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In this modern day, I find it hard to get great prints out of film cameras. As much fun as they are, I don’t really want to waste money printing out all of the photos which were snapped with a film camera — they may or may not actually be great pictures that I’d want to remember. With a film scanner, all you need to do is get the roll of film developed and scan them leisurely at home. Plus, it’s a painless way of digitising your old film negatives.

This month, we’re giving away a Plustek OpticFilm 7400 to a very, very lucky MakeUseOf reader.


The OpticFilm 7400 is a USB 35mm film and slides scanner that is able to scan negatives at a detailed resolution of 7200dpi. And by using the scanning software provided (SilverFast SE) for Windows and Mac, it can be set up on almost any computer.

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Conveniently, it comes with a padded storage bag that’s able to hold the scanner, the pair of negative and slide holders, the USB cable and power adapter, making it very portable. It also isn’t very heavy — only 3.5 lbs or 1.6 kgs.

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The process of film scanning may sound daunting but it actually isn’t. Say you have a roll of undeveloped film. All you need to do is go to your local photo lab and tell them that you want to get the film developed but not printed. Tell them to cut and sleeve the film for you.

When it’s done and you’re home, whip out the 35mm film holders and place the film the correct side up and lock the holder into place. Slide the holder into the scanner (make sure to turn it on first) and you’re good to go.

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Then the included software does all the work. Once installed, launch it and you’re ready to scan your film. To be brutally honest, the program isn’t very easy to navigate. In fact, it was quite unfriendly to use.

However, once you get the hang of it, you’ll come to realise that it’s actually pretty powerful. For instance, it is able to automatically take multiple scans of a negative, does some calculation and provide you with an output image that’s smoother and more refined. That feature is called Multi-Sampling. You’ll find that you’re able to “sample” an image from 2 to 16 times just to make sure that the final image is as perfect as can be.

The software also has great grain and noise elimination that further decreases artefacts, noise and film grain.

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It has over 120 film profiles that is able to adjust the output image to ensure that it does justice to the type of film used whether it was Kodak Royal Gold or a roll of Agfa film.

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And the result? Well, here are a couple of shots from my latest trip to Sydney. These were taken with the SuperHeadz Slim Angel Holga and SuperHeadz Wide & Slim Photo Camera Giveaway Holga and SuperHeadz Wide & Slim Photo Camera Giveaway Read More and scanned with the Plustek OpticFilm 7400.

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And.

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Sure, the images have their imperfections but that’s the beauty of film photography.

We’re giving a Plustek OpticFilm 7400 away. Would you like to digitise your film photos and share them with your friends and family?

How do I win one?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
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STEP 2
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Giveaway eligibility
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Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, December 31st at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Plustek for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Daniel Sloan
    January 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I have exact this hardware but little different model. There don't have 110 negative, that what am I looking for. Do you know where can I find negative scanner for 110, not 35 mm, slide, etc... Let me know! Email: danielsloan@comcast.net

  2. Rocco Rizzo
    December 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Gee, I wonder if this will do other format negatives and slides. I have a ton of 120 size slides from my grandfather. I'm afraid to bring them out, because they are so old. There is also a couple of tons of 35mm media from the two of us that go back nearly 80 years. I cannot believe it's been that long. It sure would be interesting to see some of these. I wonder how well the old Kodachrome has held up after 35 or so years?

  3. Dav532000
    December 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Cool giveaway posted on facebook and twitter.

  4. Apisit
    December 26, 2010 at 5:43 am

    This will make a ton of my 35mm slides alive!! Thank you :)

  5. Juaymah Balucas
    December 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    i want to win because photography is my passion

  6. Lina C.
    December 17, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Done :)

  7. Ai
    December 17, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Just entered. Thank you!

  8. Taina_hall
    December 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Oh wow, my dad passed away last month and I inherited all his photo gear...overwhelming amount of negatives and boxes full of slides from my childhood back in the sixties and seventies.
    This would bring those memories back to life for me and my family.
    Love,
    Taina

  9. Ben Lang
    December 14, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Awesome, entered!

  10. Jacraker
    December 13, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I have so many old school photos in negative format that I need to have scanned so I can share with my other friends now that we have caught up again 30+ years later. This scanner is exactly what the doctor ordered. It's fantastic being able to share and laugh at old memories especially if the process of converting them can be made easier as this will do...

  11. Roch
    December 13, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I'm in!! :) Hope I win! :D

  12. Nguyen Ngoc Hoang
    December 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I'm in

  13. David Craker
    December 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    This film scanner would be unreal for my personal collection of thousands of negatives that I have sitting here that were taken over 20 years ago... They were all kept pristing whilst the prints have been lost in all sorts of situations. I have been seriously looking at a scanner but until now, did not know which one to go for... Well this is it baby...

  14. Tom
    December 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Cool beans..........

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