Shutterbug (2008-05) - Extend The Limits Of Film Scanning: LaserSoft Imaging's SilverFast® Multi-Exposure Increases Effective Dynamic Range [More Information...]
Bennett Richards (2011-08) - First I want to say that this new version of SilverFast looks really great. The user interface overhaul is fantastic and the few features I have seen so far such as highlighting dust and scratches prior to ISRD correction are wonderful …
Mark Segal (2010-08) - The new Plustek OpticFilm 7600i with SilverFast
For harmonizing the OpticFilm 7600i with SilverFast the companies of Plustek and LaserSoft Imaging have worked together closely when developing the scanner. This allows the 7600i to obtain best results, which are normally only achievable by devices of clearly higher-priced market segments.
Professional photographer Mark Segal has put the OpticFilm 7600i through its paces in a comparative test with the established scanners Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED and Epson Perfection V750 Pro. Mark has used SilverFast with all three scanners to digitize 35mm color positives and negatives. Regarding the characteristics that are relevant for the scanning process like detail rendition, color consistency, dynamic range, speed and efficiency of dust and scratch removal the 7600i is hardly inferior to its competitors or performs even better. For this price range it's a real surprise!
Mark Segal concludes:
"The combination of the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i and SilverFast Ai Studio with Auto IT8 profiling provides a viable colour management solution for the scanner component of a colour-managed workflow. [...]
SilverFast iSRD works well with this scanner, which is a real boon to productivity in terms of obtaining clean scans in little time."
You can find the entire review on the Luminous Landscape homepage
or download it here as a PDF file.
John Barclay (2010-06) - Review of the Archive Suite
John Barclay is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader and his work has been published in a number of magazines and books.
John Barclay has been recently asked by his sister, if he could suggest a solution for scanning a large quantity of family slides and negatives. He therefore tested the SilverFast Archive Suite with an Epson V700 and concluded:
"If you are looking for a simple, fast and efficient way to archive your precious family slides and negatives, I highly recommend SilverFast Archive Suite from LaserSoft Imaging."
For color accuracy John started with the calibration of his scanner using the automatic SilverFast IT8 calibration, because he doesn't like to spend a lot of time in Photoshop correcting his scans. For the second step John tested the Auto Frame Detection and the batch scan option for scanning multiple images at one time. "What a time saver!"
John strongly suggests scanning in 48bit HDR or even in 64bit HDRi format for capturing as much data as possible. Another SilverFast feature John thinks is worth noting is Multi-Exposure, that increases the captured number of shades of gray (details) and reduces noise. John was very pleased with the SilverFast iSRD dust and scratch eliminating functionality as "... a very powerful feature exclusive to SilverFast products." The NegaFix negative to positive converting feature has also left a favorable impression.
Mark Segal - Scanning with SilverFast
Photographer Mark Segal is an expert in scanning technique and has recently written a tutorial entitled:
Scanning - The Old World Joins the New
Mark explores calibration, scanning with the EPSON V750 Pro and techniques for an integrated workflow between SilverFast and Adobe's Lightroom. The tutorial is available as a free downloadable .pdf file, which can be read onscreen or printed out for reference. Mark has parsed his tutorial in five topics:
Read the complete review by Mark Segal here ... (.pdf)
Timothy Gray - SilverFast offers powerful features for demanding applications
Timothy Gray is a Chicago-based professional photographer, specializing in fine art landscape photography and archival printing. He has traveled extensively capturing the fragility and beauty of the natural world. His clients include the National Park Service, Delaware North Companies, and his work can be found in private collections and galleries. Timothy has used SilverFast for several years, starting with SilverFast SE, before migrating to the Ai and Ai Studio versions. He continues to be impressed by the quality and workflow gains SilverFast offers.
Timothy Gray: "As a professional photographer working in fine art landscape photography, I’m continually looking for ways to achieve the highest image quality with accurate and repeatable results. With SilverFast, I can efficiently reproduce what I captured on film.
I’m excited about the future of SilverFast, especially the new 64-bit HDRi feature. Finally, photographers have the ability to scan the full dynamic range of their film, with the added benefit of scanning the infrared channel for dust & scratch removal.
With 64-bit HDRi, I can quickly scan the film, and hand off further processing (including dust & scratch removal using iSRD) to SilverFast HDR Studio. The perfomance gains of iSRD over Digital ICE are impressive, and the quality of the scans amazes not only me, but my clients as well."
View Timothy Gray's website here ...
Ken Schles - Professional photographer Ken Schles really likes SilverFast
Ken Schles was born in New York, where he later also studied photography, and works as a professional photographer today. He has worked for renowned magazines like People Magazine and New York Times Magazine, he photographed Rod Stewart and numerous books feature his pictures; he even published some by himself. For scanning and processing his photos Ken has been using SilverFast since more than 6 years now. He especially likes the ease of usage, which does not exclude reliability and controllability.
Ken Schles: "The ease and reliability of the SilverFast scanning software has made my workflow intuitive and fast. What I love best about SilverFast is that it works seamlessly with various manufacturer's equipment - and it's hands down better at generating scans than the manufacturer's own software. SilverFast gives me more automation and more flexibility, more functionality with the ability to fine tune almost every parameter - if and when I need to.
I've been using SilverFast for over 6 years now and have yet to be disappointed. LaserSoft is always bringing new functionality to their products - I feel they get me the best results my hardware can deliver."
The Website of Ken Schles you can reach here ...
David Brooks (2009-02) - David Brooks' Digital Darkroom Resource CD; A Practical Way To Get A Handle On Digital Imaging
David Brooks, Professional Photographer and Senior Editor Shutterbug Magazine
David Brooks is the author of Shutterbug's Digital Help column and numerous articles on color calibration, scanning, and printing.
David Brooks is an excellent expert on all versions of SilverFast and he has already published articles on SilverFast as early as 1999.
Whether the subject is color management, color correction or how to properly set up a camera, what software to use, and how to work with image files to ensure the best possible reproduction.
In David's recent CD there is an new article (chapter) about the Epson Perfection V500 scanner , how to use it, which includes are commendation and demonstration of using SilverFast with that scanner. He also enclosed all of the research and images done for an article on Kodachrome scanning he plans to release soon.
The link below gets you to David Brooks Resource CD:
Info: Digital Darkroom
David Brooks also has an interesting blog:
"Der SPIEGEL" - Europe's leading news magazine located in Hamburg, uses the combination of SilverFast Ai Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio to drive its High End scanners, Heidelberg Nexscan.
"SilverFast allows us to finally use the latest Macs with Intel Processors" says Reinhard Wilms, editorial technician at "Der SPIEGEL".
Peter Wolff (2007-08) - "I know that LaserSoft Imaging normally produces high-class software, but when I saw the new Multi Exposure (ME) utility advertised on their site, I thought: "Well, OK it can't really be that good … again one of these 'amazing' new features."
But I was wrong.
I downloaded the trial version and the first results was actually exactly as good as the examples from the site, (http://www.photographical.net/) [More Information...]
David B. Brooks (2007-09) - The Plustek OpticFilm 7200i 35mm Film Scanner: An Affordable, High-Resolution Scanner
"… The primary software driver for the Plustek 7200i is LaserSoft Imaging's SilverFast Ai, which is augmented by a NewSoft Presto suite, including PageManager, ImageFolio, and Mr. Photo, a web page creation application. The Plustek 7200i only supports PCs with Windows (Pentium II or higher), including XP, Me, 98SE, and 2000. In addition, and after I had concluded my testing with the Plustek, LaserSoft Imaging announced that an upgrade is available to the latest full-featured SilverFast Ai 6.5 version that includes the Multi-Exposure capability. This should refine the output potential and possibly make up somewhat for the modest dynamic range of the Plustek 7200i."
"[…] Moreover, iSRD is accompanied by LaserSoft Imaging's very effective software-only SRD defect cleaning utility that provides a good solution for films like Kodachrome, and a bit less so with silver-based black and white. These cannot be cleaned using the infrared iSRD to remove dust and scratches as part of the scan process. …"
Avery Danziger - "As an internationally exhibiting photographer and photographic teacher for over 30 years I depend on your product to produce the scans for many of my award winning photographs and to scan the film images of many of my professional clients who use my photographic printing services.
Last year I was honored when I was chosen to print a retrospective photographic exhibition for the prestigious Children's Museum in New York City. I used your software to scan dozens of archival images, many over 10 years old and in poor condition, to produce all of the final photographs used in this landmark exhibition. The Director of the museum called the images "stunning" and was amazed at the resulting quality as compared to prior printings of these images.
I have used your product for many years both in the Universities where I have been an instructor of photography and at home in my own studio, and have been very impressed with your continuing commitment to incorporate the latest advancements in your product. This coupled with the very informative and well produced QuickTime movies which are available directly from your scanning applications make it easier for the novice (or student) to take full advantage of your products very powerful and well thought out features. Combining all these features plus having a very helpful and professional support staff clearly makes your product the best value in scanning software and I would highly recommend your software to anyone interested in obtaining the very best results from their film scanners!" (http://www.averydanziger.com/)
Transcript Bulletin - "Our new SilverFast scanning software is great! It is much easier to use than LinoColor and NewColor. It has all the features we need to get the most out of our scanner investment. It works perfectly within Adobe Photoshop on the Macintosh platform. Since we replaced our old PC software with the Mac-based and easy to use SilverFast software, everyone has been using our high-end Heidelberg Nexscan scanner much more. Our photographers are impressed with the quality of the scans, both film and reflective, and really like the color balance, sharpening and other controls built into the software. The batch scanning options are especially useful for productivity. Scanning was a real chore on our old system, but with this new software it has become exciting. Now we can do virtually anything we want with our scanning on a stable, fast and easy to use system. Thanks LaserSoft Imaging!" (http://www.tbpublishing.com/)
David Anthony - "SilverFast has been an "absolute must" with ALL my photo work for magazines and clients! I cannot think of scanning without it. I scan on the Epson 4870, and I believe that when you have software such as SilverFast, you can scan on anything and get great scans. As added proof, I've enclosed jpeg images from the actual "tearsheets" of my work for Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire Magazine, Britney Spears/Pepsi, and Chicago Magazine. ALL of these photographs were scanned using SilverFast software!" (http://www.davidanthonyphotographer.com/)
Bruce Dale - "SilverFast Ai has been my standard for scanning software during the past 7 years. It provides excellent output and having a uniform software system for all my digital devices is a real time saver in the long run.
Excellent control and uniformity across all my scanners. Once you learn the program, it's not hard to efficiently use new devices." (http://www.brucedale.com/)
John Barclay (2007-09) - "I am constantly amazed at how little I have to do to make my scans look just like the chromes!
I am also a user of SilverFast HDR which I find to be an invaluable tool for workflow as well as achievability of my images. I almost always use AI to create 48bit HDR scans and then use HDR to create my final size/resolution and corrections. HDR also allows me to batch scan in AI while I'm working on other things. When I'm done scanning into 48bit files, I can then work on my scans anytime and anywhere I want even without a scanner nearby!" (http://www.barclayphoto.com/) [More Information...]
Luise Ann Noeth (LandSpeed) - "The versatility here is outstanding in terms of results and how effortlessly those results arrive. The user interface is very intuitive.
I work with many historical photographs in addition to my own images so the ability to easily calibrate the software gives me the confidence to import the best possible image." (http://www.landspeedproductions.biz/)
Prof. Harris Fogel (University of the Arts, Philadelphia) - "We have found LaserSoft Imaging to be responsive, continually issuing updates on average every two weeks, and the built-in dust and scratch reduction software can be very effective.
The Mid-Pip 4 correction Tool is my favorite tool. The ability to set multiple points to correct for color cast is amazing. This tool alone has had a greater impact upon my scans then any other." (http://www.uarts.edu/, http://pctalkweb.net/)
Tom Burnside (Tom Burnside Motorsport Archive) - "I was having a terrible time with both Brand XX flatbed and Brand YY film scanner. That came to a thundering halt when I bought SF for them, what a relief. My scans became really great.
My favorite part of SilverFast is the Complete control of the process of scanning and it is the same software on both scanners." (http://www.tomburnside.com/)
Peter Calvin - "I don't believe I'd buy a scanner if I couldn't use SilverFast with it." (http://www.petercalvin.com/)
Tony Sweet (Tony Sweet Photography, Inc.) - "Excellent and Intuitive Software!
The Job Manager is my favorite tool because: With the volume of work that I shoot and administrative office duties I have, this is a great tool! I can scan an entire job folder of images, freeing me up to attend to other things." (http://www.tonysweet.com/)
Jerry Greer - "The full version with IT8 calibration is magnificent! Color is perfect most every time and the best thing is it's running on both of my scanners so there's no need to learn another scanner software package.
The IT8 calibration with the custom targets is by far my favorite tool. Color correction is a very time consuming characteristic of digital imaging and good scans equal less time in the processing of my images for faithful color rendition." (http://www.jerrygreerphotography.com/)
Shelly Katz - "Putting it plain and simple, SilverFast takes my scanners to a higher quality level - and I didn't just discover that this morning - I've been using this software for a long time.
Years ago while shooting for TIME Magazine I realized that great hardware companies don't necessarily make the best software - and as much as I loved my NIKON film scanners in the field, they just weren't producing the quality I expected and needed. Then I added SilverFast software into the workflow and the difference was remarkable.
I really don't know how this all works, I'm just a photographer, not a geek - but I do know that the great functions in the interface, ease of operation and an accuracy to interpret the original, produce better and faster scans than I ever had done before." (http://www.shellykatz.com/)
Marty and Helen Saccone - "The degree of control is astounding and the onscreen information makes everything easy to manage,....no matter what your skill level may be.
As a result of our teaching experience the one thing that we love most about SilverFast is it's ability to get the job done, no matter what your skill level. Helen and I find that new users using SilverFast grasp the concepts easily. Users gain proficiency at their own speed yet meet their goals quickly and successfully. SilverFast produces results at all levels of expertise." (http://www.naturephotographermag.com/HelenLongestSacconeMartySaccone/)
Henno Drecoll - "For many years I have scanned and worked on my images for my panorama multi-vision shows and promotion materials about Australia, New Zealand and Canada - at first with my Agfa Duoscan T 1200 and for a short time with the Epson F 3200 - but always with SilverFast.
An excellent quality is very, very important to my work. The colors of my landscape photos are represented true to the original. And I am able to enlarge my images up to the format DIN A0 without any problems. The results with SilverFast are fantastic." (http://www.drecolls.de/)
Marcus Schwier - "Marcus Schwier was born 1964 in Düsseldorf and studied 1985 till 1992 Architecture and later on from 1993 till 1998 at the academy of arts, Düsseldorf. Stipendias 2004 Cite internationale Des Arts. 2005 Cholarship Scalloway.
He is a photographer who is present in many galeries and museums in germany. He themes are landscape, achitecture, events and people.
SilverFast PhotoProof makes the handling of the print and it's result predictable and safe. It is not necessary to handle any external devices or extra software. So it is easy and fast to reach your aiming target." (http://www.marcus-schwier.de/)
Heimo Aga (Photographer) - "... I am pleased to see SilverFast DCPro among the top programs for RAW conversion.
With SilverFast DCPro and the availability of the Canon Eos-1D, 10D and D60, I was able to shoot all pictures for my book on sailing cruises (Luxury under Sails) digitally, and of course, all with SilverFast DCPro." (http://www.heimoaga.com/)
Karsten Klettermann - "PrinTao offers the opportunity to print my pictures directly or even to send a reliable proof to my printer. I can create layouts contact sheets and print them using the built in color management without any external application." (http://www.karsten-kettermann.de/)