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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I agree with you 100% on the if it ain't broke part. As long as I don't get too assertive I think the bellows will work. They are dry. I'm wiping them with distilled water with, just a little bit of...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Mine has locking screws. I'm just going to see how it works as is. I've got plenty of work cleaning up the camera for now. I know a couple machinists that can make anything, I'm trying to avoid...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I got the camera off the stand today. Two 3/8" captive thumb screws hold the camera to the deck. They are the same as I see on Tin Can's upside down picture. I got the old lens, convertible working...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Ha, yeah I can't imagine shipping these things back in the day. I did a little more research. The building I took this out of was built in 1922, at that time it was on the Lincoln Highway, going...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Home!

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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I got the #4 Ilex shutter firing on all speeds. I used Kodak movie film cleaner, trichloro-trifluoro,ethane (CFC-113) , stuff really cleaned it up. Used about 30ml. The lens element that came...
  7. Re: Is it worth it to buy this Beseler enlarger?

    I bought a 4x5 Beseler in 1973, the godawful blue paint. If the unit says "Universal Colorhead" on the filter it's probably pre "70's Blue" .
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    The longest lens I have is a 14 1/2" Ilex in a big #5 shutter.
    There's a Turner Reich convertible with the camera, the front 2 lens elements came unglued, literally. No damage, I suppose I can...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I have a nice old V8, I heard about this, almost didn't call. I got interested when I saw the overall height of the stand was under 8 feet, and the camera is in much better shape than I suspected. ...
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I bought this today, building goes way back, somehow miraculously this fellows negatives are at our local history center. The camera has a 8x10 revolving back, but I suspect it's an 11x14 camera. The...
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    Re: Xtol - Distilled vs Filtered water

    I operated water stills in the 1980s. They are a pain, the steam generator gets so caked with lime. We used formic acid to clean. If all you use pure water for is developers, pretty easy to buy.
    I...
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    Re: Xtol - Distilled vs Filtered water

    I worked in chemistry labs for too long. We did a lot of elemental analysis, specifically, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese. .... We ran the tests using atomic emission / absorption...
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    Re: Xtol - Distilled vs Filtered water

    The current product should work the same as before. I use reverse osmosis water. This eliminates most of the dissolved minerals. High dissolved solids and iron can be a problem with XTOL. ...
  14. Re: Alert about a possible problem batch of Xtol

    No problems.
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    I like this idea too. Could be any sort of lamp fixture.


    An enlarger with a dichro head like a baby Omega or Beseler 67 would be awesome. Still it takes up space. Your idea of a box with a...
  16. Re: Midtone Machines - Automatic Film Processing Machine

    I've got Hewes for Jobo/Paterson columns, and yes there's no better reel. This type should work fine on this setup. A caution, the weight of the SS reels may be an issue. I've found the plastic Jobo...
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    Paterson reels are 1/3 the price of Jobo. The AP reels shown, are very popular, inexpensive. I use Jobo reels because of my processor, but they are finicky until you learn the nuances of loading,...
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    Very nice. Looks like you are almost ready to try a couple units in the real world. Will you be using a formed cover? Since it's low voltage do you need any agency approvals to sell?
    I'm amazed at...
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    Re: BESELER MB57 Cold Lamp Enlarger History

    I love good junk.
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    It's a "Commercial Camera" I think it's very similar to the skyscraper version. Has front rise and some back movements, 5 feet of bellows with the two track extensions. I know the history behind...
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    V8 Deardorff next to 11x14 Folmer and Schwing c.1940 and 1917. Both have nice original bellows and finish.

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    Re: How these sliding fixers are called?

    Are you talking about the infinity stops?
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    Looks great. Galvanic corrosion, previous life I was involved with the use of stainless steel for home appliances. Terrible application for stainless. We had pitting corrosion issues no matter what...
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    Re: Methods For Hardening Film Emulsion?

    Also development is probably where I would be most likely to scratch a negative in tray development. Hardener comes after developer. I don't like trays for film, hangers work great and cheap.
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    Re: New Xtol

    I had the suspect batch lot number, mine was fine. Kodak Alaris still sent me another package. I'm lucky to have a excellent variable speed mixer, with a stainless steel propeller on a 12 inch...
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    Re: New Xtol

    Also the powders need to be mixed in sequence. Mix part A, after A is dissolved, add part B and dissolve. You shouldn't dissolve part B separately.
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    Re: New Xtol

    What are you using for water? Even the original XTOL didn't like really hard water or even water from a water softener. I think the mixup with the new XTOL was some packages went out with two bags of...
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    Re: Methods For Hardening Film Emulsion?

    There's many hardener formulas, Kodak SB-4 hardening bath was used in the old days for "tropical" development, i.e. above 75F, used after the developer, rinse in water then harden for 3 minutes,...
  29. Re: How to take apart a film pack to use as single sheets

    It's completely different from regular sheet film. It's longer, and very flimsy. I've never used Xray film but I've used 4x5 pack film. It's great because you can shoot a few sheets, then go to the...
  30. Re: On which consumer flatbed scanners can you do wet-mount scanning of 8x10?

    OK, since I have no desire to spend money on a scanner. At some point I may try wet scanning an 8x10 transparency on my Canon bargain scanner. Before I spend big money on a scanner I would buy a LED...
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    Beautiful space. What timer do you have on your 8x10? I have a Zone VI 8x10 with the latest VC head, I have it running through a Metrolux II timer. Timer is awesome. My space is definitely not as...
  32. On which consumer flatbed scanners can you do wet-mount scanning of 8x10?

    Can a person do a 8x10 wet scan on a basic Canon or Epson scanner that will scan slides and 120 film? I have a Canon unit ($250?) I bought about 18 months back that I've scanned 6x17 Fujichrome from...
  33. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    The Luna Pro is a great choice, you can find all manner of attachments for these used.
    I use the Minolta IV F. I have 3 of these, 1st one I bought new, the other two were a deal I couldn't pass up....
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    Re: Hello from Holland

    Welcome. You will find a lot of nice people here.
  35. Re: Would you be willing to take a survey on film photography equipment?

    The ones I have are Honeywell Nikor, much flatter, same idea. I've only used for black and white, RA4 would be a snap?
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    There's one on Ebay now. With tax and shipping close to 70 bucks, I don't need more stuff
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  37. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    If only there was a way to beam a digital file onto a sheet of fiber paper in my darkroom. Inkjet "negatives" are an option but once again I hate sitting at a computer.
  38. Re: Would you be willing to take a survey on film photography equipment?

    I have the Nikor version in 8x10 and 11x14. I've seen one (1) 1620 version in my life. The "Canoe" is the one to have, they take up a lot less space. Enjoy!
  39. Re: Would you be willing to take a survey on film photography equipment?

    Very little darkroom equipment is still made. I have picked up stuff that's like new ( or new) for literally pennies on the dollar. No one prints anymore. Figure out a way to get young people into a...
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    Re: Deardorff 8x10 V8 repair questions

    Tite bond vote from me as well. You want to try and work it in quickly, it sets quick. Damp cloth for clean up. Gravity will take it anywhere down hill. I have a V8 c.1940. It's got original bellows...
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