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Damn!!!! Yes, it was me, and yes, the film was Fuji. Sure wish I had heard of this problem before I returned the scanner. I was going to get the Canon but I've read that it is very slow, and that I can't live with. Also, the Minolta Multi is extremely slow with 120 Negs, so I hear. Jerry HMSDOC@aol.com wrote: > > 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. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.