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  1. Re: Best Mail-In 4X5 Negative Processing & Scanning Service Lab (in US) in 2019???

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    I've had several issues with them scratching and not thoroughly washing my sheet film negatives. They do good work on roll film, as I've never had a problem there. But I've had to go...
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    I've always just taken a spare plastic lens cap that was close in size, and heated it up and reformed it to fit. If you need to shrink it more than what that will allow, just make some plastic...
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    Re: Premium for black Copal shutter?

    I'm actually seeing it go the opposite way. More and more people are learning to do this work on their own instead of sending it out to have a professional do it. Thanks to the internet as a source...
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    Re: Premium for black Copal shutter?

    I've heard those acoustic shutter speed testers can give problems on certain shutters, as there can be a lot going on other than just the sound of the shutter blades. I've never used one though, so...
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    Re: lens on the tip of my tongue.

    APO is probably a good guess since the OP's story suggests a lens with good color rendition (apple against a fire truck).
  6. Re: Loupe project -- cheap and easy for the handy and thrifty

    I think you misunderstood me. YOUR EYES need to focus on the ground glass grain, but that doesn't mean the loupe needs to be. Focusing on the top of the ground glass serves no purpose unless you...
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    Re: Wish to mildly clean brass lens barrel

    I would just wipe it down with a soft cloth. If there's stuff stuck to it that won't come off with a soft cloth, maybe try some diluted vinegar and a soft cloth. Or maybe naphtha. Any of those...
  8. Re: Loupe project -- cheap and easy for the handy and thrifty

    There's a myth that a loupe needs to be focused on the ground glass. This assumes that the human eye works like a piece of film. Unlike film, the eye can shift it's focus forward and back to...
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    Re: Shutter Speed Tester

    What's wrong with using LED lights? I could imagine LED's and flourescants plugged into the wall might have issues with them flickering on and off at 50-60Hz. But I would think a battery powered...
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    Re: Speedotron 2401A Indicator Light Bulb

    You sometimes have to replace the whole housing, not just the bulb on those things. That requires soldering and soldering around some dangerous capacitors. Also, you have to measure the bulb ahead...
  11. Re: Cleaning underside o glass in Epson V700 scanner?

    I would recommend any semi-serious photographer learn how to open up a scanner and clean the underside of the glass. The plastic housings in all of them will outgas, and it will become a problem on...
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    Re: Compound Shutter Repair

    If it only fires at 1/50, that would indicate to me that the most likely issues are the either the paper gaskets on the ends of the retarding piston aren't present (or too compressed or dried out to...
  13. Re: Weird, Odd, and Unlikely Lenses - Recommendations Please

    How about a straw lens?
    https://www.designboom.com/art/farrell-haynes-straw-camera-02-14-2017/

    Or a Fresnel lens may give you a weird look.
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    I wasn't a hot glue fan until I discovered the glue will lose it's bond without melting everywhere when exposed to rubbing alcohol. That makes it really convenient for anything that is supposed to...
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    Re: Tri-filter color images from B&W negatives

    I can't find any scans at the moment, but I've used this technique several times. I especially love it during sunset when the sun is moving fast in the sky and the shadows take on a rainbow effect. ...
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    Re: Where/how to get rid of an enlarger?

    Have you tried selling it on Craigslist and Facebook? I sold an Omega C760 about a year ago for $200. It took about two months to get rid of, but I was asking a steep price. Then again, I was also...
  17. Re: Metering for Rollei IR400 using the R72 Filter

    I would say iso 6-12 with an R72 is a good place to start. But I always bracket IR film if the shot is important. The amount of infrared light isn't directly proportional to the amount of visible...
  18. Re: Just acquired a Pentax Spot meter with Zone V Conversion

    That's what I do. Find the highest and lowest value of the scenes, and then set the dial directly in between those two readings. If they extend beyond what the film is capable of, or if there's...
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    Re: Focusing, glasses, & LF

    I'm pretty heavily near sighted. I don't see close up as well with my glasses on, so I take them off to compose and focus under the dark cloth. I just use a cheap thread counter as a loupe, and it...
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    Re: Internal reflection in Zone VI 4x5

    That looks like a scratch to me. Or maybe something in the development or something else. It could be a scanner issue too. Make sure you can see it on the physical film, and not just on the scans...
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    Re: Epson V700 High Resolution lens

    Yeah, it's pretty common practice. The only difference between Excedrin and Excedrin for Migraines is the directions and the price. The pills are identical. Glaxo Smith Kline will even readily...
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    Re: Highest quality JPEG conversion for web?

    Save for Web should automatically change it to 72 dpi (technically PPI). You might want to go up to 144 ppi if you want people with high resolution screens, like Retina screens, to see your image at...
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    Re: Can you help me get this lens cell apart

    I've got that exact same lens. I had some fogging between those two elements on mine, and I ran into the same road block you did when I tried to separate them. What I eventually did was dipped a...
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    Re: Printing Images on Card stock.

    Only apply the profile to the file during the print stage. But in Photoshop, you can select a profile to view a digital proof of what the final print will look like. It's not very accurate, but it...
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    Some heads can be fitted with larger QR plates to give you more stability. I've seen several Arca Swiss style plates for sale that are both wider and longer than the ones most tripod heads are...
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    Re: Curious as to how much dust is a problem

    My primary darkroom is a bedroom. It comes complete with a carpeted floor and a hairy cat. Dust is a nightmare. Still, I don't use the IR automatic dust removal. I've tried it a few times, but it...
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    Re: Gear that comes from non-photography sources

    I use a thread counter as a loupe. I use a laser gun sight in part of my homemade enlarger alignment tool. I use cleaning vinegar as a stop bath. I use washing soda, TPX, and Borax to bleach...
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    Re: Sekonic L-358 battery

    A CR123 is a 3v battery. AA's are 1.5v a piece. So you'd basically just have to buy a 2x AA battery holder (they're almost always wired in series) and connect the + of the AA battery back to the +...
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    Re: Printing Images on Card stock.

    You can give it a try. Inkjet printers will print on most any paper made of wood pulp or cotton rag (synthetic papers are a different story). The problem is, if the paper isn't specially coated,...
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    Re: Nikon Nikkor W 105mm f/5.6 S

    Eh... kind of. 6x9 is smaller than 4x5. 6x9 is measured in centimeters and 4x5 is measured in inches, so that's why the larger number is actually smaller in size. The Nikkor 105/5.6 you're...
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    Re: Fujinon SWD 90mm f/5.6 Large Format Lens

    Remove the real lens element, and the film holder back from the camera. Install the lens and insert your hand through the rear of the camera to screw on the real lens element. Then reinstall the...
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    Re: Contact Printing Frame Sizes

    I've always found it hard to judge a print during exposure. Yeah, you can tell when it's exposed enough to develop an image, but it's hard to tell if it's exposed well. For that reason, I used to...
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    Re: Best affordable 4X5 Field camera

    That's true. And without knowing the budget, it's really hard to recommend anything. You're going to have to compromise somewhere. Depending on your budget and needs, I'm sure something can be...
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    Re: Building a Light Panel

    If you're worried about CRI, then you could build a box with red, green, and blue LED's, put each color on it's own circuit with an inline potentiometer, and then you can vary the color mix as you...
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    Re: Ever felt in the minority?

    I find retired people are the worst about lecturing me on why digital is better. People who shot film most of their lives. Young people tend to love film these days, and everything else "analog". ...
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    Re: ICE scans image loss

    I’ve never had luck with ICE on my Epson 4990. I still have to clean up the negative by hand in software and it does seem to effect the resolution a little bit. It would probably be fine for posting...
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    Re: Use of inert gases

    I use old 2 liter soda bottles. I squeeze all of the air out of them and tighten the cap down when the liquid reaches the top. I generally replace them every time I mix up new chemistry, so I don’t...
  38. Re: Best Practices for Presenting Work to Local X (X = galleries, shows, clubs, etc.)

    I don't know if that's good advice everywhere, but in Oklahoma, it's the way things are done. You could be an amazing, multiple award winning artist and not get anyone to even return a phone call. ...
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    Re: Copal 3 shutter and Lee Filter Holder

    The main problem I see is getting a light tight seal between the shutter and lenses. That and probably keeping the lenses aligned with the shutter. The Lee filter holders weren't made to hold much...
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    Re: How to Mount the Kong Petzval

    I guess it depends on how elegant of a solution you want. You could have a retaining ring machined that would fit on the rear of the lens board, like a traditional lens. Depending on how much room...
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