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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    Yeah, unmolested ones are plentiful and relatively inexpensive so I certainly would pass. Get a mutlicoated -S or an APO. Looks like someone custom-made the rear element brass. All those thread...
  2. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I think the Vivitar 285, which is also quite good, has the variable power feature built into the adjuster for the flash ranges on auto exposure.
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    Thats the Metz unit I was thinking about (think I mentioned the wrong model number) with the little fill light on the front. Bounced it can take remarkable un flash-like nicely illuminated photos.
  4. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    MEK will probably do it eventually. I have used it to undo learning mistakes using modern UV cure cements on protar lenses. But it can take weeks as it slowly works its way in, and I didn't fully...
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    Re: Ground glass questions

    If you really want "exceptional" gg, then the Maxwell product is hard to beat. But it is relatively expensive.

    I never minded clipped corners.
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    I know, I mean I knew, a guy who protected himself from a light rain by holding an aluminum clipboard over his head. Don't risk it.
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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    1. 150 g Claron is a great lens for 5X7 and it covers with room for significant movement. People say it doesn't, but it does.

    2. 120mmm Super Angulon. These are surprisingly affordable but...
  8. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    The Metz CT series was quite good. The CT-60 had a forward facing fill light and a huge flash head. When the head was bounced and the fill flash used it could produce remarkably evenly illuminated...
  9. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I just put a cold shoe on top of my Crown Graphic. A Vivitar 283 (or very similar 285) is a workhorse that will work will with modern lenses. If you mount the strobe in the middle, you have less of...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    After two days under a 60W LED UV light I can see that the brown is much improved. Maybe 70% better, so that seems to be an option. But the CF bulb was cheaper. Ebay has a ton of LED ones sold as...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    A friend of mine just sent me back a camera I sold him in 1974. It was my first nice camera, a Spotmatic. Its non-MC 50mm takumar is REALLY brown, even though many lists of thoriated (is that a...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    I did a little more research -- the takumar had several thorium lens elements, clustered toward the back. So the one week treatment did manage to clear up all of them.
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    Well, thought I'd follow up on how this worked out for me. I first ordered a Rosco neutral density filter, and I overestimated how far down I needed to block the light level. It was just too much. ...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    If the UV has to pass through some other glass to get to the thorium one, I'd expect it to take a lot longer. On the 50mm Takumar, is is obvious the rear element is the issue. So this one week is...
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    Radioactive Lens Treatment

    As most of you know, some lenses used radioactive glass. In time, the radioactive glass gets damaged, turning brownish yellow. Kind of like iced tea color. This is common in R Claron lenses, which...
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    My experience with Grafmatics (and I think I have 8 of them) is that some don't work very well in the vertical orientation.
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    Welcome Sam

    1. A Graflok back can be added to your camera, easily -- they are on that auction site fairly often. Make sure the one you get is complete, with the original "Ektalite" fresnel and...
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    Re: 8x10 Wide Angle Lenses for Still Life

    210 or 240 G Claron.
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    Re: how to cut film in the dark?

    I didn't want to buy a rotary cutter just for this, since I have three of the guillotine style. Excuse my French. I put a couple layers of masking tape down on the left edge and slide the film up...
  20. Re: Seeking guidance on pairing a Nikon 150mm W lens with a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5

    If you have a side-mounted Kalart rangefinder (not the later, horizontal plastic one on top) it can be adjusted to use with the 150 and be very accurate. You need a bed scale (or make one) for that...
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Exposures that would require quite a bit of adjustment with Tri-x require none with the TM.

    See:

    https://imaging.kodakalaris.com/sites/prod/files/files/products/f4016_tmax_100.pdf
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Nelari

    I checked the Kodak site and it comes up gibberish as you experienced. I believe it is supposed to be this one, which is self explanatory:
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Hunt around for one that does have the actual numbers on it. I have one taped in my field notebook. These are graphs that suggest how to take what your metered exposure is and then compare to what...
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    Re: Benzotriazole Shelf Life?

    I have a couple bottles of the Zone VI mix. It has worked fine when I used it for many years after I bought it, but I haven't used any in the last couple years. It could be 20 years old. With I...
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    Re: Shelf Life TMAX 100

    "...or measure in the negatives" = B+F are the same.
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    Shelf Life TMAX 100

    People ask from time to time, so I thought I'd share a recent experience. I just got back from a road trip, shooting new current product TMax 100 mixed in with sheets that expired 16 years ago. The...
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    Re: Alignment Beseler 45V-XL

    I thought I'd follow up on my solution. I had some email exchanges with Beseler, delayed by their Covid furlough. They suggested that I might be a tooth off on the track on one side. I didn't...
  28. Re: Convertible / part lens for longer focal length

    I've used single elements of Protars and convertible Symmars. Also I have a convertible rapid rectilinear. All of them have produced decently sharp and contrasty negatives. You have to check and...
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    Re: Where to buy mat board these days?

    Thanks, everybody.
  30. Re: Replacement corner pins for 8x10 back (ie Deardorff, B&J, Ansco etc.)

    I did exactly as you suggest and it works fine. Pick a finishing nail of suitable diameter, tap it in solid, cut it off with a Dremel wheel, then gently round/smooth it off with a file so it doesn't...
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    Where to buy mat board these days?

    I haven't purchased any in quite some time, I'd appreciate suggestions. Thanks.
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    Re: Lens order on triple convertible

    If you've tried it both ways with single elements and compared the negatives (at least on convertible Symmars and Protars) I really doubt you're going to see the difference. There is the dust issue....
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    Re: Lens order on triple convertible

    I've always believed it was longest on the front, single element behind the shutter, unless that creates a bellows-draw problem (which is often the case) in which case use the single on the front and...
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    Re: print washers?

    In defense of Fred, if you take still tap water in a clear beaker, and drop in one drop of fixer, the ball of fixer will stay more or less intact and sink down to the bottom and spread. Now any...
  35. Neutral Density Filters with V54 Cold Light head

    If I put a Roscoe neutral density filter above my Ilford multi-contrast filter, so both are between the cold light tube and the diffuser on the top of the negative carrier, the n.d. filter won't...
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    Re: Dektol Issue

    Mixed up a second batch, a couple years newer than the one that gave me problems. It looks perfectly fine with my new water.
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    Re: New to me printing issue

    What I attached are iphone shots of a print and look unsharp. On the print, the grain is in focus surrounding these areas. On the one of the tree, the branches below the bright area of the sky...
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    Re: New to me printing issue

    The details are there in the negative and they are sharp. That's what I don't get. Shutter is regular old black face Copal.
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    New to me printing issue

    Sorry to be so long winded, but I am stumped by an issue I've not had before. I've been printing since roughly 1969. back when I was 14. I changed so many variables from my usual habits I don't...
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    Re: Storing Ansco 130

    Guys -- I appreciate your comments. I'd not leave it in an open tray anyway, but would bottle it up. I can't remember a time I had two consecutive days to print so this is pretty theoretical for...
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