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I have purchased a used camera and I do not know what the dark slide is for. Do you pull it out before you take a picture? What is it for. Is it so you can remove the back with film in it? This is the first medium format camera I have and I no nothing about the "dark slide" use. Can you explain. Thank you. Barry Tuber

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After loading the back with film, the dark slide is inserted so you may remove the back without ecxposing the film. Suppose you had 2 different back, 1 with b&w and the other has color. You are shooting with color. Load the color film and before shooting, remove the dark slide. After a few shots, you decide to change to B&W, insert the dark slide, change backs, remove that dark slide and continue shooting. This is assuming that you have 2 dark slides, 1 for each back. If you only have 1 dark slide, then the back that is not on the camera needs it if it is loaded with film and the other back will have to stay on the camera.

Posted on Nov 01, 2010

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