I didn't want to hi-jack this thread more than it already has been... So, new thread. OK, so I have an Epson V600, and I've been trying to get the focus better as suggested by djacobox372 in the other thread. I picked a pretty old strip of film (Efke KB50) to make sure it was nice and flat... So far, the scan with no tape looks the best. So - I'm thinking that the carrier actually needs to be lowered... It's pretty clear to me that the more tape I add, the worse it gets. Here's a screen shot of 3 100% crops - 6 layers of tape, 3 layers, and no tape.: Scanner focus test by J E, on Flickr Link to full size version: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5016/5509759522_6bf56d20f9_o.jpg No sharpening or any PP of any kind done to them. The scanner software only sharpens when using the flatbed, the option isn't even there when using the top unit so I don't think any sharpening is being applied in scanner either. If it is, there's noting I can do about it anyway... At this point, I think I'm just going to pull the tape off and use it like I always have before... Hmm... I just had an idea. OK, so the carrier needs to go down, but it can't... I can shim the lid up instead. It has that hinge that allows it to scan books, so I will be able to shim it and still keep it parallel. I guess that's the plan now. I'm going to take all of the tape off of the carrier and start adding layers to the lid. Anyone have a better idea? .