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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    Quote Originally Posted by CHELLM View Post
    Hullo.
    1- Bowl Hat
    2- Square shoes box you hang down as far as the lens board.
    3- Same soft pouch bag you carry the lens
    I have a box lid from a Kodak Polycontrast Filter Kit (Model A) that functions perfectly as a shutter on a couple of my barrel lenses -- just enough friction to keep it on when the lens is pointed downwards.
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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    Take of the cap and hold it in front of the lens instead of pulling it of.
    With wet or dry plate it works fine because of the low iso value. No vibration and always ready the exact monent.
    "You dont take a picture, it's given to you"

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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    at a certain point, as ic-racer states ...
    it doesn't really matter.

    and it looks like you realized that
    john

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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    I have used lids from deep film boxes many times as a shutter...

    If you want to get fancy, you can line the inside with black velvet or something plush and black...

    Steve K

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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    I see this topic is still alive and still receives new inputs.
    Thanks a lot for all contributors.
    As with low light the cap on-off method worked out already quite OK (I also pulled it off and just very slightly moved it back on a bit for the procedure).
    Next when I go and use the lens outside in daylight with regular ISO I want to go for the Galli method and practise it before a little bit.
    So far this seems like the best method to achieve more or less short exposure times. But I expect that not only the technique, also the right opening angle for each time must be allowed some time to become familiar.
    So in the beginning I will count in some lost learning sheets and hope for some flexible forgiveness of the film :-)
    Anyway it will be fun to learn new things.
    Ordered already a low ISO film (RPX25, as CMS 20 was out of stock) and also remembered I also have the Rollei Infrared which could be exposed on ISO 6 if I am not mistaken.
    For this instance I plan to check out the Fedora shutter as it should fit over the rectangle film holder...
    Wet plate tin types come a bit later then.
    So many interesting things of this hobby, it never gets boring, right?

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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    I use a hat

    in studio.. I use a black bowler hat


    take hat off - fire strobe via flashmeter - replace hat

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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    I use this occasionally, I made one for 8x10 as well.
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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    Nice, John!
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    Re: Any tips & tricks for operating lenses without own shutter (lens cap on-off)

    I wrote a post about shuttering lenses which you can read here. But the long and short of it is if you're going to have a herd of barrel lenses I'd invest in a Sinar shutter and front mount your lenses on a Sinar lensboard. Of course the hat / lens cap trick is much easier if you have slow film and slow lenses.

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