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The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 high resolution film scanner features improved image quality and power savings. The OpticFilm 7400 is a dedicated 7200 dpi film scanner that makes scanning easier and more efficient. Plustek’s Multi-Sampling eliminates noise, and the state of the art light source provides vivid images and accurate color rendering.
Pros: Works very well with the included software.
Cons: The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that the upgrade online software doesn't work.
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Plustek OpticFilm 7400 35mm Film and Slide Scanner / SilverFast Scan Software
Pros: Great scanner and (SilverFast) software at an affordable price. Makes awesome scans of 35mm negatives and slides at up to 7200 dpi. The first of 3 film scanners I've owned and the ONLY one I have been happy with.
Cons: SilverFast software is touchy to install. The computer it is installed on CAN NOT have any other scanners installed or they conflict. Didn't realize at installation time that my Brother printer was also a scanner, so I had to uninstall it. It's a pain to not have printing capabilities on that computer.
Other Thoughts: Rating of 4 stars only because I miss being able to print! If this isn't a problem for you, then don't hesitate to get this!
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Great hardware doesn't work without software!
Pros: Rugged and feature packed hardware (I think).
Cons: Miserable supporting software.
Other Thoughts: I tried to get SilverFast tech support with no success. The phone message you get is "if you're not calling between 3 and 11 AM EST, hang up send an email" - i.e., you're calling Germany. Also "sorry, we are much to busy to answer all calls."
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Pros: Fantastic support!
Cons: Doesn't play nice with other scanners, but that's a problem with Windows, not the scanner.
Other Thoughts: To update my previous review. I have since purchased an additional scanner (Canon flatbed), and my Plustek seemed to stop working correctly. After weeks of putzing with it, I finally contacted Plustek support. Within a day, I had a phone call from a live technician who spoke perfect English, and was immediately able to identify my problem, that Windows doesn't like to talk to multiple scanning devices at the same time (have to disable in Device Manager). Followed the technician's instructions and my scanner works like brand new.
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Better than expected
Pros: Fairly quiet.
Cons: *Scan takes forever at high settings, figure 7~10 minutes/image at 7200dpi using multi-exposure. This yields an output file of 50~65MP, likely far greater than the actual film grain.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this scanner to use for an archival project, scanning family photo collections, both slides and negatives. I was apprehensive that I would spend a lot of money on this scanner, only to get mediocre quality results. Having had this scanner for nearly a week and scanned over 100 images, I can honestly say that I am pleasantly surprised by the results. The bundled SilverFast software is easy to use, despite what some reviewers on the Internet say. I suspect that people who have trouble with it don't take the time to read the basic instructions. Overall, it seems to be a good software package, despite my comments above. If you want high-res scans be aware that they take some time. I leave the scanner to work and checking on it periodically, don't expect to rip through 1000 images in a weekend, or a week.
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“Fairly quiet.— quadDamage 6/23/2011
Scan quality is good.
Construction is of good quality.
Bundled SilverFast software works well.”
“Fantastic support!”— quadDamage 9/9/2011