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  1. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I've been loving it! Higher contrast at the same dev times (I was using Xtol-R but it may have been questionable given I ran at least 2 bad batches through it) but heck I'm even trying replenishment...
  2. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    This thread absolutely exploded haha so my apologies that I'm getting to this now (and still reading through the new posts); but this is a fair question. To answer it:

    I don't have an 8x10 yet but...
  3. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Thanks everyone! That was, uhh, a lot :) Gave me a lot to think about for sure with a wide array of options to consider. I'm not sure I'm any closer to figuring out which one to get but found some...
  4. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Thanks folks! I hadn't though about a surveyor's tripod hah that's clever! And wow Ries looks beautiful! Also hadn't though to look at cinema tripods, hmm interesting!

    Fair point on the links Tin....
  5. Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I feel like I failed with having to ask yet another tripod question here. But it's a bit of information overload and hard to find large format recommendations from the manufacturers directly. So I...
  6. Re: A DIY 177mm f/8 Cooke triplet for 4x5 from off-the shelf lenses that YOU can bui

    Original thread mentions 4x5. I would guess due to the off the shelf nature of the lenses, larger sizes (like 5x7) might be difficult/impossible? Curious because J's sample photo is BEAUTIFUL and it...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    Here's my latest J Lane plate!

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  8. Re: Lane Dry Plates: What is a practical ISO rating?

    I think I got that. I had to sit and re-read that a few times :) Alas I don't have a real Blue 47. Just a set of colored generic filters I was going to use for some trichrome stuff . I bought those...
  9. Re: Lane Dry Plates: What is a practical ISO rating?

    Yeah sage advice as I pulled the last sheet a bit too early I think. Although at least the scan looks just gorgeous and I think it should be printable in the darkroom. Also just to be sure, the ISO 8...
  10. Re: Lane Dry Plates: What is a practical ISO rating?

    I've only shot a few of these but for what it's worth, rating at an ISO of 2, my first test plate was exposed using a 18% gray patch on my color char. That one came out with some dense highlights but...
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    Re: Painting/Staining Intrepid Cameras?

    Oooh that's fantastic information thank you! I reached out to them directly and asked about it, and they had said they made changes, but didn't actually say what those were. The beveled edge in...
  12. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Been thinking about this while waiting for the monobath and dry plate holder (so I can stop using the Graflex one with a bunch of gaffer tape all over it ;) ). For creating a positive in the field,...
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    Re: Painting/Staining Intrepid Cameras?

    Oh cool I'll check that wax out, thanks Tin! Likewise good to confirm I didn't something horribly wrong with taking a marker to my 4x5 MK2 ;)
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    Re: Painting/Staining Intrepid Cameras?

    Ah that's not a bad idea. I actually did send them an e-mail asking if they corrected some of the 8x10 MK2 growing pains (the film holder issue notably that Tony Santos and a few others ran into). It...
  15. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Woo that's awesome though! Hope you can share results, even if it's a ways off!
  16. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Aha! I was trying to find where I saw someone doing reversal for plates and I think this was it. Super interesting!
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    Painting/Staining Intrepid Cameras?

    Curious, has anyone done any external painting or staining? The 4x5 black edition looks pretty nice (as I recall that's moreso 3D printed and aluminum). Looking at an 8x10 and possibly a 5x7 (the...
  18. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I got one response from their Instagram which said to just send another e-mail. Which I did, and no response in a few days now. I've resorted to just tweeting them every day. I just don't understand...
  19. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    I'm all ears, Tin, if you have some thoughts but I think J is spot on here (I mean they are his plates ;) )- it's only one of two known ways to get the ambrotype look with the dry plates as far as I...
  20. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Hopefully those of ya'll that are on FB can perhaps report back? :) Can we entire Lee to maybe come over here and stop by perhaps? ;)
  21. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Ok first, your day job sounds really cool!! Second, that's one thing I kept meaning to ask in our Etsy convo (I'm BitByBit Photo over there) - there wouldn't really be any difference in processing...
  22. Re: Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Oooooh great point! That might be part of it. My test shot was done in HC-110 to the specified times and it's a bit dense. I had the pleasure of taking to J Lane himself today about the ambrotype...
  23. Making J Lane Positive Plates? (Famous Format Monobath?)

    Curious, I'm sure I'm not the only person that was thinking J Lane dry plates might be a good compromise to going full wet plate? Specifically, I've been wanting to go to a local market days in a...
  24. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Sino Promise has been making their C-41 for a while, but I thought hadn't been making XTOL? The tainted batches reference Germany and I thought Sino was China (Hong Kong)? Flexicolor chems are rather...
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    Re: Focusing aids for Chamonix 4x5 cameras

    Yeah just responding to acknowledge the question but basically what grat said. I haven't had any problems with that metal spring. I haven't done true backpacking with the 45F2 yet. I did that on my...
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    Re: Focusing aids for Chamonix 4x5 cameras

    I have the middle one 45FC I use with my Chammy 45F2. The main reason I like it is that it's a much better ground glass protector. It's easier to install and remove. It's function as a hood is merely...
  27. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    At this point I'm getting very interested in Adox's solution. It's not that I mind waiting either. I know Kodak is likely switching suppliers and all, I get it. It's that they're so tight lipped...
  28. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Indeed I would like to see more proof before such grand claims. But the HC-110 formula is different (same results, but questionable longevity since it's no longer a syrup), there was that weird thing...
  29. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I know mid-Feb isn't too far off but I'm now completely out of XTOL and my replenished solution is just hanging out aging away. Anyone in the same boat that perhaps has tried Eco Pro? Thinking of...
  30. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Oof Mid-Feb is cutting it close for me. I'm down to about 300ml of stock for my replenishment. But yep probably wise. I e-mailed Kodak (using the email from OPs post). Of note they appear to be...
  31. Re: Added H&D curves to my Film Log webapp, though I'd share

    Gotcha, that's some really interesting info thanks! That gives me quite a bit to think about there. To this point I've been largely using the Kodak method (using their H740 workbook). Credit has to...
  32. Re: Added H&D curves to my Film Log webapp, though I'd share

    Oh very nice! Curious what is w? That one is new to me.

    My ISOs have been a little off I think, which probably makes sense since my LUX meter only works in whole steps and I'm also using an...
  33. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Geez glad I stumbled onto this. I knew about the notice but for some reason thought my batch was unaffected. I looked and sure enough it is. Second time I've been hit by a bad batch :/ Sure hope they...
  34. Added H&D curves to my Film Log webapp, though I'd share

    I kinda expect folks here that know how to make H&D curves already probably have their process setup the way they want, but nonetheless, I thought I'd share what I've come up with:
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  35. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    I thought about that yep! TuffShed recommends not sealing the floor though due to moisture build-up, I assume, on the bottom side. It'd probably take a while for that to cause problems though. I have...
  36. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    It does thanks!! Yeah for a design like this I was thinking about just cutting a hole and putting a dryer vent on the outside (with a screen perhaps) and then optionally putting some sort of filter...
  37. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    Hmm respirator is a good idea. So far BW hasn't been bad. I haven't tried RA4 yet but I tend to do that in a print drum though I usually keep the chemicals I'm about to use in open beakers in a water...
  38. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    Yep this is what was taught from building PCs - you want slight positive pressure (wherein there are more fans pushing air in than pulling out) to prevent air from getting in from other parts of the...
  39. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    Huh whoa today I learned industrial dust blower/filters exist! Something like this? I wonder if I can use that inside as well to keep dust to a minimum when, say, I'm drying prints or film? For film...
  40. Thread: C-41 Question

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    Re: C-41 Question

    I've since moved to Flexicolor chemicals but have used the Unicolor. They use hexanine as a stabilizer but it actually doesn't have any rinsing properties - it's mostly a biocide and a dye-stabilizer...
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