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    Re: Development time for paper.

    I fully agree with following the instructions on the manual, but as i have written before, it is easy enough to development time yourself. Just make 4 test strips of a good shadow area and develop...
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    I have my doubts if film developer will work well for developing paper, as it paper developer should be much more active then film developer. Do yourself a favour and get a bottle of paper developer....
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    Re: Tmax 400 in D-76 correct dev time

    I am afraid that there is not such a thing as the correct development time. There are just to many variables in play, like the quality of your water, the way you measure your light, the kind of...
  4. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    You also might check your development times to reach D-max. I found that the foma paper needs considerable more development time to reach it's maximum black. This longer time increases also the risk...
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    Perhaps the cassette not perfectly seated in the rear standard?
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    Re: Dove head first into the abyss

    Film perhaps? :o

    But for sure you will need a few 4x5 cassettes.
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    Re: Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon MC XL 5,6/58

    There are only a few modern super wide lenses offered for the 4x5 format and this is one of them. The others are the 55mm Rodentock Apo-Grandagon and the 47mm Schneider SA XL, which is even a step...
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    Re: Darkroom print and data filing system

    I use an Omega D2V with a condensor head and the standard Ilford filterset, so using a R&H is pretty straight forward after callibration. After metering I make a first print, which I use to judge...
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    Re: Darkroom print and data filing system

    I used a system like that for a couple of years, but stopped when i put it to the test and found out that it only worked so-so. Often I could only use the dodging and burning schemes. One of the...
  10. Re: Fidelity Elite 9x12cm holder works for 4x5 film?

    As long as the holders are in good shape - no warps, a darkslide that fits, the hinge functional, they will work as they should, what ever the brand - Fidility, Lisco, Linhof, Toyo or what ever. When...
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    Re: Focal Lengths with movements for Tachihara 4x5

    There is a pretty steep learning curve involved with using large format, with all kinds of specific terminology. This website contains a huge amount of good information on it an dyou might want to...
  12. Re: Decent wide angle lens for Linhof Master. No range finder use

    For me working with 4x5 is a different experience from working with 35mm or medium format. You can of course compare focal lengths, but what works in 35mm doesn't need to work in 4x5 and visa versa. ...
  13. Re: Decent wide angle lens for Linhof Master. No range finder use

    The standard set of lenses for 4x5 is something like 90 - 135 or 150 and then a 210. Lots of people enjoy using the 90mm focal length and there is plenty of them available in all sorts of qualities....
  14. Re: Horseman 45FA wide and zoom. Suggestions please

    Either a 210mm or a 240mm should work fine. I have a 210mm Topcor which is a great lens with a huge image circle. But after working with a 90 - 150 - 210 set for a few years, i found the set...
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    Re: Best 4x5 camera to accommodate a 65mm lens?

    It amazes me that you can't focus your 65mm on a HZX-IIa, as i have no issues focussing my 58mm on the same camera. The 58 is mounted on a flat lensboard and I have to admit thet it results in a...
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    Re: Photographing stars, 4x5

    Ain't that a derivative of Murphies law?
  17. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    For 35 i have to many lenses in to many different filter sizes to standardize. The original idea was to stick to the 49mm my first Pentax lenses take, but then i got lenses that take 58mm and 67mm...
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    Re: Multiple Print Washers?

    I have 2 to be honest - one for 30X40 paper, which i also use for smaller prints, and a big one for 50X60, which i use for 40X50 and 50x60 paper. The 50X60 is a huge thing, needing a lot of water to...
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    Re: Help understanding Telephoto lenses

    As often, the answer is that it depends. The 360mm plasmats are huge lenses, the 360mm process lenses are much smaller and the telelenses will be somewhere in between. With some research on this site...
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    Re: Help understanding Telephoto lenses

    The main price you pay when using telephoto's is that front tilt gets difficult. Where the front nodal point of most lenses is more or less in the center where the shutter is, with telephoto lenses...
  21. Re: The search of the golden bullet - Ilford FP4+/Hp5+ in ID-11 / D+76 (minimum amoun

    Indeed you would be on the safe side. I think you can go down to 25ml per sheet of 4x5 film as it is generally accepted that one 135 film is more or less equivalent to one 120 film, to one sheet of...
  22. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    I find that fresnel lenses are a good help when using wide angle lenses, but don't add much for the longer focal lenghts. When you find your ground glass dark when using a f4.5 210mm, you might look...
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    Re: Developer in powder - Color and B&W

    Choices would also depend on the amount of film you shoot of course. In completely full and air tight containers, ID-11 keeps at least 3 months and probably a little more. It helps to get yourself 10...
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    Re: Developed Film - Vignette ?

    I am not sure what can be the cause this problem, but i struggled with it in black and white for years. Often the negatives were perfect, but frequently there were misses as well. Tried al sorts of...
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    Re: Developed Film - Vignette ?

    That doesn't look like vignetting, but like the surge patern caused by a rotation development system. My guess is that the lab used a Jobo system and for one reason or the other haven't got their...
  26. Re: Please help evaluate what happened on this test neg with new Chamonix F2

    My guess would also be with David Schaller: it looks like your bellows got in the way. If your camera has a ground glass with clipped corners, make it a routine to check if you can see the complete...
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    Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    Use proper wetting agent and not some kind of soap. Soap might leave some nasty residues on your negatives and may lead to new issues.
  28. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    The Nikon 360/500/720mm Nikkor-T* ED set will fit. Especially the 360mm and 500mm configurations have a good reputation when it comes to sharpness and contrast.
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    Re: 4 x 5 Contact Printing Question

    The exposure time to reach max black also depends on the base fog of the film, which in turn depends for instance on the age of the film and the choice of developer. A second factor in play is the...
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    Re: Chemistry (again) use after time

    As LabRat already stated, fix and stop will be fine. When it comes to developer it's a different story. It depends a lot on the developer you have mixed. To name two extremes: Rodinal and it's clones...
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    Re: Rodenstock grandagon n 90 f6.8

    The one showing the Sinaron W indication is a Sinar selected one, which probably means that Sinar performed an extra test on the lens. Otherwise it is the same Grandagon N 90mm f6.8. The one i have...
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    Re: Exposure, Light Leak or Darkroom Issues?

    Because the light leaks look like an even fog along a straight line, they are probably caused when pulling or inserting the darkslide. The part that was covered my the darkslide getting the right...
  33. Re: Jobo Multitank 6 #2550 and two 2509n - volumina?

    I can't answer all your questions, but i do regularly use a 2551 to process 12 sheets of film in an inversion system. I use replenished XTOL as a developer, which leads to great results with a...
  34. Re: Nikkor 500mm Tele - any problems with tilt/swing?

    With tele-lenses the front nodal point is way in front of the lens. This makes that if you use swing or tilt on the front standard the plane of focus moves in hard to predict ways. When applying tilt...
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    Re: New Wooden Filmholder

    Looks very pretty and the would fit very well with my wooden camera. Will they be available in other sizes too?

    Did you shoot film with it already? And how do they feel when handling them when...
  36. Thread: 4x5 Starter Lens

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    Re: 4x5 Starter Lens

    In my experience translating your preferences from 35mm and medium format lenses to large format focal lengths is only of limited value, mainly because working with a large format camera asks for...
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    Re: Back to basics - newbie developing help

    Well, these look way better already then your first shoots and it looks like you have resolved most of the issues of the first set of negatives.

    Both black and white spots could be dust, missing...
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    Re: 5 x 7 film holder confusion

    The easiest way to find out is to cut a sheet of paper of the size of 5x7 film - which should be 125x175 millimeters and which is actually a tiny bit smaller then exactly 5x7 inch - and try to put it...
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    Re: Shooting Ilford Delta and developed as iso 400

    When using wet plates and such with speeds like 6 iso and slower, it is still possible do make good portraits, even inside. When the model can be placed in a position where he or she can sit...
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    Re: Back to basics - newbie developing help

    Thanks for posting the pictures. It looks to me that there are several issues, at least.

    The easiest is the light leak on the fourth picture on post #10. This could have very well been caused...
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