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the first thing that comes to mind is how large is the image/images that are in the slider? if they are really big that could be causing your problems. I would hesitate to blame the repeater field as i have had nested repeater fields with hundreds of inner-fields on sites and never noticed a slow down.
one thing that really helped me solve the slowness is to use the Network section of the Developer Tools (Chrome, but firebug for firefox does the same if not more). I was able to locate what exact files that were causing the lag and then adjusted/shrank them down to help. another great resource is http://www.webpagetest.org/
another option is to contact your hosting provider and see if there is anything they can do. i had one site with average load time was almost ten seconds! one weekend the hosting company did server maintenance and did some resets etc. and my site was back down to average load time of 1-2 seconds, even with php/sql heavy templates.
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