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  1. Re: Most affordable copy stand with geared height adjustment? (Rack and pinion?)

    get an old Beseler 45M frame
  2. Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    I'll bet it is fine, too. A few cosmic rays will increase your base fog a touch, but you should use it.
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    If steady wind, then look for some kind of 'wind shade'. If it is periodic, with quiet periods, start the exposure when quiet. When the wind starts again, put the darkslide in front of the lens...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    ANOTHER good photograph.
  5. Re: Top glass in negative carrier advantages vs disadvantages.

    I used glassless carriers for many decades, but when I switched to my own enlarger head and light source design, I went to 'glass' carriers as they are easy to make for all sizes of negatives. The...
  6. Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    It got so the backpacks and bags weighed more than the stuff. It was time to rethink. I've always carried my camera mounted to the tripod resting on my shoulder. Dark cloth with a padded insert is...
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    Re: 5x7 Deardorff lensboard

    I had an aluminum adapter machined that fits where the lensboard goes and accepts the semi-standard Linhof / Technica / Wista. You wouldn't even know it is there and uses the Deardorff slider /...
  8. Re: Canham MQC 57 User experiences and comparisons ?

    Rent or borrow one and give it a try before you buy.
  9. Re: Definitive LED / Incandescent enlarger light bulb replacement thread

    Use heat absorbing glass (if you are using tungsten lamps) followed by a good diffusion material. Opal glass is a good diffuser, but also quite opaque. It absorbs a lot of the light (more than a...
  10. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    I have a Deardorff 57. Had it since the late 80s. One of the last ones that Jack pushed out the door. I love the format and have shot with lenses from 72mm to 800mm. Works fine for my work, which...
  11. Please identify 8x10 film holder (?) with spring back

    This appears to be an 8x10 film holder with a spring back. From the front, it looks like any other film holder. It is made of wood, painted black. There is no manufacturer identity. The back is a...
  12. Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Not sure how large of print you want to make, but a friend makes 40 x 50" prints. The problem became the throat width. A head extension (longer neck?) had to be made to get it all to work.

    Not...
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    Re: Nikor Canoe??

    I knew them to be called a "Color Canoe" for processing color prints with minimal chemistry. Only needed one canoe. There was a stainless steel wire bail that attached somehow that rested in the...
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    Re: OCR From Google Photos

    What many of us wanted to know is what is OCR?

    OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    https://www.qcmcorp.com/1200E.html

    I used one of these once long ago to cut 8x10 film stock. A local photo finisher had it. I used it as his place. He had a darkroom. Worked very well. Pricey...
  16. Re: Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assemb

    I just tried the soldering iron. Heated the little screw until it would melt solder on it. Nothing. Tomorrow, I will heat it for a longer time.
  17. Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assembly?

    There are 4 little flush screws with 2 mm socket heads on the bottom at the front of the baseplate that I'd like to remove. Hugo told me they are removable but they have thread locker on them.
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  18. Re: How much dimmer on the ground glass is an f/9 lens vs a f/5.6? Or f/5.6 vs f/4.5?

    It isn't hard to focus if you have a good darkcloth. Small aperture is more an issue with wide angle lenses, but not worth f/4.5 in my opinion. If your vision is wonky, as mine is, then a loupe can...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Some of the best advice ever given to me: In camera or in the darkroom, include what needs to be in the image and leave out the rest. In other words, don't be afraid to crop or otherwise edit (burn,...
  20. Re: Making Lenses With Shorter Focal Length from Cheaper Materials

    And don't forget temperature coefficient of expansion (which I believe is quite high in plastics) and lens coatings.

    Fluorite lenses for use into the UV spectrum are lighter, but these have...
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Test it as-is. Then cover the chips w 3M opaque photo tape and try again.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    GFIs are cheap and provide great protection. Required most everywhere there is exposed ground, earth ground, bare slabs, metal pipes. All damp locations, garages at or below grade, etc. Also...
  23. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Just making any really good image is difficult.

    Hardest type of LF I've done was holography. If anything moves more than a few nanometers, the image is lost.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    I can send some photos later.

    Take your 50A circuit and put a subpanel there. Maybe a 4 position or 6 position box. Then with surface plastic conduit, make everything just right.

    My DR...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    You can split your 220Vac circuit into two 110Vac circuits with a common return. This is legal. I wouldn't bother with extras such as surge or OV or other protections. Nor stabilization. I'm...
  26. Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Reading this, I can't wait to get mine. Expected here as soon as it clears customs. Never thought I'd be able to get a custom made tripod. Wow. What a treat. I'll post my review soon.
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    Ilford Ortho is very good. Lots of contrast to be had. Fine grain.
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    Re: 43/44mm shutter hole?

    File to fit, paint to match.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    "As much light" and "as small" are conflicting.

    "Landscape" and "Black and white" are easy.
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    No pictures, but I keep a clarinet in my darkroom and run scales while I wait for prints to wash, etc.
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    Re: Problem with New Fujinon W 135mm f5.6

    The video doesn't play for me. Maybe it's rated R.

    Not sure from your description what is going on, but close the shutter first, then cock the shutter. This is most agreeable with shutters I...
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    Re: Strange light marks on negatives

    A straight line. Makes me wonder if you are getting a reflection from the camera back just before the film. With that straight line, it is something close to the film. Some edge in there. You may...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Anybody here use a "French Flag" ? Common in the cinema biz, seems as though it would be good for LF.
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    I frame it with a cardboard rectangle before I ever set up the camera. Once set up, if it is an easy thing to focus, then I do it with a long loupe. If it is a hard to focus shot, then it's nice to...
  35. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    I have a 12" f/2.5 Aero Ektar that holds the door open. But no shutter or iris. I wonder how it would be for portraits.
  36. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Hi Ari

    Kodak 12" f/4.8 Portrait. I had one, didn't really know what I had, and sold it. Big mistake.
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    I use a 210 Nikkor for 8x10. Pretty sure your Componon-S will be fine. Regardless, these focal lengths are short for 8x10 and thus the angles from the lens through the negative to the diffuser are...
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    Re: LED Safelight options?

    I've been using these in both RED and AMBER.

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/globe-bulbs/s11-led-bulb-75-watt-equivalent-led-globe-bulb-27-lumens/440/

    I prefer the RED as it works...
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    Re: DIY PX28 or 4SR44 Battery

    If the device uses burst of hi current for a motor, then use lithium. Meters and such use very little current. When I was designing and selling light meters, always recommended alkaline. Lithium...
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    Re: DIY PX28 or 4SR44 Battery

    Amazon, 10 ea for $6. Ebay certainly has them. Use alkaline version.
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