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  1. Re: LegacyPro EcoPro BW Film Developer - Have you used it? - Your thoughts

    I have been using it successfully since the quality issues with Kodak branded XTOL. It has been reliable and behaves as XTOL for me.
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    Re: Grafmatic Back Operation

    I don't have any experience with double exposure with my Grafmatic shooting. That said, I have abandoned using Grafmatics. I gave it the old college try but I would have random jams out in the field....
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    Re: processing 20x24 film in a 3063 Jobo drum

    I assume you're loading the film emulsion side up? If the emulsion is facing down, the ribs will mark the negs for sure. I process 16x20 and 20x24 C prints (RA4) in the 3063 without issue. However,...
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    Re: Heating lith developer

    What papers are you using for Lith? Foma warm tone papers like MG 131 Lith in about 4-5m. Dilution of your chemistry can also affect dev time (more dilution = longer dev times). Have you experimented...
  5. Re: Saunders/LPL 4500 II - Troubleshooting Light Projection Issue

    Looks like you can special order one on B&H new. But I'm sure a 45 box will show up for auction. They're pretty common. Hang in there!
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    Re: Arca Swiss F line Metric 4x5"

    Lots of great responses in the thread. One note on front frame sizes for 4x5, landscape shooting should be fine with the 110 front standard with regard to rise/fall. For architectural shooting, a 141...
  7. Re: Saunders/LPL 4500 II - Troubleshooting Light Projection Issue

    Pop the top off and check your mixing chamber. They come in three different models: 4x5, medium format and 35mm. You might have the medium format mixing chamber. If so, you’ll need to purchase a 4x5...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    My earlier point was mainly one doesn't need to purchase something like a used Ebony 8x10 and say a 600mm Fuji lens for a test (that could easily net you over the $10K range). A low price 8x10 and...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    +1

    I think the recommendations around starting with 4x5 is to learn the basics of how to use a view camera. The whole workflow from loading film to understanding movements and (in your case)...
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    Re: How is Large Digital C-prints made?

    You certainly don't need a lightjet to make mural c-priints. Any standard 4x5 to 8x10 enlarger with a color head should be able to make murals. You just need a drop table and focusing extension. That...
  11. Re: Looking for advice/guides on digital to film (not inkjet)

    With respect to making digital negatives using the QuadToneRIP + Boutwell software, the workflow for making alt process targeted negs versus silver (contact exposing under an enlarger) are the same....
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    Re: Rollei Infrared 400

    I've been using Eco Pro XTOL given all the quality issues with Kodak branded XTOL as of late and it's been working great for me. Very repeated results in the Jobo. With respect to the 4x5 sheet film,...
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    Re: Rollei Infrared 400

    I just finished some testing to get a normal development time for Rollei 400 4x5 in a Jobo 3010 drum. 8m at stock dilution XTOL (500ml for 10 sheets). I rated the film at 100asa without the IR...
  14. Re: Looking for advice/guides on digital to film (not inkjet)

    I would think the Canons would be fine for digital negs assuming you're making your curves by hand in Photoshop. The drawback to the Canons is that QuadToneRIP doesn't work with them unfortunately.
  15. Re: Looking for advice/guides on digital to film (not inkjet)

    The only idea that comes to mind for avoiding the whole Photoshop/inkjet route and service bureaus for digital neg making is the De Vere 504DS Digital Enlarger. I don't know about print quality via...
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    Re: Dark Streaks on RA4

    If you don't have large volume of chemistry to go through, it probably makes sense to stick with the Arista unless you haven't been happy with the results. I use a table top processor (Fujimoto...
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    Re: Dark Streaks on RA4

    I process 16x20 and 20x24 RA4 prints in a CPP3 with 3063 drum. I have seen similar streaking on some prints (usually places with highlights like skies) which is caused by the developer coming into...
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    Re: Color paper storage in refrigerator

    You're safe storing RA4 paper in a cool room (somewhere around 65F) for up to two years without much impact to the paper. The sign that your paper is going is you'll notice the paper base white start...
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    Re: LPL 4500 VCCE module repair manual needed

    As far as I know, there is no manual for the VCCE module. There is one for the enlarger itself. But it only lists the VCCE head as an accessory.
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    Take care going with a horizontal only camera if it’s to become your primary. Also, note the Chamomix 57h does not have enough bellows draw for a 450 (non tele). Personally, I like having the ability...
  21. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Since you like to shoot architecture, I'd recommend considering one of the Ebony non-folders. There are several models depending on your lens/bellow extension needs. The 45S will allow you to cut...
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    Re: Chamonix C45F-2 vs. C45H-1

    I would say if you were shooting a lot of architecture or making images requiring lots of front rise/fall, the H1 would be the pick. For your purposes, mostly field work via backpacking, I think a...
  23. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    I think there is something to be said of staying cheap while spinning up in a new format, especially with all the potential accessory costs to get going (film holders, lens boards, lenses with the...
  24. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    Unfortunately, the 5x7 conversion kits are very rare. In fact, a full F line 5x7 camera is very rare to find in the States used. I talked to Rod Klukas about purchasing the 5x7 conversion new and it...
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    Re: Cibachrome printing

    Frank Green in Burbank is still printing ciba. He's an excellent printer. Can print murals with an 8x10 enlarger and able to make LVT interpositives as needed for digital files. Probably among the...
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    Re: RA4 - how to get things right?

    Drew, no one doubts your knowledge in the forum, including myself. But why you would encourage a new c-printer that making color corrections on wet prints makes no sense to me. From Henry Hornstein's...
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    Re: RA4 - how to get things right?

    I can't speak to using custom drums with Jobo processors. With respect to Jobo print drums, I've processed 20x24 prints in the large drums and you're only expelling 500ml of chemistry--less chemistry...
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    Re: RA4 - how to get things right?

    For processing in the Jobo, I'd go to 1M development times for your developer and Blix--that's as per Jobo's documentation. If you are not drying out your drum in-between processing runs, use a 30sec...
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    Re: RA4 - how to get things right?

    Agree with the points on your exposure time is too short...you're in the reciprocity failure of the paper with too short times. I'd stay over 4 seconds. That said, I don't think that's the root cause...
  30. Re: Contact Printing Large Format negatives with a Leica Focomat V35?

    Short answer, yes you can use an enlarger for contact printing. And no, you should not have problems with vignetting. Simply make sure your enlarger light fall over your entire contact printing...
  31. Re: Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    Portra films have quite a bit of latitude. Hard to blow out your highlights with that film if you overexpose. You could certainly shoot at box speed and see good results. My preference is to shoot...
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    Changing bags lay flat on top of your film holders and hands which make it harder to load/unload film in my experience. I like the Photoflex Changing Room the best for 4x5. The Harrison Pup tent...
  33. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    I think Tim was just out to show how prints can look different using different materials for his viewers. That said, the comparison to me isn't that helpful for learning about material differences as...
  34. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    Honored one of my images is anywhere near a Carnie wall! That image is Ilford Warmtone + LPD. The LPD does cool down Ilford WT a bit. But that said, I find all of Ilford's warm tone papers on the...
  35. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    I haven't used Lupex yet. But with respects to Lodima, I have used Amidol and Formulary's 120 (Ansco 120). Amidol produces a warmer image to my eyes. There may also be a touch more dmax with Amidol....
  36. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    I've been an XTOL user for years and it's never failed me in the past. Last year I saw a post that there were some batch issues with the new packaging:
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    Re: C-41 Recommendations?

    Freestyle sells a Fuji branded 5L C41 kit. It's more expensive but I like that it comes with separate bleach and fix steps (as opposed to Blix). Read some long threads on Photrio at some point and...
  38. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    I have used a Fuji 450C for years with an Arca Swiss 4x5 (extension rail and longer bellows). Yes, it can be a bit tricky in windy conditions but you can compensate with faster shutter speeds...
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    Re: Loading 5x7 film in Jobo 3006

    If using Pyrocat is new to you, I would remove that variable for the short term. There can be many issues that cause uneven development with Pyro. I’d suggest starting with a straight forward...
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    +1 on the Deardorf Special. I've seen them sell in the $1200-1500 dollar range.
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