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on March 21, 2011
I broke my Nikon Coolscan V scanner. If you don't already know, Nikon has discontinued their film scanners. When I inquired with them about getting it repaired, I was told that they could only do it if they had the parts. This hardly seems sustainable, so I looked around for other options. I stopped scanning film about 6 years ago, so I wasn't sure what was out there. I thought by now flatbeds with film adapters like those from Epson and Canon would give stellar results, but they don't. I've tried the Epson 4490 and V500, and the scans were pretty soft. I hear the Epson V700 is better, but not by much. Used dedicated film scanners are way over priced. For instance, a used Coolscan V is twice the price I paid new. Then I ran into Plustek 7400. This scanner, as far as I can tell, is the same as the 7600i but without ICE infrared dust remover. Since I wasn't going to scan color film, I didn't think I needed it.
I've only had it a couple days, so I can only give a few observations:
-Scans are pretty sharp. At least as sharp as my Coolscan was. I can see grain!
-dmax is good. I have some dense negatives and at least from looking at the histogram of the scans, nothing was clipped.
-The scanner is solid feeling. The body is plastic compared to the metal body of the coolscan, but I don't think that is a big deal.
-The film holder is not flimsy compared to the epson's and even the nikon's.
-It doesn't scan at advertised 7200 dpi. I'm not really sure what the real resolution is, but I can see step interpolation artifacts on scans that are 7200 dpi. It's still really good compared to it's competition in its price range.
-I wanted to do sloppy border style scans, but this doesn't look to be a possibility based on the actual scan area.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and am especially happy that Plustek is continuing to make this technology for this dying (though I'm seeing a recent resurgence) analog medium.