Pacific Image Electronics Inc. has introduced the PrimeFilm 1800AFL film scanner. The scanner automatically loads and feeds 35mm filmstrips and roll film, and costs US$399.
The scanner’s film loader enables users to perform batch handing for filmstrips and rolls of up to 40 uncut frames without needing to use film holders. The 1800AFL model sports 1800 dot-per-inch resolution, 42-bit color mode and 3.2 dynamic range.
Users preview imagery using Pacific Image’s proprietary CyberView 35 plug-in — you can view up to six frames at time in preview mode and select just the ones you wish to scan. Negatives can be scanned in about 23 seconds, according to the manufacturer. It ships with Adobe’s Photoshop Elements software.
The PrimeFilm 1800AFL weighs about 4.85 pounds and measures 9.37- x 4.05- x 6.97-inches. The USB-based scanner works with various flavors of Windows and Mac OS 8.6 or later. Although Mac OS X support is not available with the PrimeFilm 1800AFL’s initial release, Pacific Image said that OS X support will be updated later on the company’s Web site.
Look for the new scanner and photo specialty shops and major retailers including CompUSA, Micro Center, Fry’s and others.