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    Re: "Rack and Pinion" focus on LF lens?

    Don't force it, theory vs practice on 100+ year old lenses. There are a handful of good people doing repair / restoration on stuff like this, I would defer to them.
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    Re: Goerz Dagor and fungus?

    No 7 is 14" or 360mm, f/7.7. $100 is a pretty low price for one. Depending on location and severity of the fungus, and depending on what kind of shutter it is, it could be a tremendous bargain....
  3. Re: Thomas Duplex Safelight Bulb Replacement

    JB Harlin did a blog post several years ago re; relamping (with a different transformer etc) his Thomas. The goal was a dimmer version of the "Super" for a small darkroom, IIRC.
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    Re: 14x17 Wisner Tech

    I sold you all my remaining Bergger film when I switched to Ilford.
    :)
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    Re: 14x17 Wisner Tech

    Hey Dave,
    I think he may have made as many as 10 or so, I really don't think there were more than that, probably fewer. He got going with 16x20 around the time he'd sold a few 14x17s, and that was...
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    Re: Lens for 14X36" film camera?

    the 610 Apo-NIkkor MIGHT cover your 14"x36". 
    I mounted one up on a 20x24 and put all the rise on the front, didn't shoot anything, just viewed the GG, I seem to remember feeling the coverage was...
  7. Thread: ULF Dolly

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    Re: ULF Dolly

    I have used a Bogen (now Manfrotto) dolly for many years for 14x17. The one I use is the Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly. It will add to your minimum height though.
    I used one of these same dollys...
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    I don't think that's a serial #. Many manufacturers stamped batch numbers on sets of parts where fit may have been particular, like sliding front rise panels.
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    It's funny that this post showed up, it was just a couple weeks ago I was chatting with Ken and he mentioned the plywood. I think it was some traveling salesman who came to visit and showed some...
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    Most of Kens old website is available on the web archive.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20190330122042/http://deardorffcameras.0catch.com/
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    I personally don't think "Most Deardorffs probably were refinished at least once", but I do know that the waterslide decals often put on the right side of the cameras frequently degrade and flake off.
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    I shared some of the photos with Ken H. He says pure MC11, Marine Corps camera, including the back latches, he says they did a few cameras like that post WWI, MAYBE war time.
    The additional pins on...
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    Looks completely legit to me, with some aftermarket modifications to the rear frame. All the castings look right, as does the finish and everything else about it. They often used older style parts to...
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    Re: Omega D3 Questions

    I would think with the right cone* and the "universal" track, you would be ok. The track gives some bellows movement with raising and lowering the chassis, then you fine focus with the knob.
    There...
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    Re: Deardorff: "New" vs Old?

    Most Deardorff (Chicago) hardware was nickel plated brass, earlier cameras (20s-30s) had lacquered (very early) or gold-painted brass.

    After 1938 rear swing turntables (4x5 Special, 5x7, 8x10)...
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    Re: A Pinhole is a Lens

    I met Eric Renner in the 1990s, The Pinhole Journal he published for many years with his wife Nancy Spencer and the Pinhole book are pretty wonderful.
  17. Re: Ilex No. 4 Acme Synchro Shutter - Troubleshooting

    Welcome Back Kimberly !
    Funny, the first #4 I grabbed (I have several) is doing the same thing. If I push the release JUST RIGHT and very gingerly, I can get the shutter to stay open as if on B when...
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    Re: Speedotron speed ring for 202vf head

    Chimera rings go with Chimera softboxes (and coincidentally some other brands) As kiwi says above, the maker of the softbox should be the supplier of the speedring.
    I had never heard of Lumopro...
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    RIP William "WFW" Whitaker

    I am sorry to report that longtime forum member and my good friend Will Whitaker died on February 2, 2022. He suffered an Intracranial Hemorrhage aka a "Brain Bleed".
    Will is survived by his...
  20. Re: Filter size of Carl Zeiss Jena Apo-Tessar 60cm F9?

    I can't help, but will say, they probably made them long enough that the filter size may have changed more than once. (also, the oldest Apo-Tessars are f/10, so, take my input with a grain of salt)
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Be careful of overdevelopment, you want the shadow areas of your neg to be quite clear, it's as important as sufficient density in the highlights. I've only printed Salt from vintage collodion negs...
  22. Re: There is a weird little screw on my Schneider SA XL 5,6/58

    As pointed out by others, that is an "anti rotation" screw, to prevent the shutter spinning on lensboards if the retaining ring becomes loose, more of an issue on wooden boards with humidity changes....
  23. Re: Marketing Platinum Portraits in 11x14 , Is this posible and then How?

    I would say your best marketing tool would be a strong portfolio of work like what you're trying to sell. If your portraits are not strong, a hard push on the process will only get you so far.
    And...
  24. Re: Large Format Conference / University of New Mexico

    Ah, THAT was 2001, and part of APIS. The problem with the 20x24 was that it was one of Wisners versions of the Polaroid. They were barely light-tight enough for use INDOORS. (fact not snark)
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    Steve Simmons is alive and well, still living near Abq(EDIT: I think he is no longer in NM, maybe in Idaho now), retired from publishing, and seems to be living the dream spending a lot of time on...
  26. Re: Large Format Conference / University of New Mexico

    Steve Simmons may weigh in on the LF conferences he held several times*, I think the first one MAY have been in '02 and yes, it was in Albuquerque. I was there with the Polaroid 20x24 from my studio...
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    Re: Repair missing broken tenon

    Richard Ritter gives good advice.
    I wouldn't call the broken bit a tenon, rather, what is left of the rail after cutting a rebate (rabbett) in the top.
    If, IF, you are a good woodworker and have...
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    Re: Rack and pinion for 20x24

    24 pitch, 20 pressure angle is probably a good size. The face width of the rack and pinion / spur gears is typically 1/4". If you are in EU, then you might want to source metric gearing which is...
  29. Re: Hey, Guests! Please consider joining the Forum!

    But the humans who do join will be sure to ask the same questions that have been asked hundreds of times without bothering to search for the answer.
    Oy Vey.
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    Re: 5x7 Gandolfi with 4x5 Back

    If the inside dimensions of the bellows are 7"x7", or very close to that, then it can handle the format. You may be able to find an original back, or have an 8x10>57 back for some other camera cut...
  31. Re: Copal 0 Shutter - Different thickness

    It's not threaded, just get something like a popsicle stick and pry it out. You MIGHT even be able to pop it out by getting your fingernail under it.... (you could use a screwdriver, but you don't...
  32. Re: Copal 0 Shutter - Different thickness

    Yep. That inner ring can be removed. (not the one that say: "Copal 0")
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    If it's a later Copal shutter, the rim around the lens mount threads MAY be a removable plastic trim ring. I have seen this on late Copal #1 shutters.
  34. Re: 5x7 B&J no longer focusing correctly - why?

    Fingers crossed for you.
  35. Re: 5x7 B&J no longer focusing correctly - why?

    Check to make sure the ground glass frame (which moves out of the way when you insert the film holder) is seating all the way forward when you're focusing. There could be some obstruction, spring...
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    Re: 5x7 Deardorff lensboard

    Pretty sure the lensboard size changed once or twice over the years. Mine (1937) take 4.5" x 4.5" boards with rounded corners. The Deardorff catalog reproduced over at Cameraeccentric says 4x4, and I...
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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    Your experience with 13cmx18cm should inform you well. The one thing that surprises people the most when moving up to much larger formats (especially for near subjects) is the bellows extension...
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    Re: Rare lens maybe only exists in catalog

    "Hypergon 200mm. I have never seen a photo of such a lens"
    I remember seeing one for sale, perhaps on Ebay, or through Lens and Repro in NYC. My memory is a little foggy, but I think Wisner may have...
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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    I shot Polaroid 20"x24" for many years, and built a back to take "standard" 20x24 double sided film holders for Bergger and Ilford sheet film. I am currently without a working 20x24 camera but have a...
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    Re: Aero ektar for 8 x 10 camera?

    Mark, removing the cells is not hard once you loosen the little toothed cam on each cell that prevents counterclockwise rotation.
    Once you have the cells out, then what? I am a hobby machinist and...
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