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    Re: Tmax 400 in D-76 correct dev time

    Try this procedure on the TMax 400. Personally, I tested TMax in HC110 and Kodak TMax developer and much prefer TXP or now HP5+ due to cost and consistancy. I have also standardized on Ilfotec HC...
  2. Re: Problem: Long Rail, Long Bellows... Is There a Solution to Use One Tripod

    I made a long extension mount for my 810G using two 45G rail clamps on a wide base as Drew has described. It bolts securely to my Majestic Chicago pan head and my Hercules Industrial pan head with...
  3. Re: Film Reciprocity Failure Compensation Factors For Films

    Don't apply reciprocity exposure and development corrections for long exposures (1/2 sec. +) based on published data. Test for yourself after you have experimentally determined exposure and...
  4. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    I frequently load the 8X10 camera, a Toyo810M, from below when the sun is high overhead so that I don't fog a film when inserting or pulling out a slide. I will do this in 4X5 too. Even when loading...
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    Re: Gradients on short edge of 4x5 Negs

    Many of these variables could be eliminated by doing tray development in total darkness. I began by developing my 4X5 negatives that way in 1975 and 8X10s in 1985. Never have I felt the need for...
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    Re: Dynalite Infrared Transmitter

    Dynalite two channel IR transmitters were supplied by Wein Products Corp. The switch on the pack should be set to the correct IR position. I used a Wein Pro Sync on channel one with a 1000wi with...
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    Re: Toyo Robos 4x5

    I have the Robos and it is excellent. I was only discontinued because of patent disputes with Sinar. Toyo had plans for 5X7 and 8X10 which were never produced. The original bellows had pinholes even...
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    Re: Bellows from ecbuyonline2008???

    I rebuilt and resold a number of Toyo 45G and 810G cameras and fitted them with bellows from ecbuyonline. The quality was very good, but the ecbuyonline bellows are considerably thicker than the...
  9. Re: Post your homage to another photographer (any format)

    William S. McIntosh 1928-2021

    It was my pleasure to assist Bill McIntosh on a number of assignments here in Virginia Beach, and to make some exhibition prints from his original 1950s negatives. He...
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    Re: iPhone strobe transmitter?

    I have been using the Tricflash and app with my iphone since it came out about two years ago. Works very well, but zooming is not supported, full frame with the normal lens only.
  11. Re: Experience with HP5+ shot/developed at ISO 100 in D76

    HP5+ can be very nice at EI 100. I've posted my findings here a number of times and no one seems to disagree, or no one has done their own tests.

    Years ago I learned an excellent method to find...
  12. Re: Interesting Alternative to a Tripod, Especially for Rough Ground

    I have been interested in 10" 2K spot/Fresnel lights, De Sisti and Strand Quartz Color Castors. Some of these I have converted to electronic flash and also adapted some to use 2 contact bayonet...
  13. Re: Will a Fujinon 150mm f/5.6 fold into a Crown Graphic?

    No problem with either of those Fujis. When coupled to a carefully-cut cam, that lens could deliver astounding hand-held results.
  14. Re: Stumped on cause of evident light "leak"

    You have to discover light leaks before they find your film. Unless you are very sure of the condition of your bellows, it should be checked frequently for leaks in the corners, especially the...
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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    I like the Minolta Flash IV s available at very reasonable prices. You a
    can have spot/reflective, flash, incident and enlarging all for a fraction of new instruments.
  16. Re: Definitive LED / Incandescent enlarger light bulb replacement thread

    This light and associated technology could mean big changes in the industry if it works as claimed. Public demonstration on Nov. 25th. It may go open source.
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    Re: New Computer Time...

    If you have an X86 machine, the type that usually runs Windows, try downloading the new Linux distro Ubuntu Studio. You can burn a boot CD or create a boot flash drive. Boot from it without...
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    Re: Lens board adapters thread

    In the years before I divested of all things Linhof, I made my own adapter board for my Deardorff 8X10 to take Technika lens boards. Some other photographers and dealers thought this was insane ...
  19. Re: Determine developing time for any film

    Many people new to exposure and development testing don't have a good idea of what an excellent negative looks like. One way to approach this is to use Diafine for one's first development trials. ...
  20. Re: Chamonix 810V Back Orientation Mistake?

    You might well have a light leak on those holders. However, it's good to have a back that can be oriented to load from below in situations where the sun is directly overhead and light can get in...
  21. Re: How difficult is it to drill holes in a Carbon Fiber lens board?

    I have suggested for some time that the Crown Graphic lensboard is the best choice for most LF lenses. I always have a TRF Crown Graphic so it make extra good sense for me. All my lenses, except...
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    Re: Consistent black lines on negatives

    Are you sure the line is on the negative and not an artifact from scanning? Who did the scan, you or the lab?
  23. Re: Will I Get Vignetting: Toyo 810G - 1200mm Bellows - Xenar 480mm f/4.5

    I have an 810M with a Western Bellows made to the same dimensions as the original Toyo. I use the 450M Nikkor with no probems. The same bellows fits 810G, which I have also used with the same...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Years ago I learned an excellent method to find the correct developing time and EI for any film. The source was an article by William Mortensen. Mortensen wrote some excellent books and articles...
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    Re: Toyo 810M Resource/Fan Page

    Bellows and front frames for 8X10M and 8X10MII are not identical. When the Robos and the G2 cameras appeared the front frames of the bellows were changed (enlarged slightly). The front standards of...
  26. Re: What is the current trend on using dark cloth?

    I stopped using a darkcloth early on in my view camera practice. I started using the Linhof monocular focusing bag bellows and now I use a monocular viewer on Toyo 4X5s, and for the 810M, I made a...
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    "Morley Baer made 1:1 enlargements with 8x10 rather than contact print. This made dodge and burn easier."

    Once I had an 8X10 enlarger capable of making a 1:1 print, I seldom made contacts again. ...
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    Re: Linhof Technika Rangfinder Cams

    Lenses of the same marked focal length can differ in actuality, even those of the same brand. It's possible to match up a mismatched cam for a new lens. Areas that are too high on the cam can be...
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    Re: Shutter repair

    CRC Electronic circuit cleaner, available at Most auto parts stores does a good job of cleaning. Spray it liberally into the mechanisms and drain it out. I replace grease with Mobil 1 synthetic...
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    Re: Darkroom timers, and then there was FADU

    One of the challenges in making a good print is determining the correct exposure. The accuracy of the timer is important, as are a visible way to monitor the timing cycle and certainly an audible...
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    Re: Speed Graphic Bellows

    There are two sizes of bellows for 4X5 Toyo G and slightly larger with different frames for the G2 and Robos Dynatect has made the G2 type for me in regular lenght so they have the CAD file under my...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    You could make an adapter plate up to Toyo 57G back. Out of wood, plastic or metal.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    There are many on the large auction site coming out of Japan now, where they were very popular with professionals. Search "Toyo Field" 4 3/4 X 6 1/2. Some have one or the other or both the 4X5 and...
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    Re: Speed Graphic Bellows

    I wouldn't use anything but Dynatect all synthetic (water proof) bellows since I first installed one four years ago. I know they have made many replacement Graphic bellows for US police departments....
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Here is my 4X5 field camera, a 4 3/4 X 6 1/2 Toyo Field fitted with a 4X5 back. When I purchased the camera in excellent condition a few years ago it came with an original 4X5 revolving back. All my...
  36. Re: Schneider Symmar XL 150mm f5.6 VS Nikor SW 150 f8

    I recently sold my Nikkor to another member, but what did with filters (never felt the need for a center filter) was to add them over the Series E B+W. I never saw any vignetting, but I didn't...
  37. Re: Schneider Symmar XL 150mm f5.6 VS Nikor SW 150 f8

    Most 95mm filters (even Nikon brand) will contact the front element of the 150mm Nikkor SW and mar the coating. The only filter series I have found that are safe are the now discontinued B+W Series...
  38. Re: Weird Coverage with Wollensak 159mm Velostigmat ?

    I have a 12.5 in Rapax, dated to 1948. Seems to have good coverage when stopped down. Haven't had much of a chance to use it, but I will because it is so small that I can always have it with me.
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    Re: Dead Rest Gear

    The first professionals I assisted were Damien Waring and his lovely wife, Lurline. Damien got his start assisting London Bond St. photographers after WWII and told me about those head rests that...
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    Re: Ilex Caltar 14 3/4 - filter options?


    The 14 3/4" Caltar was my first 8X10 lens, but I don't think I ever used filters with it and soon replaced it with a 355mm G Claron. One approach I have used successfully on several lenses...
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