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    Re: Taking film in and out of the freezer

    I've done that with sheet film for 40+ years without issue. When I'm finished loading the holders, I put the film back in the bag, run my hand from the closed end to the open end to get as much air...
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    Re: Grafmatic Back Operation

    Your sequence looks good to me. As j.e.simmons already commented, I would stress to have the camera pretty much level when you cycle the back as I've found having the camera pointed down is generally...
  3. Re: Monalog photography group looking for new members

    My sincere apologies to the group. I obviously misunderstood the wording of the original post.
  4. Re: Monalog photography group looking for new members

    Don't quite understand how you're strengthening the diversity of your group by limiting it to photographers 35 and younger.
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    Re: Using filters on LF lenses

    I, too, have used gel filters behind the lens for 40+ years. But, in this case the filter I need is very specific and can only be obtained as a glass filter. I looked at all the lenses I plan to use...
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    Re: Using filters on LF lenses

    Thank you, all. Front it is!
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    Using filters on LF lenses

    For 40+ years now, I've always held thin gel filters against the front of the lens whenever I needed a filter (don't actually use 'em all that often.) I have a need to use a glass filter because my...
  8. Re: Modified Surveying Tripod, Dutch Hill_Bolex.

    I've used the photo version of the Dutch Hill for 8x10 for many years. It's weight to performance ratio punches well above its class. I've been totally satisfied with it.
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    Re: Shanghai Film Caffenol Processing

    I've only ever developed Fomapan 100 (4x5) in Caffenol and it works fine. I've shot quite a bit of GP3 in 120 format and like the results in D-23. If you want to try a different developer, as...
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    Re: Shanghai GP3: First Impressions

    I shoot it fairly regularly in 120 format and really like the results developed in D-23. Not my "go to" film either, but when I feel like running light I toss a roll into my Zeiss folder and I'm good...
  11. Re: Arca-Swiss Lens Board Adapter and Lens Board Compatibility

    Wow, that's a lot of good info re: Arca lens board adapters. I wish I could find a 110mm 6x9 adapter that would accept a standard Technika lens board. I tried the one from Luland, but it didn't fit...
  12. Re: Printing Glass Plates: How to avoid breakage?

    I would try simply laying the glass plate on the paper. I've done this for proof prints to be filed with the glass plate, but have yet to attempt a fine print from one. If some pressure becomes...
  13. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    I have no particular preference other than for ones that don't leak! ;) Over the years, I've used Fidelity Elite and Toyo in 4x5 and Lisco Regal, Lisco Regal II, and Fidelity Elite in 8x10. I do...
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    Re: Wet Scan Solutions

    Don't know if it's available in your country, but I use PEC-12 and film specific wipes to clean my film when necessary.
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    Re: 210mm 4x5" ... Which one?

    IMO, you would be hard pressed to see any quality difference between any of the modern 210mm LF lenses. Nothing wrong with the Nikon 210mm. I would suggest you do a lot of shooting with it and only...
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    Re: Jobo 3005 8x10 streaks on negative

    Try to be as consistent as possible with the rotation; not too fast nor too slow. Another idea might be to spin the tank in a water bath which would provide some bobbing action as well as rotation....
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    Re: Anyone else printing smaller?

    I usually print 35mm to 5x7, square format to about 7x7, and contact print both 4x5 and 8x10. I rarely make a print as large as 10x13" and made exactly one 16x20" enlargement from an 8x10 neg. So,...
  18. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    I've printed hundred of sheets of Foma Variant 111 with my Aristo V54 cold light head and, most recently, with my Aristo VCL4500 cold light head and I've never noticed any particular contrast issues...
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    Re: Piece fell out from my Grafmatic

    It's been quite awhile since I've disassembled a Grafmatic, but that piece looks like the felt light seal that sits under the septum tray where it slides in/out. Kind of hard to explain here. If you...
  20. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    I've also seen a couple of posts and, I think a YouTube video or two, discussing a DIY type IR thing. You might want to poke around the 'net a bit, if you're interested.
  21. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    It's from a UK company named Nightfox and mine is the 119V. Unfortunately, I don't think this particular model is made any longer. My primary motivation for selecting this model is that the view is...
  22. Re: So stores/ebay sell 4x5 GG protectors but not 8x10?

    If you don't want to DIY it, Keith Canham sells a very nice gg protector. Back when I bought mine, IIRC it was $40.
  23. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    It varies, of course, by film and development technique, but, for example, for 8x10 Foma 100 I develop with tanks & hangers for 15 mins @21C (1:1:100) for normal silver printing, and for roughly the...
  24. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    Please allow me to be clear with this point... I, personally, and on my calibrated densitometer have never measured a true increase in film speed with any film/developer combo I've used. Have I tried...
  25. Re: Pyrocat HD - Differences/Effects between 1:1:100 and 2:2:100

    I use it at 2:2:100 for pt/pd printing and for use on silver chloride papers such as Lodima or Adox Lupex; 1:1:100 for everything else. I've never tried it myself, but I'd guess that 2:2:100...
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    Re: Capture 21 General Usefulness

    Yes, a 30 day trial is available. And, if you don't need or want the "Pro" version, there are less expensive versions of the product available.
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    Re: Capture 21 General Usefulness

    I have used Capture One since something like version 3; currently on 21. Personally, I find the results to be much more to my liking than other raw converters. Unlike Oren, I don't find the file...
  28. Re: My experience with 20th Century Camera's 5x7 reel

    FWIW, I had similar issues with the reel for 8x10. I always use inversion agitation with all formats in a tank and, with inversion agitation of the QL81 reel, I experienced uneven development and...
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    Re: Zone VI tripod questions

    Good advice! Yeah, my 8x10 Deardorff with the 360/6.8 Schneider Symmar-S lens attached was probably pushing that poor 'ole 3047 to its limit. Honestly, I used it for many years without a thought and...
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    Re: Zone VI tripod questions

    I own both of Fred's tripods--the "lightweight" and the standard--and use both for many years until I got older and moved on to carbon fiber. The top leg lockdowns on my lightweight tripod have never...
  31. Thread: Thin negs

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    Re: Thin negs

    I've used a lot of Foma 100 over the years, but I can't recall storing any for more than about 3-4 months at room temp. Never had any complaints after that length of storage. Whenever I've had...
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    Not sure what would be corrosive causing in RO water, but I can assure you that I've used it for about 15 years in my CPP-2 and my heating element looks as good as the day it was new.
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    I fill mine with RO water and do a complete change about every 6 months. I made a styrofoam cover that lays over the water bath area, notched around the lift, and keep the entire unit covered between...
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    Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    Don't know if this is true, but I've heard that if they can't see what's inside the bag they will crank the power; obviously not good for film. Is it possible to ship film to your destination or buy...
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    Re: Readyload film removal?

    I haven't used any readlyloads in years, but back when I did I used more Fuji than Kodak. On the Fuji packets, I'd just grab the clip end with my index finger and thumb (on each end of the clip),...
  36. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    I will second the importance of this point, as Doremus said above. Fred told me to pick what I thought was the "maximum black" strip, then back off one step. What you're looking for is convincing...
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    Re: Polaroid on 4x5

    I've never tried it myself, but I've heard that the Type 55 film is or is very similar to Panatomic-X. Therefore, the development times for this film should get you pretty close.
  38. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    Separation between Zone 0 and Zone 1 has absolutely nothing to do with determining standard development time for any given film. Perhaps I misunderstood the point of the OP inquiry?
  39. Thread: Zone I SET

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    Re: Zone I SET

    Standard development time is determined based on Zone VIII. The way I determine this in the darkroom is the following:

    1. Set the enlarger height for a fairly generous coverage of an 8x10 area of,...
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    Re: Epson Scan assistance

    First, I would suggest determining what the real optical resolution of your scanner is; it's probably not what the manufacturer claims. For the actual scanning, I recommend scanning to a linear file,...
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