The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai is the successor of the OpticFilm 7600i Ai. Both devices have the same hardware; they donly iffer in the software version: In the scope of delivery of the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i there is SilverFast Ai Studio in the new version 8 included. The version 8 distinguishes itself mainly by a new graphical user interface compared to the old version 6, so that the training and use is much simpler.
The Der Plustek OpticFilm 8200i has an optical resolution of 7200 dpi. As you can read in our Review
, the effective resolution is only 3250 dpi, i.e. not even 50% of the nominal resolution. In order to get scans with 3250 dpi effective resolution one has to scan with the maximum resolution of 7200 dpi. Such scans need a lot of time (about 15 minutes depending of the settings) and are very bloated: One gets image files with 210 Megabyte, however, only 40 Megabyte contain real image information. The other 170 Megabyte contain double pixels and have to be removed in a time consuming image editing process after scanning.
You can insert 4 mounted slides in the slide mount holder, or you can insert up to 6 pictures in the film strip holder, either on film strips or singular. The scanner, however, does not have an automatic film holder transport; that means that you have to move the film holder forth by one position after each scan in order to scan the next picture. If you order a second film holder you can fill it carefully while the other is still inside the scanner.
The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i is a very slow scanner. On average you can make 4 scans per hour if you use the automatic dust and scratch removal and the multi-exposure feature. That's why the device is less suitable for archiving a complete collection of films but more in order scan a couple of slides or negatives occasionally. Additionally, there is the time consuming post process in Photoshop®, in order to compress the bloated image files. In practice you have to rework each scan of the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i, so that we recommend to buy the scanner with Photoshop® Elements by all means, if you don't have a good image editing program on your computer.
Please, choose above, below the price information, between the SilverFast Ai Studio version and the SilverFast Archive Suite (Archive Suite = SilverFast Ai Studio + SilverFast HDR Studio). Also, please, choose above your desired targets (Kodak, Fuji, Kodachrome) for the IT-8 colour calibration. Detailed information about SilverFast and the available targets can be found on our SilverFast website. Information about SilverFast HDR can be found on our SilverFast HDR website. Information about scanner calibration can be found on our page Scanner IT-8 calibration.
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 8200i
- 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 Ai Studio 8 / Archive Suite (according to your choice above)
- IT-8 calibration slide according to your choice above
- Adobe® Photoshop® Elements (according to your choice above)
- 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).