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  1. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    How many sheets are you doing and what temperature and dilution? Pyrocat formulas HD and M are very dilute to begin with but can be used even more dilute depending on the density and contrast one...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    So what we need is a fashion accessory that doubles as a scarf, hood, and dark cloth. or a dark cape.
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    What Bob said - but you can get pretty darn close focus with the reflex viewer in normal light. In dim light it is not as useful and with the freznel lens its requries a bit of moving around the eye...
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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Carry a cheap 4x plastic loupe for going anywhere near raging water or cliffs, Loupes are apparently drawn to them. Somewhere at the end of the Amicalola and Etowah rivers is a nice collection I...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    $20 and a trip to the fabric store. I now use one of those hospital reflective metallic blankets which weighs next to nothing but it is not totally opaque. Chamonix's reflex viewer is great too if...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I personally believe the problem lies with the bad batches of phenidone not the metibisulfate or bromide. Others have stated quality control issues with weights and measures. IF you use 500ml in...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    My first batch of Pyrocat M is now 7 months old and still going strong. Stored in half filled brown bottle indoors 68-72*. It has similar staining properties as Pyrocat HD and similar use that...
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    Re: extreme low light from behind camera

    Processed the negative today and am pleasantly surprised. Single 4x5 sheet in SP445 tank with Pyrocat-M 3.5A+3.5B+475W for 16mins (30% more than my normal 12:30). The negative is thin in the deep...
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    Re: Which lens next?

    Is your 150 a convertible like a Symmar 150/265? if so then go wide. I found for landscape work I preferred a 135 over a 150 but I shoot wide mostly - I always carry 65, 90, 135, 180/315, then I...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    For my old Calumet 4x5 metal camera which weighed a ton I used this video QR mounting bracket on a ball head as a replacement for the standard QR plate. Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter with...
  11. Re: First 4x5 sheets and first failures :-( Need Help on one sheet

    As a newbie - make yourself a check list or an exposure note card. It is easy to forget to stop down the lens or set the speed. Filter and bellows factors become adjustments, and reciprocity can be...
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    Re: extreme low light from behind camera

    That is a great tip!
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    extreme low light from behind camera

    Yesterday I was in the Sloss furnaces just before a storm hit so was getting some nice light on the exterior. However I found an interior shot where the only light source was a window behind me and...
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    Re: choosing a 4x5 camera

    Horseman woodman is another good choice. My only thought about it is lots of small knobs and limited bellows if you shoot more than 300mm or do macro work. Practice with it at home before you take...
  15. Re: Keeping paper (exposure sheets, notes) with negatives - bad for archiving?

    I used to keep printing notes but found I rarely print same image twice, or the same way when revisiting. the only problem with paper near your negatives will be the attraction of bugs over long...
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    Re: choosing a 4x5 camera

    I have owned both plus a couple of Anba/Nagaokas.

    Shenhao /Nagoka/Anba - Pros: light weight, decent movements depending on model, tightens down easily and is fairly rigid. Cons - Small knobs if...
  17. Re: How Many Ways to Process ANY Film: List Them

    I remember reading somewhere single sheet 5x7 in a thermos - EMA tube method.
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    Re: Ansco 130 - 1:1 or 1:2?

    Even 1:3 works fine and only requires 3:30 minutes time and not as cold/blue as 1:1. Stock seems to last over a year, diluted about 1 month and it turns dark, but still works. Also as it ages it gets...
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    Re: How do you store / organize your negs?

    3 ring binder with Print file sleeves chronologically. each negative or roll gets a number in the margins - and I keep a running database so I can print a table of contents for the notebook. I...
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    If your #5 filter is working correctly and you can't get enough contrast - try bergger CN with Ansco 130 developer 1:1. Also try your developer at different temperatures or dilutions, longer...
  21. Re: How to do tray processing - both regular and stand?

    for stand with dilute developers I would imagine a filled closed tube would be easier since you do not need to agitate often and can spend time with lights on between chem changes. Stearman Press...
  22. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Change the mode to EVs - The averaging makes more sense and it will still show you the f-stop and time, pick either based on desired DOF or shutter quirks. EV8 , EV12.2 = AVG 10.1 . @iso 100 ~...
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    Re: Chamonix 45-N2

    What lens are you using? are you sure it is not an image circle issue? I have only run into bellows sag issue with a 300MM lens and I just propped it up in the middle. I have the universal bellows.
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    Re: Cold Temp Paper Washing

    Just because you have a darkroom doesn't mean you have to do everything in it. I assume you have indoor plumbing and heat in your kitchen or bathroom. Do your initial wash/soak in the darkroom then...
  25. Re: Need Advice on 16x20 cameras and film from owners/users

    also factor in your commitment to the format. Big cameras are easy to buy, but hard to sell if you change your mind.
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    Re: HC110 B with HP5+ @ 100

    There seems to be a divide between extreme dilution(EMA/Stand) and normal dilution camps for developers, with no-one in the middle or consideration you may have 2 or 3 sheets to do instead of 4 or 1....
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    Re: HC110 B with HP5+ @ 100

    I'm always curious why people want to take a 400 speed film and over expose it 2-stops rather than just use a 100-125 speed film. Maybe instead change your metering technique and/or developer and...
  28. Re: My first packs of film will be Arista EDU 100 - Which were yours?

    Polaroid type 55 and Hp5+

    Hp5+ is a good film to learn with. But I now seem to wobble between Delta 100 and FP4+.
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Is Schrodinger's cat even still in the box? What if you want to crop 4x5 (1:1.25) so that the ratio mimics 5x7 (1:1.4) or that format Mr Galli likes 7x11 (1:1.57) . Would you pass on the shot or...
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    Some formulas for you:

    https://www.digitaltruth.com/data.php?doc=printdevs
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    What Pere says is basically true but in practice and experimentation you might find you can even alter things a bit more based on which papers and developers you choose. Printing of step wedges/gray...
  32. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    a variant of Pyrocat HD is Pyrcat M and it looks about the same. No Phenidone failure or mixing issues. Nice gradations with FP4, HP5, and Delta 100 in 4x5. I tried Ansco 130 1:10 10Minutes for...
  33. Re: DIY Large darkroom paper development ideas

    You could use your counter space divided with temporary 2x4 grid covered with plastic for an initial test (search for Clyde Butcher large printing). Also at home depot they sell washing machine...
  34. Re: Backpack for Hiking with an 11x14 View Camera

    Back to the topic ... Lowepro just released new versions of their pro-trekker backpacks as large as 55L. Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 550 AW II - I assume with 11x14 you would strip out the dividers,...
  35. Re: Lightest & Most Compact Tripod for Wista 45SP that is Also Reasonably Priced?

    You pay more for cheap tripods in the long run. But until you decide to invest in a long term model the one below has met my needs for over a year. A visit to your local camera shop may also turn up...
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    October - put up or shut up

    I was going to request that October be a month of throttling those with high post counts to give us a break from the armchair experts who comment on every thread and bicker about the small details. ...
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    Re: Chamonix Hs-1 Review

    I'd like one in 5x12, but Hugo won't make any until there is enough interest. Or would it not be cool if some manufacturer gave us a new LF format and did a special run with ilford for film.
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    Atlas also makes a smaller pack that could be used for bushwacking trips, but I think the MRS would shoot me if I bring home another pack. I would also have to narrow down my lens choices and not...
  39. Re: Is it possible to change contrast of final print?

    +1 for IT8 bleach/redevelop - or you can use pyrocat at double strength but will shift color to brown. any bleach will work but the dichromate bleaches harden the emulsion and tan it which gives that...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    that was helpful but my pack isn't that heavy (yet). No way he is ducking under bushes with that load.
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