Plustek OpticFilm 120

February 24, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners | 12 Comments | |
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Plustek is set to release a brand new high-end desktop film scanner that will handle both 35mm and medium-format negatives and transparencies. Although the full list of specifications has not been released yet, the Plustek OpticFilm 120 will definitely feature an automatic film advance mechanism, high-quality scanner optics and newly designed film holders that should be able to keep the film strips perfectly flat. Other highlights include multi-sampling, multi-exposure and and an infrared channel that helps with the identification and automated removal of dust marks. Capable of scanning both 35mm and medium format up to a frame size of 6x12cm, the Plustek OpticFilm 120 will come bundled with an IT8 colour calibration target and SilverFast Ai Studio 8 software. The scanner is going to be on display at CeBIT 2012, held in Hannover, Germany, from 6-10 March. Pricing, exact availability and full specifications - including resolution and dMax - have yet to be communicated.

Update: According to a German-language press release published on the Plustek website, the OpticFilm 120 boasts an 8-layer [perhaps 8-element?] lens and a scanning resolution of up to 10,660dpi. Click through / scroll down for a rough translation.

Below is a rough translation of the relevant section of the press release:

OpticFilm 120 - High-quality film scanner for medium format

The OpticFilm 120 is the new flagship among film scanners in the market today. With its sleek design and high-quality metal exterior, this slide and film scanner digitises all [film] formats (up to 120 medium format) in the highest possible quality. With its 8-layered [probably 8-element] speciality lens, a better depth of field is achieved, which makes even the smallest details of the original visible. The high-quality CCD sensors of this scanner support a resolution of 10 660dpi, [a figure] hitherto unheard of in this segment. For an even better [scanning experience] and more convenient operation, the OpticFilm 120 is capable of automatically advancing the film carriers.

The scope of delivery includes the latest software from LaserSoft Imaging®: SilverFast Ai Studio® 8 with built-in IT8 calibration and a matching IT8 target. In close cooperation with LaserSoft Imaging, the Plustek OpticFilm 120 has been endowed with [a range of] unique functions: The especially sensitive, low-noise sensors of the OpticFilm 120 and the patented SilverFast Multi-Exposure® [technology] significantly increase the scanner’s dynamic range. Two differently exposed scans are blended into a single picture, resulting in extremely high-quality and low-noise images. SilverFast’s infrared Dust and Scratch Removal (iSRD®) uses the infrared channel of the OpticFilm 120 in conjunction with its new specialised lens to detect artefacts with remarkable reliability.

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#1 Andy A.S Photography

So there are enough people shooting 120 out there still? Them days are long gone for me. Andy from Commercial Photography Milton Keynes

11:25 am - Friday, March 2, 2012

#2 Paul Gresham

Very very exciting news!!

1:11 am - Sunday, March 4, 2012

#3 Donick

Any idea on the price-range yet?

1:30 am - Thursday, March 8, 2012

#4 Zoltan Arva-Toth

The only thing they'd say at this point is that the price would be "reasonable", which of course can mean just about anything. They don't have a lot of competitors - the Reflecta MidFormat Scan MF5000, a.k.a. Pacific Image PrimeFilm 120, is about the only other currently manufactured desktop film scanner that will scan medium format -, so theoretically they can set the price wherever they want. On the other hand, if they decided to price it way up then they'd be looking at a very small market, and I'm sure they are aware of that.

2:55 pm - Thursday, March 8, 2012

#5 Sergio

Let's hope they advertise ACTUAL optical scan resolutions instead of these outrageous theoretical scan resolutions that commodity flatbed scanners advertise and they can't even come close to that in real life. So let the engineers post the scan resolution instead of the marketing people.

The market needs a good scanner for 120 film that doesn't cost as much as a car and is better than commodity flatbed scanners.

9:09 pm - Sunday, March 25, 2012

#6 Alex

Reflecta is 1300GBP now on amazon, and new Plustek will be the same price + -
That is for sure. Trust me

10:52 am - Friday, April 6, 2012

#7 Ed

We will scan film for you.

4:51 pm - Friday, May 4, 2012

#8 johan

It's coming! Nobody's scanning my film for me!

10:56 am - Friday, June 1, 2012

#9 Hangar 217

Finally... 120 scanning...

8:18 pm - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#10 Mark Naftel

GBP£1999 pre-order at Wex Photographics.

9:09 pm - Sunday, August 26, 2012

#11 Steve

Am I the only one with this machine that cannot get 5300 DPI sharpness? The Plustek seems to do better at 2650 than 5300DPI.

12:32 am - Thursday, February 20, 2014

#12 Herman

@ Steve > still got problems with this scanner...?

I am still in doubt which to buy : the Reflecta MF5000 or the Plustek OpticFilm 120

My old scanners (AGFA Duoscan T2500 & F40) are too low resolution & no longer supported on Windows7 & Mac Intel... :-/

I hope you can help me out... :-)

10:10 am - Friday, January 9, 2015