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Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE (783064365345) up to 7200 dpi USB Film and slide Scanner

  • Up to 36 sec scan speed
  • 8 sec preview speed
  • 7200 dpi
  • USB
  • CCD Image Sensor

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • 4/5/2014 9:49:26 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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3 out of 5 eggsGreat hardware, but...

Pros: Hardware seems solid and well-designed. It weighs about as much as a brick and kind of feels like one with your eyes closed.

Cons: No serious manual comes with it, nor is one available on the Plustek site. Essential information is missing. Example: does one scan with the emulsion side up or down. Not in the "manual." I found it on a printed sheet that came with the film strip holder.

SilverFast 8 is bizarrely designed. I like software whose use is so obvious I only occasionally have to turn to the manual, but especially for someone who is new to fixing up photos, they're likely going to be stumped. I'm a professional photographer who has been using digital (not film) cameras for well over a decade now. It's been that long that I have not even got my film negatives and slides out even to look at. However, I regularly fix up my digital photos so I understand a lot of the terminology and techniques. I can imagine a beginner being totally floored the many dimensions of fixing up available and, if they use it at all, only using a small subset of those options.

I used SilverFast 8 to fix up the first negative I wanted to scan. The software crashed! I won't repeat what I said about the 45 minutes of time I spent on the photo being lost.

I did a little research and discovered VueScan. I downloaded the trial and right away realized that it is a big improvement over SilverFast 8. On top of that, its licensing is much more generous. The normal version is only $39.95 and will probably do for amateurs very nicely. The Pro version is $79.95 and offers lifetime updating, creating RAW files, and several other features including IT8 color calibration, which will essentially turn your 8200i SE into an 8200i Ai.

NewEgg's price for the Plustek 8200i SE is very reasonable, but if I were you I'd figure in the extra $39.95 or $79.95. I'd say go for the more spendy version of VueScan or you may end up wishing you had.

You can download a serious user guide for VueScan, The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning, on Kindle for $10.49. I'd figure that in as well.

Other Thoughts: Reasonably-priced support for negative/slide scanning is waning. The top-o-the-line scanners are from Nikon and they are going for $2000 on up to about $7000. The Plustek OpticFilm line is the best you're going to do under $2000. Remember, film deteriorates over time, so now is the time to get going on scanning your favorite images as digital files. Why not all of them? Because no digital scanner is fast, especially if you're using the dust/scratch removal technology. Even without it, if you are paying attention and adjusting some of the parameters and scanning the photos in at maximum side and as TIFF or RAW photos with dust/scratch removal, you'll be lucky to get off with much less than a half hour per frame. I have ab out 20,000 images on film, so I won't live long enough to scan them all in if I also want a life away from the scanner. Its forcing me to be selective about which shots to digitize, and that's probably good.

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