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Edge Of Scan Overexposed

Using the the SA21 film strip adaptor on the Nikon CoolScan V ED I am finding that the right hand side (trailing side) of the scan is overexposed (brown dis-colouraton).  It is a fairly low level on the first 3 slides on a strip of four but on the last slide is pretty strong.  It probably only covers a couple of milliimetres of the slide.
Has anyone else seen this and is there anything I can do about it?

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  • downinoz Oct 05, 2008

    Thanks for the information. I thought originally it was getting light from an external source but it became evident this was not in fact the case. It has actually been doing this since I bought the machine. This seems to be a very plausible explanation.




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If the slides are ok , and not overexposed themself, brown discoloration on the side means a problem with the scanner lamp.

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

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    Ginko Oct 05, 2008

    Dirt on the mirror, on the lamp, or or on the glass screen can cause this problem. Check if you can see any dark area on the bulb ( the lamp must be off), if you see any , replace the lamp. If glass or mirror are dirty, then you will need to take apart the scanner and clean it from the inside.

    Also, if the brigh side is at the end side or at the begiining side of the
    slide, parallel to the direction were the lamp moves, then the problem
    is with the mirror or with the lamp traction.

    It the overexposed area is in a side perpendicular to canner lamp
    motion, then the problem is with the lamp slightly out of place or with
    the mirror

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    Ginko Oct 05, 2008

    Generally, dirt can cause overexposion, only if you scan from negative into pictures.

    If you scan slides, and not negatives, bright area on the scan means that there is a problem with the lamp or with the mirror.
    If the phenomenon is only on few slides, and occurs always with same slide positions on the loader tray, then it can be related to the position of the slide in the tray. If the slide is not orthogonal to the lamp r light beam and to the mirror, then you can get brighter areas on the scanned picture.



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