Plustek 8200i SE Slide and Negative Scanner
Finally, after having some cheaper solutions to slide scanning, I can get quality 7200 dpi scans.
The scanner is slow and does not automatically advance to the next slide (which would have been a killer feature), but it’s not that much work to reach over and advance it and hit the scan button every few minutes. Unfortunately the hardware scan buttons on the scanner don’t work with Mac OSX, so it has to be done on-screen through the software. The slide holder, however, is much easier to get the slides in and out of than some of the cheaper slide scanners.
This model comes with a SilverFast 8 license, which is pretty decent scanning software once you get through the learning curve. It is far from user friendly and the setup process is painful and old fashioned. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had to install something using a CD and manually typing in a long serial number (four different times I might add). And the interface looks a bit long in the tooth, but it gets the job done.
The “i” stands for infrared scanning, which is a separate pass to detect and attempt to automatically remove scratches. I’ve found it to be hit or miss. It sort of draws a blurred line over the scratch in the auto-processing which works fine for something like skin, but can stand out like a sore thumb in other types of photos, like architectural shots.