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    Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Hi fellow 4x5 enthusiasts.

    I have a question regarding a 4x5 camera I bought from an old Belgian guy living here in South Africa. After running a film through it I noticed a light leak on each neg, in the same place (Iím using a Horseman 6x12 back on it). After noticing a missing screw at the base of the lens was letting a sliver of light in, I replaced this screw thinking Iíd fixed it. But after putting another roll through, itís still there.

    The previous owner had painted the inside all black with silicon, but some of this silicone around the base of the lens has come off, leaving two or three shiny screws exposed. Could this be causing some reflection of the light reflecting in turn off the surface of the film? Iím hoping someone can help me solve this? Iím thinking that because the lens is so wide and sits so close to the film plane, this could be the case. Am I barking up the wrong tree?

    Kind regards to all
    Tim
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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Can you post a sample negative?

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by trog View Post
    Can you post a sample negative?
    Here is one sample, from my other back, a Graphlex 6x8.
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    Here is a shot where you can see the shiny screws

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    More pictures of the film, please. And make sure to negate the pictures.
    Are the light leaks depending on the time the dark slides are open?
    Are they depending on the sun position?
    Have you checked the shutter for light leaks through the lens both before and after exposure?

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    The leaks don’t seem dependent on the time the dark slide is out, as they all seem to be of a similar density on the neg.Thanks for the tip regarding sun position. I will try to ascertain this. I have painted the screws black to eliminate that possibility.
    Quote Originally Posted by Oslolens View Post
    Are the light leaks depending on the time the dark slides are open? More pictures of the film, please. And make sure to negate the pictures.
    Are they depending on the sun position?
    Have you checked the shutter for light leaks through the lens both before and after exposure?

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    Last edited by Timhop; 26-Nov-2021 at 21:54. Reason: Quote mistake

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Do the light leak test with a flashlight inside the bellow from both directions. I wouldnt be surprised you find a pinhole.

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Beasley View Post
    Do the light leak test with a flashlight inside the bellow from both directions. I wouldnt be surprised you find a pinhole.
    Thanks for the feedback Gary but this camera (because the lens is of such short focal length) has no bellows

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    I'm guessing that you haven't been able to see the light leak when looking at the ground glass.

    You might try wrapping the whole camera in a dark cloth preventing any light from hitting the camera. That would identify that the light coming through the lens was the cause (or not the cause) of the problem.

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Timhop View Post
    Thanks for the feedback Gary but this camera (because the lens is of such short focal length) has no bellows
    It still might be possible to get a light inside it and observe if any opening are present where they shouldnt be.

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    Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    At low angles, most surfaces reflect.

    Have you tried flocked paper inside. Used in telescopes to reduce background 'stuff'.

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