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    Re: My New Darkrrom

    Well done! A criticism which might be unavoidable is placing the enlarger next to a wall. Two problems: reflected light (fog) off the wall; and difficulty using dodging and burning tools on the left...
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    Re: Change of fixer

    just stick with hypam. the cost difference is not worth the effort.
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    The problem with most light sources, even enlargers, is the the light is far too bright for VC paper, especially if you want to dodge/burn anything. Not the easiest thing to do with 5x7 but much...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    You might try some 10X reading glasses in place of (or in addition to) a loupe. I tried a number of focusing cloths. In the end, simple and light is best.
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    I really hate ballheads for large format first of all. The ballhead is integrated on the PD travel tripod. You can get an optional kit to use your own head which I suspect would be heavier and make...
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    Re: Wehman lens boards

    SK Grimes could make them from aluminum.
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    Re: Transform a Jobo 3063 into a Jobo 3005?

    Didn't people try something like this but much simpler, using rubber bands around the sheet to curl it and then filling the drum with "tubes" of film. A large drum might need some sort of spacer -...
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    Re: Alistair Inglis Done?

    His products were excellent. Sad though that they are no longer available.
  9. Re: Beseler 45V-XL with 8x10 Conversion Max Print Size Question

    Just asking: have you tried the 210mm Rodagon?
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    Re: Frame and Mat Board Suppliers

    +1 for Frame Destinations. Very good experience with them many times and good customer service.
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    Re: 8x10 Lenses Most Used, Most Desired

    I used a 210 Sironar-W, 300 Nikon M, 450 mm Fujinon C, and 600 mm Fujinon C. I paid the piper.

    Going wider than 210 you have limited options. There is an old Schnieder SA 165 that covered 8x10 -...
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    Re: Tripod & Carry-On

    Go to a UPS store, have them box the tripod, ship it with a roll of packing tape inside, and save the box for re-shipping home.
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    Re: Wow, stunning

    This forum is a great resource available nowhere else. you should reconsider.
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    Re: Option for Beseler 8x10 enlarger?

    You have some wiggle room due to the bellows on the Beseler enlarger. You could try to guesstimate from photos of the converter unit. The bigger problem, and the most tedious part of installing the...
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    Re: Does It Really Matter?

    Haven't read all the above posts, but:

    yes, it matters. I went through multiple 8x10 cameras including the old style Arca Swiss, Toyo M field camera, Cambo view camera, and finally a Wehman 8x10....
  16. Poll: Re: Should this thread be Deleted? Thumbs Up or Down? - sample from the Romans

    I don't even know what thread you are talking about. There is too much deleted nowadays do to exquisite sensitivities. This is a private side and the moderators are free to do as they wish. But the...
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    Re: Timing Jobo Step

    As stated, just do it the same way for each step in a reproducible manner. I like to do it right at the beginning because it was easy.
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    Re: Film Drying, Best Practices

    I would be cautious about adding an electrical device to the problem chain (steamer). Maybe just a pan of distilled water in the bottom of a drying cabinet. I used an Arkay film drying cabinet with a...
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    Re: How often use a polarizer + ND Grad

    I found a polarizer better in theory than in practice. Difficult to get skies even. Maybe for reflection on water or green plants but not that helpful for landscapes. I would pass on a polarizer if...
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    Re: Traveling international with 8x10 film

    Of course, it is a fair amount of work to cram the 50 sheets into 10 sheet boxes. For smaller volumes, 2 fold packs of 10 sheets will fit in a 10 sheet box so the average shooter could cut the bulk...
  21. Re: Rodenstock Apo Sironar S 210mm 5,6 Copal 1 help

    FYI, the Apo Sironar W 210 is an outstanding lens for 8x10 with plenty of room for movements.

    Not sure what 8x10 camera you are using, but make sure you have sufficient bellows draw if you pick up...
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    Re: Jobo 3005 tank and Beseler Motor Base

    You might try using more dilute developer and longer development times plus a pre-rinse with water. Make sure you are using sufficient volume and that the drum is level.

    I used Xtol 1:1, acid...
  23. Re: Arca-Swiss quick release plate with 11x14?

    I found the basic screw mount was easier that the Arca plate for 8x10.
  24. Re: Beseler roller base (one direction) and Jobo 3005 Expert Drum?

    The automatically reversing motor bases are not the best for large drums because they might not rotate around the full circumference before changing directions. The Beseler bases have a switch for...
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    Re: Option for Beseler 8x10 enlarger?

    I had a conversion and sold it to someone on the forum. The conversion kit was designed to work with either the MXT or VXL and came with hardware for each. I had both the VXL and the MXT. I think the...
  26. Re: Supply source for an enlarging lens retaining ring?

    ditto
  27. Re: Camera Bag Brands: What do You Like Best?

    Not necessarily for LF gear (although 4x5 should work), GuraGear is hard to beat. You can find their backpacks at deep discounts briefly because GuraGear just became Tamrac and they are coming out...
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    Re: Legs for a Camera Bag?

    Hey, the Canham is a nice camera.

    the Jogging stroller is the best, off the shelf, cost-effective alternative.

    PVC is very heavy. It might be lighter to buy an ultralight camping table rather...
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    Re: Moulded carbon fibre folding field 4x5

    What about the Layton?

    http://www.wsrphoto.com/lfblog04.html
  30. Re: Getting back to 8x10, looking at Arca Swiss

    Ari,

    I had an older Arca Swiss 8x10, the silver ones, something like the Arca "C". It was OK, but heavy and no comparison to the newer F-Line series (which I had in 4x5).

    A basic Arca Swiss...
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    Re: an 8x10 btzs tube question

    One shot. The idea is consistency generally using relatively dilute, one shot developers. Developer is relatively inexpensive anyway so I see little economy in re-using it. With BTZS tubes, you are...
  32. Re: using a Sekonic L-778 practical step by step? please help...

    I used to use that meter. My method was to use it in EV mode and take readings from shadows and highlights to determine exposure range. For example, shaw reading of 4 and highlight reading of 12 is...
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    Re: Proofing paper for Canson Photo Rag

    Maybe use smaller size Canson paper and print portions of the image? That is what I did when proofing large darkroom prints.
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    Re: Big Prints??

    I am envious.
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    Re: LED light panel

    would be a good light source for lf enlargers.
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    Re: Jobo 3005 questions

    The Beseler roller base is generally better than the Unicolor for the 3005. I had both and preferred the Beseler. The Unicolors would automatically change direction too son for the the circumference...
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    Re: Mat size for 16 x 20 print

    I think 20x24 is the smallest and least expensive mat size. If you are trying to economize, you might print a bit smaller on 16 x 20 paper so you can use 20x24 mat board without being too tight at...
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    Re: 8x10 Film Washer

    I used to have one, 4x5 and 8x10. I used a vinyl tube (? 3/8 inch) which slides by friction over the washer's intake valve. Water feeds into the bottom of the unit which is U-shaped. Water pressure...
  39. Re: Differences between 150mm Apo Sironar S and N

    I can't answer your question but will give you my 2 cents. The Sironar N is a fine lens. I had the 135. But the Apo-Sironar S/W are really something. I had an Apo Sironar W that was outstanding. Very...
  40. Re: Aristo VBL4500 Cold Light Head Dual Dimmer Model.

    It has been awhile but there are also some toggle switches that you need to fiddle with. It sounds like you need to flip one.
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