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    Re: 150mm f5.6 Symmar-S Image Circle

    The Schneider Symar 150's were all described by the factory as 4X5 lenses until the APO version, which they called a 5X7 lens. I don't know if a 150-S (single coated or multi) will cover at...
  2. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    As Fred Picker commented in one of his newsletters, people often get carried away with "maximum black," giving way too much exposure to get black, black, black, which can be overdoing it.
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    Re: Film Storage accident

    Your film should be fine. But plastic bags and a spacer on the bottom of the fridge are decent preventative measures so that next time the cardboard boxes don't disintegrate.
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    Re: Copal 0 Shutter - Different thickness

    I think Tracy is right, isn't that a removeable plastic ring? Used to fill in a gap when the front element is relatively small?
  5. Re: 127mm f4.7 Raptar and 135mm f4.7 Raptar: Do they both fit the same Rapax shutter

    Rapax can usually be fixed with a CLA and they run a lot time after that.
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    Re: Thomas Safelight bulb exchange

    I've used them for many decades, but question whether I need one going forward, I've tried the "super bright LED" approach mentioned here so many times and it is less trouble.
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    Re: Thomas Safelight bulb exchange

    That bulb is a standard street lighting bulb. If you purchase a new one that way after a web search you'll save a lot of money over a "Thomas Safelight Bulb." The bulb life is supposed be be 18,000...
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    Re: Protar Lenses.

    I've been on this forum for a long, long time and I don't know what "the list" is.

    Anyway, the typical answer to your question is put the single cell of a doublt or triple protar on the back, even...
  9. Re: Nikkor SW 150 on Canham 8x10 Lightweight?

    Bernice's comments confuse me. I've had two DLCs, have on MLC, a 4x10, and had a lightweight 8x10. All used the same sized Canham lens boards, which I don't think are Sinar sized.
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    Re: Film in freezer

    I'm with Peter on this. Has worked fine for me for many years. Once I open a box it tends to spend time in the fridge (at about 38F) but it is in a sealed bag and I let it get up to room...
  11. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    Return it.
  12. Re: Focal Lengths with movements for Tachihara 4x5

    Not knowing what you want to photograph makes it tough.

    If I had to pick just one lens, I'd get a multicoated 135.

    For that camera, which I used for years, I got along very well with a...
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    Re: Good 210 for 4x5??

    Any multicoated f:5.6 version from Nikon, Schneider, Rodenstock or Fuji would be fine. Buy on condition and a shutter that works now. A Copal or Compur shutter would be my choice. There are lots...
  14. Re: Question about Aperture Scale Compatibility

    And to complicate it a bit more, the aperture scales of some shutters are linear and some are not. That said, you can make measurements, do a little division, and come up with your own scale that is...
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    Re: Which Densitometer to Purchase?

    The clamshell one I mentioned, easily available used under $100, has the same rated accuracy as the X-rite. I'll correct my original post, it runs on 4 AAs only, not an adapter.
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    Re: Which Densitometer to Purchase?

    Neil

    I bought one years ago, it was a Nuclear Associates clamshell densitometer. Same units are also labeled Fluke. Runs off batteries or plugs in. I believe it was originally for x-ray techs...
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    Re: Darkroom Tip

    That's a swizzle stick. It is her second husband.
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    Re: Darkroom Tip

    If it could be "made easy" for just 25 cents, then why are people still asking so many questions?
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    Darkroom Tip

    Apparently a neck tie helps, somehow.

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    Re: Focusing aids for Chamonix 4x5 cameras

    Another vote for a loupe (doesn't have to be an expensive one) and a dark cloth. You quickly get used to the upside down image. I'm not sure if you gave me a choice of having it right side up these...
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    Re: Identification, please

    But it is missing the gentle taper in the front standard, so I'm wrong. I can't see any reason to think this was a close up only camera, it looks like a era-typical tailboard folder with quite a bit...
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    Re: Identification, please

    Except for the hardware on the side of the rear standard I'd say Ansco aka Agfa Ansco.
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    Re: Touching Up a Small Lens Scratch

    One of the fine point Sharpies, not that anything that small would affect anything anyway. Easily removeable.
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    Re: Chemical storage question

    I agree the orange juice bottles are quite nice and sturdy. I've put solvents and brake fluid in them and they held up fine. I don't reuse selenium toner so can't help with your question.
  25. Re: Coverage of Repro-Clarons vs G-Clarons

    The 210 R Claron is a fine lens for a lightweight 4x5 kit. They usually come with some browning from the radioactive element, but UV light fixes that. But the 210 G Claron is nice too and covers...
  26. Re: Compur 2 (?) cable release attachment problem

    Apparently this was a problem. I have one with some female threads epoxied into the body of the shutter. And two with a small brass cube epoxied to the lens board. I screw the cable release into the...
  27. Re: Coverage of Repro-Clarons vs G-Clarons

    My 210 R claron covers 5x7 with some room to spare. The 305 is one of my favorite 5x7 lenses. I also use the 355 and 420 front mounted on a Copal 2 shutter.
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    Re: Figuring dilution

    Maybe I can simplify it even more. Let’s say you want selenium toner, rather dilute, at 1:40 like it says on the bottle. Also knownas 1-40 or 1.40 or whatever. I think 1:40 is the clear way to...
  29. Re: Mel Pierce Camera.....What Do you Know

    Maybe they have a new location next door to Pickwick Books. Not.
  30. Re: Mel Pierce Camera.....What Do you Know

    I believe it has been closed for quite some time. I got my first real camera, a new original Spotmatic, from Mel Pierce Camera.
  31. Re: Is this Fungus ? I canīt identify, need help

    That is not balsam separation in my opinion. The pattern plus the rainbow suggest a more modern cement.
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    Re: Chemical storage question

    It depends on what the chemical is. The manufacturers typically have their own data on this, which tends to be conservative. In general, as Mark suggests, the lack of air in the container makes a...
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    Can’t go wrong with a Vivitar 283 or 285. Powerful, reliable, cheap. The 285 lets you dial in output for fill flash. I put a “cold shoe” on top of my camera. You could do or use a side handle. ...
  34. Re: Lens Comparison: 135mm 4.7 Xenar and 135mm 4.5 Heliar

    The Xenar is quite a good lens, used within the narrow limits of its coverage. Several people have commented on their disappointment with the 135, which leads me to believe somebody has messed with...
  35. Re: Lens Comparison: 135mm 4.7 Xenar and 135mm 4.5 Heliar

    Peter, I guess I'll be the one to ask. What are you seeing that is "pretty obvious"? To me the Schneider one on top has a little more contrast. And slightly better highlight separation. What am I...
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    Yes, regluing will solve it, but something this minor doesn't qualify as a practical problem. It may remain steady like this for years. I'd be especially careful to avoid temperature shocks,...
  37. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    It depends on your finances, of course.

    I've had a 3 section Gitzo CF tripod for many years. I've used it for everything up to 8X10. It weighs MUCH less than my previous standard, which was a...
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    Having repaired lots of lenses with modern UV cure cement, I've settled on cheesecloth with Acetone on it, following by a swipe with a really high quality lens tissue.
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    Re: Tray developing problem - 8x10

    Use an 11x14 tray and let the negative move all over the play during agitation and this problem will be gone.

    Restaurant supply stores have clear plastic lettuce trays that are great for...
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    Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    Copal shutters have evenly spaced f stops on the scale. But changing focal length can throw everything off. After you do the math on the change, you should be able to shift the scale, but of course...
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