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    Re: 14x17 film holder build question

    I'll do that, too, from now on. They were both friendly an generous.
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    Re: 14x17 film holder build question

    Oh, man! I forgot to update this way back when.

    I did go to Balsa USA and was allowed to go in their back room and pick through the sizes they had. I got some quite flat pieces that I think will...
  3. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Thanks, Jim; that makes a lot of sense.
  4. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Thanks again for all the suggestions!

    Since I already have some of the plywood, as well as lots of different black paints, I think I'll do some testing with it to see if it can work for both...
  5. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    How would getting and painting 3d printed slides and then painting them be any different from getting Garolite and painting it? Jim Jones wrote in comment #2 that the paint might have adherence...
  6. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Hmm.... I guess the thing to do is to order a small piece to check it out for myself. It would stink to order the amount I need for my project***, only to find that it is not absolutely opaque. On...
  7. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    The only reason I'd want to paint them is because some folks have reported the Garolite is not entirely opaque. I'd just as soon not do it. However, I've done lots of...
  8. DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    I'm in the midst of starting to make some 14x17 film holders. I thought I'd be doing this a couple of years ago, but stuff got in the way. But back in 2017-18, I did a lot of searching for materials...
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    Re: 14x17 film holder build question

    Hi Peter. Balsa USA.
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    Re: 14x17 film holder build question

    Well, it's been over two years since I last updated this thread. I had life get in the way with another back surgery, and plenty of other issues.

    I have done some work on the project, acquiring...
  11. Re: New Member - Speed Graphic Graphex lens help please

    Sorry it's taken me a while to respond: I just sent you a PM, and have a paddle ready to send you.

    Paul
  12. Re: New Member - Speed Graphic Graphex lens help please

    I repair and refurbish these old workhorses. I'm glad to see you were able to bend the lever back; you are right that it was causing the loss of the full range of movement.

    While I can see Dan's...
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    Re: Ebay - lenses from Japan

    Very interesting personal experiences with other cultures!
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    Re: LF Camera Recommendations

    I agree with Randy (as I usually seem to do, even when I don't post about it). For me, it's not just that images are significantly bigger than 4x5 (nearly twice the area: 20 square inches [nominal]...
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    Re: Ebay - lenses from Japan

    I feel a bit hesitant to write this, but I find it odd that folks are commenting on an entire nation's selling habits. Would we say, 'What do you think of USA sellers on eBay?' Cultures do differ,...
  16. Re: Refurbished Rittreck View 5x7 Field Camera

    Kumar knows much more about these, and about cameras in general, than I do. He's got all the details right on.

    My own experience with the camera has been very satisfactory: It's very solid, which...
  17. Re: Best finish for DIY wood camera large format: stain and clear clear coat on woode

    My own experience with finishing wood is that the nomenclature can get in the way. For those who really know what they are doing, this won't be an issue, but it was for me. For example, I found that...
  18. Re: Question about adjustment scale on Conley 9-1/2-inch f/4.5 lens

    Fascinating! Thanks.

    I had already read about the Conley/Wollensak connection, and wondered if this might be a re-branded Wollensak of some type. Someone in that thread wrote that the adjustment...
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    Re: Good starter lens for whole plate

    I have a Conley Anastigmat 9-1/2 inch (241mm) f/4.5 lens that says right on the lens ring '6 8' which is, of course, whole plate. It was put into an Ilex #4 shutter. The aperture scale in the...
  20. Question about adjustment scale on Conley 9-1/2-inch f/4.5 lens

    I bought this lens several months ago in order to adapt the Ilex #4 shutter for a different lens. But I ended up deciding to use a different shutter for that lens, and now plan to sell this one...
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    Thanks, Andrew! I was careful to do as little modification to the Speed Graphic as possible, so putting a different adapter on it, for use with a different camera/front standard, would be easy...
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    And thanks, jp!
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    The camera I'm working on will work in a similar way, but since I have a 760mm lens, I plan to have the camera capable of about 50-55 inches of bellows draw. I haven't settled on just how it will all...
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    Nice, but that huge lens is making your camera say 'ouch!' But, hey, if it works...

    One of the things I like about ULF, and film photography in general, is the potential mixture of the extremely...
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    Thanks, James!

    I have seen others who've done this, but they always used a 4x5 Speed Graphic, as far as I've seen. That would be ideal, since it would allow the use of physically-bigger lenses....
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    Re: ULF Auto Focus DIY Now Possible

    Ah, I get it now, and should have thought of it.

    My eyes aren't good, but lenses in front of them still do the trick. Unfortunately, I damaged my dominant left eye a few months ago. I got a tiny...
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    Re: ULF Auto Focus DIY Now Possible

    Wow, Randy! This is quite the combination of very old and very new. I'm curious to know why this would be something you'd want to do. I'm not judging; just actually very curious.
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    Oh, and thanks, too, Randy! I somehow missed you post. Your own posts on ULF stuff has been a big part of why I've taken this on. You are a doer.
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    Thanks, Steven. For the kind words and the information.

    My plan right now is for the central position of the camera to be where the lenses sit in the photos. All of the distance of the uprights...
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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

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    Re: Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    More images.

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    Shutter and front Standard for my DIY ULF

    This is going to be a long-term project, but I've now made a start on my 14x17 ULF camera. I've chosen 14x17 because it will provide -- for me -- an ideal size for contact prints, in a size of film...
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    Re: Apo-Ronar question

    It is lovely, and I suppose light for what it is, but it's just about my heaviest lens, and definitely the largest. ULF is a whole nother thing.
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    Re: Apo-Ronar question

    I had already read about what 'CL' means somewhere else on the forum, and it was one of you two who wrote it, if I recall correctly.
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    Re: Apo-Ronar question

    Ah! Okay, that makes sense.

    Thanks, Dan!

    There are multiple scales, and with your explanation, they are much easier to understand now. I won't be using them, but I like to understand things.
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    Apo-Ronar question

    I recently bought a matched pair of Apo Ronar lenses. They came on a big board, obviously from a process camera. One is a 240mm and the other a 760. Can anyone explain some writing on the aperture...
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    Re: ANSI Standard for 14x17 holder seems odd

    Excellent! Another source to work with. This whole thread will be a great place for folks to come and find what they need for DIY.

    I've gotten stalled on my actual camera build. It was only last...
  38. Re: education for building a ULF wet plate camera

    When I get around to making my own bellows, I'll want the front to be quite a bit smaller than the rear. Still, seeing this video gives me another look at how it can be done. My big question still...
  39. Re: Can you compose better with your left eye?

    Funny timing, but I was just reading an educational newsletter today that included an article which said that the long-expressed ideas about left/right brain, language/logic/creativity has been...
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    Re: ANSI Standard for 14x17 holder seems odd

    I really appreciate all the information that this thread has provided. The internet is full of answers, but this was one of those times when one of the most referenced sources of information (and not...
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