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Byrnesmill Missouri with Olympus Stylus Infinity Zoom Again

Among the 700 or so cameras in my possession, I do truly LOVE my little Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom, even though it is a highly automated little plastic package...
HOWEVER,
I have been fighting light leaks in the film chamber in the two or three years that I have had the camera.
This week I acquired another example of the same model in auction. The new one is unusable, there is a glitch in the film loading automation. But I tried to fix the "good" one by swapping out the entire rear door assembly between the two.
First test was another failure, major leakage, in a roll shot around the house and yard. None of those images here.
So I added a strip of extra black foam in the area I suspected.
Better, but still leaking, when in direct sunlight.
If you study the photos below, you will see signs of leakage in at least four of the images.
After this set, I ripped out the new foam again, cut a new strip, plus another strip in another suspected area.
If next test fails, it is back to heavy black taping.

This set was shot this morning at Pleasant Valley Nature Preserve (formerly Girl Scouts' Camp Hi-Dee-Ho) in High Ridge, and on Big River at the site of the ruins of Byrnes Mill, a onetime grist mill after which the City of Byrnesmill was named.
All images are 2007 E.J.Kowalski.
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