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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Having a "good time" for me does mean LF film photography and a real darkroom. And for that matter, look at how many features in PS had graphics arts film precedents, and carry the same terminology....
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Once you go down the rabbithole of scanning and correcting flaws that way, you're stuck with digital printing, with a few exceptions. Why not work clean to begin with, so all the damn spotting isn't...
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    What is going on????? Whether it's a Franken-lens or not, I can't say; it certainly is a Franken-Ad listing. It's probable that the Seller is not familiar with lenses and doesn't understand the...
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    The posting has been corrected. It's now re-listed as f/9. If it had been f/3.5 it would be as big as a horse and not fit any kind of Shanel shutter. Probably an innocent typo.
    The "Claro" series...
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    An old process lens somebody got mounted in a Shanel shutter. Don't know why it would realistically actually fetch a high price; but that's what some sellers are fishing for these days, realistic or...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    I can't get any of the images on that page up. But Mark C. printed things quite low key, slightly warmish on Kodak Polycontrast as I recall, so I wouldn't be surprised if there is in fact some...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Very few photographers or labs are even equipped to degree I am for making precise highly-detailed prints. Few photographers take the trouble to use precision 8x10 filmholders like I do. But I think...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Today's color neg films and RA4 chromogenic papers are way, way better than previous versions. The designation, "digital paper" with respect to RA4 basically means two things: 1) since green lasers...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    It's how one uses the "imperfections" to advantage, compositionally, that separates the men from the boys. In large format works, something in the scene is inevitably going to be out of focus; but...
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    Re: Light Impressions

    Upon inquiry, Archival Methods told me they make their own boxes in house, rather than subcontracting them. So even is a size is discontinued or odd, they can still make it. Of course, there would be...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Deep Blue - your issue looks like weak chemical activity. How long do you keep chem around after mixture? Do you replenish? Trays or drums. Wash time? Or else the paper itself could be on the old...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    If every shadow has to be full of detail, then Brett Weston was a horrible printer! I personally regard every image as potentially worthy of its own kind of treatment. One shoe size does NOT fit all.
  13. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    HP5 has somewhat of a longer more sweeping toe than FP4, so benefits from some overexposure if deep shadow gradation is needed. And while not being a true thick emulsion film, it is still thicker in...
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    Re: Some JOBO CPA questions

    I use a Jobo tempering bath for keeping my own color chemical bottles at correct temp. My own roller machine is separate, and much more seriously built than a Jobo. I change the water daily. These...
  15. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    ???? I haven't used any 4125 copy film for the past 30 yrs, and even then the box was old. Did you somehow manage to steal that from a touring King Tut tomb artifact exhibition, Vaughn? Or more...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Fuji can be a bit cryptic with what they publish, and things have to be revised from time to time. But it appears that some of their Crystal Archive products have better display stability than Ciba;...
  17. Re: “Tripods for Bipods” (John Sexton new tech tip video)

    Different audience. Most of us already have our battle scars from learning things the hard way, and certainly plenty of scars and old war wounds on our tripods! A Ries isn't a Ries without some...
  18. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    It's really tricky to make full scale negs on Ortho Litho or Tech Pan. Yeah, achieving high contrast per se is super easy. But retaining detail in the upper highlights and deep shadows is a near...
  19. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    I put too much work into my shots to gamble with Foma/Arista films. Learned that lesson the hard way. For example, the alleged 200 speed product has the longest straight line, and least toe, of any...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    This thread sounds like hunting for another Ivory Billed Woodpecker in an endless swamp. One man's version of "perfection" is another man's nightmare. To each his own. Yeah, I'm known for really...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    One just has to iron out and optimize each step at a time. RA4 processing itself is fairly easy, but you still have to pay attention to reasonably fresh chemistry, learn how to assess the color...
  22. Re: “Tripods for Bipods” (John Sexton new tech tip video)

    Sounds like he's seen it all. I once stumbled onto him doing a workshop, and he privately expressed his exasperation with some of his students who showed up with absurdly expensive equipment, yet...
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    Re: John Sexton - Kenny Rogers

    There was an old View Camera Mag on this too. Celebrities get attention; but I wasn't otherwise impressed. He probably found some personal space or calm this way, just like all of us.

    Barry...
  24. Re: building a copy/digitizing stand out of Sinar parts

    I certainly hope some of you never apply for a job as a building inspector! I't so darn easy to seriously stabilize a stand that I can't figure out why that option is even being debated.
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    Maybe not a saying of Voltaire, but "vibration is the enemy of decent results". When in doubt, ALWAYS overbuild. And always solidly anchor any kind of column at BOTH ends. An efficient copystand...
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    Slot track systems aren't really all that precise, convenient, or stable unless you dramatically up the price to serious liner motion components and their own kind of gear options. If slightly large...
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    Re: Screw for Fujion 600 mm

    Maybe Micro Fasteners, if you know the thread size. Yeah, you'll probably have to buy a full pk or box; but that will likely cost less than a single screw sold as a dedicated camera part.
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    Re: Light Impressions

    Archival Methods. But be prepared for sticker shock. Not their fault - just like everything else at the moment getting expensive.
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    That should be easy to do. But you'll need some extra support to the rail section column, ideally with more than one rail clamp. I've done it in the past, though now have a deluxe copystand...
  30. Re: Which paper is closest to graded Brilliant (Guillemot version).

    I can do nearly everything I personally need by keeping only MG Cooltone and MG Warmtone on hand (strictly FB). Classic is kinda in the middle, a decent product, but neither fish nor fowl in my...
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    Bergger is marketing a couple nice VC papers with a bit more dive off the steep end, curve-wise, than Harman's regular papers. Their Ilford MGWT probably has equal or even more DMax after toning, but...
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    Re: FP4+ in Pyrocat HD

    I always rate it at 50 unless it's a low-contrast scene with surplus exposure latitude, and do 10 min development.
  33. Re: CM-W fujinon lens trivia

    Lenses filled with water have probably been around hundreds of millions of years. Standard equipment with a great many species.
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    Re: Tick Season = Lyme Disease risk

    The problem with "bottle openers" or mini-pliers, or strong tweezers, is that you need to be careful to not pull apart the tick and leave its head behind, still inside to infect. Some people first...
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    Re: Tick Season = Lyme Disease risk

    Actual "tick flies" (Hippoboscidae) are common this time of year too. Look and behave just like a brown tick once they shed their wings and burrow their head in, and are mainly a deer parasite in...
  36. Re: APO Sironar S lenses in 300mm + in today's market

    Vaughn - check out Bigwalls.net Escudo per "not so bad" Paine weather. All that damn climbing hardware was all over my house before they left. I got my nephew Chris a basic little Pentax MX to...
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    Re: Tick Season = Lyme Disease risk

    Most insurance plans are very hesitant to undertake testing for Lymes unless there is a conspicuous symptom like a bullseye rash. There are two reasons for that. For one thing, Lymes can mimic...
  38. Re: Planning Roadtrip for June in Middle/Western USA

    We might have hit 80 today; but it's over 100 just over the ridge inland, where the coastal airflow is blocked. Due to drop 10F tomorrow, and another 10 Sunday. Maybe back to our normal June highs in...
  39. Re: Planning Roadtrip for June in Middle/Western USA

    Ha! Gas at Lee Vining (Mono Lake), or worse, Bridgeport slightly further north, was always two dollars higher than anywhere else in the State. Wonder if it's still like that. If so,expect $8.50...
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    Re: Tick Season = Lyme Disease risk

    Strange. Around here, that particular "allergy" is termed "Vegan". Glad I don't have it. So far, none of the cats have gotten it either, despite running around in outdoor weeds.
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