In a recent pitch, I noticed this film scanner listed as a great gift idea for dads. It’s a slide/negative scanner and as soon as I saw it, I remembered that we had a bunch of old family slides that we had collected from my mother-in-law’s basement.
Now, I would consider myself intermediate to advanced when it comes to computer software and hardware. The set-up of the scanner took me between 20-30 minutes. The instructions that came with it were easy to follow and the scanner was up and running in no time. I have been using the scanner to turn those old slides and negatives into digital photos for viewing on the computer, sharing online or printing.
The OpticFilm 7400 works much like a regular home scanner, except it is smaller and only scans slides and negatives. I have been having a blast scanning old film negatives that I had saved up over the years. I had always thought that one day I would have all of my old negatives turned into digital photos, in my opinion, a much better way of preserving them rather than having photos gathering dust in boxes.
The imaging software included with the film scanner is SilverFast SE. It’s a fairly easy program to use, again, much like the home scanner imaging programs. It allows you to edit your scanned slides and negatives and save them in various formats.
Why would you want a film scanner? Well, number one, if you have slides or negatives from your 35 mm film camera and would like to digitally store your photos, this scanner is a great option for doing just that. From what I gather, this version of the OpticFilm scanner is better than its previous versions but lacks the dust and scratch correction option. That doesn’t really make a difference to me, as I can do that in PhotoShop and quite honestly, my goal here is to preserve my original prints in electronic format. I’m not super concerned with perfecting the images, so this film scanner is satisfactory for me.
In the world of film scanners, quality and price points vary. I would say that the Plustek OpticFilm 7400 Film Scanner is one of the more affordable scanners, retailing for under $300 (on Amazon.com). Like I mentioned above, this particular film scanner does the trick for me. If you have a project you are working on that maybe doesn’t consist of the mass scanning of old slides and negatives for digital storage, then you should definitely do some comparison shopping. To start, here is a slide scanner comparison article from Buzzle.com
If you’re looking for more in-depth information on the Plustek OpticFilm 7400 film scanner that I’m talking about here, check out this article from ScanDig.
Now, I must get back to preserving my old memories!