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    Question Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    I just found two of these at the Goodwill for $1.99 ea. With the dark slides out, I can see daylight where the light trap would be in a traditional holder. Do these holders have no light traps? If not, how does one use them? Is the dark slide not to be fully removed for exposure?

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Jay,

    If they are the same as the 4*5 holders (and why shouldn't they?) than you'll need an adapter,/holder as well, the adapter goes behind the ground glass, the envelope/holder for the film in the adapter, at least that is how I understand the system. But I guess you knew that already,

    See also http://www.largeformatphotography.in...highlight=mido

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Hi Cor,

    Yes, that part I understand. The light trap might be in the adapter?

    BTW, one of my ancestors from Veere was called Cornelius (the weaver). Is Cor short for Cornelius?

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    There is a clamshell style holder which sandwiches around the thinner holders, but each holder has its own darkslides too.

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Yes, I see the darkslides, but when removed from the holder, I can see daylight where the light trap should be. That's a problem.

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Good luck ever finding a clamshell in this size.

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Drew,

    Are you saying the light trap is in the clamshell?

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay DeFehr View Post
    Hi Cor,

    Yes, that part I understand. The light trap might be in the adapter?

    BTW, one of my ancestors from Veere was called Cornelius (the weaver). Is Cor short for Cornelius?
    ..Yup Cor is short for my baptized name which is Cornelis, which ended up as Cornelius oversea, it's rather an old fashioned name nowadays but used to be quite common in the past.

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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    The Mido system seemed like a good idea when they came out; light weight, compact, reusable etc. But they were never widely used and never replaced standard film holders. I have never used them, or even held one in my hands. There must have been a reason they never caught on. Not a better mouse trap after all I guess. Anyone know why?
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    Re: Mido II 5x7 Film Holders

    Cor,

    I think Cornelis/ Cornelius a fine name, and There are still Cornelius Defehrs, today. One of them, Arthur Cornelius DeFehr, founded a furniture empire in Canada.

    Drew,

    These are the first Mido holders I've seen, firsthand. I don't understand the lack of a light trap, but beyond that, I think the main reason they never replaced the standard holders is because they were too late, and the standard was too well established, to which the necessity of the clamshell adapter testifies. There might be other reasons, as well, but I think the standard is the biggest hurdle an innovation must clear.

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