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  1. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    Has anyone ever made 8X10 prints from 8X10 negatives with an enlarger? Once I started doing that, I never made contact prints again. There may be a very sight difference in image quality, but the...
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    Re: Used gear and availability

    There is a great deal of Toyo equipment, cameras and accessories on the used market, most of it is very good quality and reasonably priced. Mr. Sakai realized early on the benefits of a thin bellows...
  3. Re: Using TFT backlight as soft light like an led panel

    I have been using a Fresnel Spot/Flood converted to flash with a polarizer and a back light/ hair light with a polarizer inside the grid, both oriented in the same direction. The quality of the...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    I have a 65mm f4 Nikkor SW on a Pacemaker Graphic lens board and it fits just fine on a 4X5 TRF Crown. It can cam-couple to the RF like the Fujinon 65/8, but it cannot fold up in the case.
  5. Re: Custom Sink - How to get the drain "in sump"?

    My father and I built these sinks in 1986. They are 1/4" Luan covered with fiberglass cloth and polyester resin. The bottom pitches slightly down towards the drain end. When the pilot hole for the...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    I used a 65mm f8 Fujinon W extensively on a TRF Crown. It can fold up in the case. I placed the infinity stops on the inner rails behind the front standard and cut a RF cam for it. I used a 20mm...
  7. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    Seems to me this question could be resolved if one has access to a camera with both focal plane and leaf shutter capability, which I do not have at this time. Something like a Speed Graphic, Pentax...
  8. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    I did a lot of aerial photography from small airplanes with 4X5 Technika, 4X5 Crown Graphic, 6X7 Rapid Omegas and 6X9 Fujifilm RFs. Most of this was black and white and color negative film, but I...
  9. Re: Beseler 45 V-XL vignetting; what's going on?

    Just get out the sabre saw and cut the throat out square. This allows you to mount a wide variety of lenses like the 240mm 5.6 Rodagon shown here that I use for 8X10. Note that I had to relieve the...
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    Re: How does this negative look?

    I see the negative as normally exposed and slightly flat, which is good for reproduction because it is much more efficient to increase contrast rather than reduce it. If an attempt were made to make...
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    Re: Hollywood Lighting

    Here's an excellent documentary on George Hurrell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G7-J0lOncQ

    Many 10" 2K spot/Fresnel lights are now being surplused off on eBay due to the high cost of...
  12. Re: Compur Shutter and Strobe firing at slow shutter speeds

    As it is mentioned in the instruction book, if you have one, the Ghostmaster doesn't need much power at all to operate. Triggering on a bounce at slow shutter speeds can frequently be stopped by...
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    I have never tried a Wista. I had a Master Technika for a number of years and was unable to successfully configure it for Big Shot. It is considerably heavier than a 4X5 Graphic and neither the...
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    [QUOTE=C. D. Keth;1542647]With these cameras being upward of 50 years old at this point, could existing cams have worn along the bearing edge and eroded their accuracy?

    These aren't like the cam...
  15. Re: Compur Shutter and Strobe firing at slow shutter speeds

    If you didn't get an instruction book with it, let me know.
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    It's a more complicated than that. TRF cam-coupled lenses were set up by the factory in one of two ways, with "hard stops" or "soft stops". With hard stops, the stops are set to infinity focus with...
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    Unless that Xenar has some unusual defect, you are not going to improve your results noticeably with another lens on the Crown Graphic. Be sure your own RF is in accurate adjustment, many of them...
  18. Re: Compur Shutter and Strobe firing at slow shutter speeds

    https://circuitdigest.com/electronic-circuits/what-is-switch-bouncing-and-how-to-prevent-it-using-debounce-circuit

    At the above link I found there are now ICs you can buy to rig up a switch...
  19. Re: Compur Shutter and Strobe firing at slow shutter speeds

    You don't need all the functions of the Ghostmaster, just a bounce-free circuit in the sync connection. I'll get out the books tomorrow and find a schematic for a circuit that will work. It's going...
  20. Re: Compur Shutter and Strobe firing at slow shutter speeds

    The shutter contacts are bouncing. They close, firing your strobe, but then bounce open again and because your new strobe is ready almost immediately, unlike older power packs, it fires again when...
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    Re: New light box from Home Depot

    I have been using the same one for several months. I fitted mine with stick-on feet and a switched extension cord. Works great!
  22. Re: What am I doing wrong?! Mounting Copal 3

    It's "Learn or burn." in this life.
  23. Re: What am I doing wrong?! Mounting Copal 3

    You don't have the spacer ring, what you have is two jam nuts. You can buy the spacer rings from eBay. When you get one, it goes between the lens and the board and the deep jam nut with the narrow...
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    Re: Push 400 to 800 in HC110

    If you are happy with your 320 negatives in HC11B try the same time but use a dilution of 1.25 to 30.75 instead of 1:31. You really need to run your own tests. I have posted on this subject before....
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    Very nice! Did you open the throat of the 8X10 enlarger to take bigger lenses?
  26. Re: Please suggest a good in stamp for collector FB prints.

    Thank you for all the information!
  27. Please suggest a good in stamp for collector FB prints.

    I would like to stamp the back of prints I sell and fill in details in pencil and be confident that the stamp will cause no damage in the future. Anyone have a suggestion?
  28. Re: Lens Advice / Opinion: Consistent Look (or thatís not real)

    Because the style of photography he practices prefers that everything in the image that did not move during exposure be sharp (See "Group F64). Bokah is a secondary consideration.
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Here are mine, built a number of years ago from 1/4" and 1/2" plywood and glassed. Originally two six foot sinks, I cut one down to fit in this smaller room.199079
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    Re: High-Speed Sync for Speed Graphic

    Just use a leaf shutter with X sync. Enjoy the focal plane shutter with barrel lenses. If you are determined to use the shutterless Aero Ektar with electronic flash, a front mounted Packard as has...
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    Re: Linhof Master Technika Lens Options?

    I mounted a 58mm 5.6 Grandagon in a recessed Technika lens board. This lens was in a 00 Compur, so I had to fabricate a new insert for the board and made it flat for a little deeper recession than...
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    Re: How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    Peter,
    Since Dynatect in New Berlin WI is within driving distance of you, perhaps a personal visit to their facility would be in order and then you could report your findings here on the forum.
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    Re: How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    Dynatect is somehow connected with Nabell Corp. and their products conform to the ISO 9001 Standard. If you look at both websites you will see the same products.

    https://nabell.com/

    "Nabell...
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    Re: How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    Yes, they can duplicate the dimensions of an old bellows you send them, which I think is the best way, or they can work from measurements. Dynatect bellows are much thinner than other two layer...
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    How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    I have had two members PM me for information about Dynatect replacement or custom bellows. This is is best quality material and precise manufacturing. The parent company started in Japan making...
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    Re: Found Photographs

    The sign in the first photo about their business association says it is
    Okinawa.
  37. Re: question about strobe heads for norman power packs

    With the P2000 and P4000 manual flash packs you have to change power levels only when the ready light is on. That way, all caps are charged and won't be discharging against one another.
  38. Re: question about strobe heads for norman power packs

    The Norman P2000D and likely the 800 both take Series 900 Norman heads, unless the 800 is a 450Series.
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    Re: batteries for Calcu Light meter

    I looked at that link because I have Calcuflash meters and accessories but the pages have been taken down. I think they probably all use the MS76 battery or equivalent like mine, which are still...
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    Re: MF (6.45x6 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    "Glamour on the Midway" with recent Virginia Beach Photo Fanatics and Friends MeetUp . FujiFilm GW690II, Portra 400, Vivitar 285 on-camera strobe with Pocket Bouncer attached. Film machine processed...
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