Plustek upgrades 35mm film scanner

Plustek, one of the global leaders in imaging and communication products, today launches the OpticFilm 7300, a high-resolution film scanner capable of scanning 35mm slides and negatives. An upgrade to the OpticFilm 7200, the 7300 offers a high optical 7200dpi resolution and features Plustek’s new multi-exposure function for negative film and a multi-sampling feature which reduces noise. Also included is LaserSoft Imaging’s latest SilverFast SEPlus 6.5 ME image editing software, which provides a powerful scan with high-quality results. The OpticFilm 7300 is priced at £145 excluding VAT.

At the touch of a button, the scanner is easy to use and is ideal for digital imaging enthusiasts, photographers, and home office users, for various reasons such as converting slides into high-quality images for magazines and other printed material, enlarging photographs, digitising collections of slides to create digital libraries, as well as sharing images on the internet.

The new multi-sampling function enhances the scan quality of the OpticFilm 7300 by minimising noise found in the image caused by varying factors such as low-level lighting or low resolution images. In operation, the unit quickly scans the slide four times with each scan generating four separate readings of the noise level on the image. These are then automatically averaged out to produce the final high-quality scan.

The OpticFilm 7300 also includes a new multi-exposure scanning function for negative film. Producing a high quality, detailed scan, multi-exposure accentuates fine details found in highlights and shadows, such as reflections and textured surfaces and also helps to eliminate noise.

Providing a 48-bit scanning capability, OpticFilm 7300 supports recognition of literally trillions of different colours. The result is a highly accurate colour repetition when compared to the original with even subtle details such as shadows and highlights being picked-up.

Also included is an illuminated slide viewer, allowing slides to be examined before being scanned. Two film holders are also provided for mounting slides and filmstrips.

Bundled software
The OpticFilm 7300 includes the following software:

* SilverFast SEPlus 6.5 ME – world class professional scan software with SilverFast Launcher and TWAIN plug-in applications included, providing a powerful tool for scanning, editing and colour reproduction. The SEPlus version has powerful functions such as multi-exposure, SilverFast Basic, multi-sampling, AACO, SRD, auto-adjust, USM, SCC and NegaFix.
* NewSoft Presto! PageManager 7.10 – award-winning photo/image management software, which supports over 100 popular applications, including colour OCR and full-text indexing functions
* NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio 4.5 – comprehensive multimedia image-processing software which creates new images or enhances existing ones using ImageFolio’s powerful image-editing tools.

Availability and pricing
The OpticFilm 7300 is priced at £169.99 including VAT and is available from Jessops.