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Great film scanner for a reasonable price !
This review is from: Plustek OpticPro ST64+ BE8BBM31A Color: 48-bit input, 24/48-bit output Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8/16-bit output USB 2.0 Interface Single Pass Scanner
Pros: This is an excellent, cost-effective way to convert slides, negatives and photos into digital files. The scanner comes with three trays that hold different sizes of negatives and slides. The backlighted scanner lid lights them up while they get scanned. You can scan 6 35mm slides at once and the software separates each slide into six separate files. The quality that the scanner produces is really good, and I doubt if I'd have been any happier with a $500 unit. You can chose the scanning resolution, because of their small size, I chose to scan the 35mm slides at 2400dpi, which took about 2min. a slide, but the quality is really quite good. Just a little sharpening and dust removal in Photoshop and you're done ! By the way, there's a "copy" button, you press that, the scanner scans the document and then prints it directly to your printer. Very handy!
Cons: The software interface is a little hard to grasp at first, but once you do a few scans it becomes second nature. The include trays for scanning negatives can slide around on the scanner bed, but I found that a piece of tape was all that was needed to correct the problem.
Other Thoughts: The only sad part is that these units sell out quickly. I had to wait six months to get mine, but the wait was worthwhile. For about $100 I'm transferring all of my old slides to digital !
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