So the end of day one with an Epson V850 in transparency scan mode. I feel exhausted. Q1 How hard can it be to open a negative carrier ? - I've got the knack now but I was terrified of breaking the thing. Q2 How hard can you push a DIN plug in a socket. I haven't seen a DIN plug on anything for 40 years when I last enjoyed having a hi-fi. (I've still got the hi-fi but I'm too deaf to enjoy it). To convert from document to transparency mode a cable has to be connected. Took mega ages to pluck up the courage to push it as hard as it needed to go. I'm dreading having to disconnect it. I've sort of got the hang of scanning. Got the right software from Epson, got the right software from Silverfast. As the disks that ship with the scanner are well out of date. The Silverfast guided scan process applies ICE even after inputting the film was HP5. I now see from Harman website not to use ICE with non C-41 films but I was amazed at how thoroughly ICE removed every bit of white and light grey from the image, reducing a 2.3 MB file (the eventually successful scan) to 145 kb of mostly black over 45 minutes of thinking. I've installed Bridge, which lets me edit jpgs in ACR, rather than have to import scratch stuff into LR. To install Bridge I had to accept update to Creative Cloud app, which crashed, seven times. Then it installed a completely new version of Photoshop) and updates to Lightroom Classic and ACR. So I deleted Photoshop 2020 as it wanted to update that too. I gave up trying to edit the scanner files in On1 and in Photoshop. ACR seems a much easier place to start though I think I picked a difficult negative as a first scan subject. I have decided that digital camera images are a lot easier to deal with than scanned negatives. I like the way the EPSON software will divide one scan up into individual images (up to 18). That is much more convenient than Silverfast or VueScan in which you have to select one negative at a time. So at least I've made a start - got a few thousand negatives and the family albums out. The boss said start at the oldest and work through the pictures in the albums. First problem - pre-1980 99% of the pictures were taken with an instamatic. I'll have to rig a camera and macro lens up to have any chance of digitising those, unless negative carriers are available for the EPSON. Does anyone know how to invert a colour negative if I do use a camera to copy the negatives ?