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  1. Re: Uneven Development -- 5X7's in Stearman Press 8X10 Tray

    Regarding agitation: how much liquid are you using? This is one case where too much is worse than too little! If you're familiar with wave dynamics, you'll remember that wave action is basically...
  2. Re: Uneven Development -- 5X7's in Stearman Press 8X10 Tray

    The negative should never slide under the hold down tabs! Check the lid to make sure it is completely flat (we've had one report of a warped lid.)

    Tim
  3. Re: SP-445 4x5 Film Processing System (Daylight tank)

    Not sure what you mean by "protruding notches..."?

    Anyway, what your seeing is almost certainly anti-halation dye that hasn't washed out. Rewash in a tray and it should be fine.

    Several...
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    Re: KangRinpoche Film Changing Tents?

    Before I had a darkroom, I built my own out of cardboard and duct tape: https://youtu.be/fAXAavTAMbk

    Tim
  5. Re: Uneven Development -- 5X7's in Stearman Press 8X10 Tray

    Thinking about it, "panning for gold" is probably an inaccurate description. The actual gold panners I've seen tend to setup a rhythmic pattern, which works for finding gold but we want a more random...
  6. Re: Stearman Press 810 & Temperature Film Reticulation

    jurgen,
    What you're seeing is almost certainly an artifact of stand development with pyro, which is always tricky.

    For the record, we've had customers report excellent results with as little as...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Jurgen,
    Per your email, the issue is on the emulsion side and you processed emulsion side up. So it must be related to the chemistry, after all, at that point it's just a tray. Don't know how that...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    jurgen,
    Did you get our email with questions?
    You're doing semi-stand development with limited agitation; are you agitating for the first 30 seconds to make sure the film breaks free from the...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Yes, we have looked at a 11x14. Right now it doesn't look feasible (unless some wants write a really big check); the market isn't big enough.
    We are considering other options: for example, someone...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Here's the thermal data: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/thermal-profile-of-the-sp-8x10
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Janne,
    Fotoimpex.de should have it in stock.

    Tim
  12. Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Super Graphic

    Now that you mention it, I remember reading that somewhere. So it really is the "grandson" of the Super Graphic.

    Tim
  13. Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Super Graphic

    After comparing the Toyo and the Nagaoka, it only seemed reasonable to do an article comparing the Toyo to its grandfather, the Super Graphic.
    ...
  14. Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    Jim,
    I can get about an inch of "swing" by pushing one side or the other forward. More than enough for my needs.
    Tim
  15. Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    201400

    Here's a short comparison (and video) of two of the most radically different cameras ever intended for the same general functions.
    ...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Hans,
    We actually looked into designing a heater but decided it wasn't needed. Or more accurately, wouldn't be needed by enough people to justify it.

    There are also technical issues. For...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Russ,
    The real "secret" is consistency! Keep a detailed notebook and once you've figured out what works, keep doing it.


    Tim
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Forget the water bath and other heresy: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/thermal-profile-of-the-sp-8x10
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  19. Re: First Forey Into 8x10 Format/ Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    There's a reason Ansel had a pack mule when shooting 8x10! Frankly, the weight of the camera is minor compared to all the other stuff you'll have to carry. Heck, my tripod weighs more than my Calumet...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I remember processing my first roll of film (probably 620) using the "seasaw" technique with trays. As soon as the film went into the developer, I realized I couldn't read my watch! (In my defense, I...
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    Re: SP-8x10+ campaign launched!

    The crowdfunding campaign was supposed to end at midnight, March 11th.

    However, you may have noticed that the countdown timer was still ticking away this morning, clearly in violation of the...
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    Re: SP-8x10+ campaign launched!

    Here's the executive summary for those that don't want to bother with the details (click here for all the details):
    1. It doesn't look like the SP-8x10+ will reach its funding goal.
    2. We're...
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    You can sign up here: https://productdev.stearmanpress.com/
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    J.Lane 5x7 dry plate. Exposed at ISO .5; processed in SP-76EC for 7 minutes @ 68F in the SP-8x10+ prototype processing system.

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  25. DIY film changing box: cardboard and duct tape

    Just posted videos of our cardboard and duck tape dark box:

    https://youtu.be/fAXAavTAMbk
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    Poll: Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Self-publishing is not new. Many famous authors were self-published: Mark Twain, Charles Dickens etc. It wasn't until the middle of the last century that "trade" publishing took over.

    My three...
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    Re: Fomopan 100/R09 disaster

    Fomapan does not have edge imprints. (In fact, Fomapan 100 and Fomapan 400 both have the same notch code!)

    If the developer was completely exhausted, I doubt any imprints would show up.

    I've...
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Ian,
    I leave out the unloaded holder but it really shouldn't matter.

    Tim
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Esearing has a good point.
    If you're only using one holder, be sure to fill to the "450ml tab" (it will take about 480ml).
    Personally, I always fill to the "vent hole" because it's easier to see.
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Ian,
    Here's a photo of the 450ml indicator.
    Tim

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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Designing the hold down fingers (tabs) was trickier than you'd expect. They can't be too tight or there's no flow under them; can't be too loose or the film will slip out. Film also varies in...
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    Poll: How big of enlargements are you making?

    We'd like to know what size of prints people are making on a regular basis.
    Wet darkroom prints only; any process.
    You decide what "regular basis" means.
    We realize that it's a simple question...
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    Re: SP-2810- 8x10 Film Processing System

    Everyone,
    Note that we're hoping to have tested the dual-sided film holders before the Kickstarter ends. That would allow you to process 4 sheets in 2 liters.

    We decided to error on the side of...
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    Re: Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Don't have a photo of the spring. It's about 1/2" long.
    here's where it fits: 164903
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    Re: Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Having now compared it to diagrams of the Speed Graphic, I'm sure the basic design is the same. I've never seen a Graphic shutter on the view camera and I suspect they licensed it to PIM back in the...
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    Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Anyone recognize this? It's the focal plane shutter on the back of a Ilford PIM camera but I'm not sure it was originally with the camera. Any idea where to find parts?
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  37. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    I think I found the problem: there's a bubble in the lens! Of course, the bubble will move with the movements; so it shifts from one photo to the next. Never noticed this before; I guess you have to...
  38. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    Dave,
    Appears to be in the emulsion; part of the image.
    No dust, dirt etc.
    Might have it on another negative as well.

    Tim
  39. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    The only time we've seen the SP-445 film holders interfere with processing, is when the negative is loaded in backwards (we've had several customers admit to that.) That leaves very distinct vertical...
  40. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    It's in Centerville SD (southeast corner of the state.)
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