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  1. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    I've printed hundred of sheets of Foma Variant 111 with my Aristo V54 cold light head and, most recently, with my Aristo VCL4500 cold light head and I've never noticed any particular contrast issues...
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    Re: Piece fell out from my Grafmatic

    It's been quite awhile since I've disassembled a Grafmatic, but that piece looks like the felt light seal that sits under the septum tray where it slides in/out. Kind of hard to explain here. If you...
  3. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    I've also seen a couple of posts and, I think a YouTube video or two, discussing a DIY type IR thing. You might want to poke around the 'net a bit, if you're interested.
  4. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    It's from a UK company named Nightfox and mine is the 119V. Unfortunately, I don't think this particular model is made any longer. My primary motivation for selecting this model is that the view is...
  5. Re: So stores/ebay sell 4x5 GG protectors but not 8x10?

    If you don't want to DIY it, Keith Canham sells a very nice gg protector. Back when I bought mine, IIRC it was $40.
  6. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    It varies, of course, by film and development technique, but, for example, for 8x10 Foma 100 I develop with tanks & hangers for 15 mins @21C (1:1:100) for normal silver printing, and for roughly the...
  7. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    Please allow me to be clear with this point... I, personally, and on my calibrated densitometer have never measured a true increase in film speed with any film/developer combo I've used. Have I tried...
  8. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    I use it at 2:2:100 for pt/pd printing and for use on silver chloride papers such as Lodima or Adox Lupex; 1:1:100 for everything else. I've never tried it myself, but I'd guess that 2:2:100...
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    Re: Capture 21 General Usefulness

    Yes, a 30 day trial is available. And, if you don't need or want the "Pro" version, there are less expensive versions of the product available.
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    Re: Capture 21 General Usefulness

    I have used Capture One since something like version 3; currently on 21. Personally, I find the results to be much more to my liking than other raw converters. Unlike Oren, I don't find the file...
  11. Re: My experience with 20th Century Camera's 5x7 reel

    FWIW, I had similar issues with the reel for 8x10. I always use inversion agitation with all formats in a tank and, with inversion agitation of the QL81 reel, I experienced uneven development and...
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    Re: Zone VI tripod questions

    Good advice! Yeah, my 8x10 Deardorff with the 360/6.8 Schneider Symmar-S lens attached was probably pushing that poor 'ole 3047 to its limit. Honestly, I used it for many years without a thought and...
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    Re: Zone VI tripod questions

    I own both of Fred's tripods--the "lightweight" and the standard--and use both for many years until I got older and moved on to carbon fiber. The top leg lockdowns on my lightweight tripod have never...
  14. Thread: Thin negs

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    Re: Thin negs

    I've used a lot of Foma 100 over the years, but I can't recall storing any for more than about 3-4 months at room temp. Never had any complaints after that length of storage. Whenever I've had...
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    Not sure what would be corrosive causing in RO water, but I can assure you that I've used it for about 15 years in my CPP-2 and my heating element looks as good as the day it was new.
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    I fill mine with RO water and do a complete change about every 6 months. I made a styrofoam cover that lays over the water bath area, notched around the lift, and keep the entire unit covered between...
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    Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    Don't know if this is true, but I've heard that if they can't see what's inside the bag they will crank the power; obviously not good for film. Is it possible to ship film to your destination or buy...
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    Re: Readyload film removal?

    I haven't used any readlyloads in years, but back when I did I used more Fuji than Kodak. On the Fuji packets, I'd just grab the clip end with my index finger and thumb (on each end of the clip),...
  19. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    I will second the importance of this point, as Doremus said above. Fred told me to pick what I thought was the "maximum black" strip, then back off one step. What you're looking for is convincing...
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    Re: Polaroid on 4x5

    I've never tried it myself, but I've heard that the Type 55 film is or is very similar to Panatomic-X. Therefore, the development times for this film should get you pretty close.
  21. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    Separation between Zone 0 and Zone 1 has absolutely nothing to do with determining standard development time for any given film. Perhaps I misunderstood the point of the OP inquiry?
  22. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    Standard development time is determined based on Zone VIII. The way I determine this in the darkroom is the following:

    1. Set the enlarger height for a fairly generous coverage of an 8x10 area of,...
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    Re: Epson Scan assistance

    First, I would suggest determining what the real optical resolution of your scanner is; it's probably not what the manufacturer claims. For the actual scanning, I recommend scanning to a linear file,...
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    Re: Epson scan v Vuescan v SilverFast 9

    I've happily used Silverfast Ai for 20+ years, currently using Silverfast Ai Studio 8. I do own a copy of Vuescan, but it stopped working for me many years ago. The Epson scanning software works, but...
  25. Re: Film Holder Sleeves: Gnass Gear & Stone Photo

    In the past, I've ordered several items from Daniel and I continue to be pleased with his craftmanship and the quality of his products.
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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    So hard to pick just 5, but if I was pressed I'd go with these:

    1. Quiet Light, John Sexton
    2. A Personal Selection, Brett Weston
    3. Light Years, The Photographs of Morley Baer
    4. Natural...
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    Re: Silverfast and Editing software

    Does Elements support 16-bit per channel editing nowadays? If not, I wouldn't use it.



    Scanning color negative film is much simpler with NegaFix in Silverfast. I will admit that they're profile...
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    Re: Silverfast and Editing software

    I use Silverfast Ai Studio 8 on my main desktop and occasionally use Silverfast SE on an old iMac to run my Minolta Elite 5400II scanner. IMO, Ai Studio is substantially more powerful vs SE and for...
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    Re: New and need help

    True. At near 70 years young, I still backpack my Arca-Swiss F-Line and a complement of lenses over pretty fair distances. Add my BetterLight scanning system and the weight gets more "fun." Not...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    +1
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    Re: New and need help

    Monorails are great, but they can be problematic to carry into the field. Since you're interested in doing landscapes, movement capability isn't as important as some other subjects. Have you thought...
  32. Re: Anyone tried Epson P906 (P900) printer for digital negatives?

    I can't imagine any reason why the P900 (or P906) couldn't be used to craft digital negatives. If you want to go the software route, I believe Richard Boutwell's QCDN app supports the P900 (see...
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    Re: 20th Century Spiral reel for 8x10

    The 20th Century 8x10 reel didn't work out for me so I returned it; gouges in the emulsion and uneven development. For the record, I was doing inversion agitation. I tried the "twirly stick", but...
  34. Re: Will a Fujinon 150mm f/5.6 fold into a Crown Graphic?

    The Fuji 150W will easily fit into a Crown Graphic when closed. That was my main lens for this camera back when I owned one.

    Probably the biggest difference between the W series and the later NW...
  35. Re: Helloes from Gianluca, in Italy (starting with LF)

    Already sounds like you're well on your way down that slippery slope! ;) Welcome to LF and these forums.
  36. Poll: Re: Seeking 4x5 Lens Advice - Which Lens To Keep - Fujinon Or Nikkor 150mm 5.6

    Personally, I'd keep 'em both as you never know what application might arise someday whereby you'd want a 150. Prices for used analog photo equipment continue to rise as the years pass so, if you...
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    Re: A large-format laugh from Matt Marrash

    I think I've made ALL of these mistakes over my 40+ years of LF photography! :D
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    Re: 8x10 Intrepid Soft Sided Camera Case

    I have one of Daniel's 8x10 Intrepid cases and its wonderful!
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    Re: Kodak D-76 8x10 in Expert drum

    FWIW, an 8x10 Expert Drum can hold up to 1.5L solution. If running this on one of the Jobo manual processors, you just need to make sure you have a more recent unit with the stronger motor.
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    Re: Ground Glass--repair, replacement-----

    Why don't you make one yourself? It's not difficult.
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