Having read Natalie’s comment it became obvious that the camera was functioning perfectly before I added the film shield. The first colour pack had no jams, no light leaks etc.
In order to test this out, I removed the film shield and I decided to load up a fresh pack of SX 70 black and white film and took it to Anglesey Abbey last weekend.
I also decided I would only take one camera. That camera was the SX 70 which meant I had 8 shots for the whole day.
It’s a great bag but to be honest, not ideal for the SX 70 and anything else. Forcing the Polaroid and the X100T (with lens hood) into it was not an option.
I could have taken my Peak Design Urban Sling but the zips keep breaking on it (I am really disappointed in the build quality, to be honest).
So I decided to travel light.
Of course, 8 shots meant I had to be very selective what I shot and on a few occasions I went to compose my image, looked at it and backed out. Limited shots really does make you think twice.
For the whole day, I only took 7 shots. I used the last one this week in the meadow. A shot that has taught me not to be hasty as there was not enough light and the image came out blurred.
On the whole, I got clear shots. Best of all there were no film jams, no misfires and no unnecessary light leaks. It would appear Natalies advice was spot on. I don’t think I will be refitting the film shield to my SX 70.
I especially love the photo of the urn with the sunlight adorning it through the trees.