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What is this mark on my negatives

joswhiteman

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Hey guys, not sure if this is the right place to post this, as I cant find the right place to!! But anyway does anyone have a clue what these marks are on my negatives??? Really effecting my work! Sometimes it appears when its bright sometimes it doesnt appear. Its like light is leaking in. I have attached a picture and circled the area of where this mark is.problem.jpg
 
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It looks like a small light leak as it spilled over to the normally unexposed area of the image.
 

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Light leak. What camera are you using?
 

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As the others have said, it's a light leak for sure. New seals are easy to fit on most cameras and not expensive - they just require a little patience to fit.
 

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G'day Jos + fellas

Dunno about a light leak ... all those I've had in the years of film were orange - not what appears to be an in focus white slash

Jos- with lens cap 'on' take camera outdoors and twist the camera body slightly to see if the rear cover will open ever-so-slightly, thus causing the problem. Take a null image - ie: still with lens cap 'on' and see what turns up on that frame. This might give you a better idea of what / where the problem lies

Phil
 

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I had a Kodak Retina IIIS with a loose Mask at the film gate: the mask was loose, and one side was towards the lens. Once back in place, all was well with the negatives. Might be worth checking if there is a mask at the film gate, and it is flat. The alternative to a light leak might be a reflection in the camera getting under the film mask.
 

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Hmmmm.... Looks like 6x7, right? Not my bailiwick, but I'll have a go.

Notice how the white light crosses the edge of the focal aperture (the "frame" where the image is created), onto the edge of the film. This strongly suggests that the light leak is coming from behind, rather than in front, of the focal aperture. Check the back cover carefully for gaps or openings in the light proofing, or any missing components that might allow light to intrude and reflect within the back or film holder, striking the film as it courses through the back or film holder.
 
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