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  1. Re: Almost forgot how to do front fall...Horseman FA 4x5

    I do the same thing with the Horseman VH (2x3). It took me a while to figure out.
  2. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Some people also use amino silane as an additive to salted collodion to support adhesion. I think it is primarily use for Carbon printing. I tried it in place of albumen and did not find that it was...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I am still mourning the loss of Szabo's site. I wasn't much interested in their version of authenticity, but the knowledge there was amazing.
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    Re: 30cm Heliar on 4x5

    I have a standoff board that allows a 30cm Heliar in shutter to be used with a 5x7 Canham, but its weight overwhelms the camera. It works great on an 8x10 Deardorff with a 5x7 reducing back.
  5. 75 Zeiss Biogon mil. surplus barrel lens - sketch for mounting into Copal 1 shutter

    Ive been trying something similar, albeit in plastic: 3-D printing an adapter for 3 Goerz Hycon cells, which I picked up unused 15 years ago. This is my first version for a #3 shutter. Id rather...
  6. Re: WET PLATE SILVER BOX IDEAL ID dim

    I have done pretty well with 1" openings. Any larger and you spend too much money on silver nitrate, and smaller may cause scrapes on the top of the plate as you move it in and out. You also need to...
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    Re: Elwood enlarger

    Yes, I had a 5x7 Elwood that had a piece of round glass ground in the middle to serve as a center filter. As I recall it fit into the dome, above the negative holder.
  8. Re: Durst Nega 138 alternatives?

    The Nega138 carriers are not that rare, keep at it and you will find one. There were also aftermarket carriers which were made for them. I use a Carlwen for 120 and 35mm roll film which I like. They...
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    Re: D76 Issue

    I had something similar years ago with D76, white flakes which I thought might have been some sort of calcium salt. Since then I have used distilled water for the initial mix, and tap water for the...
  10. Re: any sources for custom size lens caps?

    I make my own leather lens caps. They are easy to make and look great. I found instructions to do them in Tomosy's Restoring Classic & Collectible Cameras. (Hint: Amazon's preview shows pages 10 and...
  11. Re: How to remove heavy casing from 24" Aero Tessar

    I have one, and Dan is correct, the cells just unscrew from the barrel. For what it is worth, the barrel for this lens and the Kodak 12" f2.5 and the Eastman 13.5" f3.5 aerial lenses are the same.
  12. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I am also going to order (three) bellows from them... Perhaps they will give us a break on multiple orders? If anyone is interested let me know and I can reach out to them.
  13. Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Having a bit of time on my hands, I replaced the felt on the stand. "Craft" felt, which is a synthetic and wool blend, seemed too thin and loose for this so I found high-quality 100% wool felt...
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    508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Based on the conversation here I picked up one of the 20” f7 Ilex lenses. I can now verify that it is indeed a Tessar, not a triplet, as witnessed by the doublet rear element. This also verifies...
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    Re: Hollywood Lighting

    Worth a read: Hollywood Portraits: Classic Shots and how to Take Them : Photographs from the Kobal Collection written by Roger Hicks and Christopher Nisperos...
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    Re: 11x14 Deardorff Studio Camera

    Thanks Tracy! I need bellows made, and this is super helpful.
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    Re: 11x14 Deardorff Studio Camera

    Nice! I have been looking for a long Tessar like that. I was hoping for a f4.5 version, but haven't seen one in years that I can afford.
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    Re: New bellows?

    I am in the same place, and was hoping to hear a few new names. Turner, Western, and Universal all appear to be gone.

    You may also want to ask Richard Ritter. He has someone make bellows for his...
  19. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I can't imagine that they went out of factory with two different brakes on it, so someone must have swapped the parts at some point. Regardless, my experience with the stands is that they are very...
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    Re: Goerz Dagor SV?

    Years ago Geoff at Lens & Repro showed me two Goerz lenses with the name "Dagor" on them that were not dagor designed lenses. He said that one was a plasmat and the other was a dialyte.
  21. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Thank you Randy!

    Mike, if you find a good source for the tilt crank please share it! I am missing one on mine too.

    jason
  22. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    If anyone is interested, I will likely be having a new set of bellows made, I can post what I learn here about price. Right now I have to decide on the correct size. Currently I have two different...
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Thanks all, and sorry to hijack the tread.
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    Re: 508mm f/7 ILEX lenses

    Off track, but curious (especially after looking at Dan's summary) is the 20" Ilex a triplet or a Tessar design? I have read conflicting information on their design and intended format. I read...
  25. Re: The real difference between RH ANAYLSER PRO and STOPCLOCK PROFESSIONAL

    Opps, Adelorenzo beat me to it... anyhow here is what I wrote:

    In brief, the analyser pro has a meter the stopclock does not. So, with the analyser you don't need to make test strips, you just use...
  26. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    Under $100 your only options are to buy used, or use a smart phone app (I like Cine Meter II which works with the Luxi incident dome).

    The cheapest reliable meter I have used is the Sekonic...
  27. Re: 152mm f/3.5 & 2.8 KOMURA experiences wanted

    These lenses are very similar to the 150/2.8 and 135/3.5 Xenotar lenses, and 135/3.5 Planar. Both Komura lenses fully cover 4x5 without much movement. They do not increase image circle as you stop...
  28. Re: 8" Dallmeyer Pentac f/2.9 - Any Users?

    Dallmeyer made a run of coated 10" Pentac lenses for NATO in the 1960s. A friend purchased the remainders about 10 years ago. It was a pretty amazing purchase (all gone now I think), but...
  29. Re: 8" Dallmeyer Pentac f/2.9 - Any Users?

    Randy, these are pretty soft (flare actually) open wide, so try yours before trying to dial in any additional softness. Its a nice look, I think. As mentioned above, these never had radioactive...
  30. Re: How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    I would be very interested in hearing about price & quality in comparison to Custom Bellows in the UK. Are there other bellows manufacturers? Western Bellows and Turner Bellows are both gone, as far...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    Years ago I made resolution tests of all of my lenses using a resolution chart. It was an interesting practice, and prompted me to get rid of a few lenses which did not perform very well. It also...
  32. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Those look great Peter! Really nice job. I would think that leather would be a longer lasting solution than felt.

    Anyhow, can you share the cable parts you are using? I have only used bolt on or...
  33. Re: Graflex SLR Issues Usage DIY & Improvements?

    I posed this before, but think it is worth bringing up again.

    I had SK Grimes make me an adapter for my 5x7 Home Portrait Graflex which allow me to use regular 5x7 film holders rather than the...
  34. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Yes, the platform is working well now, thank you. The posts were not the problem, the chains were too loose.

    At this point I still need to replace the leveling legs, cables, and felt on the...
  35. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I would certainly try using the piece you already have first. If it fits around the posts I would think it should work well enough with some felt glued to it.
  36. Re: Alternative to the Schneider Xenotar 150mm F2.8 for 4x5?

    I have used a 152/2.8 Komura. It was a fine lens, very similar to the Xenotar, but harder to find. I was less pleased with the 135/3.5 Komura I owned, and found it more prone to flare than my 135/3.5...
  37. Re: Alternative to the Schneider Xenotar 150mm F2.8 for 4x5?

    ... and don't forget about f3.5 Xenar and Tessar lenses. For 4x5 you need at least a 180mm, if not a 210mmm. A faster 16.5cm f2.7 Tessar is also out there, but hard to find and designed for 3x4, not...
  38. Re: Alternative to the Schneider Xenotar 150mm F2.8 for 4x5?

    8" f2.9 Dallmeyer Pentac too.
  39. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I took apart the stand again, replaced the chains, and it seems to be working fine now. It moves up and down smoothly, and doesn't bind like before. I am not sure how it fixed itself. My original...
  40. Re: Light trap foam thickness, Sinar Norma?

    https://www.micro-tools.de/en/Camera-Restauration/Light-Baffle.html

    I used 2mm foam from the US version of Micro-tools for my 5x7 Norma.
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