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    Found a good shutter repair person

    I'm a long-time customer of Carol Futot at Flutot's Camera Repair, but as most here will know, she is caring for her husband, who is ill, and is not accepting as much work as she used to.

    Like...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    I mentioned the shorter Fujinons only for completeness, and to demonstrate that Fuji made a full line of top quality enlarging lenses. Of course the 90 and shorter lenses are not intended for large...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    Old thread now, but nobody mentioned the Fujinon EX series.
    They come in 50mm, 75, 90, 105 and 135. They're superb; I found them better than the higher end big-three lenses, although I never tried...
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    Re: Question about Kodak 5x7 holder

    Mr Galli: Good idea. I mostly use HP5, but I have some odd film that I'd like to try.

    Also, of course, most of the stuff listed on eBay as "rare and valuable" is neither. So these would fit...
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    Re: Question about Kodak 5x7 holder

    I haven't used them yet, but I have loaded one (in daylight) with a sheet of dead film.
    They're definitely 5x7 sheet film holders.
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    Re: Question about Kodak 5x7 holder

    Soooo, I could re-sell them as "rare valuable antique film holders?"
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    Found a new way to screw up...

    I was going through some boxes that have been in the basement since we moved 4 years ago, and found five 4x5 holders and a box of Forte 400 film. The film expired in 2005 and I have no idea when I...
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    Question about Kodak 5x7 holder

    I bought 4 used Kodak 5x7 film holders on eBay, and I think they're a little odd.
    In the attached picture, the Kodak is the wooden one on the right.
    As you can see, it's about half an inch shorter...
  9. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    Yes, the chrome lever was spring loaded, and it was easy to depress it and release the "anti-twist" pin. Unfortunately, when the lever was depressed, the lens still wouldn't move at all in either...
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    Re: Gear that comes from non-photography sources

    I've used sheets in several colors, including dark green, navy blue and black for all kinds of backgrounds. The no-iron kind is best.
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    Re: Gear that comes from non-photography sources

    I discovered just this week that Ace hardware carries large washers, both steel and plastic, in both Copal 0 and Copal 1 sizes.
    OK, they're not exactly Copal 0 and 1, but close enough for when the...
  12. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    Bah!
    It's NOT the same as a Copal 1, just a tiny bit bigger.
    So I may have to get a ring from S.K.Grimes, for $40.00.
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    Re: Stenopeika Hyper Advanced

    Karl,
    How do you mean "defending his product to the hilt?" Is he claiming that there is no problem, or that it's your fault? Refusing to do anything to help?

    That would be discouraging.
  14. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    Picture of the back of the lens.
    Note that the things that I was calling "levers" aren't levers at all. They're non-moveable tabs, screwed into the back of the shutter. (They're at about 2 and 8...
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    Sanford,
    I tried turning the pins with pliers. Didn't work.
    They appear to be riveted or maybe brazed onto the back of the black board.
    Old-timey quality construction. :-)
  16. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    Success!
    I hacksawed off one of the pins.
    It turned out that while it looked like the levers were just stopped against the pins, they were actually fitted into slots cut in the pins, and that...
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    Re: Your Oldest Lens

    Wow, I thought I was using an old lens, but the entries here have me beat by almost a hundred years.
    Mine is an uncoated Schneider 15cm Xenar in a Compur shutter, from about 1930, I think. Only 88...
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    Thanks to everyone.
    I think now I at least have a way to proceed, and I'm satisfied that I'm not missing/overlooking a simple and obvious way to dismantle the thing.
    I think the easiest first step...
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    Reddesert and Mr Tribe,
    I think you're right! The Flickr picture of the front of the camera does have a very similar pin at 10:30. And the article says that a 15cm Tessar was standard on this...
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    The lens appears to be screwed into a very tight hole in the large gray board, or maybe just a tight fit held in by whatever the mechanism on the front is, or by the 4 small screws that go into the...
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    I can see the shutter's threads on the back of the lens board. There isn't any retaining ring.
    I'm wondering if the shutter is glued into the board.

    I'd be willing to use a thin hacksaw and cut...
  22. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    Keith,
    There is a 3rd, thin round board on the back of the main board. The ends (not the heads) of 4 small screws protrude slightly.
    Otherwise, it's as I described in the "Forgot to say" post.
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    Forgot to say: There is a 3rd, thin board fastened to the back of the gray board. This one fits loosely around the back of the lens and would prevent access to the retaining ring, if there was one....
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    I bought an uncoated Zeiss 150mm Tessar in a Compur shutter. The glass is lovely, and the shutter works, but I can't figure out how to get it off of the lens board it's installed on.

    I'm hoping...
  25. Re: How to open the shutter of Fujinon WS 150mm f6.3?

    Thank you, Kumar, from 5 years in the future...
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    Re: 203mm f7.7 lenses and shutters?

    Wow. More responses than I expected. Thanks to all of you!

    Mr Salomon: Eminently sensible suggestion. I tried it, and indeed the level is level. Which is pretty much what I expected.

    Mr...
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    203mm f7.7 lenses and shutters?

    To make a long story short, I have a near-perfect Ektar 203mm f7.7 lens in a dead Flash Supermatic shutter, and an Anastigmat 203mm in a recently CLA'd No. 2 Supermatic.

    The lenses physically...
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    Re: Portraits June 2019

    Nice, but how long did you have to stand there?? :-)
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    Re: Chroma Camera..anyone have one.?

    I love the look of wooden cameras, but the amount of handwork involved in building them makes the price too high for me. The Chroma sells for about $300, with a lens board and a pinhole lens.
    I...
  30. Thread: Chroma Camera

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    Re: Chroma Camera

    Where I am, in Michigan, the relative humidity right now is 87% That's high; normal summer humidity is more like 70 to 75%
    In any case, static electricity is way, way down on my worry list.
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    Re: Chroma Camera..anyone have one.?

    Haven't received mine yet.
    According to Steve at Chroma, it should ship in August or early September.
  32. Thread: Chroma 4x5

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    Re: Chroma 4x5

    Oops, I was sort of wrong. I went and checked Chroma's kickstarter page, and there's a new update.
    Apparently Steve will have left his day job in about a week, and he hopes to have all the...
  33. Thread: Chroma 4x5

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    Re: Chroma 4x5

    Purchase, yes.
    Receive, no.
    I'm number 99 on the Kickstarter, out of, I think, about 150. Originally Chroma suggested that the camera might be delivered by last November (2018). Now it's July...
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    Re: Intrepid - Communication & Delivery

    I guess I'm part of the "silent majority."
    I ordered a 4x5 camera from the Kickstarter, the upgrade metal baseplate and the enlarger kit. The camera took a long time to arrive, but I've backed...
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    Re: Compound Shutter tune up

    I've used Carol's services and love her work, but I just emailed her to put 2 shutters on her waiting list. She answered, saying that she is caring for her husband during an illness and the work is...
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    Re: How Do You Clean Your Lenses & Filters?

    I think that's CVS's lawyers talking.
    They don't want somebody suing them because the customer found a "cleaning mark" on their $2000 lens. They're willing to risk that on a $200 pair of glasses.
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    Re: Lenses and their "personality"..

    They're not the most "exotic" of the lenses here, but I love portraits with the Kodak Ektars. They say "1940s" to me.
    They're sharp, modern lenses, but they seem less harsh than current ones. My...
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    Don't know what size you're looking for, but the first place I look is B&H Photo. They have a pretty extensive stock of OEM and generic caps. I didn't do a careful search, but just looking quickly...
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    Re: Schneider Xenotar 150mm f2.8 Lens Question

    Plus one for the JANSJÖ. I've used it on half a dozen yellow lenses, works great.
    Puts out a lot of UV and almost no heat. Costs less than $20.
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