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  1. Re: Many paper developers back-ordered or special order with long delivery lead

    I haven't used their paper developer nor do I use warm papers much, so take this with a grain of salt. I do use their ascorbic acid film developer (similar to XTOL) and it is fine. For paper, I'm...
  2. Re: Seeking Ideas For Replacing Film Holder Labels?

    I just tested ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, goo gone, de solv it, orange cleaner, windex, and acetone. Acetone works to remove Sharpie from those white strips. Alcohol only removed a little with...
  3. Re: Seeking Ideas For Replacing Film Holder Labels?

    I just tested ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, goo gone, de solv it, orange cleaner, windex, and acetone. Acetone works to remove Sharpie from those white strips. Alcohol only removed a little with...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Hypo clear, or sodium sulfite, is still used to decrease wash time post fix, especially with fiber based papers. See the directions with your paper of choice.
  5. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    Drew, it's the same question we ask of SF? Despite my postal address, I don't live in SB.
  6. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    Samy's in SB is gone. When I first came to Santa Barbara in 1975, there were more photo stores than one could count. Now there is none. On the other hand, I'd wager there have been more digital...
  7. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    For simple, use white LEDs and contrast filters. There are a few DIY approaches to LEDs at https://www.ledsupply.com/ You could also use a mix of green/blue LEDs and filters. This would be much...
  8. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    True enough with LED light bulbs, but it is not the LED dying, it's the power supply inside the bulb either dying or killing the LED. A good article about this in EDN.

    The other reason to keep...
  9. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    203240

    Here's the LEDs I'm using. These are the 1 amp GREEN super brights pre-mounted on star heatsinks. I've attached the wires before gluing to the heatsink. Once mounted, I'll connect the...
  10. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    I know somebody printing with the white LEDs on tape. He used his old coldlight housing less the burned out tube and added as many strips as he could cram in there. Then he uses filters for...
  11. Re: 65mm Super- Angulon f 6.8 vignette solutions on 4x5

    I couldn't find any $400 CFs, but look to Igor for some that are less than $200.
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    Re: Uneven illumination Omega D5XL

    Print without a negative to see if you can make an even tone grey across the field.
  13. Re: Flashing still used with Multi-Contrast papers ??

    I use it all the time. A great tool. Wouldn't want to give it up. Some films have such great range of detail, that it is convenient to compress the highlights but still be able to print in high...
  14. Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Peter, a splendid and pleasant image.
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    D'orf user. I especially like #3 and #4. What a wonderful thing to photograph. If that were local to me, I'd be there every day. Very nice.
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    Re: How does this negative look?

    Fabulous. Minimalist.
  17. Re: Covid-19: Ilford factory in Mobberley shutting down for now

    More importantly, Samy's doesn't carry 5x7. All true. Last week, BH was $175 for 8x10. They dropped 25 bucks. 120 still much cheaper from Sam. And paper. Samy has free shipping, too, and given...
  18. Re: Covid-19: Ilford factory in Mobberley shutting down for now

    I bought a bunch from Samys. Same price and less than BH. Freestyle has it too. BH has dropped back a bit, but still high.
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    What to do about leaf springs.

    I'm making a couple of 11x14 hinged, spring back contact print frames. The wood and glass is no problem. I know there are different ways of closing the back, but I'm pretty fond of those leaf...
  20. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    Randy, it shows that it's your favorite. Nice door.

    A little weather stripping before next winter would be in order.
  21. Re: Ilford 908 Filter and LED Alternative for RA-4?

    I don't know the spectral sensitivity of RA-4 papers. Green is used for monitoring BW film development in the latter part of development. Two reasons for this that I know. One, film gradually...
  22. Re: Lee Filters - anyone using these or Cokin et al squares?

    I'll probably rot in hell for this, but I'm using the cheapest I can find -- polyester gels. I buy the 2 foot square lighting gels from Lee or Rosco and cut these to whatever size I need, usually...
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    If the Omega is hard to modify, swap it for a Beseler. They're quite easy.

    What are your lightsource plans? Coldlight? LED? Sounds like a fun project.
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    I've converted a couple of Beseler 45M to 5x7. Not hard if you are handy with wood. Bellows stay the same. You'll need a bigger light source. I'm not that familiar with Omega.
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    Re: Out of Stop, switch to water?

    Same here. After years of water only, I've found Ilford Multigrade paper likes a good stop or I risk some weird marks and colors on my prints. Film is still water. Paper is citric acid, as Tin Can...
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    Just another two-bit opinion, but the Xenar I had long ago was a turd. Not sharp, but soft. Plus, a modern lens will be multicoated offering additional contrast to your images.

    As for the cam,...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Peter Lewin, that's right with the way I think, too. Also, keeping track takes time. I'd rather make an extra image per day. And as you do, I don't mark "Normal", only odd ones. If exposed and...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    I don't label my film holders at all, except for film type. I've never been good about notes. I make the image, write on the white strip in soft pencil what the development should be and maybe some...
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    Re: Kodak Technical Pan and PMK Pyro?

    It really depends on what effect you want from the Tech Pan. I use TP for N+4 to N+6. With PMK, I believe I split the development, soaking the film in concentrate A and then bringing up the image...
  30. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    When I use my Chamonix, because it has a screw focus that I've marked with an arrow, I use the near/far/middle technique and the f/# vs diffraction numbers from my physics professor, Paul Hansma, are...
  31. Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I've always preferred photo expeditions by auto. My first was a station wagon. Then a couple 1971 VW vans. After that a 1983 Ford Econoline. This was safer, more powerful, and whole family...
  32. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    Sometimes diffraction is better than blur, thus Group f/64. Focus on the prominent subject/distance, use hyperfocal distance, and stop down as much as you can tolerate. Standby for reciprocity...
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    Re: Change of fixer

    There is a great disparity in fixing times listed in the datasheets for these products.

    You may need to look into the chemistry of the two products. Are you using Fomafix liquid or the powdered...
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    Re: Describe a style for me

    Not to divert you from the answer, but if photographers could write well, they'd be authors not photographers. You might find a good read in "Why Photographs Work" by George Barr.
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    Re: Change of fixer

    I'm not familiar with Foma products, but perhaps you are getting some bleaching from the fix. Are the process times the same as with Hypam? Chasing these things is exasperating.
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    Re: New Website

    Bristlecone is one word.

    It would be nice if the Portfolios went in a circle and didn't dead-end.

    It's a fine beginning.
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    Re: New Dektol Mixes Dark Brown

    Why risk and worry about one's prints for a couple of bucks worth of developer?
  38. Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Teddy Bear, Nevada, Nov 2019

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  39. Re: Can it be a solution for avoiding newton rings

    Bob, it takes both the closely spaced surfaces AND some degree of coherent light. This is why even a polished diffuse surface in contact with negative will NOT produce Newton's rings.
  40. Re: Can it be a solution for avoiding newton rings

    Make the top of the sandwich a diffuse material and the rings go away. Materials such as Satinice and white plexilgass. Also, as Vaughn noted, use any textured material above that touches the top...
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