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  1. Re: Where are the great shots? Am I a cynicist or a realist?

    I'll suggest a project... Jim, you've acquired a lot of knowledge, now's the time to put it to work. You love old Fords, have one or two? You live in an interesting visual environment. It's time to...
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    Re: Symposium in Toronto

    Remember that the Greek word "symposium" translates as "drinking party". Have fun!
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    I just hope he keeps at it long enough to do some interesting work. Mastering the technique is not an end in itself, and the novelty will wear off before too long. Having his work accepted by major...
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    Re: Anyone recognize this lens mount?

    Jim, a beautiful triptych; I'd love to see the original print.
    I did have a 203/7.7 Ektar for a while, liked it, but foolishly sold it to a forum member.
    Maybe I'll rig up a lens board to fit...
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    Re: Anyone recognize this lens mount?

    Not really surprised that Mr. Fromm had a likely answer. There's no telling how my wife's father got hold of it- he was a WWII fighter pilot, and an avid photographer and photo teacher through his...
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    Anyone recognize this lens mount?

    While unpacking from our move, I dug into my wife's family photography trove. There were several (non-LF) treasures, and this lens. The Kodak Anastigmat 203/7.7 is a well-known optic; when coated it...
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    Re: Greetings....

    Welcome aboard!
  8. Re: Okay aerial guru's: question about film size, focal length, and the jitters

    Randy- Aerial photographers got stereo imaging by exposing frames with a 50% image overlap. (i've never heard of flying two aircraft in formation.)
    And 9"x9" images on 9-1/2" aerial film was the...
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    Re: TMY to TMY-2... when?

    It occurs to me that by 2007 we were not shooting much film on the job- Kodak had sold my division to ITT, and most of what I was shooting then was digital. We were still using TMX-100 when we needed...
  10. Re: Special X-Ray Double face 5x7 (13x18cm) Film Holder Spiral Reel for Jobo 2800

    Looks good! It reminds me of my old Nikor reel for 4x5 sheets. Best of luck!
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    Re: TMY to TMY-2... when?

    Thanks guys, that was quick! I'll have my answer next week sometime, when I see the test negs.
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    TMY to TMY-2... when?

    People who know my history will laugh at my ignorance. Go ahead; here's my question.
    When did Kodak change T-Max 400 to it current formulation?
    I tested the original in '87 or so. We occasionally...
  13. Re: How hard/easy to mount lens in a 'new' Copal shutter

    Then send the broken one out for repair- they aren't making any new ones.
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    Re: Schneider Super Angulon 72mm

    I've been using a 75/4.5 Nikkor-SW since 2000. It's a fine lens. I bought it to shoot interiors, for which it did very well. I can't imagine anyone in your position being unhappy with one (not to...
  15. Re: Teak, Maple or American Black Cherry wood

    When the best-quality wood was cheap and plentiful, the camera makers chose mahogany and cherry. Exactly why, I can't say; someone here will know.
    I've had wooden cameras made of maple (Ansco),...
  16. Re: Aerials: 125-150mm sharp@ f/8 for 4x5 minimal vignetting

    The only photographers I know of who successfully used LF shooting from the air are Bradford Washburn (who used an aerial camera) and William Garnett (who later went to smaller formats). Mr....
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    Re: I miss Freestyle...

    In a word, yes.
    If you want to research film developers, look at Ed Buffaloe's unblinkingeye.com.
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    Re: 1906 Premo Latent? Glass Plate Images

    The images may be local (more or less) to wherever you found the camera and plates. And given where people lived 100+ years ago, I'd be looking east rather than west. I'll guess somewhere in Ohio.
  19. Re: using unopened boxes of 100+ year old glass plates

    If they're blue-sensitive or ortho plates you can develop by inspection under a red safelight. That's how it was done at the time. And if you plan to print them by a hand-made process, a la platinum,...
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    Re: 1906 Premo Latent? Glass Plate Images

    Randy- I meant to post in your other glass-plate thread. But I love seeing these plates too- I enjoy the mysteries that antique emulsions can contain.
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    Re: 1906 Premo Latent? Glass Plate Images

    Wild stuff Randy. Best of luck- keep at it- I'm sure you don't need reminding that most of the historic contact-printing processes require very contrasty negatives. "Plucky" was the word they used...
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    Re: Adox / Bergger / Ilford FB paper tone

    In my experience you'll want to use F-130 at 70F or higher, and give three minutes development time. Good luck- have fun- keep notes- I predict you'll find some happy surprises.
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    Re: Schneider Repro-Claron 610mm f9

    The physicist Michael Briggs wrote what must be the definitive article on lenses with radioactive (thorium) glass. His subject was the Kodak Aero-Ektar lenses but the story is, I think, much the same...
  24. Re: Microdol-X processing question With X-Ray Film

    I have to wonder. "...per the instructions on the can." Kodak hasn't supplied developer in cans since the early 1970s. Glad that you're getting good results from developer made at least 45 years ago!
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    Re: Type 55 longevity???

    I've heard that you can expose the film, rip it out of the packet in the dark, and develop the negative as regular film. Makes sense to me, as Kodak supplied the film for T55 to Polaroid right up to...
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    Re: Calumet Cc 401

    Marcello,
    I used one of these cameras for many years on the job. The Jeep, or VW Beetle, of view cameras, it's a very capable machine.
    You have many options for other lenses, and you will hear...
  27. Re: Removing the front element from a 19-inch Apochromat Artar in barrel

    Somewhere recently I saw a comparison of penetrating oils. I'd used a spray can of PB Blaster for many years (it was a lifetime supply) but recycled it when I moved. The comparison showed Liquid...
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    Re: AtomicX/shanghai developing time

    A quick look at digitaltruth.com shows a listing for this film in D-76. A search there may give you some ideas. What does the manufacturer/marketer recommend?
  29. Re: Nikkor SW 120mm f/8 vs Rodenstock Grandagon N 115mm f/6.8 for Chanomix 45N-2

    Can't go wrong either way. Both are top-quality, professional-grade optics. Buy on condition and price. I think my 90/8 and 75mm Nikkor-SW lenses are superb, btw; I'd own the 120/8 in a heartbeat if...
  30. Re: Sinar - difference between bag bellows #1 or #2 ....

    I use a 75mm lens regularly with a Sinar and a bag bellows. I assume it's a #1. Never yet had a problem but I never knew of the #2 until now.
  31. Re: 4x5 Extended Red Films... Rollei RPX 25, RPX 400... Any 100 ASA ??

    Aerial films are generally developed to a much higher contrast than conventional films- due to the low contrast of the Earth seen from above. Agfa's rating was probably a measurement of Aerial Film...
  32. Re: Exhibition and book release in New York

    Great news! I'd be there if I could.
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    Re: A wide angle lens for Calumet CC400

    I used a Calumet CC-400 on the job for some years. The wide-angle lens we used was a Schneider 90/8 Super-Angulon on a recessed board (IIRC about 3/4" deep recess). It was a usable setup. Based on...
  34. Re: Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Prese

    That book should be a real landmark. Many conservators and scientists have worked on it for years- my wife among them. I'm looking forward to reading it!
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    Re: Fixer Concentrate Go Bad?

    I should add that I don't know if that's the case with alkaline fixers like TF-4, which is cloudy in the bottle from new. I've worked with TF-4, but used it up before it could go bad. Still, it's...
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    Re: Fixer Concentrate Go Bad?

    Rapid Fixer (and any liquid fixer) fails when the sulfur precipitates out of the solution. This leaves a yellowish sludge in the bottom of the bottle... or inside the tank of your Kreonite...
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    Re: Turner-Reich modifications?

    Hmmm, Makes me wonder when Gundlach stopped making lenses- probably pre-WW2. Did they go under in the Depression or were they swallowed up by another company?
  38. Re: Images that lay dormant, undeveloped for years, now found

    We should all be so lucky. Good thing you didn't throw that film away!
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    Re: Painting an Elwood?

    I'd paint it white with black blocks/checkers like an Apollo Saturn V rocket. But the it would be an 'art' piece itself (ha). This winter I plan to reassemble my c.1950 Omega D-II. It's mostly clean...
  40. Re: Wollensak Velostigmat 8 1/4" f/4.5 coverage

    Well, it's a Tessar-formula lens. So it should cover 5x7 with some movements.
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