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    Re: Suspicious light leaks with an unknown cause

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    ALWAYS leave your dark cloth over the camera to prevent such leaks. I learned long ago from Cole Weston to never let the film holders be in bright light. Take them from the carrying device under the dark cloth, slide them in the camera still covered,and finally keep the cloth over the camera. Also, get rid of that tiny little handkerchief you call a dark cloth. For a 4x5" camera, use a 4x5 foot cloth, or larger.
    ALWAYS!

    Excellent advice.

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    Re: Suspicious light leaks with an unknown cause

    If you must have a large darkcloth thrown over the camera/back, it's my opinion the camera or holders are simply broken. I use a little black windbreaker jacket for a darkcloth on my 4x5 and don't do anything during exposure with it. I've had light leaks on my big 8x20, even with a big darkcloth thrown over it - because a darkcloth is not a darkroom and light can still get around it, especially when pulling the darkslide. Better to have a working camera, than a hope and a prayer about whether or not you'll have light leaks. But that's just my opinion, whatever works, works.
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    Re: Suspicious light leaks with an unknown cause

    I'll add to move holders to under darkcloth/camera in a pouch case (like a laptop pouch cover, pouch case, etc) so when you remove a holder from the stack with the others (in the shade nearby), you keep it from direct sunlight inside it, and remove it when it's ready to slide in (under darkcloth)...

    I like the ones made of wet suit neoprene, as they can roll up or collapse when storing, and offer some padding...

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    Re: Suspicious light leaks with an unknown cause

    well added Steve, mine are in a small padded wine cooler bag which fits about ten holders, stops the film warming up and buckling in the heat

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