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I cannot get clear scans from my photo negatives

When I scan my photo negatives from a medium and large format camera, I am not getting clean scans from my Epson V700 photo scanner. I have changed the file sizes for the professional photo lab to work with as they recommended, but we are still seeing pixelation on the prints once they have been printed.
When I purchased this photo scanner, I was told it would provide good quality scans but since attempting to do the scans myself, we have experienced fair to poor results. Very disappointing.
I have tried taking the negatives out of the holding frames in an attempt to get a clearer and cleaner scan on the glass since it offers a flater surface but have not been successful.
The techs at the photo lab I use are very knowledgeable and are wondering if there is some way to adjust the focus on the scanner. Per their guidelines, I have scanned the negatives in a Tiff file and have increased the MB sizes of the files. Still unsuccessful.
My understanding was this was a "higher-end" photo scanner able to provide good quality photo scans at an affordable price. I realize to get the highest quality I would have to invest in a far more expensive scanner. I didn't have the funds to purchase one of those, however, was assured by Epson's sales department that this scanner was quite capable of meeting my needs.
Do you have any additional suggestions that I might try? Do I have a faulty scanner? Is there a way to adjust the focus on this particular scanner?
I would really appreciate any feedback you might offer.
Thanks!

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  • nikos006 Dec 21, 2008

    Scan are not clear. I scanned a lot of photographs a few months ago and all worked perfectly, but now, all the negatives I scan are trouble. I tried to change all the plastic parts from the guides(from + to 0, and then putting them off) but it still doesn't work.

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If you are seeing pixelation, the issue is either insufficient resolution during the scanning process or a problem with the output device. If it's a focus issue, which will NOT cause pixelation, the problem may be the height of the negative holder. The Epson Perfection V series scanners have a fixed focus point which only adjusts between two settings depending on whether you select the film holders (which raise the film off the glass) or the film guide (which scans film directly on the glass) in the software options. If you are going to scan transparencies or negatives, familiarize yourself with the holder height adjustment issue and be willing to experiment with different height settings until you are getting optimum results. This is not documented much at all in the Epson user manual but there is a little bit about it, including some examples of results at different settings, here: http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/interactive/Epson%20V700/page_13.htm Apparently every scanner is slightly different so even though the lowest holder foot setting (default) is working best for some, other settings work better for others. On my V700, I have the feet on the film holders set to the highest setting plus I shimmed them with a 1mm piece of styrene before I could get the scans in focus. Once I found the right height though, I've been able to get beautiful scans from this machine. BTW, scanning negs directly on the glass will almost always result in Newton Rings.

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