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    Packard shutter tubing & bulb

    I've got a packard shutter I want to mount and start using. the tubing and bulb are long ago gone, any suggestions of a source for replacing them?

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    This is the last source that I had.

    Professional Photographic Products Inc.
    117 Vine Street P.O.Box 0169
    Hammonton, NJ, 08037-0169
    800.257.8541

    Packard is still in business. The number is 800 257 8541

    Not sure if this is still a valid telephone number...worth a try though.

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    I got some tubing a regular hardware store. I have heard of people using blood pressure bulbs. How you connect the two is another story.

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    I have used the bulb from an ear wash kit, and just some regular rubber surgical tubing, cost me about $5.00 has held up for many years now.

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    Ideally, the rubber bulb should have a hole in the opposite end from the hose connection. This hole is alternatively blocked and opened with the thumb for proper shutter operation.

    Packard shutters are “blown” open and “sucked” closed.

    For a quick exposure (perhaps 1/25th second) just squeeze the bulb and quickly release it, keeping the thumb hole tightly covered at all times.

    For longer exposures, cover the thumb hole and squeeze the bulb to open the shutter. Then, without releasing pressure on the bulb, remove your thumb. Only then release your grip the bulb. The bulb will re-inflate by taking in air through the thumb hole and the shutter will remain open for the time exposure.

    To close the shutter after the exposure, squeeze the bulb to empty it, then cover the thumb hole and release your grip. The bulb will re-inflate by sucking air out of the shutter hose, closing the shutter blades.

    This is like writing an essay on how to tie your shoelaces. The procedure takes some practice, like walking and chewing gum, but is not nearly so complicated as this explanation makes it sound.

    My main point is to look for a bulb with a hole at each end.

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    From Radio Shack I got a solder bulb. I think that's what it is. I forget. Poke a hole in the closed end. From the auto supply shop I got some hose. Windshield washer hose? I forget. If you want the real stuff you can go to the Packard people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
    If you want the real stuff you can go to the Packard people.
    The Packard shutter people are still around!? (Digital shutters? )
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    Hub photo used to have The Packard Shutter Company on its site, but in looking this morning, it's no longer there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan
    Hub photo used to have The Packard Shutter Company on its site, but in looking this morning, it's no longer there.
    juan
    Yes, I did a Google for Packard shutter and couldn't find them. (tons of hits for HP, how ironic!)
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