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    Re: Chemical storage question

    Light isn't the problem, oxidation is. Developers are the chemicals most affected- if you're only working occasionally, store those in glass.
    Stop bath, fixers, etc., no need to worry. Captain...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Another good one, Meekyman. I always enjoy seeing your work.
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    Re: Stop bath with TF-5 fixer

    Thanks everyone! Some good advice here.
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    Stop bath with TF-5 fixer

    I've just finished building a new darkroom and am about to begin printing my large backlog of negatives.
    When I last was printing, two years ago, I was using TF-5 fixer with a plain water stop bath,...
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    Re: Kodak Kodabromide G2 VS F2

    They are fiber-based papers. The plastic version was Kodabrome II RC. Of course Kodak stopped all production of b/w paper in 2005 or so, and Kodabromide was discontinued well before that, so your...
  6. Re: Modern tailboard camera with back for film holders?

    B&J Rembrandt portrait camera, made through at least 1973. If that's "modern'.
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    Re: It is Majestic!

    Tin Can, perhaps your issue is why we used a chair of bar-stool height when I was a portrait photographer. For relevance, the 70mm long-roll camera sat on a Majestic tripod, itself on a dolly. And...
  8. Re: Unsharp Masking…Would I/Could I/Should I?

    Mr. Layton- is there a problem with your current prints- and do you think that this technique will solve that problem (whatever it might be)?
    I ask this question in all honesty- because after 40+...
  9. Re: Old stock of Kodak D-19 developer and Zone VI fixer

    D-19 is a high-contrast developer meant for scientific, technical, and graphic-arts applications. Not meant for normal pictorial photography- so no need t save it. The Z-VI fixer is (IIRC) similar to...
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    Re: KRST as Fixer? Yeah...Why Not?

    No doubt that this 'mistake' will give you prints of indescribable beauty and tonalities that you could never even have dreamed of... a look that would make you famous and rich... except that you'll...
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    Re: The first war to be photographed?

    Thank you Mr. Cornell- that was the discussion I'd referred to. Someday I'll return to it.
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    Re: The first war to be photographed?

    It was Roger Fenton who made that picture. Filmmaker Errol Morris has written a long article, trying to decide whether Fenton (and assistant) moved the cannonballs. Many people have opined on the...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    I've been trying to get out into the landscape this year, with limited success. But I haven't even made a contact proof in a year now (although I have processed most of the negatives I've made). But...
  14. Re: Preferences for 150-165mm lenses in 8x10?

    In my industrial-shooter days we had a 1960s version of the 165/8 Super-Angulon. No complaints about sharpness, coverage, or color rendition. A fine lens but huge and heavy. But then we rarely used...
  15. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Remember that both of these choices were top-of-the-line lenses, made by leading optical companies for a demanding professional market. You'd be hard-pressed to see any difference between the...
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    Re: What to build next?

    Cambo made some 4x5 TLRs, Peter Gowland did too. There are plenty of 5x7 Graflex SLRs, most notably the Home Portrait model; and there are stories that Graflex made a few 8x10 SLRs. I think a...
  17. Re: What y'll know about cheap non shutter wide angle 75mm lenses

    old Zeiss Protar? I had a barrel-mount 90mm f/18 once. But I don't know if they made any shorter focal lengths.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Not ready to answer that last question, but here's a book I read decades ago and still remember; "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague deCamp (a name too good to forget).
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    Re: Screw for Fuji 600mm

    SK Grimes should have them- or any camera repair shop.
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    Re: Are There New Shutters for Old Lenses

    A possible issue is that the cost of remounting the lens (pus the cost of a good recent Copal shutter) will likely far exceed the value of the lens itself. Not a problem if you have the money and...
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    The flat changing bag will put dust on your film (through contact), resulting in black spots on your prints. Frustrating!
    Use a changing tent if you're using sheet film. I've been using one (a...
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    Re: Jack Deardorff in September 1980

    Nice to see the face behind the name. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    Somewhere in my reading, don't know where now, I recall a quote from White's most famous student, Paul Caponigro;
    "Head for the cosmos, Minor, they'll never be able to corner you there." ...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Perhaps few people are posting on that forum because 1) former members may not know that it's back, and 2) newbies have not been made aware of it?
    Just a thought... it might draw more visitors if...
  25. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    Assuming both are in equal physical condition, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two lenses. Unless, of course, you expect to make wall-sized enlargements... and even then...
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    WP was a popular format in the days before enlarging was common. It's been functionally obsolete since the 1930s, I think, as 8x10 took its place. So cameras are hard to find; few have been made in...
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    Re: Review of new Ansel Adams book!

    The author, Dr. Senf, wrote her PhD thesis on Adams. She and my wife are colleagues at the CCP, and I recently finished reading the book myself. It's serious, careful, and thorough. Overall, a very...
  28. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Back in the day, Kodak recommended Super-XX for separation negatives, due to its very long straight line. Of course that film has been gone for 25 years- in fact I've heard that EK kept that film...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    A long time since I've been there, gnuyork; thanks for reminding me.
    A beautiful photograph of a lovely place.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Gabe, well done. Tell us where that is, please? Living in Arizona makes me nostalgic for country where there is rain and greenery.
  31. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    This is a contested and complex subject among photo conservators (I'm married to one).
    I'd always mounted my 11x14 prints to 16x20 4-ply board and hinged a mat over that. Not considered the best...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    Remember, as well, "the reproduction is not the art". Crewdson's work interests me but I don't think it translates well over the internet.
    I'll withhold judgement, or other comment, until I've had a...
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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    I'll second Mr. Grad's comment. I have an older (1957) 121/8 SA, and one like it would suit your purpose well. The newer multicoated versions might have more contrast than you want. And I think that...
  34. Re: Ansel Adams in Our Time

    Thanks for sharing... anyone on this forum who lives anywhere near western Arkansas should make the trip.
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    Well, to quote Langston Hughes, "In dreams begin responsibilities".
    I'm no scholar, and even Dr. Kingslake (who was there) wasn't at all comprehensive when he wrote his "History of Camera...
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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    It was Doug Nishimura at the Image Permanence Institute (at RIT) who reported this. His tests showed that a print would have to be toned to completion for full archival permanence. Most of us don't...
  37. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    (Grammar pedant alert) It would be very hard to do "surveillance" (e.g. watching someone, something or someplace) when you don't know what's there, or what or who might be present in that unknown...
  38. Re: Need Help Identifying a 4x5 Piece of Equipment

    Looks like the rear standard, or most of one, for a Sinar F-series camera.
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    Re: Rail size for a CALUMET 4X5 CC401?

    Sorry Dann, I did some thinking and realized that it's been at least 25 years since I worked with those cameras. Have fun with yours!
    BTW the last time I used a long-rail Calumet, I had a 19"...
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    Re: Rail size for a CALUMET 4X5 CC401?

    CC-400 = 16" rail. Most common model.
    CC-401 = 22" rail. Otherwise identical to CC-400.
    CC-402 = wide-angle camera. Shorter rail, different front standard, bag bellows. Less common than the others....
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