Hello everyone. I've just bought a new Nikon Coolscan 5000ED to scan my collection of slides, mostly Kodachromes. So far it has not been difficult to get generally nice looking scans (despite Kodachrome's reputation as being difficult to scan), but I'm very disappointed with the very noticeable flare that occurs in shadow areas wherever there is an adjacent highlight. I know that flare (or blooming) is characteristic of CCD devices but I didn't expect it to be this bad. It is more noticable on certain slides than others, but on close inspection it occurs on all scans to some degree. I've tried multi-sampling up to x16 and playing with analog gain but I can't seem to get rid of it. I wonder if other users have experienced this effect, or is my scanner faulty? Another (lesser) disappointment is lack of sharp edge-to-edge focus due to slight bowing in mounted slide film. Has anyone worked out a way to keep the film flat without removing it from the mount? Thanks, Lex.