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  1. Re: Anyone using Robus tripod 5570 for 4x5 ...opinions?

    I do not own it but am in the same market. Specs look nice but the there are a couple of things to consider. The spider has only the plate bolt threading in contact with your head so it could...
  2. Thread: Pyro

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    Re: Pyro

    For me Pyro allows more subtle control than I have with HC110, especially when I need to expand or contract the negative. You can use it diluted with minimal agitation, stronger for rotary, or as a...
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    If the tripod falls over you do not have the legs far enough apart nor facing the right way. If you often photograph in windy condition near cliffs, a bit of rope and a spike may be worth the extra...
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    Lots of technical info here https://thecentercolumn.com/2019/10/24/tripod-weight-ratings-are-meaningless/

    the tripod will have a rating separate from the head rating. But you should add the...
  5. Re: Stearman Press 810 & Temperature Film Reticulation

    I think you need at least 3Ml A in 500ml water to do any type of minimum agitation for a sheet of 4x5. For an 8x10 I would use minimum 4A:3B:500W, 3minutes initial agitation for the large open areas...
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    Re: Developer Question

    +1 - Not all who wander are lost. For some it is the journey, not the destination.
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    Re: Human sized camera

    Refrigerator box roughly 4x4 feet/ 1220mm in the USA, not sure what size a fridge in France would be but there may be other furniture boxes you could use. Tape roll printing paper to moveable...
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    Re: Developer Question

    I switched to Pyrocat-M (Metol) and only need 3 chemicals for Part A and had enough left over to make Obsidian Aqua and some D23. Most of my raw chemicals come from Artcraft, Bostick and Sullivan,...
  9. Re: Stacking center filter with other filters

    Once upon a time in need, I put the color filter on the rear lens when I use the center filter. I have printed images with and without the center filter and there is not much difference especially...
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    ebay
    - catlabs - if You don't mind spending a bit more for a whole kit - or email them and see if you can get camera alone.
    there are a couple of others from Japan , shipping from there is...
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    Re: Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham, AL

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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Is it possible to make a pressure fitted tube cap with light traps that would fit various standard plumbing ABS in 3" or 4" diameters. The user could cut to any desired length. I assume a modular...
  13. Re: Flashing still used with Multi-Contrast papers ??

    Doremus, there is a whole lot of stealth marketing going on here in these forums including your own link to your website where you sell your images. Steve just happens to sell workshops and his...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Seven ridges from the top of Miller Mountain, Saluda, NC.

    https://www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/millerMtn_web.jpg
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    In anticipation of my new Chamonix 5x12 camera coming later this year I am reworking a couple of images in PS to preview the format. FP4+, Pyrocat M, printed and cropped in PS.
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  16. Re: Chromium intensifier vs Silver intensifier

    There is also the bleach and redevelop with Pyrocat method for increasing contrast. I would also check your head and its filters to make sure you still get grade 5. I once used a VC head in a...
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    Re: Split grade printing question

    If you are using filters you may find you like certain images using grades 1 and 4 instead of 0 and 5 . And you can do things like start with a 2.5 and do additional burning with higher or lower...
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    Re: SLIMT notes for those interested

    Just thinkin' with no practical experience....

    The image size of a 135 film is much smaller than on a 4x5 sheet. I would expect the grains to be of similar size but the larger sheet would have...
  19. Re: Defend the Darkroom: interview with Sandy King

    I listened to all the interviews and each brought a slightly different perspective of how they grew throughout their photographic career. Back in 2005-ish I Remember Sandy talking about Tmax and...
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    Re: Iron Blue Toner

    great work. Have you tried more diluted chemistry or changing the ratios to alter tone? And would bleaching after the toning still impact the highlight areas or does it alter the blue too?
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    Re: Rodinol to D 23

    And since you now have Metol you can also look at making Pyrocat M for a staining developer.
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    Re: Making your own type 55...well sorta

    I always wondered if they could impregnate or coat the paper cover with a monobath developer/fixer and separate it from the film with a separation sheet, then after exposure, pull the separating...
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    Re: Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham, AL

    I went on a rainy day and the interiors were so dark my spot meter could not read even the brightest spot. Had to meter a white spot on the floor and guess. Ended up with 4 minutes exposure and...
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    Re: Light leak - driving me mad for weeks

    I have 5 of the SP445 tanks and not one of then exhibits the problems associated with your light leaks. I assume you have assembled the thing with the 3 baffles alternating the openings and have the...
  25. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    But Jim Galli, when you wanted a custom 5x14 format camera where did you go? I've hunted (and begged) for a 5x12 camera for 3 years and finally Chamonix is making one for Steve Sherman, and so I...
  26. Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera, with options is a reality

    Per Hugo they use the Sinar lensboards which are 140x140mm.
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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    I just confirmed my order of the 5x12 and holders with Hugo. Anyone else besides Steve and I?
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    I meant no offense Jim, apologies. I knew you were selling a 14x17 camera a while back and this one showed up about the same time in the same general geographical area. So I mistakenly merged the two.
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    Re: Back to basics - newbie developing help

    I would recommend acquiring the Stearman Press 445 tank for this type of experimentation. Then you can practice frequent inversion techniques or minimal inversions/stand as your developer allows. ...
  30. Re: Is Artsy Home a good place to puiblish my work?

    Shopify is likely the most promoted today and is easy to use. You pay a monthly fee instead of a commission.
    The sales site only matters in how easy it is to buy and easy for you to manage and...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Some of us still develop one sheet at a time - I know what side of the holder a sheet came out of if there is a problem. Its not usually the holders fault when problems occur so tracking holder...
  32. Re: Backpacks for 4X5 with 3 small lenses and Chamonix F2

    I really like my new-ish Atlas Adventure backpack. You might could get away with their smaller Athlete Pack since you do not carry as much as I do. The ICUs are built in but flexible. The back...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Its good to have a system especially while learning or changing methods. How do you decide what gets special development? and what if you want to see details six months down the road. I use blue...
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    Re: Kodak Technical Pan and PMK Pyro?

    This article has some PMK times and description of use with other developers. I have a box of 4415 I want to try one day. ...
  35. Re: Is Artsy Home a good place to puiblish my work?

    Sites that promote thousands of artists aren't "promoting" you. Invest time in some books/articles on marketing and promote yourself. Then those sites become easy places for people to transact with...
  36. Thread: New Website

    by esearing
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    Re: New Website

    Your images are great and I like clean simplicity for a portfolio site vs blog. The website needs some tweaking. I am on a wide screen 27" mac and have to scroll to see the bottom of the single...
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    I have associated Fire Studio with Jim Fitzgerald for some reason - may not be true. Here is his 14x17 build back in 2018 but the ebay one had different hardware. ...
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    Re: HC110 Dilution H

    HC-110 taste terrible on tacos - no matter the dilution. Its a nice film developer for most things. I never liked it with Delta 100 or HP5 because my shadows came out clear most of the time and it...
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    Re: HC110 Dilution H

    Greg: Steve's EMA technique requires a great deal of dilution and volume of developer so you will need a larger tank for a single roll (vs a single roll tank), but totally worth all the failed...
  40. Re: Obsidian Aqua - mixin sodiums and potassiums

    The answer is Yes you can. I made a small batch at 1/2 strength for part A using 1/10th the suggested weights for 1 Liter. I had a hard time dissolving 25g of cachetol in just 75ml of water so I...
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