When working in hot and humid conditions, which camera tape would you use? Permacel or Tesa, or is there maybe something even better?
Pro-Gaff, formerly known as Permacel, makes normal gaffer's tape (P-665), and a cold-weather version (P-672). For hot and humid, I suppose you'd use the normal stuff.
What's your specific application? Sealing film cans?
If you really want to do some camera tape research, I suggest the Film Tools website. www.FilmTools.com
Director of Photography
Los Angeles, CA
Yes, sealing film cans, labelling magazines and the like.
Thanks for the tip Graham! I like Permacel (or Pro-Gaff ) too, but have found it not to stick very well in some instants, which got me wondering...though it could have been just an old roll of course.
In the hot - in the cold - in the wet
You will need a lot of it for all the mags - as well as the camera body/matte box etc
Just measure out your mags
Cut as many feet/meters as is necessary
Put the soft sided Velcro on the mags
Cut along the mag lid/body seam with a razor blade
And finally add coloured tape to the hard sided Velcro
Good luck on the shoot
>>In the hot - in the cold - in the wet.........Put the soft sided Velcro on the mags
>>Cut along the mag lid/body seam with a razor blade, and finally add coloured tape to the hard >>sided Velcro
Wow! I've used Velcro for everything under the sun but not this way. Is this idea original with you? If so it should be turned into a verb:
Zovko'ing a mag, case lid, etc.
Engineer and Somewhat DP
As a camera owner, I would discourage this to a certain degree. It strips the paint off the mags and makes the cameras look terrible.
Fine to put it on the matte box, and usually we keep some on the anodised part on top so you can store the PL-cap when not in use. I usually ask assistants to put a layer of paper tape down first, and then stick the Velcro or camera tape to that, so it does less damage.
Sorry, pet peeve of mine, especially after having my camera re-painted recently.
I've used vinyl electrician's tape to seal film cans and tape filters on and things like that when it's humid. Worked very well in Hawaii on a shoot. Got the tip from working with a Japanese crew once. Never tried the white electrician's tape for labelling but it might be worth a try. The tape comes in red, green, white, black and, I think, other colours. It stretches, which can be useful. The stuff I used was made by 3M and it was their most expensive brand.
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