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  1. Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Perhaps few people are posting on that forum because 1) former members may not know that it's back, and 2) newbies have not been made aware of it?
    Just a thought... it might draw more visitors if...
  2. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    Assuming both are in equal physical condition, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two lenses. Unless, of course, you expect to make wall-sized enlargements... and even then...
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    WP was a popular format in the days before enlarging was common. It's been functionally obsolete since the 1930s, I think, as 8x10 took its place. So cameras are hard to find; few have been made in...
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    Re: Review of new Ansel Adams book!

    The author, Dr. Senf, wrote her PhD thesis on Adams. She and my wife are colleagues at the CCP, and I recently finished reading the book myself. It's serious, careful, and thorough. Overall, a very...
  5. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Back in the day, Kodak recommended Super-XX for separation negatives, due to its very long straight line. Of course that film has been gone for 25 years- in fact I've heard that EK kept that film...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    A long time since I've been there, gnuyork; thanks for reminding me.
    A beautiful photograph of a lovely place.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Gabe, well done. Tell us where that is, please? Living in Arizona makes me nostalgic for country where there is rain and greenery.
  8. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    This is a contested and complex subject among photo conservators (I'm married to one).
    I'd always mounted my 11x14 prints to 16x20 4-ply board and hinged a mat over that. Not considered the best...
  9. Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    Remember, as well, "the reproduction is not the art". Crewdson's work interests me but I don't think it translates well over the internet.
    I'll withhold judgement, or other comment, until I've had a...
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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    I'll second Mr. Grad's comment. I have an older (1957) 121/8 SA, and one like it would suit your purpose well. The newer multicoated versions might have more contrast than you want. And I think that...
  11. Re: Ansel Adams in Our Time

    Thanks for sharing... anyone on this forum who lives anywhere near western Arkansas should make the trip.
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    Well, to quote Langston Hughes, "In dreams begin responsibilities".
    I'm no scholar, and even Dr. Kingslake (who was there) wasn't at all comprehensive when he wrote his "History of Camera...
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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    It was Doug Nishimura at the Image Permanence Institute (at RIT) who reported this. His tests showed that a print would have to be toned to completion for full archival permanence. Most of us don't...
  14. Re: and its relationship to state surveillance.

    (Grammar pedant alert) It would be very hard to do "surveillance" (e.g. watching someone, something or someplace) when you don't know what's there, or what or who might be present in that unknown...
  15. Re: Need Help Identifying a 4x5 Piece of Equipment

    Looks like the rear standard, or most of one, for a Sinar F-series camera.
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    Re: Rail size for a CALUMET 4X5 CC401?

    Sorry Dann, I did some thinking and realized that it's been at least 25 years since I worked with those cameras. Have fun with yours!
    BTW the last time I used a long-rail Calumet, I had a 19"...
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    Re: Rail size for a CALUMET 4X5 CC401?

    CC-400 = 16" rail. Most common model.
    CC-401 = 22" rail. Otherwise identical to CC-400.
    CC-402 = wide-angle camera. Shorter rail, different front standard, bag bellows. Less common than the others....
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    Re: Rail size for a CALUMET 4X5 CC401?

    I've used both Calumets extensively on the job. Dann Corbit, KEH sent you the correct camera, and it's a real workhorse- congratulations. The 22" rail is long enough for most any purpose.
    The LF...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Re Tin Can's recent comment, smoke from the 1988 Yellowstone fires made it as far east as western NY state. so probably even farther.
    Here in Tucson it's a thin high overcast with an orange sun....
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    Re: old Kodak chemistry

    Note the brown stains near the top of the two Dektol packages. That suggests oxidation- you can mix it up and see if it will work. If the Dektol mixes up dark brown, it's likely no good... as it's...
  21. Re: Omega Super Chromega D Dichroic II on D2

    I think that the major difference is that the axle shafts are longer to hold the dichroic head; I believe that the four actual lifting arms are the same. It's been a decade since I had multiple...
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    I have plenty of shots that I've abandoned once I've seen the contact proof.
    They sit in the box, reminding me of my failures, when I go through my proofs looking for pictures to print. There's no...
  23. Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    A Nagaoka was the first field 4x5 I ever saw, at South Plaza Camera in Rochester in 1981. I was instantly smitten with the whole idea, but by '82 when I had enough money, I bought a Tachihara....
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    Re: Chasing star trails with an 8x10

    Wow, lots of good info here. I've tried LF star trails casually a few times, with occasional success. I remember trying to shoot color star trails in the '80s with Vericolor film and an f/8 lens......
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    Re: Need Guidance on Getting a Sensitometer

    I don't know of any consumer-grade sensitometers being made today. When I worked for Eastman Kodak, my division designed, built, and sold a few of the Model 1-B sensitometer. It was used to...
  26. Re: Dynalite "factory" repairs available.

    That's great news. My Dyna-Lites have served me well for over 25 years.
    Although I'm not doing much lighting these days (beyond copy work), I wouldn't want to be without them (or have to replace...
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    Re: New Dektol Mixes Dark Brown

    Jim, you're lucky. Kodak started putting developers in foil packages in 1974... Of course they never imagined that people would want to use products made decades before. The foil envelopes used thru...
  28. Re: 12" Goerz Apo Artar Red Dot filter size?

    I don't think that Goerz lenses were meant to take the (now) standard threaded filters, so the threads on the front of your lens may not correspond to any modern size. BITD you would have bought a...
  29. Re: Distance optimization for '60s-vintage Super Angulons and Symmars?

    I've used four of those lenses extensively and still own a 121/8 SA. I did use the 180/5.6 Symmar for close-ups on the job, back in the late '80s. I never had any reason to complain about its...
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    Re: NOS 1884 5X7 Dry Plate Exposed Today

    Spectacular. As far as the plates go, "they built better than they knew".
    Keep up the good work!
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    That's a nice-looking room. With your light-colored walls and low ceiling there's going to be a lot of reflected light bouncing around... which can provide some natural fill light. Your lighting...
  32. Re: Schneider symmar convertible in busch & pressman mod.d

    You've found the weak spot of an otherwise fine camera.
    It might be possible to mount the lens by removing the rear group and mounting the lens, and then installing the rear group from inside the...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Tough times for all of you in California. Recently I witnessed the Bighorn Fire (which burned for five weeks in the mountains above Tucson). I'd never seen a forest fire before, much less had one...
  34. Re: Any recommendation on an 8x10 lens for tabletop and sculpture

    Given your choices, I'd try the Symmar-S 360. The Ektar (one of my favorites) will have a slightly different 'look', lower in contrast than the lenses you're used to. It would still be a fine choice...
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    Re: 1935 Linhof ,,NORMA'' ???

    Worth noting that Porsche, back in the 356 days, offered a model called the "Normal" as well as a higher horsepower version called the "Super".
    The name Leica comes from LEItz CAmera, IIRC.
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    Re: Sinar Norma Copy Stand

    I remember being surprised when I went to take a workshop with Norman McGrath in 1989... he'd brought a 5000 w/s Balcar as his only power pack.
    Never saw another one before or since, but it did the...
  37. Re: Please share your darkroom prints from B&W slides

    Generally, the reason people used to shoot b/w reversal was to make 35mm slides for projection. Now I suppose people scan b/w positives, but I don't know what (if any) the advantages of that might...
  38. Re: Color correction filters for transparency film?

    Twenty-plus years ago, commercial photographers made their living by delivering perfectly-exposed, perfectly-colored transparencies to the client. This required careful and regular emulsion testing,...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    vert nice work. Happy to hear that you're getting back into the game.
  40. Re: Post your 8"x20" images in honor of August 2020 aka 8/20

    George, Jim,
    just marvelous work. I'll likely never use that format, but seeing your fine photographs is a real inspiration.
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