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    Water Spots Observation

    I'm passing this observation on in case somebody finds it helpful.

    I hate water spots, and use Edwal LFN and distilled water. It works pretty well, best results were using half the dose...
  2. Re: Malfunctioning No. 4 Acme Synchro Shutter

    Sounds like you need a basic CLA. My experience with Acmes in this size is that they can go 10+ years before needing service and they are reasonably accurate. If the lens and working shutter aren't...
  3. Re: Fixing Light Leak in Graphic Roll Film Back

    Thanks for your suggestions. I feel kind of dumb for not thinking of taking out the insert and checking it with a light in the camera. Duh. From the pattern it is definitely a leak on the long...
  4. Fixing Light Leak in Graphic Roll Film Back

    I finally got one of these, in apparently fine shape, and took a test roll with it today. All but one shot has evidence of a ruinous light leak. The one that didn't was taken in the shade, with me...
  5. Re: First Post! - How Do I Measure My Bellows Extension To Calculate Bellows Exposure

    What Jimi said. Works great for me.
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    Re: Seeking Advice for 4x5 Handheld Camera

    With a Crown with a side-mount Kalart, you can use multiple infinity stops. They fold down easily to get out of your way if you are moving the front standard out for a longer lens, or in for a...
  7. Re: Catastrophically broken Wista 45SP, any hope for repair?

    If this had happened to me I'd try JB Weld. Keep it out of the slot where parts have to slide. Use it sparingly, clamp it hard, and don't mess with it for 48 hours. If it doesn't hold then you...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Andrew Molero state park off hwy 1 is nice. I’d slip a little 120 mm lens or an 90 mm angulon into your kit.
  9. Re: Best way to repair small light leak in bellows?

    Apply the electrical tape with the bellows extended. Let it dry for a couple hours before you rack it in and compress it. Otherwise, it will stick to itself. For a pinhole just a dot will do it. ...
  10. Re: Best way to repair small light leak in bellows?

    I've used a dab of the liquid electrical tape and 15 years later the repair is still good.
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    Re: Developer CAPACITY question

    Given the price of film and the time you invest in each sheet of 8x10 I’d go with 3 sheets. Unless you want to experiment.
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    Yes except when using Grafmatics.
  13. Re: Corner fogging and air bubbles on BW 4x5

    My thoughts:

    1. Yes, look like bubbles on the film. Pat is right, you need to give the tank a couple or three hard whacks after the chemicals go in to dislodge the bubbles. With 35 mm and metal...
  14. Re: Compatability of Aristo cold lights across Beseler 23c and 45 MXT, and questions

    I tried to get two older Aristo heads to work with modern VC paper of three different brands, using every filtering trick I could find on-line. I never got satisfactory results -- or even close. ...
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    Re: Lubricant for lens thread

    You can buy a tube of lanolin for around $6. It is particularly good on brass threads. It is the main ingredient used by ammunition reloaders to lubricate fired cases before they go into a press.
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    Re: Lubricant for lens thread

    A friend of mine who is a long-retired machinist swears by putting just a little lanolin on the threads. I've tried it and it works very well.
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    Re: School me on press cameras.

    By the way, a top-mount rangefinder Crown in really nice condition with two factory lenses, the big storage box, film holders and so forth just popped up on the Los Angeles CL for $295. You used to...
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    Re: School me on press cameras.

    If you have two bed scales, you can, after a fashion, still use the side-mounted rangefinder. Say you've got a bed scale and a rangefinder set up for a 135mm lens. Put on a 210, then focus using...
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    Re: School me on press cameras.

    If in working condition, and nearly all of them are even after all these years, the side-mount Kalart can be calibrated to one lens (and one only) and be quite accurate from 4' to infinity. Just...
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    Re: Developing film drunk

    I think it is called The New Zoned System.
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    Re: Ever felt in the minority?

    Interesting post, Iíve had quite the opposite reaction. So many digital photographers donít understand the basics. They donít really know what an f stop is or what it means, for example. When they...
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    Re: Very light 4x5 camera with 125mm lens

    I also found the Gowland was just too light for me. My solution to your problem was and is a Crown Graphic with a 135 Symar that folds up inside. Also carry a 210 R Claron and a 90 mm Angulon. ...
  23. Re: Differences between the G-Claron and the WA G-Claron

    Many people have asked similar questions over the years. G Clarons are very popular and with slower speed have excellent coverage, albeit with an f:9 maximum aperture that has never bothered me. I...
  24. Thread: grafmatics

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    Re: grafmatics

    They weren’t all made in the US. There were some UK-manufactured ones. I had one. It did not work and I used it for parts. Did not work even though it looked brand new. I have around 10 of the...
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    Re: METALMASTER fil holder

    I ended up with a couple of these when nothing else was available. The film is loaded from the other side. It has been at least 10 years since Iíve done it, so I wonít guarantee my memory is...
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    Re: The perils of expired film

    It was a useful reminder of why I used Plus-X.
  27. Re: Graflex Crown 4x5 focusing scales question

    Nothing to apologize for with your English!

    Generally when they come with one scale it is 135 or 127, with the 127 being for the Ektar or Wollensak version of the Ektar. Sometimes for a 150 mm. ...
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    Re: Incident meter technique

    In 44+ years of using a Luna Pro I always pointed it back at the camera position from the subject or, if that’s not possible, from the same light falling on the subject. Always worked for me with...
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    Re: Quality of Caltar lenses?

    The later ones were either Rodenstock or Schneiders so you shouldn't be surprised. They weren't seconds.
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    Re: Double and Triple Protars

    I have not tried it, but generally mixing B&L and Zeiss cells is not recommended. Even mixing generation one and two Zeiss cells is not recommended. You can tell the difference between the two by...
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    Re: Film Storage Question

    A few times I've carried extra boxes and changed holders in dark motel bathrooms. I am sure the tents work fine.

    But film holders (especially 4X5) can be had for so little $$ these days that I...
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    Re: Suggested 360mm lens?

    Making America Expensive Again.
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    Re: Suggested 360mm lens?

    The Tele-Optar is a really nice lens. But it weighs 2+ pounds?
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    Re: Suggested 360mm lens?

    I am also using my 305 REPRO claron a lot these days. It covers 5X7 with room to spare. But to put it in shutter you need a Compur 2, which is no spring chicken. Most easily found on the original...
  35. Re: Rodinal - is anyone happy with their results?

    Neither here nor there, but once when I had time to test things out of curiosity I developed identically exposed Tri-X 4X5 negatives in D76, HC110 and Rodinal 1:50. I then cranked the enlarger up to...
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    Re: Schneider 210 Apo Symmar Sweet Spot

    Coincidentally, I haven't used my Symmar APO 210 in several years, but took it out this weekend for a photo I needed it for on 5X7. Abandoned church with an interesting horizontal sign on the top...
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    Re: Schneider 210 Apo Symmar Sweet Spot

    Well then you might consider that shutters are typically off at higher speeds.
  38. Re: Two Lens Set for 4x5 Field Camera - Choices

    I'm a big fan of repro clarons in longer focal lengths, but from what I've heard the 135 will barely cover 4X5 if at all. I think I asked Jim Galli that question some years back, and he was not...
  39. Re: Two Lens Set for 4x5 Field Camera - Choices

    What do you want to photograph? If landscape then I'd say the Dagor and the Ektar. But I sure use a 135mm often.
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    Re: Schneider 210 Apo Symmar Sweet Spot

    Diffraction is certainly a fact of physics, but something people hear about and then get unduly concerned about. Film and paper size matter. Unless you are printing HUGE prints (something beyond...
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