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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    I got out last weekend and had plenty of time to try my new Anton 8x10 plate holder. I went up to a log cabin an hour north of me to test the holder and my latest lens--a rapid rectilinear FL=20...
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    Re: DIY Wetplate Darkbox (Suitcase Design)

    It's just big enough you could do 8x10 in it. Simple enough I think most people could make this.



    Kent in SD
  3. Thread: Trail cart

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    Re: Trail cart

    I forgot about deer haulers. They're pretty popular up here. Something like this would probably work for me.
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  4. Thread: Trail cart

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    Re: Trail cart

    I need something to haul my portable dark room, which is a roughly 48" x 18" x 24" black plastic tub over short trails. I want to make some wet plates of waterfalls. My thinking is to make a simple...
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    Re: Headache from Fixer Fumes?

    WOW! I did solve my problem by simply keeping the bathroom fan on, pouring the fixer only when the plate was ready, and immediately pouring it back into the bottle when done, and then rinsing out...
  6. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    It means I have to add a step and buy large sheets of glass, and in winter I don't have a really good place to cut it. As is, I can go to the dollar store and buy cheap frames and just pull the...
  7. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Yes, about 1.5mm smaller each dimension. This is the only thing Chamonix screwed up. The only current holders I know of that are full cut are the Anton, Lund, and the very iffy Stenopeika.

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    Re: Intrepid 5x7 Holder preview

    Have about 3-4 loaded and bring a small dark bag with back up supply and you should be good for a day.


    Kent in SD
  9. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I now have four holders. I'll rank them in order of quality: (1) Anton 8x10, (2) Chamonix 5x7 (3) Lund 4x5 (fiddly but it does work), (4) Stenopeika 8x10 (numerous flaws, heavy, only made two...
  10. Re: What's considered "high altitude" when it comes to UV filters?

    I usually used a standard yellow filter, FP4 when hiking on Mt. Ranier.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Intrepid 5x7 Holder preview

    If single sided they could have gone one step further and made it work for dry plates and wet plate.


    Kent in SD
  12. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Yes, $400. It takes full sized 8x10. Construction has a lot of aluminum rather than plastic and it's quite rigid. The opening for the back is rabbeted so the back does not sag inwards. The dark...
  13. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I had a "pick up" slip on my door today, so I went down to the post office. I opened the package without looking at who it was from. I was expecting an 8x10 film holder today. I opened it up and...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Show us pictues!


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    Neat idea. I had also thought of figuring out how far the focus is off and making a permanent shim.


    Kent in SD
  16. Re: A Peak Inside Intrepid's Large Format Camera Factory

    Encouraging to see LF cameras being made on this scale.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    Try this: Focus on a sharp point, remove lens and then stick a rod straight back through the opening all the way to the ground glass. Mark the distance from the GG to the front edge of the lens...
  18. Thread: Cemeteries

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    Re: Cemeteries

    Sioux cemetery, east of Ft. Thompson, Crow Creek Res, South Dakota.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Shooting in burn areas

    While I was on anticoagulant therapy I carried this sort of product with me:...
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    I have found the tins I make are indeed grainless. I haven't been able to make any meaningful comparisons of resolution because I shoot wet plate with 19th C. lenses and film with modern Copal...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    1. Try what I said--exposing to direct sunlight for a day or two. If it's fungus that will make a big difference.

    2. The Jamin/Darlot period was far earlier than this lens and involved Petzvals. ...
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    Set the lens facing direct sunlight for a couple of days. I once opened the shutter and taped the lens to a south facing window.

    Kent in SD
  23. Re: Waiting for collodion to clear, a few questions

    The way I work now is I'm simply refilling my collodion bottle when it gets down to about 3/4 empty. This has been working well for me. I've never had collodion go darker than an orange. My bottle...
  24. Re: Waiting for collodion to clear, a few questions

    I think it's more important to just get started. You won't be making any masterpieces the first tries anyway. Learning how to pour, expose, and develop should be your priorities to start. I use...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I live in the middle of nowhere and did fine learning on my own. You'll be OK. Honestly, this stuff isn't that hard.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Most tanks are made from acrylic so I doubt one more piece will cause trouble.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Temperature management

    I have put together a color chemical kit, Stearman SP-445, a Hadineeon sous vide, and a plastic tub, about 2-3 gallon capacity. Plan is to keep the chemicals and the SP-445 in the water bath for...
  28. Re: Help me pick a couple of lenses for Sinar Norma please please

    If you are shooting film a barrel lens adds to your complexity. The cheapest way to use one is to add about 10 stops of ND filter to bring exposure time down to about a second. Really though, I...
  29. Re: Help me pick a couple of lenses for Sinar Norma please please

    You will probably want something 210mm to 300mm for portrait. Divide by 3 to get a rough 35mm camera equivalent. Thus, 150mm is equivalent to 50mm Nikon, and a 240mm on 4x5 equivalent to 80mm,...
  30. Re: Help me pick a couple of lenses for Sinar Norma please please

    Forgot to mention that as format size increases, lens DoF decreases. An f5.6 on 4x5 will perform similar to f2.8 on 35mm. On an 8x10 f5.6 has razor thin DoF.



    Kent in SD
  31. Re: Help me pick a couple of lenses for Sinar Norma please please

    I suggest an older 240mm lens such as Dagor or Tessar for portraits, and a 135mm as your second.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    You have to put the sharp center on the spit you want sharp. Forget about movements.


    Kent in SD
  33. Thread: Dark Box Build

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    Re: Dark Box Build

    In my own experience a window alone isn't enough light to do developing by.


    Kent in SD
  34. Thread: Dark Box Build

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    Re: Dark Box Build

    It takes such a short time to pull a plate and put it in a holder, or take it out of holder and pour on developer, that I've not worried about it. If developing glass negs I could rig up a small...
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    Re: Dark Box Build

    Fabric stores sell curtain lining fabric. It's 100% light proof. Mine is black on one side and white on the other.


    Kent in SD
  36. Thread: Dark Box Build

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    Re: Dark Box Build

    Getting close!


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    I was out yesterday in the middle of South Dakota and photo'd some stored railroad equipment. Most of it is semi-abandoned. I liked the 1930s vintage snow plow. Chamonix 4x5, c.1890s B&L RR 150mm,...
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    Re: Contact Dermatitis

    An update. I went back to using my 5x7 Lund tank until my new 8x10 holder comes. I wore a shirt sleeve shirt while doing about five tins yesterday. No silver spots on my arms, and no problem. I'm...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    If I didn't already have a left over dorm sized refrigerator, I would probably buy one of these miniature refrigerators for collodion/ether:


    https://www.gourmia.com/item.asp?item=10252

    I've...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    You are off to a good start. For the outdoor exposure try a 1 sec. exposure if the light is about the same. Yesterday I was shooting f32 and 10s. Yes, pouring on developer is the hardest part for...
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