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    Re: T-Grain Developers

    The TMax films are T-grain emulsions; Ilford's Delta line is not, but something very similar. Do they call it Nano Crystal Technology? Sorry, I forget. DD-X is a fine all-around developer, but...
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    Re: Favorite Current 8x10 B&W Film?

    I shoot mostly outdoor scenes and my favorites are Tri-X, FP-4+, and Fomapan 100. The latter two are developed mostly in Pyrocat-HD. I really like the tonal characteristics of Fomapan 100 and, before...
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    Re: OLD film OLD paper Solutions

    For film, I've used benzotriazole with success. The downside is that how much benzo to use if kind of a guess (until you get some experience with it) and it reduces film speed, depending on how much...
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    Re: Wet/dry plate holders for 4x5

    Jason's dry plate holders are not 3D printed. I have a 4x5 and 8x10 holder and have been very pleased with the product. Highly recommended!
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    Re: Wet/dry plate holders for 4x5

    Have you looked at Jason's dry plate holder? See https://www.pictoriographica.com/store/p16/chromagraphica.html
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    Re: Fomabrom Variant 111

    I remember seeing some post somewhere out in cyberland that this paper had changed. Have you tried a Google search? Sorry, it was some time ago and cannot recall where I saw it.
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    Re: Fresnel screen direction

    I've always heard that the rough side should face the lens (ergo, smooth side toward you) and that the fresnel should sit on top of the ground glass. I only have one 4x5 with a fresnel installed and...
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    Re: 20th Century Camera Developing reels

    I have enjoyed using my 4x5 reel. Easy to load and does what it's supposed to. I don't mind the 1L worth of chemistry required.
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    Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    Yep. I used tray development of 4x5 and 8x10 film for my first 15 years with LF and settled for what I got; not many other options available back in the 70's. Then, I moved on to BTZS tubes and they...
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    Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    Yep...that's me...do something that no one else is doing! ;) FWIW, I don't use the SP-445 for "keepers" due to the issues I've had with it. I use it only for quick tests.
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    Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    First, the only absolutely even development that I've ever found is obtained in Jobo Expert Drums on my CPP-2. I know this doesn't help you any with the SP-445, but I wanted to say that up front....
  12. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    How about Kodak's TMax films? Easy contrast manipulation.
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    My RRS BH-55 ball head has this tensioning knob and it works, as expected. But, I still prefer a 3-way pan/tilt head for my 8x10 'Dorff.
  14. Re: Notes on Fomapan 100 development with various developers

    Personally, I love the tonal relationships revealed by Fomapan 100 and have shot quite a bit of it in both 4x5 and 8x10. I have processed it using several different developers--Pyrocat-HD, HC-110,...
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    Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter battery/storage

    Like Sal, I leave mine in for extended periods. Also, +1 his comment regarding use of a silver oxide battery.
  16. Re: Sekonic L-758DR v L-758D - What is the Difference?

    I don't know for sure, but I always thought the "R" version of Sekonic's meters simply included the radio transmitter for flash?
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I prefer the Gitzo G1570M for my 8x10 Deardorff, but a RRS BH-55 works fine for my 8x10 Intrepid.
  18. Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    Per recommendation from Jason Lane, I use the following from Gaylord Archival for both 4x5 and 8x10 glass plates:

    1) GNB45BG - Archival Blue/Gray Barrier Board Glass Negative Storage System
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  19. Thread: Good Morning

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    Re: Good Morning

    Welcome to the slippery slope. And, to the forums?
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    That you hadn't had GAS in awhile? :D
  21. Re: Tube size for Pyrocat with Extreme Minimal Agitation

    Don't know about the math, but I just measured one of my 4" tanks, if it helps...

    The tank is 16cm tall (including the end cap) and with a sheet of 4x5 film inserted with long edge down it's 56mm...
  22. Re: Tube size for Pyrocat with Extreme Minimal Agitation

    Yeah, the only issue I see with a taller 3" tube is getting your fingers down into it far enough to grab the film. I suppose to could push it down just far enough to clear the cap, but, then, if it...
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    I have his video series on EMA and have employed his technique many times, but I don't believe developer volume has anything to do with adjacency effects; rather it has much to do with enough stock...
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    575ml
  25. Re: Help please and Merry Christmas

    Hopefully, someone with this style of Linhof branded shutter release will step in, but would it be possible to just remove that contraption and use a normal shutter release cable?
  26. Re: Tube size for Pyrocat with Extreme Minimal Agitation

    I use the same diameter tubes for both 4x5 and 8x10--4 inches. My 8x10 tubes hold about 1,350ml of developer and I've never had any issues with development.
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    Personally, after nearly 40 years of pretty regular use of 8x10 I've always found that the negatives "print themselves." That is, very little dodging and burning is necessary to reach a final print....
  28. Re: Any tips for home brew developers for the TMax films?

    No downsides to D23 in my experience. It's a great developer that's easy to mix. Good luck and have fun!
  29. Re: Any tips for home brew developers for the TMax films?

    I've gotten quite nice results out of TMax 100 in Pyrocat-HD.
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    Many years ago, nearly 40, in fact, I did some direct comparisons between 4x5 and 8x10 shot on the same film, processed the same, etc. I enlarged the 4x5 to 8x10 and contact printed the 8x10, and...
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    Re: Night Vision for focusing?

    What Drew said. Get a simple laser pointer and focus the point at the subject.
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Exactly! And, personally I don't understand all this "develop one way for printing in the darkroom" and "develop a different way, if you're scanning." Not that anyone should do what I do, but I...
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    IMO, "development controls" is a pretty broad and general statement. In the simplest terms, it means changing development time and/or temp to expand or contract the high values (plus/minus...
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Same here.
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Doremus,

    Very well articulated and, in general, I agree with your technique. I probably over-simplified with my example because part of what I'm doing while scanning the scene is evaluating the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Love the dunes image, John! And, yes, a perfect example of where extreme back movements really helps image presentation, IMO (and yours, too, apparently.)
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    Re: Internal Bellows Reflections

    I have found that you need to provide some sort of shading above the lens, especially on overcast days. I use the darkslide.
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    Re: AA's "Holy Grail" Sells for $6.4 Million

    I remember standing in Harry Lunn's gallery in Washington D.C. in the mid-70's holding a 16x20 copy of Moonrise for IIRC $1,600! I told my then new bride, "We should buy this." Yeah, right! No way...
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Just like a lot things with photography...not if you use your brain! That's why following averaging of my shadow/highlight readings I scan the scene with the button held down to reveal EV offsets...
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Pretty much the way I work with my Sekonic L-558, except I don't mess with a middle value. I meter and store the reading for detailed shadows, same for detailed highlights, and average the readings....
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