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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    I have always told students "You have to know the rules before you can break them"... You can't bank your career on "happy accidents", so you can direct the process to give it what it needs when you...
  2. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    Double sided X-ray film is made to build contrast with it's two layers, but still can produce normal contrast depending on developer/development...

    Steve K
  3. Re: What is this adapter on my Dallmeyer Pentac 2.9/8" for?

    I have seen surplus lenses with that mount, and I think some old cinema projection lenses had them...

    A Pentac is fast enough for projection...

    Steve K
  4. Thread: Table Top 8x10

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    Re: Table Top 8x10

    Good example of what I tell folks about tabletop propping... One can pick up an object and another in the other hand, and ask what kind of "conversation" can occur between objects... Two heads are...
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    Re: Why are we here?

    I'm here 'cuz I remember starting out too long ago, and not knowing where to go and where it could take me... I found some mentors that really helped get the ball rolling for me... Often, there is...
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    Re: What are we allowed to talk about in the Lounge?

    How about Kim Kardashian squeezing into that historic Marilyn's dress and ruining it!?!!! :(

    Steve K
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    Re: Hello from CA/AZ

    Welcome, and have fun on your journey!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Developing Litho film with lower contrast

    There's a phenidone and metol version... Phenidone uses 1/10 gm, but metol uses 1 gram per liter... Phenidone is considered a safer developing agent and stock stores well... The downside is it is...
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    Re: 300mm Rodagon with Slight Edge Fungus

    Could be worse... Read an article on PetaPixel yesterday about vids on TicTok on scratching lenses with rocks for effects... Some started with a clear filter, but some gal had to scratch front...
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    Re: Developing Litho film with lower contrast

    Look up POTA developer formula... This was used with Tech Pan (a line film) to develop to continuous tone, a very weak developer... Off the top of my head, the metol version was something like 1gram...
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    Re: Purisima Creek Trail

    What a splendid magical place!!!

    Great you are shooting large(r) format again!!!

    Keep it up... :)

    Steve K
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    Re: Super Graphic Batteries in '22

    A couple of 9V batteries might fit in the battery compartment wired series for 18V, or just for solenoid, the single 9V should power it...

    On flashholders, 3 1.5 V cells would power solenoid +...
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    Re: Any Lenses for 14 X 36"?

    For a convenient pinhole for this large format, you get to use a larger pinhole... Suggesting to take an old, cheap D mount movie lens and remove the glass elements... Then mount barrel on lensboard...
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    Re: Filtering for a deep red filter

    To conjure Drew, I'll add that factors can change due to prevailing conditions and subjects... Like using that deep red on a "blue light" day, in open shade etc... That red filter will cut anything...
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    Re: Filtering for a deep red filter

    Correct!!! My bad... Didn't count one of my fingers...

    Steve K
  16. Re: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

    Those lead lined bags are a big reason for them to open your non carry-on luggage...

    Carry on, and let them scan the film... Easiest path of least resistance for them... I have seen more film...
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    Re: Bosch Electronic Rangefinder

    Vintage units often have issues, like mirrors de-silvering, loose mirrors etc... Or the scale is slightly off... Check out modern units for better luck...

    With a little practice, you can learn to...
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    Re: Filtering for a deep red filter

    Reading dark filters through different meter cells is asking for trouble... Different cells have a different response than film or transmission at their extremes, and from experience readings and...
  19. Re: How can I construct an inexpensive accent-light holder?

    Well, the pivoting mic clip is under 10 bucks, and the (useful) boom stand can be $20-$25 new, with fairly precise swivel/rotation positioning, so a good buy... But some stands are better/worse, so...
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    Re: Looking for info – 8x10 viewing hood

    No stitching, if you bond the seams with wet suit cement, they are very strong... If you apply a thin layer to both surfaces to be bonded, wait a minute or two, then press them together, they are as...
  21. Re: How can I construct an inexpensive accent-light holder?

    A convenient way to hold the flashlights are using the "clam shell" type of clips used to hold microphones to stands (the clam shell type has spring jaws that will hold a variety of mic sizes and...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    Tax dodge/scheme???

    Steve K
  23. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Bigger is better??? :0

    Steve K
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    Re: TF-3 Precipitate problems

    With ammonium thiosulfate fixers, if the stock solution is too strong they tend to precipitate sulfur... Once diluted, they are safer from it...

    If you look at off the shelf rapid fixer dilution...
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    Re: Commercial photography stressful?

    Studio veteran here... Getting me into the pro studio again would be like holding a kat over a bathtub... ;(

    Now, most clients are professional and great, but too many stories of (pro pun)...
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    Re: Bench vs Freestanding Enlargers

    Despite benefits, a freestanding enlarger is heavier/difficult to transport/move in a space when needed to...

    A bench enlargers printing area is always at the same (ergonomic) height to work, but...
  27. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    I have been informed that CF is quite toxic in the manufacturing stage with it's ultra fine toxic dust that some poor soul will be exposed to making that lensboard etc... Not enough benefit for added...
  28. Re: Shutter Speed... Flash... What Difference Does It Make?

    Old flash commandment;

    Aperture controls the flash exposure, shutter controls the ambient light exposure...

    Steve K
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    Re: Shooting in the rain

    Keeping camera + operator dry is a solvable step, but there is a bigger issue for sheet film shooting... When the film is exposed to the damp environment, it absorbs the moisture unevenly and can...
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    Re: Life after E6 and large format transparencies

    The first Cibachrome process was the nicest, but the big problem was not letting the two solutions to meet, or it produced a deadly gas... (There were lab workers that had died from this reaction...)...
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    Re: Fixer: What does the dissolving?

    The reason for pH adjustment with fixers is that it helps them operate iin their most efficient environment... Different plain solutions will operate somewhat, but due to solution carryover etc, they...
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    Re: Series nine filters

    When 'ya need a big filter, those are big filters!!!

    Teles come to mind, and other big glass...

    Steve K
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    Re: Jeffrey Wolin: Faces Of Homelessness

    But, just taking shots (even before/after) tends to just "rubber stamp" a category of "homelessness" to individuals who have experienced many events that have led to their situation, and among many...
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    Re: Smarter material for ground glass shim?

    It's not just the thickness of old fresnel, but due to new optical distance added by fresnel...

    Check graflex.org for the proper distance there, I seem to remember it around .047" (?) about...
  35. Re: Is fiber paper worth the additional cost for selling prints compared to rc paper?

    There are pros & cons to both, but a primary concern is production facilities, time, and space for the resale prints...

    Fiber will have a richer, longer scale, but more expensive and many little...
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    Re: ARISTA 4X5 is Made by Whom?

    There was a video in the Foma factory and it had bricks of EDU being packaged in plain sight...

    Other manufacturers products were re-packaged by Freestyle over decades and sold as house products,...
  37. Re: Are print drums a more practical way to print big in a bathroom?

    But trays will usually do 10 or a dozen prints, so works out the same-ish...

    And if processing FB, wet prints will not stay in place in drum, and require just sitting still after image first forms...
  38. Re: Are print drums a more practical way to print big in a bathroom?

    I have printed B/W in small bathrooms with a bathtub many times with a simple trick...

    Along the long dimension of tub, cut 2 or 3 pieces of 2X4 lumber that forms a shelf at least 3 trays can rest...
  39. Re: What is about the right size for a dark cloth for a 4x5" camera?

    That's not a focusing cloth, that's Count Dracula!!!

    Note you cannot see him in the mirror... ;)

    Steve K
  40. Re: Is a Durst Laborator 1200 with a VLS 501 head a usable enlarger?

    These enlargers can be tricky/difficult to service, and parts seem to not be available anymore...

    If it was close and cheap, you could test it beforehand, but I have serviced heavily used units,...
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