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    Re: bad bellows repair

    Personally now never repair a bad bellows. In the 1980s repaired a worn 8x10 bellows on my Sinar. Tested out OK. Then I shot a job which involved shooting many 8x10 chromes in a very short period of...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Top digital level (no brand name) stay away from. Bottom pocket level... went to the hardware store many years ago and they had a bunch FS. Most were faulty. Bought 2 good ones. Brand is Stevens. One...
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Dan, thank you for the info at
    https://galerie-photo.com/ilex-lenses.html
    In doing a search for info on the lens used "508mm" and "Caltar" which would exclude "20" and "Acutar" from the results. My...
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    508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    I have and use a 508mm f/7 Calumet Caltar ILEX lens in a No. 5 Universal Shutter on my 11x14. I have seen FS a 508mm f/7 ILEX Acutar and an ILEX 508mm f/7 Paragon in the same shutter. In the 1970s, I...
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    Re: Enlarging 4x5 with Film Edges in LPL 4550XL?

    I use a glassless holder which I filed out the sides to make the aperture larger. Film is held on 4 sides by tension from taping the negative to the bottom of the holder. Taping the negative a bit...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Years ago photographed 46 plus buildings in our town for a historical brochure and walking tour. For a little less than half of the structures I discovered that the building's verticals were not...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Per the book:
    Attenuators for sheet films holders have a suggested range of .05 to 6.05, or 20 stops, although this is much more than is ever likely needed.
    2 slots are cut in a spare dark slide
    A...
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    Re: Optical diagrams of Pinkham and Smith lens?

    "In the early years of the present century the Wollensak Optical Co. manufactured two soft-focus Portrait lenses. the f/6 Veritar and the f/4 Verito. Both were simple uncorrected lenses of the...
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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    This is second hand but passing it on never the less. A few years ago I was in correspondence with a photographer in I believe Vietnam or Thailand who was using either a Harrison Globe or a Goerz...
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    Another update on the darkroom by the OP.

    Probably have repainted my sink a dozen times with Rust-oleum Restore 4X Deck Coat paint. Always looks great and all the layers of paint have given the...
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    Re: Chaminox 5x12" camera

    Remember reading about such a camera at
    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/Chamonix_5X14.html
    entertained the idea at one time but in the end acquired a NOBLEX PRO 6/150UX with slow...
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    Re: Gibellini - 8x10 Holders

    Gibellini: "made from unibody Aluminum parts, made by CNC machines"
    I use wooden 8x10 Chamonix holders a lot because of their light weight. The Gibellini ones look great but would be very interested...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Was related to me by a photographer in China that there are indeed 2 factories over there buying up lenses in Copal No 3 shutters and one has already marketed rip-offs of LF lenses. I think he was...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    I have 2 1600 cases, one for my whole plate and the other for my 8x10. Secure them to my generic frame with 3 or 4 heavy duty rubber bungee cords. Tripod I carry and use as a walking stick when...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    Pelican 1600 with 8x10 Chamonix "kit".
    Holders in padded cases carried above the camera.
    Other items removed to simplify the image
  16. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    From my Burke & James 1962 catalog. Some of these lenses, despite their age, are quite excellent optics and since few photographers are looking for them or even know how to use them, when they come...
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    Re: Schneider G-Claron 355mm

    Years ago had a 355mm in barrel mount that I used on my 11x14. Loved the images that I got with the lens. Then found a bargain deal on a 355mm in a Copal in mint condition and acquired the lens. Then...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    If it works , then just do it. GOOD LUCK Bertha
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    When I was a student at RIT in the 1970s my darkroom away from the school's labs was in a very, very small bathroom. Durst 35mm enlarger on the toilet seat's cover. Piece of plywood partially...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    A 6x6 Durst or Rollei enlarger with a color head can be found at auction or at a tag/garage sale (if your are lucky) for very few dollars. Just use it without a lensboard but with its 6x6 negative...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Good to know, I didn't. There's just something about looking on my bookshelf and seeing AA's first printings up there residing by a 1967 first printing of White's ZONE SYSTEM MANUAL. AA's dust...
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    Re: How to use half-frame dark slide?

    My first half frame for 11x14 was 5.5x14. Found that one image sometimes "bled" on the the other image in the center. Second half frame was more like 5.25x11 and worked out much better. Also, for me,...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Ansel Adam's books are I believe a must for a serious photographer to own and read. But they are a bit dated... When's the last time that you saw Super-XX film or Kodak Azo paper on a your photo...
  24. Re: Using Center ND filters on the back of LF lenses a viable option?

    Thanks. Per my caliper's measurement, my filter is about 3mm thick... a 1mm focus shift I can easily deal with especially since I always use the lens stopped down.

    I have a 500mm Mirror Nikkor...
  25. Re: Using Center ND filters on the back of LF lenses a viable option?

    So earlier today mounted my 120mm f/8 WA Nikkor on my 4x5 Sinar X. Carefully focused the camera without the center ND filter and moved the back standard till it fell on the center "0" on the...
  26. Using Center ND filters on the back of LF lenses a viable option?

    Has anyone tried this?

    This is my predicament: a Schneider 95mm Schneider center ND filter (IVa-10591 with 1.5 exposure correction) for my 90mm Super Angulon XL seems impossible to find on the...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    Developed the film with PYROCAT-HD in GLYCOL. Undergoing minor renovations in the darkroom at this time and unfortunately I have temporarily misplaced my darkroom log for 2019, and the development...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    I take the drum off the Stark to manually fill and drain it. It's amazing how fast one can manually fill the drum. One trick is to slightly tilt the drum when filling it. I always use a water bath...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    Just passing on my experiences with JOBO drums. I use the following JOBO drums:

    #3005 for processing up to 5 sheets of 8x10 and/or whole plate film. Have never had any problems with film...
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Bob
    Do you know if the König Universal-Photobag backpack
    http://linhof.com/en/koenig-universal-photobag-2/
    is available for purchase in the USA? Linhof lists the backpack on their website, but B&H...
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    Re: Question for sinar norma owners

    Around the year 2000 wanted to acquire a second 4x5 Sinar Norma for a number of reasons. Saw one on eBay going for a rather high premium price. It was described to be in "Mint" condition, and the...
  32. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    Second that on using Gitzos in the winter (per Vaughn's post). Once used a 1970s metal Gitzo placed in a deepish stream when the air temp was hovering around zero. Took the Gitzo out of the water and...
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    Re: Gears for DIY extension rail

    Keep your eye out on eBay for completely "trashed" wooden view cameras. Wood is usually the first thing to go. Knobs the second. BUT.... bottom bed and extension rails with their geared rails usually...
  34. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    When I was a student at RIT in Rochester NY, the winter's were on the longish side. Majestics never left the Cage (equipment loan room) in the wintertime just for that reason. Don't be afraid of...
  35. Re: soft focus adjustment on a Velostigmat Series II f/4.5

    So went back to read the notes that I jotted down back in the 1970s on the glassine sleeves that held my 8x10 negatives. One note read "use at #0 setting, #5 setting not all that different". I must...
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    Re: Question for sinar norma owners

    On one of the Norma's that I had purchased over the years, had the same "problem". Was "age-thickened grease" as John Layton put it. Have overhauled several Normas over the years before finding the...
  37. RE: soft focus adjustment on a Velostigmat Series II f/4.5

    When I was a student at RIT in the 1970s, bought my first view camera, a B&J wooden commercial view. Came with a 12inch Velostigmat f/4.5 with the front element? soft focus adjustment in a Betax...
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    Re: Need info on "Alphax Synchro" shutter

    Have done this many times to test out lenses. I also put a ring of glue from a hot glue gun around the threads on the inside of the lens board. Very secure mounting of a shutter or a barrel lens onto...
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    Re: source of new shutters

    Keep an eye on eBay. In the past year or two or three, I picked up a NOS Ilex #5 and a NOS Copal 3 for under $300 each. Don't have the barrel lenses to be mounted in them yet, but at least I have the...
  40. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Somewhere there is a post or site that compares all the center ND filters and which can be used on which lenses. Lost my bookmark, maybe someone could post the URL.

    None of my center ND filters...
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