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  1. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    Tripod weight can be a help or hinderance to your task. At 3-5 pounds I can hike with the tripod all day. 6-8 pounds maybe a couple of miles won't kill me. 10+ pounds and it is used for around the...
  2. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    You likely want to do a test using a 4x5 step wedge or a low contrast backyard scene. Develop one sheet normally then another at 50% more time. Then print both using various grade filters...
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    Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    In my early tests with PyroHD in the SP445 tank I did see some slight density difference top to bottom for an 1 minute initial agitation vs a 2 minute initial agitation with a shot of open sky. But I...
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Mystery Ranch says more of the TerraFrame 50 coming mid February.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    that mountain ranch terraframe looks interesting but is sold out everywhere. Their 55L duffle has shoulder straps but no waist belt, but since this gear is much lighter than my 4x5 kit it may...
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    I did that and all they had were top loaders like the osprey, or little packs. It fits nicely in a duffle bag but not the best hiking solution.
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    Backpacks for pano ULF

    Since I got my 5x12 I have been looking for ways to haul and hike with it. The camera will fit into most XL camera bags without the dividers but the film holders in their case are a bit too long or...
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    Re: 2021 Self Portraits

    Tin Can "self vaccinated" - My first thought was low budget starwars costume.
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    Re: 7x17 Chamonix vs Ritter vs x?

    May not be important to you but with the Canham design a 7x17 sits on his 11x14 platform, so you could order the back and bellows for that too and change formats when the mood strikes. I just...
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    Re: Prototype RF-coupled 4x5 camera

    I noticed that Ilford still makes 5" roll film during the ULF special order. except for the fact that you would lose individual sheet processing , would it be useful to have a 5x4/5x7 roll film back...
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    Re: Homebrewed Film Developer Formulas

    Well documented in several Pyrocat HD problem threads. Photographers Formulary admitted they had some batches of Phenidone that were bad. They were also selling kits that were 3-5 years old in...
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    Some of the larger ball heads have tensioning knobs that make fine adjustments easier for large cameras. I used a Giottos MH-3000 with a video QR system for heavy digital and 4x5 cameras for years. ...
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    Re: Homebrewed Film Developer Formulas

    I like Jay Defehr's Obsidian Aqua.

    Part A
    Distilled water 750ml
    Sodium or potassium metabisulfite 20g
    Catechol 250g...
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    Re: Prototype RF-coupled 4x5 camera

    I guess the inventor never heard of https://mercurycamera.com/ which is a universal body+lens design for up to 5x7 film sizes. Uses a viewer instead of range finder and is completely modular. his...
  15. Re: The search of the golden bullet - Ilford FP4+/Hp5+ in ID-11 / D+76 (minimum amoun

    With Pyrocat HD and variants doing a fairly normal tank process with agitation every 2-3 minutes I found that 60% (3/3/500) of the recommended (5/5/500) is on the edge for a single sheet and would...
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    I thought about 7x17 for a while but in the end I really like smaller prints that can be hand held. Also as I age, weight becomes a factor.
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Looking at my exposure cards my most used lenses tend to be a 135mm and 65mm for 4x5. That may be because I tend to get in close to the waterfalls and rivers I shoot so a normal lens does not cover...
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    My Christmas present to myself. Chamonix 5x12 vs my little N24x5.

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    Re: Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Since I do not shoot often I lose my ability to translate the upside down image sometimes. The viewer is a quick way to help with composition, then I use the loupe for finer focus. It also rotates...
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    Re: Who Uses 5x12?

    Reviving this thread. I know Steve Sherman and I recently purchased new 5x12 cameras. Who else is using one currently? Or any LF pano format from 4x10 to 12x20 (Corran).
  21. Thread: tank for 5x12

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    Re: tank for 5x12

    I am finding 12.5 in Nikkor stainless tanks out there but I question if they are daylight processing since many have writing like "FIXER" on them which would imply the users would probably use them...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Love my Chamonix N2 and have been pleased with it enough to buy a new 5x12 from them. I like that I can put a 65mm lens on it without a recessed board. Can't do that with many of the wooden 4x5s. ...
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    Re: Any experience with the Sekonic L-858d-U

    Similar to ic-racer - meter in EVs. then translate those to Zones

    Example EVs. 5 (dark wet rock/shadow detail), 6.3(dark water), 8.3 (green foliage), 9 (light green) , 11(whitewater),...
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    Re: KRST as Fixer? Yeah...Why Not?

    Mark, I use ColdFusion everyday. CFML is an incredible scripting/tag based language makes beautifully coded web applications with minimal effort. And we refer to our development cycle as...
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    Re: KRST as Fixer? Yeah...Why Not?

    Label makers now come with chemical resistant ink. You can type whole sentences and know for sure what is in the bottle. even dilution info and dates. I even number the lids so they go back on right...
  26. Thread: tank for 5x12

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    tank for 5x12

    Prepping for my 5x12 camera and will likely use a tube/tank for single sheet development rather than trays so I can work indoors. Is there a metal/plastic tank that is either 3in Diameter x 12in...
  27. Re: Uneven Development -- 5X7's in Stearman Press 8X10 Tray

    If using dilute developers a good 2 minute initial gentle to moderate agitation takes care of most uneven development issues no matter what tank you use. A 5 minute prewash/soak also helps with...
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    I have a similar image with my cable release in the frame in 135format.
  29. Re: Yuletide Gift: When asked... do you list anything photography related?

    Non-picture Books but photo related Maybe? They can usually be found on Amzn so easy for relatives to shop.
    Edward Weston daybooks
    Or those rare ones like Lith printing by Tim Rudman
    Darkroom...
  30. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    the FLM tripod leg comes apart for easy cleaning should you get a little dirt/grime/salt water in the lower section. It is extremely well designed.
    The only flaw/issue I have found is that when...
  31. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head Kit is fine for my 4x5 wooden camera. Its rated for 17 pounds whereas the geared head is rated only 8 pounds. I like the retractable handles too. Buy extra...
  32. Re: The Variable Contrast Printing Manual by Anchell, Steve

    Amazon.co.uk has some but I do not know if they ship to Romania or not. US Amazon will not ship there. I had a color head but eventually just switched to under lens filters. For split-grade...
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    Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    The only issue I have had with Beseler 4x5 is the way some heads sit on top. There are 4 1/4 inch high posts between the lens stage and head. You may need a ring or special fitting to fill this...
  34. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    FLM CP30 L4 for the height - Without the smallest leg sections extended my camera is at eye level (on CP34 same height). A sideways center column is not needed for 4x5 if you can rotate the back . ...
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    Re: Any RRS Tripod Owners with a Series 4?

    at one time Gitzo and RRS were the only players in high quality CF Tripods and RRS helped standardize QR systems for the digital slr realm. But now you have more choices at lower price points with...
  36. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    I just bought the FLM CP34 L4II and can recommend it. But its next smaller size might suit you, CP30 L4II. I use the Manfrotto 3 way head instead of a ball head now. Spend some time at...
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    Re: What is the right formula for Hypercat?

    Part B drives your activity, increase partB and/or time. Jay indicates times of 12-15 minutes for 400 speed films but it may depend on the Part B formula you are using. I prefer the stock potassium...
  38. Re: Does Anyone have any experience with the RH Designs Analyser Pro? Any thoughts on

    I find with PF's version of 130 I need a longer exposure for just about every MG paper. But then there are times when I tend to print too dark so each image is subjective to my mood when printing. ...
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    Re: Liquid pump for possible DIY processor

    I didn't see the pump speed. Since it is for aquarium use it is probably is slowed down. Programming would also limit volume so theoretically any volume could be used and duration of pump action...
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    Liquid pump for possible DIY processor

    Ran across this item and thought it might be a good start for an automated film processor. Mix the chems and let one pump deliver them and another to remove them. Add an air pump for agitation and a...
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