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I have been comparing a Sprintscan 4000+ to my Canon FS4000. With my first scans I noted a distinct softness to the fine detail that was not improved with USM. It was as if USM just sharpened the softness. This was very similar to what a poster noted a couple weeks ago. I had been loading the slide with the emulsion down as had been recommended in the instruction booklet. I was all set to just return the unit when, on a whim, I flipped the side with the emulsion up and scanned it. The problem went away. I flipped the slide emulsion down and it was soft again, emulsion up and it was great. I called Polaroid tech support (great folks there, by the way). When I described the problem the first thing I was asked was if the film I was scanning was Fuji. As a matter of fact it was Provia 400. I was told that this was not surprising as the Fuji film has a rather thick emulsion that can fool the focusing on the scanner. So, all is well....at least with the unit I have. But I thought this was noteworthy and wonder if the film being scanned by the poster (was it Jerry?) might have been Fuji and, if so, if this might explain the problem. Howard - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.