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    Re: Developing color film and slides

    E6 for transparency film (slides,) C41 for colo negs.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    For Photoflo I might be doing something different from everyone else. After doing the final washing with tap water I drain off well. I then spread x3 drops of Photoflo on the negative and pour on...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Too late. I've even been shooting wet plate outdoors in Dakota winter.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I think the "valuations" rule has to do with people popping up out of nowhere with something to sell. I'm a buyer here.:) As for the challenge, I am constantly setting challenges for myself. Six...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I will be shooting wet plate with it some, but mostly will use early brass for that I think. So, was this an OK buy for the money? Can't imagine something in good condition going for too much less....
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    Re: Dating Derogy lens

    I have one of these. Mine is complete with the two little inter-lenses and some washer stops, plus the little between lens housing. Brass lens cap looks the same as yours, as does the flange. Mine...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I ended up buying an Acutar 14.75 inch lens in Ilex 5, multicoated, for $425. It looked pretty clean and I think it will do what I want. Not sure it's going to mount on a Wista metal board though! ...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Last year SP was trying to decide if the SP810 would be successful and sell enough to be worth doing. They took the chance on it anyway. I have to say it has easily exceeded all my expectations.
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    There's a YouTube video. I rock mine side to side, then for next round I rock it front to back.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I think it's probably right that all of the older designed lenses (Tessar, Velostigmat/Raptor, Acutar, Ektar, etc.) will have a very similar look. Most will be single coated which will be OK with...
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    8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Rather than hijack the other thread (since I'm after different results,) I'll start my own. I've been shooting a Kodak 2D 8x10 for a month now and feel I have it dialed in reasonably well. One...
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    Re: Lenses for new 5x7 / 6x17 kit

    You first need to decide what you want to photo and how. That dictates lens selection. Since I photo different things with 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 I use different lenses. For 4x5 I mostly use modern...
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    There's a Varium on ebay at the moment for a big pile of money.


    Kent in SD
  14. Thread: Total Newby here

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    Re: Total Newby here

    If you cut down 8x10, make sure you are keeping the corner where the notch code is. Otherwise you won't be able to orient it so the emulsion faces out. Oh, and welcome.


    Kent in SD
  15. Thread: 8x10 Progress

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    Re: 8x10 Progress

    Will have to look at that when I mount my 5 pound Voightlander petzval on it.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: bad bellows repair

    How much film & processing costs have you lost so far? I would just order a new bellows from UK Custom Bellows. You'll need to replace them sooner or later; why continue with the aggravation?

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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    One of the reasons I always have my Swiss Army knife. At night I carry a small .380 pistol when in mountain lion habitat.


    Kent in SD
  18. Thread: 8x10 Progress

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    8x10 Progress

    Some may remember that I bought a Kodak 2d last month and had some issues with major light leaks. A couple of forum members quickly put me on track to fix them. Thanks! Since then I've been taking...
  19. Re: pros/cons of two different lenses at the same focal length?

    The magnification will be the same but the perspective will be different.


    Kent in SD
  20. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    I've processed the ISO 25 plates under a very faint, indirect red light and things went well. As for "Sunny 16," right now on the Northern Plains it's "Sunny 22."


    Kent in SD
  21. Thread: Marble caverns

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    Re: Marble caverns

    I've done a fair amount of photography from a kayak, including the caves on Lake Superior. If you are using a kayak I will give you a warning. When you look through a camera your body is no longer...
  22. Re: Insight Requested on ULF Studio Camera Project

    I shoot tin type. With flash placed 3 feet away, lens is f4, straight flash no modifier, I use 2600ws. I think I'd need twice that for ambro.


    Kent in SD
  23. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    1. They can be processed in a Stearman SP-445 with special available holder or in the SP-810 that doesn't need a holder. Two at a time in SP-445, four at a time in the SP-810. Load them in an...
  24. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    Exposure can vary by a stop depending on cloud cover. Usually it seems to follow visible light close enough that a meter is a help.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: February portraits

    #9 Open Class quads
    Micah Scheilmann & pit crew,
    Lake County Racing



    Taken with my "new" Kodak 2D 8x10, c.1910 Dagor 240mm, FP4+.


    Kent in SD
  26. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    The older plates were slower. The newer ones seem closer to rated speed. Keep in mind the wild card is they are only sensitive to blue and UV light.

    I will add, don't use any filters.

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    OK. but you'll have to shoot the plate five stops slower (more exposure) than the film. And, remember that the plates are ortho--only sensitive to blue and UV light. I don't know of any meters that...
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    Wouldn't Sunny 16 be 1/2s and f16? What am I missing here? I've been shooting them for the past year & half and find my Minolta meter works reasonably well as a starting point, but better exposure...
  29. Re: Kodak Eastman View 2D: Extension Rail fitting?

    I would consider pulling the studs out, redrilling the holes, and epoxy them back in making sure they are straight.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    I agree. A good portrait captures the essence of the person.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    And of course a Heliar!



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    So, is there a consensus on what is a good value wide angle lens for 8x10--not too expensive, offers some movements? Or is it impossible to have any consensus on a gear forum?:D


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    OK, I think I've got things all sorted out now. :) There were several issues. First, a pin was missing from the 8x10 back. Second, two of the tabs/clips that engage the pins were bent and...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    I'm assuming that for the Symmar S 210mm we are talking about the one with Copal 3, not Copal 1?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Agitate for 30s, then 4 tips or agitate for 10s every minute. Never had problems using the sp445. Must be something I'm doing with the SP810. Will try your suggestions.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    The GG frame was indeed installed upside down! I can't believe I didn't catch that. This is where another set of eyes is a great thing. I flipped it around and put the helper spring on top of the...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Now that makes sense! As it is there is nothing to prevent the holder from slipping out. Camera was disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled by the guy I bought it from. Will try flipping things...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I think I've found the biggest source of the light leak. On the top of the 8x10 back there is a brass channel strip, "P" shaped. It runs across the top of the back. It looks like it's there to...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I put my 5x7 back on the 2D and headed back to the falls this afternoon. Pretty much the same conditions--heavy overcast/light mist, 22 F degrees. I took two shots using Fuji 180mm f5.6 lens: ISO...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I went out and shot two sheets as a test. Lens was a Nikon 300mm f9 M known to be good. I used the modern Lisco Regal holder, FP4+. Conditions were heavy overcast--exposure was ISO 125, f32, 1/2s....
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