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LS5000 ED with slidefeeder sf 210

While scanning a number of slides (for e.g 40 slides) the autofocus seems to get deadjusted for some slides. If I scann these unsharp scanned slides again in a single scann they are scanned perfectly. I´am using the Nikon scann software 4.0.2. And because I ticked the option "autofocus for every slide" I am under the impression that the scanner will do a autofocus adjustment before scanning the next slide.
Did anyone discover a similar problem or has an idear how to solve it.
Thank you for your help.
Regard
Werner

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2007

    I have the same problem, my scaner can't get sharp pictures when it is on it's side as required with sf-210.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2008

    yes I have the same problem to - not good.

  • happy_trails Dec 31, 2008

    I am having the same problem as well. I have a new Coolscan 5000 and an SF-210 slide feeder. The first 10 -15 slides will be focused correctly and then it will be out of focus for the remaining 25-30 slides. I have my scan options set to autofocus on every slide, but it does not look like that is working correctly. My email is happy_trails@juno.com

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same issue, and might have a potential solution for mine, although I haven't tested it yet. After I switched to a second set of slides, it complete lost the ability to focus (and you can hear it try and try to get it right). Just out of curiosity, I flipped the slide around so the emulsion side is facing away from the pressure plate on the 210 feeder. It was able to focus immediately on the first try. I'm thinking something about the Kodachrome slides cause this issue. I am investigating further to see what the trade-offs are on my approach.

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Hi there I had the same problem with auto focus sf-210.
If tried many things to correct the problem and what I found was that if you you put a small book halfway on the opposite site of the power button then I have maybe 1 or to slides out of focus and the other 35 slides are perfect ! (I used it with HAMA slides other slides I didn't test )

Hope this wil work also for you,

Paul

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