The Plustek is pretty fast, which is the main attraction for me. There’s no “preview” process, and the scanner accepts photos one after the other. The quality is sufficient for my needs. The auto rotate and de-skew works very well most of the time, including on the unevenly cut prints I pulled out of albums.
7200 dpi was the attraction. That said, I’m learning that scanning at that resolution isn’t always best when the negative’s granularity doesn’t match 7200 dpi. I think for most negatives 2400 is best. The kit is great and the software excellent.
Just replaced my old 7600i + SilverFast 6.6 with this 8100 + SilverFast 8. What an improvement! The new software needed some re-learning, but once success is easy to use and more flexible than the 6.6. Colour slides and negatives come out very well.
Very impressed with the speed and quality of the scans. Old black & white photos show excellent detail, and colour prints are reproduced perfectly compared to what our old scanner could manage.
I unboxed the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i and had the basic software installed in 5 minutes. Ten minutes of reading and playing around with settings and I was away scanning old 35 mm slides and negatives with excellent resolution. The colour reproduction is excellent. Build quality is robust and sleek.
This scanner can out resolve any known film and has greater dynamic range, so everything on the film is going to be captured. The advantage of oversampling like this is that any slight quality loss due to colour correction, cropping or rotating will be invisible. Images can be downsized after processing.
So pleased that I bought this machine. I have a lot of photos that need scanning so that I can put them away but still have them available alongside all my digital photos. One Sunday morning I managed to scan 3,000 + of them. This was on the lowest resolution of 300 and the result was more than acceptable.