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    Re: Opinions on grafmatic

    Mine are all pretty old and ratty looking, but I maintain the septums so that the film doesn’t slide out when it shouldn’t and keep the mechanism clean and lubricated (pledge works). Maintained and...
  2. Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    That might work, but I think if you have a spanner wrench with the right width it will be more secure. I made a simple tool out of a piece of thick shim stock or maybe an old hack saw blade and...
  3. Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    Not guaranteed, but I fit a 210 GK to a copal press shutter with complete success a few years ago. It was a little tricky removing the front lens cell from the barrel because it was set into the...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    To add yet another opinion...
    5x7 Gandolfi “Precision”
    4x5 Ebony SVTi
    Lenses from 75mm - 480mm, some go with either depending upon how far and where I will carry my burden. I seem to use a...
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    Re: Dating a spring back

    Gandolfi was the first camera company to make surveillance cameras for airplanes in WW 1. They were made in England until the 1990s and a bit. I have had a 5x7 for almost 30 years using lenses from...
  6. Re: Preferences for 150-165mm lenses in 8x10?

    Just for the record, I used to use a 165 Angulon for 5x7. One day I found myself in need of an 8x10 lens for a building shot. 40” x5’ print was tack sharp corner to corner. Of course I didn’t have to...
  7. Re: Heliar 420mm F4.5 Barrel Lens Disassemble

    I’m not familiar with that lens, but usually it is necessary to remove the ring to get access to the front lens elements.
    You probably will have to encourage that ring somehow. Try to hold it evenly...
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    Re: Linhof missed focusing

    If you measure the distance from the gg toward the lens the distance will be somewhere near 13/64 Inches or 5 mm. If not....
  9. Re: How To Properly Clean/Restore Metal Parts?

    If your metal is plated, doing any kind of machining or polishing on it will probably not make it look better. Start with soap or degreaser and a bristle brush with soft bristles. If not plated, wail...
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    Re: New Wooden Filmholder

    Anybody used these holders? They are pricey, but they would be being made of wood instead of being stamped out or printed. They look nicely made and user friendly. The light traps appear to be put...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    I second this idea, I’ve been using diffusion plexiglass (very thin) on top of my AN negative carriers for awhile now with great success.
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Yup, gotta keep Sir Isaac at bay but a glass negative carrier really works.....and if you add pin registration........I sold my negasortofflat many years ago. By the way this thread started at just...
  13. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    I have a very old Gitzo 1348 which I think is one of their 1st carbon fiber versions. It is light, 66” tall in four sections, solid without the center column, and never slips. I put a Ries head and a...
  14. Re: Stuck lens whenever on large Derogy

    If you know a machinist you could have them make a ring out of aluminum of the exact ID as the OD of the part that you need to remove plus the thickness of a piece of paper. The ring would be about a...
  15. Re: Schneider 500mm f5.5 Tele Xenar in barrel for Sinar

    Nice machining on the adapter tube.
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    I do
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    I once knew someone who always kept his 8x10 camera under a dark cloth when the holder was in the camera, even when pulling out the slide and making the exposure. Might try it in the sun with and...
  18. Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    Photo flo and distilled water works. More photo flo is Not better.
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    Re: Grafmatic Back - How to Break 'Em?

    I have been using Grafmatic backs on my 4x5 exclusively for years. I even sold all of my regular holders after not using them for 10 or so years. A couple of success pointers that I can add or agree...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Another vote for the superbrightleds.
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    Re: Split grade printing weirdness

    Do you have another set of filters? Maybe an old set that you could compare?
  22. Re: Does Anyone have any experience with the RH Designs Analyser Pro? Any thoughts on

    I have been using the RH DeSigns Stop Clock Vario for years. When It arrived I set it up, learned how to use it and never went back to my old system. I’m sure that if you study the specs on the...
  23. Re: Resources Needed for Ansco No. 5 8x10 Studio Camera Bellows Replacement

    I also vote Custom Bellows UK. They made replacement bellows for my Ebony 4x5 last year. Excellent product, reasonably priced and easy to work with. Turn the “Way back machine” on and they made...
  24. Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    Like you have been hearing, I also think that it is better to have a 5x7 and use a 4x5 back on it when needed. That being said, I got tired of carrying the heavier camera around and ended up getting...
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    Re: Cable release thread

    Good job, glad it worked!
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    Re: Cable release thread

    The difference between a .5 mm thread and a 48tpi thread is about .001” from peak to peak. 44tpi Will add .002” . A taper going into a straight thread doesn’t need to mesh perfectly as it will engage...
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    Re: Cable release thread

    Your 5-44 will probably grab just fine but checking with a scrap of aluminum is a good idea. Also experiment with a chamfering tool on the beginning of the hole so that the cable release will go in...
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    Re: Cable release thread

    Wow, Home Depot....and plug style at that!
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    Re: Cable release thread

    I bought a replacement part for a copal shutter from SK Grimes several years ago. Even replaced one missing screw. I also found that when I needed to make an adapter for a recessed lensboard a 5-48...
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    Re: Glass for enlargers or cameras

    Thanks, this will be helpful since I seem to have more time these days to rebuild and redesign my darkroom......
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    Glass for enlargers or cameras

    Does anyone know a source for thin glass for enlargers or cameras? Also ANR glass?
    Thanks,
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    Re: Universal bellows

    I just saw your post Stuart. The bellows from Custom Bellows does close and lock in the camera. Smells a bit like glue still, the 75 has more movement than I need, and it works with long...
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    Re: Universal bellows

    Thanks for the advice. The new universal bellows from “custom Bellows” arrived today, they have the short bag section. After checking them out with short and long lenses, I wonder why I didn’t change...
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    Re: Universal bellows

    I asked Keith at Custom Bellows if there would be any negative effects from the combination bellows. He replied that there might be some bellows sag. I therefore thought it prudent to ask the forum...
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    Re: Universal bellows

    It sounds like the universal type bellows will work better than what I was using, so I will have the new bellows made and let you know how it works out.
    Thanks for the info and advice.
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    Re: Universal bellows

    Good Input and information, I do tend to use lenses in the 210-450 range as well and was a bit worried that there might be some bellows sag, but nobody has mentioned this so maybe it is a non issue....
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    Universal bellows

    Anyone have experience with the bellows that have a short “bag” section in the front? I need to replace the bellows on my Ebony 4x5. Ebony is no more so I looked around and found that Custom Bellows...
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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    This looks great, I'm sure that you will be quite busy pouring emulsions! I was making dry plates for a few years before I moved and don't yet have a darkroom. It is pretty tricky to get consistent...
  39. Re: 305 kodak portrait lens on 4x5 chamonix

    Hi Dave,
    If the lens is in a #5 shutter you probably will need to have a machinist make an extender to mount the lens in front of the lensboard. If a #4 shutter the hole in the lensboard can be...
  40. Re: Does stopping down a lens cover edge imperfections/separation/fungus/etc.?

    Take care of yourself, get the lens cleaned, (worth it), in that order, and make some photos. I wish you all the best in your efforts.
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