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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I do both and IMO the choice doesn't come down to "what's better." I love a finely crafted B&W analog print...with good fiber-based paper and decent skills, you can create a print that simply glows....
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    Re: More 510-Pyro Adventures!

    Mr. Hutchings used F-24 (an acid fixer)...it's right in his book.
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    Re: More 510-Pyro Adventures!

    I have used all manner of fixers--sodium thiosulfate-based F-24, Kodak Fixer, Zone VI Fixer (which I'm pretty sure was F-24), Ilford Rapid Fix, Sprint Fixer, PF TF-4 and TF-5, and others that I can't...
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    Re: New here and looking for lens advice

    What Luis-F-S said. Choice will probably come down to price; the Fuji are pretty inexpensive, while a Rodenstock S series is for the fat of wallet.
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    Re: 4x5 B&W development - no processor

    We're all different, of course, and have greater/lesser abilities with regard technique, but I tray processed 4x5 and 8x10 film for my first 15 years of LF photography and never gave it a thought. I...
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    Re: 4x5 B&W development - no processor

    Perfect, if it works for you. I have the Stearman 4x5" tank and have tried three different versions of the holders but the clips along the sides of the holders always gouge the emulsion of my film....
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    Re: Intrepid 5x7 opinions

    The only experience I have with Intrepid cameras is the 8x10 Mk1 and now the 8x10 Mk2. IMO, they are fine cameras for what they are. I think if you manage your expectations--none of the Intrepid...
  8. Re: Beseler 45MXT with Zone VI cold head, info needed

    I believe the Aristo company has been gone for quite awhile, but replacement lamps are available from:
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  9. Re: Beseler 45MXT with Zone VI cold head, info needed

    1) I had the original (silver) cold light head for Beseler 45MX and Zone VI Stabilizer in storage for, at least, 15 years and both worked fine when I last used them. Nowadays I have an Aristo VC cold...
  10. Thread: Prints -

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    Re: Prints -

    Thanks, Bill! I'm just about out of my last Zone VI pad for printing annotation, so this is perfect timing!
  11. Re: Best Fast (high output) Film Development Method?

    Yes, I know Expert Drums can be run on various rollers, but the OP questioned if s/he should get a Jobo along with these drums. I just wanted to make sure that s/he knew you'd need a unit beyond the...
  12. Re: Best Fast (high output) Film Development Method?

    Keep in mind that to use Expert Drums you'll need the higher-end manual processors like CPA-2, CPP-2, CPP-3. The 3005 drum will provide you even, beautiful development for 5 sheets of 8x10 every time...
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    Re: Contact Print frame souces

    Bostick & Sullivan stock a nice frame. I have two different sizes for pt/pd printing.
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    Re: A little more Intrepid news (es bueno news)

    Since a question of reducing back availability for older 8x10 Intrepid cameras came up, I sent an email to Naomi asking about this. She said that they haven't produced reducing backs for the MK1...
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    Re: 8x20 daylight processing tank

    Just got a newsletter from Tim this morning referencing Tim Layton and that Stearman is going to accept custom orders for this tray soon. But, the price is for the "fat of wallet" crowd. :)
  16. Re: Desirability of lens flanges for older lenses

    Personally, I would never buy a lens requiring a flange if it wasn't included. As you said, too difficult to get one made and mounting without it is generally unreliable.
  17. Thread: On1

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    Re: On1

    I've used ON1 products for years; currently using Photo Raw 2023. Many folks write on various forums about instability of the app, but I've never experienced any of these issues. IMO, it's a...
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    Re: Howdy from Arizona, USA

    Welcome to the forum! A lot of great folks hang out here. For a starter lens, I don't think you could go wrong with a 150mm (50mm equivalent in 35mm terms). Even the great Ansel made many of his...
  19. Re: Intrepid 8x10 Mk III - Post your thoughts on design.

    Intrepid may have redesigned this adapter since I bought mine a couple of years ago, but beware that the bottom molded-in "clips" that hold the bottom of a Technika style board barely, and I mean...
  20. Re: "Poll" Question: Do you use a footswitch for your enlarger?

    I've used a foot switch for both of my enlargers for over 40 years. Personally, I find it indispensable for dodging/burning sequences as I use both hands for this. I do, also, use it for initial...
  21. Re: E-Bay and PayPal: Cancel and Get Money Back?

    I've had a couple of transactions on eBay where the seller took a week or more to ship the item. That in and of itself wouldn't bother me too much, but the fact that the seller doesn't respond to...
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    Re: Ordered 8X10 Model 3 Intrepid

    Please post your thoughts on the camera, once you've had some time with it.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Contrast control with Adox Lupex

    I've never had uneven bleaching, but that could be due to the higher dilutions I use and/or my method for introducing the paper into the bleach. Basically, I do it just like I do with my pt/pd...
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    Re: Contrast control with Adox Lupex

    That's correct...on the paper. SLMIT will actually affect the entire tonal range--it is a bleach after all--but it works more in the shadows. I find that if I print down the high values a little more...
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    Re: Contrast control with Adox Lupex

    I love Lupex! I use Amidol and to control contrast I've used a water bath and David Kachel SLIMT. The former won't provide a large change, but sometimes it's just enough. SLIMT will provide the...
  26. Re: F/9.0 lenses, what's your tips/trick for better viewing?

    Yep, the dot is small but I don't use it on things far away from the camera. And, yes, I focus on the quality of the dot. It's not that hard to see clearly with a loupe. Think of it like focusing on...
  27. Re: F/9.0 lenses, what's your tips/trick for better viewing?

    If the camera doesn't have a manufacturer installed bright screen, like on my Arca-Swiss, I install a fresnel over the ground glass. A lot of folks don't like a fresnel because it goes very dark when...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    +1

    Love the textures in that photo, too!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Here's one I took a few years back, also on a quiet day. That said, the one person in the photo just happen to sit in the exact right place! :)

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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Nice capture! And, not easy to get without a bunch of tourists roaming about.
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    Re: A little more Intrepid news (es bueno news)

    Well, for another take on Intrepid's customer service...

    I had an issue using my dry plate holder in my 8x10 Mk II where the "clips" on the spring ends would pop off the back because they were too...
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    Re: contact printing ??

    LOL! My wife gets a big kick out of me wearing sunglasses in the darkroom when I contact print. That's a really friggin BRIGHT light! :)
  33. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    IMO, questionable on the MK1, but probably doable on the MKII or MKIII. Hopefully, an Intrepid 8x10 user with similar weight/size lens will chime in.
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    Re: contact printing ??

    They were probably using a contact printing paper like Adox Lupex. I use a 300-watt flood about 6 feet above my enlarger table and get ~30 sec exposures with Lupex and my 8x10 negs.
  35. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    I have a MK1 lying around not being used. If interested, PM me and I'll come up with a price.
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    Re: contact printing ??

    Yes. Paper emulsion up, negative emulsion side down. Some photographers have the printing light mounted in/under a table and flip the printing frame over, but the "sandwich" in the frame is the same.
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    Re: contact printing ??

    If you go the Adox Lupex route, then you'll have to go the other direction with your bulb. Lupex is a VERY slow paper, as are similar papers such as Azo and Lodima.
  38. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    For me, using an 8x10 is a desire not a need. As a matter of fact, it's my favorite format! For 40 years now, I've never tired of shooting this format or the resulting contact prints that can be made...
  39. Re: after you remove the wet neg from scanner, what's your drying method?

    Yep, you don't want mounting fluid to get under the bed glass and/or into the internals of the scanner. I carefully tape around the edges of the glass and long ago I figured out exactly how much...
  40. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    Very true, but at 70 years young the Intrepid 8x10 along with Fuji A and C lenses plus carbon fiber tripod enable me to trek this outfit to places I couldn't dream of going with my Deardorff gear....
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