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    Re: Nitrogen Processing

    It's worth noting that a system like this is best suited to a properly replenished developer and a fairly large amount of film. Once it's dialed in it works very well; I used a nitrogen-burst system...
  2. Re: Recommendations for a general purpose lens for a Calumet 4x5?

    -And I've been happily using a 180/5.6 Nikkor-W since 1986. Back then I paid $400 for a good used example. I'd grab that one Vaughn has mentioned if I didn't still have mine!
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    Re: Seal 200 Commercial press

    Seal is still in business... they were taken over about ten years back, and sadly I can't recall which company bought them up. But a search around might help you find a wiring diagram or some service...
  4. Re: Very neat artice by the New Yorker on Thomas Joshua Cooper

    The NY article was interesting... the artist surely is obsessed, and found people to finance his (very expensive) project. That alone is no small accomplishment. Not to mention actually completing...
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    Re: Oriental paper scarcity

    Seems that distribution has often been a problem for them. In 1982 or so, I was working as b/w printer in a custom lab, and the regional(?) Oriental sales rep visited. He gave us a box of 8x10...
  6. Re: Seek Late Victorian USA Photographers & Reenactors info

    Wool suit w/vest, white shirt w/detachable collar, derby hat. Pocket watch on a chain. Sideburns and handlebar mustache optional.
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    Re: Diagnosing a Light Leak

    I don't think so. If it were coming from that far away it would look more diffused. Note the relatively sharp edges almost parallel to the film edge. The light leak is probably very close to that...
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    Re: Schneider-Kreuznach misprint

    Human beings make mistakes... and sometimes they get past the QC office.
    You should photograph some storefronts and see if the lens mis-spells any of the signs...
    Oh, and welcome to the forum!
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    Re: PQ Universal for HP5+ and/or Pan F+

    My experience with other 'universal' developers is that they don't do film very well. Compared to film-specific developers, sharpness is likely to suffer, and graininess will likely increase.
    I have...
  10. Re: Single Story Project at AIA Center for Architecture in NYC from 11/21/2019

    Wish I could see the show. "Changing New York", to mention Berenice Abbott's pioneering work, has been a worthy subject for a long time. Hope the show is a success!
  11. Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Photo paper can last a long time. Last year I was given several boxes of long-frozen Ilford Multigrade III RC paper. I've been using it for contact proofs only, as it's not fogged. A recent article...
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    Re: identifying an Omega enlarger

    We had numerous turret-mounted Super-Chromegas at (that big photo company) and never saw an alignment problem due to the turrets. D5XLs or D6s, I'm not sure now.
    Chromegatrols blowing up was the...
  13. Re: Pics of Spruce Goose, if you have them...

    I saw it maybe 15 years ago at Evergreen in Oregon. It absolutely dwarfed everything else in the museum. I never scanned my 35mm shots from that day, so can't send any.
    My take on the HK-1 is a) it...
  14. Re: Thoughts About Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s ?

    No camera is perfect. Few of us will ever find a view camera that couldn't be improved somehow; I never have and don't expect to.
    Were I to use a TK for a while, I'm sure I could find things about...
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    Re: Question about Kodak 5x7 holder

    I've run across a few 8x10 holders made the same way. I think that your Kodak holders were just made to an older design standard.
    They might be well over 100 years old, after all. The 8x10 holders...
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    Re: Found a new way to screw up...

    Ha! A mistake we all have made. At least those of us who have used film packaged like that. Luckily it's a mistake you only make once.
  17. Re: Historical Research: Film stocks used by Arthur Fellig AKA WEEGEE

    Was Weegee's archive saved, and if so, where is it held? Whoever is taking care of his work might know, or would likely be open to your research.
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    Re: Rating stored tmax

    These days I'm shooting TMX100 that's 14 years out of date. I've been rating it at EI 50 (I did the tests to check). That's basically to compensate for the slightly increased base fog. I'd shoot your...
  19. Re: Bellows Lens Hoods for Graphic View I

    I expect that you'll have to do some rigging if you can't find an original. I think Calumet made a compendium for their CC-400 series cameras, and later Cambo made one for their monorails. But none...
  20. Re: Thoughts About Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s ?

    I've been working in 4x5 since 1982, and have owned several cameras and worked with quite a few more. Wooden field cameras both Japanese and American, Calumets, Sinars, Graflexes, Technikas, and some...
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    Re: Schneideritis?

    One would like to see the results of any tests that compare similar optics with, and without, "Schneideritis". I'd also want to know the methodology of such tests. Since no one has ever been able to...
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    Re: The new Tri-X 8x10 film

    Long experience testing films (much of it within EK itself) tells me this; anomalous results happen. And they mean one thing; run the tests again.
    Perhaps cut the sheets down to 4x5 to save...
  23. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Best of luck Michael, I think you'll find it a fine lens.
  24. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    You didn't say what film you expect to use, or your subject matter. Knowing that would help.
    But XTOL, perhaps diluted 1:1, should work quite well for a number of different films and subjects.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    Mark Osterman, at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, teaches many alternative processes, including wet plate. A bit of a drive around the lake, but his workshops are very good.
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    Re: FotodioX Lantern Globe Softbox

    Likely very useful in certain situations, less of a hard edge than a bare bulb. And watch out for reflections! Show us a photo lit using this, when you have one.
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    Re: 8x10 Polariod Portrait Prices ???

    How much money can you stand to lose? Professional photography in any form is a very competitive business, and the margins are getting lower all the time.
    You have an interesting niche idea, but it...
  28. Re: 8x10 E6 processing Who and Where ? North America( USA and Canada) HELP!!!

    Edgar Praus, as mentioned in post #4. Doesn't get any better than that.
  29. Thread: Hi all!

    by Mark Sampson

    Re: Hi all!

    You have a fine camera and a superb lens. You might look up a copy of Steve Simmons' book, I think it's called "Using the View Camera". That should cover the large format basics... for the...
  30. Re: Current sources for having a lens flange made?

    Perhaps ?
  31. Re: Adams/Weston Exhibition @ Stanford University, CA

    It's quite probable that the curators, when referring to New Mexico, meant the famous meeting in Taos where Paul Strand showed Adams his negatives. Adams himself called that a turning point in his...
  32. Thread: Aircraft

    by Mark Sampson

    Re: Aircraft

    In fact the dry heat is a good thing (for a while). The low humidity means that when you find shade, it's actually a little cooler. Unlike the humid East, where when it's 95F and 95% humidity (and...
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    Re: Getting the best out of Gold Toner

    It's been ten years at least... but I used NGT on Agfa Multicontrast Classic- that paper's replacement is supposed to be made by Adox. I've bought a box of that but haven't printed with it yet...
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    Re: Getting the best out of Gold Toner

    Not usually a fan of warm tones, but Nelson's gold toner has produced subtly beautiful results for me on several occasions. When my new darkroom is finished, I may try it again.
  35. Thread: Aircraft

    by Mark Sampson

    Re: Aircraft

    It was still 97F in Tucson today. Next month!
  36. Thread: Aircraft

    by Mark Sampson

    Re: Aircraft

    I live about five miles from the Pima Museum. It is spectacular- the third-largest air museum in the country. There are a huge number of planes outdoors- so I plan to visit with my 4x5. But not until...
  37. Re: Stress of Buying Lenses - Sight Unseen / Reputation

    What you wanted was a company called Lens&Repro in NYC. They had all the LF lenses you could desire. Sadly, they closed down a few years back.
    I don't know who in New York offers equipment rentals...
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    Re: My 90mm Angulon arrived

    Mr. Galli's advice about trying it as a barrel lens is good. Then if it works for you, picture-wise, let a tech service it properly. I'm sure that it will be worth that effort, and will pay you back...
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    Re: My new old Ektar lens

    Congratulations! They are fine lenses; I regret selling mine. It will serve you well, I'm sure.
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I chose 4x5 back in 1982... the 'sweet spot' between image quality, size/weight, and cost. Being able to make enlargements was an important factor in choosing 4x5 over a larger format. I do have a...
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