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.
This is the second time I’ve purchased this little scanner. I was with a company that I ordered this scanner for my desk and when I left the company, the new employer did not have a scanner for the desk so I suggested this one based on my satisfaction with it.
This is the best scanner I have ever owned. The scans are of high quality. When I bought this, all I was interested in was a high quality, easy to use scanner and that’s exactly what I got. It also scans notes, cards, and special letters and makes them into jpegs. It is also very fast as far as scanners go.
I bought this product to digitize all of my old 4 X 6 prints and it has more than filled the bill. It is very fast and even if a print scans crooked, it will be straight on the screen. The 300 dpi optical resolution is adequate for viewing scanned photos on a computer screen.
eBookScan is the easy-to-use software for Windows system. This program is a specialized book conversion program that allows you to conveniently digitize your books, magazines and other paper documents and save them under various formats. The program allows you to perform common page editing and adjustment tasks like rotation, cropping, brightness, contrast, page order, all from the same graphical user interface in real-time.
“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.”
“If you’re in the market for a dedicated film scanner there’s a few options out there, but most people will likely opt for a flatbed due to cost and flexibility. Flatbed scanners are a great option for photographers, but they do have some shortcomings. The most notable, for me, has been sharpness. Now, I am not a pixel peeper, but I am keen on making the sharpest scans that I can with what I have available. What’s the point in seeking out the best optics for my cameras if I’m going to settle for out of focus scans later on?” – Cameron Kline, from Film Shooters Collective