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    Re: Darkroom from zero: Chems disposal

    About dumping chemicals into your septic tank and drain field: what volume of darkroom waste do you produce, and what kind of drain field do you have? Chances are that yours is a standard type, with...
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    J, I like the Stearman SP-445 if I have just a few negatives to develop. If I have more than 8 negatives, I start to find washing, drying, and reloading the SP-445 tedious, and use hangers and tanks...
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    Re: Shutter Speed Tester

    Martin, that is indeed a simple solution. I've read that the delays associated with the computer hardware + Audacity software processing are in the low millisecond range, or lower, obviously...
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    Re: Shutter Speed Tester

    That looks pretty straightforward. Any thoughts on its accuracy?
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    Re: Shutter Speed Tester

    Another DIYer here, I built a shutter timer based on a snippet of code I found on the web for an Arduino Uno. I used a photo-transistor emitter/receiver pair for the detector. Between the housing...
  6. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Doremus - roger, obvious now that you point it out.
    cheers, Tom
  7. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    By pulling the dark slide all the way out before loading the film, chances seem good that you will notice an improperly loaded sheet when you reinsert the dark slide. Removing the dark slide also...
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    Re: Making ground glass???

    Steve, there are a few threads of interest noted at the bottom of the current thread, in the "Similar Threads" section. This link is often sited: https://www.dokasphotos.com/techniques/ground_glass/...
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    Re: KEH Camera “bargain” lenses

    Ben, I purchased two enlarger lenses from KEH about 9 months ago, both 'Bargain' grade. I thought both lenses looked much better than the 'Bargain' description implied. To date, I've had nothing but...
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    Re: Bellows glue

    Michael, I've used Permatex UltraBlack Gasket Maker, #82180, in a 3.5oz tube, with perfect results so far. Two years on the bellows frame that I glued back into place (after cleaning the glued...
  11. Thread: Ruins

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    Re: Ruins

    That is really quite nice, with, as you mention, a unique take.
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    William, you might be able to find a local seamstress who has the capacity to sew heavy-duty material, but a leather worker surely will have the equipment. Getting away with a bill under $40 might...
  13. Re: Suggestions for sites in Mojave National Preserve in early May...

    Gary, as I reread your original post, I see that my descriptions are for areas that don't fit your route very well. Of course the route I described could be reversed, but it's still south of your...
  14. Re: Suggestions for sites in Mojave National Preserve in early May...

    Gary, I spent a week in and around the preserve in December ... cold, windy, and interminably long nights. It will be much better in a few weeks, and I suspect not too hot. You may catch a nice...
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    Re: Find dev time without enlarger

    Bill, greetings. I don't recall that any of those folks who mentioned that they down-rated FP4+ in Xtol also mentioned their motives.

    I've read a number of the posts that precede mine in this...
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    Re: Find dev time without enlarger

    Greetings. I've just tried to determine a suitable speed for Ilford FP4+ (4x5, box speed 125), developed in EcoPro's Xtol clone (diluted 1:1), using Paul Wainwright's method in the PDF titled "Use...
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    Re: Re-attaching enlarger bellows.

    I've just repaired a 4x5 bellows that pulled away from its end frame along one edge. I used a silicone product as an adhesive: "Permetex Ultra-Black Advanced Formula Maximum Oil Resistance Gasket...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Recently I made an 8x10 contact print frame, measuring 8" x 10", in order to print four 4x5 negatives on one sheet. It would have been handy to have made the print frame large enough to receive a...
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    Re: Shutter repair

    Karl, to your first point, there are a few DIY camera shutter-speed testers detailed on the web. I made one that seems to work quite well, using an Arduino Uno and an IR sensor/emitter pair. I made...
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    Re: Contact Prints Without Enlarger?

    Daniel's idea looks pretty workable to me. Thanks Kiwi7475 and Merg Ross for the reason not to lay the filter on the contact frame.
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    Re: Dark cloths on ebay

    It's very windy in my area, and I find some positive attachment system mandatory. I have used a 48"x48" darkcloth that was made of a rather thick, but very opaque, felt, with a couple of holes...
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    Re: Dark cloths on ebay

    jnanz, I'm with you. I recently made a 36"x36" dark cloth from synthetic velour and a strip of elastic, both bought at Joanne's for $13 (inflation over 34 years). I was able to sew the elastic into...
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    Re: Contact Prints Without Enlarger?

    I will be interested in your results. I make contact prints from 4x5 negatives on Ilford MGRC Multigrade RC Deluxe paper with an ordinary halogen four watt bulb 46" above the print frame, printing...
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    Re: How To Use Stouffer Step Tablet?

    Thanks Kiwi. I popped for the 21-step tablet a bit before reading your post.
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    Re: How To Use Stouffer Step Tablet?

    My mistake on that Photographer's Formulary price - the $20 was for a 35mm sized tablet.
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    Re: How To Use Stouffer Step Tablet?

    I'd like to ask a related question - a search for my precise question turned up no more likely thread than this one. I see online two choices for a 4x5 21-step tablet, one for about $20.00 from...
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    Re: CLA for old shutter

    Contact info and business description at https://www.flutotscamerarepair.com
    You could also consider Tim Sharkey at lensN2shutter.com
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    Re: CLA for old shutter

    Contact info and business description at https://www.flutotscamerarepair.com
  29. Re: Best way to ensure appropriate DoF in interior shots?

    Bob, is there a missing link or photo in your post? Not clear what "one of these" is.
  30. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I'm waiting for Kodak's replacement for my defective xtol as well, but not sure about using what they send. I would expect such an outfit could exert sufficient pressure on their suppliers that the...
  31. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Let me add that I've read the recent threads following failures with defective xtol, and threads about occasional inexplicable failures with xtol. There has been mention of alternatives to xtol in...
  32. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I haven't seen the Legacy Pro xtol clone mentioned ... it seems to work well for me as an xtol substitute, and I haven't had to wait on supplies of Legacy Pro as I have had to do with xtol. Any...
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    Re: Plaubel Peco Profia

    Daniel, thanks for the catalog .. that is a big help. I changed my search criteria and came up with three new recessed boards for sale, two of which do have Plaubel code numbers marked.
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    Re: Plaubel Peco Profia

    Daniel, sorry that I missed completely the line above your image of the camera on flickr. You're saying the part I supplied an image of is for a Universal II?
    chers
    Tom
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    Re: Plaubel Peco Profia

    RivetGun, Daniel, thanks for your replies. My Profia uses a 166mm square lensboards. The board pictured below is marked PS1/344, however another board in black, but otherwise nearly identical, is...
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    Re: Plaubel Peco Profia

    Greetings. I bought a Profia 4x5 about a year ago, and have shopped around for a recessed lens board for about half that time. I see one occasionally on the German auction site, but, as is often the...
  37. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    I had an excellent experience with lensN2shutter, replacing a compur #00.
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