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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    For anyone serious about long lens work, a highly desirable addition would be a decent spotting scope... It would need a sturdy enough tripod of it's own, and a decent zoom eyepiece is helpful... One...
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    Re: contact printing ??

    RC paper is very fast, and at those short distances exposures can be very short, even fractions of a second...

    Getting the light source a further distance, using lower wattage light sources, and...
  3. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    With 8X10, severe movements are not as pronounced as with smaller LF formats... Most all field cameras end up not having all that much movement "effect" than pro monorails or smaller formats......
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    Re: Need box/tent to load 4x5 film

    Did this on some commercial shoots, but noticed some debris in changing bag after box was removed... Will the debris end up on film???

    Evolved for me to adapt one of those wire file hanging racks...
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    Re: Treat stiff bellows with Pledge (or other)?

    Note that most all old Kodak pocket folder bellows are made of paper, but look like other materials... Most treatments will destroy them, but check camera collecting sites for info... There are new...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    Yea, but the air does weird stuff at magnification!!! Spend some time on a telescope eyepiece to find the rare times of still, stable air where it only might be steady for moments a month in some...
  7. Re: Almost done with film drying cabinet rebuild

    I converted one of those cabinets from the home store (found a nice one on the curb one trash night) and worked well without heat/blower (in LA,CA where not too damp)... Took about 2 hours to dry...
  8. Re: Using Hasselblad B60 (Proxar & Softar) on 4x5

    There are a wide variety of inexpensive import adapters online these days (RAF + others), so keep searching, or try tape as mentioned... Soft filters can be interesting to lower contrast or soften...
  9. Re: Baltic or Finnish Baltic Birch for lens boards?

    Basswood from hobby store (3/16" X4" wide) works great... When you cut the inner recess, cut so the grain crosses the outer piece for flat stiffness... Seal, hole, and paint...

    Steve K
  10. Re: Half Century Old Brown Plastic Bottles Still OK?

    You got 'yer $$$'a worth out of the old ones, so time to let go... I don't know why folks are drawn to brown bottles??? Bottles are stored in a darkroom usually that's dark when you are not there...
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    Re: Do you get sentimental about your lenses?

    Definitely about the long-term relationship, where we surprise each other time and time again!!! :)

    Steve K
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    Re: 4x5 Grafmatic film backs

    Grafmatics can jam due to film slippage in a septum... Especially in vertical orientation, the film can partially dislodge during cycling and not return preventing proper shuffling... The film hold...
  13. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    Yes, there are developers that can cut or bump-up the EI of your film, but the majority are formulated to give about box speed to the film for a given developing time, but there are outliers... Your...
  14. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    "Bracketing" is a smaller than large format option, as it's no big deal to just wind another frame forward to try different settings, but in LF, sheets take up a lot of "real estate" and costs (film,...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    Warning about cleaning up 'yer old stainless sink or developing equipment to bright and shiny again... The base alloy is only moderately resistant to exposure to liquids & chems, but what provides...
  16. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    Remember the old foto rule "Expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights"... In this case it means there must be enough exposure to give the darkest (thinnest) area some information, but...
  17. Re: DIY Print Squeegee improvement -- for those like me with Rube G. genes

    I also did some research about using air knifes to blow off moisture, but was concerned that materials might flop around in the air blast, or debris might be carried with the flow and possibly enbed...
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    Re: Faulty Light Meter

    Have you contacted Sekonic if they perform testing/service of this meter???

    Steve K
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    Re: Linhof Technika V - Ground Glass is Dim.

    A screw can freeze in a hole as many changes of weather force moisture into threads causing local corrosion in hole... Getting a tiny drop of thread penetrating oil near base of threads, let sit a...
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    Re: Southern Yosemite Highway 41 closed

    The fire...

    Steve K
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    Re: Advice about nickel plating please

    The other thing to be concerned about is the thickness of the plating... Parts to be plated are slightly undersized, then the plating builds up to the exact size that will still fit the bearings the...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Sulfurization/precipitation in rapid type fixers tend to happen in stock solutions over time... Mixing & storing at working strength extends them for very extended life...

    If stock is new and bad,...
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    Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    Blue sensitive X-ray film is pretty contrasty...

    Steve K
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    Re: Linhof Technika V - Ground Glass is Dim.

    Whatever you try, carefully note the orientation of GG + fresnel surfaces as you remove the old to make sure they are reassembled correctly, or a focusing error can be introduced...

    If you wash...
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    Re: Another Agfa Ansco 8x10 Restoration

    Hi, as I mentioned above, you can try the rubbing compound on a inconspicuous area... Put a little dab on a q-tip and gently rub in a spot to see if it starts lifting the paint up... Don't use sand...
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    Re: Refinished LF Wood Camera 'coating' Melting

    Does the camera smell like anything??? Use a very sensitive instrument... Your nose...

    Steve K
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    Re: testing spot lightmeter

    Hi Doremus,
    Back in '99, I was shooting on the street and a guy came up to me and asked me if I wanted to buy a lightmeter... He said he worked in theater and had an extra one used to measure...
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    Re: Another Agfa Ansco 8x10 Restoration

    I'm just finishing a restoration on a 1925ish (pre Agfa) Ansco Universal 8X10, not going through the entire process here, but some general comments...

    Mine looked like it was in a barn for...
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    Re: testing spot lightmeter

    If to eliminate any doubt, you can have it calibrated by Pentax in Colorado, or Richard Ritter (on here)...

    Any new to user meter should be calibrated (if meter is still supported by maker or...
  30. Re: Schneider Angulon I Purchased - Is This a Problem?

    Angulon's have a smaller element bonded to a larger element, and there is a step that is visible that has some cement still present outside smaller element... These will turn color a little or get...
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    Re: Welp, I did it, I ordered a lightweight 8x10

    Another tripod issue to be aware if when using big, bulky, heavy cameras...

    Am putting finishing touches on my 8X10 restoration camera, and needed to put it on a tripod, but didn't bother to pull...
  32. Re: Linhof Technika V + Angulon 90mm f6.8 - Which Lens Board?

    Besides diameter, the other thing to check for when using Compur/Copal shutters is board mounting thickness... The shutters have a short thread behind that the retaining ring screws to, and if the...
  33. Re: Images shot with Orthochromatic / Ortho Film / Litho

    Another reason ortho was used in press labs so long was the "Lab rats" would routinely develop by inspection, but some workers got good at inspecting pan with deep green safe lights briefly/late...
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    Re: Marvel-Flex Sears TLR - Ciro-Flex model A

    Great camera!!! Sturdy, no nonsense... I used one as a sole camera years ago, and survived much travel... :)

    Suggestions are to replace GG with brighter one, cut a square of velcro larger than red...
  35. Re: Chamonix 8x10 camera : can they shoot 4x5 ??

    Reduction backs work well, but a couple of things to find out before purchase...

    One is some backs will sit at a different focus plane than your 8X10 and would require refocusing if you were...
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    Re: What film to use for first test shots

    I hope "Mummy" dosen't mean old, dusty & cursed... :(

    Why are they naming film after monsters???

    Steve K
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    Re: What film to use for first test shots

    The code notch looks a lot like the Foma/Arista EDU, but ????

    Steve K
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    Re: Pleasure of creative expression.

    Another important factor is getting up and out to explore possibilities to create images... It makes us leave our "comfort zone" reality and immerse elsewhere where we might start other mental...
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    Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    A small-time art dealer told me once that the problem with me was that I was alive, because it is easier to sell a dead artist... I suggested I should "fake" my death and act as my own agent... But...
  40. Re: Portrait & General purpose lens for 4x5? (Goerz vs Kodak)

    The first important thing is your maximum extension of your camera... A 300mm lens requires 300mm (about 12") between iris in lens to film plane to focus to infinity, while close focus (1:1) is...
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