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    Re: Kodak supermatic shutter?

    Yes, there are plain Supermatic shutters that pre-date the flash connection. Of course many Kodak lenses in these shutters were originally mounted on Graflex Speed Graphics (or other press cameras)...
  2. Re: Westen Photographic Historical Society annual Show and Sale

    This will be the third of these shows that i'll attend- and the first working it. I predict that there will be plenty of undiscovered photo gems to be found... even, perhaps, the Holy Grail lens-...
  3. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    Kodak HCA has a little sodium BI-sulfite in it too... presumably for use with film. Shouldn't make much difference with prints though.
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Speaking from personal experience, you'd have trouble telling the difference between a Commercial Ektar and any of the comparable Ilex lenses (Acutar, Ilex-Caltar, Orbit, etc.) Any of them will...
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    Re: Goerz Dagor SV?

    The lens sounds like a pretty rare bird... someone's going to have to step up and try this one. After all, it just might be the Holy Grail of 150mm lenses!
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Jim Andrada's comment about "Los Gatos" reminds me that there are plenty of mountain lions in the Santa Catalina mountains, which are the northern border of Tucson. They live in the east-side Rincon...
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    Re: Kodak vs. Rodenstock 135mm

    Having owned and used a 135/6.3 WF Ektar for over 30 years, and with some experience of modern Rodenstock lenses (if not this one), I'll say this.
    The Rodenstock will have more contrast, and...
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    Re: Eliot Porter exhibit in Maine

    There's nothing quite like a Porter dye-transfer print; he was truly a master. I'm sorry that I won't get to see this show... but i won't get to Maine this year. Don't miss it if you're anywhere near!
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Dan, i think we all know that you do your homework. And I, for one, appreciate the fact that you share the hard-earned knowledge.
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    I used to have a c.1975 Calumet catalog that included this lens (Caltar branded of course). I remember that they advertised it for studio work on 8x10, to give a good perspective when shooting food...
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    Re: Bellows orientation question

    My thought has been that the 'stretchers' should be on the vertical sides. At least that's the way I've done it on two different Sinars.
  12. Re: Exhibition - Relicts: Exploring the Flora of Gondwana

    Great news. Congratulations! Wish I could see the show in person.
  13. Re: What is the difference between Type 54 and Type 55 Polaroid?

    I'll suggest that most 4x5 Polaroid was used for proofing; I know that's what I used it for. I admire artists (like Mark Klett) who shot T-55 in the field and made it work, but I never really tried...
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    Re: Sensitometer For B&W Film?

    I'm a bit confused here. A Sensitometer is a calibrated device which exposes a density step wedge onto film. They are not common and are generally used by the film manufacturer. One use is to make...
  15. Re: "Ansel Adams and Richard Wasserman: From The Mountains To The Prairies"

    Great news!
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Be persistent, Kent; light leaks can be difficult to track down. You'll get there, though.
    Remember that Edward Weston suffered from similar troubles with his cameras... and overcame them to make...
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    Re: Adapter board question

    SKG will do it right, if it can be done. (I'm not familiar with the 5x7 board size.) But it won't be cheap.
    Locally? All you can do is ask. It would help to have accurate dimensions or samples. ...
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    Re: Which paper finish for landscape

    To quote the late Fred Picker, "TRY IT". The small added cost in buying several boxes of paper will pay off handsomely, once you've figured out which works best for your pictures. In addition- there...
  19. Re: The Jazz Loft according to W. Eugene Smith

    Well, Smith was badly wounded in WWII. Legend has it that for the rest of his life he existed on amphetamines, Scotch, and candy bars. There's at least a grain of truth there; he was truly a...
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    Re: Push 400 to 800 in HC110

    In general, a one-stop push requires a 50% increase in development time. You're going to have to run tests, and there's a starting point. That was the standard practice when I processed b/w film in...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    8x10 has never been an amateur format, and wide-angle lenses that cover the format have never been cheap (or common). There are several threads about the subject on this forum, some quite lengthy....
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    I've found, when developing sheet film in a tank, that a 5-minute presoak in a dilute Kodalk solution helps eliminate uneven development (like DMS206 says above).
    Agitation at less frequent...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thanks for reminding us of Mr. Garnett. You can find a good interview and a fine portfolio of his work in the book 'Landscape: Theory', published by Ralph Gibson's Lustrum Press. (Out-of-print now,...
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    Re: Spur acurol-n

    Mr. Scudder is, as usual, knowledgable, thoughtful and sensible about darkroom practice. His advice is an articulate explanation of some concepts I couldn't quite put into words... in German or...
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    Re: Spur acurol-n

    I'll guess that one round of "lift-and-tilt" agitation, as per Kodak's instructions, should equal one round of tank inversions. And based on other highly-diluted developers I've used, I'll also...
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    Re: Benro Pan Tilt Head - Real?

    I'll just quote Sir Frederick Henry Royce, of Rolls-Royce fame:
    "The quality remains after the price is forgotten."
    Caveat: I've never used anything made by Benro (or Rolls-Royce for that matter)....
  27. Re: Schneider SA 58mm Xl vs Schneider SA 65mm f5.6

    The 65mm used to be the widest (modern) lens you could get for 4x5. People would adapt a 58mm Rodenstock (from the 2x3 Graflex XL) to 4x5 and it worked, more or less. The 58mm in question came along...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    The chemists and researchers at Kodak (and the other big photo companies) put a great deal of time and effort, mostly decades ago, into making sure that their developers and other photo chemicals...
  29. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    I'm sure you'll have a great time; it's a magical place. Best of luck!
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    Re: 12" Goerz Dagor?

    The Dagor lens design was in production for about 90 years, by numerous manufacturers, not just the various Goerz companies. So their story is long and complicated; probably no one knows all the...
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    Re: 12" Goerz Dagor?

    Note: Goerz "red dot" lenses are Apochromatic Artars; process lenses, not the Dagor formula.
    You should look on the front page of this site, which contains a lot of info on older lenses, including...
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    Re: Where did all the Caltars go?

    You probably know that there were four manufacturers who sold lenses to Calumet, branded as "Caltars".
    First was Ilex Optical from Rochester, made in the 1970s. Greg's 508/7 is one of these; there...
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    Re: Giving up the view camera---am I nuts?

    To quote the late Bill Jay, "The Subject Matters". Make photographs you like of subjects that are important to you... and use the tools suited to that task. And make no excuses about the gear!
    8x10...
  34. Re: Happy New Year from Kodak via Michael Raso...Kodak Price Increase

    As I understand it, these days all Kodak film is manufactured in Rochester. Sounds to me like the FPP is a dealer. Fair Lawn, NJ is part of the New York City metropolis, and for many years Kodak...
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    Re: How Big Enlarge How BIG Copy for WEB

    "How big can film be optically enlarged?" Using a Kodak Beacon Precision Enlarger, you could get 153x magnification. That was from small sections of aerial reconnaissance negatives. I used and...
  36. Re: kodak ortho film, know anything?

    Mr. Beasley is correct... it was made for graphic arts use. Basically its H-D curve is vertical. Two tones: base+fog and D-max.
    (note) All the Kodalith films (there were many types for specific...
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    Re: Store in washington

    Ace Photo, out in the far-western suburbs (Sterling VA). It's about 7-8 years since I've been there, though.
  38. Re: Zone VI Wide Angle Bellows - Return or Keep?

    Some thoughts after 27 years with a Z-VI:
    1) My Z-VI bag bellows have no label.
    2) Mine have failed (and were easily fixed) where the pleats meet the bag. (They are inflexible in the cold.) Never...
  39. Re: Months-away tide prediction site or app?

    The tide chart book for Massachusetts is called "Eldridge's", IIRC. It's published yearly (since the 19th century) and should be available at any boat shop.
    Full of all sorts of useful information...
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    Re: Are all Goerz Double Anastigmats Dagors?

    It may be that the Goerz' customers didn't care much about the label. If they needed that ultra-wide field of view, the Hypergon was their only choice.
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