Re: Bolex light leaks

From: David Woods (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 19 2009 - 13:17:23 PDT

Wish I could enlighten re. your leaking light
Wondered if it is occurring in the developing stage - as I have not seen any similar phenomena resulting from a light-faulty Bolex in 50 years of shooting.
Your illustration led me to your Flicker site and thence to a set of (pleasing) emotive images which evoked the condition of winter in the much worked-over European landscape.
The hand-processing aids in the second-hand patena look, appropriate I felt for the condition of a much over-worked / exhausted ecology. (Made me wonder if you might consider joining the "Woodland Trust"?)
Hope you sort your light problem - although a sneaking desire remains that you don't, so that we are presented with further stressed images that for this viewer sustain a richer, less passive viewing condition than the perfection which correction would produce; or is that just perversity / an outdated ag-position?
David @ holcus

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From: Experimental Film Discussion List [mailto:email suppressed] On Behalf Of Veronica Ibarra
Sent: 19 July 2009 15:38
To: email suppressed
Subject: Bolex light leaks

My 16mm Bolex Rex5 light leaks like mad. I tried to solve the problem by taping it with black gaffer tape all around the door and the filter area (I have the filter holder inserted all the time). I also taped around the top part. No success.

What I get is random black areas in the negative. All across the frame, or some frames and then the fogging gets more faint till it dissapears. Sometimes it is only on the edge, but normally is all across frames. Maybe there is one foot without fogging and then again every few frames... It seems quite ramdom to me. No light leak pattern.
you can see some footage here:

I am going to do some testing. Taping different areas to find out where the light gets in, I thought that before doing that I could ask here about where is most likely to light leak or anything else that can be helpful.

Could any of you frameworkers help me please?

Much obliged


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