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Re: Eclair Cameras: ACL problems

I have found that the 200 magazine develops two problems with age both of which are in play with your experience. The first is fogging. This is caused by shrinkage of the sound deadening material inside the doors. It begins to let a small ray of light leak into the mag. When the film is still for a period of time it will fog two to five frames with blue flash. To cure the problem put camera tape over the light leak on the inside of the door. The second is a loose or slipping spring drive band that drives the take up reel. check under the guide plate to see if this spring is stretched or dirty. cleaning it with denatured alcohol usually helps.
On Monday, June 30, 2003, at 10:39  AM, Chris Leong wrote:

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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