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  1. Re: 4x5 film holders not used since 1960s -clean them?

    I use a small vacuum to clean my holders just before every load. After loading, they go into ziplock bags until use.
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    Re: Trial with the new B's 4x5 Developing reel

    There are many ways to develop 4x5 sheet film:

    * Tanks such as the Nikkor or Nikkor-style stainless steel tanks, SP-445, CombiPlan, various inserts to go into a Paterson tank, etc.

    * Tubes like...
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    Re: Trial with the new B's 4x5 Developing reel

    No doubt about it. I use homemade tubes for extreme minimal agitation development and tanks/hangers for other minimal agitation techniques. IMO, one size definitely does not fit all when it comes to...
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    Re: Trial with the new B's 4x5 Developing reel

    You don't need the Jobo itself; the Expert Drum can be run on a motorized base. Some have constructed a simple roller base and rolled the drum manually. The drum itself is certainly quite a bit more...
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    Re: Trial with the new B's 4x5 Developing reel

    Except that some of us have had issues with the SP-445, too; like a faint shadow image of the film holder cutouts, or emulsion digs from the little clips that hold the film. Best solution for LF film...
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    Re: Trial with the new B's 4x5 Developing reel

    I've used the B's reel with inversion agitation and never had any issues. I was thinking about getting the processor so I'm glad I stumbled across this post. FWIW, Beniot is working on an extension...
  7. Re: newb question - residue on hands after loading film

    I wash my hands throughly before loading film holders--make sure they're good and dry--and I've never left fingerprints or otherwise caused any film damage. But, then again, I don't use a changing...
  8. Re: Bellows extension math assistance, please

    Bob's method is really simple! I like it!

    I carry a small retractable tape measure with me and measure from the ground glass to the center point of the lens, then convert inches to the closest...
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    Re: Recommendations: Add-on pouch for spotmeter?

    I use an Op/Tech belt pouch for my Pentax Digital spot meter. I bought it so long ago I can't remember the model number. Sorry. But, it's approx 2.75 x 7 x 5.5 inches. Since it's a bit large for my...
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    Re: Sources for Stainless Trays?

    Like Vaughn, I've had the same set of stainless trays for 40 years and today they look nearly as good as new. I love 'em! Plus, when I need temp control vis-a-vis water bath they maintain solution...
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    Re: digital negs for LODIMA paper workshop

    Lupex is harder than Lodima grade 3. I suspect it's closer to Lodima grade 4, though I've never printed on that paper.
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    I crop, if necessary, but try to fill the entire image area with meaningful information. However, I don't like black borders around my images so I will trim off the rebate area (applies mostly to...
  13. Thread: IR Googles

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    Re: IR Googles

    I tested specifically for fogging because someone mentioned in an earlier post that these IR goggles fog film.
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    Re: IR Googles

    I can now confirm, via densitometer, that there is absolutely no fogging with the Nightfox 119V and Fomapan 100 film. Postulating here, it's probably safe to assume that the 119V would not fog any...
  15. Thread: IR Googles

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    Re: IR Googles

    Sorry, I started it by typing it wrong! ;)
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    Re: IR Googles

    To the forum moderators: It would be nice if you could edit the title of this thread to properly spell goggles. This would make it easier for anybody interested in this information to find it via a...
  17. Thread: IR Googles

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    Re: IR Googles

    I guess it depends on what you call sharp focus... It will easily focus on something at arms length, but the resolution is limited by the internal screen--320x240. Not exactly iPhone resolution, but...
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    Re: IR Googles

    I contacted the distributor with this very question and was told that the IR light in the 119V runs at 850nm. In theory, that range is beyond what ordinary panchromatic film will respond to, but I...
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    Re: IR Googles

    Way cheaper than the $400+ unit I bought off eBay and had to return; and, the 119V is brand new.
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    Re: IR Googles

    My reading glasses fit just fine inside the "eye cuff", but I found that I can see the screen just fine without glasses.
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    Re: IR Googles

    Oops! LOL!! :D
  22. Thread: IR Googles

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    IR Googles

    Over the years, I've seen various posts on this and other forums talking about the use of an IR google in the darkroom; specifically, the ATN Viper unit. Tried one...didn't like it...returned it.
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    Re: Streaks on 8x10 / E6 processing

    Not sure how you'd properly handle temp control (for color) using a manual or motorized base, but as far as the drum is concerned get an Expert Drum.
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    Re: S&S Film Holders

    Thank you, all.
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    S&S Film Holders

    Anybody know what happened to ssfilmholders.com? Tried to visit there today and the website is not found.
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    Re: Patience with the landscape

    The presence of light doesn't come across too well in this down-sampled scan, but a gelatin silver print sings!

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    Re: Patience with the landscape

    Great story! Reminds me of one of my own from many years ago... I had hiked through the woods to get to this abandoned rock quarry and, as I approached the scene, it was awash in sunlight and was...
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    Re: 360mm Lenses for 8x10

    I use my 360/6.8 Schneider Symmar-S on a Deardorff 8x10. This camera has no problem holding this heavy lens. However, I typically use both this camera and this lens when working from the car and my...
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    Re: 360mm Lenses for 8x10

    Same here. My 360mm Fuji A will be with me 'till the end! And, as an aging backpacker myself ya just can't beat the small size of that lens.
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    Re: 360mm Lenses for 8x10

    If I'm not mistaken--been a long time since I've owned a Commercial Ektar--most of these lenses were mounted in Ilex shutters. Carol Flutot is a genius with these shutters. FWIW, back when I had a...
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    Re: 360mm Lenses for 8x10

    Don't really understand the question here... The 360/6.8 Schneider Symmar-S is a MASSIVE lens with a front element the size of a small dinner plate! Some of my best images have been made with that...
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    Re: 360mm Lenses for 8x10

    Don't know about the Mark II version of the Intrepid 8x10, but I have a Mark I and I wouldn't dream of mounting either of the two 360mm Plasmat's I own on it. I use a Fuji 360 A.
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    LOL! :D This reminds me of something Jerry Uelsmann said many years ago... He wanted the industry to be working on a 35mm size negative that swelled up to 4x5 upon processing. :) Works for me...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    I, too, use a similar F-Stop ICU for one of my 4x5 outfits, though film holders are carried separately. The ICU fits perfectly into a photobackpacker P-series backpack which I also interchange out...
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    Re: tray developing: which timer?

    I have a Gralab timer (forgot which model as I've owned it for 40 years) mounted to the wall behind the sink. It's about 3 feet from my eyes to the timer. Since the numbers and hands have "glow in...
  36. Re: Question about lens boards and Copal 3 shutters

    This sounds and looks like the same setup I have on a 480mm Schneider Apo-Artar that I have mounted on an 8x10 Deardorff lens board. I haven't looked specifically at the mounting for this lens in 30+...
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    Re: Plumbing for jobo cpp3

    Same here; though I've never told myself I need a new one! ;)
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    Re: WD2D & TMax 400

    Thanks, Peter. I'll be doing 4x5, B's (Bounet Photography) developing reel in a Paterson 3 reel tank. I've already mixed up the developer; as soon as the reel arrives I'm good to go. I've used...
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    WD2D & TMax 400

    Based on an article by Bob Herbst, I've decided to try TMax 400 developed in WD2D to craft in-camera negatives for pt/pd printing. Per Bob's article, he recommends 16 mins @ 68F for tray development....
  40. Re: RAW scanning in Silverfast, with with Epson V850

    @Sasquatchian, I've used PS since v5.5 so I feel pretty comfortable with the software and what it can do. I was responding the the OP's request for help when scanning B&W negatives. Like Jeff T, I...
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