The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 - successor of the OpticFilm 7400 - is a simple scanner for simple demands. It can digitize framed 35mm slides and 35mm film strips (positives and negatives) using film holders. As you can read in our test report about the OpticFilm 8100
the device scans with a very high resolution of up to 7200 dpi; thereby one optains 3800 dpi effectively - a very high value for such a low-prize scanner.
There can be inserted up to 4 mounted 35mm slides into the slide mount holder; and there can be inserted film strips up to a length of 6 frames or loose frames into the film holder. There is always only one frame scanned since the scanner does not have an automatic film transport. After each scan you have to move the film holder forward by one position in order to scan the next picture.
The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is delivered with the scan software SilverFast SE Plus from Lasersoft Imaging. Thanks to the multi exposure feature the films can be exposured twice in order to get a higher contrast. One scan takes about 10 minutes depending on the settings. Additionally there is the time for the post-processing in the image editing program, so you have to calculate about 15 minutes for one picture.
The main disadvantage of the Plustek Optic Film 8100 is the missing dust and scratch removal, which is normally standard nowadays. Other film scanners in the same price category as the Reflecta CrystalScan 7200
or the Canon CanoScan 9000f
have the hardware based dust and scratch removal function, which leads to significantly better scans and saves a lot of post processing time.
For more information, please, read our detailed test report
about this scanner.
Please, choose above, below the price information, if you want to order the scanner with or without Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
- Optical resolution: 7200 dpi
- Maximum scan area: 36,8 × 25,4 mm
- Colour depth 48 Bit
- Fix focus
- Lamp White LED
- Density range: D max 3.6
- Connection: USB 2.0
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 272 mm × 120 mm × 119 mm
- Weight: approx. 1,6 kg
Supported film formats
- Mounted 35mm slides or negatives (5 x 5 cm, all established mount thicknesses) up to 4 pcs.
- 35mm film strips with up to 6 frames (positive or negative)
- Colour and B/W
- Positives and negatives
SilverFast 8 feature highlights
- The new SilverFast 8 Preview Concept allows to assess the results even for complicated image optimization functions, such as iSRD and USM, at any time. A 100% zoom facilitates to properly evaluate and set the parameters of these tools.
- The user interface of SilverFast 8 has been completely redeveloped according to current standards. The controls can be arranged flexibly and freely on the screen according to personal preferences. All major functions can be operated quickly and easily.
- SilverFast 8 is fully capable of multitasking. For example, if several originals are to be scanned one after another, the user can already set the image optimization options for the second scan while the scanner is digitizing the first original.
- SilverFast SCC is a tool to perform a selective color correction in a very simple manner. Selective color correction means that a single color is selected and changed specifically, but all other colors remain unchanged. A mouse click in the preview window easily selects the color to be changed: SilverFast's Selective Color Correction is particularly intuitive.
- The Global Color Correction is an intuitive tool for controlling the color balance of the whole image. Particularly older images often show color casts that can be removed easily with GCC. The possibility to restrict modifications to half and quarter tones, allows effortless optimization of even those color shifts that are only visible in the very light or very shadowy image areas.
- The WorkflowPilot is a wizard that guides the user in the correct order through all required processing steps. Depending on material and intended purpose there is a different workflow that will be worked on with the WorkflowPilot step by step.
- SilverFast HiRePP will dramatically speed up the process of loading and working large image files.
Scope of delivery
- Film scanner Plustek OpticFilm 8100
- USB cable
- Film holders for mounted slides and film strips
- Padded carrying bag
- Power supply unit with connection cable
- Quick quide for installation
- Scan software SilverFast SE Plus 8
- User guide
- Windows 64-bit systems: Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10
- MAC 64-bit systems: Mac OS X from 10.7
- 2 GHz Processor or faster (Multi-core recommended)
- 2 GB RAM main memory (4 GB RAM recommended)
- 2 GB free space on hard disk drive for the software file
- Up to 20 GB free space on the main system hard disk drive for the cache
- DVD drive or internet connection
- Latest firmware installed on scanner device
SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop CS3 to CS6 and CC.
(Photoshop CS6 and higher on OS X are only supported if 64 bit drivers are
available for the scanner.)
SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop Elements 8 to 13.
SilverFast 8 can also be installed on Windows as a TWAIN module.
Note: SilverFast 8 is Intel native software and thus it is not available for
PowerPC Mac systems (Those G4-microprocessors were only produced until the End of
One such film strip holder is already included in the delivery content of the Plustek OpticFilm film scanners. With a second film strip holder you can load it while the other one is still in the scanner. This saves time and makes scanning more efficient and comfortable.
One such slide mount holder is already included in the delivery content of the Plustek OpticFilm film scanners. With a second slide holder you can load it while the other one is still in the scanner. This saves time and makes scanning more efficient and comfortable.
When working with film strips it can often happen that you accidentally touch the emulsion side of the film. The damage often is irreparable. You can avoid damages to the film material and comfortably insert film strips into the scanner or film holder by wearing fine cotton gloves.
Anti-dust spray is used to clean film material - no matter if it's mounted slides or film strips - by removing dust and fluffs with a flimsy current of air without touching the film material at all. There is no better, more comfortable and more efficient way to clean your film material.
For working with single negatives or positives we highly recommend using tweezers, because otherwise you run the risk of touching and damaging the film.
If you work with digital images - no matter if they come from a digital camera or from a film scanner - you should calibrate your screen. Without a screen calibration performed with objective criteria you run the risk of wrongly adjusting the settings of the scan or the image editing software, which makes the image look right on your screen, but will cause unnatural alienated colours on other output devices (printer, image service, new screen).