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  1. 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.
  2. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I probably have to pull my stand apart again, if so I will make measurements.
  3. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Peter, I suspect that my stand is different from yours and Randy's. I think the stand lock that Randy showed above serves the same purpose, which is just to lock it in place.

    As an aside, I am on...
  4. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I am a bit nervous to change my adjustment screws... I will probably try shimming with washers first, and then once totally convinced that my adjustment is correct, use the screws to make it...
  5. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Thanks for the suggestions. I can't rotate the posts, as they are really in a fixed position because of where the chain fittings are, but will certainly look into the parallel alignment and possibly...
  6. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Together!

    After a few false starts I managed to get it standing and camera mounted. I had a lot of trouble with one of the lead weights, which was bent and wouldn't fit into the post. I ended up...
  7. Re: Measured output of flash Fresnel lights.

    Not according to my experimentation with wet plate. I compared Speedotron coated and uncoated tubes (206 heads with 4800ws each using a 16" reflector) on the same plate, and could not see a...
  8. Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Congratulations Peter, did you get the stand on eBay? I remember seeing one nicely priced somewhere in the midwest.

    I cut my columns on Saturday. It was much easier to do than I thought. My...
  9. Re: Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 105mm f/2.8: OK for 4x5 at close range?

    I have used them with really tight headshots with good results, I am not sure what the ratio is, 1:3 maybe?
  10. Re: Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 105mm f/2.8: OK for 4x5 at close range?

    It will likely cover, but I have found that Xenotar lenses don't have great resolution when used as macro lenses. I have a 150/2.8 as well as a 100/2.8 that I have tried to use closer than 1:1, and...
  11. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    A quick update: I replaced the wheels yesterday. The ones I bought from McMaster-Carr (https://www.mcmaster.com/2337T22) fit fine and were a very similar hardness to the orginals, but didn’t rotate...
  12. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Thanks for the word "damper," I wasn't sure what to call the part, but damper seems right. Anyhow, here is a picture of the lever, which moves the dampers. There’s one on each side. I don't see them...
  13. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I put a few more hours into it today. While I appreciate the usefulness of two old men, we unfortunately only have a middle-age man and a teenager.

    I pulled outriggers off today, and examined the...
  14. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Here’s a weird one, the rollers on one side were corroded, so I removed them to give them a good brushing. The rollers fit on an axle, which is held in place by two hollow ended screws. See the...
  15. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I love the upside-down! Can't wait to do that.
  16. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Thanks Randy, I will heed your advice, but still want to remove 80+ years of built up grease, dirt, and spider parts. I will go at it with a stiff brush in its place...
  17. Re: Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    Thank you Randy! Very helpful. I need to go look at the wheel outriggers, I didn't even realize they were removable.

    In the meantime, has anyone removed the rise and fall lock on the stand? There...
  18. Rebuilding a Deardorff 11x14 Studio Stand

    I purchased a Deardorff S11 11x14 studio camera with stand 11 years ago. I took the massive bipost stand apart to get it into a minivan, put it into a shed, and forgot about it. I finally have space...
  19. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Disregard my suggestion, your prism is different from mine.
  20. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    On my 21" Kodak Ektanon there was a silver ring on the prism which rotated a few degrees and the lens pulled off. I sold the lens years ago but kept the prism. I never found use for it, but is...
  21. Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    There are two styles of green Norma boards. The originals just had a ridge running around the edge (here is an example I found). The newer green Norma boards are pretty much identical to the later...
  22. Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    More than a decade ago... I found it while emptying out an old phone.

    194264
  23. Re: Any information on Camille Desmoulins lenses?

    Thanks! Very helpful and interesting.
  24. Re: Any information on Camille Desmoulins lenses?

    Steven, can you show us where these booklets are available? My googling goes terribly wrong when I try either Camille Desmoulins or A to Z booklets by Le Reve.
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    Re: polyptych photos

    Yes, SK Grimes etched it for me. I described what I wanted, and he did it.
  26. Re: Options for 190mm- 210mm wide lenses that cover 8x10 WIDE OPEN

    Thanks for the reference John, but nothing I looked at would cover 8x10. I was looking for much smaller coverage.

    I heard said that among lenses there are three characteristics--fast, wide,...
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    Re: polyptych photos

    Rob, I am not sure, it was a few years back, but I probably composed from left to right.

    I think rear movements are probably the way to go with these. Moving the vantage point of the lens would...
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    Re: polyptych photos

    That is right, I shifted the width of the image, which is a tad bit under 5". I suppose for distant images you might be able to get away with front shift or rise, but the advantage for rear shift is...
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    Re: polyptych photos

    I have done this a few times with three 5x7 negatives making a 7x15" final contact print. My approach was to use rear shift rather than move the camera. This won't work with most cameras, but my 5x7...
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    Re: Ken Hansen

    I bought my first new-in-the-box camera from Ken, a Leica M6, in 1991 or 1992. It was a major purchase for me, and Ken was very patient and understanding with me as my credit cards were declined, and...
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    Re: Wash Aid?

    Wash aid is just sodium sulfite and sodium (meta)bisulfate. If you have those in house you can mix them yourself, otherwise you can buy a mix (like the formulary's) or just wash longer.
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    Re: Lane Dry Plates

    Thanks for the suggestion, I am using Linhof plate holders. I have used these for years in 6x9, 4x5, and 13x18 with plates that are far more sensitive to scratching than dry-plates, so am pretty sure...
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    Re: Lane Dry Plates

    I have been playing with them a bit. Findings so far:

    I found 2 ISO to be accurate, so long as I take into account the color sensitivity of the plate by paying attention to and compensating for...
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    Re: J. Lane Dry Plates and Flash

    I am not convinced that the uv coating makes any significant difference. I have both coated and uncoated strobes, and have never been able to detect a difference with other color-blind or...
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    Re: J. Lane Dry Plates and Flash

    I just tried my first plate using strobe, and it worked fine. I had two Speedotron heads (2400ws not uv-coated with a 22" dish & 1200ws uv-coated with a 16" reflector and diffuser) about four feet...
  36. Re: 5x7 cameras with folding focusing hoods

    Yes, Home Portrait Graflex, you are right
  37. Re: 5x7 cameras with folding focusing hoods

    The 5x7 Home Portrait Graflex came equipped with focusing hoods on both the top and back.
  38. Re: Sinar Norma spirit level holders

    A few years back I made a few sets of Norma levels using a 3D printer (for the base) and buying the vials from here: ...
  39. Re: Schneider Xenotar 150mm f/2.8 redesigns/versions/variations?

    At some point in the 1950s Schneider used some sort of glass in the rear element which had a distinctive yellow color.
    Perhaps thorium glass?
    I have no idea what the impact was, other than being...
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    Re: Fast Triplets

    I don't have a scanned image, but I have a 16" f3.5 Varium, and it is softer at f3.5 than the image you posted. Although they look a bit different, a Varium at f3.5 has the halation (diffuse...
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