The patent-pending adjustable pitch 120/220 film holder is easy to load and holds 120/220 film strips flat. Some manufacturers make targets which are conform but their reference file is not (or the other way around). Some packages include this kind of combination. Plenty of features for any scanner out there. There is no extra installation necessary for that. On the start screen of SilverFast the language can be set below the image source. If you start SilverFast you have to choose the scanninh mode before the prescan. With an opionally available IT8 calibration target this software also enables the calibration of the scanner. That reveals the transparency lamp, which is large enough for two six-frame strips of negatives.
Hence an additional cut of the film is not necessary. A film strip may have the maximum length of 27,5 cm. The front page of the Quick Start Guide shows you in three diagrams what to do: Insert the CD, Unlock the Scanner, Plug it in. No poster, just three steps. The Plustek shows the picture in a warmer colour than the Reflecta MF 5000. Which variant you consider to be better is a matter of taste. On railway photos you often find many shadowy and dark parts.
For the professional use it is recommended by all means to use the Archive Suite. Canon does provide sharpening with its Unsharp Mask option and it helps the 4800 dpi scan very nicely. Retail units had not started shipping when we wrapped up this review. Both scans have been made with 4000 dpi in order not to have differences at the resolution and to be able to compare the images directly next to each other. In order to make the detail clear, we show a part of both scans with 100% view. But we configured each application differently: ScanGear doesn’t offer a multiexposure option. We didn’t calibrate an IT8 target either, using Canon’s built-in profile instead (as we did for every other image scanned in this review). This would be our baseline. Transparency light source On the glass platen, an embossed arrow indicates the corner to orient your original material.