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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    Did this on some commercial shoots, but noticed some debris in changing bag after box was removed... Will the debris end up on film???
    Steve K
    It is a good point. It may, although I haven't experienced it.
    I use a glossy coated box (some electronic device came in it) and taped the cut edges where debris would potentially come from. It folds flat so it is easily portable, but I only use it at home.
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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    ...almost seems like there should be an aftermarket wire (or CF tube - yeah!) collapsible frame for existing changing bags - but likely not enough potential sales numbers to make that worthwhile.
    Back when I still used a changing bag I made a box shape frame to go inside it out of half inch PCV. Simple to build, worked great and would dissemble to store inside the bag.
    Ron McElroy
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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Fuji Dark Boxes work well. I have a couple of them. Ilford has a new pop up darkroom as well.

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    ...maybe connect with Richard Ritter to see where he gets his carbon tubes?

    Small diameter plastic plumbing pipe is cheap and has pushfit corner connector (the sort usually used with glue, not the self-sealing type as they are annoying to separate after use).

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    ...maybe connect with Richard Ritter to see where he gets his carbon tubes?
    Well, carbon tubes could be great and slightly lighter, but one can get some wooden dowels and with corner blocks....create the frame. There are myriad ways to complicate this, but that's up to a person.

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    As per sketch, I'd drop the two rails (broken line) and would rather install rubber ends at the end of the dowels to keep them from scratching the interior of the bag....and having space without unnecessary hindrances. One can allow the vertical pieces to fold/hinge (using screws, etc) since flat frame is easier to store. The dowels can be separated from blocks....and if loose......one can even use bathroom tissue (available just about everywhere) to keep things tight/er. Store pieces in plastic to prevent dust coating things.
    Les

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    I use a Photoflex changing tent. The wire frame creates volume inside so its easier to change film. Been using mine for years without any problems.
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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Some use ice fishing tents as ice fishers want Black Out, so fish do not see the MAN!

    Wet Plate too

    https://www.amazon.com/Eskimo-69151-...32657523&psc=1
    Tin Can

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    I bought a new Harrison. Save up for new. Why buy someone else's headache that has light leaks that they're dumping on eBay?
    You've certainly had bad luck with used gear.

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    You've certainly had bad luck with used gear.
    With Harrison, many complaints are about light leaks with tents that are just a few years old. Users don't care for them properly. It seems very prevalent with this product. Maybe that's why the seller is getting rid of it. Why would anyone buy one and take a chance?

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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Yes, still wonder which to buy.
    At the moment I am leaning toward the Chinese tent on ebay.

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