>>3727613>does a plustek 8100 really have 3800 dpi resolution like it says on the scanner info site??? can't find any other resolution tests by others. seems like a really high number. is the plustek at least enough to capture film grain?
First part, yes, plus or minus some manufacturing variance.
Second part, yes, definitely, pretty much any film other than technical/copy films (CMS and the like).
Here's a crop from 7200dpi scan from Ektar, one of the finest grained colour films (not the sharpest or highest resolving though). By resizing that by (roughly) a half (i.e. a quarter of the resolution), you get the most detail out of the scanner, the optics and stepper motor isn't good enough for 7200dpi, but it is for 3600-3800.
"Resolving the grain" is not binary (resolves vs does not resolve), it's more of a curve of how well it resolves it, and at what point you're past diminishing returns.
The Plustek will resolve the grain well enough for all common films, so that you get sharp grain. Even more so for faster films.
The only times I couldn't see the grain perfectly well, was with Retro 80S pulled a stop (extremely fine grained), or PanF+ pulled a stop in Perceptol (very fine grain combination).>i want a film with a neutral color palette but dont want to pay a shit ton for pro film. am i SOL?
Kodak ProImage 100/ProFoto 100 XL. But even the ISO400 versions of consumer films (Superia Xtra 400 etc.) are not too bad. Only the ISO200 ones (Fuji C200, Kodak Colourplus and Gold 200) are over the top with saturation and contrast.