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    Re: Beseler 45mc and VC filters

    I have the same filter holder in my 45MCRX. I just cut the 6x6 Ilford filters to fit the rounded part. Most of the light from the condensers is filtered and there is no noticeable effect when...
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    Re: Grapheic View II Triopd Head

    I used a mouse pad cut to fit my tripod head. Contact cemented the fabric side to the metal on the head. The thin (1/8") backing makes a nice non slip surface and is easily replaceable.
  3. Thread: Beseler 45M

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    Re: Beseler 45M

    I bought an older 45MCRX for $175 several years ago. The selling points were 3 negative carriers, 3 Rodenstock lenses and new bellows. Also included were a full set of Ilford VC filters and 2 boxes...
  4. Thread: What enlarger?

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    Re: What enlarger?

    I use an older Beseler 45MCRX. Reconditioned with new bellows and a good lube job for all the moving parts. Standard condenser light source.
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    Re: Kodak tray siphon blocked ???

    It could be a calcium buildup from using hard water. Soak it in CLR or any calcium removal product for a while then rinse thoroughly. It shouldn't harm the plastic. It's worth a try at least.
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    Re: Graflex Crown Graphic - downsides for newbie?

    I recently bought a Crown Graphic in fair condition for very little money. As said above the standard lenses for it barely cover the negative with no movements. The lenses that I already have will...
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    Re: Adding View Camera to MF

    Whatever type of camera you decide on you will be amazed at the difference between MF & 4x5. It's like the difference between 35mm & MF only on steroids! I kept my 35mm & MF for different shooting...
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    This happened years ago but was still a steal. I was helping my contractor friend clean out an old building which was slated for destruction. The bottom floor was a studio and the basement was a huge...
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    Re: LED Lights in an Enlarger Head

    Heiland in Germany makes a very nice split grade VC head: http://www.heilandelectronic.de/.
    It uses 100's of blue, green and red LED's and they have sizes for many enlargers. Looks pretty good but I...
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    Re: Let Kodak Know What You Think

    My pet peeve is the loss of Plus-X in 4x5. I will ask them about it. Sure would like to have it back.
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    Re: Help me understand my shutters...

    Keep the one in the front standard open and use the one on the lens. Or you could put the one on the lens to T and use the front standard shutter. Both methods will work fine. Just don't forget which...
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    Re: karsh exhibit, Thomaston ME

    It's too bad that that's about as far away from me as you can get in the lower 48 states.
    I'm near San Diego. I would love to see Karsh's work in person.
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    Re: Welcome to the New LF Forum

    New software and upgrades are a fact of life with computers as I'm sure you know.
    However upgrading a site of this size is a major project and will cost a lot of money.
    I've been on here for a few...
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    Re: Film sensitivity to GraLab clock glow

    I use a Gralab 520 digital timer for dip and dunk in open tanks. It can be set to dim so the red digits are very faint. I've never had a problem with fogging film. It is about 6 feet away from the...
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    Re: Help Pricing Dagor and Ektar lenses.

    I hope the OP takes all of this into consideration. I sure have. Thanks to all for the great tips on selling!
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    Re: Help Pricing Dagor and Ektar lenses.

    You're right about not setting a reserve price. People see "reserve not met" and shy away from bidding. I just started selling a few months ago and don't set a reserve price either.
    However if you...
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    Re: zone vi junior tripod and majestic head

    The Majestic head really does need heavier legs. The one I have has the original 1" aluminum legs and weighs 12 pounds. Rock solid, though, with no vibration. I put a piece of 1/8" rubber on the...
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    Re: First Tripod Advice

    This may be overkill for a 4x5 but an old Majestic tripod is built like a tank. Weighs 12 pounds and extends to 7.5 feet. Will hold the camera and photographer too! They come up cheap on craigslist...
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    Re: Empty 4X5 sheet film boxes

    Warren,
    Too bad I didn't know about this till now. I could have sent a few boxes with the holders. Even though they weigh next to nothing the shipping would still be about 5 bucks minimum.
    Best...
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    Re: Really, really old exposed Plus-X..

    I agree. Benzotriazole or potassium bromide restrainers may make the developer too weak.
    Even if there is fog it can be printed through if not too terrible. Try one sheet first and see how it looks....
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    Re: Historic Aperture Systems

    Very good info so far. A couple of my old lenses use US stops. I don't have the chart at hand but not hard to figure out.
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    Re: Help Pricing Dagor and Ektar lenses.

    There are no guaranties but those lenses should fetch quite good prices on ebay from what I've seen. Even a low starting bid goes way high. I've been watching the prices for a few months and most go...
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    Re: oh so new it hurts...help... 10x8 madness

    4x5 is much more practical for portraits unless you want to contact print from 8x10. The film selection is better for 4x5. Enlargers are also plentiful for very low prices for 4x5.
  24. Re: needing to make lensboards...for a complete idiot with tools

    I made my own lens boards using basswood from the hobby shop. Easy to cut with an exacto knife. Can be glued together for the proper thickness and light baffle.
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    Re: Very high tripod??

    My old Majestic tripod goes to about 8' so I need a step ladder to work the camera. Very solid even at that extension for a 4x5.
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    Re: Boxes and boxes of Kodak B&W chemicals...

    I live in So. California and am still using up paper/foil packets of D-76 and Dektol from the 90's. Yes, it is hit or miss but the chemicals were free and a few tests is all it takes to make sure...
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    Re: 1963 Clydesdale Process Donation

    I almost cried when they scrapped the Robertson process camera where i retired from. I did get the lens and a bunch of other darkroom stuff though.:D
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    Re: Your "standard" lens for 4x5 B&W landscapes

    I mostly use a 210mm Rapid Rectilinear. If I need to go wider I use a 127mm Ektar.
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    Re: well.. i bought this camera...

    Very nice looking camera. I wish you good luck with it. Post some pictures taken with it when you can.
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    Re: First time to buy

    Nikon, Schneider, Rodenstock, Fuji are good brand names. There are others as well. If you want a slightly wide angle lens then a 127mm or a 135mm would work. I have a 127mm on my Speed Graphic and...
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    Re: DIY 4x5 single sheet holder for trays

    Interesting idea. Seems it would keep a single sheet submerged quite nicely.
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    Re: Paper Woes? Things seem pretty good lately!

    I buy all my film, paper and developing supplies from Freestyle. Great prices and next day delivery to San Diego.
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    Re: First time to buy

    Most modern/new lenses will fit. Older lens/shutters can be sticky and in need of servicing. A 150mm lens is considered normal. There are many brands to choose from. The camera takes a standard 4x4...
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    Re: Pt/pd and fluorescent safelight

    A little off the topic of printing but the bug lights don't work that well on keeping bugs away. When they burned out I just put regular CFL''s in and let the spiders take care of the bugs.;)
  35. Thread: Enlarger Advice

    by Wade D
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    Re: Enlarger Advice

    The 45M series are very sturdy and quite heavy. As mentioned check the motor function and condensers. A color version might just mean it has the filter drawer,
    not a dichroic head. Please let us...
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    Re: Too hot to process!

    According to my uncle who was a Photographers Mate in WW2 the tropical developers were made for use in the Pacific theater. High temperatures during the island hopping that was prevalent, with the...
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    Re: Too hot to process!

    I live 35 miles East of San Diego in the foothills. It's averaging about 85 degrees F right now but in mid summer it stays in the high 90's/low 100's. I can process at 80 F now with D-76 1:1 so the...
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    Re: Well water for film & print

    The amount of chemicals is quite low and does not seep into the ground water with any concentration that would cause eutrophication or anoxia.
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    Re: Vericolor II Type L, exp 1991

    I have some of that in the fridge that expired in 1989. It is 120 not 4x5 and I used to shoot lots of weddings with it. I pull out a roll every now and then and shoot and process it. Still looks good...
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    Re: Well water for film & print

    I live on a 40 acre ranch with 6 wells. All of the water entering the house is triple filtered. I've never had any ill effects from either mixing chemicals or washing film and prints with this setup....
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