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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Lith print from 45 year old Kodak Recording Film 2475
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    Re: Linhof Tripod Parts - ?

    On eBay picked up a used Linhof Heavy Duty tripod "for parts only " for under $100. Well under part's fabrications costs in my case. Shipping costs are acceptable if you choose to use the slowest...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    Wasn't so lucky one time on a steep section of a trail in lower western Mass. Took my 135mm lens off the camera and placed it on a rock next to me. Next thing I heard was it "clinking" down the steep...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    I have hiked with other photographers who have carried their cameras mounted on tripods carried over their shoulder. Once when hiking up wet gorge rocks just south of Rochester NY, my friend slipped...
  5. Re: Norma maintenance manual - 8x10 swing question

    This has been mentioned on other threads, but worth repeating: Do not use WD-40 as a lubricant/grease for multiple reasons.
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    If my memory serves me well, Thomas Instrument offered different wattage bulbs for their sodium-vapor safelights. Mine has the higher wattage bulb in it and if I raise up the filters, the safelight...
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    State surplus store. In sealed rolled paper labeled DUPLEX LDS Lamp. Almost passed it up until I read in small print "Thomas Instrument Co. Inc." Even then wasn't allowed to unseal the packing paper...
  8. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    HYPO REMOVER: 5-10% solution of sodium carbonate or bicarbonate for 5 minutes

    For years used PERMAWASH by HEICO, not sure if it is still around though

    Richard's 1 tbs of sodium sulfite in 1...
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    Re: Lenses for new 5x7 / 6x17 kit

    Initially shot with a 5x7 but knew I'd eventually switch to a whole plate camera when I lost access to a 5x7 enlarger, so had acquired lenses that were great for 5x7, but would eventually be used on...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    My experience with the sinks that I have constructed out of plywood, has been that the joints did indeed crack after a few months. Plywood was stored outside under cover in the lumber yard and...
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    Re: Exact Full Plate Image Dimensions?

    Beware of vintage/older whole plate film holders. Twice came across some vintage/older whole plate film holders and both times they didn't fit into the back of my Chamonix whole plate camera. For one...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    About 20 years ago looked into having a soapstone sink fabricated for my darkroom by a local kitchen/bath store. Estimate was in the mid 4 figures. On the way home and about 3 minutes away from my...
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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    I'd check with your local auto body and custom auto shops. They usually have great solutions for addressing humidity problems. My local shop totally recommended multiple dehumidifiers running 24/7.
  14. Thread: Goerz Dagor SV?

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    Re: Goerz Dagor SV?

    Don't remember exactly if it was Jeoff or someone else at Lens & Repro, but when I inquired about a "newer" Dagor that they had FS, I was told that it didn't have the coverage of a classic Dagor...
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Or could have been a 500mm f/6.3 Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat listed in my Burke & James catalog as covering 11x14, pre Calumet outsourcing to ILEX....
    na, I think you're correct it's a misprint.
    But...
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Thanks for the post of the Calumet catalog
    On page 30:
    L-120 500mm Caltar (20") f/6.3 Acme M/X $330.00
    interesting... have never come across or even heard of this version of a 500mm Caltar.
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    Re: bad bellows repair

    Personally now never repair a bad bellows. In the 1980s repaired a worn 8x10 bellows on my Sinar. Tested out OK. Then I shot a job which involved shooting many 8x10 chromes in a very short period of...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Top digital level (no brand name) stay away from. Bottom pocket level... went to the hardware store many years ago and they had a bunch FS. Most were faulty. Bought 2 good ones. Brand is Stevens. One...
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Dan, thank you for the info at
    https://galerie-photo.com/ilex-lenses.html
    In doing a search for info on the lens used "508mm" and "Caltar" which would exclude "20" and "Acutar" from the results. My...
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    508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    I have and use a 508mm f/7 Calumet Caltar ILEX lens in a No. 5 Universal Shutter on my 11x14. I have seen FS a 508mm f/7 ILEX Acutar and an ILEX 508mm f/7 Paragon in the same shutter. In the 1970s, I...
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    Re: Enlarging 4x5 with Film Edges in LPL 4550XL?

    I use a glassless holder which I filed out the sides to make the aperture larger. Film is held on 4 sides by tension from taping the negative to the bottom of the holder. Taping the negative a bit...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Years ago photographed 46 plus buildings in our town for a historical brochure and walking tour. For a little less than half of the structures I discovered that the building's verticals were not...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Per the book:
    Attenuators for sheet films holders have a suggested range of .05 to 6.05, or 20 stops, although this is much more than is ever likely needed.
    2 slots are cut in a spare dark slide
    A...
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    Re: Optical diagrams of Pinkham and Smith lens?

    "In the early years of the present century the Wollensak Optical Co. manufactured two soft-focus Portrait lenses. the f/6 Veritar and the f/4 Verito. Both were simple uncorrected lenses of the...
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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    This is second hand but passing it on never the less. A few years ago I was in correspondence with a photographer in I believe Vietnam or Thailand who was using either a Harrison Globe or a Goerz...
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    Another update on the darkroom by the OP.

    Probably have repainted my sink a dozen times with Rust-oleum Restore 4X Deck Coat paint. Always looks great and all the layers of paint have given the...
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    Re: Chaminox 5x12" camera

    Remember reading about such a camera at
    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/Chamonix_5X14.html
    entertained the idea at one time but in the end acquired a NOBLEX PRO 6/150UX with slow...
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    Re: Gibellini - 8x10 Holders

    Gibellini: "made from unibody Aluminum parts, made by CNC machines"
    I use wooden 8x10 Chamonix holders a lot because of their light weight. The Gibellini ones look great but would be very interested...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Was related to me by a photographer in China that there are indeed 2 factories over there buying up lenses in Copal No 3 shutters and one has already marketed rip-offs of LF lenses. I think he was...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    I have 2 1600 cases, one for my whole plate and the other for my 8x10. Secure them to my generic frame with 3 or 4 heavy duty rubber bungee cords. Tripod I carry and use as a walking stick when...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    Pelican 1600 with 8x10 Chamonix "kit".
    Holders in padded cases carried above the camera.
    Other items removed to simplify the image
  32. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    From my Burke & James 1962 catalog. Some of these lenses, despite their age, are quite excellent optics and since few photographers are looking for them or even know how to use them, when they come...
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    Re: Schneider G-Claron 355mm

    Years ago had a 355mm in barrel mount that I used on my 11x14. Loved the images that I got with the lens. Then found a bargain deal on a 355mm in a Copal in mint condition and acquired the lens. Then...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    If it works , then just do it. GOOD LUCK Bertha
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    When I was a student at RIT in the 1970s my darkroom away from the school's labs was in a very, very small bathroom. Durst 35mm enlarger on the toilet seat's cover. Piece of plywood partially...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    A 6x6 Durst or Rollei enlarger with a color head can be found at auction or at a tag/garage sale (if your are lucky) for very few dollars. Just use it without a lensboard but with its 6x6 negative...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Good to know, I didn't. There's just something about looking on my bookshelf and seeing AA's first printings up there residing by a 1967 first printing of White's ZONE SYSTEM MANUAL. AA's dust...
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    Re: How to use half-frame dark slide?

    My first half frame for 11x14 was 5.5x14. Found that one image sometimes "bled" on the the other image in the center. Second half frame was more like 5.25x11 and worked out much better. Also, for me,...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Ansel Adam's books are I believe a must for a serious photographer to own and read. But they are a bit dated... When's the last time that you saw Super-XX film or Kodak Azo paper on a your photo...
  40. Re: Using Center ND filters on the back of LF lenses a viable option?

    Thanks. Per my caliper's measurement, my filter is about 3mm thick... a 1mm focus shift I can easily deal with especially since I always use the lens stopped down.

    I have a 500mm Mirror Nikkor...
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