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Pacific Image Electronics PowerSlide 3600 Film Scanners
Product Description3600dpi, Automated, 35mm, Slide Scanner
Submitted by tlianza a Expert
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2005
Strengths: None, poor dynamic range, horrendous feed issues. Jammed slides actually are damaged... Absolutely unacceptable.
Weaknesses: Constant slide jamming with subsequent damage to jammed slide.
This is a terrible product. The slide feeder jams more than 20% of the time using kodak mounted paper mounts. I can't understan how this product ever made it to the market place. The image quality is also bad. Even when it manages to feed a slide, the image quality is well below scanners of equivelent price. Don't let the auto feed fool you. This scanner is a waste of money. How did this ever get out of manufacturing...?
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $639.00
Purchased At: B&H photo
Similar Products Used: Nikon 8000 nikon 4000
Type of photography: Other
Submitted by dantheband a Casual
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2003
Strengths: Works pretty well with the slide magazine provided. The slide quality is pretty good at the highest setting (3600). I didn't have any trouble installing the software or getting the device to interface properly with the computer.
Weaknesses: Like I said it don't work with the carousel. The software is pretty limited. One thing the software does is analyze and flip the image on its side (90 degrees) if it thinks it needs to. Sometimes it makes this call correctly but more often it performs this operation on images that don't need it (i.e. images with a 'landscape' orientation). When this happens it truncates the sides of the images. It does this automatically and it is not something you can just 'turn off'.
Using it at the lower resolutions, while faster, produces results that just plain suck. Filling up the 50-slide magazine and scanning all 50 (using multi-scan to file) will take a minimum of 2.5 hours assuming nothing goes wrong (like a slide jamming).
This product just plain doesn't cut it for what I had in mind. I've taken on the job of scanning my parents' 35mm slides (literally thousands of slides on probably 30 - 40 circular carousels). Product information says it will work with carousels. It doesn't. If all I had to do was flop in a carousel and use 'scan to file' then I probably might have kept it. However, when I have to take the slides out of the carousel to put them into the magazine and then screw that process up by putting them in the wrong way, well, that adds way more human intervention than I wanted to provide.
Price Paid: $699.00
Purchased At: B & H Photo
Submitted by mlogan a Expert
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003
Bad product. Software doesn't work. Doesn't feed slides properly. Company support is bad. I am attempting to return this product currently after wasting a great deal of time trying to get it to work.
Duration Product Used: 11-20 years
Price Paid: $608.00
Purchased At: thenerds.com
Similar Products Used: Nikon slide scanner
Type of photography: Other