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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Would you consider 8x10 for convenience? You can then crop, use masks, or custom backs for any smaller format if you want dedicated holders. Pricing for annual ULF film order for 6.5x8.5 is not much...
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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    You may not find many because the lenses are rare. Jim Galli mentioned in a thread that he had only seen 3 on ebay and others indicated ones seen are usually in terrible condition.
    Check his site...
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    Re: 2 sheets of film in the same holder?

    then shoot the color , scan, output as black and white on clear print film (OHP). Alt process people do this all the time and have registration tools to align everything.
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    Re: 2 sheets of film in the same holder?

    Why not put them on opposite sides then just take a shot and flip it around and shoot again. Then you can stack them when scanning if you want that effect.
  5. Thread: 4x loupe

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    Re: 4x loupe

    You can wrap a clear base with electrical tape , So even an inexpensive loupe will work. I tend to drop them into rushing water or off steep slopes so I keep several of the peak inexpensive models...
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    For those of you that don't like purple - Ilford MGFB Warmtone has a richer red-brown tone in Selenium when fully toned. ...
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    Re: Ilford ULF annual order period for 2021

    would like Delta 100 in 5x12 but will live with FP4+.
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    Thought I would share this image from my experimentation. All three images are Bergger CB Warm Tone paper developed with Photographers Formulary 106. Selenium 1:5 - Left 5:00 minutes, center 2:30,...
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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Get one with the twisting lock rather than a thumb screw lock that protrudes, at least 2feet in length. Before you take it out in the field wrap a thin layer of red or orange electrical or duct tape...
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    Re: Still Standing

    Thanks for sharing as I have some old film I have been afraid to shoot because I wasn't sure how to process it.

    With any of the cachetol developers I have tried, I get better results with a 2-3...
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    Re: Tripod for Wista metal field camera

    Buy the tripod(s) you need for 95% of the shots you will take the rest of your life. 4.5 pounds 10x CF taller/stronger vs 3lb CF average height/strength will not make much difference most of the...
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    I get a purple aubergine tone every time regardless of dilution on MGFB Classic with selenium, it just takes longer. Water impurities/differences maybe? People used to say there were different tones...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    come on man, that sounds way too easy and will never work, total wast of time, Maybe I need to buy an expensive lens to take a test shot with. (sarcasm). Waiting on a shipment of paper so can try...
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    Re: Paper cutting preferences

    Looked at the single rail rototrim at staples and it has a ton of play from instore abuse. Even the guillotine models are bent. The craft paper cutters are too plastic and not durable but do have a...
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    Paper cutting preferences

    Time to buy a new paper cutter for the darkroom. Guillotine or rotary? Brands?

    None of them have great reviews until you get into the $400+ models which handle 40 + sheets. I only need to cut...
  16. Re: Ilford Multigrade 500HLE For 8x10 Enlarger Needs Work

    I have the 4x5 500 system and it is finicky. It needs to be turned on regularly to keep it fully operational. I get about a year out of the bulbs whether I use them heavily or not. I had to change...
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    Print and Fix as normal (make several test prints or cut some prints up) - WASH !!!
    - Bleach print entirely or at least through the middle tones but the blacks should have some reduction using a...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    the Glycin was tan-ish and the kit was at least 8 months old plus however long it sat on PF's shelf, so my bad for not mixing it right away. I dilute the stock 1:2 most of the time so if the...
  19. Re: Chamonix C45-H1 and Benro Geared Head GD3WH

    I use a 3 way head and adjust the tensioning for smaller movements. I'd be forever adjusting geared heads in the field. Some of the larger ball heads also have good tensioning to help you get things...
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    Color of Ansco/PF 130

    Just mixed my third batch in 5 years of Formulary 130 paper developer (Ansco 130). The very first batch I ever made was a very light tea color - 1 liter kit 2016. Second batch was 8 liters and was...
  21. Re: Cutting a 4x5 film holder slide cover for two panoramic images on one sheet of fi

    It works ok to cut a slide in half - but you have to make sure it goes in straight and isn't at an angle. its much easier to use a 6x9 or 6x12 roll film back with 120 film if your camera can accept...
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    Re: Darkroom print and data filing system

    The beauty of hand printing is that you can express yourself with different methods and materials and can experiment. It's not like digital where you press a button and an identical print comes out...
  23. Thread: Cemeteries

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    Re: Cemeteries

    Bryan - nice glow on the cross. Never seen the Trioplan in 150mm - I had a 135 but it did not cover 4x5 and was very swirly wide open.
  24. Re: 210 for travel and landscape: Heliar or Schneider?

    otto.f - Try doing something different with the lens on your trip, then you will be double rewarded for your decision. Sometimes we rely on our equipment rather than our artistry.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Johnmsanderson - this portrait has a sense of story to it. The flowering mottled tree, single bloom plant, struggling grass, and even the railroad tracks all contribute to the portrait. The clothing...
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    Re: Dating your prints

    Should we buy them now so we get a good price? If I'm lucky, my future grandkids will at least see my prints before they get discarded in the trash bin.
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    Re: Dating your prints

    I use an image number not a date. However my image numbers are yyyymm.#. where # represents the frame sequence for the month so 202105.1. would be the first frame of the month regardless whether...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    for horizontal flat surfaces a turntable bubble level is fairly accurate. Usually less than $30 . you can get some larger center bubble spirit levels with degree markings.
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    Re: First and hopefully only lens for landscape?

    Schneider 300/500 (12"/15") convertible is a nice heavy lens for distant landscape. It may depend how far away you are from your subjects.

    if you have deep pockets a Cooke Series XVa Triple...
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    Re: 4x10 how does it work and what do I need

    Buy an 8x10 and use half frames if on a budget. Film is readily available and lenses are not too difficult to find. Swapping backs will be cumbersome in the field. A 4x10 dedicated camera will be a...
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    stiff seiko shutter cocking pinion

    I recently purchased a Fuji 210 lens in a Seiko shutter. The cocking mechanism requires a good deal of force compared to all the other shutters I use. It seems to require the same force for all...
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    Re: Road trip - one pack two LF cameras

    Washington oaks is a nice garden for shooting flowers in the spring but depending on rain and heat there may not be much of those in June. Only one or two of the oaks are interesting to me but I am...
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    Re: Road trip - one pack two LF cameras

    I knew my time was limited to just Wednesday morning while traveling between St Augustine and Orlando, so I managed one beach shot with a nice wave swept/worn coquina rock on the 5x12 , and 2 4x5...
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    Road trip - one pack two LF cameras

    Going on a 4 day road trip today and wanted to take both my 4x5 and 5x12 camera but only have room for one backpack with my luggage. Both of my packs are large luggage size pieces.

    So the Shimoda...
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    Re: Flowers Anyone?

    Corran, I had one of those yellow poplar trees in my backyard and it bloomed every year. Maybe it just needs full sun. Squirrels used it to gain access to my roof and started nesting in the attic,...
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    Re: Locking the Arca Swiss z1-sp Plate

    Gitzo 1348 looks like it should have a rubber pad between the tripod platform and head that would usually prevent rotation. If yours is missing or worn then you can replace it with rubber from a jar...
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    Re: Locking the Arca Swiss z1-sp Plate

    The FLM tripods have the nylon screws that are tightened after you attach the head. They are located under the platform of the tripod and apply pressure to the head to keep it from spinning. Does you...
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    Re: Rectangular TLC Developing Tanks

    I found refrigerator trays at Target that are 6x14 for my 5x12 printing. Found a 5 reel stainless Nikkor tank for the film but it needs 1800ml developer and is heavy when filled. Need something to...
  39. Re: Higher fog in rotary development of fiber-based paper?

    Thought - just because you use a drum doesn't mean you have to use rotary agitation. just fill the tube with developer and agitate slowly - or use dump refill method .
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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    I am using the FLM CP34 L4 II currently with a Manfrotto xpro 3 way head for my 5x12 and 4x5. I could have gotten away with the CP30 for 90% of my needs but for 1.2 pound difference I will never...
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