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    Re: Trying out Chromium intensifier

    Pyro has it's own problems, but yes it is somewhat safer. Potassium Dichromate is listed as a "4" on the NFPA 704 Fire diamond scale for Health. Meaning "Very short exposure could cause death or...
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    Re: Decoding Jobo Gear.

    If you have a cog lid and the main body of a 2870 you should be able to develop 8x10 prints with basically any bottom part. Ideally you want a bottom part that continues the ridges you will notice...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Not to mention any electric conversion is never going to get anywhere close to the range of a vehicle designed to be electric from the ground up. Everything has to be light in an EV, and those old...
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    Re: Small claims court for copyright cases?

    I imagine you can sell your debt to a debt collection agency, maybe getting a fraction of the reward yourself but something. Bill collectors are still sending letters to someone at my address who...
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    Re: Compur Electronic 3 battery issue

    Agree, there is no better shutter than the Compur Electronics when you get find one in good working condition. The battery issue puts some people off but with soldering there is a lot of...
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    Re: Feature Limited Compur Shutters

    Polaroid Copal shutters are like this too. They were designed for a specific mass production camera which didn't need a wider diaphragm or a focusing level, so they probably used a limited shutter to...
  7. Re: how to safely remove front lens cell from shutter body?

    I have a larger wide angle Fujinon 125mm where the weight of the front lens group actually slightly broke the shutter mount itself (it has a little bit of "give now"), it seems impossible to get it...
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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    I'm interested in this. My Kaiser I recently bought seems to have visible unevenness at the very top and bottom edges, I can see where the LED lights actually are in other words at the top and...
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    Re: Mac mini M1 Thoughts

    The Mac Mini M1 should do quite well for a standard photo editing workflow and the performance has been impressive so far in all the benchmarks I've seen.

    However, if you ever plan to print...
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    Re: What to build next?

    I suspect it would be extremely difficult to improve on the standard focal plane cloth shutter design. You could use timed solenoids for the slow speeds and replace the timing escapement (as the...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I do wonder how much water in a basement is too much (to consider partitioning my darkroom). Before I redirected the gutter I would get enough water that could be cleaned up with a couple paper...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks Gary- I was actually looking into that, "cut and cobble" method of insulation they call it. It's probably a lot easier to paint once the foam is there, or else I would be fighting with...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    That's a good idea, sounds a lot simpler. The only downside might be that dust seems to come down from the small gaps in the subfloor as people walk overhead. This is an old pine planked subfloor,...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks for all the responses. I think my plan for now is to keep the wall open, but frame in a way that I could add rigid foam with furring strips later on. I don't really trust this wall not to leak...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks Roger,

    This gives me something to think on. I do have a hammer drill and have put anchors in this wall before so I'm comfortable with that. I would paint the wall if I left it open. Also...
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    Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I thought the combined knowledge of this forum might help with this Framing question that I can't seem to find a good answer for. I would like to partition out a darkroom space in my basement against...
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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Custom Bellows UK is really the best option. A few years ago I had a bellows replaced on a 4x5 Deardorff (Baby model), I tried a US vendor but they couldn't guarantee the camera would close with the...
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    Re: Good 3rd-Party OEM inks for Epson?

    I made a custom all-gray inkjet for my Epson 1430 with ConeColor Inks. I would say "clog-free" might be stretching it a bit, but I've never had a clog that doesn't clear with a single head cleaning....
  19. Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I tried burning some of my grandparents old negatives that were still on nitrate film stock. That was quite the pyrotechnic show. If you threw a good stash of those in your fireplace pretty sure you...
  20. Re: Krakatoa explodes The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history

    Trying to picture an old wet plate photographer. Huge boom, pyroclastic flow and shock wave making its way across the bay towards you. You got out and start setting up your tripod and sensitizing...
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    Re: Howtek 8000HiResolvebpaid for

    Curious where you found such a beast Steve? I don't see them come up very often in the normal sources (Ebay etc)
  22. Thread: External HDD

    by domaz
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    Re: External HDD

    2 TB SSD's aren't really that expensive anymore. It might be good to go with one of those for your working library. Use a regular old external 3.5" magnetic drive for backups or use a cloud backup...
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    Re: Copal No. 3 repair help.

    If you've opened up a shutter before, I don't think you would find a Copal much different than a Compur honestly. The same things tend to need attention, slow speed gear train etc. DIY shutter CLAs...
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    Re: Darkroom set up question.

    I have the same problem in my basement darkroom. Covering windows with darkout material every time is a chore, and is hard to get consistent results in terms of lightproofing. One thing you can do is...
  25. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    This totally depends on your style of photography though. Some people shoot for bokeh. Ever try to shoot a f/2.5 lens wide open with 400 speed film? Suddenly even the 1/1000 shutter speed on your...
  26. Re: Using a 4K monochrome display as a digital negative

    That is quite a neat idea. I wonder if the display would block UV light. Using it for alternate processes would be an interesting experiment in itself.
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    Are you sure the camera is made in Blaine, WA or is it simply imported in there? Blaine is basically a border/port town.
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    Re: C and G Phototherm

    I believe the units you are talking about are pretty much the same design as Recirculating Water Bath heater's meant for scientific applications. You can find a lot of units on Ebay if you look...
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    Re: Opening top of Symmar-S 210

    Your not going to fix a modern plastmat lens with glue seperation unless you are prepared to open it up, dissolve the glue and re-glue it using the correct UV glue anyways (without disturbing the...
  30. Re: Computer hardware when editing large format files (100MP+)

    64 GB can't hurt but I really don't think it's the cause of OP's software issues. Photoshop has a very smart memory management system and could handle editing a file that large easily. Other newer...
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Did a trip to Banff/Jasper a few years ago in the early season (believe it was April/May). Had a great time and there is definite photographic opportunity seeing the major roadside sights (Lake...
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    Re: Using GutenPrint with a custom B&W inkset

    Following up on this thread. I still do believe Gutenprint is a viable option. My main problem at the moment isn't with Gutenprint though but with my Epson 1430 which is giving inconsistent nozzle...
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    Re: Nikkor M300 f9.0 not sharp

    What format are you trying to cover with the lens? Is it possible you are shooting on too large a format and/or shifting the lens too much and running out of coverage.
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    Re: Lens Not Focusing, What is the Cause?

    Take the lens off the camera, open the shutter. Position it so it's pointing at an open window with a wall behind it. You should physically see the image the lens projects. If it doesn't focus on...
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    Re: Schneider-Kreuznach misprint

    Very interesting. Unfortunately I don't think old lenses are like coins, the misprinted coin might be worth much more money, the misprinted lens probably not so much.
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    It probably depend a lot on your water source but I have found I don't need any kind of distilled water for final rinse here either. Our water comes from a river and it considered one of the best...
  37. Re: Can you mount any 4x5 lenses in shutters from folding cameras?

    Some old folders have shutters that are #00, #0 Compurs (Compur Rapids usually) and I've even seen some larger folders (usually German-made) that have Dial-set Compurs that have the same threadings...
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    Re: My 90mm Angulon arrived

    I've cleaned a lot of shutters by dissassembling them, applying lighter fluid, cleaning out parts individually with a q-tip soaked in lighter fluid etc. Most of the time it works, but for some reason...
  39. Thread: What Did I Buy?

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    Re: What Did I Buy?

    Construction and size are similar to the 12 inch RR's I have seen and owner, should be a nice lens. Maybe not as fast as you would want for wet plate, but should work fine in the sun. The writing...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    Microwaving glycol can be a fire hazard, a hot plate stirrer would be far safer.
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