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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    Alan...I have a 4x diopter set (had to order these from my eyeglass place - cost 12 dollars) - giving me a good view of the entire screen on my 5x7 while generally allowing enough detail for fine...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    More and more these days...I've been using a black t-shirt - with the large end being placed over the camera back. Wearing closeup glasses (I like the two-eyed viewing!) and placing the head-hole...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Bryan that is wonderful! As for color values...looks to me to have just a tad too much magenta - but then again this could be my screen, and/or this might be your choice. Would be interesting to...
  4. Re: Schneider SA 58mm Xl vs Schneider SA 65mm f5.6

    With the FL's and coverage being so close - my guess is that the 58mm would be better by default...otherwise, why go through the bother and expense of creating this lens?
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    ...just make sure to isolate those JBL's away from your enlarger bench - seriously!
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

    Gone through lots of these over the years...and have finally discovered that Pentax 20 inch cloth releases (with circular locking collar) are the cats pajamas! The thing about cloth releases is that...
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    West System is a very high grade of marine epoxy. I looked at West and decided to go with Rakka epoxy (over birch plywood) - pretty much the same thing and perfect for my needs...at a lower price.
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    You might consider having the "drain end" of the sink placed just a bit lower than the other end - so that liquids (water, rinse water, etc.) can slowly move towards the drain. Does not need to be...
  9. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Gotta reiterate...time to dust off the old Rand McNally!
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    Re: 8x10 tray processing

    Hey...if you want the best of both worlds (advantages of both individual development plus shuffling multiple films) try this: place your developer trays into a much larger tray (say...four 8x10's...
  11. Re: The 5x7 Agfa Ansco sprung a few leaks...

    Question: how long did you need to wait (drying time) before you could reliably fold up the bellows?
  12. Re: Pre-soak for manual 4x5 B&W development in a Jobo tank?

    Next batch of LF FP-4 in Pyrocat? I'm not gonna presoak! First time ever!
  13. Re: Rodagon-G 360 for enlarging 5x7 12 times

    Heiland LED VC with Zone 6 type 2 - for prints up to 30x40 from 5x7, using a 150mm G-Claron at its ideal aperture of f/22. For 40x60's...I've cobbled together a horizontal enlarger which utilizes...
  14. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    We all have our biases. My bias says to start with analog - enlarging then adding contact printing. (why in this order? So that you can learn to create a truly sharp negative). Live and breathe...
  15. Re: Rodagon-G 360 for enlarging 5x7 12 times

    I've done 60" wide prints from 5x7 using a 180mm f/5.6 Companon-S, stopped down to f/11 - and get sharp grain to the edges. Light source is a Heiland VC LED, powered down enough to give me 20 to 40...
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    That lady with the wings? Temptation indeed! But don't let the bottle of Moet fool you (see two glasses? nope!)...she's gonna fly up at the last minute - and remain just out of reach!
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    Re: Bitten by the LF Bug!

    Yup...about fifty or so years ago there were a few LF bugs flying around our neighborhood - and I got bitten for sure! Mind you a bite does not always mean a life of servitude to a strange-looking,...
  18. Re: How Many Ways to Process ANY Film: List Them

    tape the ends of a roll of 120 together so that it forms a big loop, with the base side out. Then, put the loop into a long, skinny tray of developer - and turn the loop over, and over and over and...
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    Re: FB Enlarging paper availability at B&H

    Although I've been buying from B+H for ages, and while most of my students over the years as well as (it seems) lots of folks on this forum have visited B+H in person, I have never done this. Such a...
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    Re: New Ilford darkroom survey, December 2019

    Done. And thanx for posting this!
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    Re: Winter Wonderland: Post Your Photos

    Here are three: 198382198383198384
  22. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Time to dig out the old Rand McNally I guess!
  23. Re: how do you shoot 1 to 3 second exposures

    I'll typically use the "B" setting for times between 1 and 15 seconds...and "T" for longer times. The trick with relatively short intervals (between 1 and 5 seconds) is to be decisive with the...
  24. Re: Any darkrooms in New England with 8x10 Enlargers?

    I'll second Ed's comments about Camera Commons. David Speltz, et al, have assembled a facility which perfectly combines "state of the art" analog technology with a design layout which addresses the...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    My tray-technique involves a single (shuffle) presoak tray, then films get placed, face-up, into multiple (individual) developer trays placed into a much larger tray so each film gets exactly the...
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    Re: Lighting unit for photomacrography

    To this day I kick myself for having sold my Multiphot...which had been given to me by a local anatomy dept - complete setup with all the lenses, backs, tubes, etc. Just an amazing device for its...
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    Re: More Saltzman

    Just slightly...menacing. Better watch those appendages!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Austin - I so hope I can get to see some of your work in person some day. In the above example...those dark shadows, those blacks...my guess (from what I can barely see) is that there is a richness...
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    Re: Kim Weston Nude Workshop

    I attended a six day "Nude in the Landscape" workshop with Cole in 1982 - great fun...and Cole was wonderful! Would love to meet Kim at some point.
  30. Thread: Dunes

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    Re: Dunes

    Thanks Andrew. I've been getting great 30x40's from this negative, but am not yet brave enough to go to 40x60 - as there is just a bit of fuzziness in the upper left of the image. Light that day...
  31. Thread: Dunes

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    Re: Dunes

    DIY 5x7, 90mm 6.8 Grandagon, Orange Filter, FP4 in PMK, Ilford MG Classic in Moersch Eco developer.
    Dunes at Stovepipe Wells:197718
  32. Re: Strategies in Cold - During and After Shoot

    Breath condensing on my ground glass is a pain...and my solution for this involves using a black t-shirt as a dark cloth - draping the large end over the camera, putting my head through the head-end,...
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    Re: Bellows Material

    Won't something shiny inside just introduce possibly unwanted reflections? (more food for thought to "reflect" upon as you indulge in those cakes!). Am curious...just what is a pontefract cake?
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    Re: Photographs Shot Using Your 11x14 Camera

    Michael...apologies for my mis-attribution (no disrespect to Steve!) - but again...nice work!
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    Re: Photographs Shot Using Your 11x14 Camera

    Steve...I admire your courage using 11x14 Provia in challenging conditions - you nailed it!

    And thanks Michael! Will post a pic of camera soon - very stripped down at the moment and very...
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    Re: Photographs Shot Using Your 11x14 Camera

    Some still life photos (onions are old, skull is very recent). Tri-X souped in HC-110 - dilution H for onions when film was fresh...dilution B for skull when film was almost 30 years out of date(!)....
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    Re: Heiland densitometer for ULF negatives

    Maybe Heiland could provide you with a longer arm...or at least make you an arm extender? Considering Heiland's involvement in the amazing 20x24 enlarger posted here recently, this might be a good...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Gralab pointed away as others have mentioned - but I like the idea of a voice...like that female voice on my iPhone that tells me when to turn right or left when I'm driving - would be great if she...
  39. Re: HC110 1:63 mushy flat negatives dilution H

    Its been awhile since I've used HC-110 on a regular basis...having, by and large, gone over to pyro and pyrocat (staining) developers. But I've recently begun to reconsider a return to HC-110 - at...
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    Re: Diagnosing a Light Leak

    A couple more things you might try: one is to place your holders onto a known flat surface to see if any are warped. Another is to remove the lens board, insert a holder about halfway (preferably...
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