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    Re: I did it!

    thinking there was a box of clips we cleaned out of that darkroom I bought out. I'll have to check it out.

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    It has already been mentioned your Wollensak lens will he sharpest around f22, and I agree with that for landscape work. For portrait work, old timers used portrait lenses about the same aperture as your Wolly wide open. Depth of field is non-existent, but they learned how to work with that. Wide open, your lens won't be as sharp as a modern lens, but that is usually beneficial for portrait work. With a top speed of 1/50 second, you won't be able to shoot wide open in direct sunlight without neutral density filters, but in subdued light it might work well.

    You mentioned in the APUG thread you were looking for a low cost tripod. I posted this last year about using a cheap contractor surveyor's tripod, and it works well for me:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...read.php?81049

    I've seen these on Ebay for less than I paid for mine, shipping included.

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    thank you!!!! Great info from all of you and I so appreciate it. hubby mentioned a surveyor tripod so we are going to look into that. I'll read the thread you linked. I'm thinking of trying the contact print tonight but looking for how-to's on exposure time and then tray time. I brought home one of my smaller enlargers to use for the light source and I have a contact frame. I found old paper in the studio too from when I bought some stuff from another photog but no idea of age or if it is good anymore. Ilford fiber paper - thought I could try anyway. My paper isn't here yet. Not sure what I'm doing but willing to experiment.

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    good start, Jessica!

    On the paper: Ilford (Fiber) paper has a very good "shelf life" if it wasn't stored too damp/hot, try it! What you can do: take a small piece of paper; cut it in 2 (all under safe light conditions) and plunge one piece directly in your fix, the other one you develop for your normal time, stop and fix that one too, wash both, dry and compare. Fogging should be apparent, and can sometimes be tolerated if it is mild. While you are busy expose a piece to (day0 light and process as well: see if you obtain a nice piece of dep black paper so you know there is still some "life"in it.

    good luck and enjoy!

    best,

    Cor

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    this was some adorama type paper it says...it's very old I think and not good conditions. I'm going to have new fresh ilford arriving this week so I can try. Also, I think my shooting technique could help as well...there was even soft light for this first one so not the contrast I like to start and I need to look into reciprocity failure and all that as well when using this camera.

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    Don't spend a lot of money on clips. Get these stainless steel for a buck apiece - they will last a lifetime:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ilm_Clips.html

    Thomas
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    Re: I did it!

    Those Delta clips from B&H would be a good choice.
    They have a smooth wide gripping area, as I suggested.

    - Leigh

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    thanks I'll look at those.

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    Jobo used to make clothespins that pierced the film to hold it securely. I don't know if they can be found anymore.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...lips_Pack.html

    A simple alternative is to use a small hand-held punch and hang the film from a paper clip opened up into an "S" shape. Cheap, easy & secure.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ighlight=punch
    http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Inch-H...d_bxgy_k_img_a
    http://www.cutting-mats.net/5448.html

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    Re: I did it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Jessica, if only you weren't already married.....
    I was thinking the same thing... At least that way I would have access to an 8x10 camera!

    I think you will find that 8x10 is terrific for portraits.

    Always good to hear new folks are still interested in using large format in this boring-digital world!

    Great work!
    "I would like to see Paris before I die... Philadelphia will do..."

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