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HOT TAGS

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Smart hot-shoe covers to remind what film speed and type is loaded in your camera. Handy if you don’t remember what’s in your camera or you want to experiment with exposures.

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TAG Level

Hot-shoe cover with bubble level

TAG25

Hot-shoe cover with 25ISO engraving

TAG50

Hot-shoe cover with 50 ISO engraving

TAG80

Hot-shoe cover with 80 ISO engraving

TAG100

Hot-shoe cover with 100 ISO engraving

TAG160

Hot-shoe cover with 160 ISO engraving

TAG200

Hot-shoe cover with 200 ISO engraving

TAG320

Hot-shoe cover with 320 ISO engraving

TAG400

Hot-shoe cover with 400 ISO engraving

TAG800

Hot-shoe cover with 800 ISO engraving

TAG1600

Hot-shoe cover with 1600 ISO engraving

TAG3200

Hot-shoe cover with 3200 ISO engraving

TAG NO-ISO

Hot-shoe cover without ISO engraving

TAG PLAIN

Simple Hot-shoe cover

TABS Yellow

3 Yellow inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS Green

3 Green inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS White

3 White inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS Orange

3 Orange inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS Blue

3 Blue inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS Red

3 Red inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

TABS Silver

3 Silver inserts for Hot Tag hot-shoe covers.

Do you ever forget what film is loaded in your camera?

If your camera collection is like mine, you may have different cameras loaded with different films sitting on the shelves for weeks or months. Not all cameras come with the film ISO indicator, or with a window showing the film information printed on the canister, or even with the pocket for the film box’s tab. So the usual questions are: what film is loaded in that camera? What’s its ISO? Which one should I take to the next photo adventure? I have this problem all the times, also because I have very similar cameras and I often mistake one for another whent thay all have different film inside. So I came up with this idea…

HOT TAGS

This set of hot shoe covers let you specify what film speed your loaded film is, and with the interchangeable color inserts you can tell what type of film you loaded, not just its speed. Also, the cover serves as a protection for the hot shoe’s contacts.

FED50 has Kodak Gold 200 but it’s being pushed to 400 as seen in the GOST/ISO little window.

The set comprises simple covers with no engraving, or other that have different film speeds engraved and a slot accomodating a color tab. You also can have a bubble level to help keep your camera straight when mounted on the tripod.

Speed and color

There are different ISO speed choices: 25, 50, 80, 100, 160, 200, 320, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 ISO. By choosing the ISO and the color tab, you can identify the film type you have in the camera. For example you can identify the film brand by the color: yellow for Kodak, green for Fujifilm or Ilford HP5Plus, white for general black&white film, silver for T-Max / Tri-X… Red can identify Agfa films or CineStill, orange can be used for redscale films, and azure for Ilford FP4Plus or whatever you like.

Lomo Smena 8M has a 80ISO BW film inside: obviously the Ferrania Film P30.

Use cases

You can also match the speed and color creatively, or just to meet some special needs. The possibilities are many:

  • You’re shooting long expired film: a rule of thumb suggest that film expired since 10 years will loose half of its speed.
  • You’re pushing/pulling exposure: let’s say you have a 400 ISO B&W film that you want to push to 1600 or 3200. Set that ISO on the Hot Tag!
  • You’re trying redscale:¬†when you flip a film to redscale you have to shoot it at -1 stop, so you can correct the ISO accordingly.
  • Varying lighting situations: Imagine that you already have a roll loaded in your camera, and you have to shoot part of the roll at a different ISO because the lighting conditions are different (snow, mountains, sunset, woods …). With the Hot Tag memo you can temporarily select a different ISO and shoot accordingly.
  • Your camera has no EV correction knob: If your camera does not have the selector to change the EV to over or under expose, insert the appropriate Hot Tag and change the ISO sensitivity selector to the required stops. In this way Hot Tag will remind you which ISO corresponds to the roll, and you can use the ISO selector of the camera to over-underexpose the single photos without forgetting which ISO the film itself has.
  • You’re bulk-rolling, and you’re recycling pre-used commercial canisters.. In these cases you could have mixed ISO DX-marked rolls that don’t match the film’s speed. Or you may use plastic reusable canisters with no markings at all. So you can use the Hot Tag to keep track of what film is really in the canister without losin your mind over it.

Just put the proper cover on the camera and never forget what film is in you camera, even if you leave it on the shelf for months. When your film is over, remeber to remove the Hot Tag so you

 

PENTAX MG has an 800 ISO film with a red tab: so it must be Cinestill 800. The ISO in the camera gear is set to 200 for a two-stops over-exposure.

 

Ask me anything

I’ll be happy to read your comments and suggestions. If you need some details feel free to ask!

Additional information

Weight 0,25 kg
Dimensions 20 × 15 × 4 cm