MX light seals?


Benz3ne

Link Posted 30/12/2019 - 20:56
Recently procured a MX for a good price, but afraid the light seals are a little ďpast itĒ.
For the minute Iíve chucked in some Kodak Colorplus 200 Iíve accidentally rewound, which I managed to uncap, feed the leader and recap this morning in a dark cupboard... somehow... so therein could lie any fubared photos!

I digress, where might I find a set of light seals? Or direction for making my own (yes, Iíve read about closed cell foam but thicknesses not often discussed). Ergo, a pre-made set would be ace. Thoughts?

pschlute

Link Posted 30/12/2019 - 21:20
There are always loads on ebay
Peter



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Benz3ne

Link Posted 30/12/2019 - 21:51
pschlute wrote:
There are always loads on ebay

I did have a quick look but failed to find any specifically geared towards the MX, more the ME/ME Super.
Any links to them would be hugely appreciated, if possible.
Diolch.

pschlute

Link Posted 30/12/2019 - 23:08
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Premium-Light-Seal-Foam-Kit-for-Pentax-MX/193241829269?hash=item2cfe1c4f95:g:IxIAAOSw9J9d6D~s
Peter



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Benz3ne

Link Posted 31/12/2019 - 06:36
pschlute wrote:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Premium-Light-Seal-Foam-Kit-for-Pentax-MX/193241829269?hash=item2cfe1c4f95:g:IxIAAOSw9J9d6D~s

Perfect thanks Peter. I didnít think to stretch my eBay search to include European sellers too!

pschlute

Link Posted 31/12/2019 - 08:31
I have not used them but at that price it is worth a go.

Look forward to seeing some MX shots when you get the camera on the go again.
Peter



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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 31/12/2019 - 09:31
Buy a larger sheet of foam and cut it yourself using a normal paper guillotine. It's much, much cheaper than buying pre-cut ones - buy one sheet and you have enough to replace the light seals on dozens of cameras. And if you mess it up (I've been there) then just cut some more and try again.

Something like this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAMERA-LIGHT-SEAL-1-5mm-THICK-OPEN-CELL-FOAM-SELF-ADH...
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

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Benz3ne

Link Posted 31/12/2019 - 10:22
Jonathan-Mac wrote:
Buy a larger sheet of foam and cut it yourself using a normal paper guillotine. It's much, much cheaper than buying pre-cut ones - buy one sheet and you have enough to replace the light seals on dozens of cameras. And if you mess it up (I've been there) then just cut some more and try again.

Something like this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAMERA-LIGHT-SEAL-1-5mm-THICK-OPEN-CELL-FOAM-SELF-ADH...

That's great, thanks Jonathan. My reservations with this would be buying one that isn't thick enough for the mirror damper, for instance. Or too thick for the body seals. I've ordered the set from France as directed to by Peter above, but I might get some of this in due course, especially if I get another film camera!

Thanks for the help, both. I'm looking forward to seeing what it produces while it's paired with the M-50/1.4!

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 31/12/2019 - 18:49
I use a less dense foam for mirror bumpers, they're better at absorbing the impact.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

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womble

Link Posted 01/01/2020 - 11:14
Jon Goodman sells excellent pre-cut seal kits with detailed instructions. He can be contacted at jon_goodman@yahoo.com and charges very reasonable prices.

He comes highly recommended by various people on the US fora and by me.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the cameraÖ they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Benz3ne

Link Posted 01/01/2020 - 15:02
womble wrote:
Jon Goodman sells excellent pre-cut seal kits with detailed instructions. He can be contacted at jon_goodman@yahoo.com and charges very reasonable prices.

He comes highly recommended by various people on the US fora and by me.

K.

Amazing, thank you. Iíd come across his name before but all posts were from a few years ago so I wasnít certain whether he was still operating!
Iíll have to drop him an email and see what he comes back with! Thanks for this, Kris.

doingthebobs

Link Posted 01/01/2020 - 23:21
Jon Goodman kits are the best I've used. He puts together the kit for the individual camera model which makes it easy to use successfully.
Tried others but he knows exactly what thicknesses and resilience the foams should be for each seal on most cameras.
May be a bit more expensive but worth it!
Bob

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Benz3ne

Link Posted 02/01/2020 - 18:17
Now ordered a set from Jon as well. I can have a look and see which stacks up as better quality, at least visually, between Jonís and the French offering!
Thanks again to everyone for the help, as always!
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