of film. Colour, tone and contrast is well balanced and the output will provide you with a usable file that is perfectly printable as long as your negative is in decent condition to start with. …


If you want to get into film photography or have a desire to step back into the darkroom then the OpticFilm 8200i acts as the perfect bridge between film and digital.

It’s relatively inexpensive and enables you to transfer your images with relative ease to your computer, and also offers direct upload links to your favourite social outlets…

When it comes to film scanners there isn’t a huge choice on the market and the majority are just cheap projection units. The OpticFilm is more refined and compared with the output of other cheap neg scanners there really is no comparison, the OpticFilm wins hands down.

If you want to shoot film then the OpticFilm is simple but effective.

To read the complete review article, please visit Camera Jabber website.



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