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  1. Thread: DIY easel

    by jose angel
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    Re: DIY easel

    Looks great.
    I liker the bottom border to be a bit thicker, to hold space for the signature and other writings. I have my "templates" this way, giving a little more emphasis to the writings. So I...
  2. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    If the lens is a Componon, it is a good lens. I have tested the small ring version and find it perfectly usable for 8x10" prints.

    My issue with Beselers was the lack of a practical alignment...
  3. Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    I'd say the Technikas are both field and press type cameras. I never handhold it, nor use the rangefinder but the GG, so mine is a superb field camera, and not heavier than the others I have. ...
  4. Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Many good suggestions here. There is no perfect camera, so amongst the more "precise" options, you know you still have to accept some trades:
    --Some lightweight monorails have positive detents,...
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    Re: Suggestions for LF field camera

    If you already have a monorail, I'd definitely go for a folding metal (Wista, Toyo, Linhof, MPP... ), or a extremely lightweight wooden one.
    If you don't plan to backpack intensively, a metal folder...
  6. Re: New to 8x10 - Calumet C questions (ground glass, case, etc.)

    Hi... Yes, it is a big change, especially in the cost per shot! You have to be four times more convinced every time you release the shutter... ;) I belong to "the bigger the better" group, although...
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    Re: B&W Paper Reversal New Method?

    Here another typewriter lover... :)
    Tin Can, very interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing.
  8. Re: New 5x4 Film type Holder Works in Paterson Tank.

    Price seem a bit steep to me. $49 plus $20 shipping plus taxes or whatever. No thanks.
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    Re: What enlarger is this from?

    Yes, it is easier to think that the MPP derives from the Omega, rather than the opposite.
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    Re: What enlarger is this from?

    5x7" MPP (maybe also work on an Omega E3?).
    I have never seen the rectangular frame you mention, but looking at the short sides (one is wider than the other) I wonder if it could be part of the head...
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    Re: Developer Question

    Never used Fomapan but from what I read is a classic fine grain kind of film; it will be fine with classic developers.
    I'd say you should know first what kind of developer/results you are looking...
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    Re: Developer Question

    I use D76 for almost everything, but in different concentrations for different purposes, although mostly 1:3 as an one use solution.
    I'm not enchanted with its characteristics, but it is very...
  13. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    I am printing with LED sources since years. At first, as the LED sources were too dim, I used to use both LED and Photocrescentas, amongst others.
    I now stopped using Photocrescentas just because...
  14. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    Philip, your idea is good, but in my experience, the main problem you will find is lack of brightness.
    With larger formats, a lot of light is needed, so strip LEDs use to be a bit poor on the lumen...
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    Re: Dealing with dust

    No, I use changing bags, no tents.
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    Re: Dealing with dust

    I think dust is not a problem at all... as long as you keep things reasonably clean, cameras, shelves, camera bags, floors, cabinets, etc. If so, of course there will be always dust around, but in...
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    Re: Ilford Harman pinhole

    I`m afraid it is a DIY kind of task. For sure not too difficult but I wonder if it is really worth it (economically and practically).
  18. Re: 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    I still keep several unopened boxes, don't ask me why. Some still in the freezer. I loved that 4x5 Polas.
    From time to time I still try to get anything from them... nothing.
  19. Re: Simple Q for LF newby: Lens shade (trad 35mm type) vs. Compendium Lens Hood

    I own all kind of lens shades. Rubber, metal, foldable hoods, etc. Also compendiums, barn doors, in several brands.
    At the end, outdoors, I tend to use mostly circular filters and threaded foldable...
  20. Re: My Omega Condensers have scratches - any negatives (hah) with using a diffuser?

    Some thoughts:
    I rarely use the red filter to compose. Do you have a good easel? I know excessive power is awkward, this is the main reason I switched LED.
    Delay is not a problem at all. If LED...
  21. Re: My Omega Condensers have scratches - any negatives (hah) with using a diffuser?

    If you like to print regularly and with a condenser head, I just would try to repair my enlarger (buy spares). I prefer condenser heads to anything else.
    If not, I'd simply dim your Aristo head with...
  22. Re: Question re: Charmonix 045-N-2 minimum bellows draw

    Trevor, please excuse me; could I ask about the ball head in the image? It looks great, don't know which one it is.
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    Re: Useful LED digital light table

    The Kaiser and the Litup looks exactly the same thing. The Litup price is half the Kaiser. I bought another one that looks the same, and cost me half the Litup. As mentioned above, same comments...
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    If things get very difficult, don't discard digital processing. This may be an occasion to use it (I don't think it's me who writes this... :eek:)
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    Re: LPL 4500 or a....

    Thank very much, Arne. I’ll have a look.
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    Re: LPL 4500 or a....

    Hmm, please let me to quote my own words.

    With cold light source I'm referring to a light source that remains... "cold", say a LED based source, not an Aristo type fluorescent cold light head...
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    Re: LPL 4500 or a....

    The main issue with the LPL is the lack of adjusting facilities. Also, it is difficult (if not impossible) to adapt a cold light source.
    As mentioned, you can perfectly use it with the 4x5" chamber...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    I do not want to contradict that statement but to share my opposite brand experience; I have stopped looking for Schneiders because I find few without fungi or coating issues (and the vast majority...
  29. Re: Data sheets for the new-generation Ilford Multigrade RC Deluxe are up

    Hope this is good news.
  30. Re: Once again: streaks when developing *some* fiber based paper in Jobo 3063

    I`d say the tank is not leveled. There are clearly undeveloped areas in the same area in both prints, you mention at the bottom. The developer seem fine.
    Looks like the tank is simply floating (or...
  31. Thread: Rinsing

    by jose angel
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    Re: Rinsing

    I don't soak or prewet the film I use, I tested it and I haven't found the need of it.
    And I don't rinse between steps (only when I use a hypo cleaning agent after fixing, but I don't usually use...
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    Re: K.B. Canham DLC2 4x5

    I have the original DLC which is almost the same. I wonder if the bubble levels on the v.2 are a real advantage. After years using several cameras I found the DLC to be the most versatile field...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    So... it was not my lack of talent!!! A lifetime taking landscape photos with the paper in the wrong orientation... that explains why they were all so bad!!!! :p
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    Same experience as others above... to me (we have "good" quality water), tap filtering is an unavoidable solution.
    Distilled water only for some chem mixes.
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    Re: Ilford multigrade contrast differences?

    My experience, I would say since I realized it, is that the graphics of the manufacturers never worked for me. I think I use Ilford -almost- exclusively since 10-15? years ago.
    I get different...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Funny, this has reminded me that long ago in NY I asked to a B&H seller for a 4x5 camera. He seriously looked at me and said: "Hmmm, I don't understand you... What is a 4x5 camera? Maybe you want to...
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    FWIW, I`d say the spring back on my Kodak feel also stiff and I think it is fine. I think it is the way it should.
    I have other LF cameras which feel equally stiff (some even more). A bit awkward,...
  38. Re: Replace old Cold Light head with LED light source?

    I would advice to made something like Daniel`s setup. Easy and effective. I would also place the LED lamps alternatively, instead of making a square grill.
    You should check the diffuser to LED stage...
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    Re: Blue Filter for Focuser?

    I have been using these peaks for a long time, never with the blue filter.
    Personally, I find it useless, especially because I find it almost impossible to focus with such a dim light.
  40. Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    I never considered this. Always slides in, for decades. They still work well.
    But it makes sense to keep out those that are not used. So I think I'll proceed this way from now on.
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