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  1. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Change the mode to EVs - The averaging makes more sense and it will still show you the f-stop and time, pick either based on desired DOF or shutter quirks. EV8 , EV12.2 = AVG 10.1 . @iso 100 ~...
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    Re: Chamonix 45-N2

    What lens are you using? are you sure it is not an image circle issue? I have only run into bellows sag issue with a 300MM lens and I just propped it up in the middle. I have the universal bellows.
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    Re: Cold Temp Paper Washing

    Just because you have a darkroom doesn't mean you have to do everything in it. I assume you have indoor plumbing and heat in your kitchen or bathroom. Do your initial wash/soak in the darkroom then...
  4. Re: Need Advice on 16x20 cameras and film from owners/users

    also factor in your commitment to the format. Big cameras are easy to buy, but hard to sell if you change your mind.
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    Re: HC110 B with HP5+ @ 100

    There seems to be a divide between extreme dilution(EMA/Stand) and normal dilution camps for developers, with no-one in the middle or consideration you may have 2 or 3 sheets to do instead of 4 or 1....
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    Re: HC110 B with HP5+ @ 100

    I'm always curious why people want to take a 400 speed film and over expose it 2-stops rather than just use a 100-125 speed film. Maybe instead change your metering technique and/or developer and...
  7. Re: My first packs of film will be Arista EDU 100 - Which were yours?

    Polaroid type 55 and Hp5+

    Hp5+ is a good film to learn with. But I now seem to wobble between Delta 100 and FP4+.
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Is Schrodinger's cat even still in the box? What if you want to crop 4x5 (1:1.25) so that the ratio mimics 5x7 (1:1.4) or that format Mr Galli likes 7x11 (1:1.57) . Would you pass on the shot or...
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    Some formulas for you:

    https://www.digitaltruth.com/data.php?doc=printdevs
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    What Pere says is basically true but in practice and experimentation you might find you can even alter things a bit more based on which papers and developers you choose. Printing of step wedges/gray...
  11. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    a variant of Pyrocat HD is Pyrcat M and it looks about the same. No Phenidone failure or mixing issues. Nice gradations with FP4, HP5, and Delta 100 in 4x5. I tried Ansco 130 1:10 10Minutes for...
  12. Re: DIY Large darkroom paper development ideas

    You could use your counter space divided with temporary 2x4 grid covered with plastic for an initial test (search for Clyde Butcher large printing). Also at home depot they sell washing machine...
  13. Re: Backpack for Hiking with an 11x14 View Camera

    Back to the topic ... Lowepro just released new versions of their pro-trekker backpacks as large as 55L. Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 550 AW II - I assume with 11x14 you would strip out the dividers,...
  14. Re: Lightest & Most Compact Tripod for Wista 45SP that is Also Reasonably Priced?

    You pay more for cheap tripods in the long run. But until you decide to invest in a long term model the one below has met my needs for over a year. A visit to your local camera shop may also turn up...
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    October - put up or shut up

    I was going to request that October be a month of throttling those with high post counts to give us a break from the armchair experts who comment on every thread and bicker about the small details. ...
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    Re: Chamonix Hs-1 Review

    I'd like one in 5x12, but Hugo won't make any until there is enough interest. Or would it not be cool if some manufacturer gave us a new LF format and did a special run with ilford for film.
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    Atlas also makes a smaller pack that could be used for bushwacking trips, but I think the MRS would shoot me if I bring home another pack. I would also have to narrow down my lens choices and not...
  18. Re: Is it possible to change contrast of final print?

    +1 for IT8 bleach/redevelop - or you can use pyrocat at double strength but will shift color to brown. any bleach will work but the dichromate bleaches harden the emulsion and tan it which gives that...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    that was helpful but my pack isn't that heavy (yet). No way he is ducking under bushes with that load.
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    One flaw in any pack design I did not consider; The taller and or thicker the pack the harder it is to duck under branches or partially fallen trees over a path. I have been on a few short hikes with...
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    Re: Pouring without spilling?

    Or olive oil spouts work too. Can find both at kitchen outlet stores fairly cheap cause you will need several - do not use for different chemicals. After a few hundred pours you get used to the tilt...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    Really? Then how do grocery stores get the isles full of pickles, jelly, milk, salsa, beer, wine, and dozens of other products in glass jars/bottles? Or how would I ever be able to get a glass jar...
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    Re: Pump for easel vacuum

    Pond Pump - used to force air down to 6 feet of water. like this one https://webbsonline.com/Item/61017 - air flow rate (loaded) of .71 CFM (20 liters/min) and a maximum air depth of 2.90 psi (0.20...
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    Re: Pyrocat-MC / Defective Product

    Bud seems to have good days and bad days in his responses. How we react also is on us. While we can bulk order chems from various sources, PF offers a convenient service to those just getting the...
  25. Re: I take back every bad word I have said about Kodak...

    There are shots you know are worthy of your best film and equipment, vs those you shoot because you are there and have film. Hint, its rarely the first shot of the day unless you have a specific...
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    Re: Pump for easel vacuum

    Anyone ever try reversing a pond air pump? They move quite a bit of air into water and you could fit standard size hoses and bleeder valves at the pump rather than at the table. They have a hum much...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    I find this amusing since they ship cachetol in a plastic container with what looks to be electrical tape sealing the lid onto the base container. This is from the technical sheets at PF:
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  28. Re: Checklist for first attempt at developing sheet film (SP-445)

    I have seen technical documents that state the duration in the developer has an impact on grain size and it is well known that time, temperature, and agitation all have an effect. Developer chosen...
  29. Re: Checklist for first attempt at developing sheet film (SP-445)

    My $0.02

    1) Until it becomes second nature - do one sheet at a time. You will need 475-500ml of developer without the second holder in place.
    2) Ilford products - presoak 5 mins at developer...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    On my latest Sunday morning adventure I slipped on a rock and ended up sitting in about 10 inches of water with the pack on my back for about 10-15 seconds. Nothing got wet inside. I thought for...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    I'm curious
    a) did you change your developing habits? example - using more dilute and switch to EMA or Semi Stand method, or using a different tank?
    b) does your part A foam up when shaken? (This...
  32. Re: Looking for good Ball head w/o quick release

    Giottos 3000 +1. It is solid and will hold just about anything, but weighs a ton. I put a 4" video QR system on top of mine and it gives much more stability and locking for LF. I was never afraid...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    Update: I took my new pack out for a spin finally for about a 1.5mile hike so I could determine where adjustments may be needed. With the 8 pound tripod attached the weight is noticeable on my hips,...
  34. Re: Where's "schneideroptics.com/info/vintage_lens_data" website gone ?

    It was there a few days ago. I used their contact form and requested they restore it. Perhaps if several of us did that they might re-publish or reorganize and improve the content. Same thing...
  35. Thread: New back pack

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    Re: New back pack

    11 days to go and only 3/4 of the amount needed. I'm not sure the makers listened to their audience's suggestions to show more versatility than just a big lens bag, and failed to consider European...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    There seem to be several threads now about Pyrocat HD problems. I switched to Pyrocat M and mix myself. Fewer components , easy to make.
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    Re: Bergger releasing new film soon

    Questions - If it is continuous tone film, why are the only images so far as black vs white high contrast. A positive of a step wedge would be more informative. And wouldn't the yellow tinting and...
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    Re: Bergger releasing new film soon

    From their FB release

    RELEASE

    In 2014, it was decided by Bergger to relaunch the production of analogue films, based on silver halide technology. PANCRO400 was introduced on the market as a...
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    Re: DIY Rigid Fresnel

    Chamonix uses a thin piece of glass over the Fresnel so it doesn't get scratched. Lens > groundGlass > Fresnel > thin glass. The only issue I have with this arrangement is fogging in humid...
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    Re: Bergger releasing new film soon

    I know this doesn't help with the notch code but I was trying to figure out why the burn and dodge numbers on the box image :confused: Just use hash marks to count your film used.
    I sometimes...
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