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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    The problem film was a box I got w the camera and holders, about half full.

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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    Glad we could narrow it down to the film. Have fun with the camera!

    I modified an 11x14 darkslide to make two 5x14s on an 11x14 sheet of film. Mixed luck so far, mostly due to having several types of holders and not covering the camera sufficiently with the darkcloth.
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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    Just to be safe I used matt black paint and painted the side channels, the flap area and unscrewed the light trap and painted that matt / flat black. Remember, taking the holders out of the light tight septum and getting them under the dark cloth and into the camera back is another risk for a light seep event. I also put a piece of hinge tape over each of the side hinge cuts on the bottom of the holder. Film is expensive.

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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    Thanks, Michael, good advice. I am being much more careful w 717 but as I said the problem seems to be limited to a film box I received w the camera and not the gear or technique.

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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    Quote Originally Posted by G Benaim View Post
    Thanks, Michael, good advice. I am being much more careful w 717 but as I said the problem seems to be limited to a film box I received w the camera and not the gear or technique.
    I fought light leaks for months with ULF. Finally I decided to stop playing games and went after the issue with a vengeance. Also sent the rear GG camera housing back to Ritter to take excessive play between my S&S holders and the camera back. Only after these multiple iterations then did I get past the rapids to the smooth water. I would not want to jump to the conclusion that all ULF has commonality with these issues but retrospectively, now that things are "fixed" life is good.
    Last edited by Michael Kadillak; 8-Nov-2018 at 13:20. Reason: typo

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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    I hear you, light leaks can drive you nuts.

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    Re: Help diagnosing 7x17 light leaks (not a newbie, but still)

    Quote Originally Posted by G Benaim View Post
    The problem film was a box I got w the camera and holders, about half full.
    Maybe someone opened it to count how many were there.

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