Here is a high magnification crop from each scanner, from yesterday’s Smile image.
- Default values in SilverFast 8 (identical settings for both scanners).
- Each manufacturer’s stock film holders were used (the Epson ones are flimsy, the Plustek ones are impressive).
- I’m only examining sharpness (though I already have an opinion about dynamic range that I’ll keep to myself for now).
- This is a B&W comparison only (no colour comparisons are forthcoming – sorry!).
- This is not scientific.*
*This was done for my own evaluation purposes. I have other crops I’ve compared but I’m only posting one because it is representative of the overall results.
The Epson V700 is on the left, the Plustek 120 is on the right:
The Plustek 120 wins.
However, the Epson V700 was hampered by its substandard film holders. Those of you who are using the BetterScanning substitutes are likely coaxing better performance out of the Epson.
Please note that we are splitting hairs with these crops. The overall image quality is excellent for both.
In actuality, I was happy with the Epson — until I saw what I can get from the Plustek. And my goal was to get something at least as good as the Epson in a smaller package. The fact that I’m getting better image quality (in the context of my workflow) is a bonus.
The second big bonus with the Plustek is that there is no large, smudge-prone, glass panel present from which I have to keep wiping away fingerprints.
The third big bonus with the Plustek is that the film holders can accommodate 3 frames of 6 x 7 film (the Epson ones hold 2.5… which is very inconvenient).
I’d like to congratulate Plustek for keeping film scanners alive. I’m no longer plagued by crazy notions of purchasing a used (and discontinued, and unsupported) Nikon Coolscan 9000 for an inflated price in the second-hand market.
The Plustek 120 appears to be a quality product that is well-conceived and is well-executed. And thank you Plustek, for finally including well-engineered film holders!
Hopefully, it’s built to last.