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    Re: DIY Darkroom filter ??

    I did the rubylith thing with a pair of wall-mounted, adjustable lights and I'm happy with the results however I mostly use my Thomas light in OC so these get little use.
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    Re: Graded Paper Reccomendations

    Ansco 130 gives wonderful blacks and last just about forever in a tray or bottle, it's easy to compound and is available in kits from Photographers' Formulary.

    Other than perhaps Amidol, I don't...
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    Re: Graded Paper Reccomendations

    What developers have you been using?
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    Re: Problem with Caffenol-C and RC paper...

    You might also try Parodinal or Rodinal. Parodinal is pretty simple to mix up and works as well as Rodinal with the same times.

    By-the-way, which papers are you using and what iso are you...
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    Re: how much water for soak washing fb prints?

    Every now and again, my tap water will be clouded and I don't know if it is something from the pipes, old steel stuff, or something in the water supply, perhaps a break in the supply line.

    Last...
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    Re: how much water for soak washing fb prints?

    Your right Louie, I stated that badly, knowing that the water would have been tossed long before enough fixer would be transfered to the bath to reverse the process.

    I should have said that it's...
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    Re: how much water for soak washing fb prints?

    I've been looking at the Ilford forums, as well as APUG and other sites on this topic and it seems that agitation or water flow is not needed to wash fb prints to an archival standard. The method...
  8. Thread: Plus X, 4x5

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    Re: Plus X, 4x5

    Lord love 'em... someone should let him know... but not before Tuesday please!
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    Re: how much water for soak washing fb prints?

    I'll order up the materials as soon as I'm able, however, I'm printing latter today and am 'stuck' with this method for the time being. I won't use household water here for anything other than rapid...
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    Re: Omega D6 8x10 conversion?

    Check around for military surplus for a large format enlarger, as well as look for a process camera that you could convert into a enlarger. It may be there are more 8x10s in Hawaii than you imagine.
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    how much water for soak washing fb prints?

    I'm about to try soak washing for the first time, with distilled water in trays, and I'm curious as to the minimum volume of water needed for an adequate bath. I was initially thinking two gallons...
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    Re: B&W filters for urban shooters

    Orange, lt. & medium yellow, #11 green, yellow-green, red and Pol. Don't discount portraits where the #11 might come in handy. Series filters should be easy enough to find.
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    Re: DIY Bathroom/Darkroom Sink Question

    [QUOTE]They sell caps to cover the cut ends of the wire shelving./QUOTE]

    Good to know; IMO these should be sealed in place with a good adhesive or silicon product.
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    Re: DIY Bathroom/Darkroom Sink Question

    You can go the the Home Depot or other home-center and buy "ClosetMaid", white coated wire shelving and cut it to size to fit over the tub, as needed. A strip of wood molding can act as a spacer to...
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    Re: Speed Graphic viewfinder question..

    I have this same finder on my SG, which also came with a larger wire framing finder. I've seen both on older models, pre-anniversary I believe.

    Eli
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    Re: Securing grips on tripod - tips wanted

    Thanks David, I've got contact cement on hand so I think I'll try that instead of the tape.
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    Securing grips on tripod - tips wanted

    I just finished cleaning and greasing the threads of an older Gitzo Reporter I received earlier this week and while that resulted in a much smoother action, I've found that several of the black...
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    Re: Obsolete Polaroid 545 Pro Holder?

    It would be nice if someone here could work out a way to make sleeves for this thing that could be loaded with paper negatives.

    I like to keep my dozen or so film holders loaded with, wait for...
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    Re: My contact frame needs new glass.

    I have both a 4x5 carrier, which needs glass and a scanner which I am salvaging parts from. Would the glass from the scanner be a suitable replacement for the original Omega glass?

    Eli
  20. Re: Luxurious Cameras vs. Plain Jane Cameras and your Camera of Choice!

    I agree that cameras are tools but it is the different ways that a tool might be perceived and used that determines its appropriateness for a particular user.

    Take hammers for a slightly complex...
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    Re: wood tanks for sheet film?

    Thanks for all the feedback, it's all helpful.

    Right now, wood is more expedient and I have most, if not all, of the materials on hand, including Titebond glues, etc, as well as the time to use...
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    wood tanks for sheet film?

    Because my psoriasis seems to be here to stay on my hands, I am not willing to tray process my 4x5 film and am wondering if acceptable tanks for film holders can be made from wood? I don't have the...
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    Re: Afraid......! Is my tripod bolt going to break!?

    It should be fine as is but if you're really worried, buy aircraft grade steel bolts as replacements; I doubt you find higher quality hardware anywhere.

    Eli
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    Re: RC-VC or Fiber VC? Which, and why?

    "No, but Fuji's consumer preference tests lead to things like Velvia. Relying on the public to have good taste isn't necessarily a wise approach."

    I don't disagree but recently I've been...
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    Re: RC-VC or Fiber VC? Which, and why?

    I seem to remember a 'blind' test in which folks that were shown prints on high grade FB and RC papers actually preferred the RC glossy papers. I don't remember much more so, does anyone here know...
  26. Thread: Making Lensboards

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    Re: Making Lensboards

    Peter, look for a local model railroad hobby shop. Chances are they will have what you need.

    Eli
  27. Thread: Making Lensboards

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    Re: Making Lensboards

    Yes, I suggest warming the bees wax and turps together, with some Saran Wrap over it, so it does not evaporate off too quickly, with the linseed oil in a separate container .

    When everything is...
  28. Thread: Making Lensboards

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    Re: Making Lensboards

    Here is a quick sketch of a sanding-paper shooting board for making edges square for butt joints. Add 'L' brackets, or wood supports to the ends, if needed, to ensure it is rigid as it must be...
  29. Thread: Making Lensboards

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    Re: Making Lensboards

    If you decide on butt joints for building each layer from narrow widths, which in this application are good enough, I suggest you use a thick, quality 'super glue' to quickly join the edges of...
  30. Thread: Making Lensboards

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    Re: Making Lensboards

    Woodcraft stores usually carry a good selection of hardwoods and quality thin plywood's. If you buy some 1/16th thick solid mahogany, for example, and glue it up at cross sections... TA-DA......
  31. Thread: Photo-Flo

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    Re: Photo-Flo

    I tried to save a liter of solution only once and I'll never do so again.

    I was processing several tanks of 120/35mm and had to put off finishing the run for three days. When I developed the last...
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    Re: Water Flow Governor for Print Washer

    You might try finding a reduction fitting to your faucet that reduces to 3/8th or 1/4 and then put a 'John Guest' petcock valve like the "SHUT-OFF VALVE POLYPRO MALE NPTF" found here: ...
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    Re: filters for polaroid b&w and type 56?

    Thanks Peter for the info. How do "50" and plus cc filters compare to standard filters, like the #8 or #25?

    I am shooting my own small stash of real Polaroid and will try the Fuji stuff soon so...
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    filters for polaroid b&w and type 56?

    The title says it all, which filters do you use for the various b&w and type 56 films?

    What is your experience?

    Do you ever use CC filters in place of the 'normal' b&w filters, in example,...
  35. Re: Whats the silliest thing you've done with a camera

    Not the most dangerous nor even the dumbest thing I've done but up there for sure.

    Before the start of a marathon, my first, I set-up an eight foot ladder on an overpass, center-lane, about 300...
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    Re: Pentax Zone VI spotmeter

    You may already know about these guys but in case you don't and you can't find what you need to do this yourself, give Quality Metric a call and see what they can do for you (323) 467-2265.

    I...
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    Re: Large Format Shooters... MF as backup?

    Yes, get it; there are always opportunities to use the smaller and faster to set-up Hasselblad, especially with a bellows and 135mm or so lens for smaller objects in places it would be difficult if...
  38. Re: Strapless in Toronto - Source for Straps for LF Cameras

    See if you can find an old portable typewriter case for a donor strap, which is made for a heavy load. Your local Salvation Army or Goodwill should have something and the hardware will be durable,...
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    Re: Making lens boards for Speed Graphic?

    Thanks for the feedback guys, it's good to hear from others that take the time to do this themselves.

    Eli
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    Making lens boards for Speed Graphic?

    Does anyone here make their own wooden lens boards and if so, how are you doing it and what tips can you pass along?

    It looks to me as a fairly straight forward proposition but I thought I ask...
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