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Many wonderful reasons why you should keep tape in your camera bag

I have found tape invaluable. I now keep a huge roll in my bag at all times and I find new uses all the time. I hope to show a few different ideas especially when using a PC adapter.

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All Diana users have it. All users of bakelite have it. People who have tiny tripods keep it so why is it so handy?

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My beloved Chayka and Mircon are fabulous cameras, I adore them but they do not have a cold shoe or a hot shoe for flash attachment. They are equipped with a PC plug hole so what to do??

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You CAN hold the flash in its cradle, plug it in and hope but all you will get is a zap from the shoe and no flash. It needs to be grounded. As the two cameras are steel and good Russian MANUAL through and through, and hence, a small shock from a flash will not hurt them. Hmm.

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I got out my trusty roll of electrical tape and taped up the PC adaptor and the Chayka then added the flash. More tape and NOW I can take her out to take night photos. The camera is limited to 30fps or Bulb so this gives her more areas of operation.

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Works equally well on the Micron.

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In fact, any camera that has a metal chassis and no electronic parts can be strapped to a flash in this way.

My Click from ebay arrived broken in the corner. How he had the hide to say useable I have no idea, but I attached a piece of card and a lot of electrical tape.

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My Canon 7D has a Diana Lens adapter, but it falls off and I have I often watched my Diana lens bounce down the footpath as the shot gets missed completely. As I have a few of these, I did not want to super glue it. So out came the electrical tape.

My Smena 2 has issues allowing the film to wind on so I tape it to the take up spool. This makes rewinding for reuse easy as it can’t disappear into the canister. YAY!

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For a diffuser on a pop up flash, you can either cut a ping pong ball or a white film canister in half and tape it to the flash or just tape WHITE electrical tape over the flash to get a lovely soft diffused light. No more harsh shadows. Cool!

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We all know the best way to fix light leaks in Bellows is to tape them and this goes for the old Diana and Holga cameras (Mine antique ones are 90% tape now).

For those of us who use our iPhone or any camera phone you can use the tape to stick it to a tripod. No more balancing.

Anyway, enjoy and watch out for zaps from your flash!

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