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    Re: Redwood grid for Darkroom sink.

    There was an individual proliferating quite a bit of how-to literature in this area about making darkroom sinks using marine grade plywood and marine epoxies. Why? He was the manufacturer of the...
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    Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    Well, Garrett, I was a supplier of high quality wood finishes and can unequivocally state that some of them can make a staggering difference in how wood holds up to the elements over time. But they...
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    Re: Redwood grid for Darkroom sink.

    Really bad idea. Redwood bleeds tannic acid. Most of it today is farmed second growth which can decay, esp if it contains sapwood. The type supposed to be used for hot tubs etc is all heart clear old...
  4. Thread: Tripods

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    Re: Tripods

    There was a fellow at work who we called Elvis because he had hair and bushy sideburns, and moonlighted performing Elvis songs on weekends. That was a long time ago. But then, in his thirties, he...
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    Re: Tripods

    When my nephew once came back half dazed from a 24-day episode big wall climbing, and still unbathed, I reminded him of his cognizant humanity by quoting a famous philosophical axiom: "I stink,...
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    Re: Tripods

    Ha! Nope, Alan. Hair is what I still have on my top; not a bald spot anywhere. But I'm certainly not as "distinguished" looking as a couple of world leaders at the moment who seem to favor the...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    If I were out just a week at a time, I think I could get down to 55 lbs with my 4x5 Ebony folder; but longer hikes are more relaxing and memorable, with better opportunities for sheer solitude. On...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Graham, my hiking partner last month used the same model of Lowell pack. Like most internal frame packs, it requires a little digging to get to certain things. The first really good internal frame...
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    Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    Anything containing silicone is miserable for either wood or leather, a big no-no. For one thing, it tends to break down cell structure; for another, it prohibits a more suitable product from...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Don't worry, Graham. Stuff happens. Some people get annoyed because I don't post images. But my old Mac is disconnected, and all the new computer stuff, including the cell phones, belong to my wife;...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    I took some casual cell phone snaps of my own pack system, but might have to wait till my wife is back from work to figure out how to post them.
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Well, there are some people who shouldn't carry a heavy pack at all due to back issues. Others, like me, have done it our entire adult lives, though I have to wear very expensive custom boots due to...
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    It takes very little effort to semi-haze acrylic for gg usage. Grinding down thick acrylic for sake of a convex diffuser, that's a different story!
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Well, if you don't mind me in my porcupine look, I'll see what I can scrounge up. Don't expect a big Yeti like Vaughn Hutchings. But it would have to be sent snail mail. If certain websters don't...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    This is the West, Corran. We have 14,000 ft peaks just half a day's drive away. Lots of people in my own neighborhood do this kind of thing routinely. Nobody around here would consider it...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    This is the West, Corran. Lots of people in my own neighborhood do this kind of thing routinely. If I thought you were sincere, there are lots of digi snaps by companions of me lugging packs &...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Well, Corran, this time I gave you the opportunity to be sincere; but if you're just seeking an excuse to inject skepticism and poison into the kind of answers that any real outdoorsman around here...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    CreationBear - one of my nephew's frequent climbing partners, who is also an old friend of mine, is only 5 yrs younger than me, but still works as a summer guide up Denali (Mt McKinley). He's about 5...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Hi Corran. I recently finished cleaning up and storing away for the season my long haul system. Just look up ole vintage Kelty and Camp Trails true external frame packs, and imagine them as stuffed...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Just depends. I know people who go out for months at a time, and little guys capable of carrying almost as much as their own body weight, sometimes even more. Lots of the places I go can suddenly...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Unlike my youthful days of ultralight packs and a 35mm camera, my whole adult life I've been my own mule plodding along with a heavy pack and LF gear. Of course, as I'm now entering my 70's, if I can...
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    Dreadlocks?
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    There are a few things about the Norma that don't operate quite as smooth as later Sinars, like how lensboards lock in; but still, it's my overall favorite series of Sinar.
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    The problem with acrylic is that it warps or bows, both due to humidity changes and especially due to temperature differentials. There's no need to sandblast it. It's rather soft. Use water or...
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    True Sinar boards are die cast and very stiff and strong; there is no need for supplementary ribs. The perimeter light-tight channels also function to reinforce their rigidity.
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    Over the long haul it would have been cost beneficial to standardize the size and shape of the backlit transparencies; but apparently this wasn't the case earlier on. There's a recent book out...
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    Re: Fujinon L series

    Drilled/milled. Semantics. I'm not going to pay for milling machine work for a simple hole when I can do it right on my industrial drill press. Even diecast alloy can be done with a fly cutter or...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    Congrats, Sal, you've made it onto my Ignore list, at least for awhile. No sense arguing with people locked into a rigor mortis of genericized opinion. What a crock! If you take the time to actually...
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    Beware of generic boards marketed as Sinar/Horseman.
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    All you've done is a bit of superficial web surfing, Sal, and have extrapolated certain standardized procedures that might have made sense in later years way back into the long history of the...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    Vivid color? Transparencies like Kodachrome to enlarged internegs to prints would be one method. Dye Transfer would be another; but Sal wants to deny the existence of the quality standard of those...
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    Horseman boards fit poorly. Use real Sinar boards of any generation; they don't have to be original Norma.
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    Re: Tripods

    I keep on hand both thread sizes of turnbolt for my Ries J, though I primarily use the larger 3/8 size.
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    Thanks, Bob. There was apparently a minor distinction between the Colorama per se and Grand Central in general. But all these images were deliberately in proximity and contracted through Kodak. I...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    It would have been in Kodak's own interest to retain on display at least certain long-term examples of a reference standard. During that era this was dye transfer. They could gauge the progress of...
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    Peter, all you need is a supplementary solid threaded L-bracket if you want to point straight down etc - a fraction of the wt of a head, and much more stable. I've been doing this for decades, often...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    I'll take the very specific descriptions of the extremely well known color lab (back then) who printed some of them rather than a cheesy old Pop Photo article, Sal, or an archiving protocol involving...
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    Aluminum survey tripods are vibration prone, and elevating columns make them even worse. Serious survey tripods were once made of maple hardwood, but are now mainly fiberglass-clad lighter wood. I...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    I should have added that dye imbibtion printing options allow both opaque prints on paper and application to transparent backing. The most common example of industrial scale imbibtion printing on...
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    If AA had chosen current digital printing options, nobody would ever have heard about him except as just another dime a dozen dude with a DLSR hanging around his neck. He certainly wasn't a true...
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