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  1. Re: Differences Between Tri-X 400 and Tri-X 320

    The grain structure is completely different. Apples to apples in pyro, you get "watercolor grain" with HP5 - enhanced edge acutance but softly blended in between, whereas with TX320 you get what I...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    Ditto to what Michael mentioned - oversized tray, ample solution, dimpled bottom stainless steel in a larger still tray acting as a surrounding water temp jacket , emulsion up. But I do it via a...
  3. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Yes, and it was a fairly serious slide near Big Sur; and if you're trapped south of a slide along Hwy 1 way down there, it can be impossible to get back north without a very long detour. Narrow roads...
  4. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    There are exactly zero old growth redwoods left anywhere around SF Bay, including Muir Woods. There are a lot of pretty ones, but they're all second growth after total logging. You either have to go...
  5. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Er... Twin Peaks? A serial killer from there was taken alive from my own front lawn after a 2 hr standoff with an FBI SWAT team. He killed at an entire family for their SUV atop Twin Peaks, then was...
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    Re: An E100 sheet film tease

    I agree. New toy syndrome came along long before digital photography. I remember when Cibachrome first came out, and galleries wanted every picture to be a Ciba with something bright red dominant in...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Good rag museum board has gotten quite expensive. But I don't trust the alternatives for fiber-based prints. In fact, the mounting board is probably a far more stable material than the base of the...
  8. Re: Biggest Sinar board opening you have seen

    I once did a bigger hole than any of those using a fly cutter on a drill press. Fortunately, the rigidity of the rim of a real Sinar board is well reinforced by the ribbing.
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    A mystery. Wonder if some of your Colormount itself had deteriorated due to being stored too long under hot conditions before you bought it? The old version was on glassine tissue, I believe.
  10. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    One day at Chimney Rock I watched a gray whale wander into the clear shallows of Drake's Bay right below it, and just cruise around a couple hours before exiting, as if itself a sightseer. Last year...
  11. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Some weekends have restrictions on parking along the Chimney Rock road. Once past North Beach, the road bifurcates, one direction leading to the Lighthouse, the other toward the Boathouse and Chimney...
  12. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    There's a lot more to it than that. Yes, extreme sharpness might be the priority if I want to use the same lens in my 8x10 kit for roll film holder shots destined for a much higher degree of print...
  13. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Sometimes Dec and Jan can be especially nice beach days at places like Pt Reyes, or for forest walks like the Bear Creek Trail. Less wind, crisp lighting, lots of wildlife, and less people. Just...
  14. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Thanks for your effort, but unless you had a true optical bench system and an ability to keep film truly flat (which no ordinary holder provides), you've got some misleading variables inherently...
  15. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    When? Seasonal weather, traffic, and crowds have a lot to do with intelligent site selection. You'll probably receive a hundred different answers, and every one of the will be correct, depending. It...
  16. Re: Retrobrom 151 / 152 - Newly released paper from FOMA

    Thanks. In the old industrial sections of cities and military shipyards here, they just encapsulate whole neighborhoods under thick concrete slab before building anew on them. All kinds of lead and...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Anything resembling edge discoloration around a print mounted on museum board would be due to some kind of foreign contamination, or perhaps due to a bit of the mounting tissue itself being in sight...
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    Re: An E100 sheet film tease

    Some people just like better things. Sheet film does a lot of things digital can't. I happen to greatly prefer true optical prints, whether color or black and white. If enough people think the same...
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    Re: E6/Positive LF film?

    I preferred it when it was a LOT more affordable than now. Even the stockpile in my freezer was bought at about a third the going rate. But quality-wise, films are better than ever.
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    Re: E6/Positive LF film?

    I shot a lot of 8x10 Provia of different generations. It was hell to work with - unstable triacetate base that shrank and failed to maintain mask registration. But that's all one could get for quite...
  21. Re: Retrobrom 151 / 152 - Newly released paper from FOMA

    Nevertheless, it sounds like the kind of thing Freestyle might stock, and will probably tempt me due to curiosity alone. I don't expect graded products to ever again be quite what they were when...
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    Re: An E100 sheet film tease

    Here we are a year later, but now it's confirmed that 4x5 E100 is due for production "next year" - probably meaning late next year. But that's OK. So I went out a bought a roll of 35mm for critical...
  23. Re: Retrobrom 151 / 152 - Newly released paper from FOMA

    Wonder if it will be sold in the US? Might there at last be a worthy replacement for venerable ole Portriga? It's at least "Intriga".
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    DK was just a marketing company which took over Colormount etc from Bienfang, but subcontracted it to Chinese mfg, which caused me some trepidation at first, though it turned out to be the same...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    I relied on Seal Colormount for many years, and still have some left. It went from Seal branding to Bienfang, then to DK, an importer, but all seemed the same. Now a product called Trimount made by...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Follow up. Doremus has made some good points. But I don't trust Buffer Mount. I've seen it fail when prints have been shipped or stored in hot environments, even briefly, like a car trunk. And...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Drymounting is extremely alive and well. Some of the manufacturers and brand labels have changed, but everything necessary is still available, even if products and sizes way beyond the needs of...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    Garsh. Ansel and Karsh and EW did things a certain way, so nothing is evidently better than the way they did things. Ben Franklin hunted turkeys with a blunderbuss, so, he bein' so smart n' all that,...
  29. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    There's no limit to rail length with any Sinar or similar rail design. Even an 18 inch Sinar rail is longer than that due to the cap extensions at each end. No need to use tilt function simply for...
  30. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    The tapered bellows can be used shorter without scrunching up, or needing a bag bellows except for very short focal lengths. It takes rise etc better without scrunching. It can also be extended...
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    Re: E6/Positive LF film?

    Scales of economy. Less demand means less buying power in critical materials. Inflation catches up too. Sheet film base is different than for rolls films, and no doubt more costly. "Competition"...
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    Re: Photos From Nikkor 360/500/720?

    Is this comparing apples to oranges? The 450 and 600 C's have massive image circles even with 8x10 format. Arne is apparently referring to 4x5 usage instead, which should have been stipulated, even...
  33. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    The F & P rail clamp was not strong enough for some applications; the camera would slip sideways when carried on a tripod. So they came up with a deluxe version II. Both allow you to keep the clamp...
  34. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    I also gotta challenge Bernice's lack of global perspective. If there was no mud, there would be no dirt or water. So if there is neither soil nor moisture, there would be no beer.
  35. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    No need to dissemble it at all. That's the idea. I've carried Sinars over 10,000 mi in rough terrain in Kelty's, ready to go w an 18" rail. Got my Norma ready to use in a Kelty top cmpt now. But I...
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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Was out today with both my Texas Leica and aP67 w/165 Tele. Nice casual combination in a large shoulder bag. Fast changing light and unpredictable wind, showers. Got out ahead of the big storm due...
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    Re: 8x10 tray processing

    ???? ... I have no problem tray dev 6 or more sheets of 8x10 per liter any number of dev options: pyro, HC-110, 76, etc. And I'm talking even about extremely fussy predictable applications like...
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    Re: 24 inch lens on Chamonix 8x10

    Less weight and leverage on the front standard would be preferable. That's why I use a Fuji 600C. Unfortunately, that's one of the lenses that have gotten quite expensive on the used market. I...
  39. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    Mike - There's more than one kind of mastodon. Some are assembled using parts of others. I've got a tusk missing from one of my old F's, a leg missing from another. Half of the bones of a P2, dug up...
  40. Re: transporting a Sinar Standard/Norma 4x5 in the field

    People got along in the entire Western Hemisphere for 15,000 yrs without wheels or camera bags. All you need is three sections of Mastodon tusk for a tripod, three sections of chipped obsidian for...
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