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Eclair Cameras: ACL problems

Hello fellows

Have some potential problem areas with my ACL1/English 200ft mags that I thought I'd put to you as a group before I take more drastic measures:

1) test footage was partly fogged. Mag lids felt okay on seating. However, since the 200ft load was on a daylight spool, it didn't have a black plastic bag, so I didn't use one after exposure. I think that may have been the culprit, but I don't know. I've never used a 200ft daylight load before, and I've always had bags in my film cans. Come to think of it, that's probably the main cause. Agree?

2) the takeup wind was loose on unloading. I had to press the coils flat to fit the wind back into the film can. It was loose enough that I wasn't concerned about scratching as I reformed the loops flat. No, I didn't cinch the roll tight after that. Is this another effect of using the 200ft daylight load? i.e. uneven core sizes? (takeup side was a normal 2" plastic core)

Sorry if this sounds a bit basic. My first film through an ACL.


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