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Pacific Image Electronics PrimeFilm 1800 AFL Film Scanners

1.89/5 (18 Reviews)


  • Warranty1 Year
    MPN1800 AFL
    Product ID20235356
    Depth9.37 in.
    Width4.06 in.
    Height6.97 in.
    Form FactorDesktop
    InterfaceUSB
    Release Date19 September, 2003
    Weight4.85 lb.
    Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 98 • Apple MacOS 8
    PlatformPC, Mac
    Scanner TypeFilm Scanner (35 mm)
    Media Loading MethodAutoload
    Light SourceCold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
    Supported Media TypeFilm • Slides
    Max. Supported Media Size Film 135 (35mm)
    Input TypeColor
    Scan Element TypeCCD
    Optical Resolution1800 dpi
    Max. Resolution (Hardware)1800 x 1800 dpi
    Max. Gray Depth14-Bit Gray
    Max. Resolution (Interpolated)19200 x 19200
    Max. Color Depth42-bit Color
    Optical Density3.2 Dmax

Product Description

  • Optical Resolution: 1800 DPI
  • Scanning Media: 35mm slides, filmstrips, or roll film
  • Interface: USB


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark Stephan a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: October 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Worked right out of the box, read the manual, installed the software and began scanning my slides and then began feeding color negative film for batch scanning and it worked like a charm!

    Weaknesses:    None considering the price. If I got the same results with a $500 scanner then I would gripe. For the money you get a high quality scan but you do need to spend some time in Photoshop Elements which is supplied with the scanner to remove dust and scratches. Not bad considering that this is a basic no frills scanner that doesn't feature GEM or Digital Ice for automated corrections.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fantastic scanner at a fantastic price! Everything works as advertised by Pacific Images.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   None. First dedicated film scanner.

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Brian a Professional

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

    Strengths:    NONE

    Weaknesses:    EVERYTHING

    Bottom Line:   
    I will keep it simple, I am on my 5th scanner. I have written a formal letter of complaint to the company and received an extended warrenty. I am certain the scanner will fail soon as the previous four scanners have failed. DO NOT BUY THIS SCANNER!

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $316.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   Pakor & Kodak Film Scanners

    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by peei Veei a Intermediate from Menlo Park

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Load you sheet of negatives...and leave...

    Weaknesses:    hey... I want something that scans "un"developed film rolls

    Bottom Line:   
    Duh...I am such a bonehead thinking this would scan un-developed film.....I mean look at the box...they even include among other things....a picture of a roll of undeveloped film??why?.....anyhoo, I did have bunches of sheets of negatives to convert so I can burn them to cd for archiving...so here goes...been using 98se for years as it is well tested and stable...don't try to use this thing thru a usb hub tho....it won't work properly...go it working well and, yes it's kinda tough to get curved film thru it....but it's so kool cause you can run it unattended...you get sorta large tiff files (around 25meg...)so watch the HD space....opened the twain driver into Photoshop 7.0...x-cellent quality, but you gotta "work" with these files to clean em up....not to shabby for the money...

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $27999.00

    Purchased At:   fry's

    Similar Products Used:   One touch flatbed w/ negative scan attachment......blah quality tho....

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jon Hartung a Intermediate from Oakland, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Good film scanning for the price.

    Weaknesses:    The extra software that comes with it. Forget it. Save to another file and use Photoshop or similar for your edits.

    Bottom Line:   
    This software gets universally bad reviews, but I decided to try it anyway given its cheap price. I use it as a slide scanner rather than negative scanner. After finally figuring out how to save negatives to a desktop file rather than using the file management program that goes with it, I have no problem and am pleased with the results. I save to the desktop and then use Photoshop Elements to edit the pictures, and things work fine. I suspect the software loads the file management software into the start menu, which causes the problem. Once I dumped it from start and go directly to "Cyberview Agent", which seems to be the real operating software for the scanner, I have had no problems.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Tim Thorley a Intermediate from Devon UK

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003

    Strengths:    The one film I did get it to scan I thought was pretty good, certainly the best you'll get for £130. If anyone actually knows how to get it working could they let me know. Ta!

    Weaknesses:    If this is the best you can get ...don't bother. I have wasted too much of my life trying to make it work

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this scanner because it was on sale from the usual price of £200. On initial examination it appears to be well built and I fully expected to be very pleased with my purchase. I have now had this infuriating piece of junk for 8 months and have successfully scanned 1 (that's ONE!) film. The driver will NOT install properly on any system I have tried (about 6 in all) be they AMD or Intel, win98, ME or XP. I have emailed the manufacturers tech support and Jessops who all give the impression that this should work easily and it must be me. Having just found this site I see that it isn't me at all, its the d*** scanner so I'm thinking of taking it back! Even the shop I bought it from couldn't make it work.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $130.00

    Purchased At:   Jessops

    Type of photography:   People



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