Before digital cameras and smart camera phones were invented, people captured life moments by film cameras and made photo prints from these camera negatives.
If you are to digitize these precious family memories, it’s better to scan the original camera negatives than the prints made from them, as films hold more image detail.
Check out this film scanner open box review written by Stephen Waller for ePHOTOzine. Stephen did a comprehensive review of OpticFilm 8100 hardware and software, and gave OpticFilm 8100 with “ePHOTOzine Recommended” award.
Here is a brief excerpt from Stephen’s review for our blog readers:
Plustek Opticfilm 8100 Verdict
With this scanner Plustek have made subtle improvements, to possibly consolidate their position and keep up with software developments. If the automatic setting haven’t produced the expected results, fine tuning may be achieved with the wide choice of colour correcting options. Costing around £200 it’s pretty good value for the quality it produces.
Plustek Opticfilm 8100: Pros
High resolution scans
Good value for money
Multi exposure feature
Bundled software is easy to use
Padded carry case
Plustek Opticfilm 8100: Cons
No infrared dust removal
Frames can be difficult to align properly
Drivers can be tricky to install
Stephen also compared the image quality of OpticFilm 8100 with that of Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II and Nikon Coolscan LS-50. Although both Minolta and Nikon models have been discontinued, they are good benchmark for comparing image quality.
To read the complete review article, please visit ePHOTOzine website.