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    Deardorff 5x7 back

    5 x 7 vs 4 x 5

    I like 5 x 7 because a 5 x 7 contact print on 8 x 10 paper, such as AZO is a jewel. That size and ratio of sides is much more pleasing to my eyes than a 4 x 5 contact. For...
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    Time to order your acetic acid

    Why bother with ordereing Acetic Acid with all the handling hassles.

    Just use water with a splash of plain white Food Grade vinegar, then dispose of it and use a fresh batch next time. It costs...
  3. Anybody using a Shen-Hao HZX810IIAT ?

    Hello Richard Arlin

    I saw your post and am replying.

    The camera is great. It works and looks like it cost much more.

    Of course it is only a box with a hole in it, but it is solid and...
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    11x14 Slide film

    Richard

    VISTEK in Toronto www.vistek.net ( if I recll-check on Google if not) had 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 Ektahrome several months ago. You can call 416 365 1777 (check that on the website) and ask...
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    Lens board opening tolerances

    Paul;

    I have just made 2 lensboards for a Deardorff 4x5 for a total of $10.

    I took a stock Polypropylene CD case with 1 mm thick shell walls, and a standard DVD case with 0.5 mm walls, cut out...
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    Gustave le Gray

    Tim

    Thank for this. I have ordered the book as it looks interesting.

    Cheers
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    Shen Hao Cameras

    Hello;

    I am currently working in Shanghai China for a few weeks and went to the new loc al photography shopping mall, where there are about 50 photo and related shops, among which is a rep for...
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    Yankee cut film tank

    Stefan:

    There is a current thread on this very topic on the Developing & Processing forum up the list on teh Greenspun forum.
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    Widest modern lenses for 8x10

    Michael:

    I have used the Nikor 120 on 8x10 and it works stopped down below f16 with about 6mm of vertical movement. The subjects I was shooting did not show falloff, and there is none apparent....
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    Tonality (win a free roll of film)

    Kevin

    To me, tonality is what makes me say :"WOW. Look at that photograph!!" I say that when I look at a print of Sebastian Salgado, or John Sexton, or some of my platinum prints and a few of my...
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    Nikon 995 and macro...

    Dan:

    My 950 fills the frame with my watch dial at about an inch or so. Do you want microscope type effects or just close ups?

    The 950 has a close up mode -the flower petal- that allows this. ...
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    Need Instant Camera 5x7 on Location

    Joanne:

    Nikon Coolpix 5000 (or any good new model) and an Epson 800 series printer with the glossy paper and Photoshop 5 LE that comes with digital cameras and a converter for car battery power...
  13. Amplis 150mm enlarger lens - any good?

    Ken;

    Amplis is indeed a Canadian importer handing a wide variety of good products. It is run, or was a few yers ago by Ernie Ohlig, for whom I worked in another life.

    They brand good third...
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    8X10 Enlarger

    Ed:

    Have you or anyone thought of going to a neon light shop and having one made with the right colour? I once priced one out and it was less than 100 bucks, but since I have an Aristo 4x5...
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    Which densitometer?

    Joe:

    Save your money for film. Go to the library and get Fred Picker's "Zone VI Workshop" or look on E Bay for it ($15-20), read it, do what it sys and you will not need a densitometer.

    A...
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    PT/PD Negative Density Range.

    William; What little I know aout Pd/Pt is that the highlight densities in a neg may be greater then for silver paper because Pd/Pt papers have more range for highlights. That means the dynamic...
  17. But Film Now - Stock Up - Won't be around Long!

    Here is my 2 cents worth for free.

    I think the next Star Wars episode will be a watershed, as Lucas is (I hear) shooting it on video with computer disc memory. He will then use UBB (Ultra Broad...
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    Bit of fun - 'Extreme Large Format?'

    Chris;

    You have no idea what you have unleashed.

    A year from now there will be threads about Bokeh from tennis-ball size apertures and trailer-back negs and what developer is used, not to...
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    PT/PD Print Exposure & Developing

    Wayne:

    I tried sunlight exposure a few times and gave it up, primarily because I was living in Vancouver Canada at the time and a bright sunny day is a rarity. Also, even tho the sun might look...
  20. A measure of the esteem that LF photography is held in.

    Pete:

    Lucky you.

    I assume a Skip in "Merrie Old" is a dumpster?

    Cheers:<)
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    Aristo Cold Ligth Head is complete?

    Enrique:

    I have the exact same arrangment and to compenste for the higher blue emissions of the Aristo, I put a 30cc yellow filter above the neg and that puts it about right, allowing me to use...
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    UV light and PD/PT

    Wayne:

    I too spent much time and energy trying to prove generations of Pt/Pd printers wrong by trying enlarging: no go! The closest I could come was strobe lights in the enlarger head and that...
  23. Why do the contact prints look so good?

    Mary Anne:

    I am surprised no one has mentioned the Callier effect. It is a continuing source of argument among photogs.

    Ansel Adams used a flat light source as do many other LF types, ...
  24. Ready for the"Zone System"--but which one?

    Rus:

    I endorse 100% Fred Picker's Zone VI Workshop. I found it the best source, and his examples of variations in exposure were a surprise to me.

    BUT, even St. Anselmo could distinguish the...
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    A Challenge to the Forum

    Kevin:

    Challenge taken.

    I just bought a lightly used Graflex Super Speed Graphic with a very good coated German lens for $750 Cdn, including case and film holders. A very good used Manfrotto...
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    Free to a good home!

    Steve:

    I just noticed your E Mail address. How come Silver Nitrate? Do you make your own emulsions? I would suspect that from anyone with a Salzman enlarger.:<)!!!
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    Free to a good home!

    Steve:

    I will come to the rescue!!

    I will be back in Toronto in Jan and will even drive to Detroit if it is not gone by then. Even if I don't get it I am most appreciative of your generosity....
  28. Which developer works best with Tri-X 8x10 sheet film???

    riichi

    Are you ready for this?

    D-76 diluted 1:1 or full strength.

    I have also used split D23: first bath 12 minutes 2nd bath 3 minutes and rated the film at 200. This gives me a wider...
  29. Contact Printing - Keeping the Neg in Place

    Dean:

    I use a very thin-1mm wide cut with a razor- strip of double-sided mounting tape on the very edges of the neg. Assuming it is a 4x5 neg it will have the black rebate on it anyway and that...
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    Graflex RF

    Norman:

    It depends on what kind of picture you want to arrive at, and I assume this is your first LF camera.

    There are many books on LF technique-Ansel Adams' "The Camera" and Kodak's Large...
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    Indicator stop bath failure

    Richard:

    I am a simple soul and an amateur chemist- well trained but lapsed. When the indicator stop bath loses it's vinegar smell, or starts turning dark, I splash some ordinary distilled...
  32. Super Speed Graphic ground glass hood

    Jon:

    What do you mean by falling apart?

    Is it the fabric or the metal frame.

    Yes, the Graphic website has good sources of parts and expertise. I just bought a Speed Graphic Super and that I...
  33. Digital -> Large negative for Contact Printing

    Keith;

    Sorry. The E Mail address is richardjx@hotmail.com
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    rotating backs

    OOOOPS

    Scratch that first "Does".
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    rotating backs

    Wait wait!!

    Does I understand about the southern hemisphere cameras not working north of the equator, but does that mean if I go to Lonndon and procede further east, then the image in my Rollie...
  36. HELP! I dropped my meter (Pentax spot,zone) in the lake.

    Jules:

    All may not be lost.

    I suggest you call your insurance agent immediately and make a claim if you have any household insurance because many items are covered for water damage. It may be...
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    2-Bath Development of FP4

    Fred: Rodinal uses one componnt only and is thus not amenable to split processing. HC 110 is a proprietry formula and one can not mix up a batch athome.

    Split developing workd OK with D 76/ID...
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    Choosing a Great Enlarger lens for 4x5

    Keith:

    The 50 mm EL may in fact be "sharper" but you may well find edge fall- off and edge sharpness suffer with any enlargements more than 8 x10 or so.

    Iwould like to know if you find that,...
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    Help w/ internegative vs. Cibachrome

    Chris:

    The Kodak and Fujifilm websites have a lot of info on their various products as well as contact numbers for product support, where you can likely get the neames, addresses & numbers of...
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    Traditional Darkroom, A Dying Art?

    RAven:

    When photography was developed in the mid 19th century, many bemoaned the End OF Painting. Yet to come were Picasso, Dali, Monet, Matisse, Miro, and (even) Pollock and Rothko.

    I too...
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