The newest feature
of the BLACKJACKET™ focusing cloth was, once
again, developed in response to user feedback. This feature, called
the BLACKBAG™ does double-duty,
serving as an attractive storage sack when the BLACKJACKET™ is
not in use, and more importantly as a solution to the most challenging
light leak--caused by the gap beneath the rear standard and base
plate of field cameras (or the two gaps beneath rear standard and either
side of the rail of monorail cameras).
The BLACKBAG™ is standard equipment with all new BLACKJACKET™ focusing cloths.
Because of its innovative use of sleeves, the BLACKJACKET™ provides
an ideal darkened environment for viewing the ground glass of a view
camera. Even though the darkened environment of the BLACKJACKET™ was
superior to others, we devised a way to make it even better.
The BLACKBAG™ employs a special new "snag
free" Velcro™ that incorporates both hook and loop fasteners
in a single strip of material. The Velcro™ hooks, which normally
are prone to snagging everything from wool mittens to plush fabric,
recessed on this new product to minimize inadvertent snags, yet eagerly
attach to another piece of similar material.
Corresponding strips of the same "snag
free" Velcro™ is
sewn into the necks of all new 4x5 and 5x7 BLACKJACKET™ models.
The strips on the BLACKJACKET™ neck are oriented
vertically, while the strips on the BLACKBAG™ are
oriented horizontally. This permits the BLACKBAG™ to
quickly and precisely like a curtain to block the gap
that occurs between the rear standard and base plate on field cameras
(or on both sides of the rail beneath the rear standard of monorail
There is no need to be concerned about marring the
exterior of your camera cabinet with glue or screws because the Velcro™ strips
are attached to the BLACKBAG™ and
neck of the BLACKJACKET™.
While blocking the light, the curtain design also permits easy
access to camera controls beneath the rear standard such as swing
The combination of adjustable collar, "sleeves" and
the new BLACKBAG™ combine to make the ideal,
darkened environment in which to view the ground glass of a large
format camera even better!