Photographer Olli Thomson has recently bought a Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE 35mm film scanner as part of his ongoing dive into film photography. Scanning is a critical part of his hybrid analogue-digital workflow in getting the negative into a viewable and printable form. He bought the scanner so that he can produce higher quality scans, have more control over the outcome, and save money in the long run. He wrote the scanner review at the Emulsive website and gave practical in-depth advice.
I found this Plustek ePhoto z300 scanner to be easy and quick to use. I was amazed at how I buzzed through my photos. Very satisfied. I also scanned some photos that were on cardboard and some old Polaroids and then went right through!
I am using this scanner to scan 12×12 traditional scrapbook pages to recreate digital/printed copies. I used the highest resolution setting and the quality is incredible. I’m looking forward to using this scanner for many years to come for a lot of different projects.
I have been using the Z300 for about two weeks and, so far, it has worked extremely well. I am impressed by the speed of scanning, for the majority of my old photographs, it is more than adequate. The Z300 will have a dramatic impact on the speed of my archiving thousands of old photographs.
I was really happy to discover a high quality 120 scanner after so many manufacturers left the market. Very high quality optics, light source, carriers and overall build. The included Silverfast Ai full version is what makes this thing scream.
I have used the Plustek OpticFilm 120 for color negative, mounted slides and B&W in 35mm, 645 and 6×7 formats. The image quality at its highest resolution (5300 dpi) is superior. Scan speeds are considerably faster. The film holders are very well constructed.
You can’t beat the price for scanning large documents. We have infrequent need to scan large documents, so this really fit the bill. Be sure to follow the simple installation instructions. With drivers installed everything works fine. Scanning is fast and simple.