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10-09-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Any idea where this light is coming from to ruin my negatives?

Hi All,

I bought a dropped spottie from Andy on the forum and have managed to repair it to almost full working order. I shot the first spool this weekend and it worked great except for 3 pics out of 24 which had light leakage.

I changed the seals at the back and on the sides of the rear cover (and the mirror foam) before the spool but i get the light leakage seen below.

It seems as though it is coming from the top , i am thinking the viewfinder - or possibly when I change lenses. The first pic was at the start of the spool the last two were towards the end (next to each other) - all other pictures were correctly exposed.

the question is has anybody seen this before and found the cause?

Thanks all


10-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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I used to get this exact pattern when I was doing long exposures without covering the viewfinder. I'm guessing some light is leaking in from around there.
10-09-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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Do you have a filter on the lens? The first picture looks like it could be flare on a filter, or maybe it's a fish eye lens and sunlight is reflecting off the front element.
10-10-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks all I will get back and confirm the problem when I find it!

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I know its not the thread's point, but that second picture really gets to me.
Really amazing picture, for some reason.
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Light reflected off the underside of the mirror? My first Singlex had that problem.


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