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  1. Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    The odor? Leather has a smell.
  2. Re: Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assemb

    A tip I learned from a machinist. When you apply the correct bit to your screw, apply some pressure in the tight direction first. Then begin the loosening. Back up,as you go. In your case, contacting...
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    Re: Fixing bellows corners

    You really have nothing to lose here. Try a dab of "Liquid Electrical Tape" , applied to the inside of the bellows corners. Wait overnight, and test with your brightest torch in a dark room. Rinse...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    The injunction to use glass carriers is, in my humble opinion, a "council of perfection". Why so, I hear you cry? Because your sheet of film is exposed in a holder, sans glass, held in place by small...
  5. Re: Beginner-friendly developer for 8x10 HP5 and Tri-X in 8x10"

    Given your developer quantities, read up on Kodak Xtol,Replenished. Replace with 70-80ml for each 8x10 sheet, good for years. My stock bottle is 5+ years in, and going strong. Vanbar has it.
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    David Wolf asked about my modification. The problem : removing the GG to use a rollfilm back requires 3 hands. By adding two tabs, and using the removable spirit level,which lives atop the front...
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    Re: print washers?

    Is that a result of peat in the water ? Staining ?
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    I have a 45 F2 and could not be happier. The O.P will find all the lenses he lists fully usable, no need for a recessed board. If the need arises, any Linhof-style board should fit. Caveat : with the...
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    Re: Develop -N2

    Another way to tame contrast is the use of what we used to call "Wink Flash". A strobe , close as possible to the lens, dialed back to just open the shadows. If you can see the secondary (flash)...
  10. Re: Rethinking my 4x5 Field Camera choice

    Check out the Chamonix 45F2 , please. Takes Linhof boards, has twin knobs for separate front tilt and rise (a huge improvement on the earlier single control), weighs just 3.52 lbs, plus,it is simply...
  11. Re: Where to get citric acid in Ontario, Canada ?

    Down here in Hobbiton any big food store has it in the Baking section. You could buy it from a Pharmacy, but will pay too much
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    Re: A Good Cool Tone Developer?

    With the Ilford emulsions you have ,and using ,in my case, home mixed D72, and Dektol previously , I would strongly suggest finishing with a gentle treatment in Selenium Toner. I use Kodak,but Ilford...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    I spy an NA Miata. Love my '91 Silverstone...
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    Re: November 2017 Portraits

    Fair comment,Rich.
  15. Re: Ilford Galerie Fiber dev'd w/ Ansco 130, Neutol WA, or Dektol, thoughts?

    I'm with Bruce on this. A little RST cleans the green. Interesting thread on APUG (as was) on RST on the role of Sod.Sulphide..
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    Re: Chinese generic lens boards

    If a few strokes with a file had bothered me, I would not be happy with my ecbuy purchase. It didn't,and I am.
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    Re: What speed 4x5 film for newbie?

    My vote for a 400 speed film. Given you will likely be using the F16 to F22 aperture range in daylight situations,why further limit the slow shutter speeds available? There are other factors like...
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    Re: Large Format Interiors

    Great image.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Well, it has been said that " A tidy desk is a sure sign of a disordered mind".
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    Re: New (to me) Horseman 4x5 camera

    Based on my experience with a Horseman LB, you will need a recessed lens board, and bag bellows to allow full movements and focus with a 90mm or shorter focal length. As noted below, the...
  21. Re: MOD54 vs. Jobo 2509n minimum developer for 6-sheet inversion processing

    My experience,in a nutshell. Terrifying to load, leaves flow marks around the fingers.Many users report it being ok if only 4 sheets loaded. Being ok for stand development says it all,really (re...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Striking image ! Minor quibble - the verticals are over-corrected ( top right ). Took me a while to work out how a "Perfectly Aligned" image looked very slightly wrong when printed. Reading Norman...
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    Re: Wista Tarnished Brass

    When you finish cleaning, apply a coat of Renaissance Wax,
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    Re: Loupe Magnification

    Well,there you are, people. A consensus has been reached.
  25. Re: Beseler 45 - upper bellows adjustment

    Well,my experience is only with the 23C, but the circle of illumination with the condenser head is easily observable at the negative stage. Just adjust to cover..
  26. Re: How do you mount enlarger lens to lens board without lens flanges?

    You can mount ANY lens to a board using Epoxy Putty. Wait! I hear you cry -that is non-reversible !.
    Not so - if you use a release agent ( I used Petroleum Jelly - Vaseline is one brand ) to coat...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Norman McGrath advises this as well.
  28. Re: My wolly 159mm is soo dark, what do you guys do?

    A cheap laser pointer is a useful aid.
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    I will never post images of my darkroom. Some members have sensitive constitutions.
    Quentin Crisp had it right "After seven years, the dust doesn't get any worse".
    Lenses, carriers , handling...
  30. Re: LED bulbs for illuminating a darkroom

    This make my heart "soar like an Eagle". Looking everywhere for led safelighting that runs on 230 volts - nada.
    Now, 12v d/c I can do. Passing the Kodak test is just gravy.
    If anyone can suggest...
  31. Re: How many people Replenish developers vs. One Shot

    Agree. Did not believe it until tested,but it's true.
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    Re: Making a ground glass

    You will notice the tin shown contains two grades of grit. I have used both in succession to reasonable effect.
  33. Re: Can ball head weight ratings be trusted?

    Manfrotto (Bogen in U.S ? ) have such a beast. The model with the locking grip on the side is better.
  34. Re: Linhof lens board does not fit to Linhof Master Technika!

    Sometimes 0.5mm is the difference between happiness and failure.
  35. Re: Lf gov't job opening

    Anyone heard of the "Peter Principle"?
    The theory that any individual is likely to be promoted,on the basis of proved performance,to a level just above the level at which they are most...
  36. Re: Print big - Few questions for first trial

    Well Done! And thanks for the update.
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    Re: Fix dent in filter thread?

    Stephens reply is good.
    I dented the front ring in my Micro Nikkor 55/2.8. The concave former, a wooden dowel with a shaped end,and grooves cut with a blade to approximate the filter threading + A...
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    Re: Portrait Newbie Advice

    On the "count to three" option, I have had better success with "I'll count to three" statement,and then expose on Two.Many sitters have a "photo expression" they are already assuming for the three...
  39. Re: Restoring brass on a Sanderson Tropical

    Regarding Renaissance Wax - great product. Also protects unglassed fibre based prints on display.
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    Re: Getting attacked

    Then,I should mention the mighty West Coast Sandfly (West Coast of New Zealand's South Island).
    Legend has it that hardy locals would drink a spoonful of Kerosine to repel the hordes.
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