Camera light-seals - What you should know.

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Camera Light-seals. What you should know.


Light-seals (also referred to as Light-traps) are designed to prevent light from entering your camera and fogging your film.

You can find them and inspect them easily - they are in the same places in almost every camera.

They are slender, foam-rubber gaskets and they can be found at the inside edge of the camera film-door (near the hinge) and along the channel where the door closes and seals against the camera body. If the camera door has a film window, there will be a light seal around that too.

If you are buying a camera more than ten years old, it will almost certainly need replacement seals. The original seals degrade over time - and turn into a sticky black gunge. This will happen even if the camera has hardly been used.

You can inspect the seals by looking at them - and if possible by gently touching them (especially the one near the door hinge).

If they are soft and tar-like, you have a problem.

Degraded seals allow light into your film chamber. They can also deposit their sticky tar onto your film and, worst of all, some of that gunge could get into the works of the camera, causing serious damage.

If you are buying a classic camera on ebay, you should ask the seller to inspect the seals and give you an honest appraisal.

Light-seals are easily replaced by a competent technician - but at a price. The average cost of this repair in Britain right now is around £30.

Remember - Almost any classic camera will need new seals!

Look for sellers that have had them renewed - or are willing to offer you a reduction for you to have the job done!

Every camera I sell at Beautiful Cameras has new light-seals fitted as standard. Don't settle for anything less!
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