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    Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    I separated my LED strips by the same distance as between each LED on the strip - about 1cm if i recall. I'm sure a math person could tell me reasons why this is not the best, but it gives me a very...
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    Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    I built a similar UV box as OP with flexible strip LEDs (not weatherproof) for salt printing and have been very happy with it. Not the brightest, but I haven't had any problems with banding or uneven...
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    Re: Large Print Process - Long Post! (w/pix!)

    Thank you for taking time to detail your workflow! I doubt i will ever print that large, but it cerainly got me thinking about how to print much larger than i thought possible in my small space!
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    Re: Cutting holes in Sinar Lensboards

    Lathe or mill would definately be preferred but i've gotten decent results in wood and metal with hole saws and drill press. Go slow.
    For non standard sizes - and lets face it, Home Depot hole...
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    Re: Cutting holes in Sinar Lensboards

    I haven't found an adjustable cutter to work well. I buy the single size hole saws. Much more reliable. Use oil and slow speed if cutting metal.
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    Re: Waterhouse Stops: DIY Tips

    I found a stepped drill bit works much better than a traditional twist bit on sheet metal such as brass.
    204513
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    Re: Wet Plate Videos

    +1

    I've been watching his videos for a while now.
    Very well made videos and full of great information!
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    Re: Darkroom set up question.

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    Even better if you get the insulation board with a foil backing. I did the same and have never had a problem with light leaks. Cut it with a knife and wedge it in tight, it will deform enough to...
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    Re: New Wooden Filmholder

    They look beautiful!
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    Re: Hello From Wisconsin

    Greetings and welcome from a fellow cheese-head!
  11. Re: Another question about a DIY LED enlarger head

    I did a LED conversion on my Durst S-45 - a version of the 138. I picked this enlarger up 25 years ago from university surplus (I think it was $50). It did not have any condensers and I could not...
  12. Re: Another question about a DIY LED enlarger head

    Several years ago I used LED strips from superbright to build a new light source for my Durst. I've been very happy with it.
    Those sheets look like it would be even easier!
  13. Re: Help! I can't open my new B&W King 4x5 tank...

    Even better, Fill it with water and freeze it. The water will expand as it freezes and should force it apart.
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    This place continues to exist because of the moderators. We need to do whatever it takes to make that job smooth sailing...or as Sal said, start your own forum!

    +1
    Agreed. Without the current...
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    I came here for the knowledge and passion of others, the chance to see their creativity and find different ways of doing photography. The opportunity to buy equipment comes in as a bonus, though i...
  16. Re: I have a question about dry plate frilling.....

    I've been making plates for about a year now. The only time i've had problems with frilling has been when my processing temps have been too high or inadequately cleaning the glass prior to coating. I...
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    Re: Gears for DIY extension rail

    +1
    I did the exact same thing with my B&J 8x10. When I bought it it was missing the extension. I picked up an extension cheap for a B&J 5x7, salvaged the gear rails and attachment hardware and build...
  18. Re: Build a studio camera from an Argyle 18 process camera

    I'll be watching this. I have a 14x14 ish process camera awaiting conversion to some sort of cart-based camera.
    I managed to score 2 - 11x14 film holders for a steal at the antique store a while...
  19. Re: Night vision solution for brush development / general D.Room work

    The cameras LCD screen will likely cause fogging. Night vision goggles have very tiny screens that are sealed in the eyecups.

    But to answer your question - no, panchromatic film will not normally...
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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    I use a Hole-saw and a drill press. Make sure the board is clamped tightly to a backer piece of wood. Go slow, use some cutting oil (or any oil really). Aluminum is soft and will cut pretty easy....
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    Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    My go-to metal working tool for less than precision work is an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel.
    Sound like a fun project!
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    Re: 35mm and digital infrared

    The D70 is pretty easy to convert and you can find them used CHEAP - I did one earlier this spring. The great advantage of doing it internally is you can view through the lens normally. I replaced...
  23. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    Congrats Jason and Steve!
    I just checked the page and saw you had reached your goal! Thanks for putting all this together - can't wait to get mine and put some plates through them!
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    Re: A thread for images made with dry plates

    194280
    Backyard test image. 4x5 crown graphic 135mm optar, rated at 1 iso.
    My very first glass plate image! Homebrewed emulsion using Mark Osterman's recipe.
  25. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    On board - got in early-bird for 8x10!
    Just made my first batch of emulsion and coated some 4x5s to use in antique holders - can't wait to scale up to 8x10!
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    Re: how to notch film holder

    I have a set of 10 holders with a base-5 notch system on both sides of the long side For example, #7 = v vv . I used a tiny milling bit for a dremel style tool to cut them (they're more half- round...
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    Behind the Film - Inside the ILFORD factory

    Nice video about Ilford!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXpoALotxf0
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    Re: Where can I find tiese parts?

    I doubt you'll ever find just the arm or screws, you'll have to buy the whole set...
    Found both on the bay today - search 'Graflex shutter release' and 'pacemaker infinity stop'.
    You could make...
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    Re: GG protector design & construction?

    This is exactly how I made mine for my B&J. Simple to build, works great.
  30. Re: Removing hoop finder / sports finder from crown

    Hi Steve - I picked up a replacement full front standard for my Crown a few weeks ago on the big auction site at a reasonable price so i could do some similar modifications - plus these...
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    Re: Good Afternoon from Milwaukee WI USA

    Welcome from another cheese-head!
    I hope you find this forum as helpful as I have!
  32. Re: Unexplicable exposure problem with paper negatives

    +1
  33. Re: Remote shutter releases for large format lenses

    Doing a quick search I found this - https://www.actuonix.com/Wireless-Remote-Control-kit-for-linear-actuators-p/remote_control.htm
    A 10 or 20mm actuator looks to run another $70ish. If you have...
  34. Thread: ROLL CALL

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    Re: ROLL CALL

    I don't often post, but usually visit several times a day. I usually learn something and often am entertained or enlightened somehow. :)
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    Re: A Failure of Vision

    +1!
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    Re: Portable Darkroom Sink

    If you're concerned about the weight capacity, you could always fold up or remove the legs and put it on a sturdier base. As it is it looks a bit short for comfortable working height anyway.
    But...
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    I've had great results with a hot glue gun - especially for junkers, experiments or lens testing. Quick, easy to use, not as permanent as epoxy and wont damage the lens or your lensboard.
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    Re: LED Safelight options?

    Ditto. I have used these for the past year. Work great, no problems with oc paper or ortho film.
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    Re: WWII Kodak Aero Lens Usage History

    Great thread - look forward to more info. I've got a 12" 9x9 without an iris that inherited from my grandfather that I've been toying with and would love to know more about it. I gave it 4 weeks or...
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    Re: Lake delton, wi

    Lots of good places in that area. Some that come to mind
    Devils Lake state park.
    Mid continent railroad museum
    Dr Evermore sculpture park / junk yard
    Good weather for it this weekend!
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