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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Yea, we missed the weather bullet in SoCal yesterday with light to medium rain... Concern about the rain up north, so hoping for the best...

    Normally have 30 to 70% RH, but have had 1-2% humidity...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    During a particularly dry Santa Ana wind spell (with RH about 2%), I had a large printing project, but felt like Edward Scissorhands when getting severe shocks touching anything grounded...
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    Re: frosted glass vs film plane difference.

    And once you do that, do a film focus test by setting up 3 playing cards an inch closer and further from the center card and focus camera on the middle card... Shoot a piece of film focused on the...
  4. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    80F for C-41 is not hard to hold for the 3 something minutes of development... Allowing the temp to fall from slightly above will slowly fall in that time window...

    E-6 is a little more...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Oh, and another tip with in-room heaters is that they can dry the air severely in use, so getting a humidifier from your drug store will help keep static and dust down and is easier on your sinuses...
  6. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    Rolex vs Timex... As long as you get to work on time... ;-)

    0r dress to impress...

    Steve K
  7. Re: Opinion: Would a 90mm f8 or f6.8 lens be too dark for dawn and dusk landscape?

    Depends... A good new GG helps a lot, but one can get used to dim old lenses with a good focusing cloth...

    But most important is allowing enough time for your eyes to properly dark adapt in...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Another danger point is the outlet itself... Old outlet contacts oxidize, get slightly burnt, become resistive and can become a heating element itself and can get dangerously hot with normal to...
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    Re: Sunny !6 Users Unite!

    And I have seen where the daylight exposure can be brighter than normal..


    During the last drought here, spent most every day on the street shooting here, but noticed an exposure issue that came...
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    Re: Sunny !6 Users Unite!

    I use both together to cross check each other... I have seen meter errors and also the scene can throw you curve balls...

    I have read scene after scene that gave me the same reading time after...
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    Re: Rack and pinion for 20x24

    Maybe rack & pinion not needed???

    I made a camera that standards just slid on smooth metal to teflon to wood surfaces with a precision T-slot underneath where guide rollers kept it moving straight...
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    Re: Tiny Camera Porn

    I extensively use the 35mm Leitz enlargers for smaller format work, and the uncut film supports have come in very handy!!!

    When shooting/processing bulk film, after drying it gets backrolled onto...
  13. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    But I did have a pro photo friend (recently passed) who would have went ga-ga over this camera... He loved Italian design, bought Italian sports cars (and put up with their idiosyncratic issues), and...
  14. Re: Can a NuArc 14x18 Process Camera be Converted into a ULF enlarger?

    You would need a light head that can mate to top platen and a neg carrier... And a convenient way to focus/enlarge/operate from floor level... And has limited column extension...

    But possible!!!
    ...
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    Re: Durst Laborator 1200 Alignment

    The other place for adjustment is the connection between baseboard and column base... This can be shimmed with thin materials such as sheet film, metal strip, etc until lifted enough... Often the...
  16. Re: Traveling across oceans with a Mahogany camera

    I guess the best thing is to read up and contact the agency in countries you pass through to find out what is permissible (or not)...

    But I have heard about rosewood as being on the radar in some...
  17. Re: Traveling across oceans with a Mahogany camera

    I thought it was about rosewood and other endangered species???

    Steve K
  18. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    Nah, foolish... Wanna see my bellows extension??? :-]

    Steve K
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    Re: Unique/ lesser known portrait lenses

    K-Y comes off easy after a cigarette and a shower... :-0

    And plenty of soft filters from the ages now inexpensive...

    Steve K
  20. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    That teaser with the paparazzi flashing and smoke is really over the top... Do anything for anyone here??? ;-)

    Ah, go to a golf klub and watch them polish up those mega $$$ clubs, and still shoot...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    Careful, he has a knife and a grin!!! Love him, wish I had him at work...:)


    Tele work isn't impossible, but difficult to wait out conditions and have a camera rig stable enough to not sag and...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    Not much issue within camera, but the stuff in the sea of air hundreds of yards to miles to infinity means you have to shoot through that...

    Telescopes can fog, and heat can move through imaging...
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    Re: Welcome to The Machine

    The Riverside pinball museum out here has to close (due to pandemic income woes) so most all will be auctioned off...

    So sad... :-(

    Steve K
  24. Re: Beginner question about lens mounted in the 'wrong' shutter

    And SK Grimes will measure/make a nice scale for under 50 bucks...

    I frequently have to calibrate a iris without a scale, and use the above measurement technique... The speed of lens marked is on...
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    Re: Welcome to The Machine

    Kool!!! Great image!!!

    But did they have this technology during the wet plate era???

    But by the way, what was the subject matter, where, and what did it do???

    Steve K
  26. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    You don't have to have superhuman strength to wreck some stuff, it's built into the (poor) design... And not "overused"...

    In my stint in education gear service, saw many items (even new out of...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    That, and good 'ole atmospherics for long lenses...

    Think of air like it is a "liquid", and is clear when still, but when disturbed it ripples like the surface of a pond etc distorting an image......
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    Re: Tight Shutter Screw

    If screws don't remove with a reasonable amount of force, STOP!!! (They are not lug nuts on your car...) Usual culprit is thread-lok on screw threads to prevent screw from coming loose...

    Taking a...
  29. Re: Almost catastrophie for my Pentax Analog Spot Meter

    One of my earliest foto "life lessons" as a kid was never put a camera carry strap, lanyard etc in my mouth...

    Had an old plastic Brownie as my first camera, and was on vacation on Mt. Desert...
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    Re: Making ground glass???

    Interesting link!!! I had looked at several that had the silica carbide as the media and about the same process, but this was the first article that suggested using aluminium oxide for the media that...
  31. Re: Why some lenses have a "haze" on GG and some look clear?

    Let me take a guess...

    I had heard long ago that GG was made different ways... One was ground or blasted that made a granular surface, or acid etched that was smoother, but with a "watery" grain...
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    Making ground glass???

    Hi,
    I'd like to try my hand at making a couple of GG's for 8X10...

    Any "secrets to success" to share???

    Thanks,

    Steve K
  33. Thread: water filters

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    Re: water filters

    There's a famous story from a photo rep about when AA invested big bucks in a water purification system for final washing of prints, but started getting staining and early decay of prints... He...
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    Re: Compur-Rapid cleaning woes

    The problem with old shutters is they are supposed to run dry and usually not lube failures, but what happens is a fine layer of oxidation builds where metal meets metal, and tends to be slightly...
  35. Re: Lightweight Tripod for Sinar Norma Inspired by Julius Shulman

    Cool!!!
    Consider removing/replacing the three bolts that are on the leg to yoke tensioner position... I have had the heads break off a couple of times and the remaining bolt threads had to be...
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    Re: Lenses for landscape w 4x5 camera

    Relax, most UWA lenses barely cover the format, so movements are mostly out anyway... (Camera just needs to focus properly and not obstruct image...) But you do get some with many 90mm's...

    Steve K
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    Re: Lenses for landscape w 4x5 camera

    I agree with Greg to at least get one lens on the camera and start shooting... Your new format probably has one sweet spot that works with the way you see a scene, and you may find it works perfectly...
  38. Re: Free-standing dust attractors/filters any good?

    Those Honeywell room filters for sickroom or allergy sufferers work pretty well to reduce dust or pollen... I have an old one from a thrift store that I have used while cleaning very dusty rooms...
  39. Thread: water filters

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    Re: water filters

    Dual filters means there is one filter after another... The first filters out most of the particulates, and the second catches what might get past the first filter... Some locales might not need the...
  40. Thread: Building a 4x5

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    Re: Building a 4x5

    Building is good, but there are soooooo many decent 4X5's floating around for bargain prices, that it would cost less to buy your choice of quality cameras than to build...

    Unless you had...
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