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    Shipping chemicals

    I'm relocating across country. The moving company will not ship liquids. I have some chemicals, including a new 5l jug of Ilford Rapid Fixer. I'm not having any luck selling or giving away this fixer...
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    Re: HC-110 color

    it's probably fine. I have used dark orange hc110 with fine results; I have never had a failure. I HAVE killed Rodinal before, btw.
  3. Re: Solar eclipse on August 21 - photography ideas?

    I am not in the path of totality so I will be photographing a partial. The Kodak guide says I can use 50 speed film, f/64, and 1/500 and be in the ballpark, then I don't need a solar filter at all....
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    Re: DSLR Scanner Project: Does it work?

    The thing is that 4x5 and 8x10 is the easiest thing to scan, so you can get good results from flatbeds, at sufficient resolution, and without grain aliasing, with large sheet film. The capability of...
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    Re: Teleconvertors for eclipse

    Well I was thinking of bolting the whole thing to my deck, and using a detached shutter. But point taken. Does anyone know a good exposure setting to use for taking eclipse pictures? Is 1/250 going...
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    Re: Teleconvertors for eclipse

    I may or may not attempt to record the event on film. I am at least trying to view it on a gg screen, but might jam in a film holder for a quick try at a photo. The sun may be moving, but at a...
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    Teleconvertors for eclipse

    I'm building an eclipse camera from a long cardboard tube. The longest lens I can find on Surplus shed is 1400mm. I found online that the size of the sun can be calculated as f/110, which should give...
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    Re: DIY light-tight material for bellows

    I have used regular copy paper for ribs with good results. No need for card stock or heavy paper for smaller cameras.
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    Re: DIY light-tight material for bellows

    I agree that bellows fabric is the single largest unsolved problem in large format photography. Congratulations on your results.

    I have medium format folding cameras with bellows that use fabric...
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    Re: Cutting granite

    For those without granite at hand, I make these types of things with quik-crete and a rubbermaid tub. Very easy to do and a 50lb bag is only $3. I also made a bigger slab for my record player to sit...
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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Does anyone know of a similar camera that is not so big? Other 645 rangefinders all use batteries. I guess if the GW690 is too big I could jump to a TLR.
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    Re: Black and White Duplicate Negative

    I have always heard that repeat duping increases contrast. Why? Since film is normally developed to .5 or .6 contrast, I would expect duping to decrease contrast since 0.5*0.5<1. What am I missing?
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    Re: Shooting Unknown Film in Holders

    ditto. If it were me I would shoot at 100, dev in HC110 50:1 for 10 minutes.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I would like to add that if you shoot transparency film, and as long as exposure is good or on the under-exposed side, it is very easy to make B&W internegatives in the darkroom, in case you did not...
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    Re: 8x10 DOF examples

    If you use the same aperture diameter (d), DOF is the same on all formats. It's that simple although it is annoying that lenses are not marked in mm.

    I use an aperture of about 5mm for most...
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    Re: Delta 100 vs TMX technical differences

    Like women, one black and white film is as good as another. Really, it's a matter of getting used to whatever you have.

    Also, I don't place much faith in the datasheet graphs. The manufacturer...
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    Re: Omega DII rollers

    While I am covering the refurbishment of this enlarger, I should share my LED light solution. A Cree TruWhite 4-inch ceiling light drops right into the enlarger head with no tools or modification...
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    Re: D2 bellows cheap fix

    mine has holes all over it, and I can't be bothered to fix it.
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    Re: enlarging / printing - am I missing out?

    I pretty ​much only use cameras in order to generate negatives for printing in the darkroom​. there is no way I would bother with film cameras if I wanted digital output. that's just silly to me;...
  20. Re: Creating lens aperture scales - what a project!

    The OP's method is completely valid and possibly the best available way to go about it, if a known trusted lens is available. All the objections in this thread are nonsense.
  21. Re: Creating lens aperture scales - what a project!

    Can you share more details on the "white flat back tape" you used?
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    Ineed to do this sort of thing a lot for other projects. In particular, for years I have been looking for a good way to mark...
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    Re: Omega DII rollers

    My advice: if your enlarger used 3/4 rollers, don't try to change the size. They need to be about the same size to work.

    You can't get 3/4 flanged bearings, only 7/8, and I was trying to save a...
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    Re: Omega DII rollers

    The parts in the article are 7/8" diameter. Based on what I am reading there is enough adjustment available to take up the 1/16" difference in roller radius. I think I will still use non-flanged...
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    Re: Omega DII rollers

    Thank you for the info. Probably, the design changed slightly throughout the years, so maybe some enlargers have different sizes from the factory.

    I am also wondering about one other thing. The...
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    Omega DII rollers

    This article suggests the rollers should be 5/8" diameter:

    http://www.ohio.edu/people/schneidw/vico222/omega_enlarger_bearings.html

    However, my enlarger has 3/4" rollers. They are shot, and...
  26. Re: Rodinal - is anyone happy with their results?

    I use only HC110 and Rodinal, both 50:1. I will use Rodinal on 35mm only if it's slow film or I actually want conspicuously grainy results. I find HP5 particularly grainy in Rodinal (still beautiful...
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    Re: DSLR Scanner Project: Does it work?

    I didn't realize D3200 were that cheap.

    Doing a whole negative in one shot appeals to me the most.

    Are there any mirrorless cameras that have high resolution, or is it only DSLRs that have...
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    Re: DSLR Scanner Project: Does it work?

    one of the downsides of the method: you need a good dslr, and if you count to cost of the dslr, it's a pretty expensive scanner. I do have a D70 lying around somewhere but you would have to stitch...
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    Re: Shelf Life - Rodinal & Other Chemicals

    I use borosilicate scintillation vials. They come in packs of 100, and hold just enough for one tray development session. You can fit a 10ml syringe in them too, so I also suck out half when I need...
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    Re: Shelf Life - Rodinal & Other Chemicals

    I have also had Rodinal go off on me; quite disappointing when it happens unexpectedly. It lasts longer split into smaller glass bottles. For what it costs I would buy new.
  31. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I have used that exact bulb with great results, however, be warned that the globe is held on with hot-melt glue. If you screw it into a socket that is still warm from a different bulb, the globe...
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    Re: Dilute HC110 1:30 from Stock Question

    When I use a syringe a just suck the diluted developer in and out of the syringe a few times. No need to disassemble the syringe.

    I do appreciate how much easier Rodinal is to mix up compared to...
  33. Re: Where to find Large format Camera Tripods on a student budget?

    I did the survey tripod thing, trying to be cheap. It was a waste of money. I ended up having to buy a proper tripod anyway. I got a 3047 head and some matching legs...maybe 055? It is more than...
  34. Re: Kodak HC-110 Higher Dilution and Increased Time

    I always use HC110 at 50:1, the same as I do Rodinal. I find Dilution B gives short development times and results in consuming more developer overall.
  35. Re: Schneider Super-Angulon 90 mm f/5.6 ND center filter

    take a shot of blank wall onto a test sheet of film or paper. See if the spot shows up. It won't, because the filter glass is so out of focus on the film.
  36. Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    What exactly is "managed hosting"?
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    Re: Acros 4x5 - hole in corner of sheet

    I have heard of this before but never shot it. Can somebody inform new users which sides need cropped when composing?
  38. Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    if tubes give exposure times on the order of 1second, I anticipate a repeatability problem. Although I am a huge fan of tubes, I don't use short exposure times, and I expect LEDs probably turn on and...
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    Re: Chamonix Hs-1 Review

    I think I would like this. I really adore simplicity, and having to set up view cameras is just fiddly enough to hamper my flow, yet MF cameras feel stifling due to lack of movements.
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    Re: B&H No Longer Shipping Chemistry

    Maybe it was just the Rodinal, which is ORM-D, that tipped me over to buying all my chemistry elsewhere. It's simpler to order from one place.
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