Light leaks

Light leaks and focus woes

It’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting the first few rolls of film to be perfect. I was very pleased to be getting recognisable images from the 1st working camera. Turns out there are a few issues to resolve. The focus is out of whack for all but the pinhole lens, pinholes have this lovely habit of always being in focus (albeit a slightly dreamy focus). For the meniscus polycarbonate lens things are clearly a little bit off. Images from my 1st 2 films taken with this lens have all been a little out of focus. I have a plan for fixing this issue, essentially it boils down to getting the lens positioned at exactly the right distance from the film. Solving that problem was going to need a special bit of kit, more on that later.

The other problem was a nice selection pf light leaks. My 1st black and white film was taken on an overcast day and I didn’t really notice anything unusual. Once I ran a colour film through the camera however the problem was a bit more obvious. If you are ever trying to track down light leaks there are a few things to bear in mind;

  • Red light leaks on colour negative typically come from the back of the camera as the light is filtered through the film base.
  • White light leaks are most likely from the lens side of the camera.
  • Any leaks that span the whole film from top to bottom are very likely due to rear door light leaks.

Turns out I had all of the above! Under strong sunlight the camera had more holes than a broken sieve.
The process for tracking them down involves close examination of your negatives, a good torch and some black tape. I am working on a redesign of the rear door labyrinth light seals (I had cut a few corners on the 1st design) which is now looking good. Also I spotted a rather large hole in the shutter mechanism which only shows up in strong light at certain angles! I’ve got a solution in the works for this as well so the next films should start to show the true potential of the TYCH.

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    Hello! Just saw the article on MMC about you – I’d be Thrilled to be considered as a beta tester – I’ve been a Huge fan of film p&s, and very much half frames – owned and used the Olympus EE, EE2, EE3, a Canon Demi, a Canon Multi Tele.

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  • Patrick Sterenchuk August 3, 2022   Reply →

    This is clearly a passion project, and it is absolutely filling a niche! I’m very much looking forward to the creative possibilities of this camera. I’d love to be in on the beta test. I’m not a professional…something more than a hobbyist/amateur…but I’d like to offer that this would seem like a demographic match to the kind of folks that are going to buy your camera. Plus, I’ll talk it up, and promote the hell out of it. No matter what, I’m.very much looking forward to the launch of this. Cheers!

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    Jesus just sign me up!
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  • Bill Lawson August 3, 2022   Reply →

    Wow, this looks fun! Any new film camera is good news. I understand you are looking for beta testers. I have a YouTube channel that I can review your camera on. Shoot me an email if that is something you need. Link below.

  • Dustin Aubry August 4, 2022   Reply →

    I would be very interested in being a tester for this new camera my previous camera that I used mainly before Nikon FM 10 and I’ve also used I think two different lomo cameras I’ve used a pinhole camera and a music cereal box to see the eclipse of the Sun but then I used it to take pictures of the clouds and I took a snapshot with my cell phone reflected on the inside of the box through the pinhole like camera to see the eclipse and I live in the United States of America.

    • Richard Noll August 11, 2022   Reply →

      Would love to test your film based rangefinder here in the states. I have never had a half frame before unless you want to include a 645 medium format. I primarily take outdoor landscapes (B&W and color), industrial, architecture, portraits and rural garden photographs. I use 4×5 to 35mm, film and digital, nikon, canon, fuji, minolta, leica, voightlander, bronica, and others. Please consider testing the camera in mountainous rain forests where long duration camping often requires reduced weight and half frame cameras could become all the rage at our w ou world renown REI stores.

  • Thomas Jarmusch August 4, 2022   Reply →

    I would love to test your camera!
    I have life long experience with all sorts of analog cameras.
    Including various half frame cameras, point and shoots, instant cameras, medium format…
    Please include me in testing this camera

    I am an artist and filmmaker, have shown internationally
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  • Giulio August 4, 2022   Reply →

    ciao! sono un fotografo non professionista con base a Venezia (Italia) mi piacerebbe far parte della beta, per qualsiasi info scrivimi una mail, posso mandarti un po’ di scatti che ho fatto.

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    Hi there,would love to test this product.Do a lot iof car photography.Would be great to see the results with this new camera.

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    With great interest I read and development. I have extensive photography experience, over 30 years. I can shoot with pinhole, zoneplate and vintage optics. In addition, I have extensive experience in the design and construction of medium and large format cameras. I would love to become a beta tester of the project, and I hope I can be of service to you. In addition, there are a few more original thoughts that may be useful for your company. I wish you good luck with your project. Best regards, Sergey

  • Wayne Sutton August 5, 2022   Reply →

    I would love to test your camera. I live close to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Western North Carolina, USA. There are photo opportunities in every direction you look.
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  • Philip Tudor August 8, 2022   Reply →

    The missing 4th lens: why not make the hole a c/cs-mount so people can add their own? Might be focus issues limiting maximum aperture and use of vari-focal lenses, but hey just make it clear users will be responsible for creating their own dope cards.

    • AnnMarie Tornabene August 11, 2022   Reply →

      that sounds like an awesome idea but where would people get their own mini lenses? Oh, maybe from an old phone?

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    I’m really excited for this project!

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    I would love to be a beta tester though I live in France so you’d have to tell me if sending it across the pond would be worth it. As a photographer for more than 25 years, I love both film and digital imagery but I admit that my Holga, Diana and pinhole lens cap for both my Nikon FM2 and Canon Rebel 800 are awesome for giving me soft, dream-like imagery useful in some of my series. And light leaks, happy accidents are a good thing but if you are gearing this camera to an audience of “perfect” photography, then I suppose that has to be fixed. Lastly, a real pinhole image is not always sharp depending length of exposure/where and how you place the camera. What I love with this is the USB battery power, the size AND the selection of lenses. 🙂

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    Clio Manage offers a variety of features, including billing, contact management, document management, calendaring, accounting, task management, online payments, and time tracking.

    A few highlights of Clio include:

    Secure client portal for document sharing
    Matter timelines display who made changes and when updates were made
    Separate module available for client intake/client relationship management
    Clio is versatile and has customizable solutions for everything from solo to large firms.

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    Legal Tracker has features such as eBilling, matter management, reporting, analytics, cloud integrations, data services, and legal operations.

    It offers such features as:

    Legal analytics to track budgets and compare performance of outside legal counsel
    Robust reporting system
    Excellent collaboration tools
    This Thomson Reuters system is geared towards helping corporate in-house legal departments track and organize their legal teams.

    Trialworks Logo
    Trialworks is a cloud-based solution created by trial lawyers with options for mobile case intake, document management, calendaring, and trial management.

    Some distinct features include:

    Litigation-centered tools
    Based on familiar Microsoft Office platform
    Available as software to be used on local network or cloud-based
    Offers database conversion (as a separate service)
    Check out their website to learn more and schedule a free demo.

    Law Ruler Logo
    Law Ruler has customized solutions for litigation firms and is integrated with Office 365 for convenient workflow. Its detailed dashboard analytics help you keep track of case status, leads, and marketing performance.

    Other features include:

    Built-in settlement calculators
    Automated text and email reminders
    Integrated click-to-call dialer powered by artificial intelligence
    Managing your cases effectively improves customer service, as well as your legal services. You have more time to devote to your clients and work on their cases when you do not need to worry about the day-to-day logistics of case management.

    FAQs About Law Firm Case Management Software
    If you are not familiar with case management software, these frequently asked questions may help you understand why your law firm needs to invest in high-quality case management software.

    Managing legal cases requires a system for keeping up with detailed information about each case. Case management begins before your client hires your law firm. You need an effective way to perform conflict checks before your client signs a retainer agreement.

    Throughout the case, there could be hundreds or thousands of documents to organize, deadlines to monitor, statements to process, and other details that must be analyzed and organized into categories that are easy to search.

    You also have billing, client communications, contact information, appointment scheduling, court information, and case notes to organize and manage.

    After closing the case, you need a system for storing and archiving the case that allows for continued conflict checks. You may also need to access information in one case to assist with a matter in a related case or similar case.

    Today, digital files must be stored, organized, and cataloged. The days of managing legal cases by hand are over.

    Gathering, analyzing, and organizing large amounts of information, data, and documents is a significant element of case management. Many lawyers, paralegals, and case managers have multiple cases they handle. As a result, the volume of data can be overwhelming.

    Case management software provides an efficient way to collect and organize data.

    Many software programs link to email, telephone, and other systems to create calls and message logs. The information is stored in the client’s file immediately.

    Tracking contacts with clients, including calls and emails, through the software help to ensure that you do not miss anything.

    Having all the information in one place makes it easy to:

    create reports,
    visualize evidence, and
    collaborate with other staff members.
    In addition, everyone within the law firm can access the case files and all information stored in the files from their desktop or tablet.

    In addition to managing the data, documents, and other information associated with a client’s case, there are other benefits of using case management software.

    Case management software can reduce the risk of human error. Mistakes happen when you are handling multiple cases and thousands of documents. Case management software completes many of the tasks automatically, which reduces the risk of errors and mistakes.

    For example, errors in transferring data to forms could be costly and time-consuming.

    When the data is contained in case management software, the software transfers the data ensuring there are no errors.

    Lawyers have a fiduciary duty to protect confidential information. A data breach could result in the theft or exposure of sensitive information. Case management software can add another layer of security for data.

    The software also automatically backs up entire files to ensure that nothing is lost in case of a data breach or natural disaster.

    Lawyers and staff members can access client files and data from work, home, and other locations. In addition, case management software that is cloud-based allows employees to access data even when telecommuting.

    In addition to managing your current cases, case management software can help you track leads. An efficient, easy-to-use system to track and follow up with leads increases retention rates for the law firm.

    A lead can be entered into the system, forwarded to the correct person to respond, and scheduled for a follow-up. All information about the lead is in one location that is accessible to everyone.

    Case management software increases efficiency. Everyone working on a case can access and update information. Having data in a system that permits easy retrieval reduces the time it takes to locate information.

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    Updated 2022

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