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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.
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.
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