Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE is specifically designed to scan 35mm slides and negatives at resolutions up to 7,200 dots per inch (dpi). In a recent issue of Amateur Photographer, Andy Westlake, the technical editor, thoroughly reviewed the OpticFilm 8200i SE hardware and software. If you are about to digitize your collection of 35mm films, you can get informative advice about the scanner in his review.
Here is a brief excerpt from Andy’s review for our blog readers:
With both colour or black & white negatives, the 8200 SE generally gives very decent results. Once you’ve got the hang of SilverFast and its various tools, it produces good-looking colours and easily enough detail for a very nice A4 print (A3s should look just fine too, unless you stare too closely).
Infrared dust removal
As already mentioned, dust wreaks havoc on film scanning, and you can never, ever be clean enough to eliminate it entirely from your work environment, no matter how hard you try. Fortunately the Plustek 8200 has an infrared scanning channel, which can be used to map dust and debris on the film. SilverFast’s iSRD feature then takes over to fix the defects, in a process that requires no user intervention at all.
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE – our verdict
If you have some photos on 35mm film that you’d like to digitise, the Plustek 8200i SE will do a pretty creditable job, just as long as you’re prepared to spend a bit of time learning how to get the most out of SilverFast. It works best with colour negatives thanks to the NegaFix database and iSRD cleaning, but also produces good files from black & white negatives.
You can read the entire review by buying a print or digital back issue of Amateur Photographer – it’s in the March-11-2017 copy. Click here for more information.