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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    I used a change bag for a long time, when a darkroom wasn't available. But during a workshop with Norman McGrath on architectural photography, I saw him use a large Harrison tent. Very nice, and I...
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    Re: Jack Deardorff in September 1980

    Interesting. I spoke with him once.

    I wonder, if the Deardorff Co. hadn't lost momentum, might they still be in business?
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    What did James Russell Lowell say about Poe . . . something like, three-fifths genius, and two-fifths shear fudge? :) I learned the Zone System by studying Minor White's (et al) book, which is...
  4. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    I recommend a Feisol tripod, like a CT-3372. Or even better, a CT-3372LV with longer legs . . .

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848821-REG/FEISOL_CT_3372_Elite_Tripod_CT_3372_Rapid.html
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    Re: Scanned Negative Shows Zone V

    I've set my Zone VII at 1.35 density units. (Not subtracting FB+f.) This is the density that I like for a Zone VII on Ilford Warmtone exposed at the same exposure used to achieve a Zone 1 minimum...
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    Re: Suggestions for LF field camera

    Consider a Sinar F model. With a simple customization to a 6" rail, it can become a convenient field camera that includes both a bag and standard bellows. Cost can be less than $500 for a good,...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    I think that there's a bit more to it. After all, the concept of "visualization" or "pre-visualization" is closely tied to the practice of the Zone System.

    Part of the point of, "looking at a...
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    Re: Is this Bromide Drag? Help!

    Do you have a photo of the developing hanger that you used to process the negatives?
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    It's different in that it's LF on an LF site.

    I'm OK with Safe Haven for MF. But, I disagree with any specificity beyond that. Or, it can be posted in The Lounge.
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    Why on earth do we need a specialty thread for medium format church photography, or for any particular subject matter, on a Large Format (view camera) Photography site? We already have threads for...
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    Re: 210mm F5.6 Lens For 8x10

    I've owned the 210mm Computar f9 lens, and had a chance to do some testing with it. Note that one really has to stop the lens down to get anything close to 440mm.

    I finally decided that, if ever...
  12. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    Here's a recent "disaster" for me. (It's a bit long winded.)

    I've been "perfecting" my development process for 8x10 lately. For example, I had purchased a one inch wide, plastic tank for my...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    This is an interesting camera. Very reasonably priced, but apparently, capable camera. (For example, it permits interchangeable bellows.) It's really light-weight. Is it pretty stable? I'm...
  14. Re: Laptop for digital photo editing, scanning, etc.

    I recently purchased a BenQ monitor, and I'm really pleased with it. It claims 99% of Adobe RGB '98, and what's even better, it offers a 14-bit look-up table. This is a true graphics monitor, and...
  15. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    Ditto, but to a little smaller border. (9mm vs. 1/2")

    If one does over-mat at the time of dry-mounting, it's worthwhile to hinge (or, in some way attach) the over-mat to the mounting board. ...
  16. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    Museum board has gotten so expensive, I drymount to 2 ply, Riser White and overmat w/ 4 ply when framing a print.

    For me, drymounting is essential, because I use only Ilford fiber base warm-tone...
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    Old HP5 Film

    I'm curious. How might 10 year old, unrefrigerated HP5 deteriorate?
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    How does Perma Wash compare to Kodak HCA? Is it basically the same stuff?

    One nice thing about Perma Wash, is that it's a liquid concentrate. So, it's easy to mix as needed.

    What's the shelf...
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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    Thanks everyone.

    In the future, I think that I'll dispense with Selenium toning. I can keep the bottle around for aesthetic purposes.
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    Selenium Toner for Archivability

    What's the least concentration of Selenium one one can use, and still make a print archival?

    I've come to decide that I don't care for the color of prints made with Ilford Fiber Warm Tone paper...
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    Re: Washing Anti-Halation Backing on HP5

    Good idea. Probably should, anyway.

    All be it years old, I just unsealed a "fresh" bottle of Perma Wash.

    Thanks.
  22. Re: Need Help Identifying a 4x5 Piece of Equipment

    This is a front, Sinar F (F or F1?) standard. Rear standards have a focus device; this one doesn't.

    Notice that it has the long risers for use with a 5x7 or 8x10 rear standard.
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    Re: Washing Anti-Halation Backing on HP5

    Thanks for the responses. I feel much more comfortable that I'm on the right track.

    I plan on getting a traditional 8x10 hanger. While I wouldn't use it for developing, I can use it for washing...
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    Re: Artist in Residence Programs

    Thanks for the responses and links to this question. I think that an artist in residence program would be really neat for our community, and the information provided will help me make a proposal.
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    Washing Anti-Halation Backing on HP5

    I've been using an old Calumet 8x10 negative holder that is solid plastic to develop 8x10 film. Using this holder, the emulsion side gets fully and evenly processed. But post fixing, some of the...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    I had a problem with my Beseler 45s, where the would be some sort of delay after triggering my enlarger timer before the quartz-halogen bulb would actually come one. But, I think that this is a...
  27. Re: Keeping the film rebate for contact prints

    I would never retain the rebate. It's a foreign element of the composition. I mean, for cryin' out loud, it's not even consistent around the perimeter. It's also artificial.

    Perhaps, just...
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    Re: Mat Size vs. Mount Size

    I noticed something interesting with a couple of Ansel Adams Special Edition prints that I purchased decades ago. The under-mat was sized to 13.5" x 16.5". A standard size over-mat that John Sexton...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    Versus wall mounting the enlarger itself, attach the base of the enlarger to piece of wood that's hinged at the bottom to the wall. In this way, you can insert the counter weights and attach the...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    I made a nice enlarging stand for my Type II enlarger. It's crude, but it enabled me to make the negative stage roughly parallel to the easel table. Once that was done, I was able to use the...
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    Artist in Residence Programs

    How do artist in residence programs tend to work? For example, what tend to be the responsibilities of the artist, and what are those of the organization offering an artist in residence program?
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  32. Re: Best "inexpensive" pigment-based printers for digital negatives in 2020?

    What were some of the problems that you encountered. I have a 3880, use it only once and a while (every few months), and have had no problems with it. Might it could be that you got a lemon?

    I'd...
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    I've done this many times. It's not so much abandoning an image, as it is pursuing the beautiful images that we know LF is capable of producing. If in the process of capturing an image, it becomes...
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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Consider a small to medium sized chest freezer; it can be used for both film/paper and for storing frozen food goods. For example, taking advantage of sales, you can save money long term by storing...
  35. Re: Any recommendation on an 8x10 lens for tabletop and sculpture

    Let this combination be so dubbed. :)

    I have the "odd couple," and the two lenses work out well together.

    The 250mm f6x7 is inexpensive; yet, it has quite a lot of coverage on 8x10. It's a...
  36. Re: Any recommendation on an 8x10 lens for tabletop and sculpture

    I tend to agree with this observation. I thoroughly enjoy photographing with 8x10. But given the expense of lenses, the need to stop down the lens for DOF, thereby engendering long exposures, etc.,...
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    Re: Sinar Norma Copy Stand

    I had my workshop with Norman McGrath in 2002. I asked him then, were he to do it over again, what would he purchase? He responded that he would buy Dynalites. At the time, he had five heads and a...
  38. Coverage for Turner-Reich 12/21/28 Convertible Lenses?

    What's the coverage (image circle) for Turner-Reich 12/21/29 f7, Series II lenses in the 12" focal length.

    Also, how sharp are these lense?

    I've looked through the archives, but not much on...
  39. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    I suppose one could consider upgrading the two Symmar-S lenses to either Apo Symmar, or better, to Apo-Symmar L lenses. But years ago, I spoke with Schneider Optics about this, and they indicated...
  40. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    I suppose one could consider upgrading the two Symmar-S lenses to either Apo Symmar, or better, to Apo-Symmar L lenses. But years ago, I spoke with Schneider Optics about this, and they indicated...
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