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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    The Ilford wash... very economical on water. I applaud their conservation goals but I can’t bring myself to use that technique. I was 20 minute duration with about 10 changes of water.
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    Good decision. You won’t regret it.
  3. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Well, you’ve already tried the two I was going to suggest. I’m assuming that the ones you tried aren’t to your liking. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for you. Xenar... should be another good choice...
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    ... and for a third time!

    They love to be scrupulously clean and properly lubricated.
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    Re: Source for light meter calibration?

    I’m looking forward to any answer that might be out there. Times just changed significantly with the loss of QLM and Paramount.
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    Re: Rail lubricant?

    Doesn’t candle wax attract and hold dust and grit? I’d clean with a mild solvent and leave the metal bare before using either grease or candle wax.
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    Re: Rail lubricant?

    FinishLine dry Teflon lubricant. Liquid when applied that very quickly turns into a dry film that lubricates without attracting dust or dirt. There probably are other brand names for the same/similar...
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    You probably don’t technically need a “repair”. Sounds like it needs an overhaul, or what some call “CLA” - clean, lubricate and adjust. That shutter will run like a Swiss watch once it is...
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    Re: Fox Talbot hits an auction block

    That was the most interesting part of the article... and it is good news.

    I hope, though, that the successful buyer will be situated to put them on display for folks like us to see. Generally...
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    Fox Talbot hits an auction block

    A historic auction... I wonder who the lucky winning bidder will be...

    https://apple.news/Aks2lLR2bRkm8tgbh21uBgg
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    Re: So long. Been less than great.

    Seriously... you guys are going to re-litigate a really minor and already resolved concern? I’m more worried about the tattle-tail issue. LOL
  12. Re: Newbie Question - Should I develop film myself or send it to a lab?

    I sent all of my film out to a lab until a couple of years ago. It’s convenient but expensive. Now I only send color film to a lab. Developing B&W film is actually easy. There is an initial...
  13. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    True, but for someone just starting out or struggling to develop creativity it’s a reasonable way to achieved some sort of success and possibly avoid frustration that will impede that path to...
  14. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    I hope that link works. It’s a google of “photographic composition “. Lots of resources on the basics. Studying that, plus looking at images, will help make “seeing” that which might be worthy...
  15. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=photographic+composition&client=safari&channel=iphone_bm&sxsrf=ALeKk005sfmrBfU6jA7US6PhGdl2ptAEdw%3A1616159692458&source=hp&ei=zKNUYK3fGa2WwbkPuZOYkA4&oq=photographic+c...
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    Re: Quality Light-Metric Closing

    Sad news. Hopefully George is well and planning on a fun retirement.
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Not sure if this is an option or not, but the home canning business (Ball jars is the one I use) has water-soluble labels. They stick to the glass jars, last a long time as long as they are dry, and...
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    Re: Foam for camera seals

    Art and craft stores sell squares of foam that can be used effectively for light seals. One brand name is “Foamies”. Not sure where on planet Earth you are located but if in US check out your local...
  19. Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    That’s a very generous friend. You are truly blessed.
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

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    Chuck
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    Re: Shutter repair

    Compur shutters really need to be lubricated per spec... otherwise they run terrible, if at all. Especially the smaller sizes.
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    LOL. Mirrors indeed lie. I look into them and have no idea who that old man is that looks back. I don’t feel nearly as old as that lying mirror and lying driver’s license says I am!
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    ... and with regards to non-portrait soft focus... I like pictorialism.
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    I took a beautiful pic of my beloved wife recently. Used a Softar1. She wants me to use a Softar2 in the future. LOL.

    I have no idea what she sees when she looks at me but I’m eligible for a...
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    In some circles there is little to discuss. Ask any woman, and most men, over 50 who have had their portrait taken.
  26. Re: Switching lenses. Any disadvantage with downsizing the filter thread size?

    Adam... don’t bother changing. Stick with what you have unless you are absolutely convinced it isn’t giving you the result you want.
  27. Re: Copal 3S lens board vs Copal 3 lens board

    Just use the ring or flange that came with the shutter. The size difference is negligible.
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    Re: CLA for old shutter

    Have you talked to Steve Choi? Steve’s Camera Repair.

    That overhaul should not be a challenge for any reasonably competent camera repair shop unless something is broken.
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    Re: Up Off The Mat...Again?

    Self-promotion is difficult and others sometimes mistake it for something it isn’t. But it’s important to getting ahead (or keeping even) in many life pursuits. I’ve always been proud of professional...
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    Re: Mel Pierce Camera.....What Do you Know

    The storefront on Hollywood Blvd indeed closed up a while back. It was a great store.

    The Figueroa address was a “mailing address”. It’s not a great part of town so I’m not going to offer to...
  31. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    bingo
  32. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    LOL... who knows who has more money... nothing I care to compare. :)

    The secret is being frugal and having a well-curated small assortment of cameras and lenses.
  33. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    lol... am I the only one who just bought multiple lenses and use dedicated boards?
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    Re: Is There a Plan for Future

    Please refrain from political commentary. Thank you. ��
  35. Re: Is it a linear progression between 90mm and 150mm?

    LOL... more lenses will likely lead to more missed shots.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    +2... I had Paramount make a bi-post to Vivitar cord. Fewer interfaces increases reliability.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    Note: Some “flashes” may have a proprietary connector rather than the standard PC. Make sure both the flash and cable are compatible. Paramount can build virtually anything you need.
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    Alcohol or ammonia-based window cleaner, followed up with scrupulously clean microfiber cloth.
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    Re: Gitzo 1570M repair

    Not a Gitzo head, but I recently overhauled a Bogen/Manfrotto 3047 with similar symptoms. It was a 30 minute project and the head was good-as-new after a good cleaning, re-grease with damping grease,...
  40. Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    I do similar to Alan but not full inversion. Rock “slowly” narrow-side to left until near sideways, return to upright, continued to right until near sideways, return to center. Repeat a second time....
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