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AndreasT

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Hi all,
I would like to use IR film for the very first time. What I am unsure about is how safe the bellows are. I remember reading many years ago that one must use a metal camera otherwise the film will fog or go black. Surely this is exaggerated, but how safe are the normal canvas and the leather wide-angle bellows from Cambo.
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Andreas
 

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Nah you don't need a metal camera. You just have to test. I would also recommend putting a (non cotton) thick dark cloth over the whole rig while exposing. Another potential source of fog are the filmholders, you have to test those too (so far I am having no issues with the new fidelity holders). It's hard to say whether certain bellows will or won't work, you have to test them. I had some bellows on my horseman VH that definitely leaked IR. I haven't had issues with any other bellows, including cambo bellows. Leather should be fine. But it's almost always best to err on the side of caution!
 
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