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Reflecta ProScan 7200 Film Scanner Review

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Film Scanner Review - Stephen Waller reviews the Reflecta ProScan 7200, a 3600dpi scanner with built in ICE, ROC and GEM.

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Category : Film Scanners
Product : Reflecta ProScan 7200
Price : £385
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ProScan 7200

The ProScan 7200 was recently introduced to the UK priced at a little over £450. It is about half the size of a classic domestic A4 flatbed scanner and is of a similar weight. It has a relatively high Dmax of 3.8 (dynamic range), is a true scanner incorporating infra-red dust detection and has a maximum scan resolution of 3600 dpi. This can give a scan of 16Mb at 24 bit and up to 47Mb at 48 bit in Tiff format. It is now available for a little above £300, but does the 3600 dpi, ICE, ROC, and GEM justify the outlay?

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Features

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The standard film and slide holders are robust and relatively easy to use. The slide holder is particularly easy to load, as the slides go into a slot from below. There is a back-lit viewing window to check the material to be scanned is aligned correctly. It uses hardware-based dust and scratch correcting ICE³-technology, ROC colour restoration and GEM film grain equalization. Scans would be suitable for printing at over A3 size with a little touching up.

Reflecta ProScan 7200 installation and Bundled Software

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As with many USB devices, the software should be installed from the CD before connecting the scanner, and is fairly straight-forward. The standard bundled software is Cyberview, but Silverfast is also available as an extra enabling superior colour control. Cyberview is a capable piece of software, but you would probably prefer using your personal favourite. It is also compatible with Hamricks Viewscan, however the scanner itself does not support multi-pass scanning.

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Handling

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A generic positive film filter is used for slide scanning and negative scans require you to select from a list of popular film types. The large button on top allegedly sets the device scanning, however this may require a software setup, as it did nothing for me.

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Performance

Scanning times are slow, and batch scans are not an option. It is however ideal for getting the best out of the cream of your collection ready for printing at a large size. The dust removal is very effective and impressive, though it seemed to have issues with removing minor scratches.

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Sunflower, showing cropped area. Salou negative, showing cropped area.

Full size crops are shown below, to show the original scan, as well as the scan with ICE on. It does show how effective the ICE can be, but not right up to the edges.

Sunflower ICE off Sunflower ICE on. salou-as-is-crop salou-ice-crop
Sunflower, ICE off Sunflower, ICE on Salou, ICE off Salou, ICE on

The resolution achieved can be disconcerting, as defects such as scratches and corner focus fall off were evident that other scanners with similar dpi did not reveal. This was confirmed by re-scanning the trial film. 3600 dpi certainly got to the grain in the negatives I scanned, and the GEM smoothed most of it away again.

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Brochure, slide GEM ICE ROC, marked Hacienda, negative GEM ICE ROC, marked

Examples below, showing the various options, from the area marked out in red above:

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Brochure, as is Brochure, GEM Brochure, GEM ICE Brochure, GEM ICE ROC

The benefits of ROC are far less evident, and would require some experiment to establish when its use would be appropriate - It illustrates the ROC which has improved the colour balance, but at such close up resolution is poor. The samples show full size scans and crops using combinations of the enhancement options. Examples below, showing the various options, from the area marked out in red above:

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Hacienda ROC Hacienda ICE ROC Hacienda GEM ICE ROC

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Sample Photos


Reflecta ProScan 7200 Verdict

For capturing the maximum information from your more treasured film and bringing it into the digital age, it is hard to beat. It is a high definition scanner capable of getting more from your films than you were expecting. I could not recommend it if you are just starting to catalogue your collection of negatives and slides, due to the labour intensive requirement of dealing with images individually.

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Pros

Very high resolution scans
Effective dust removal
Robust slide and film holders
Software supports multiple file formats
Histogram compensation adjustment

Reflecta ProScan 7200 Cons

Slow capture times
A little expensive
Low productivity

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Reflecta ProScan 7200 Specifications

Scanning Sensor
Optical Resolution3600dpi
Software Resolution (Interpolation)3600dpi
Dynamic Range3.8DMax
Colour Depth48bit/pixel
Scan methodSingle Pass
Interface
USBUSB 2
Box Contents
Box ContentsFilm Holder for Mounted slides, up to 4 slides Film Holder for Filmstrip, hold up to 6 frames USB cable Quickguide Plustek Setup/Application CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight1000g

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