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    Re: Sinar Norma and Sinar Mechanical shutter

    "Top Hat" Sinar lens boards do exist. This one I used to mount 2 different Petzval lenses in front of a Sinar shutter. The extension part is fastened to the lens board with 4 screws. I have owned 2...
  2. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    The nice people at We Sell Mats Emailed me the following response to a question I asked them:

    Thanks for your email and question. I have not tried your Weldwood Contact Cement but it should be...
  3. Re: Drying and flattening larger fiber and RC paper

    Board I use is 2 ply archival board which is used for dry mounting prints on. This method works great for RC paper. As for fiber base paper, results vary. If the paper print is totally dry, works...
  4. Re: Drying and flattening larger fiber and RC paper

    My prints are air dried on fiberglass window screens. Once dried I have two 24" x 36" flat countertops and place the dried prints between 2 ply archival board in between the countertops. The four 25...
  5. Re: Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    Love my BENRO TAD28C Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod with a large RRS head.
  6. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    To all who posted, thank you. Item I will be working with is 2'x2'x.52 in. TrafficMaster's Dual Sided Impact Tile from Home Depot. Thought it was Husky but I was mistaken.
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    Re: Twin Lens 4x5 Sinar

    Congratulations you have done the configuration correctly. Most people view with the top camera and expose the film with the bottom camera. Even when both cameras are in alignment for taking...
  8. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    More like solid material than soft foam. Use it because I had several sheets of it left over from a project. I initially wanted to construct a box with dividers made from 1/8 " plywood with glued...
  9. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    Since the mid 1970s, I have always liked to take short hikes up roadside streams here in New England looking for waterfalls and other things to photograph. Inevitably this involves some 4th class...
  10. Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    Currently I am trying to fabricate a divided multi sectional insert for my Granite Gear bag to hold an 11x14 Chamonix and more. Am using cut up Husky Gray PVC Garage Flooring Tiles (from Home Depot)....
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    Re: Which Sinar shutter is this?

    The release cords for these shutters requires an exceptionally long throw. I think only the OEM shutter release cords have this long throw. They are very hard to find. I got mine for a reasonable...
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    Re: Camera / tripod brace for vibration

    In the late 1970s we were shooting about a dozen 4x5 Kodaliths of hand drawn graphs each day. As the number of graphs to shoot each day increased, we decided to switch to shooting 70mm Kodalith. Reel...
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    Re: Camera / tripod brace for vibration

    I have been using a Boge/Manfrotto 359 with clamps at both ends. One end attaching to a leg and the other to the front of my 11x14 Chamonix. I just make sure not to "stress" the front end of the...
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    Re: Sinar Norma 8x10 Telephoto Field 1

    Brings back memories.... Used pretty much the same setup except with a 4x5 intermediary/center standard. Lens was a 1070mm f/12.5 Apo Nikkor (I may be off on the exact focal length since its been a...
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    I use two LEKTRAs, a vertical TM-8 and a "desktop" TM 763. Have used LEKTRAs since probably around the late 1970s. Never really liked or used foot pedals. Setting and changing the times setting has...
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    Practice, practice, and more practice. Failures are teachers in disguise. It doesn't come easy in my experience. Keep detailed notes.
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    35mm, 120, and 4"x5" - 11"x14"

    Whole Plate, 8"x10", and 11"x14" - contact alternative (mostly) prints

    FX - 20'x30" metal prints

    Lith - 8"x10" and 11"x14" Portriga Rapid FB. Down to three 100...
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    Re: Refitting aperture blades help (please).

    Agree 100%. Was successful with a #5 ILEX years ago, but so with a lot smaller older Eastman Kodak shutter a few years ago. Two pieces of advice: 1. The blades are quite delicate. Practice on an...
  19. Re: Suggestions sought for exploring swamp habitats along Gulf Coast over to Florida.

    Have been viewing the Google map's satellite views more and more as I travel. Just last week discovered a frozen over pond and marsh that were about 20 feet from the side of the road but completely...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Cut mine with a few passes using a Plexiglass cutter/Scoring Tool and a straight edge.
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    Before I ordered a 4x5 folding viewer for my Chamonix camera, I made a black cardboard mockup of one. After using it a few times, opted for a Chamonix reflex finder. Subjectively for me its either a...
  22. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Reminds me of a friend back in the 1980s who had just about every camera and lens that Hasselblad ever offered at the time and a 4x5 Technika outfit with a Biogon, Planar, Xenotar, and more....
  23. Thread: Lina Bessonova

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    Re: Lina Bessonova

    Many years ago I had to dismantle a very large enlarger. Memory of its brand name I can't remember. Weight can easily be dealt with by using leverage and an extra set of hands. As I remember dealing...
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    Re: Need PayPal Help!!

    This is a long shot but... Recently I was trying to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine. Had to type my phone number and did as 123-456-7899. Got the message back that the phone number was not...
  25. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    FP-4+, HP-5+, Delta 3200, Bergger
    Rodinal, PYROCAT-HD in Glyco, Diafine, Tetenal Ultrafin, Arista Lith, Moersch ECO 4812, HC-110, Kodak Stop Bath, TF-5 Fixer, Permawash, Rapid Selenium toner,...
  26. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    For each of my formats I have a padded hard case and a padded backpack. They all carry the camera, 3-4 lenses, a few film holders, exposure meter, and a bunch of accessories. I always hated when I...
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    Re: Red "D" on Nikkor-W 300mm f5.6

    Per the specs in my Nikkor brochure, front rim to the back rim of the 300mm Nikkor-W should measure 94.5mm.

    On my 360mm Nikkor-W front to rear measurement is +.025mm from published factory spec of...
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    Re: Red "D" on Nikkor-W 300mm f5.6

    Around 40 years ago we ordered two view camera lenses which were to be used exclusively for close-up photography. The spacing of the front and rear elements were changed by the manufacture and the...
  29. Thread: Burke & James 5x7

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    Re: Burke & James 5x7

    Interesting... when I acquired my NOS 8x10 B&J Commercial view camera in the mid 1970s, that's the way it came packed to me. Until now I thought that that was the way it was sold, but now looking at...
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    For me if the lens is shorter than 120-150mm, I use the reflex finder to quickly set up the shot but then switch to a dark cloth to view the corners and fine focus. For lenses 180mm or longer I use...
  31. Re: Weird Coverage with Wollensak 159mm Velostigmat ?

    My lens: 159mm f/12.5 Wollensak Anastigmat Extreme W. A. with purple partially circled "W" in a RAPAX shutter. I believe to be one of the last ones made. Actually found it as NOS (as far as I can...
  32. Thread: Burke & James 5x7

    by Greg
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    Re: Burke & James 5x7

    The camera is very easy to frefinish. Make sure that you use the correct sized screwdriver(s) to take it apart. I actually labeled each screw and the corresponding place/hole where it came out of....
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    One of our neighbors has a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper. Two others have Nissan type campers. The owner of the Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper regularly uses it on the backroads and beach camping...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    One time when we were driving our Rialta on one back road in New England, we came across a vehicle similar to the one pictured head on. They were stuck because their "Mad Max" motorhome was too wide...
  35. Re: Fujinon 90mm/f5.6 SWD rear element doesn't fit on a Wista 45SP - alternatives?

    Can you remove the rear elements, mount the shutter (lens) on your camera, then from the back of the camera, remove the back and re-screw in the rear elements to the back of the shutter? I've had to...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    A while back bought several boxes of assorted small screws off eBay. My experience... Some of the boxes of assorted steel wood screws were excellent and others subpar. Boxes of assorted brass screws...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    Problem lies with the user... me, and not with the compendium unit. Specifically an OEM Sinar compendium on the front of my Norma or my X and using a Sinar binocular reflex viewer. For whatever...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    Agree 100%, for me especially with wide angle lenses. Attached is what I have been using. Love using compendium units with long lenses, but have ruined too many negatives shot with compendium units...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    I have a 90mm Super-Angulon XL-110 which I believe is similar to your optic. Finally acquired a HORSEMAN front bellows unit that is large enough to be used with the SA XL. I hope to figure out how to...
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    Re: Are you shooting more than one format

    Digital: FX.
    Film: 6x6, 6x9, and 5x12 cm. 4x5, whole plate, 8x10, and 11x14 inches.
    The colder it gets out there the smaller the format I tend to use.
    Try to stick with shooting only one format...
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