Great hardware, but...
This review is from: Plustek 8200i SE CCD Film Scanner
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.
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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