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  1. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    WD-40 worked for me one time on a beater SLR lens. Make sure that the lens is face down when you apply the WD-40, Through capillary action it will seep up into the threads. Since the lens was a...
  2. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    Have mixed views on using Harbor Freight tools. You get what you pay for... Screwdrivers, sockets, bits, and alike wouldn't touch them with a ten foot poll, they can do more harm than good. Using a...
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    Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    Years ago acquired dozens of white plastic 1 and 5 pound cans of Kodak Sodium Sulfite from our state's surplus store for pennies on the dollar. I'm guessing they were from circa the late 1980s....
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    Re: Home Made 14x17 Developing Tanks

    When I was a student at RIT in the middle 1970s, we had access to 11x14 SS film holders and large tanks to use them in. It was possible to use multiple hangers, but they had to be more than an inch...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Too many close calls with lightning on this end. When I was about 8, a friend and I were walking up our road to get home. Bolt struck the road in front of us. Never heard a rumble of thunder, only...
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    Re: Cordless telephone for darkroom

    Ditto... once had my iPhone in my T-shirt pocket light up with an incoming call while I was hand processing some 11x14 film in a tray. Unfortunately the phone was facing away from me and its...
  7. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    In the 1970s: Was a student at RIT and with another student was in the city of Rochester shooting street scenes in the evening before dark. Police car pulled up to us and the Policeman asked us what...
  8. Re: How hard is it to replace the bellows of Kodak Master View 810

    Over the years have replaced bellows on a few view cameras, both metal and wood. In my experience:
    1. First thing is to acquire a quality replacement bellows. Cheap bellows are usually quite stiff...
  9. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    Have and use the following (all on Technika boards)
    300mm f/6.3 Komura
    400mm f/8 FUJINON-T
    500mm f/7 KOMURA
    600mm f/12 Fujinon T
    For B&W photography and printing 11x14's, all work out just fine.
  10. Thread: Going Wide on 5x7

    by Greg

    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    Schneider Super-Angulon XL 90mm f/5.6 MC... A physically large lens but covers my whole plate so would provide you with ample movements on your 5x7. Expensive one would think, but after looking...
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Welcome to the format. I think that it's been almost 5 years since I acquired my whole plate Chamonix. It is by far my preferred format to shoot for making Platinum/Palladium prints. Last year I had...
  12. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    If you shoot a gray card with the lens focused at close to infinity (on axis with the GG) with whatever film you are using, you can create a mask in Photoshop to even off the illumination over the...
  13. Re: Is there a free site that will host your images in their original full resolution

    Only exception that I have ever come across over all these years was having make metal satin finish prints from my images. For some reason JPEG files print better than TIFF files by the...
  14. Re: Has anyone made a purchase through the Chamonix View Camera Instagram account

    Second that. I've bought 3 cameras from him in the past and each time a most pleasant buying experience. FYI: the packing of the international shipments were excellent plus in my opinion.
  15. Re: Has anyone made a purchase through the Chamonix View Camera Instagram account

    Email hugo zhang at Have bought several Chamonix cameras from/through him and can recommend dealing with/through him 200%. He's a member of the FORUM and a really nice and...
  16. Re: Goerz Doppel Anastigmat Serie III No 7 360mm f6 COVERAGE or lens catalogue

    image of my lens

  17. Re: Goerz Doppel Anastigmat Serie III No 7 360mm f6 COVERAGE or lens catalogue

    On my 11x14 Chamonix I have and use a 14” f/7.7 GOERTZ DOUBLE-ANASTIGMAT Series III No. 7. Its coverage seems to exceed the movements of the camera, in that I've never run out of needed movements...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    Absolute the first thing to do is make sure that the shelf or cabinet top that the enlarger's base lies on is perfectly level. I had previously fabricated a "U" shaped unit with runners on each side...
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    Re: Velostigmat Series II; Info and Images

    Am in the process of shooting and documenting an old dilapidated factory building in our town with my 12" Series II Velostigmat. Started the project using my 12" Fujinon W. Just for the heck of it...
  20. Re: Can anyone tell me about the King Concepts Enterprise Automatic Still Film Proces

    One of my employees ran the machine multiple times on a daily basis. I only ran the processor only a few times, but from my memory the proprietary OEM reels did fit snugly inside the drums, but not...
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    Re: Chamonix 57N + Technika Lens Board

    I had 2 Technika lens boards for my Chamonix. One was a perfect fit and the other actually a little on the loose side requiring pieces of tape to make it snug fit. Both had the Linhof emblem on them....
  22. Thread: Fresnel

    by Greg

    Re: Fresnel

    Sorry, it was before 2018 and my eBay history only goes back that far. Unfortunately I have yet to see a fresnel lens with any makers name on it. The original fresnel off my Norma probably dated back...
  23. Thread: Fresnel

    by Greg

    Re: Fresnel

    When I was looking for a fresnel to replace the OEM one on my 8x10 Norma, quickly realized that getting a new OEM Sinar fresnel was not going to happen any time soon. Not having the option to get an...
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    Re: Gitzo GT4553S Tripod -- Thoughts?

    Borrowed one (may have been a GT4552TS, not sure) once and loved it. Presently use a G1325 and had a GT1541 which I gave to my son. If I were shopping for a tripod, especially for traveling, I would...
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    Re: Copal BT?

    GITZO once made and distributed a B & T shutter which was rebranded by other brands. Just a guess on my part...
  26. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    Over the years have owned and used way, way too many exposure meters.

    Spotron Professional Spot meter. Circa 1965: The meter I learned the ZONE system with in the 1970s. Still have it, but it sits...
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    Re: tools to remove anatomical grip on Technika V

    Purchased an ORIA tool kit locally for around $20 and have yet to find a screw that one of the bits will not fit into.
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    Re: How to fabricate a finder mask?

    Made a mask from a spare 4x5 dark slide and found out that it was too thick to fit inside the finder. Looked around for a stiff sheet of clear thin plastic and found one. Cut to size it also was too...
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    Re: Sinar Norma Adjustments

    Have owned several 4x5 Normas over the years. Each one differed by just a little when taken apart, obviously improvements were incorporated over the span of the camera. Whenever I worked on one. I...
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    How to fabricate a finder mask?

    On top of my P.90/2 Stenope pinhole camera I have mounted a FOTOMAN finder. The mask that came with it is metal and covers way more than the coverage of the panoramic pinhole camera. Metal mask is...
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    Re: Ritter 11x14 Feedback

    Seven years ago I acquired an 11x14 Chamonix. Initially I was planning on adapting a pair of wind stabilizers to the camera, but after shooting in windy conditions and seeing no movements in my...
  32. Re: Thread specification for Klimsch Apo-Ronar 1:9/600mm

    Ilex #5 shutters are not easy to come by. I needed 2 of them a couple of years ago to have S K Grimes mount barrel lenses in. After almost 2 years of searching, I ended up acquiring one of them with...
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    In going through my original Sinar Norma literature, most of the time Normas were mounted on Gitzo tripods and a few times on FOBA tripods. Every Norma was shown to be mounted atop their Pan-Tilt...
  34. Re: 12x20 / 14x17 conversion back for Phillips 11x14 Explorer

    I have and use an 11x14 Chamonix which is pretty much a twin of your Phillips. I had been toying with constructing a 12x20 back for it. Went through several designs and two test fabrications. Seemed...
  35. Re: Best practices for testing light leaks in new film holder - 12x20

    Many years ago acquired an 14x17 camera with 2 holders. The holders proved to be light tight by loading them with sheets of graphic arts film and leaving them in the sun for a few hours. When I...
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    Re: Ritter 11x14 Feedback

    The lightest 11x14 camera that I have ever owned and used was an Improved Empire State view camera:
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    Re: C.D.V. Lenses FL f stop 4 UP 1860's?

    The Sinar unit indeed produced quit sharp images. I have also seen one for a Cambo, but not sure if it was an OEM Cambo brand. Have seen the Sinar 4 lens units up for auction for downright bargain...
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    Re: strange Componon 240 lens

    Pre 1995, before eBay, I accumulated a bunch of lenses off Internet Newsgroups and from Federal Surplus sales. A number of those lenses were never listed as being FS by the manufacturers, nor even...
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    GRAY'S Extreme Angle Periscope lenses

    Several years ago I took a chance and acquired a barrel mounted 5.9 inch f/10 GRAY'S Extreme Angle Periscope lens for my 11x14. At the time I had absolutely no information on the lens and the seller...
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    Re: Safelight for Ziatype & Platinum/Palladium?

    Ended up getting the FEIT Electric A19 E26 (Medium) LED Bulb Yellow 60 Watt. Am in the process of updating my darkroom so might be a week or two till I test it out. Since I have been coating paper...
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