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  1. Re: Need help to identify brass lenses and LF camera

    Virtually impossible to ID the lenses. There were a lot of makers. The camera looks English.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    Try lengthening development time by another 5 or 10 seconds and see what happens.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    That usually means either you didn't develop long enough or didn't rinse well enough after developing. I rinse mine until the water runs clear.


    Kent in SD
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    Ancient Dry Plates

    I just got four 9x12cm plate holders for a 1920s camera I'm having restored (it's beautiful!) The holders felt heavy so I took them into my darkroom and turned on the red light. Sure enough there...
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    Re: Stuck lens whenever on large Derogy

    Did you try a strap wrench on it?


    Kent in SD
  6. Thread: Developer trays

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    Re: Developer trays

    I've come to prefer the hard rubber trays with ridges on the bottom.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: (possibly) taking the large jump

    I have a Kodak 2d 8x10, Gundlach korona 5x7, and Chamonix 4x5. Talk about a coincidence!


    Kent in SD
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    Re: (possibly) taking the large jump

    There are many older 5x7 cameras out there. They are not only solid but also beautiful. Main drawback to 5x7 is lack of color film.


    Kent in SD
  9. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Look for a used Gitzo 1325. It will do what you want and used ones are a helluva of a value. I ve had one since 2006. It's never failed and even holds my Kodak 2d 8x10 in a pinch.


    Kent in SD
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    St. Peter Lutheran Church

    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Union County, SD
    Because of the snow storm moving in from the west today, I didn't go very far. I headed south on I-29 to a large country church I haven't photo'd before....
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    Wet Plate in Winter

    I took Wednesday off and intended to drive west to the Badlands and try some wet plate photos. However, a winter storm was making I-90 an icy mess for several hundred miles. So, I went north...
  12. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I never use a UV filter and have never had a lens damaged in 40 years. I am an outdoor photographer and photo in all the conditions the Northern Plains can dish out. I do use lens caps routinely.
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    Re: Vintage Camera Repair/Restoration

    Yes, it is that tiny! The whole lens/shutter is about 45mm diameter. I think I have found a retaining nut but will keep you in mind in the future.



    Kent in SD
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    Vintage Camera Repair/Restoration

    I have a couple of cameras I'm fixing up to use. The first is an Orionwerk Rio Tropen 9x12cm, c.1925. It needs a couple of brass strips made. One holds the plate holder on the back, the other is...
  15. Re: Need help to identify this Voigtländer brass lens

    When you take the rear element group out, are they cemented together or air spaced?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Doubtful it makes much difference. Air is a good insulator and ligthtning goes through thousands of feet of it.


    Kent in SD
  17. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    WOW! Never would have guessed that but looking at the images that looks correct. The rear bell of the lens was shading the negative.


    Kent in SD
  18. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    It's a good wide angle lens. Note the gap between the rear of the shutter and the lens board. I'm suspecting there is a light leak around the shutter as Jody suggested.


    Kent in SD
  19. Thread: Fixer

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    Re: Fixer

    I was trying to avoid the sodium formula to shorten wash time.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    It's similar to wet plate, depending on the skill of the person doing it. I store glass negatives with a piece of glassine between them.


    Kent in SD
  21. Re: Has anyone made a purchase through the Chamonix View Camera Instagram account

    The Chamonix is very light. I don't see need for keeping two similar cameras.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    The truck came out nicely.


    Kent in SD
  23. Thread: Fixer

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    Fixer

    I've run out of the B&S fixer I started with. It smells like ammonia so I assume it's ammonia thiosulfate. Can I just use Photographers Formulary PF4 for wet plate fixing? Same dilution?


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  24. Re: Lampheads, Powerpacks, & Still Life Photography

    Yes, that's what I said.


    Kent in SD
  25. Re: Lampheads, Powerpacks, & Still Life Photography

    The duration of the flash is something like 1//500s to 1/1000s so shutter speed only matters if you want ambient light to appear.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Longest Wet Plate Exposure Times

    I would assume it was dry plate. Wet plate does indeed dry out as the ether evaporates.


    Kent in SD
  27. Re: Should I return this Dallmeyer Pentac 8" f2.9?

    The seller might be reputable but he also has poor eyesight.;)


    Kent in SD
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    Re: OF-233 210mm 1:2.5 Soviet Aero Ektar Lens

    Interesting.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    I use the B&S iron developer but dilute it a bit in hot weather.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Primitive photography

    Do you have some photos somewhere? Might be interesting.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    I wouldn't call it a hoax, but rather a well crafted satire. As for elves, 90% of Icelanders believe in gnomes.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    I went out Saturday looking for some country churches I missed, but they were all facing east and it was already afternoon. I settled on an abandoned grain elevator but kept overexposing. By the...
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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    I love a great story. Thanks for sharing.


    Kent in SD
  34. Re: What were the prevailing process in early 1900s?

    A big part of the look came from uncoated lenses and anastigmat designs such as the Tessar and Heliar.


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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    The blue box can handle up to 5x7 OK, but it's just too small for 8x10. You will need something bigger. The one I built using light proof drapery liner (I sent you a small piece) and PVC frame is...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I've never seen anything like that. So, got the holder working?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Single Plate Holders 1920s

    Have since seen a post that holders for the 9x12 Rodenstock and Contessa Nettle cameras fit. Now looking for those.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Single Plate Holders 1920s

    Uh oh.


    Kent in SD
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    Single Plate Holders 1920s

    I couldn't resist and bought a Orionwerk Tropen Luxus 9x12cm camera, vintage 1920s. I'm a sucker for beautiful wood and brass. The camera has a few issues that I can solve--it's missing a few...
  40. Re: DSLR scanning with Kaiser Slimlite Plano 5000K question

    What about a camera stand? I want to digi scan 8x10 with multiple shots using macro lens, then stitch.


    Kent in SD
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