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Flat, Flat, Flat
A feature of the viewer that is easily overlooked is the highly
reflective nature of its interior. When viewing slides, the
internal reflections reduce the contrast of the image and are just plain distracting. Fortunately there is an easy way to
eliminate this problem.
While the viewer is apart, paint the interior with Krylon
Ultra-Flat black paint. It is commonly available in the US with other
spray cans or in the sporting goods section where it is sold as part of Krylon's
series. Don't forget to mask or remove the lenses and mask the exterior of the
viewer. It is also a very good idea to paint the back side of the
As of December, 2005, shipping version of the MFPV is silver on
the outside and flat black on the inside. I am pleased to report that if
you have the newer version of this viewer you can put away your Krylon!
The slide mask is easily removed from the viewer. If you
will be using your viewer with 80x132mm cardboard mounted slides, you should
consider removing the central divider from this mask. With the divider in
place, there is a mildly annoying "double window" effect introduced by
virtue of conflicting aperture spacing.
|Trimmed slide mask from the front. The slide mount
is has 50x50mm apertures.
||Trimmed slide mask from the back showing the plastic
carrier for 80x132mm mounts
80x132mm cardboard mounts have their apertures spaced at 63mm. The mask of
the viewer has apertures spaced at 65mm. This means that my film chips are
not centered in the 56mm viewer apertures. Very little light reaches this
side of the mask, but it is sufficient to create a window effect that conflicts
with the window on my mounted slides.
When you're done, and appropriately astonished with
the improvement, it's time to move on to rigging the viewer to correctly handle
your cardboard mounted slides. Next
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