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  1. Re: LED enlarger head creation -- just a thought

    I recall reading a few threads here about using a high-quality, LED light-box as a light-source for 5x7 and 8x10 (possibly even larger?). That simply needed a foamcore adapter box and one layer of...
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    The usefulness of the answers will depend on the continent where the OP is looking for an enlarger.

    Working professionally in the UK, I used a De Vere 504 for years, last century. Nowadays I use...
  3. Re: Ilford MG filters... are there 2 different sets?

    The "L" on the second-hand filter kit was hand-written by a previous owner, perhaps to show ownership or to identify the set in a multi-filter-set darkroom. It is not from Ilford. However, this is...
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    Re: Starting my own development ?

    You could get one in Ieper if you are that end of the country, or mail-order it from there (easier than getting it from US) . . .
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  5. Re: First 4x5 sheets and first failures :-( Need Help on one sheet

    I'd suggest thinking about the simplicity of tray-development (or dip-and-dunk) in a darkened room, compared with fiddling around with gadgets that you cannot completely understand until you have...
  6. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    I asked the security person what was the reason and she politely refused to give any details. I suppose the almond-paste filling could have been appearing as something 'hidden' inside the cake, or...
  7. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Bizarrely, I just flew to the UK from Schiphol (Amsterdam, NL) and found a slightly different scanning problem. I did indeed have a film camera with me, but was planning to scrounge a few rolls of...
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    Re: UniColor Dingle Bell Tested

    I have a Durst Coltim which looks to be very closely related to the Unicolor timer, and also says "Made in W.Germany" on the base. It is excellent for printing.
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    For the total time I use a kitchen timer. Agitation goes on counting to thirty, or for more complicated regimes (or when I'm tired) I use a darkroom app on an old Android tablet which beeps at the...
  10. Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Somehow I have this mental image of a collection of black fingernails, laid out across the mantelpiece . . . ;)
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    Re: Bleach bypass for C41 and/or RA4

    Haven't tried it, but one can surmise that leaving silver in the image, along with the dyes, would have a veiling and contrast-reducing effect in the denser areas. In other words, most effect would...
  12. Re: Community darkroom in the Netherlands with 8x10 enlarger

    I'd be curious too, as I can 'only' contact print at the moment.
  13. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    There are several different manufacturers making Pi related stuff. Some cams are focussable, some have illumination leds, some are waterproof etc. etc. It would be prudent to put a known IR filter...
  14. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    There is a cheap infra-red camera available for the Raspberry Pi. A dark-box (ie. more rigid than a dark-bag) could be contructed for film-loading, processing etc. with the camera+led pointing...
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    Re: Pouring without spilling?

    On occasions with a wide bodied bottle and a small opening, pouring in to a measuring cylinder for example, I pour the large bottle in to a wide funnel. The funnel is easily manipulated to catch and...
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    Re: Dual Focusing Mechanism

    The planetary gear (I assume that's how it works) coarse/fine idea was used by Meopta (who still make microscopes etc.) as a replacement for the standard focussing wheel on their later enlargers. It...
  17. Thread: Barbara Crane

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    Re: Barbara Crane

    The OP's post seems to be nearly ten years old, but a quick search gives a couple of relevant videos on the wttw.com site. Was the missing clip one of those?

    It seems that she died last week? A...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    It works here giving a "Save or Open With" dialog box. One could try right-clicking the link and choose "Save As" from the option-list.

    Alternatively, it is copied below (if it works). The...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    Further reading regarding use of dry-chemical extinguishers in sensitive areas.

    As well as chemical secondary effects, furnishings and carpeting will need to be replaced. Yes, that's better than...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    At least in Europe, aren't halon based systems now illegal, except for enclosed compartments (like engine-bays etc) ??

    Any powder based extinguisher will make optical gear pretty much uncleanable...
  21. Re: FYI, those getting Arista EDU 400 8x10, not Triple Boxed

    Long ago, last century I worked at a Kodak Q-Lab (E6 and C41) covering a large part of the South of UK. Every few months (maybe three or four times a year) someone would come in with film that had...
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    As well as insulating the shed, can it have a 'car-port' type of roof-structure over the top of it? That would help considerably in sunny climates as the shed would be in permanent shade, and it...
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    As `the whole thing is plastic/rubber, can you drill a small hole then fix a flap to the inside of the cap covering the hole in a springy manner. Pushing the cap on will keep it sealed, while...
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    Re: tray developing: which timer?

    I have an audible timer set to indicate agitation intervals with one sound and then completion with another. It is not the only 'app' to do this of course, but the one I have is running on an...
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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Another somewhat resurrected thread, but it's all interesting stuff. For 4x5" I have a Meopta Magnittarus, in 10x15cm. There is around ten inches of clearance between it and the ceiling when the...
  26. Thread: ROLL CALL

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    Re: ROLL CALL

    A rather resurrected thread, but I visit a couple of times a week.
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    Poll: Re: Do you buy photographic prints / art?

    I voted "No, I only print/hang my own work" as that was the nearest option. Last century I used to print black-and-white professionally, so I suppose I could say that other people have paid for the...
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    Re: Basic B&W Developing setup for 4x5

    One doesn't strictly need a wheeled or motorised device for rotation with Jobo tanks, in order to save chemicals and improve agitation. Tape a couple of bits of wood section to the table top,...
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    Re: Exact 5x12" sheet film sizes

    I recall Fotoimpex/Adox saying that they were gearing up for providing a cut-to-order service for their own ISO100 sheet film. It might be worth seeing what the current position is with them too.
  30. Re: (Talk me out of) offering people at scenic tourist site to have their LF photo ta

    You could keep the reflectors (presumably they have ES sockets) and use the cheap(-ish) high CRI video-lighting fluorescents. They are perhaps not truly perfectly daylight balanced, but they will be...
  31. Re: (Talk me out of) offering people at scenic tourist site to have their LF photo ta

    As a way of reducing the 'awkward' gap between getting the sitter interested and them getting a print, how about shooting paper-negs? They can then be developed and contacted by an assistant in a...
  32. Thread: Oslo

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    Re: Oslo

    It is still there, of course. There is now a museum and exhibition with further examples indoors at Vigelands former workshop (which is useful if it's raining . . .).
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    Re: What is a"vision"?

    That's what you get from a very unsteady tripod.
  34. Thread: Lab in Paris

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    Re: Lab in Paris

    If you are in France around the right time, perhaps a week of holiday at the end of your trip, the Rencontres Arles opening week is the first week of July. The hotels were booked up last Autumn but...
  35. Thread: Oslo

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    Re: Oslo

    When you are in the harbour area, somewhere near the castle (and you will be), then think of taking the water-taxi over to the Kontiki, Fram and the viking-ship museum. The water-taxis are an...
  36. Re: Looking to get into IR goggles to help me with my film handling

    I have noticed that the Raspberry-Pi micro-computer has an IR sensitive camera available as an accessory. Has anyone tried making a large changing-box with the IR-camera poking through a hole, with...
  37. Re: Suggestions for a LFP trip in Prague-Linz-Salzburg- Vienna

    If you are going to Prague and looking for a breakfast cafe, I can recommend Louvre.

    https://www.cafelouvre.cz/en/

    Less dramatic but with more of a view is Slavia.
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    Re: Developing Etkar 8x10

    If the environmental temperature is fairly high anyway, how about the fly-by method?

    Using water at 38C,for testing instead of the chemicals, measure the temperature drop during the processing...
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    Re: Burning Precise Areas

    You could always try masking the flash exposure to just the window and door, so that you don't lose any sparkle anywhere else. Make a test-print (on the cheapest paper you have), cut out the...
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    Re: Heiland LED Cold Light Source

    You are describing a safelight. The original-poster is asking about a light-source used for enlargers.
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