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Epson V700 Photo Scanner

I purchased the scanner about 2 years ago. It works fine for print scanning but I have never been able to get a decent scan from a slide. Colours in particular are nothing like original and sharpness is not good enough
I have read the manual and tried evry alternative I can think of

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Re: Epson V700 Photo Scanner

Are you scanning it at the right resolution and are you using the negative holder?

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