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  1. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    Understand completely where you are coming from Steve K. The peace of mind of ensuring an optimal outcome from a series of input variables however cumbersome or challenging it may turn out to be...
  2. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    If it meets your expectations, then stock up on HC110 and stay the course. in this situation there is no right or wrong. There is only what limitations or satisfaction criteria we place on ourselves....
  3. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    I use whatever developer and go through the necessary hoops I need to (order chemistry, mix it myself and wear breathing masks and gloves) in order to gives me the look on the print that I am after....
  4. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Received the set of micro screw drivers from Harbor Freight and was able to unscrew the three tiny set screws holding the barrel lens in the square metal housing and use the strap wrench also from...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Very nice image. For me my eye is looking for an extension of the reflection in the lake in the left foreground extending to the center and right foreground. A wider angle lens and a lower camera...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    If the sheet film moves during development in any tube, that is a risk on event that one cannot tolerate relative to the final product of a perfectly processed 8x10 negative. And bthe foo question...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    I saw the older videos from Fred and had a set of the 4x5 tubes a while back. Your comments point to my personal avoidance of concentrated developers. I opt for more dilute developers that afford me...
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    Re: Gitzo 1349 Mountaineer Sticky Leg

    Update on my Gitzo 1349 tripod sticky leg issue.

    I ordered a set of the replacement black plastic collars from Manfrotto/Gitzo and after unscrewing and rotating out the receiving tube the...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    I have used processing tubes in 4x5 through 12x20 and processing "issues" that happened years ago when I started using this technique I felt fell into several categories. First is ensuring the film...
  10. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Thanks. Ordered them.
  11. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    OK. I was able to find a set of screws on the front of the prism that upon closer inspection allowed a holding bar to be taken off and this allowed the lens on a lens board to be lifted out of the...
  12. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    I am going to try to ensure that there are no inside mounted screws holding the lens in place and if not, the power cord technique is going to be teed up as a first option. Thanks!
  13. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Great suggestion Michael. It appears that there are some small screws on the exterior of the prism that may allow me to take out the outside transparent cover of the prism and possibly other...
  14. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

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    As per suggestions attached are images showing the prism with the last image showing the bottom section of the barrel with one section coming off of the top section of the lens....
  15. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Clear up your PM space and I will send you photos. Trying to send you a PM.
  16. Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    I just acquired a really nice Kodak 21 1/4" Ektanon that was shipped to me in a Kodak 3.5" prism.

    The bottom of the barrel lens screws out and the bottom of the front element but not the front...
  17. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    I shot a lot of Super XX as well and still have some in the freezer as we speak. I was able to make my case and that yes, there are absolutely plenty of new places one can go. I am not intimidating...
  18. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    Yes, it is my understanding that Ansel was excited about his water bath development technique and used it but never resorted to masking. Probably a product of his time. What has changed since then....
  19. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    To my earlier question. It is entirely technically possible (and I have been capable of) producing N+3 to N-4 negatives that print conventionally with a modest (if at all) aesthetic minimal...
  20. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    Please let me know what these issues are because I have never experience them.
  21. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    I get your point but let me add some perspective. This darkroom technique is like walking to you (hence your ability to refer to it as another tool in the tool box) but may not be for someone else...
  22. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    Based upon a previous discussions with fellow photographers on this specific topic I did some research and learned that masking is factually a "compromising" craft that sacrifices some part of the...
  23. Re: Unsharp Masks - When Not Worth the Effort

    When working in B&W why not just assign your full dedicated commitment to producing a bullet proof negative that occasionally could use just an minimum dodge and burn aesthetic easily managed without...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    I have processed film in tubes with screw on caps and 3" plastic tubes with rubber end caps on one end and glued hard plastic end caps installed and never ever had a light leak. The odds are that the...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I shoot 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 8x20 and 12x20 and no question 8x10 is the format that I find is the harmonic of "seeing" and "executing". The GG is of sufficient size to be able to inspect properly,...
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    Re: Btzs tubes: 8x10 issues

    Eliminate risk variables one at a time. First, isolate the issue to ensure that your film holder is not leaking. Develop a sheet directly from the box and go on down the line. In holder then in...
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    Re: Nikkor M 450 F9 - Question

    Back to the original post. I have the Fuji 450C and several of the Nikon 450 M's and have shot both on my 8x10 Intrepid Mark II with no problem. The camera handles the Nikon lens quite easily.

    On...
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    Gitzo 1349 Mountaineer Sticky Leg

    The middle leg section of one of the legs on my Gitzo 1349 Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod started to bind at near full extension recently which rather surprised me since I had not regularly had it...
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    Re: Pump for easel vacuum

    Enterprising people enterprise. Photographers make photographs. One needs to decide which is your calling. I do not see the incremental improvement in what has proven quite proficient decades ago in...
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    Re: Pump for easel vacuum

    I got mine several years ago Gary as a backup to my existing vacuum pump for about $50. It was their in house brand. Now it appears that they are selling a 2.5 CFM automotive vacuum pump for $89 on...
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    Re: Pump for easel vacuum

    Found an inexpensive but fully capable vacuum pump at Harbor Freight. Works like a champ and cheap.
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    Re: Carbon Transfer by Focal Press

    Thanks Sandy and co authors. Pre ordered a copy. I have been meaning to go down this road for some time after seeing Sandy's and Jims work. Looking forward to the experience.
  33. Re: STOLEN Canham 8X10 View Camera--please be on the look out!!

    Those were the old days. Welcome to the Brave New World of decriminalized "minor" offenses.
  34. Re: STOLEN Canham 8X10 View Camera--please be on the look out!!

    Desperate people hit the nail on the head.

    I started checking into a hotel in North Albuquerque on a business trip off of a major interstate highway route in 2016 and encountered bullet proof...
  35. Re: STOLEN Canham 8X10 View Camera--please be on the look out!!

    Terribly sorry to hear of your situation and your loss. I grew up in SW Montana and going back these days it is quite apparent in speaking to friends of mine from back in the day that are police...
  36. Re: Salt Lake City to Grand Teton/Yellowstone mid-September

    Checked the rental car rates in Bozeman Montana for Mid Sept.and the rates at that time are back to normal. $32/day for a mid size SUV.

    Unless there is another reason to fly to SLC, Bozeman has a...
  37. Re: Salt Lake City to Grand Teton/Yellowstone mid-September

    Agree with Willie. I would have suggested a Bozeman Montana arrival and a drive down the Gallatin River to get to the West Yellowstone entrance and a return through Mammoth / Gardner MT, and up the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

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    Gibbons Falls Yellowstone NP last week. 8x10 contact print on Ilford Warm Tone glossy paper.
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Although I considered photography and architecture as a career choice, I ended up being an engineer because I knew it would always pay the bills and afford me a life style. Labs in college that dealt...
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Thanks Peter for taking the time to expand on precisely what you were making reference to on your camera back.

    I can see what benefits you are accomplishing.

    Couple of thoughts that come to...
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