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22 hours ago, George Stoichev said:

Hi,

I bought Plustek 8200 Ai (the most expensive version) a year ago.

The quality of the scann is much better than Epson 850V.Honestly this is the best scanner you can buy today brand new!

!!! Don’t buy 8200 Ai version !!!

The price of this version is more expensive because of the higher version of SilverFast software coming with it.I decided not to save money, but to have better version, but few days ago I sent it back to amazon.

Buy cheaper version of Plustek (not Ai), the hardware is absolutely the same + buy Vuescan  !!! The quality of the images I obtain with Vuescan has nothing in common with even higher version of SilverFast.

I am reading that the PlusTek is terribly show at higher resolution. What are your experciences?

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Happy user of Nikon Coolscan V ED since 2007. Still use two of these. They are slow but suit my need.   One of my first scans of Kodachrome, 2007 here it was a very difficult job, but results were correct after long learning curve   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! slide from R6, Apo-Macro-Elmarit-R 100, in Mauritius 'jungle'

For speed, particularly with b/w film, I use a Nikon D810 with a Nikkor 60mm micro lens and ES-2 film holder. I can copy a whole 36 exposure film in just a few minutes and work on the RAW files in PS. If I decide I want a better quality scan of selected individual frames, I scan these with my Imacon  scanner which gives me 6300dpi scans but takes considerably longer per scan.     ETA: "I do not wish to do digital camera scans..."  I dismissed the idea of scanning 35mm negs with a

If it helps, a scanner is a digital camera...it is just one with a single line of pixels that it reads as the sensor is moved, rather than one with many rows of pixels read at more or less the same time. The signal processing in cameras and with programs like Lightroom are much more advanced than any scanning software, and most people already have a DSLR, which is why people tend to gravitate it. There has been almost no development in scanners for 15 or 20 years...the only newer scanners are th

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12 hours ago, Michael Hiles said:

Hi Michael,

I certainly do. It is what I have been referring to in the last few days.  I should be precise - I scanned it some years ago, and I have been looking at the PDF file. I have not looked at the paper version in some time.

Hello Michael,

Don't worry, I will mail you another in the snail mail. I have your address.

Best Regards,

Michael

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On 10/13/2021 at 10:26 PM, grahamc said:

Oh great thanks. Actually my local store only has the standard 8200i anyway so this could work. Actually I thought there was some advantage with regards dust removal in the Ai version - or is that controlled by the software, perhaps ? 
 

I’m new to this so can’t remember exactly just remember something dust related being discussed .  Thanks again! 

The dust removal feature is part of the hardware! Each software can access it.

regular version of SilverFast supports it, but I highly recommend VueScan

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For scanning slides my recommendation would be a Reflecta/Braun scanner from the DigitDia series. These are automated scanners that can scan entire magazines on their own. This is really an important feature if your collection is quite large. I would just buy an older model on Ebay and resell it after scanning the collection.

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18 hours ago, Gobert said:

I’m looking for a scanner to scan framed dia positives from my childhood, no perfect pictures, just memories.

This thread (and many more other threads) is all about that.

Not one solution for all.

Reading carefully these threads may give you some ideas to do so.

- film dedicated scanner, my first choice

- DSLR scan as experimentation, not bad

- digital M scanning, my last type, without abandoning the first type when I want something homogeneous for a set of Kodachrome, for example

 

Anyway each 'solution' has strong and less strong features concerning resolution/easy/hard/quick/slow/etc.

Choose one scanning type, then use to see if it suites for the required job.

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8 hours ago, a.noctilux said:

This thread (and many more other threads) is all about that.

Not one solution for all.

Reading carefully these threads may give you some ideas to do so.

- film dedicated scanner, my first choice

- DSLR scan as experimentation, not bad

- digital M scanning, my last type, without abandoning the first type when I want something homogeneous for a set of Kodachrome, for example

 

Anyway each 'solution' has strong and less strong features concerning resolution/easy/hard/quick/slow/etc.

Choose one scanning type, then use to see if it suites for the required job.

Thanks. My preference would be a film dedicated scanner as well. To be used on a cold and wet winter day.

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1 hour ago, Gobert said:

Thanks. My preference would be a film dedicated scanner as well. To be used on a cold and wet winter day.

See my post #2.

Good dedicated 'old/discontinued' ( hardware/software not supported anymore) film 135 scanner like Nikon Coolscan V ED is as good or better than many new scanners (which I don't use).

But beware of compatibility with new computers or use with newer software.

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