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    Re: Fujinon lenses - EBC coating & Shutters

    In my experience Seiko shutters can have a failure mode that actually leaves them unfixable without spare parts. Specifically I have seen the cocking ring get stripped out (it has sort of gears on...
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    Re: Hello from Tacoma, Washington

    Yep.. Tacoma is under appreciated for a lot of things, being close to the Cascades and Western Olympics is high on the list. And the I-90 corridor isn't really that far either because of highway 18....
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Have you ever used these? I keep looking at them online and have not figured out how you could drain them. Some seem to come with a strange looking drain but it's a bit unclear to a person not...
  4. Thread: Oh my . . .

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    Re: Oh my . . .

    I'm almost up to 1000 and I don't even know what I have been saying really. I have a few times Googled a question, found a result on this board of someone asking the exact same question and realized...
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    Re: Are there any fast Dialyte ~10" lenses

    You could use a 305mm Repro Claron- 4 elements in 4 groups, although I have no idea if it would work for enlarging 8x10 in an enlarger configuration. In a camera configuration at infinity it will not...
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    Re: 3D-printing a silver tank?

    Acrylic is the tried and true solution to this problem. You could probably simplify things by having the pieces laser/CNC cut and then spend the time to weld it yourself.
  7. Thread: DIY Basebord?

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    Re: DIY Basebord?

    I'm assuming you mean the engineered granite (that is not actually granite?). Seems very flat, very heavy and very expensive $$$
  8. Thread: Hang it Dang it

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    Re: Hang it Dang it

    I've seen similar diagrams like this referencing a solar enlarger setup for Carbon Prints of all things. The conventional wisdom today is that it's impossible to enlarge alternate process prints, but...
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    Re: Cambo 470 Wide not quite sharp

    I don't know how to re-calibrate that particular helicoid- but find yourself a piece of ground glass that can be where the film sits, and remove the ground glass and spring back. Then check your...
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    I'm not suggesting you use the digital camera as a picture taking implement- just saying you use a small digital camera as a way to view the ground glass "eyes up" without using a darkcloth. You...
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    Re: Repro Claron Question

    This sounds very strange and my Repro Claron is not like this. A piece of glass glowing green under UV light might suggest it contains uranium. Kind of like the Uranium glass that people collect, it...
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    With today's technology it's probably easier to put a digital camera that is pointed at the ground glass (with baffling to block stray light of course) and use your phone to view the output. Many...
  13. Re: Printing Glass Plates: How to avoid breakage?

    The spring at the back of the contact frame would exert pressure this way- but the caveat is the frame's rebate for glass needs to be the same as your negative- which is likely an issue. You can use...
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    Re: Repair missing broken tenon

    Well wood glue is just a strong as wood or not stronger. The most straightforward, if not easy, solution seems like to fashion a new piece from mahogany and glue it in place. If you can reinforce it...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    One more immediate concern with electric heaters might be if it will trip your breaker when you start using other appliances in your darkroom. A space heater can easily draw 12 amps, unless your...
  16. Thread: "Dark bags"

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    Re: "Dark bags"

    The bags black and white paper come in might work if you double bagged them.
  17. Re: 4x5 without a backpack for the beginner, non-trekker, etc.

    This is a good carry kit. I used to use an old camcorder bag I found as a thrift store as a large camera carrying bag. It really worked well since camcorders of old were quite large and also the VHS...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Ah I see now. It does look a bit more compact than a conventional Beseler 45 at least, but not needing a motor would at least solve one of my dilemmas.
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Thats pretty interesting. I wonder if you could make a DIY version of this. Speaking as someone who's Beseler 45 motor fried itself and I would rather wall mount it like that anyways.
  20. Re: Question: Rochester Optial Co 8x10 LF ... which back to use and how to use it?

    Note it probably doesn't take 8x10 standard film holders if it's a ROC camera. I wonder if that's your issue- maybe those wooden 8x10 film holders ARE standard. If that's the case your best bet is...
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    Re: Making ground glass???

    I think patience is the first order of the day. And more patience. Do it while watching TV.
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    Re: KEH Camera “bargain” lenses

    Bargain lenses from KEH are very good. Usually much better than playing the odds with Ebay even when you can see pictures (which almost never show flaws because it's so hard to photograph them for...
  23. Re: nebraska/missouri/southern illinois/kentucky camping

    I used to live in the Missouri / Southern IL area before becoming a Pacific Northwesterner.. here are my thoughts

    The area overall is definitely most beautiful in the fall. Avoid Summer at all...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    What was the weather that day? We know it was hot, but in mountain valleys there can be basically heat surges caused by air going downslope (as air sinks it warms by compression). I wonder if it's...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Wouldn't they be able to detect suffocation as a case of death if that were the case? One would think so, but we are all a bit influenced by crime shows which make everything seem easy. I'm sure...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    It seems like almost anything you ingest on a trail isn't going to kill you very quickly. Even poison mushrooms is usually a long slow death (with vomiting etc) not really consistent with the entire...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Did the WWII Japanese ballons bombs ever carry chemical weapons? I've heard that they have found them out in the woods even relatively recently. Very weird indeed.
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    That is very bizarre. If they died in a mine that seems explainable by CO or CO2, but out in open country would be a different story and very strange indeed.
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    Using a short lens on a camera helps on Windy Days. I tried to use a long lens on my 4x5 Gowland at Mount Rainier once on a day when wind was whipping across the bare snowfields. I gave up because...
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    Re: tripod thread issues

    Is there enough material to simply drill out to 3/8 and then tap, then put in a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter? I did this on a 5x7 Speed Graphic where the tripod threads had been stripped out and it worked fine.
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    Re: Dichroic Head for Beseler 45 V-XL

    Some of the older ones require a fan unit though. Mine didn't come with one so I fashioned one out of some powerful computer fans and some ducting the same size as the inlet on the head. The airflow...
  32. Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 × years later!

    Maybe the OP is looking for a very rare 90mm 4x5 lenses. The 4x5 90mm Wide Angle Congo perhaps? A Leitmeyer Wintwinkel varierty (actually not super uncommon)? Any other interesting 4x5 90mm...
  33. Re: Is this HAZE in 240mm G-Claron? Recommendations please?

    Looks like lens separation to me. There isn't likely a repair option that is lower than the value of the lens, besides doing it yourself which involves separating the lens elements and re-cementing...
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    Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Heroique,

    I wonder if some of these flags are left by well-meaning hikers trying to mark trails that were snow covered at the time. But I learned not to trust flags long ago, especially near...
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    Re: D-76; Mixing Small Batch?

    Or if you want true small batch artisanal developer that is easy to mix, just buy the two ingredients needed for D-23 and scratch mix small batches yourself....
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    Re: Hello from Poulsbo, Washington

    Welcome Jeff! Always glad to see another Pacific Northwest area photographer. I think you will love getting into Large Format. After doing some LF shots I don't find my digital camera near as...
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    Re: stiff seiko shutter cocking pinion

    Hm I would be careful there, I've had multiple Seiko shutters where the cocking ring gears had stripped teeth resulting in the shutter not being able to fire at all speeds. Sounds like if you force...
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    Re: Compur Electronic 3 repair

    I've never seen a Compur #3 Electronic but my Compur #1 opens like any normal shutter. Take the front element off and you will likely see a knurled ring that holds the top plate on. Unscrew it with...
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    Re: Compur Electronic 3 repair

    So does the shutter fire at around 1/125 no matter what speed is selected? Or doesn't fire at all? If the latter it might be mechanical or the solenoid that retards the shutter for slower speeds is...
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    Re: Agfa Duoscan Hid in 2020?

    According to the spec sheet for that scanner it doesn't seem to have any really compelling specs that make it better than a modern scanner. Is it really worth it to deal with the old hardware for...
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