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  1. #1

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    Shutter question.

    I have been looking at the 8 Banners website and I am intrigued by their cameras, but I don't quite understand - from appearance alone (there is no actual description) - how their shutter works. I don't see a screw mount for a cable release so must it be tripped by hand? I noticed from an earlier thread that a number of people on here purchased 8Banners cameras so any description on how (and how well) the shutter works would be appreciated. Thanks.

    <todd>

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    Push the green lever, and the shutter opens. Push the red lever and it closes. Not so good for fast shutter speeds like 1/4 second with 400 speed film in daylight.

    This is better:


    That said it is probably the last time I will buy a shutter, instead I will make my own.

  3. #3

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    It's a bit awkward since you have to set the camera down to take the picture, then use both hands to open and close the shutter (assuming a short exposure) without getting your fingers in the picture.

    Nevertheless I've had no problems and the shutter seems more robust than I would have guessed from just looking at the pictures.

    The shorter exposures have caused me no problems. Generally short exposures are only an issue with zone plates; pinholes have much smaller openings and require longer exposures. Negative film (especially color film) is pretty forgiving of overexposure. It's pretty hard to get an exposure of less than a second using just your fingers, but I've run through a half dozen rolls to date and haven't overexposed anything yet.

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    I was getting motion blur from the camera moving before the cable release mod shown above. Even the 4+ second exposures were not as sharp as they should have been.

    Other people have suggested tieing string to each lever, pull on one to open, the other to close.

  5. #5

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    It looks like their newest shutter has a built in cable release socket and a single shutter lever. I think I may wait until hat i standard on their cameras before buying one. Thanks for the info.

    <todd>

    <<I was getting motion blur from the camera moving before the cable release mod shown above. Even the 4+ second exposures were not as sharp as they should have been.

    Other people have suggested tieing string to each lever, pull on one to open, the other to close.>>

  6. #6

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    Any suggestions for alternatives to the 8banners T shutter?

  7. #7

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    lens cap.

  8. #8

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    Speed-i-o-scope

    replace the glass with a sheet of aluminum and a pinhole...

    Why do I say this? I have enough Speed-i-o-scopes
    to last me a lifetime and you can drive the price up all you want.

    tim in san jose
    Where ever you are, there you be.



 

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