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  1. Re: Anniversary Speed Graphic 4x5 Top Viewfinder Question

    To remove finder, first remove front mask by finding the small nubs on the front metal frame and pulling up on these...

    Then remove front metal frame by removing the two screws on the sides of the...
  2. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    The other thing to remember is a contact print might look sharp, but not necessarily is...

    Due to the necessity that the neg is against paper, diffused light normally used to expose it tends to...
  3. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    "Detail" is smaller than the eye of the beholder and can be enlarged (to some degree) and held...

    The bigger issue is how the material translates to another medium step where it can "fit" into the...
  4. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    The price is right for 35mm stuff right now, so no excuse not to buy one... Some stuff is stupid expensive now like Leicas, but Nikons + lenses are a bargain... The older F and F2 will last beyond...
  5. Thread: Hello From LA

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    Re: Hello From LA

    Hi from Pasadena... What part of town are you in???

    What do you like to shoot???

    Welcome!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Couple Agfa-Ansco 5x7 Universal questions

    Keeping 'em answers the question that if something like a filter holder or lens shade system has to be added later, that you don't have to ponder drilling holes later...

    Sink some brass screws...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    To pull back from gear, what's important is how the individual hiking and carrying "life support" interfaces with what they envision, and how well the photog can "translate" through a process to...
  8. Thread: 5x12 Lens kit

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    Re: 5x12 Lens kit

    I wouldn't be buying any lenses for this format until camera is in your hands... It is a long format that only one lens FL will normally be used with... With long formats, there is a height to width...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Olympus XA... ;-)

    Steve K
  10. Re: Vertical Photos With Linhof Master Technika Question?

    Focus camera to inf, back vertical, and remove focusing panel... Look at lens at the angle of the rear edges and see if anything might be intruding to your sight line...

    What could be happening is...
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    Just me, but I have stopped dry mounting, in favor of flattening print in hot press, then using archival mounting tape on the top edge of print to board, then overmatting...

    The conservators like...
  12. Thread: Dektol Issue

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    Re: Dektol Issue

    All the replies above are good advice, but I'm still scratching my head as to why this keeps happening to you and others... I mix most all of my chem from scratch and some of the chems are 70 yrs...
  13. Re: Nikkor 500mm Tele - any problems with tilt/swing?

    With Tele lenses in practice with front tilt, the lens doesn't tilt on axis, but will tilt on an arc... Which means the lens will seem to be moving forward/backward a lot changing focus more than...
  14. Re: How To Keep Aperture Open on Linhof Technika 75mm Super Angulon F5.6 Lens?

    On the small Synchro-Compurs, you set the time to B, and use a locking cable release... The ones with the sliding locking are easier to use...

    Steve K
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Prefer to sell in USA only... Delivery can be confirmed, national shipping anywhere should take much less than 2 weeks, no customs hold-ups, and better chance of clear language communication...

    I...
  16. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    How about going to Dizzyland and shooting from the Kodak moment picture spots??? Nothing like affirmation you will get the best picture (like everyone else)... Can't loose...

    No matter where, we...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    That's calling the camera a real "son-of-a-gun"... ;-)

    Steve K
  18. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    A good state of MIND... Anywhere...

    Steve K
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    A difficulty when using FB can be the choice of easel used...
    Easels with a small slot for holding the paper top edge can be difficult to use, as the paper might slip when closing...

    Wet or dry...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    The other thing to try is getting some old 19th century WA with a Waterhouse stop, and focusing with the open aperture, but inserting a pinhole in one of the openings...

    Pinhole + lens has a very...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    But the other thing I should warn about wood heating is the hardwood becomes like heated plastic that can be bent easily, so you have to think through jigging the piece carefully so some other part...
  22. Thread: Hypo clear?

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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Nothing beats a good, full wash, but with hypo based fixers it can save a little time... Rapid fixers don't really need it...

    A downside can be a slight haze over low key prints under some...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Also search for "neck oven" for luthier/guitar repair... Is used to straighten guitar necks that are over tweaked... Maybe Michael Darnton can comment about this???

    I've done this for guitar...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Forward tilt was also used for "sitting" portraits to get crossed hands on lap also in focus, or women in dresses in good focus...

    Steve K
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    For outdoor photography, after a day in the field using these, build a bonfire and toss them in with giggling glee... ;-)

    There's a saying it amateur telescope making; "If in doubt, put a knob...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    A craftsman gave me advice about warped hardwood years ago saying that before it is refinished, one can clamp the warped piece to a metal form and apply heat carefully a few times and letting it sit...
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    Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    What format???

    I have a few classic SF lenses that have their own personality, bit in general (for 4X5 I usually shoot), I have most everything I want (for tabletop) with faster 300mm or up...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    Correct!!! Cesium oxide would glow in the dark...

    Thanks,

    Steve K
  29. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    I was initally planning to do some milling on an old, rough GVII back that just would fit into the bottom of the old Graflex back, but found out that adapter would be too thick to get both GG's to...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    I think you are on to something there... More!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Tray print washer question

    RC only needs a few minute wash or bad things happen later...

    A tray siphon washer before next print is made, and a place to dry immediately (after a sponge wipe) saves time over FB when session...
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    Re: Missing exposure equation

    I still have some of those old Calumet compensation rulers in my bags or cases... I was missing some of the "targets" you put into the scene to measure off of, but found a bag of 35mm 22 slide...
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    Re: Tray print washer question

    A quote from Cleric's guide was "The first 10 wash minutes washes out the hypo, the rest of the time washes the tank" which means the fixer itself washes out early, but the wash water needs to have a...
  34. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    I did the conversion to a 4X5 Super D RB to a standard Graflok Graphic frame, but as Michael noted, it does change the distance... I had ordered a custom adapter, but adjustments had to be made to...
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    Re: Afghan Box camera Build

    I forgot how, but traveling photographers used to re-expose the negative paper in the sunlight with a flap on the box and get a reversal image... I really have to try to remember...

    Steve K
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    Re: Developer Question

    Been using the DK50D with Foma 100, and can print deep into dense highlights with the negs that don't block up... That film not the best night film due to the reciprocity issues, but even 3 or 4 stop...
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    Re: Developer Question

    Try the dilute version sometime for a small run... It is a one shot, but note how little solution is used above... Also a good developer for older film due to the restrainer present... Has a finer...
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    Re: Developer Question

    OK, OK, posted here before (Happy Groundhogs Day, Folks)...

    I don't have the full formula handy, but this is from the British Journal of Photography yearbook...

    DK-50D (two part, diluted)
    ...
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    Re: Developer Question

    When I ran out of a large stock of prepared chems, me and another photog tried mixing up a batch of D23 as a test... Was really pleased!!! But as some time went by, noticed it was fine over 4X5 but a...
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    Re: Experience with Colenta Processors

    One lab I worked at had a Colenta that had the foam wheels roller transport... But it brought them endless misery and grief... All it took was a slight hesitation of the film going through it, and...
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