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Pacific Image PrimeFilm 3600u for Windows and Mac

2.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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  • High Resolution Scanning
  • Quickly Scans 35mm Films and Slides
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  • The Most Affordable Digital Solution
  • Compatible with Windows & Mac
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Product Description

Pacific Image PF3600u digital film/slide scanner. The most affordable digital solution provides very high quality scanned images.

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Product Dimensions 2.8 x 7 x 10.5 inches
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.3 pounds
ASIN B000F2WTLG
Item model number PF 3600u
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2.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #73 in Computers & Accessories > Scanners > Slide & Negative Scanners
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By Peter on May 11, 2007
This scanner is a reasonably good value and does a reasonably good job. If you have tried scanning prints with a flatbed scanner, you will be happier with the results you get scanning negatives with the PrimeFilm. A couple of caveats: first, this scanner is not fast. One roll of film a day is probably as much as you'll have patience for. Second, the scanned image quality is only as good as your negatives, and your old negatives are probably more fragile than you expected. Plan to spend a fair amount of time cleaning up blemishes in PhotoShop, and, frankly, if you used a cheap camera in the first place, don't even bother; you'll do just as well scanning the prints (and a decent flatbed scanner is a lot cheaper).

One last thing: if you want to save some money, go buy this scanner at C-O-S-T-C-O-D-O-T-C-O-M.
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I got this Primefilm 3600U Scanner as an upgrade from the Pacific Image Electronics' PrimeFilm PF1800U USB Film Scanner . It has alot of og bugs, but once you figures out what the bugs are and learn how to deal with it, it is an excellent product for the price.

I have included my review for the Pacific Image Electronics' PrimeFilm PF1800U USB Film Scanner below so it might helps those who has this item and don't know how to deal with the bugs. Or you can go to the link directly and see my review.

Update: 02/03/2012

Since I wrote this review, a little over 1-1/2 months ago, the price of this scanner increase over 200%. So it seems solving the actual problems works better than B/Sing and propaganda. And I don't even get a thank you from these people.
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I purchased this item in 2002 to scan all the 35mm negatives that I have. The only problem is that the pictures that I scan comes out all pinky or funny colors. I tried using it for awhile but the awful picture quality was really annoying that I stop using it.

I recently heard from a digital graphic person recommending that you should acquire all your digital photos in RAW format. As it is uncompressed and retains all the original unmodified data that you can use any photo editing software to adjust to your liking.

Before the moment I heard it from the digital graphic person, RAW means nothing to me.
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Avoid like the plague of all cheap scanners!
This scanner is Junk! period- if you see it cheap? run away fast.
It cannot scan anything with any consistency. The Software is full of Bugs-regardless of updates. It has the most pitiful light source that can't illuminate through anything that has the slightest contrast or depth. It leaves awful scan lines-most times. It native resolution is probably closer to sub 1100? dpi. It interpolates pixels in blocks beyond this to worthlessness. It can make the most horrible noises and seems to shake itself off your desktop- Like this is good for scan scans (insert droll laughter) Like putting your record player on your 12 inch speakers!!!! I only bought this because I got it for new for almost free and thought? how bad could it be? Beyond terrible and embarrassing. If you give this junk anything above 1 star? then you have never seen a Slide that is scanned properly-period- You Have Been Warned.
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It boils down to this: If you know how to run a scanner get one of these, If not buy something easier, newer and a lot more expensive.
I’m a retired photojournalist who is experienced with film scanners. We used film scanner for almost 10 years before switching to digital cameras. I’ve used Leaf, Nikon, Polaroid and Kodak scanners. You can find this Prime Film 3600u scanner used for next to nothing and they do the job if you know how to use one. I needed a film scanner to scan old family negatives and slides. My goal is to archive my family’s history not to have images for large prints. I scanned everything in 8X10 inch format and this scanner did everything I asked of it.
I was not able to get the Pacific Imaging software to recognize the scanner which isn’t a bad thing. From what I’ve read their software isn’t any good and I think that could be the reason that this scanner has so many bad reviews. It does work good with VueScan and SliverFast scanning software with VueScan being the best but the most costly. VueScan will work with just about any scanner flat bed or film. Once you buy it all you need to do is download the appropriate driver for the scanner. With SilverFast you need to purchase a copy of their software for each scanner.
The scans are equivalent to what you get with Nikon CoolScan LS-20 0r LS2000. The speed of the scanner is about the same as these Nikon scanners too. The Leaf, Polaroid and Kodak scanners where much slower. This scanner as with the earlier mentioned Nikon scanners do not have ICE technology so you have to make sure that the scanner itself and the negative/slide are as dust free as possible. With a clean scanner, negatives and slides I was able to easily remove what dust there was with the dust and scratch feature in PhotoShop Elements.
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