The Ultimate in Dedicated Film Scanners for the Home and Office, the Plustek OpticFilm 120

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The Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

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There are two main streams of photographers among us—great film shooters who have traditionally photographed FILM for decades with stocks of powerful images already in our archives we need to digitize, and those who revel anew in FILM’s dynamic qualities and, via FILM, hope to bring their personal work to an exciting new threshold.  Photographing with FILM undoubtedly brings the quality of our work to richer, higher dimensions.  And by using film, we once again gain the opportunity to utilize the best equipment ever made—period.  Just compare film scans to images taken straight from a digital camera and you will see that film is by far more dynamic and expressive.

 

So, when Plustek entered the market a few years ago, most of us film users jumped for joy.  It is of stellar importance, first of all, to realize that with Plustek film scanners, such as the OpticFilm 120, photographers finally have a personal scanner of super high quality that is extremely affordable.  At CAMERAFILMPHOTO we recommend that you purchase one for the home or office!   You won’t be sorry!

 

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Right out of the box our first impression of the sensational  Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner is a solidly built, energy-efficient piece of equipment—dedicated to film—which takes up a minimum of desk space.

When Plustek attests their OpticFilm 120 Scanner delivers “professional” quality images—they actually mean what they say.  This model scans a range of sizes from 35mm film strips and slides in mounts, to 120 or 220  film in sizes ranging from 6 x 4.5 cm to 6 x 12cm.  The scanner utilizes an automatic, motorized film transport system together with adjustable-pitch holders, the latter maximizing film flatness.  Film and slide scanning input can be set as high as 10,600 dpi, with 5,300 dpi for measured output resolution.  Fortunately, world-famous SilverFast Ai Studio 8 software accompanies this gem, including a full suite of immensely helpful tools like built-in infrared dust and scratch detection and removal applications, image optimization controls, dynamic range increase modes, noise reduction and overall color correction.

Tests of the OpticFilm 120 compared to the Epson GT-X970 scanner:

Sample 1— Kodak Portra 400 NC film:

Epson GT-X970:

The overall color has a purple cast.  Detail is lacking in the dark areas.

Kodak Portra 400NC - Epson -12x12@901

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Color is greatly improved.  Better detail in dark areas.  Image is much sharper.  We could tweak the controls further for even better exposure optimization.

Portra 400NC - Plustek -1-12x12@90

 

Sample 2— Kodak Portra 400 NC film:

Epson GT-X970:

Notice the green grass and yellow flowers on the left?  They do not look natural.  The whole scene is rather lifeless.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-12x12@90-2-300x299

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

The color of green grass and yellow flowers are dramatically improved.  The scene comes alive.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-12x12@90-2-300x299

 

Detail:

Epson GT-X970:

Muddy color and lack of sharpness in the leather boot detail.  No crispness in the shadows.

 

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-2-crop-300x401

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Much improvement in color and sharpness in the leather boot.  Note the crisp detail even in the shadows.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-2-crop-300x401
 

Sample 4— Fujifilm Provia 120 size roll film:

Epson GT-X970:

Our scanning results are rather dismal here, with low contrast.

XPAN-Swiss-Epson-GT-X970-1-sm1-300x114

 

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Overall color more natural.  Contrast higher.  We could easily tweak the colors further using the Plustek OpticFilm 120’s precise controls.

XPAN-Swiss-Epson-GT-X970-1-sm1-300x114

 

Details:

Epson GT-X970:

Dull scene details.

XPAN-Epson-detail-300x150

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Fine details rendered more sharply, while color is improved.

XPAN-Epson-detail-300x150

 

Sample 5 — Fomapan R 100 black and white reversal film:

 

Epson GT-X970:

General image low in contrast and sharpness.

Foma-Epson-8x12@90-1-300x200

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Deeper blacks, crisper whites. Improved contrast and sharpness.

Foma-Epson-8x12@90-1-300x200

Detail:

Epson GT-X970:

Low contrast. Limited detail in both light and dark areas.  Lacking in sharpness.

Foma-Epson-1-detail-2-150x150

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Much deeper blacks.  Improved detail, both in light and dark areas.  Sharper.

Foma-Epson-1-detail-2-150x150

Conclusion:

 

The day has arrived in which a fine scanner, especially dedicated to film—the Plustek OpticFilm 120—has entered the market.  Photographers may work again in the most dramatic medium—film.  The OpticFilm 120 Scanner wins hands down compared to the Epson GT-970 in our tests.  The Plustek’s color quality, sharpness, detail and contrast are outstanding.  So, it’s time to celebrate.  We now have the opportunity to scan our archives at home, or at the office, with incredible precision.  The Plustek OpticFilm 120 is affordable.  We recommend you make it your personal scanner and use it with delight.

 

 

 

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The Ultimate in Dedicated Film Scanners for the Home and Office, the Plustek OpticFilm 120

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The Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

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There are two main streams of photographers among us—great film shooters who have traditionally photographed FILM for decades with stocks of powerful images already in our archives we need to digitize, and those who revel anew in FILM’s dynamic qualities and, via FILM, hope to bring their personal work to an exciting new threshold.  Photographing with FILM undoubtedly brings the quality of our work to richer, higher dimensions.  And by using film, we once again gain the opportunity to utilize the best equipment ever made—period.  Just compare film scans to images taken straight from a digital camera and you will see that film is by far more dynamic and expressive.

 

So, when Plustek entered the market a few years ago, most of us film users jumped for joy.  It is of stellar importance, first of all, to realize that with Plustek film scanners, such as the OpticFilm 120, photographers finally have a personal scanner of super high quality that is extremely affordable.  At CAMERAFILMPHOTO we recommend that you purchase one for the home or office!   You won’t be sorry!

 

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Right out of the box our first impression of the sensational  Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner is a solidly built, energy-efficient piece of equipment—dedicated to film—which takes up a minimum of desk space.

When Plustek attests their OpticFilm 120 Scanner delivers “professional” quality images—they actually mean what they say.  This model scans a range of sizes from 35mm film strips and slides in mounts, to 120 or 220  film in sizes ranging from 6 x 4.5 cm to 6 x 12cm.  The scanner utilizes an automatic, motorized film transport system together with adjustable-pitch holders, the latter maximizing film flatness.  Film and slide scanning input can be set as high as 10,600 dpi, with 5,300 dpi for measured output resolution.  Fortunately, world-famous SilverFast Ai Studio 8 software accompanies this gem, including a full suite of immensely helpful tools like built-in infrared dust and scratch detection and removal applications, image optimization controls, dynamic range increase modes, noise reduction and overall color correction.

Tests of the OpticFilm 120 compared to the Epson GT-X970 scanner:

Sample 1— Kodak Portra 400 NC film:

Epson GT-X970:

The overall color has a purple cast.  Detail is lacking in the dark areas.

Kodak Portra 400NC - Epson -12x12@901

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Color is greatly improved.  Better detail in dark areas.  Image is much sharper.  We could tweak the controls further for even better exposure optimization.

Portra 400NC - Plustek -1-12x12@90

 

Sample 2— Kodak Portra 400 NC film:

Epson GT-X970:

Notice the green grass and yellow flowers on the left?  They do not look natural.  The whole scene is rather lifeless.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-12x12@90-2-300x299

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

The color of green grass and yellow flowers are dramatically improved.  The scene comes alive.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-12x12@90-2-300x299

 

Detail:

Epson GT-X970:

Muddy color and lack of sharpness in the leather boot detail.  No crispness in the shadows.

 

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-2-crop-300x401

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Much improvement in color and sharpness in the leather boot.  Note the crisp detail even in the shadows.

Kodak-Portra-400NC-Epson-2-crop-300x401
 

Sample 4— Fujifilm Provia 120 size roll film:

Epson GT-X970:

Our scanning results are rather dismal here, with low contrast.

XPAN-Swiss-Epson-GT-X970-1-sm1-300x114

 

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Overall color more natural.  Contrast higher.  We could easily tweak the colors further using the Plustek OpticFilm 120’s precise controls.

XPAN-Swiss-Epson-GT-X970-1-sm1-300x114

 

Details:

Epson GT-X970:

Dull scene details.

XPAN-Epson-detail-300x150

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Fine details rendered more sharply, while color is improved.

XPAN-Epson-detail-300x150

 

Sample 5 — Fomapan R 100 black and white reversal film:

 

Epson GT-X970:

General image low in contrast and sharpness.

Foma-Epson-8x12@90-1-300x200

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Deeper blacks, crisper whites. Improved contrast and sharpness.

Foma-Epson-8x12@90-1-300x200

Detail:

Epson GT-X970:

Low contrast. Limited detail in both light and dark areas.  Lacking in sharpness.

Foma-Epson-1-detail-2-150x150

Plustek OpticFilm 120 Scanner:

Much deeper blacks.  Improved detail, both in light and dark areas.  Sharper.

Foma-Epson-1-detail-2-150x150

Conclusion:

 

The day has arrived in which a fine scanner, especially dedicated to film—the Plustek OpticFilm 120—has entered the market.  Photographers may work again in the most dramatic medium—film.  The OpticFilm 120 Scanner wins hands down compared to the Epson GT-970 in our tests.  The Plustek’s color quality, sharpness, detail and contrast are outstanding.  So, it’s time to celebrate.  We now have the opportunity to scan our archives at home, or at the office, with incredible precision.  The Plustek OpticFilm 120 is affordable.  We recommend you make it your personal scanner and use it with delight.

 

 

 

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