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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    Scan before varnishing. Use a higher DPI than you would think, then adjust contrast and color saturation down to what the plate really looks like. I use the lid down.
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    A well known camera collector/seller on a FB group posted this today:

    "I sold a nice Leica IIIA body on EBAY to the highest bidder. I get a request for a return with these exact words: "I wanted...
  3. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Lenses are my specialty and love. Coming soon.
  4. Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    What type of camera and lens do I need for wetplate? That used to be the first question a newcomer asked. And interestingly, the answers have changed somewhat since 2006 when I started.

    Back...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    "one person" thanks you.
  6. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    It's the Misinformation Highway. Everyone is an expert, except they're not. But they want to be. But they're not..... rinse and repeat.

    That's why I liked Coffer's Doer's Guide. It was hand...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I think the difference between digital permanence and books is that websites are contingent upon the owner maintaining the site, paying the fees, upgrading the servers. The onus is on someone else,...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    My fear of fraud on eBay has made it impossible to sell big ticket items that have to be shipped. Over $5000 sell price and you are in a very risky position. How do jewelers sell a $6,000 diamond...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Too many sub sections, you get loss of engagement (already a big risk on here, very few active members any more). Too few, like just one big "wetplate" section, you get a free for all with no way to...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Do you guys remember "The Great LF Wiki" idea/dream of about 2-3 years ago? Where only good, vetted info would be posted, as a grand repository in the sky? Only written by "experts", dedicating...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Thanks George and Paul for your impressions of the WWW. They are close to what I noted too. And coincidentally, what the usual argument against digital photography is too. Digital content of any...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Memorial Day hike to old Ft Bowie. Original Pen-F 38/1.8 Pancake lens.
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Don't get me started. My 79 year old mom decided she wanted a Paypal account so she could buy on ebay, against our advice. So she did it without telling us. Didn't buy much if anything. 6 months...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    For the long-time ebay policy of sucking refunds out of your bank account, I also set up a special account at my bank. I told them to NOT transfer any over drafts or give me instant line of credit...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Hi Oren, it is 1.7 GB. Tin Can, I don't understand your question, unless it's some kind of rhetorical statement. Then I still don't understand it.
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    I wish you the best. Tell us how it goes after you have sold, say 25 items. I sold that many a month for a while, since 1998 on Ebay. It RADICALLY changed in the past 6-7 years. If anyone hasn't...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I'm not sure how I would "start a forum here". There is 16 years of content, uploaded plates, and an entire directory structure that isn't consistent with this LF site. I need a place where I can...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Exactly. If you sell a $600 Summicron Leica lens, 3 months later you see a $600 deduction. Log into eBay and find the buyer has initiated a "not as described" claim. They have a LOOOOONNNNG time...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Back to selling on ebay. If you want to prevent "not as described" claims, I started putting "AS IS - For Parts - not guaranteed to work" for cameras. Sometimes I'd say "it was working fine when I...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    Well we've given you some options, now it's up to you.
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Is there any free hosting available for a SQL database forum, even if it's "locked" for comments, and just readable? I have the archive, now what to do with it?
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    I'm also not sure how rectilinear and anastigmat the meniscus type lenses will be for architecture. There....three esoteric lens words in one sentence!
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    Re: Crown optical Brass 4x5 Lens ID help?

    Crown was one of many Rochester photography companies. They weren't around long.

    A little more on them here: http://bvipirate.com/Kodak/Rochester.html
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Another thing Quinn started was World Wetplate Day. Me and Geert helped him build the website, I wrote the content, and helped promote it. The goal was to print a book from the submitted plates...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Yep, me too. Remember Morganwerk, Szabo, Dunniway, Claudet, Brewer, and about a half dozen more were true experts at collodion? And back then, they were about the only people doing it world wide! ...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I am talking to Quinn at this moment, and my programmer friends, about getting something set up. I used to be a NASA Sys Engineer, it can be done, and I moderated the forum for Quinn for the past...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I'm checking with Quinn on that. Bob's site I noticed disappeared about 2 years ago, after about 6 years of being available, but no commenting. At least Quinn is still teaching, but his channel Q...
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    Collodion websites closed

    Well, another great photography forum has closed. Collodion.com has shut down. Quinn decided to close it.

    The history is that there was a tintype re-enactors website run by Bob Szabo back in...
  29. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    That is very cool Drew, thanks for the info. I know a guy that loved Watkins, and started wetplate before many others had resurrected it in recent times. Bob Szabo, shot some plates at that tree...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    One trick is to remove the wheel stop and platform in a Dallmeyer Wide Angle Rectilinear. They become very soft.

    Or use a Verito, they can be pretty wide. Here is a wholeplate (6 1/2 X 8 1/2)...
  31. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    I've asked a few Watkins scholars I know if they know what lens he used in 1861 on mammoth plates. There was a lot of discussion and inputs on the old Civil War collodion forum, now gone. Even the...
  32. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    Many Americans and British daguerreotype then wetplate photographers used French landscape lenses. Typically Hermagis or Jamin pillbox types, they were common for more than a decade before the Globe...
  33. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    There are a few others that come up from time to time that give a similar affect to the two or three mentioned. The B&L Portrait Plastigmat for example, the Unar Portrait, Graf, and 4-5 others.
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    Re: WET PLATE SILVER BOX IDEAL ID dim

    Never heard/saw that one. I use a plastic dipper of various sorts of bottoms. Technique is very important with wetplate. You can have two people using the exact same setup, on the same day and...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    The same chemistry works for all the techniques. There are different variations of formulas though. So buy a kit that is set up to work with all the other parts. Some people have a special...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    You mean plate holder? I made mine from an old $5 Eastman wooden plate holder. Made a caddie out of plexiglass that fits into the holder as if it's the glass plate, then you put the tin inside...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    Yeah, Main Trophy is my source. It's probably the most expensive part of the whole thing. But a 48x24" sheet is about $15 if I recall. I buy it in bulk, get about 10 sheets. It lasts me a year or...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    I've never done dryplate but have shot wetplate since 2006. I shot with Quinn Jacobson (studio Q) in Paris and he knows his stuff. Nice guy that went to Europe around 2007, taught wetplate when no...
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    Re: Petzval vs. Projection Petzval

    I can say with 87.5% certainty it's a Petzval.
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    Re: Petzval vs. Projection Petzval

    By the way, I can't see your picture in your first post. So I can't say about that one.
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