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    Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    Hi,

    My old dark cloth is kaput (light leaks even) and I'm wondering if there is anything knew and wonderful in the area of devices that allow one to actually see the ground glass, even in bright light. I've seen small hoods that are dark cloth or leather that mount on a 4x5 and have a smallish hole to look through, perhaps with a loop (which I have). I'm wondering if anyone has used one of these (or something similar), if it would actually fit on a Horseman L-frame, and where I might find one to buy. A weighted dark cloth would also be fine, but they have a tendency to squish my bag bellow so I need to be careful to unsquish it before taking the slide out.

    Any suggestions more than welcome, and thanks in advance,
    BAB

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    A thick black t shirt or sweatshirt?
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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    BTZS focusing hood (check eBay)
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    A piece of black fabric from a sewing/fabric store. Won't cost much and you can check the transparency of the fabric at the store.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    I heard from a LF photographer the good one is from Target, black window shade, $12.99.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    I described my ideal dark cloth to my mate: large, white on one side, black on the other with sleeves about the arms. She walked to our storage space and produce an old XXL sized biker t-shirt that was in storage because it was too big, but perfect as a dark cloth.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    A yard of Ultrabounce.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    Quote Originally Posted by vinny View Post
    A yard of Ultrabounce.
    Sounds interesting; any idea what it costs? The website lists no price.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    $11.48/yard

    http://www.cinegearstore.com/products/Ultrabounce-(60")-Per-Yard.html



    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Sounds interesting; any idea what it costs? The website lists no price.

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    Re: Suggestions for dark cloth or other light excluding device for Horseman L-frame

    Thank you, Richard.
    For some reason, they won't ship to Canada, even though I got a price in Canadian dollars.

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