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    Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Does anyone know if the standard + wide angle bellows for the Wista 45 VX (the metal one) are good for IR-film?
    The good sunny weather is slowly arriving here!
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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    On my Wista M450 they are.
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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Yes, No, May be. I would test the bellows.
    Why.
    There are many different types of bellows material to make bellow from and your camera many have a different type of material on it from some one else on the forums that has the same camera and said that it is ok. You go off and do a very important photo shoot only to find out that your camera bellows is not IR safe.
    When in doubt it is best to test your own equipment and not relie on the advise by others. I have read a lot of wrong advise on this and other forums.
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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    What Richard said. Go out on a sunny day, Put a holder in, pull the slide half way with lens cap on or blank lens board, wait a minute or two. Process that sheet. It'll be quite obvious if there is an issue with this method and you don't introduce other variables that could throw off your results.

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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Hmm, ok. So wouldn't it be possible to take a photo through the bellows with my digicam where i have removed the IR-blocking filter? I'd hate to waste my sheets of High speed infrared
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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Be sure you have IR proof film holders, too.

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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Be sure you have IR proof film holders, too.
    Didn't think about the holders at all, thanks for reminding me.
    The bellows are indeed IR-proof, my IR camera saw nothing. The packard shutter for my petzval however, is nowhere near IR proof.
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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Richard and Vinny are certainly right that you should test your own camera, because the bellows may not be the original one. I have a fair amount of experience with a variety of Wista technical cameras - 45D, 45N, VX and RF, with normal and both kinds of wide angle bellows. I have used these cameras with a Betterlight scanning back, which needs an IR cutoff filter for proper color response. All the cameras that I used were IR proof. YMMV.

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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Quote Originally Posted by victorknotzel View Post
    Didn't think about the holders at all, thanks for reminding me
    You are welcome, of course. In my experience the later holders with expressions on the top of the slides are more IR safe, however in the days of Kodak HSIE they still had to be protected from direct sunlight. (I miss that film. I still have lots of it in deep freeze but have become convinced it is no longer good.)

    I used IR not for aesthetic concerns, but to cut through haze, largely to show what we cannot see in everyday life.

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    Re: Wista bellows IR-proof?

    Quote Originally Posted by victorknotzel View Post
    Didn't think about the holders at all, thanks for reminding me.
    The bellows are indeed IR-proof, my IR camera saw nothing. The packard shutter for my petzval however, is nowhere near IR proof.
    I do a lot of IR/full spectrum and UV photography using digital with several modified cameras and I really can't see how something like a film holder can upset things for IR. How much worse would things be for normal photography if film holders were made of a white material? I don't think it's any different to that. Once I get back home I'm going to check if any of my holders show up lighter under IR.

    This would apply even less for shutters because, how long does it take between pulling the dark slide and putting it back in?

    G

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