Plustek OpticFilm 7400, 7200 dpi Film Scanner with Built-in Multi-Sampling Function, USB High Speed 2.0

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About Plustek

The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 is a high resolution scanner with more improved quality and greater power saving for its environmental-friendly design. The Plustek OpticFilm 7400 is a dedicated 7200 dpi film scanner, which makes your scanning easier and more efficient. With Plustek's Multi-Sampling, the noises are eliminated efficiently and the unique light source gives images more vivid effect and precise color rendering.

Users can benefit from SilverFast's intelligent automatic functions which help to make the process of various adjustments much easier. In addition, with AACO (Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization), the quality of images is higher and the details of photos are optimized with Multi-Exposure. Plustek OpticFilm 7400 bundles the latest LaserSoft Imaging's SilverFast 6.6 SE Plus (Multi-Exposure) software.

The SilverFast 6.6 SE Plus (Multi-Exposure) software is enhanced with powerful Multi-Exposure, SilverFast-Basic, NegaFix, Selective Color Correction, Auto Adjust, USM, plus many more. Plustek OpticFilm 7400 combined with SilverFast SEPlus ME makes it a perfect combination, which outperforms all other film scanners in the market. The most ideal film scanner for most users including home users, photographers and small office / workshop users!

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate color (6),Excellent software (6),Easy to set up (4),Good bit depth (3),Good resolution (3)
Best Uses:
Photos and graphics (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (4),Casual user (3),Great graphics (3)

Plustek Features

  • Enhanced with Multi-Exposure functions on negative Film
  • Built-in Multi-Sampling function for quality image.
  • USB High Speed 2.0 connection, up to 4 times faster than standard USB1.1 transfer speed.
  • SilverFast for professionals: Advanced users will be delighted with the bundled world-class image editing software - SilverFast SEPlus 6.6 ME. It comes with SRD (Smart Removal of Defects) and many other advanced features.
  • Carrying bag: This padded carrying bag is specially designed for the film scanner. Its main compartment accommodates the scanner, film holders, power adaptor and USB cord. The case comes with an easy-to-grip handle for hand carry and features Velcro taped pocket to house film holders.
  • Two film holders are provided: One is for mounted slides, holding up to four mounted slides. The other is for filmstrips, holding a piece of filmstrip, up to 6 frames. Using the film holder, the media are well protected. There will be no physical contact with the media during the scanning process.
  • NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio 4.5: ImageFolio is a comprehensive multimedia image-processing program. You can create new images by using the ImageFolio's powerful tools. This sophisticated set of image-editing tools enables you to quickly create new images or enhance pre-existing ones.
  • NewSoft Presto! PageManager 7.10: Powerful document management software for OCR, Powerful document management software for OCR, PDF creation, or format conversion to Microsoft Word or Excel. TWAIN-Express makes it easy to connect with your scanner.
  • LaserSoft SilverFast 6.6 SEPlus ME: SilverFast is a world class professional scan software, with Stand-Alone SilverFast Launcher and TWAIN Plug-in applications. It provides users and professionals with a powerful tool for scanning, editing and color reproduction.

Plustek Specifications

Interface
USB 2.0
Technology
Color CCD image sensor
Hardware Resolution
7200 x 7200 dpi
Dynamic Range
3.5
Max. scanning area
36.8 x 25.4 mm (1.45" x 1") for negative film
Preview Speed
Approx 7.57 sec (Multi-Sampling ON) for slide & Approx. 7.96 sec (Multi-Sampling ON) for negative film
Scan Speed
3600dpi: Approx. 54.56 sec (Multi-Sampling ON)
7200dpi: Approx. 112.59 sec (Multi-Sampling ON)
Hardware Multi-Exposure on negative film
Yes
Multi-Sampling
Yes
Color Depth
48 bit/pixel
Scan Mode
Single Pass
Lamp
White LED
Film Holder
Mounted slides, up to 4 slides Filmstrip, up to 6 frames
Regulatory Certificates
CE, FCC, UL/cUL, TUV-GS
OS Support
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
System Requirements
CD-ROM Drive
One available USB Port
512 MB RAM
500 MB free HDD space
High Color graphic card (VGA or higher)
Windows: CPU: Pentium III or faster CPU
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
Macintosh: CPU: PPC G4, PPC G5, Intel MAC 10.3.9 and higher including Leopard
Dimensions (D x W x H)
272 x 120 x 119 mm / 4.73"x10.7"x4.7" (scanner only)
Net Weight
Approx. 1.6Kg / 3.5 lbs (scanner only)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.5

(based on 10 reviews)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Hardware; Very Good Software

I have a 45+ year library of 35mm negatives, color and black and white, and wanted to scan a percentage of them; less than 10%. My priority was not mass production, it was precision; fidelity to the original. This product allows me to do that, I'm pleased to say. Even with scratched and dirty or poorly processed negatives I have been able to produce, with minor retouching, very good digital copies. That said, it requires a strong commitment and patience to become proficient and productive. Ho...

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I have a 45+ year library of 35mm negatives, color and black and white, and wanted to scan a percentage of them; less than 10%. My priority was not mass production, it was precision; fidelity to the original. This product allows me to do that, I'm pleased to say. Even with scratched and dirty or poorly processed negatives I have been able to produce, with minor retouching, very good digital copies. That said, it requires a strong commitment and patience to become proficient and productive. However, the 7400 OpticFilm is pretty much the product I thought it would be and represents a great bargain as I see it. I do have some criticisms, but they are related to getting started, installing software and learning the ins and outs of Silverfast SE. Plustek can do better and I will be communicating that directly to the manufacturer. None of these thing are reasons not to buy the product, only nuisances that can easily be eliminated in my opinion. I'm happy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointment

I purchased this unit thinking this would produce better images than the flatbed scanner which I had been using for my negatives. However, I soon discovered that I had to scan each slide negatively and more often than not, I could not get the images I wanted when I scanned the negative them. Some pictures might be scalped; others might include two or more negatives (something which I did not want). Moreover, it seemed that all of the instruction was on the CD/DVDs and not in a book-which made...

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I purchased this unit thinking this would produce better images than the flatbed scanner which I had been using for my negatives. However, I soon discovered that I had to scan each slide negatively and more often than not, I could not get the images I wanted when I scanned the negative them. Some pictures might be scalped; others might include two or more negatives (something which I did not want). Moreover, it seemed that all of the instruction was on the CD/DVDs and not in a book-which made it a little tricky for me to use. I will try to make use of this device again, but so far its best use has been as a paperweight.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
1.0

Horrible if you want to scan slide film

By

from NY NY  -  Graphics Professional

This is a revised review. When I first purchased this scanner I held it in high esteem. I thought it was great, but that was with color negatives and black and white film. Scans with chrome film are impossible. When in slide setting you have no multi-exposure option in Silverlight. Not even when I upgraded to version 8. Scans come out looking terrible. very green cast in shadows with absolutely no detail. Even scanning a chrome shot in the daytime has this problem. I will say it's fast, but what difference does it make when the scans look like complete junk.Do not buy this scanner. I just plunked down 1k for a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 IIcheck out these results:::photos.planetfotog.com/Other/Minolta-Dimage-5400-II-Scans/22491790_BVhfLJ#!i=1798888434&k=gfHFfZs

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointment

By

from West Des Moines, IA  -  Casual User

I purchased this unit thinking this would produce better images than the flatbed scanner which I had been using for my negatives. However, I soon discovered that I had to scan each slide negatively and more often than not, I could not get the images I wanted when I scanned the negative them. Some pictures might be scalped; others might include two or more negatives (something which I did not want). Moreover, it seemed that all of the instruction was on the CD/DVDs and not in a book-which made it a little tricky for me to use. I will try to make use of this device again, but so far its best use has been as a paperweight.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Horrible documentation

By

from Amherst, Mass.  -  Casual User

Respected sources recommend Plustek, which is why I bought one. The set-up instructions are awful: contradictory, sometimes just plain wrong, badly written, confusing, scattered over several separate enclosures. I came within a millimeter of returning this. It is working now at so-so quality and the next challenge will be to find decent operating instructions. Be warned that the manufacturer hasn't bothered to help the new user.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best slide scanner ever!

By

from Cincinnati, Ohio USA  -  Graphics Professional

As a video services professional my firm takes in a fair amount of slides to convert to DVD. This holiday season we were presented with 5,000 slides to convert. We already own a Plustek OpticFilm 7200 but thought it would take too long to do the slides so we bought the Pacific Image 50 slide tray scanner. What an absolute piece of junk it was. We spent more time clearing jams up and the slides got damaged when clearing so we returned that piece of garbage and bought 2 additional PlusTek OpticFilm 7400 scanners and were able to quickly and efficiently scan all those slides. The PlusTek did a wonderful job, bright vivid colors, scratch correction and more. Our client loved the results and so I highly recommend the entire line of PlusTek products.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Steep learning curve

By

from Akron, OH  -  Casual User

Still trying to get my first negative scanned. Not intuitive. Documentation is fair. Software is challenging.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Plustek OpticFilm 7400

By

from Collierville, TN  -  Frequent User

I purchased this scanner to digitalize a collection of thousands of Kodachrome slides, and to finish slide scanning for a photo book I am working on. I am extremely satisfied with the scanner's, and software's performance. My only complaint is with the documentation. There's no user's manual- only a big instruction sheet. If I wasn't already familiar with using scanners, and scanner software, I'd probably be lost. I still don't understand the use of the "Intelliscan" and "Quick Scan" buttons on the front of the scanner. In spite of all this, the Plustek 7400 makes great scans and is easier and faster than other slide scanners I've used. Before buying this unit, I read reviews complaining about it being too slow. Not necessarily so- The scan speed depends on the resolution you choose (the software allows a range of 300-7200dpi). Scaning speed can range from 10 to 30 seconds, or more. Also, another design feature I like is that the user manually moves the slide(or negative)holder through the scanner one slide at a time during the scanning process. This means there is no motor-powered mechanism to break down or cause problems. Bottom line: For the price, This is an excellent product. It makes GREAT scans. It is easy to use. Recommended for users with some experience with scanners.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Almost as good as a Flextight Prec II

By

from NY, NY  -  Graphics Professional

I've been scanning my Leica shot Chromes with a Flextight Precission II (SCSI) for the past 8 years. I recently had to move and downsize my equipment. Since I only shoot 35mm these days, I was looking for a cheap scanner to replace my old massive Flextight. Keep in mind, these are 35mm comparisons ONLY Here's what the Flextight has over the Plustek 7200: slightly sharper grain slightly better shadow depth slightly better highlight maintenance less dust and scratches Here's what the Plustek 7200 has over the SCSI Flextight: Much faster scanning (about 10 times the speed) better color out of the box (Plustek "sees" the color of the film more accurately) I didn't experience any difficulty with the software. It's as easy to install as it is to run. What can I say? I'm surprised and elated. For the price, you can't beat the results.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Hardware; Very Good Software

By

from Alberta, Canada  -  Frequent User

I have a 45+ year library of 35mm negatives, color and black and white, and wanted to scan a percentage of them; less than 10%. My priority was not mass production, it was precision; fidelity to the original. This product allows me to do that, I'm pleased to say. Even with scratched and dirty or poorly processed negatives I have been able to produce, with minor retouching, very good digital copies. That said, it requires a strong commitment and patience to become proficient and productive. However, the 7400 OpticFilm is pretty much the product I thought it would be and represents a great bargain as I see it. I do have some criticisms, but they are related to getting started, installing software and learning the ins and outs of Silverfast SE. Plustek can do better and I will be communicating that directly to the manufacturer. None of these thing are reasons not to buy the product, only nuisances that can easily be eliminated in my opinion. I'm happy.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommend to buy this product

By

from Eagan MN  -  Frequent User

Good scanner at very resonable price, get my job done at great quality around 1 min.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great piece of tech, a must have scanner

By

from Santa Monica, CA  -  Frequent User

I scanned nearly 1000 films. It is easy to use and fast! the Quality is excellent, a flatbed multifuction scanner can not compare with.

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Shopper  does it scan 2-1/4 negs, 35mm, slidees , how is the resolution?
DOUGLAS L  It scans 35mm negatives and 35mm slides. I am using it for creating archival quality images of 35mm nature photography slides. The resolution is quite good. Color and contrast are relatively accurate. It is significantly better than the slightly cheaper slide/negative scanners.
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