35mm film scanner reviews

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Andrew Denny Forum Member • Posts: 50
35mm film scanner reviews

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there? I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Thanks for any help.

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Overrank
Overrank Senior Member • Posts: 4,152
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

Andrew Denny wrote:

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there? I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Thanks for any help.

New film scanners are pretty limited, there’s

* Plustek 8200i

* Plustek 135i

* Reflecta ProScan 10T

* Reflecta RPS 10M

and some higher end slide scanners

(The Reflecta are also known as PrimeFilm in the USA with different model numbers)

I’ve owned the Plustek 8200i and Reflecta 10T and would recommend either of them.

There are also Epson flatbeds (V600 and V850 new) and many, many different models available second hand.

Filmscanner.info is the main site for scanner reviews ( https://www.filmscanner.info/en/FilmscannerTestberichte.html ) but be aware that they do sell scanners and some reviews see a little biased ( the Plustek review for one)

There are also reviews on this forum and places like 35mmc.com

If you have specific requirements ( resolution, speed, automation etc) then mention it as people may be able to provide specific recommendations too

smithim Senior Member • Posts: 1,795
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

Andrew Denny wrote:

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there?

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

This is an overview, but may be biased :-

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/film-scanners

I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Very wise...

Many people use a digital camera to scan slides/negs these days. The resolution is as good as the better film scanners, but a film scanner can also provide some facilities (e.g. digital ICE and neg conversion) that can be invaluable on certain poor quality media. However, slide scanners are usually much, much slower.

sybersitizen Forum Pro • Posts: 22,689
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

smithim wrote:

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

Something is wrong there. Four of the Plustek models are described, but the only two Pacific Image (Reflecta) products listed are not even the company's actual film scanners, which are quite good - just a low end film digitizer and a movie film digitizer are mentioned.

This is an overview, but may be biased :-

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/film-scanners

Almost the reverse situation: Pacific Image (Reflecta) mentioned heavily, Plustek only lightly.

Overrank
Overrank Senior Member • Posts: 4,152
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

sybersitizen wrote:

smithim wrote:

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

Something is wrong there. Four of the Plustek models are described, but the only two Pacific Image (Reflecta) products listed are not even the company's actual film scanners, which are quite good - just a low end film digitizer and a movie film digitizer are mentioned.

I wonder if you even get the same article in different countries - I get the Pacific Image PowerFilm Scanner (the Reflecta 10M), the Kenro 4-in-1 Film & Photo Scanner and the Reflecta cine film scanner (plus the Plustek and the Epsons). So if you’re getting a low end Reflecta it suggests they’re tailoring the article to different markets.

This is an overview, but may be biased :-

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/film-scanners

Almost the reverse situation: Pacific Image (Reflecta) mentioned heavily, Plustek only lightly.

sybersitizen Forum Pro • Posts: 22,689
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Overrank wrote:

sybersitizen wrote:

smithim wrote:

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

Something is wrong there. Four of the Plustek models are described, but the only two Pacific Image (Reflecta) products listed are not even the company's actual film scanners, which are quite good - just a low end film digitizer and a movie film digitizer are mentioned.

I wonder if you even get the same article in different countries - I get the Pacific Image PowerFilm Scanner (the Reflecta 10M), the Kenro 4-in-1 Film & Photo Scanner and the Reflecta cine film scanner (plus the Plustek and the Epsons). So if you’re getting a low end Reflecta it suggests they’re tailoring the article to different markets.

Intriguing. This is the summary of what I see in the US:

This is an overview, but may be biased :-

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/film-scanners

Almost the reverse situation: Pacific Image (Reflecta) mentioned heavily, Plustek only lightly.

Overrank
Overrank Senior Member • Posts: 4,152
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

sybersitizen wrote:

Overrank wrote:

sybersitizen wrote:

smithim wrote:

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

Something is wrong there. Four of the Plustek models are described, but the only two Pacific Image (Reflecta) products listed are not even the company's actual film scanners, which are quite good - just a low end film digitizer and a movie film digitizer are mentioned.

I wonder if you even get the same article in different countries - I get the Pacific Image PowerFilm Scanner (the Reflecta 10M), the Kenro 4-in-1 Film & Photo Scanner and the Reflecta cine film scanner (plus the Plustek and the Epsons). So if you’re getting a low end Reflecta it suggests they’re tailoring the article to different markets.

Intriguing. This is the summary of what I see in the US:

No, it is the same, apart from the Pacific Image Powerfilm is £899 ($1200) !

I thought the Powerfilm was the Reflecta 10M, but it’s the PF135.  The 10M is a nice scanner, similar to the 10T but with powered film feed

sybersitizen Forum Pro • Posts: 22,689
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

Overrank wrote:

sybersitizen wrote:

Overrank wrote:

sybersitizen wrote:

smithim wrote:

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

Something is wrong there. Four of the Plustek models are described, but the only two Pacific Image (Reflecta) products listed are not even the company's actual film scanners, which are quite good - just a low end film digitizer and a movie film digitizer are mentioned.

I wonder if you even get the same article in different countries - I get the Pacific Image PowerFilm Scanner (the Reflecta 10M), the Kenro 4-in-1 Film & Photo Scanner and the Reflecta cine film scanner (plus the Plustek and the Epsons). So if you’re getting a low end Reflecta it suggests they’re tailoring the article to different markets.

Intriguing. This is the summary of what I see in the US:

No, it is the same, apart from the Pacific Image Powerfilm is £899 ($1200) !

I thought the Powerfilm was the Reflecta 10M, but it’s the PF135. The 10M is a nice scanner, similar to the 10T but with powered film feed

I guess I mischaracterized the PowerFilm as a 'low end digitizer'! I glossed over it because the photo looks like a low end CMOS 'capture' device. But it actually uses a traditional linear CCD and takes the traditional length of time to complete a scan.

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Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

Andrew Denny wrote:

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there? I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Thanks for any help.

Scandig, imaging resource...

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It's taken me 3 months to come back on this, my apologies, but many, many thanks to all contributors to this thread, very useful!

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Andrew Denny wrote:

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there? I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Thanks for any help.

filmscanner.info is *the* Film Scanner Authority on the web since forever, the site existed.

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Bob Janes
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Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

smithim wrote:

Andrew Denny wrote:

What expert independent 35mm film scanner reviews are there?

Assuming that you're looking at new scanners, this looks fairly sensible :-

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/buying-guides/the-best-film-scanners

This is an overview, but may be biased :-

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/film-scanners

I don't want to trust Amazon reviews.

Very wise...

Many people use a digital camera to scan slides/negs these days. The resolution is as good as the better film scanners, but a film scanner can also provide some facilities (e.g. digital ICE and neg conversion) that can be invaluable on certain poor quality media. However, slide scanners are usually much, much slower.

Scandig stuff is good.

Imaging resource also have some reviews of older stuff that are worth a look:

https://www.imaging-resource.com/SCAN1.HTM

I've done a guide to digitising..

https://www.35mmc.com/09/07/2020/digitising-negatives-and-slides-a-primer-by-bob-janes/

...and a few reviews over at 35mmc...

https://www.35mmc.com/04/05/2021/plustek-opticfilm-135i-35mm-film-scanner/

https://www.35mmc.com/09/07/2021/plustek-opticfilm-135i-review-part-ii-panoramic-film-holder-and-investigating-panorama-mode-by-bob-janes/

..and there are reviews by others there as well...

https://www.35mmc.com/08/04/2016/plustek-opticfilm-8200i-review/

https://www.35mmc.com/category/reviews-experinces/scanners/

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CarmelSoul Regular Member • Posts: 227
Re: 35mm film scanner reviews

Here's one.

Review: What it's like to scan film on the Epson Perfection V600: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

Plus side it scans medium format and prints too.

I own one and I am pleased with the results.

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