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  1. Re: Using Pyrocat HD in a CPP3/BW Process Questions

    I have a CPP-2 and have processed LF film in Expert Drums for many years using Pyrocat-HD at 1:1:100 and at 2:2:100 (for alt process.) IMO, running the drum at speed 4 is too fast for any staining...
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    Re: Nikkor M300 f9.0 not sharp

    Were there any camera movements involved? Were you using the center of the image circle or something closer to the outside? What camera was used? Tripod? Tripod head and mount? Was it windy? If the...
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    Re: New Ilford darkroom survey, December 2019

    Thanks for alerting me to this survey. Done.
  4. Re: Differences Between Tri-X 400 and Tri-X 320

    I have used Tri-X 320 outdoors for 40 years; works fine! Personally, I like the tonal rendering of Tri-X 320 vs HP-5. Never really warmed up to the TMax films, though I do like the 400 version better...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    Like others have already commented, I've always followed Fred Picker's advice in that if the lens can render bare tree branches against clear sky, it's sharp enough. I'd be willing to bet that any...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    I have B&W fiber prints mounted on archival board w/archival overmatt framed in Nielsen silver frames hanging on various walls of my home for nearly 40 years now and they still look as good as the...
  7. Re: Which shutter-speed is park-position when not in use?

    I've used Copal, Compur, Seiko, and Ilex shutters for 40 years and I've always left 'em on whatever speed was last used. Not saying this is right, but I've never had any issues with my shutters. I...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Really like that first image, Colin...nice!!
  9. Thread: Using TXP 320

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    Re: Using TXP 320

    Tri-X 320 has been my primary film for 40 years. Based on sensitometric testing, I've always rated it at 320. For the first 15 years when I tray developed using the shuffle method, I developed for 5...
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    Re: Topaz Labs Sharpen AI app

    I use it and have had good results. I have, however, started using the Stabilize method, as mentioned in the Ctein review, and find that algorithm preferred over Sharpen. Go figure! Give it a try and...
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    The shutter is pretty much going to be dictated by what lens you buy; if just about any modern plasmat, it will be a Copal shutter. Older lenses, like Fujinon's, for example, have Seiko shutters....
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    I agree with Kent; stick to the major players in LF lenses. One of my favorite focal lengths for 4x5 landscapes is a 120mm (roughly equivalent to 35mm on 35mm film or ff digital.) IMO, something in...
  13. Re: First Forey Into 8x10 Format/ Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    I have the Intrepid 8x10 Mark I. It's an okay camera, but you have to keep in mind what it is; basically, a very inexpensive, lightweight camera that's kind of rough around the edges. Each time I set...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I use a Gralab timer, Zone VI Compensating Development Timer, or CompnTemp software on a laptop, based on my needs.
  15. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    Looks good! Can't wait to get mine.
  16. Re: Fresnel screen focus distance is different from ground glass

    I don't use any fresnel lens on my LF cameras, but, since the fresnel does have a focal length to itself I imagine this could affect proper focus. Again, I'm no expert but I always heard that the...
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    Re: Citric and acetic acid as stop (bath)

    Thanks, Doremus, I forgot to mention that the 28% stock requires further dilution. FWIW, my use of acid stop or plain water generally is tied to what film developer I'm using on what film. For...
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    Re: Citric and acetic acid as stop (bath)

    To make a 28% stock solution of Acetic Acid, mix 3 parts glacial acetic acid to 8 parts distilled water. I mix up ~16 ozs at a time: 4.5 oz acid to 12 oz distilled water. Probably doesn't need to be...
  19. Thread: Rinsing

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    Re: Rinsing

    I do a pre-soak before hitting the developer, but don't rinse between steps. A final wash is the rinsing my film sees.
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    Re: Removing film from Jobo Expert Drum 3005

    I've processed all kinds of 8x10 film in an Expert Drum and never have any scratches upon removal of the film. That said, I use the same removal technique as Bill, but I don't flood the drum with...
  21. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    Yes, and it's rechargeable, thereby saving on batteries.
  22. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    I've not had any fogging problems.
  23. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    This is what I use: https://nightfoxstore.com/products/nightfox-119v-night-vision-goggles

    Certainly not as cheap as Pere solution, but not terribly expensive by night vision goggle standards.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    As always, Alex, beautiful work!!
  25. Re: How to open the shutter of Fujinon WS 150mm f6.3?

    Additionally, just to be on the safe side because I'm always determining exposure last, I fire the shutter, then set shutter speed & aperture, recock the shutter, and take the photo. I don't know if...
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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Film doesn't necessarily need to be frozen to last a long time; cool storage is fine. I have two small fridges--neither has a freezer compartment--where I keep current film I'm using and raw...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    I do something similar for EMA (extreme minimal agitation) with Pyrocat-HD in homemade tubes. I tried doing this with the BTZS tubes before I made my own, but the film twisted in the tube during...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I don't think I've ever commented on your images, Alex, but I love 'em! Beautiful work!!
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    Perhaps this is why you've never seen Fred Newman (seller of these tubes) using a roller base? I think the general recommendation is to roll the tubes in a tub of water, whereby the tubes bob as they...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    Do you open the tubes in a lit darkroom the way Fred shows in his videos? I've processed hundreds of 8x10 sheets in BTZS tubes for 25 years, but I always handle open tubes in total darkness. Once the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Another nice image! Thanks.

    Well...now that I'm long into my retirement years, I can't carry the 8x10 Deardorff nearly as far as I used to; so...I've got an Intrepid 8x10. The Intrepid is not...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Beautiful image, Vaughn! I can't imagine shlepping 11x14 more than about 100 feet from the car. ;)
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Here in the southwest we have Oleander. Can grow to 30 feet tall, cut it to the ground and it will simply spring right back, stumps are very difficult to remove (I've done two in my yard), and it...
  34. Re: Advice on Printer purchase for Dig Neg, w/out Pizza Wheels

    Yep, that explains it. I typically print out a 5x7 neg on 8.5 x 11 OHP. If I want to go 8x10 or slightly larger neg, I use 11x14 OHP. As such, I never have less than 1 - 1.5" borders.
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    Re: Shelf life of J Lane Dry Plates

    Yep, i will as soon as I get my new plate holder.
  36. Re: Advice on Printer purchase for Dig Neg, w/out Pizza Wheels

    Jimmy,

    I've heard about folks having issues with pizza wheel marks on their digital negatives, but of all the ones I've printed on my Epson R2880 I've never noticed any issues there. Just...
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    Re: Shelf life of J Lane Dry Plates

    Thank you, Jason.
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    Shelf life of J Lane Dry Plates

    Assuming cool storage conditions, anybody know the shelf life of the ASA 2 J Lane Dry Plates? Is it the same as film? Can they go into the freezer until use?

    Thanks!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Austin, ABSOLUTELY love the Kalmath Falls image! Spectacularly seen!!
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    Though I have all formats from 35mm to 8x10, my preferred format is 8x10. Yes, it can be bulky and it is fairly expensive (I shoot only B&W in this format so it's not too bad), but IMO something...
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