Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE film scanner review

The easiest way to get high-quality professional 35mm scans, but not the ideal solution for large batches

5 Star Rating
Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If your goal for scanning your 35mm films is to get the best image quality possible, in a compact size and without breaking the bank, then this is the scanner to buy. Flatbed scanners are too bulky, camera scanning setups are too tedious. The Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE gives amazing quality 35mm scans, with huge 7200 dpi image sizes in rich glorious color, and with the added bonus of best-in-class infrared dust removal technology, your scans will be automatically cleaned up without you having to put in any extra time editing. The downside, the process is slow, but the results are worth the wait.


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    7200 dpi produces huge scans

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    3.6D dynamic range and 48-bit color produce masses of detail and saturation

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    Small and lightweight, easy to store when not in use

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    Well priced for the quality and ease


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    Limited to 35mm negatives and mounted slide only, no 120 film

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    Slow to scan, especially with infrared and multi-exposure on

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    Bundled Silverfast software is not the best

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Film photography has exploded in popularity recently and many people are looking for the best film scanner to digitize their negatives in a way that allows them to be edited, printed on a large scale, or shared on social media.

There are currently a couple of ways of digitizing film negatives. You can use camera scanning, a technique involving film being placed over a lightbox, and a high-quality macro lens being used to take images of each frame. This technique gets the fastest results but is the trickiest to implement, with lots of fine-tuning. Another option is using a flatbed scanner such as the Epson V600, this is a flatbed scanner that works with film holders that can scan whole rows of film at the same time, a fast way to scan, but it is a bulky device, and the quality is often considered the worst of the options available. The final option is a dedicated single-frame scanner, this is where the Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE comes into play.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.