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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.