film info slot (the real purpose of)

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by evan_bedford|2, May 2, 2018.

  1. I used to despise those ugly things. I much preferred the little window. However, I now know the real reason for them. They're perfect picture frames for commemorative stamps. The slots are about the right size for most commemoratives, and there's no shortage of themes to choose from.

    As for film info, that's what masking tape, a sharpie pen and the bottom of a camera body are for.

    The one shown below is apt, since on the other side of the camera is a shift lens.

    film info slot.JPG
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  2. Heheh. That works if you shoot only one camera and/or one type of film at a time. I've recently had five cameras in mid-roll, and three of them lacked meters. So, knowing what's inside them at any given time can be important, especially when it can take months to finish shooting a roll.
  3. PapaTango

    PapaTango Itinerant Philosopher

    What's a stamp used for?
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  4. How much paint is left on the bottom of your camera after you've ripped the masking tape off a few dozen times.

    The frame on the camera back is just the right size for the lid ripped from a film box, or could be used for a square of card, paper or 'ivorine' that's just as easy to write on as a strip of masking tape.

    Why do some people insist on making life more complicated than necessary?

    "I much preferred the little window."

    - How much will you prefer it when its foam seal decays and your film gets completely fogged?
  5. PapaTango

    PapaTango Itinerant Philosopher

    Dang Joe, did you check your blood pressure this morning??? :eek::p:)
  6. Or you could put your name and address there so that if you loose your camera, it will get returned to you.
  7. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

  8. I keep a journal aided by the little simple end flap .......Simple enough.
  9. The OP is abusive. I would never write on my camera. I like the slot although I never used it.
  10. I do not believe anyone designing cameras in the 50's - late 60's period had a clue to this little do-dad camera addition. With 6 cameras & 3 film types floating around my apartment, small semi-permanent sticky DSCF0217 ces5.JPG labels are used to keep my aging brain on the right track. Aloha, Bill
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  11. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

    Leica M-3, Nikon F mid 50's, mid '60's respectively
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  12. Or, for Millenials, they could print one of their gazillion selfies and slot it in there, to enhance the beauty of the camera. ;) Of course, they'd probably need to ask a Boomer how to print a hardcopy of a photo. :rolleyes:

    I have a couple of cameras that have similar doodads. I suppose they're useful, but I always worry that they may have been accidentally moved to the wrong speed or emulsion (B&W vs. color).

    They're also so non-standardized that they're almost more work than they're worth. I'd much rather take a quick glance at a box top and know exactly what's inside than have to figure out what the doodad is telling me, and whether it matches up with my recollection, or not.
  13. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed, they are relatively easy to move. You do have to remember that back in those days the "neverready case" was fairly popular which gave the gadget some or full protection. Color & Monochrome are probably most useful.
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  14. I had to replace a foam seal the other day. With an exacto knife, I took me less than 5 minutes.
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  15. Abusive? I'm honoring the slot by treating it as a frame.
  16. I've heard that some people like to look at them. Other than that...hmm...I'm not quite sure, now that you mention it. karsh005.jpg
  17. Abuse by writing on the bottom of the camera. When I put my camera down it's on a mat to protect its bottom.
  18. Or perhaps a boomer who thinks that film isn't made anymore could ask a millenial like me to make a print in his darkroom...
  19. Nothing is written on the camera. It's written on a small square of masking tape. Please read the post. And relax (life is short).
  20. I just open the camera back and check the film speed on the canister
    (Who hasn't turned their darkroom main light on to see how the print is developing!)

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