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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    ...just make sure its black duct tape - and depending on the brand you might need two layers. I typically bring a roll of photo-black tape, but as duct tape is more generally useful this can be made...
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    Re: Choice for new 210 lens for 4x5

    Bob...I stand corrected - thanks!

    And FYI...I worked at the Camera Shop in Hanover, NH, from 1980-85, selling photo gear, handling repairs, and writing advertising. Decent gig during what were...
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    Re: Choice for new 210 lens for 4x5

    I've stood by my trusty Sironar-N MC (for both 4x5 and 5x7) since I got it new as a "dealer's special" back in the late 1980's (from who...Art Doxer - or maybe even Bob?). At any rate, I've never...
  4. Re: Any thoughts on why my film washer is not working?

    toilet washer...hmmm....a special basket, with film/paper dividers, that secures to the top of the bowl. Three flushes for films...five for prints - and Bob's your uncle!
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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    If I'm traveling with a changing bag, I'll forego its use when in motel rooms by utilizing its bathroom as a film-loading/unloading room - having carefully black-taped around door openings, laying...
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    Re: A 3D Printing 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    Injection molding would take a huge scale up (in product numbers) to make it financially feasible. CNC would actually be somewhat more cost effective with slightly smaller numbers...but I think that...
  7. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    Andrew...indeed it looks like they're working on a 5x7 - but with the older plywood design/construction, and I already have one which I banged out and cobbled together myself recently. I would be...
  8. Re: LED enlarger head creation -- just a thought

    I would much prefer to emerge into an analog "age of light."
  9. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    ...but what about a 5x7?
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    Re: A pretty cool drybox??

    How about an old, classic Coca Cola machine (red coin-op with the curvy corners)...convert this to a film dryer? Plus, you could leave the coin function in place...so maybe it would cost 15 cents to...
  11. Re: The Wisner convertible classic 8X10 camera (review)

    "...he ate, and ate, and ate..."

    (or was it "she?"...hmmm) Neil?
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Yup...cyanotype is easy and fun! Nice to tone also (1st image straight, second toned with tannin):

    201831 201832
  13. Re: B&W negative looks normal when projected onto mirror.

    ooooh...with that shorter windshield and hump on the back - this looks like the "speedster" version of the 356....worth many $$$ today for sure!
  14. Re: B&W negative looks normal when projected onto mirror.

    ...kind of like an ambrotype or tintype...
  15. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    A number of my past photo trips out west were done with an F-150 (driven from back east) with leer cap and raised suspension. Great vehicle for almost anything out there. Then again, sometimes...
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    Re: Portriga Rapid for Lith printing

    No help from me as I've never tried Lith...but I do have a bit of "old stock" Portriga Rapid on hand - so will be checking back here frequently! Absolutely loved this paper back in the day, and have...
  17. Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    Likely preaching to the choir here...but regardless of any actual issues possibly relating to slightly curved holders, its likely best to store them flat - and back to front so they are evenly...
  18. Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    You can do a further test by inserting the film holders in question into the film back(s) of your camera(s), to see if the spring tension of the ground glass frame is sufficient to flatten things...
  19. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    Two separate posts at the exact same time...yikes! (oh, that's right - there are 60 whole seconds in one minute!)
  20. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    We all have our own thresholds...and indeed, depending upon the nature of light, subject, logistics, etc. etc., medium format is often a better choice than LF.

    Personally, I typically do not...
  21. Re: Help! I can't open my new B&W King 4x5 tank...

    You might try using an old trick to remove stuck lens filters...wrap a length of electrical cord (heavy duty/larger gauge in this case) around the cap, and grasp the two ends together very firmly and...
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    Re: New Dektol Mixes Dark Brown

    Even though achievable contrast range and d-max might seem ok (but are they up to spec?), I might worry about possibly accelerated oxidation rate and solution capacity.

    Hate to sound cynical...but...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    ...or box kites! :cool:
  24. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    Looks good!

    I'm wondering if you might consider creating a "forward tilt module" (accessory which would replace the standard module) - which would feature a hinge mechanism at the bottom, so...
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    Re: Is Steve Hopf still active?

    I read something recently about fresnels...perhaps on this forum...that as the degree of rear tilt increases - the accuracy of focus, starting at the periphery of the image, becomes very slightly...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    Be careful Vaughn…point your camera too high, and you’re bound to inadvertently capture at least one - possibly many more - “box kite mummies.”

    Remember box kites…and how hard they could pull? ...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    I also have a Gowland Pocket View. Great little camera!

    Now to address Tin Can's question about the Minimalist camera infinity stops:

    To begin…I cut the front focus “slot,” which runs from...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    For hiking with LF...more specifically with my favorite LF format (5x7), I've recently cobbled together my plywood "Minimalist." Ridiculously simple/cheap, and yet very sturdy and smooth operating,...
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    Re: Photobackpacker Cascade Film holder

    Bruce...you deserve to retire - but it is sooooo good to hear that (it sounds like) you will still be creating some great products!
  30. Re: Newb question: value of having lenses with the same filter size

    Thinking in terms of logistics...it makes sense to have filters in the largest size you need - then equip each other lens with the appropriate step up rings and lens caps to match - so when out in...
  31. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    Reinhold I'm expecting the Earth Mother Goddess to come through that door and offer me some tea!

    As for my pic...keep in mind that I had ultra-fine fingertip control over the lighting angle as the...
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    Re: Doors

    Old image...4x5 with 210 Sironar but nothing else recorded:
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  33. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    I've been using Perma Wash (Heico) for years...but it gets a little expensive when I'm doing a number of large (30x40 and 40x60) prints. I like the sodium sulfite idea.
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    DIY Copal Shutter CLA?

    One of my Copal #1 shutters is basically starting to quit on its longer measured times (1/8th down to 1 second), especially in cold weather.

    I've had other shutters (Compur and Leica M) apart...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    The folks at Rakka are usually pretty helpful in terms of helping to match one of their products to a particular need. More recently, I tried one of their newer "low blush" formulas, and found it...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    That's the 30x40 version. My 40x60 version also fits and works great - but 1/2 inch ply instead of 3/4 because otherwise it would weigh a ton! At any rate, I've included a photo of the other end of...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    Well...my last plywood and epoxy sink went strong for over thirty years in three different locations. Good thing we don't have many earthquakes I guess! As for expansion/contraction - my darkroom...
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    Re: New Ilford film came unsealed

    this will not stand...my next shipment - anything like this, you bet I'll be on their case!
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    as I said...ventilation installed prior to coating. Also...no putty (fillets) needed if joints are sound. Three coats of epoxy is more than enough to fill joints. Absolutely no leaks after five...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    I know this might not be helpful...but 3/4 inch birch ply screwed-n-glued together, three coats of low voc Rakka marine epoxy (with vents installed prior to application to ensure safety), and you...
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