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My Epson 4180 does not recognize the correct size of slides and B&W negatives even though I am using the carriers that came with the scanner. For example, the first scanned image on the negative strip is slightly off, with the space between negative images showing up at the bottom; each successive image is worse, with the space between images on the negatives showing up in the middle of the image. I downloaded and loaded the latest firmware not too long ago thinking this would correct the problem, but it does not.

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I had this problem and what I figured out is that there is random stray light getting through between the holder and the slide itself. So, I created another template and taped it to the holder. The goal is to eliminate the stray light. This is how I did it basically. Get a black sheet of construction paper. Line it up with the Epson slide template and cut out holes for each slide so just the image/film plus a tiny edge around is exposed.

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