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Light leak.

Any flaw in a supposedly light-tight enclosure that lets in light, whether caused by bad design or damage.

Light leaks are common with poorly-made or elderly cameras, and result in streaks or patchy blobs of light or fogging of film. Sometimes they yield interesting surreal effects, but they’re usually rather undesirable.

cf. fog, toy camera.

Entry last updated 2002-04-05. Term 722 of 1487.


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