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Narrow straight line runs across all scanned images

I just installed coolscan v ed. I've scanned a number of photos and they all come out (after scanning) with a razor thin straight line running through the photo. It looks as if someone took an incredibly sharp object and ran it along a ruler over the photo. I can't tell for sure, but I think the line is close to the same spot every time. I have run through several negative strips (black and white and color) and its happened with each one. The strips are also from different rolls of film. I do not have digital ice4 enabled, but saw no reason to as these negatives are less than a week old. The photos that I had printed at the photolab don't show this line.

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  • shutterup Jul 23, 2008

    Almost the same problem, bright horizontal line occurs but I would not call it razorsharp, just a thin bright line. Not on all scans only in slides with very light aereas or overexposed slides. (slides, so I'm talking about positives)

    The slides are old so first I thougt the old camera scratched or bended the film. But with new slides the same problem occurs in bright aereas.

  • biggmikeb Jul 28, 2008

    I get straight sharp lines through about one half of my scan of transparencies.
    Just started suddenly after excellent scans of slides.


  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem after moving the machine from the lab to home.  Can someone suggest something besides hitting the machine?

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I solved my problem.
It's pretty personal, but I hope it can help others.
First: I might have created the problem myself because I slightly adapted the slide-mount.
Why?: Some time ago I had some unwilling films the automatic! film-mount wouldn't swallow, so I had to use the manually operated slide mount.
I adapted a slide housing a bit, so it could take and transport film.
To be short: In the end, there was transparent, (but also reflective) material inside the Coolscan V housing, close to the slide.
I removed it.

Second, I turned the scanner 45 degrees, and gave it a calculated whack on the side. (like you did with your tele in the 6ties, but a bit more carefull )

Don't know which one did the trick, or both. I can send a sample.

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