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    Overhead still lifes

    I've enjoyed reading the still life thread, and now I want to try my hand at an overhead still life shot. What technique works best for pointing a 4x5 camera straight down? My tripod won't...
  2. Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Beautiful!
  3. Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Beautiful!
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    Re: Hi from the back woods of BC Canada

    Hi Michael, welcome!
    I'm curious what brings you out of a 30-year hibernation? I ask, because I'm going on 8 or 9 years without doing anything serious in LF except dream about the day when I 'get...
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    Re: ROLL CALL

    I check in a couple of times a month
  6. Re: New Lightweight 14x17 Camera is finished!

    Simply beautiful! Do you mind sharing your secret for bellows making? What material do you use?
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    Re: Bellows Dimensions

    emenn, those look fantastic. Sorry I can't help you with the dimensions, but do you mind telling me what you use for bellows material?
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    Re: First Homemade 11x14 Negatives

    How exciting! I can only imagine the satisfaction.

    Having built all of a homemade 8x10 except for the bellows, I have to ask - what material did you use for the bellows?
  9. How to get the right angle on stiffeners for tapered bellows?

    I'm making a tapered bellows for my 8x10 project, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to draw the angles at the end of the stiffeners so they match nicely to the next side of the bellows. ...
  10. Which adhesive for bonding cardboard stiffeners to fabric?

    I'm starting my 5th bellows for my 8x10 project, and one of the problems I've run into in the past is getting a good bond between the cardboard (poster board) stiffeners and the fabric layers. So...
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    Re: Attaching bellows to frame

    A huge thank you to everyone for your help! This is a DIY 8x10, and is really just a prototype/learning camera. I will take the lessons learned on this and incorporate them into my next (and...
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    Re: Attaching bellows to frame

    Thanks, Jon. What's the best way to attach the bellows to the frame? I've tried rubber cement with limited success.
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    Attaching bellows to frame

    I've got my 8x10 camera built, and I'm at the point of needing to know how to attach the bellows to the bellows frame. Does the bellows pass through the center of the frame, and attach on the back? ...
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    Re: 100mm 3.5 Ektar for 4x5?

    You're right. In the pictures, it looks like a taking lens adapted to fit an enlarger.
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    Re: Developing film no darkroom access

    I agree with the others about processing in your kitchen or bathroom. I did it that way for years. You just have to be careful to load the film in a completely dark place. Other than that, you can...
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    100mm 3.5 Ektar for 4x5?

    Hi all,

    I have a line on an Omega D2 with an Ektar 100mm 3.5 lens. Will this lens work for enlarging 4x5 negatives?

    Thanks,

    Curtis
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    Re: Alternative processes for beginners

    This sounds like great advice. I think I'll head down this path a little and see where I end up :)
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    Re: Alternative processes for beginners

    Since I don't really have a way to make 8x10 negs from my 4x5 negs, I was considering using a waxed or oiled paper negative. Has anyone tried that? Would the contrast be too low to make Van Dyke...
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    Re: Alternative processes for beginners

    Thanks everyone for your great answers. I think I'm leaning toward cyanotype or maybe Van Dyke brown.
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    Alternative processes for beginners

    I've got a bug to try something different, and have been admiring some of the work in the Alt Processes thread. My question is, for someone already familiar with LF, what would be a good starting...
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    Re: spring steel for camera back?

    Rafael, that's a very ingenious solution to locking the back to the frame! Iw ill ave to give it some serious thought on my camera. Thanks for sharing those pictures. Looks great!
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    Re: spring steel for camera back?

    Very nice! Question - what keeps your camera back attached to the box? I see some metal tabs on the bottom, but nothing on top.
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    Re: spring steel for camera back?

    This is one of the coolest ideas I've heard of! I might try it on my next build.
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    Re: spring steel for camera back?

    All I can find on Amazon is the 0.029 - is there much difference between that and the 0.031?
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    spring steel for camera back?

    I'm building an 8x10, and I'm a little stuck on what thickness spring steel to use for the spring back? Is 0.025 too thin? 1/16 too thick? I've never handled an 8x10, so I don't really have a feel...
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    Re: Hi from Salt Lake City!

    Welcome from a fellow Utahn!
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    Paper negatives - which paper to use?

    So I'm almost done building my 8x10 pinhole camera, and I need to order some paper so I can start experimenting with paper negatives. What paper seems to work nicely for this purpose?
    Thanks,...
  28. Old 8x10 film holders in the 21st century

    Hi, I recently acquired 15 old wooden 8x10 film holders. Most of them are in usable or nearly-usable condition (I need to tape a few), but I would like to know if there is anything I can do to help...
  29. Re: In what do you carry 4x5 lenses when in the field?

    I use a small insulated / padded lunch box from WalMart (it actually belonged to one of my daughters). I carry my 150 and 210 inside, with a small piece of foam between them. And you can't beat...
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    Questions on Omega D2

    I have a line on a Simmons Omega D2 enlarger. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds like the owner only has a 35mm negative carrier, and I want to use it for 4x5. It comes with a 50mm lens. Would...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Toyo 45AX, HP5, HC-110

    86032
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    Re: What did you compose at Water’s Edge?

    Toyo 45AX, HP5 in HC-110

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  33. How do you time your film when developing in trays?

    What kind of timer do you use to time your film when developing in trays? I had a little digital kitchen timer that I used for years, and has now gone missing. The problem with that one was I never...
  34. Calumet C1 8x10 + 12" 6.3 commercial Ektar?

    Is this a good combination for a starter 8x10? I have a line on one for a fairly good price (~ $300). The shutter sticks, but the camera looks to be in decent shape.
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    Re: Utah in Early May

    Spend at least a day driving along US 12 between Bryce Canyon and Torrey. You can thank me later.
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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Try McMaster-Carr:

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#brass-machine-component-knobs/=eybwlg
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    Re: Will a GRA-LAB 300 fog film?

    Thanks for all the replies. I found a new one for $40 that I just might grab.
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    Will a GRA-LAB 300 fog film?

    I have a chance to pick up a GraLab 300 timer to use when processing sheet film in trays. I have a pretty small darkroom, and am worried that the glow-in-the-dark dials might fog my film if it gets...
  39. HELP! marking or otherwise identifying negatives

    I'm slated to teach the photography merit badge to a group of boy scouts. The scoutmaster thought it would be a great experience for the boys to also get some hands-on experience using LF gear, and...
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    Cheapest way to get into 8x10?

    I've been using a 4x5 field camera now for about 6 or 7 years. My primary output consists of scanning my negatives and printing the scans at Costco. I would like to move up to 8x10 and just do...
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