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Most transparency adapters that come with scanners are for 35-millimeter film and slides. But 35 millimeter probably won't be the only film and negative size you'll see in your family photograph collection. Many old cameras use large format film, resulting in negatives that were very much larger than 35 millimeter film. Negative sizes are extremely varied. The large formats include 4 x 5, 5 x 7, 4 x 10, even 8 x 10. Over 8 x 10 is considered ultra large format, and these are very rare.
If you have anything this large, they won't fit on your adapter. You'll have to lay them down, scan them, turn them around, scan them again, and then stitch them together in Photoshop Elements. Some will fit in your transparency adapter, and some won't. If it doesn't fit in the adapter, you can either invest in a higher-end scanner, or use a local scanning service. Even though there may be a few exceptions where professional scanning is necessary with a little ingenuity, most of your transparent images should be easily scanned with today's home scanners.
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