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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Olympus XA... ;-)

    Steve K
  2. Re: Vertical Photos With Linhof Master Technika Question?

    Focus camera to inf, back vertical, and remove focusing panel... Look at lens at the angle of the rear edges and see if anything might be intruding to your sight line...

    What could be happening is...
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    Just me, but I have stopped dry mounting, in favor of flattening print in hot press, then using archival mounting tape on the top edge of print to board, then overmatting...

    The conservators like...
  4. Thread: Dektol Issue

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    Re: Dektol Issue

    All the replies above are good advice, but I'm still scratching my head as to why this keeps happening to you and others... I mix most all of my chem from scratch and some of the chems are 70 yrs...
  5. Re: Nikkor 500mm Tele - any problems with tilt/swing?

    With Tele lenses in practice with front tilt, the lens doesn't tilt on axis, but will tilt on an arc... Which means the lens will seem to be moving forward/backward a lot changing focus more than...
  6. Re: How To Keep Aperture Open on Linhof Technika 75mm Super Angulon F5.6 Lens?

    On the small Synchro-Compurs, you set the time to B, and use a locking cable release... The ones with the sliding locking are easier to use...

    Steve K
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Prefer to sell in USA only... Delivery can be confirmed, national shipping anywhere should take much less than 2 weeks, no customs hold-ups, and better chance of clear language communication...

    I...
  8. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    How about going to Dizzyland and shooting from the Kodak moment picture spots??? Nothing like affirmation you will get the best picture (like everyone else)... Can't loose...

    No matter where, we...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    That's calling the camera a real "son-of-a-gun"... ;-)

    Steve K
  10. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    A good state of MIND... Anywhere...

    Steve K
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    A difficulty when using FB can be the choice of easel used...
    Easels with a small slot for holding the paper top edge can be difficult to use, as the paper might slip when closing...

    Wet or dry...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    The other thing to try is getting some old 19th century WA with a Waterhouse stop, and focusing with the open aperture, but inserting a pinhole in one of the openings...

    Pinhole + lens has a very...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    But the other thing I should warn about wood heating is the hardwood becomes like heated plastic that can be bent easily, so you have to think through jigging the piece carefully so some other part...
  14. Thread: Hypo clear?

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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Nothing beats a good, full wash, but with hypo based fixers it can save a little time... Rapid fixers don't really need it...

    A downside can be a slight haze over low key prints under some...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Also search for "neck oven" for luthier/guitar repair... Is used to straighten guitar necks that are over tweaked... Maybe Michael Darnton can comment about this???

    I've done this for guitar...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Forward tilt was also used for "sitting" portraits to get crossed hands on lap also in focus, or women in dresses in good focus...

    Steve K
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    For outdoor photography, after a day in the field using these, build a bonfire and toss them in with giggling glee... ;-)

    There's a saying it amateur telescope making; "If in doubt, put a knob...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    A craftsman gave me advice about warped hardwood years ago saying that before it is refinished, one can clamp the warped piece to a metal form and apply heat carefully a few times and letting it sit...
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    Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    What format???

    I have a few classic SF lenses that have their own personality, bit in general (for 4X5 I usually shoot), I have most everything I want (for tabletop) with faster 300mm or up...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    Correct!!! Cesium oxide would glow in the dark...

    Thanks,

    Steve K
  21. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    I was initally planning to do some milling on an old, rough GVII back that just would fit into the bottom of the old Graflex back, but found out that adapter would be too thick to get both GG's to...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    I think you are on to something there... More!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Tray print washer question

    RC only needs a few minute wash or bad things happen later...

    A tray siphon washer before next print is made, and a place to dry immediately (after a sponge wipe) saves time over FB when session...
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    Re: Missing exposure equation

    I still have some of those old Calumet compensation rulers in my bags or cases... I was missing some of the "targets" you put into the scene to measure off of, but found a bag of 35mm 22 slide...
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    Re: Tray print washer question

    A quote from Cleric's guide was "The first 10 wash minutes washes out the hypo, the rest of the time washes the tank" which means the fixer itself washes out early, but the wash water needs to have a...
  26. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    I did the conversion to a 4X5 Super D RB to a standard Graflok Graphic frame, but as Michael noted, it does change the distance... I had ordered a custom adapter, but adjustments had to be made to...
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    Re: Afghan Box camera Build

    I forgot how, but traveling photographers used to re-expose the negative paper in the sunlight with a flap on the box and get a reversal image... I really have to try to remember...

    Steve K
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    Re: Developer Question

    Been using the DK50D with Foma 100, and can print deep into dense highlights with the negs that don't block up... That film not the best night film due to the reciprocity issues, but even 3 or 4 stop...
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    Re: Developer Question

    Try the dilute version sometime for a small run... It is a one shot, but note how little solution is used above... Also a good developer for older film due to the restrainer present... Has a finer...
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    Re: Developer Question

    OK, OK, posted here before (Happy Groundhogs Day, Folks)...

    I don't have the full formula handy, but this is from the British Journal of Photography yearbook...

    DK-50D (two part, diluted)
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    Re: Developer Question

    When I ran out of a large stock of prepared chems, me and another photog tried mixing up a batch of D23 as a test... Was really pleased!!! But as some time went by, noticed it was fine over 4X5 but a...
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    Re: Experience with Colenta Processors

    One lab I worked at had a Colenta that had the foam wheels roller transport... But it brought them endless misery and grief... All it took was a slight hesitation of the film going through it, and...
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    Re: Color Processing

    If you use a basin or tray as a water bath, and some drips into it, it will be diluted and way easier to clean up...

    Steve K
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    Re: Iron ring on brass lens - possible to get off?

    I have obtained lenses and other items that were stripped from scientific or industrial units, that have been modified (better or worse) for their application... I have gotten used to strange stuff...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    If the finish is the "Wipe-on Poly Oil", it holds up very well to time... Oils tend to "sink" differently into the hardness of woods, getting potentially unevenly over time, and will look a lot...
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    Re: Iron ring on brass lens - possible to get off?

    And then the "solution" of "sell the lens", but then said buyer shows up on LFF to enquire on how to remove "ring"...

    Then the cycle repeats like a "Twilight Zone" re-run...

    Try shooting this...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    Kool!!! Report back with what kind of images this monster makes...

    Steve K
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    I once fixed a chipped condenser in a slide projector by filling the chip with superglue to eliminate the shadow it cast on the edge of the frame once it was filled and slightly polished it down...
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    Re: Iron ring on brass lens - possible to get off?

    And there's cleaning up the ring, then taking India ink or sharpie to it so it looks like it belongs on the lens... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Color Processing

    I second C-41... Two bath, slight fudge factor, and results that will exceed lab processing you have seen...

    First developer is almost a B/W developer that brings up the silver image, then the...
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