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    Re: 2013 5X7 LED Enlarger Head Test 2

    Well, the horizontal enlarger and the tailboard camera are one and the same, or that's the plan anyway, with a different foamboard back. It will be a wall-projection arrangement, but simple to setup...
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    Re: 2013 5X7 LED Enlarger Head Test 2

    Perfect timing ! I have been looking at making an 8x10 tailboard camera (foamboard and birch-ply, nothing tricky) and the associated enlarger during the winter, and in your illustration we see the...
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    Re: Plastics question for film developing

    This is what I do, with the original tank for dev then kitchen plastic tubs for stop, fix and wash. Obviously this is in the dark. My sheet-film developing started with stainless hangers in baskets...
  4. Re: Ilford Direct Positive Paper - diagnosing Dmax problem

    May I suggest that if the usable amount of fresh paper developer is insufficient, that one pours it out and develops a second time using a second volume of fresh paper-developer? The process is...
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    Re: DIY 8x10 (or larger) Enlarger Chassis

    Aha, I missed that there are no huge heavy condenser lenses. Oops. I look forwards to seeing how it turns out :)
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    Re: DIY 8x10 (or larger) Enlarger Chassis

    As well as the driving-leadscrews I assume that you have a head counterweight, maybe moving vertically somewhere at the back via wire-rope and a pulley ? And, indeed, a table counterweight too.
  7. Re: anyone print 4x5 negatives with a black border?

    If the point of the request is to make a print with black borders, rather than to print the actual rebate and edge of the negative, then try the following:

    1) decide whatever size enlargement you...
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    Re: Maco Prototype IR film...

    Apart from Minox, I have never tried a bakelite tank in any size or format, but most bakelite products I have seen tend to be quite 'chunky' as the plastic is relatively weak. That suggests that...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    The OP mentioned using colour transparency film (why not colour neg?). How many years or months does he think this might be available for, together with the high-quality processing necessary for...
  10. Re: Which would be easier to build - 8x10 SLR or TLR?

    On the back of most view cameras there will be a ground-glass. You can see your sitter in that device and position them appropriately, if necessary mark the floor and tell them not to run away from...
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    Re: A large-format laugh from Matt Marrash

    In the photo shop in the town here, the film camera shelves had an Olympus Mju II for 225 !!!!!!! I have one which I bought in a junkshop a few years ago for 7,50.

    Forget gold -- invest in...
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    Re: Maco Prototype IR film...

    IIRC the tanks which were IR-transparent were a few ranges of 1980s, cheap, blow-moulded, dyed plastic tanks. They are both no longer made and never very strong even when new, so are unlikely to be...
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    Re: Modern Changing Tent?

    Presumably people want changing-tents to handle film whilst not near their darkroom. Also, it is likely that most (not all!) people will not be carrying the changing-bag while back-packing and in...
  14. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    I always wondered about that. The cats of my acquaintance would have had a sense of humour failure before the third 'take'. Are there highly-trained stunt-cats available somewhere??!! Or possibly...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    I was somewhere near there in 1985, cycling across Spain from the Picos d'Europa, Eastwards to Barcelona, then Northwards through France, back to England. I remember a misty morning, near the river,...
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    Re: Four Liter Jugs ?

    The HD polyethylene bottles used by most chemical-packagers have (or should have, possibly it depends on the brand) a blown liner that seals them, when it's necessary to reduce oxygen porosity. IIRC...
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    Re: "Budget" ULF Landscape Rig?

    I read this thread and thought of a basic container that might serve as a camera-body. At work I had to sort out a way to move CVD and AlN wafers coated with light-sensitive material from one...
  18. Re: How could I rinse 50x60cm prints using these sinks?

    As the sinks are too small for the paper, I'd suggest finding one of the trays that get placed under washing-machines to catch leaks. They are usually over 60cm square. One quick surface rinse with...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    Work has continued, it has actually even increased due to customers deciding that a shortened supply-chain is good at this time and ordering from a 'local' producer instead of the Far East. Of...
  20. Re: Contact Printing Large Format negatives with a Leica Focomat V35?

    It seems that you don't know what contact-printing is? The light-source doesn't matter. Just use a desklamp with a low power bulb, and maybe a few layers of normal white paper as a way of getting...
  21. Re: Thinking out loud, why doesn't someone just 3d print a triple LF box?

    Sounds like a job best approached with thick matboard, or perhaps 3mm black foamboard?
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    Re: Expiration time for Ilford photo paper

    It's one of those occasions when the most accurate answer is the traditional 'it depends' . . . In this case it depends on all of the factors mentioned above, as well as some really weird ones such...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Making the board from 3mm birch ply, with a fretsawed-and-sanded hole would be quick and easy, and both stronger and more reliable than mattboard. If there aren't enough threads to get through 3mm of...
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    Re: 3D Printing a lens board adapter?

    I must admit that I'd go for a simple tapered shape in 3mm birch ply before I'd look at 3D printing, unless you know someone who has already done the learning part of using the device, so that you...
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    If you have a litre or 1/2 litre bottle of concentrate that isn't being used up quickly, simply open it to begin with then top up a 1/2 litre bottle (if you start from 1 litre) to the brim, then a...
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    Re: Taking a class and now totally baffled

    To get a clearer separation of skintones vs. scarring you could also add the complications of colour-filters. If the scarring is purple-ish on pale skin, try a yellow filter for example, or the...
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    Re: endless external HD shuffle Part deaux

    As others have said, these days avoid Seagate. Look for WD or, if you can find them, Hitachi. Just remember that the failure rate for hard-drives is 100% -- it's only a matter of when.

    A storage...
  28. Re: Camera scanning on the cheap -- an example approach

    One could also use three, then it would always be stable during adjustments. Or use a baseboard with three wooden wedges underneath at the edges, moving them in and out to level the baseboard and...
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    Re: colour version of Rubylith

    Like everyone has said, rubylith and other masking materials (eg. paint) were used in making colour output, but at the stage of making lith negs or positives (ie. on black and white ortho materials)...
  30. Re: Large printing paper... e.g. 40x50" available anywhere?

    The papers are all made in Europe, so why not look for a European distributor?** Or as the OP seems to be in Australia, maybe Fuji still make some large rolls for the Japanese home market? That...
  31. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    It obviously depends on the requirements of each enlarger, but there are high-density foamboards available here (art suppliers in NL) that are probably also available in USA. I've used the two...
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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger Chassis for Heiland LED Recs

    If one was to make a horizontal enlarger then things might be simpler, though taking up much more floor-space of course.
  33. Re: Speculation on why the Omega D negative carriers are white on top?

    Way back last century I was told that several manufacturers did this to reduce the amount of radiant heat (from the lamp) absorbed by the neg. carrier, and hence to keep the neg a bit cooler. It...
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    Re: Split grade printing question

    The clarity adjustment is tweaked via an unsharp-mask, more or less. It should be do-able.
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    Re: Arista EDU Ultra 100 vs 200?

    It's possible to snip off a tiny part on a corner of the film when loading it in the DDS, just for ID later (done this for general testing, not specifically for Foma 100/200). In theory a pinhole...
  36. Re: Covid-19: Ilford factory in Mobberley shutting down for now

    Was there ever any conclusive result about negotiations on the Mobberley site lease, which was due to finish this year or 2021?? I recall the local authority not allowing any updates and...
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    Re: LED enlarger head creation -- just a thought

    I recall reading a few threads here about using a high-quality, LED light-box as a light-source for 5x7 and 8x10 (possibly even larger?). That simply needed a foamcore adapter box and one layer of...
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    The usefulness of the answers will depend on the continent where the OP is looking for an enlarger.

    Working professionally in the UK, I used a De Vere 504 for years, last century. Nowadays I use...
  39. Re: Ilford MG filters... are there 2 different sets?

    The "L" on the second-hand filter kit was hand-written by a previous owner, perhaps to show ownership or to identify the set in a multi-filter-set darkroom. It is not from Ilford. However, this is...
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    Re: Starting my own development ?

    You could get one in Ieper if you are that end of the country, or mail-order it from there (easier than getting it from US) . . .
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