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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner - Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner

By Cliff Smith

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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner

Summary

Our Score:

9

The scanner's performance is very impressive. Obviously the scanning time depends on the final resolution, but a QuickScan set to 2400dpi, a good average for digitising snapshots, takes around 50 seconds from pressing the button to the shot appearing in Photoshop. Using the SilverFast software is a bit slower but the results are worth it. A pre-scan of a slide takes approximately 15 seconds, while a maximum quality 7200dpi scan with 2x multiscan, infrared scan and dust/scratch removal takes around 17 minutes but can produce TIFF files of around 180MB from a 35mm transparency with a fantastic level of detail.

Even using the fully automatic settings the resulting image quality is very good. The hardware infrared scratch and dust removal is very good, and doesn't cause any loss of detail. The automatic colour, contrast and exposure balancing is very reliable and often produces usable results even from sub-standard negatives. The multiscan feature produces excellent dynamic range from high contrast images and really emphasises one of the few advantages that film has over digital photography.

Whether you're just looking for a way to digitise your photo collection or if you're a hobby photographer who still likes to mess around with film the Plustek 7600i SE is excellent value for money, producing professional results from 35mm film quickly and reliably, and providing a good balance between ease of use and sophistication.

Verdict

The Plustek 7600i SE is a well designed, solidly made and easy to use film scanner that strikes a good balance between affordability and performance. The QuickScan features is ideal for digitising snapshots, and the SilverFast software is easy to use and produces excellent results. It would suit any keen photographer with a collection of film photos, and is excellent value for money.

David Walker

March 9, 2010, 2:58 pm

I just wanted to confirm your time for a 7200 dpi scan. 17 minutes seems very slow, especially if you have a lot of slides to copy. The features table quotes a time of 56.82 seconds for a 7200 dpi scan with multi-sampling on.

jingyeow

March 9, 2010, 3:48 pm

I guess it's like printer quoted speeds. 14ppm colour translates to 30 minutes if printing stuff at high quality, especially colour pictures.





But then I've never seen tech like this before.

Mike337

March 10, 2010, 6:02 pm

So whats the difference between this one and the "OpticFilm 7600i Ai"? The Ai one is £100 more expensive and im not quite sure why...

scanouflage

March 10, 2010, 8:05 pm

17 minutes is slow, but this would be a scan with any available feature enabled, 48bit pp, multi-exposure, infrared scan, dust removal and so on ... at 7200 dpi.


Some features require a lot of calculating that isn't done by the scanner but the computer. So the overalll scanning time is also hardware depending, it's faster on faster machines.


However, this max quality setting is not necessary or advisable for every scan.


For usage on the web or viewing on any screen 7200 dpi is way too much, you don't want 180MB files.


I suggest to choose a lower resolution for archiving purposes and to just use the max settings, if you really need them, e.g. for large format printing.








Btw.: There is another edition of this scanner available called OpticFilm 7600i Ai. It's the same device that features an advanced version of SilverFast:


SilverFast Ai Studio (http://www.silverfast.com/show...

Mike337

March 10, 2010, 10:41 pm

Plustek should get together with Nvidia to CUDA enable this stuff!

David Walker

March 11, 2010, 3:10 am

Thanks scanouflage for making that clearer. I have very many slides (and negatives) taken with good quality cameras on high quality film. I used to view them with a slide projector but now want to digitize them, to preserve them and to show them on my hd TV without losing too much of the quality. Would the lower resolution setting be good enough for this?

hoojammyflip

January 25, 2011, 5:07 pm

Odd choice of word "luddite" for a review which is aimed at someone digitising film, and also sufficiently up to speed with technology to be considering a scanner. For those looking to take nice photos, the medium is irrelevant, just the choice of glass and cameras. Having bought a selection of K mount primes for my Pentax DSLR, I have tried shooting film, and can say with hand on heart that there is something to black and white photography which digital is sorely lacking. There is no doubt that the in camera processing for the demoscaicing produces a smooth image with less grain, but whether that air brushed look is appealing is a matter of taste, don't you think?


http://www.boeringa.demon.nl/m...

Bill Collins

March 11, 2012, 3:50 pm

Don't buy any in this range if you are using a 64 bit o/s (Mac or Windows) there are no drivers for them.

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