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    Re: How Deep Do You Dustbust 2021

    If I can't see the spot at arms length w/o magnifiers, etc, I don't bother with it. There was a time when I wore +10 magnifiers to spot , but decided that was ridiculous.
  2. Re: Effects of B&W Rinse Waters into Septic/Drainfield Systems?

    I know a well known Fine Art Photographer who used to have an apple orchard. He ran a hose from his darkroom into the orchard. It was moved to a different tree every day, the apples flourished and...
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    Re: First attempt with Adox XT-3

    Beautiful scale in this one.
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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    A -2, -3, or -4 closeup lens may get you pretty close the the same type image as a Struss. I have a -4 (250mm) which I screwed into the back of an Alphax shutter and use on the 8x10. Sharp in the...
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    to add to what Drew said, paper developers, of which Dektol is one, are inherently more active than film developers. I agree with Drew that you should switch to a film developer for your tests if you...
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    Re: Rainy night reflections

    I'm in Southern California, and have forgotten what a rainy night locks like.
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    Re: Post yer 35mm shots!

    That was Albert. He seemed to get great pleasure watching the humans duck and run.
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    Yes, still under-exposed and under-developed.
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    Re: Return from the dgital wilderness.

    Congratulations!
  10. Thread: Lens Cleaner

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I haven't put a liquid on any of my lenses since I graduated from high school in 1945. I also do not use any "Lens Tissue" because I looked at it under a microscope and it looked too rough.
    I have...
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    Re: Kodak D23 Question

    I keep D-23 at all times. If kept at a constant temperature, used undiluted, it keeps for a year or more. I use it for those special negatives which won't respond as I like for one reason of another,...
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    Re: Hello from Columbia Tennessee

    You are in my favorite part of the country. We moved to San Diego from Columbia in 1961 because of work. Prior to that we lived in Nashville where I grew up.
    As far as I am concerned, you are in...
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    ISO 6 is pretty commonly used with this film. On occasion, particularly early morning or late afternoon, I use a speed of 2. My normal development is in HC 110 - 1+63 from syrup. I develop by...
  14. Re: Carbon Transfer Workshop, Oct. 20 - 23, 2021, Yosemite Valley

    Jim and Vaughn,
    I wish I could join you for this exceptional experience. My 92+ years on the planet cause me to be lacking in the energy for such a great workshop.
    Have a great one, and i hope to...
  15. Re: Not understanding Toyo Base Tilt Front and Rear

    If this is the model with a plastic body, we had one at the college. The 1st time it was put on a tripod by the lab tech, the body cracked and was unusable.
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    Re: Determine developing time for any film

    The tests are worthless until you try them on a sample film you have exposed.
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    Re: DIY Wehman Not for Profit

    I have wondered what others would do if a rivet or rivets became too loose. Although I am not having any trouble with mine, I believe I would dril and tap then use appropriate round head bolts.
  18. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    The 1st time I visited Yosemite with a LF camera I had 100 loaded film holders and exposed them all. Once home I processed and proofed them. Soon after I threw all of them away. I had wasted al of my...
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    Re: Contact Printer from Germany

    Your biggest problem after replacing questionable wiring, will be finding contact printing paper. Enlarging paper is far too fast for this printer.
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    Re: Unsharp Masking…Would I/Could I/Should I?

    Iuse ortho/lith film to make masks. Not difficult, but it takes practice to get to the point of them not being difficult.
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    I disagree. I make the same type of images regularly. I could not do so w/o rear movements, and sometimes front. Yes, rear movements change perspective, but they are great for emphasizing areas of...
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    Re: I've built a 5x7" camera

    Beautiful!!
  23. Re: Extremely Dumb Questions about Lens Systems (Specially Cooke triplet)

    #1 answer is not quite correct.
    Focal length is the distance from a point (usually the middle of the lens, or close to it) to the surface of the film or ground glass when the lens is sharply focused...
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    Re: Protar Lenses.

    An interesting comparison, ridax. I assume all conclusions are based on either the negative, or final print.
    Also, I expect these are made based on a single example of each lens. I currently have 2...
  25. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    Since it appears a seller can no longer respond to my inquiry about paying via USPS Money Order, I no longer attempt to buy from Ebay.
    On 3 recent occasions I have made such an inquiry, and failed...
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    Re: D-76; Mixing Small Batch?

    D-23 is a much older formula than D-76.
    I am also a user of D-23 when the occasion calls for it. I mix it from raw chemicals and dispose of it only after using it for up to a year or so. The reused...
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    Re: D-76; Mixing Small Batch?

    I have mixed this by the spoonful since i was in high school in the 40's.
    Shake the package until you are sure the settled powders have dispersed, then shake it that much again.
    The measurements...
  28. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Good comparison Daniel.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Still Standing

    I have no problem with EMA and Pyrocat HD. By the way, I do not buy this developer from a company, I mix it form raw chemicals. I have used iit with Super XX, and Ortho Tri-X, both of which are very...
  30. Re: Going home again - my journey back to film!

    A good 150mm is your best choice, and 135mm second best.
  31. Re: 4x5 lens recommendation for fast shutter speeds

    it is the rare LF shutter which will produce the shutter speeds you are talking about. The only reliable one is a Speed Graphic on which the focal plane shutter has been CLA'd by a reliable repairman...
  32. Re: Does changing aperture move the focus point

    I have never had the problem with any of my Dagors, in fact I have never had to stop down when using any lens other than a few from the 18th century. I do recheck focus after stopping down and if...
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    Re: 10 3/4" Dagor for 7/17?

    My 10 3/4" Dagor was my favorite lens on my 7x17 Korona. Probably 90% of exposures were made at f22, and there was no vignetting. Although I have other lenses, it was rarely off the camera until I...
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    Re: Restoring a tailboard e bay find

    Bring back the good old days when such items were more readily available. They would cost more, but maybe not relatively.
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    Re: Darkroom print and data filing system

    All of my printing info is on the negative sleeve, including a sketch of any burning/dodging. I used to keep it in notebooks, and later on computers, but this system work's best for me.
  36. Re: The things I don't know... :) Help (Crazy lens movements; lens choices; bellows o

    If you really don't want to use Photoshop any longer, delete the program from your computer.
  37. Re: Is this emulsion 'damage' due to a light leak or chemicals ?

    It appears you did not have enough developer, so that strip received little development.
    I use vertical tubes when using the EMA process and always make sure there is enough developer to insure no...
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    Re: Rollei Ortho 25 in 5x7 Question

    I haven't used this film, but presume it is 9x12 cm which is slightly too large for 5x7" holders. Also, any 25iso film is going to call for extremely long exposures in a pinhole camera.
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    Re: Boston Deardorff?

    I agree with Drew about the quality of the different builds.
  40. Re: How much dimmer on the ground glass is an f/9 lens vs a f/5.6? Or f/5.6 vs f/4.5?

    It should not impact your focusing on the subjects you say you photograph.
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