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    Yep, figured this all out when I made a pinhole out of a tin can with a shiny inside - got the weirdest "lens flare" on the negative you could imagine. covered the inside with black gaffer's tape and problem was solved.

    My Calumet 4x5's bellows are gray on the inside, but I guess the corrugated nature of the bellows helps scatter and absorb internal reflections. I can't help but wonder if I could lower the base fog of my Negs by spraypainting the insides black or something. Probably jsut ruin my bellows.

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    What are the bellows made of? There are dyes for vinyl, leather, etc.
    I'd be wary of paint as it would probably flake off.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Also, depending upon the type of paint used, the solvent/vehicle might destroy the fabric or material.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    I say let sleeping phodogs lie...
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    I was mistaken, looked inside again last night and they're black. THey're gray on the outside - sorry, I'm stuid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    It is magic! Magic is the only way to keep the darkness from leaking out of one's camera.
    I like that. It's a much better theory than keeping the light out.


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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totalamateur View Post
    sorry, I'm stuid.
    No, you're definitely not stuid.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I've seen advertisements of LF cameras, with the bellows fully extended and twisted up like a pretzel (not a Petzvel), and sometimes I have to wonder if the "droop" in the top of the bellows is enough to interfere with the projected image. I suppose this would only be a problem with long-focal length lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    No, you're definitely not stuid.
    At the risk of sounding stuid: how would you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe VanCleave View Post
    I've seen advertisements of LF cameras, with the bellows fully extended and twisted up like a pretzel (not a Petzvel), and sometimes I have to wonder if the "droop" in the top of the bellows is enough to interfere with the projected image. I suppose this would only be a problem with long-focal length lenses.
    It is. Also in close-up work.
    Something remedied by putting an extra standard plus bellows 'halfway'.

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