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    Re: Lenses W H Jackson used in the 1800s?

    1860's thru 1870's? Most likely used landscape lenses. Long focus doublets. Euryscope comes to mind.
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    Re: Compound Retaining Nuts

    This glass is mounted in a Compound shutter? If so, S.K.Grimes has or makes flange mounts or "nuts" for Compound shutters. Until then, you can use one of the epoxy repair kits you can find in any...
  3. Re: New article by Ernest Purdum: Shutters - History and Use

    Clumsy Graphlex shutters? What is clumsy about it? It works, and what is more important these days, they work with no attention for at least fifty years. I've owned five Speed Graphics, and one...
  4. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I don't know if Kodak has released the formulas for Plus-X and Verchrome, or Verichrome Pan. I heard somewhere they have published them, because they consider film to be a dead issue. Hard to...
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    Re: Female tripod holder

    My grand-daughter is only four, but she says she wants to be my tripod helper when she gets to be "a big girl". She thinks a big girl is about six or so.
  6. Re: Speed Graphic - going hand held, what's slowest shutter speed?

    With a Speed Graphic, I've gotten some good pics at 1/10th second. But I'd rather use 1/25th. If you can not get a sharp picture at 1/25th, something is wrong with your technique.
  7. Re: Images shot on X-ray film

    I had massive trouble getting back on this site until lately. I'm not that smart anyway. Probably 90% of what I know about film sensitivity is in that post. I'm an amateur photographer of 70 years...
  8. Re: X-ray Film example and comparison.

    Now that's how a tray developed negative is supposed to print! Text-book example.
  9. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Amen, brother, Amen!
  10. Re: My wolly 159mm is soo dark, what do you guys do?

    If the Wollensak is the one on the left, sign me up. The picture on the left is art. The one on the right is what we wanted for newspaper pics.
  11. Re: Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic 4x5 questions

    I prefer the Annaversary model. Many more combinations of FP speeds, simpler lensboard, no body release problems. I like non-synch lenses, operated by an external solenoid. Operates off the flash...
  12. Re: Wholeplate 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 Rochesters - information on film and plate holders

    Film is no problem, just cut it down from 8X10. I use Kodak Carestream backed single sided x-ray film, cut down to fit my 5X7. It is an ortho film, so much easier to handle in the darkroom.
  13. Re: Scoville Albion Camera, sized 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 film holders & such

    FWIW, I cut down 8X10 Kodak Carestream Ortho x-ray film for my 5X7. $80.00 for one hundred sheets. I get two 5X7's per sheet. Should work for whole plate, except you will likely get only one film...
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    Re: 1887 Blair Lucidograph Self-Casing Camera

    JUST an achromatic doublet? At the time, that lens was preferred for landscape work. Read the catalogs of the day. They were all raving about these as landscape lenses. The first photog that I...
  15. Re: From Colorado-- 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 Scovill Camera--An Update

    Demise? Scovill merged with H.T. Anthony, to become Anthony-Scovill, later shortened to Ansco. Ansco was around a long time.
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    Re: Rochester Optical Company Carlton camera

    On the film aquisition problem, maybe I can help you. I buy Kodak Carestream film in 8X10, which I cut down to 5X7, usually. I also use it in 8X10, occasionally. It is an ortho chromatic film,...
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    Re: Commercial Ektar vs Ilex

    Thanks for posting the link. Mighty interesting conversation.
  18. Re: Graphic View Front Thread Size/Flash Question

    The flash problem was solved eons ago by newspaper photographers. A Heiland, Kalart or Graphic flash gun mounted on the right side of the camera, with the reflector mounted above and to the right of...
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    Re: Looking at getting a Speed Graphic

    I like the Anniversary Speeders best. Much more flexible FP speed vs slit combos. I actually prefer early ones that have external synchronisers hanging on the lensboard. The synchro is triggered...
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    Re: Best Value for 8x10 Field Camera?

    I loved my Ansco Commercial view. Very rigid. 5X7. As my grandfather taught me, "4X5's look fine in a photo album, but if you want to hang a picture on a wall, 5X7 is the boss". My grandfather...
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    Re: Speed Graphic flash sync?

    Great idea. Especially because I don't have to write it. The problem of the OP is a shortage of FP flash bulbs. FP flash bulbs hold their output for a much longer time than front shutter bulbs do....
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    Re: Zeiss Tessar 15cm

    I had a Speed Graphic with this lens in a dial-set Compur shutter. Mine was so sharp it was harsh. Shutter is one of the top three.
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    Re: 8x10 Lenses Most Used, Most Desired

    Probably 90% of my LF work is done on 5X7. But I use the 8X10 Rochester Commercial View occasionally. I have two lenses for it. One is a Russian version of a Zeiss which is too heavy for my...
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    Re: Old brass shutter

    Interesting. I must have been mighty lucky as I've had four different Unicum shutters, and they all timed close enough to make good pictures. The beauty of a pnuematically controlled shutter is...
  25. Re: Wollensak 1 7/8" 302mm f4.5 Raptar Alphax Synchromatic Lens -- Value?

    Now I know why I buy Wollensak Raptors! They don't get no love, so I buy 'em. Hasn't got anything to do with that "Wollensak Glow", of course. Just a cheap lens. And you guys lay off of 'em. ...
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    Re: Mounting lens without the original flange~

    I've wondered if that would work! Thanks for the confirmation.
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    Re: Mounting lens without the original flange~

    I wondered if that would work! Thanks for telling us it does.
  28. Re: favorite LF and ULF lens if you had only one lens

    On 8X10, a Gundlak triple convertable 12,21 28 inch
    on 5x7, a Wallensak Velostigmat 8 inch
    on 4X5, a Kodak Anastigmat f6.3 7 inch
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    Re: next box of film: Arista 100 or?

    I like Arista 100. Fp-4 is different than Arista 100, but very nice for certain other subjects, in my experience. I don't use Pan film much anymore since the death of Agfa APX 100. My main film...
  30. Re: Was wondering who is still using the Zone System?

    I guess I must be the oldest, most backward guy on here. For 70 years, I've only used two different developers more than once. Rodinal and D-72. I've bought several different light meters, but...
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    Re: X-ray film from Z&Z Medical

    Ektascan is orthochromatic film. The blue films used to be called "regular" by some film is the opposite of ortho film, or panchro film in that it is mono-chromatic, although...
  32. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I would expose two extra frames, and develop by inspection. Under a red lamp. That way you will learn if your developer concentration is useful to you. When I try a new to me film, I adjust the...
  33. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I don't know what certain school that would be. But for the Ortho film school (X-ray film is one) it is a very good process to start with. With Pan film, it is much more difficult to do.
  34. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    That's an interesting statement. I thought every photographer knew ortho films speed changes with sun angle and latitude. Yes, the film is faster at the 50th latitude then at the 45th latitude. ...
  35. Re: Modern alternatives for a flash for a Crown Graphic

    I found the electric release even more usefull than the flash gun. I only use flash sometimes, but the electric release all the time.
  36. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

  37. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Oops, I meant D-76 has too much hydro-quinol. So just add a little hydro-quinol to D-23. Or try reducing developer temperature.
  38. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    For me, the problem with D-76 is too much Metol. I would just try adding a little Metol to D-23. D-23 has a fantastic tonal range. I wouldn't want to give up that tonal range to get an easier...
  39. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    A little bit of hydro-quinol will stretch out your development. Metol alone is a slow, very much nothing, then suddenly, bingo developer. That is why they developed a M-Q developer.
  40. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    If I didn't say that Ektascan BR/A is the only Orthchromatic film on the market with an anti-halation backing that I know of - - I should have.
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