A Look at the Image Quality of Plustek’s $2,000 OpticFilm 120 Film Scanner

One of the latest entrants in the at-home film scanning game is the Plustek OpticFilm 120. Just announced a few months ago and made available for pre-orders earlier this month, the OpticFilm 120 is a professional caliber scanner that can digitize both 35mm and 120mm medium format film. With a price tag of $2,000, it’s not exactly wallet-friendly for the average film shooter, but is quite affordable when compared to other medium-format pro-grade scanners on the market.

If you’ve been wondering about the image quality of the scanner (and whether or not it stacks up well against your local photo lab), Plustek has released a few full-resolution untouched scans.

The company writes,

The images in this directory are unedited images that were scanned using the Auto CCR function of LaserSoft SilverFast Ai Studio 8. No other adjustments or dust and scratch removal were made. Consider these images to be similar to “straight out of camera” raw files produced by digital cameras.

All of these images were shot with a Rolleiflex T, Type 2 on either Kodak Tmax 400 or Ilford HP5 400.

Here are the three sample images:

…and 100% crops from each of them:

The “eye” of the scanner is an 8-element glass lens that scans images at 5,300 dpi.

Check out the product page over on Plustek for more info on this scanner. It’ll start hitting store shelves in the beginning of November.

OpticFilm 120 Sample Images (via PhotographyBLOG via Photo Rumors)

  • Allen Arrick

    Can we please get a medium format scanner that doesn’t cost a million dollars?

  • OM4Ti

    I have the plustek 7600i. Plusteks are truly some of the best scanners in the market.

  • JWest

    drools… I suspect this is infinitely better than my Epson v600. I wonder how it does with slide film.

  • jesseyardley

    Looks tasty! Christmas is coming.

  • Karl

    You’re in luck, Allen, this one only costs $2,000 – $998,000 less than a million dollars!

  • Ricky

    film scanners are only as good as the software they use. I’m interested to see how it does with the blacks.

  • ben

    Does this scan negative? or only slides? or only print?
    novice scanner

  • sierrarobba

    Looks nikon clone!But 2000$…..well let see some slides

  • Mark

    35mm negatives and slides, and 120 film from 6×6 to 6×12

  • Matthew Wagg

    As a primarily film shooter and having my solution for scanning 35mm slides and negs with my nikon LS, all I can say is Want!

  • Matthew Wagg

    The video on the product page explains it all

  • Matthew Wagg

    looks like they’ll be using SilverFast Ai Studio 8. I trialled that when I got my current scanner, I didn’t like the workflow in it but it is quite good. I use Vuescan and I’d imagine it’ll have support for it as well.

  • tom

    People are whining about a $2000 scanner. Sorry, but as someone who has 12,000 slides and who-knows-how-many negs lying around, it’s a steal compared to getting them drum scanned at the lab.

  • Cookiepus

    LAst year I almost bought the Plustek 7400, so called becuase of the 7400 dpi resolution claimed. After a lot of resarch and emails i found out the optical resolution was only 3600 Ddpi. The 7400 dpi claimed was only achived through interpolation-.i.e upscaling.

    I wish they would just be straight about it!

  • Cookiepus

    Wa? Surley its the sensor which is the critical thing.

  • Adam Lipstadt

    Look, I get frustration when you feel you’re misled, but this entire post is wrong. The interpolated resolution is 7200dpi. Perhaps for the long discontinued Plustek 7200 it mattered, but now there is no such relationship. The spec sheet – or just go to B&H’s listing – provides both interpolated and optical resolution. Using a spec number as the basis for naming the first release and then continuing the number from there is nothing new – was Nikon also not being “straight” when the LS-9000 didn’t have 9000dpi like the LS-4000 had 4000dpi? These are technical devices. You want to know specs, read the spec sheet.

    The 8xxx series simplfies the matter (supposedly the only difference from the 7400/ 7600i SE/ 7600 Ai is cosmetic – and that it ships with Silverfast 8) there is a 8100 and a 8200i, and it’s easy to remember the difference because any model with an “i” at the end has an IR channel for dust.

    The scanners are excellent and a fantastic deal – which is more amazing because they effectively have a monopoly in the $200-$2000 dedicated scanner market (Reflectas literally don’t count) . If anything, their customer service/PR is among the best I’ve seen, not just using social media, but joining various film shooting forums, resolving individual problems and seeking input for future development (which at one point included this model). It’s because they *are* straight that I bought from them. Give it a shot – go ask a question on their Facebook page.

    As an aside, I really wish these things had autofocus, though I understand why its not feasible. It’s why I bought an Epson 10000XL over a v750, giving up resolution and dust cleaning (and $1600). Still, I’m buying one of these as soon as it comes out.

  • Adam Lipstadt

    Looks nothing like a Nikon clone – according to the rep they specifically wanted to beat the quality of the LS-9000. We’ll see if the 5300 dpi holds up, but if so, they probably did.

  • Jim

    Still not available as of today. We’ve been strung along for some time now. I would like to see an independent review. The above images look mediocre. Why would not Plustek release better images to show what it it really capable of. Do they really want to see this thing?

  • Freddie Kang

    Any idea if this Plustek OpticFilm 120 will scan 65mmX24mm negative or slide taken with a Hasselblad XPan in panaromic mode?

  • Noons

    Let me see:
    1- how long does it take to scan a 35mm fram at max rez? (crickets)
    2- same for 6X6 (crickets)
    3- does it or does it not use infrared-based scratch cleaning? (crickets)
    Call this a review?
    Have we really descended this low in jornalism?

  • Michael Zhang

    Nope, this isn’t a review. If we do get our hands on a review unit, it might not be until early 2013. This is simply reporting on some stuff that the company released, and nothing more :)

  • Ian Rivlin

    Was anyone away that this scanner doesn’t have adjustable focus or autofocus? In addition, there are no glass carriers, so keeping the film flat will be impossible. In essence, it suffers from the same deficiencies as a inexpensive flatbed scanner. I was going to buy the OpticFilm 120 but without adjustable focus, I see little point. I’ll check out the Microtek Artix F1. (which has adjustable focus and a greater Dmax than the Plustek). – It even costs slightly less than the OpticFilm 120.

  • cgw

    I understand there were last minute OEM problems in late ’12 but this thing’s glacial progress to market is troubling, so much so I’m wondering if it’s vaporware or just DOA. Can’t help think they waited way too long–like several years–given the state of demand for film products. Hope not.

  • Fred

    As usual with Plusktek you will probably be better waiting for a later model by which time they should have ironed out any early issues.