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    Re: Wobbly Ries Tripod Head

    Which Ries head?
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    Re: techniques for emptying silver tank?

    I just pour mine into a large mouth pitcher. I then filter it into a storage bottle from there.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Chamonix 8x10
    14" Kodak Commercial Ektar
    Ilford Delta 100
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51182237659_7e614fabec_z.jpg
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Thanks Steve! That would be good news. Know anyone who could do this repair?
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Thank you for the quick reply. It is just 1 chip. The 3rd image just shows the piece of glass loose on the inside of the lens. I am making a lensboard for it now to test it out.
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    Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Received a damaged lens in the mail today. Sadly it is a 14" Pinkham Bi-Quality. The front element is chipped on the inside. How much do you think this chip will effect image quality? I would...
  7. Re: Post your homage to another photographer (any format)

    This one is probably obvious:
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158885262_a6123f282e.jpg
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    Gibson Mandolin
    5x7 tintype on aluminum.
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51148010214_8cea38288a_z.jpg
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Chamonix makes them new as well as film & plate holders.
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    Re: Heliar for 8x10

    The 420mm Universal is an amazing piece of glass. If you don't need the soft focus feature, just get a regular Heliar. Weight is definitely something to think about. My 420 universal weighs in at...
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    Re: Schneider Apo-Symmar L?

    I have the 150 and 300. Both amazing lenses with plenty of room for movements.
  12. Re: ALL WET Plate Suppliers Post Here with Link

    Aluminum:
    https://maintrophysupply.com
  13. Re: ALL WET Plate Suppliers Post Here with Link

    https://www.bostick-sullivan.com
  14. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    Looks good. What focal length lens did you use?
  15. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    I forgot to mention that I abandoned stitching 4x5s when I got a half frame dark slide for my 11x14.
    I also own a Noblex (Pro 6/150 F)
    If you get a Noblex make sure it has front rise. Mine does...
  16. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    You can stitch 4x5 shots together for panos with incredible detail. I wanted the cirkut camera look without the hassle and started experimenting. It is more difficult to line shots up because the...
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    Re: Problem using varnish

    Varnish can dissolve images off plates made with old collodion.
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    Majestic 1600 Head weight limit?

    Anyone know what the max weight limit for a Majestic 1600 geared tripod head?
    I am using it on an Arkay Senior studio stand.
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    Re: Tintype fogging while drying

    My guess without seeing the plates is that they were overexposed/overdeveloped. Unlike gelatin silver prints which dry down (highlights become darker), tintypes will dry up and highlights can blow...
  20. Modern tailboard camera with back for film holders?

    Are there any modern tailboard cameras that have a back for modern film and plate holders.
    It looks like Stenopeika has one but I was curious if there were others?
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    Re: C-41 Question

    Did you mix your stabilizer with tap water or distilled? I got spots with tap so I switched over to distilled and it made a difference.
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    If I mainly used only one camera and lens, I would have to explain to the wife why I own the rest of them. :)
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    If it hasn’t been mentioned yet, you should consider a commercial Ektar. They are brilliant portrait lenses.
  24. Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    Not to derail the thread but... Tracy, are you still making studio camera stands?
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    Re: Seeking Advice For 11x14 Lens

    It really depends on what you want to shoot. I use a Nikon Nikkor M 450mm f/9 as my modern normal lens.
  26. Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    When you first start rinsing the plate, it will look slimy. Keep rinsing until the surface no longer looks slimy.
  27. Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    Kent is correct. The color is from too short a development time or not rinsing it enough before fixing.
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I kept me concrete walls open. What ever you decide, I recommend you paint the concrete with a latex base masonry waterproofer. It will do an amazing job keeping moisture from seeping in from...
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    Re: 11x14" vs. 7x17"

    Vaughn, I haven't had a problem with the HF darkslide slipping when using Chamonix holders. I don't think they recommend their use for other holders.
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    Re: 11x14" vs. 7x17"

    It really depends on your subject matter. 11x14 would be more useful for a variety of subjects not being stuck in a landscape format. The film is more readily available and cheaper. I love my...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Old Mill
    Chamonix 11x14
    Nikon 450mm f/9
    Ilford HP5
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50371977071_70bf6dc742_z.jpg
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    Re: 8x10 film holder case

    These look nice.
    https://www.stonephotogear.com/filmstorage
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    Re: Repairing Zone VI Enlarger

    I have the same problem with mine. The plastic track just wears out at the popular heights. For me, I changed the height of the base board to compensate. Not a great fix, but works for now.
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    Re: Ideal Wet Plate Glasss

    I buy my glass from a local glass co. 3/32 is the thinnest stuff they have. Their cuts are pretty clean but I sand down the edges with sandpaper.
    I have successfully made plates on plexiglass as...
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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    You do not need old lenses. Modern ones work fine. f/5.6 or faster is preferable. Since exposure times are really slow, you can save money by buying a barrel lens and use the lens cap as the...
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    Re: Beseler 11x14 color unidrum

    Are you talking about the "Color by Beseler" drums? If so, I have used the 8x10 and 11x14 drums. Does your 11x14 drum have the divider rod? If so you can process 2 8x10s at once. I tried 4 4x5s...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    Those of you who are doing this... how are you focusing the LF cameras? Are you marking infinity during the day?
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    Re: Longest Wet Plate Exposure Times

    Blinking is so fast over the course of a long exposure that it won’t show up on the plate. I have shot still life and macros to about 6 min exposures. The plate gets harder to develop successfully...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I'm thinking of shooting some this weekend. I'll take a few photos of my set up then.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ari,
    I use a $20 children's 4'x5' tent in the back of my truck. The shroud is made of a light proof fabric from Freestyle.
    I can make up to 11x14 plates with it. What is nice is the bottom is...
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