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  1. Re: How can I construct an inexpensive accent-light holder?

    A convenient way to hold the flashlights are using the "clam shell" type of clips used to hold microphones to stands (the clam shell type has spring jaws that will hold a variety of mic sizes and...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    Tax dodge/scheme???

    Steve K
  3. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Bigger is better??? :0

    Steve K
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    Re: TF-3 Precipitate problems

    With ammonium thiosulfate fixers, if the stock solution is too strong they tend to precipitate sulfur... Once diluted, they are safer from it...

    If you look at off the shelf rapid fixer dilution...
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    Re: Commercial photography stressful?

    Studio veteran here... Getting me into the pro studio again would be like holding a kat over a bathtub... ;(

    Now, most clients are professional and great, but too many stories of (pro pun)...
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    Re: Bench vs Freestanding Enlargers

    Despite benefits, a freestanding enlarger is heavier/difficult to transport/move in a space when needed to...

    A bench enlargers printing area is always at the same (ergonomic) height to work, but...
  7. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    I have been informed that CF is quite toxic in the manufacturing stage with it's ultra fine toxic dust that some poor soul will be exposed to making that lensboard etc... Not enough benefit for added...
  8. Re: Shutter Speed... Flash... What Difference Does It Make?

    Old flash commandment;

    Aperture controls the flash exposure, shutter controls the ambient light exposure...

    Steve K
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    Re: Shooting in the rain

    Keeping camera + operator dry is a solvable step, but there is a bigger issue for sheet film shooting... When the film is exposed to the damp environment, it absorbs the moisture unevenly and can...
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    Re: Life after E6 and large format transparencies

    The first Cibachrome process was the nicest, but the big problem was not letting the two solutions to meet, or it produced a deadly gas... (There were lab workers that had died from this reaction...)...
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    Re: Fixer: What does the dissolving?

    The reason for pH adjustment with fixers is that it helps them operate iin their most efficient environment... Different plain solutions will operate somewhat, but due to solution carryover etc, they...
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    Re: Series nine filters

    When 'ya need a big filter, those are big filters!!!

    Teles come to mind, and other big glass...

    Steve K
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    Re: Jeffrey Wolin: Faces Of Homelessness

    But, just taking shots (even before/after) tends to just "rubber stamp" a category of "homelessness" to individuals who have experienced many events that have led to their situation, and among many...
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    Re: Smarter material for ground glass shim?

    It's not just the thickness of old fresnel, but due to new optical distance added by fresnel...

    Check graflex.org for the proper distance there, I seem to remember it around .047" (?) about...
  15. Re: Is fiber paper worth the additional cost for selling prints compared to rc paper?

    There are pros & cons to both, but a primary concern is production facilities, time, and space for the resale prints...

    Fiber will have a richer, longer scale, but more expensive and many little...
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    Re: ARISTA 4X5 is Made by Whom?

    There was a video in the Foma factory and it had bricks of EDU being packaged in plain sight...

    Other manufacturers products were re-packaged by Freestyle over decades and sold as house products,...
  17. Re: Are print drums a more practical way to print big in a bathroom?

    But trays will usually do 10 or a dozen prints, so works out the same-ish...

    And if processing FB, wet prints will not stay in place in drum, and require just sitting still after image first forms...
  18. Re: Are print drums a more practical way to print big in a bathroom?

    I have printed B/W in small bathrooms with a bathtub many times with a simple trick...

    Along the long dimension of tub, cut 2 or 3 pieces of 2X4 lumber that forms a shelf at least 3 trays can rest...
  19. Re: What is about the right size for a dark cloth for a 4x5" camera?

    That's not a focusing cloth, that's Count Dracula!!!

    Note you cannot see him in the mirror... ;)

    Steve K
  20. Re: Is a Durst Laborator 1200 with a VLS 501 head a usable enlarger?

    These enlargers can be tricky/difficult to service, and parts seem to not be available anymore...

    If it was close and cheap, you could test it beforehand, but I have serviced heavily used units,...
  21. Re: Using up all my film, paper and chemicals----------not me

    Get it out of the dark and expose it to some fine light!!!

    ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Contact Printing

    Exposure times are very short on fast RC, and lamp is close to paper, so buying an enlarger timer that will expose on 10's of a second will be needed... Plenty of them floating around cheap...
    ...
  23. Thread: Bellows Tape

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    Re: Bellows Tape

    I have bought this brand/product from a good art store... I had some bellows taped up with this for 30+ years and still good and sticking...

    Shelf name for product is "Black Archival Artist's...
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    Re: Selling All 8x10 Gear & It Feels Good!

    Another tool for a job...

    For a camera direct large neg, for your contact print or alt process needs... ULF starts getting limiting due to size & weight, and not a lot of camera responsive finesse...
  25. Re: How do I make my Graflex Crown Graphic's ground glass brighter?

    I ignored them for the longest time, but took a peek during night exposures, and found stuff at the edges of the frame I needed to take a closer look on the (dim) GG, so now a new step when in the...
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    Re: Help for best set of lenses

    Your shooting style should determine your preferred lens choice... Older advice about FL's was to start with one FL, shoot a lot with it, and rise to the need to add another as needed...

    There is...
  27. Re: Calibrating Modern Flash & Flash Bulbs & Zone Focus 4X5

    The press fotogs also leaned heavily on their "labrat" to develop by inspection to get a printable neg density...

    We have many tools now they couldn't dream of then... You can calculate exposure...
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    Re: Photographing U.S. Post Office Building

    Steve's rule 'sez;

    "Shoot 'till they throw you out"...

    Worst case would be private security gourds, but tell 'em to beat it if shooting from public property... Just be nice...

    Steve K
  29. Re: Fomatone Classic (warmtone) fiber and safelights/contrast

    The multi grade WT papers generally will not give higher contrast (above grade 3 to 3 1/2) due to their finer grade/slower emulsions, so probably the issue there...

    The safe light factor is less,...
  30. Re: How do I make my Graflex Crown Graphic's ground glass brighter?

    The later Pacemaker GG's have a plastic fresnel lens between lens/GG, so make sure you carefully note the orientation of grooved side of fresnel and proper stacking order and reinstall exactly, or a...
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    Re: Color ULF: Ektachrome reportedly in 11x14

    Who is gonna process that big E6 flopping fish??? ;)

    Steve K
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    Re: Custom Bellows question

    One thing in your favor is that modern IR films are much slower than old faster HIE, so will (possibly) fog slower in non-safe bellows...

    Graflex bellows were vinyl and were listed as IR safe, so...
  33. Re: Scheimpflug, Swing, & Architectural Photography

    One plus with some lenses stopped down into the diffraction zone is there is usually a "peak" of sharp focus somewhere that may not match the OOF areas, but by stopping down too much (sometimes), it...
  34. Re: Can you guys critique my website/portfolio of my large format photography work?

    When in Rome, ...

    Wherever you are, you have to make the best of prevailing conditions... (Don't shoot an Artic film in the Sahara etc...)

    Conditions reflect an environment...

    Steve K
  35. Re: Linhof Technika III rangefinder focus binding with 90mm cam and bed dropped

    I leave a 90mm cam on my Tek III all the time (I don't use the RF at all)... When the bed slide is all the way close to body, cam is about centered and bed can be dropped safely...

    The only...
  36. Re: How have you addressed this problem with the 20th Century Camera 4x5 Film Reel?

    Try Pec-12 film cleaner on those fingerprints...

    Long ago, someone asked me to save a few sheets of 35mm Ektachrome slides that had fused to the slide pages of images of the WTC while still...
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    Re: Developer Formulas for C-41 flm?

    Camera & Darkroom magazine had some refined formulas long ago, so look for those... (I have these on-file somewhere, but not accessible now...)

    Pretty simple, just have to find CD-4 (Artcraft)......
  38. Re: How have you addressed this problem with the 20th Century Camera 4x5 Film Reel?

    Mainly, drying of any (sheet or roll) film should not be done on a reel or rack... There is usually a place where a drop of water to hide that can dislodge later onto drying film and leave a water...
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    Re: What can be the solution?

    I had a silk screen class years ago, and as I remember it involved turning an image to a half-tone screen image, print was put into a copier that outputed a film "neg" and was contact printed onto a...
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    Re: What size hex key?

    Probably metric, but a set will cost less than 10 bucks... Then, use set on your car, bike, or Ikea furniture...

    Steve K
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