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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    Thanks for that. This C-90 is an older item bought used. I have not used it much, and only as a terrestrial spotter to familiarize myself with the mechanics of how it all goes together. It came...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    Take a look at using the "Eyepiece Projection" technique as a way to cover your format. As I posted, I have used it with an unsophisticated rig many years ago. I lashed it together in my garage....
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    I say "Go For It!"

    back in the early 1990s I cobbled together a bracket to mount an old press camera behind a B&L Discoverer spotting scope. Had it set up to project the eyepiece image directly...
  4. Re: Can anyone recommend any backpacks/suitcases to transport my LF camera/lenses/gea

    A few years ago Ihad a Pelican backpack (soft) that was big enough to carry my 8x10 2D with one lens and the other things needed for an afternoon of shooting, but not more than that. It \was a bit...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I do not do wet plate photography: Full disclosure.

    However, back in the mid 1980s, I worked for a small firm that was ionvolved with commercial radioactive tracers and hazardous chemicals. I...
  6. Re: Trying to Source Gear Rack for 8x10 Kodak 2D

    I can't do more than set up a card table and use hand tools for in home
    DIY projects. For this reason:

    One approach i might take would be to get ahold of a 2D bed for parts on e-Bay. Partial...
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    Re: 5x7 Eastman View No.2 Back Curiosity

    I have a 2D in 8x10 format It dates from the late 1940 or early 1950 period. i have a few other cameras that are at least vintage; one is a 4x5 Zone VI. Another is a pre-anniversary Speed Graphic. ...
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    I have an 8x10 2D and like it. One feature that I like about the 2D and the B&J designs is that the rail can fold up to protect the lens while mounted for transport. The press cameras are...
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    One of the things I liked about my B&J 5x7 to 4x5 set up was the long bellows draw. I used that to do some macro imaging. The B&J lens boards are simple enough for home-shop DIY. Recessed lens...
  10. Re: Drilling holes for flange screws in wood - suggestions

    I have drilled all the way through and used bolts backed with washers and nuts.
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    Years back, I had a Burk and James 5x7 that I regularly shot 4x5 with a reducing back. It is a rugged wood field camera, not too expensive and has all the movements you will want.. Lens boards are...
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    Re: Optics cleaning with Collodion

    Years (and years) ago, before wet plate photography was popular, I read somwewhere that this was the method optics shops cleaned the large front surface mirrors on telescopes prior to re coating them...
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    Re: Copal No. 3 repair help.

    I looked at a couple of youtube videos on servicing the Copal shutter. shut it off after 4 minutes. I don't think I have the tools, temperament or physical skills to unscrew the front cover.
    ...
  14. Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    About five years ago I bought a LowePro sling bag ("Slingshot . . .Flipside?) off the junk table at a Houston camera shop. It was well used and one zippwer was broken on an auxiliary pocket. I think...
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    Re. Stanly: It was a good deal. Only time will tell if the replacement item will last as long.

    Re. Summion: Patents never bothered the Chinese or the Soviets either. Look at the Leica and...
  16. Thread: Trail cart

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    Re: Trail cart

    Another photo cart concept:

    I got to thinking while the second cup of coffee cools.. .how about adapting/bonverting one of the more elaborate walkers? One of the models with big wheels and a...
  17. Thread: Trail cart

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    Re: Trail cart

    The golf-bag cart conversion can be really low-cost. I have seen them at Goodwill for 420, and some are not that much more brand new.

    They will support the weight of about any 4x5 kit. I had...
  18. Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    I thought that wet-plate era emulsions pretty much ortho; were sensitive to the blue-green end of the spectrum. Not sensitive to the red end or into the Ultra-Violet.

    One could do some...
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    Anybody ever have one of the Stanly/Aladdin stainless vacuumed bottles for coffee? The older ones have a lifetime guarantee inscribed on the bottom. I contacted them about my 40 year old quart and...
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    Isn't this the basic problem many industries have had with China? And it is not just from e-Bay. In Houston there is a multi block strip along a major therefore many just call "Harwin" (the name...
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    Bob; Liked thr Rimowa story. Sounds like the jole about the guy who bought tomatoes for a dime each and sold them at three-for-a -quarter.


    Lots of good advice here. I willmake some of the...
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    Didn't know about the automatic non-payment thing. Good to know.


    I am selling off bits and pieces of my photo gear to lighten the load. None of this stuff is high-end. For example, the item...
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    thanks to all. I am still feeling my way in this. Gotta clean out the closet while we are in lock-down. Then maybe a short S-k-I vacation (Spending Kids Inheritance).


    I intend to wait till...
  24. Thread: Trail cart

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    Re: Trail cart

    It seems to me that there is plenty of money made on sophisticated tripods.

    I would think that some money could be made by designing and engineering a photo-specific line of carts using current...
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    Well there is cheap and then there is cheap.

    This auction went off at $120.
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    A full week . . .I cvan see that.

    There is disruption in our lives everywhere these days.
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    This was back in 2009-2010, so chip technology was stikll not thaty tight . . .
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    I have now sold an item or tow or three . . .all good. e-Bay, PayPal and my little bank account all integrating ass hoped.

    Now I have sold a small item but the buyer has not paid. The auction...
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    Re: Trail cart

    An external frame is sort of concave toward the hiker's back when used conventionally as pack frame. I fastened the "convex" side to the golf bag cart and it held the backpack securely enough with...
  30. Re: Lensboards for Macro Stereo :confused::confused::confused:

    Could careful use of front movements be made to work. . . .?
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    A while back, I explored the availability of dry plates used in computer chip masking. The resolution was incredible (don't remember the specs now) but the cost was prohibitive.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    I do not hike around with any camera due to age and joints, but . . .

    I routinely use my 8x10 Kodak 2D without a hesd on a set of Burlbach legs that has a leveling center post . The movement...
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    Re: Trail cart

    No Pics. . .Sorry.

    I bought an inexpensive golf bag cart at goodwill and stripped off all the golf bag stuff. Then I used small hose clamps to attach an old (stripped down)external backpack...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    I am thinking I will go the UV light path. Someone off this board thought several hours in the kitchen oven at 150 deg F might help . . .Maybe , but I'll try sunlight first.


    Noda: Don't think...
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    Serious Astronomy imaging was always done on Gglass plates, wety or dry. This may still be the case for some sorts of sky survey projects. The dimensional stability of glass plates is the reason...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    kebt and Steven:

    Thanks for your info. I am still learning. A reference book is now on my Christmas wish list.

    Stven. . .are you thinking that this could be an American made lens . . .like a...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    Thanks Everyone.

    From the advice in several responses here, remediation looks less and less likely.

    I want to do some additional learning though. I have doubts that this is an 1890s era item....
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    [QUOTE=Steven Tribe;1558699]The quoted article matches my experience.
    Most RRs/aplanats do have these Quick mountings. They are not designed for servicing. Advances in Optics at the time (1890ís)...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    Thanks. However, this is not a Petzval design. The markings say
    Hemispherique Rapod" which I understand to mean that it is of the Repid Rectilinear design. The front and rear cells donot seem...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    This is an antique wet-plate era lens by Darlot. I will try to post a few pictures showing the fungus and how the lens is assembled. I can't see how to get the front cell out of the mount.
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