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Epson 4870 streaking when scanning med format negs

I am using a 4870 to scan old negs (20'x14' with 12 5.25"x3.5" negs) two at a time. I use the batch mode and do two at a time, but am getting streaking in the direction or the scan. The streaking is b&W oh the left and progresses to a bluish streak on the right in prescan and finishes with B&W in the greyscale scan. When I started the project it was working ok and progressed to streaks. For a while it I could turn off the scanner and it would do 1 or 2, but now it just streaks. Any ideas?

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  • wayne_degner Jan 23, 2009

    Yes, I use negative and B&W. Maybe I have to think about getting a replacement scanner. Thanks for your thought.

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    dklagoon Jun 19, 2012

    I'm getting the same thing on B&W large negatives from 1896. Think I'll just go get a new scanner.

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Its the problem of the rays which your scanner is throwing out to copy the document as its lens is gone weak and the machine needs servicing/cleaning now to work again as normal.just get it serviced it will work properly.

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The short non-technical answer is that the scanner is most likely now defective. How long have you owned the unit? Once I have more information I can recommend the best step to take next, most likely being repair or replacement. Also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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Are you using the setting for scanning b&w ?

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