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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    It's similar to wet plate, depending on the skill of the person doing it. I store glass negatives with a piece of glassine between them.


    Kent in SD
  2. Re: Has anyone made a purchase through the Chamonix View Camera Instagram account

    The Chamonix is very light. I don't see need for keeping two similar cameras.


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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    The truck came out nicely.


    Kent in SD
  4. Thread: Fixer

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    Fixer

    I've run out of the B&S fixer I started with. It smells like ammonia so I assume it's ammonia thiosulfate. Can I just use Photographers Formulary PF4 for wet plate fixing? Same dilution?


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  5. Re: Lampheads, Powerpacks, & Still Life Photography

    Yes, that's what I said.


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  6. Re: Lampheads, Powerpacks, & Still Life Photography

    The duration of the flash is something like 1//500s to 1/1000s so shutter speed only matters if you want ambient light to appear.


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    Re: Longest Wet Plate Exposure Times

    I would assume it was dry plate. Wet plate does indeed dry out as the ether evaporates.


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  8. Re: Should I return this Dallmeyer Pentac 8" f2.9?

    The seller might be reputable but he also has poor eyesight.;)


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    Re: OF-233 210mm 1:2.5 Soviet Aero Ektar Lens

    Interesting.


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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    I use the B&S iron developer but dilute it a bit in hot weather.


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    Re: Primitive photography

    Do you have some photos somewhere? Might be interesting.


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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    I wouldn't call it a hoax, but rather a well crafted satire. As for elves, 90% of Icelanders believe in gnomes.



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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    I went out Saturday looking for some country churches I missed, but they were all facing east and it was already afternoon. I settled on an abandoned grain elevator but kept overexposing. By the...
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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    I love a great story. Thanks for sharing.


    Kent in SD
  15. Re: What were the prevailing process in early 1900s?

    A big part of the look came from uncoated lenses and anastigmat designs such as the Tessar and Heliar.


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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    The blue box can handle up to 5x7 OK, but it's just too small for 8x10. You will need something bigger. The one I built using light proof drapery liner (I sent you a small piece) and PVC frame is...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I've never seen anything like that. So, got the holder working?


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    Re: Single Plate Holders 1920s

    Have since seen a post that holders for the 9x12 Rodenstock and Contessa Nettle cameras fit. Now looking for those.


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    Re: Single Plate Holders 1920s

    Uh oh.


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    Single Plate Holders 1920s

    I couldn't resist and bought a Orionwerk Tropen Luxus 9x12cm camera, vintage 1920s. I'm a sucker for beautiful wood and brass. The camera has a few issues that I can solve--it's missing a few...
  21. Re: DSLR scanning with Kaiser Slimlite Plano 5000K question

    What about a camera stand? I want to digi scan 8x10 with multiple shots using macro lens, then stitch.


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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    A lens is a lens. If using a lens that has a shutter you need to use the T or B setting.


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  23. Thread: Subtle blue tint

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    Re: Subtle blue tint

    I put my tins into a tray of water for a stop bath, rock it back & forth, drain, and repeat several times. I've also added another step. When I take the tin out of the tray I pour some water over...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    I'll confess I love to use old lenses and old cameras. I have a small collection of about a dozen cameras made 1900-1954. My latest is a gorgeous Deco Rolleicord. I bought it partly because I love...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    Nice.


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  26. Thread: Me presento

    by Two23
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    Re: Me presento

    Tired of 35mm photography. And about to retire, I would like to launch a Calumet 9x12 camera that I have bought second hand.
    Don't let go of my hand!
    I look forward to your patience, and I hope to...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Huge improvement.


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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I've often suspected the plastic film leaves marks as it's pulled off. Will try the wipes.


    Kent in SD
  29. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    Received in South Dakota today.


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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I will add that when I pour on the developer, I'm using a small 100ml beaker. For 4x5 I use about 20 ml, for 8x10 35-40ml. When pouring, I don't use the built in spout but rather the opposite side...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I got a bunch of black spots on my last two tins so I decided to do some maintenance. I could see some nasty bits in the bottom of my collodion bottle, so instead of dumping it out I started a...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I was out on Sunday and took a couple of shots. It was around 88 degrees and fairly humid. Sweat was dripping off me. First try was at the fading town of Forestburg, SD. I've shot this before on...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I'm not sure where the color casts from but people a lot more experienced than I report they seem to happen of their own accord. As for ridges, I'm sure you know about rocking the plate back and...
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    Replacement Holders for Vintage Camera

    Someone has offered me an American camera from the 1890s that I'm interested in. The camera does have a ground glass included. Who can make very nice wooden holders to match a camera like this? It...
  35. Re: Century Model 40 Ground Glass + Film Holders Replacement

    Holders are universal. Make sure you get newer ones designed for film and not plates. Should be able to find ground glass on ebay.


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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    I think at most you will have room for two that will be meaningful.


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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    I've found that light meters are useless for collodion. They aren't sensitive to UV light for starters, and the ISO of the collodion itself will change over time.


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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    Exposure f8 in bright sun using B&S collodion would probably be around 8s to start would be my guess.


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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    The pH strips could be old and no longer active. If they were shipped loose and not in a sealed container that's my guess. Most likely problem is your safe life isn't, or you have a light leak...
  40. Re: Beginner-friendly developer for 8x10 HP5 and Tri-X in 8x10"

    I've been using HC-110 on Ilford film for a year & half now with no issues at all. Consistently good results and it's easy.


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