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    Any ideas for better dark cloth?

    I always have problems trying to use my standard dark cloth with my 5x4 when it is windy. I find that I need two hands just to control the cloth in these conditions. This leaves no hand left over to hold the loupe, alter the focus, etc.
    Does anyone have any cunning solutions to this problem?

    Alan Clark

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    Try the BlackJacket (google search it). Best purchase I have made this year. Great customer service too.
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    A simple homemade solution is to purchase two extra large (or larger if you can find them) T-shirts, one white and one black, and put one inside the other. The doubled material isn't completely lighttight, but it's been sufficient for my purposes at least. The neck of the shirt fits nicely and tightly enough over the GG that it won't come off easily, and the armholes allow access to the GG with a loupe. The only drawback is that it can be a rather warm experience on a hot day in the sun even with the white shirt on the outside because there's not much ventilation possible. It's cheap enough to try at least, and if it doesn't work out you can just give them to an extra large friend.
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    I routinely use 2 or 3 Bulldog clips to hold the cloth to the rear standard of my 5X7. With 4X5, I use a Toyo monocular viewer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francesco
    Try the BlackJacket (google search it). Best purchase I have made this year. Great customer service too.
    I agree with Francesco. I bought one a couple of months ago and love it.

    http://www.quietworks.com/FRAMES_FILES/BJ_WELCOME.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMoore
    I agree with Francesco. I bought one a couple of months ago and love it.

    http://www.quietworks.com/FRAMES_FILES/BJ_WELCOME.html

    Jim
    I agree with Francesco and Jim. The Blackjacket is fantastic! It is very light, does not slip, fall off or blow off the camera, and it provides a really dark environment for composing and focusing.

    PS, I have a Calumet Dark Cloth for sale - CHEAP! :rolleyes:
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    I've got the Zone VI from Calumet, it is way heavier than the others I've seen. I have the 8x10 model and it works great for that and 4x5.
    hi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    I've got the Zone VI from Calumet, it is way heavier than the others I've seen. I have the 8x10 model and it works great for that and 4x5.
    Yep, that's the one I replaced with the Blackjacket.
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    Many thanks to you all for your suggestions. I think I'll try the teeshirt idea first, then maybe take a closer look at the blackjacket.

    Alan Clark

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    Ive been using this self designed, home-made for years and it works great and cost practically nothing.

    It's made out of a light, slippery fabric that is easy to move around under. It very light tight, Black on one side Gray on the other. The elastic keeps the cloth securely on the camera and yet is easy to attach and remove.

    It is sewn closed for several inches back from the GG which keeps reflected light from hitting it from below while allowing you plenty of access to loupe the glass

    I haven't used in high winds but I think that a couple of small pony clips on the back corners would probably weight them sufficiently to keep it from flapping around.

    The drawing is not to scale but shows shape and detail.
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    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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