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Dull negatives My scanner works fine except that the results on-screen, of scanned negatives, is an overall darkness. The negatives and the original prints are excellent. I suspect there is not enough light when scanning. Epson Perfection 3200 Photo scanner

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Re: dull negatives

Are you using the a transparency adapter on the negatives?

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