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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    I'm surprised you came up dry on Mcmaster. This page shows larger ones. The first number in the table is the thread size.
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    Re: Woodworking tools for camera projects?

    I agree with what has been said so far. If you do decide to get a table saw, be very careful as there are a lot of small parts in a camera...and small parts can be challenging on a table saw . ...
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    Re: Kodak 2D 8x10

    I have one that I occasionally use and I don't have a tripod block. I thought about making a sliding one, but instead I simply made a fixed tripod block and attached it between the extension rails....
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    Re: Camera choice for Landscape work

    I agree with Sandy and Brian....go with a basic field camera. You will enjoy life more as it is easier to carry and nice to look at.
    If you expect to entirely work out of a car and are set on a...
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    Re: Hello from North of Chicago

    Welcome from Highland Park
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    Re: Maxwell screen on a Chamonix 45N-1

    just curious....how much does it cost? I'm considering one for my Tachihara
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    Re: Recommend cheap lens for 8x10 box camera

    Look at Alan Greene's book Primative pPhotography to see how to build a simple landscape lens, then go the Anchor Surplus or Surplus Shed and find the lens elements you want.....great fun! Even a...
  8. Re: the eternal question (as a lot of others): which bag

    If you don't want a backpack, I think that one of the big Domke shoulder bags would work. The other thing to consider is two bags. One carries only your camera and the other carries everything...
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    Re: darkroom fans/vents

    What Drew said.....I installed a Panasonic fan that is designed to be mounted remotely and installed it outside the darkroom with ducting blowing into the darkroom. I can hear it, but it is really...
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    Re: Feisol Users - Comments?

    I really like mine....the locks work well, it is light, it supports all my cameras (OK, the old Eastman 8x10 is shaky, but will be find once I make a tripod block for it). I'm using the smaller Kirk...
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    Re: Suggestions: Short Tele lenses for 4x5

    I have a Tachihara and settled on a 240mm f9 G-Claron in a copal 1. It is a little shorter than you mentioned, but I think it would serve you well. I like to do tight compositions of small stuff...
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    Re: Ebony or Mahogany Ebony

    Seems like an easy choice....mahagony is lighter, plenty rigid, less expensive and also very dimensionally stable. Earlier someone mentioned that ebony is more stable. I'm not real familiar with...
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    Re: Tachihara - Foldable with "normal" lens?

    One thing to consider is to have a cable release dedicated to each lens. Screwing and unscrewing a cable release is a pain (as Brian pointed out). I also tend to leave my camera mounted to the...
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    Re: Exhibit in Chicago Area

    I work across the street from Leonard.....6 blocks from Blind Faith.....I'll definitely check it out.

    Mark
  15. Re: Dimensions of extension rail for 8x10 Eastman 2D?

    I spent some time trying to chase down the gear track as I figured I could make the wood and attachment bits. Unfortunately, I could not locate the track from industrial sources (mcmaster carr,...
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    Re: Aeron chairs

    The best advice is to go and sit on a few. I had an Aeron at work and did not like it. Others love it...it probably depends on your anatomy. I'm sitting in a Steelcase Leap chair and I like it a...
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    Re: Alan Greene Homemade Lens

    I did exactly what you are thinking about. I used two 50mm diax500mm focal length positive miniscus lenses from:

    www.anchoroptics.com

    I think I spent about $15 including shipping. They are a...
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    Re: cabela tripods

    The ones I've seen look an awful lot like Manfrotto tripods. I just looked at their site and the heads also seem like Manfrotto. I suspect they have others also, though.
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    Re: Need advice on Colorado

    Thanks for all the advice. It sounds like there are way more great places to go than I have time!

    All the best -- Mark
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    Need advice on Colorado

    I need to be in Boulder for work the Tuesday after next and decided to go out late on Friday to give myself a quick 3 day photography trip. I've heard that there are so many amazing places that I'm...
  21. Re: Efke PL25 or JandC Pro 100 in Pyrocat-HD - Test Results

    I just tried JandC 100 in 8x10 (all of two sheets of experience) and found that in full strength xtol it seemed to work out fairly close at EI100. One caveat is that I used the worst of the JandC...
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    Re: What is the BEST 4x5 wooden field camera?

    Come on now, why not go as far away as you can from your Arca (-: I have a Tachihara which I think fits what you want very well, plus it is about as light as you will find in a modern field camera...
  23. Re: Selenium Toning WT paper.. What dilution?

    I use it a bit stonger to get the effects you are talking about...like 1:9...with MGWT for about 5-ish minutes (I tone by appearance so I don't know the exact time)
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    Re: How Much Ram for Digital Processing?

    My experience with B&W says that 16bit is a must. Anything less won't let do much in the way of tonal adjustments without seeing some posterization. If you want 16x20 images, that makes for a...
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    Szarkowski retrospective at MoMA

    If this is the same exhibit as the one that was at the Milwaukee Art Museum recently (and it sounds like it is), it is definitely worth the trip.
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    cheap lens for DIY ULF

    Might do a search for a zone plate. It is a set of concentric rings alternating clear and opaque
  27. Here's something I haven't done in 5+ years...

    Funny, I just started getting back in the darkroom too. I'd been printing digitally and it was very cool at first when I saw how much control you could have, how I could fit in short sessions,...
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    Best Vehicle & Camper for photo field work?

    I use a pop up for family camping and I'd discourage you from going that direction. The advantages of a pop up are cost/sq ft and towing weight. We have a small one and originally towed it with a...
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    Sudden (and not so ) Pyrocat HD Failure

    I go to my local drug store and ask for brown glass bottles like they supply perscription cough syrup. I also get free syringes from them for measurement. My Walgreens gives away the syringes for...
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    11x14 Paper Safe

    I also have one of the metal paper safes that I'd be willing to part with (or trade for other darkroom stuff). I'm not nearly as nice as Ned, though, as I'd ask that it is only available for pick up...
  31. Highly Dilute Paper Negative Development for 8x10?

    I'll second or third the recommendation for film developer. I have a foamcore camera that is set up for paper negs and I found film developer best. I used HC110 in an open tray at the time, but I'm...
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    4x5 enlargers and lenses

    If you want a 4x5 enlarger, that may or may not be the best bet. The key is whether it has the 4x5 condenser or has the variable condenser. I am not real familiar with the non-variable condenser...
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    Need help with Omega D2 (pic included)

    That is the same enlarger I have. It has the variable condenser design. Open the door on the head and you should see a movable condenser. You move the condenser to different positions for...
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    First LF purchase

    Having gone through this a few years ago, I'd suggest getting a camera that is easy to haul around and use if you plan to use it in the field. In reality, I could get along with front rise/fall and...
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    Mini-Trekker Help!

    I simply pulled all mine out and use lens wraps with the camera wrapped in the darkcloth. The meter, holders, loupe are in the outside pocket. Everything fits nicely.
  36. Thread: ROLL CALL

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    ROLL CALL

    one more.........
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    lightweight 4x5

    I love my Tachihara for all the reasons above, but I'm pretty sure it does not have the Graflok back you are looking for. I'm surprised that the Ebony or the Shen Hao you own (owned?) don't fit fit...
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    I built a slosher

    I've built a number of things from plex and acrylic solvent is the way to go as long as your surfaces match up well. Is there a plan for such a thing on the web? I've thought about building one,...
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    Big Homemade Camera Plans

    I made an 8x10 camera from foam core as you described as a project with my 11 year old daughter. Black foamcore, hot melt glue, a metal 1/4 inch insert for the tripod, a wood tripod plate and a pop...
  40. Buidling a field camera - fabricating the metal parts

    I've lurked around here thinking about doing the large format thing...figure I should contribute where I can.....

    For the amount you need to do, you could use a jeweler's saw (sort of like a...
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