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  1. Re: Seeking better flip-up/down eyeglass magnifiers

    I got a pair of "Flip 'N Focus" (Fisherman brand) flip up magnifiers. I got mine on the Cabela's website, but you can find them many places. Mine are +4 diopter. I use them on my progressives for...
  2. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    I love mine. Small, lightweight, large image circle, very good optical quality, folds up in my Wistas, and f/9 is no problem for me. I've stepped mine up to take 52mm filters like most my other...
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    Re: Winter Weather Photography

    I'm looking forward to traveling south to the desert where it's warm and making photos there :)
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    Re: I Wish They Would Make . . .

    Rig a hook on your tripod and hang your pack from that at a height that is easy to work from. Easier to get to your gear and it weights the tripod making it more stable.

    On the other hand, when I...
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    If you want a good sink for not much money, then build it yourself. You can fit it exactly to your needs/space and customize things for your quirks. Pine frame, marine plywood sink bottom, marine...
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    Re: Terminology Question

    Much of the text concerns itself with the self-masking property of printing-out papers, i.e., kind of a built-in contrast control since the exposure in the densest areas of the paper is held back by...
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    Re: Terminology Question

    "High-contrast" is more than likely what is meant here ("hard" paper being high-contrast and "soft" being low).

    However, since there are many German speakers on the forum here, the original German...
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    Re: Darkroom from zero: Chems disposal

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you have a working septic system with a drain field, and it isn't contaminating your well water, then disposing of developer and some acetic acid stop into your septic...
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    Re: Darkroom from zero: Chems disposal

    Most developers (pyrocat included, I'm fairly sure) and stop baths can be disposed of in a septic system. The developer components end up being inert and non-toxic. Stop bath is just acetic (or...
  10. Re: Does extending the center column accomplish the same thing as front rise?

    We're over-complicating this I think.

    When you use front rise to keep vertical lines parallel, you move the image. The image is much smaller on the film than in real life. If you think in scale,...
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    Re: USING TILT and SWING TOGETHER

    Alan,

    If you read my previous post carefully and do a bit of extrapolating, you'll find your answer. :)

    First, asymmetrical movements are only available on the back IIRC. Very often, especially...
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    Don't judge. Standardize on the recommended time for your developer and paper type (RC or fiber base). You can use a bit longer time as your standard, but going shorter than recommended times is not...
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    Re: Repro Claron Question

    If the "neutral filter" is original equipment and part of the lens design, and especially if it holds the rear elements in place, I'd recommend you keep it :)

    The rear filter element is certainly...
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    Don't use film developer for prints. I doesn't work well and it just wastes money. Save it for film and buy some print developer.

    Be aware that RC papers have a different (shorter) developing...
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    Re: USING TILT and SWING TOGETHER

    Visualizing where you want the plane of sharp focus to lie in the subject area is really important, as Joe points out. Finding focus points for applying both the tilt movement and the swing movement...
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    Re: Long exposure with light camera

    I don't know about the Intrepid, but I manage sharp long exposures on a number of lightweight cameras (Wista DX, approx. 3 lbs, Horseman Woodman, less than 3 lbs, Wista SW, slightly more than 3lbs). ...
  17. Re: Grandagon vs. Grandagon-N vs. Nikkor lenses. A light fall-off question.

    Yes, indeed!

    And, all other things being equal, and if you need lots of coverage, then image circle is a major consideration too! I've got both a SA 90mm f/8 and the Nikkor SW 90mm f/8. The...
  18. Poll: Re: Poll: How do you process large format black and white film?

    Analog only for me. The only digital work I do is to copy-photo finished prints and tweak them in Photoshop a bit for display on my website, etc.

    Doremus
  19. Re: Grandagon vs. Grandagon-N vs. Nikkor lenses. A light fall-off question.

    My data (brochures from Schneider and Nikkor) say (all weights with shutter):

    The Nikkor 90mm f/8 weighs 360g and has an image circle of 235mm at f/22

    The Schneider Super Angulon 90mm f/8...
  20. Re: Regarding depth-of field curvature with tilt

    Philip,

    A couple of things. First, depth of field works in proportion to distance from the lens (aperture, to be more specific). That's why there is more depth of field behind (farther) from the...
  21. Re: Help identify cloud-like artifacts on film

    Tobias has your answer: darkslides that are not opaque. That was my first impression upon seeing the photos and the fact that you have Toyo holders and they had this problem confirms it almost 100%....
  22. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    I'll join the minority here :) I dislike the newer 4x5 holders with the pressure locks and the longer handles (too long for my ZipLocs!). I prefer the older plastic Riteway, Lisco and Regal...
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    Re: Light spots on film.

    Definitely light strikes. And, from the look of the film rebates it may have happened out-of-camera. "May" is the key word here, though. I'd start looking for light leaks in my camera, holders,...
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    Re: Darkroom timer apps question

    Michael,

    I just use my iPhone timer on "safelight mode" with the screen brightness turned all the way down and the phone in the pocket of my darkroom apron (leather, so pretty lightproof). Here's...
  25. Re: Film Reciprocity Failure Compensation Factors For Films

    Here's Howard Bond's article. https://www.willwilson.com/articles/0403Bond_Reciprocity2.pdf

    Some of the results are likely outdated, but methodology, etc. are still valid.

    You can use these as...
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    Re: Fuji 90mm f8 SW or Nikon 90mm f8 SW

    PMFJI2...

    Alan,
    If you're using a center filter, you are compensating for the light falloff in the lens design. I.e., for all practical purposes, there is NO falloff when you are using the...
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    Re: Actinic focus

    Just don't use the yellow filter with blue-sensitive film/plates :)

    With pan film, you could probably use any of a number of filters to help eliminating the chromatic abberation of the lens and...
  28. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    If you have trouble getting the the film out of the holder, just breathe on it once or twice (like you would for your glasses before cleaning them). Wait a few seconds and the film will "pop" so...
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    Re: Fuji 90mm f8 SW or Nikon 90mm f8 SW

    IM-HO, the real difference is the image circle. If you plan on using the lens for situations where you need a lot of image circle, e.g., architectural work in cities in close quarters where you need...
  30. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    So, to draw conclusions from your testing: Fomatone Classic probably just doesn't have the contrast range that the Fomabrom products (or Ilford MG papers) do.

    Still, you've got a few grades of...
  31. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Tom,

    Well, yes. You can also position the code notch at the top right of the holder, i.e., at the light-trap end, just as well. My problem with that orientation is that the film slides down in...
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    Re: Actinic focus

    Okay, let's go...

    First, you only have to worry about "actinic focus" being different from the visual focus if you are using blue and/or UV sensitive materials. Modern panchromatic films are...
  33. Re: A question about farmers reducer staining

    You might try some light overall bleaching in a weak ferricyanide/bromide bleach to remove the stain. I will affect the lighter tones first. If you mix a weak bleach and bleach carefully, you might...
  34. Re: Notes on first experience with Foma paper

    Philip,

    Whatever works, works. If you need a really weak dilution of toner for a particular paper, then so be it. Like I posted, I have a couple of jugs of selenium toner, one "strong" and one...
  35. Re: Volume \ flow rate for RC print wash

    Keep in mind that a lower wash-water temperature will really slow down the washing and increase the wash time. If you want to save water and time shoot for 20°-22°C (68°-72°F). The washing...
  36. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    Steven,

    The problem you're having means that you are loading some sheets without getting them under the hold-down rails inside the film holder on at least one side. There's no other reasonable...
  37. Re: A question about farmers reducer staining

    If prints are underfixed when they hit the toner, you end up toning the residual silver halides along with the image, hence the staining. It is likely permanent.

    Note that one can use selenium...
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    Re: post "Something Dead"

    Here are a couple from the Pacific Coast:

    “Homeward Bound,” Dead Seagull, California Coast 1997

    Dead Shark, Oregon Coast, 2007

    Best,

    Doremus
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    Re: Durst Taucoli Cold Light.

    Judging from the photos in your post, the cold-light head seems to give a cyan-colored light, which would make it similar to the Arista V54 heads intended for VC papers. (It may even have been...
  40. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    From the Wista 45D spec. webpage: "Lens Mount - Linhof-type/ accept WISTA or Linhof boards"

    These are the Linhof Technika boards. They are available from many manufacturers. Some fit better...
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