So there I am the other day, admiring my new (old) 8x10 Deardorff and start thinking to myself. Wouldn't it be neat to get a 4x5 version too. I hop on to my favorite auction site and there aren't any real dorff's in my price range, but there is a pretty nice looking knock off one, and it was ending in like 20 minutes.
I bid, and sit back and watch. At the last minute someone outbids me. At this point my Irish / Sicilian blood starts pumping... I get in a friggin bidding war over a chinese knock off camera !
I win it for more than I should have paid, paypal the guy, and get it in my hands 4 days later...
Tonight, while patching a few pinholes in a camera I am selling, I decide to check out the fake dorff.
The good news... no pinholes, and the bellows looks nice. The bad news, While shining the light through the bellows, you can basically see the entire flashlight through it! The fabric isn't light tight at all! haha!
Enough of my sob story.. how do I fix it?
Option A) Coat the entire bellows with B&S Bellows Sealer. This will work, but it doesn't look very pretty when you coat the entire outside. Functional, but not fashionable!
Option B) Cover the camera with my darkcloth while shooting film. Again, it works, but isn't the ideal situation in the wind.
Option C)? Can I just use flat black spray paint, and spray several coats on the inside of the bellows fabric until it is light tight?
What do you think?
a recovering ebay impulse buyer
Other than that, the camera is pretty good for a chinese knock off!