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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Hans,
    We actually looked into designing a heater but decided it wasn't needed. Or more accurately, wouldn't be needed by enough people to justify it.

    There are also technical issues. For...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Russ,
    The real "secret" is consistency! Keep a detailed notebook and once you've figured out what works, keep doing it.


    Tim
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Forget the water bath and other heresy: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/thermal-profile-of-the-sp-8x10
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  4. Re: First Forey Into 8x10 Format/ Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    There's a reason Ansel had a pack mule when shooting 8x10! Frankly, the weight of the camera is minor compared to all the other stuff you'll have to carry. Heck, my tripod weighs more than my Calumet...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I remember processing my first roll of film (probably 620) using the "seasaw" technique with trays. As soon as the film went into the developer, I realized I couldn't read my watch! (In my defense, I...
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    Re: SP-8x10+ campaign launched!

    The crowdfunding campaign was supposed to end at midnight, March 11th.

    However, you may have noticed that the countdown timer was still ticking away this morning, clearly in violation of the...
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    Re: SP-8x10+ campaign launched!

    Here's the executive summary for those that don't want to bother with the details (click here for all the details):
    1. It doesn't look like the SP-8x10+ will reach its funding goal.
    2. We're...
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    You can sign up here: https://productdev.stearmanpress.com/
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    J.Lane 5x7 dry plate. Exposed at ISO .5; processed in SP-76EC for 7 minutes @ 68F in the SP-8x10+ prototype processing system.

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  10. DIY film changing box: cardboard and duct tape

    Just posted videos of our cardboard and duck tape dark box:

    https://youtu.be/fAXAavTAMbk
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    Poll: Re: Perception of self-publishing v. publishing

    Self-publishing is not new. Many famous authors were self-published: Mark Twain, Charles Dickens etc. It wasn't until the middle of the last century that "trade" publishing took over.

    My three...
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    Re: Fomopan 100/R09 disaster

    Fomapan does not have edge imprints. (In fact, Fomapan 100 and Fomapan 400 both have the same notch code!)

    If the developer was completely exhausted, I doubt any imprints would show up.

    I've...
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Ian,
    I leave out the unloaded holder but it really shouldn't matter.

    Tim
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Esearing has a good point.
    If you're only using one holder, be sure to fill to the "450ml tab" (it will take about 480ml).
    Personally, I always fill to the "vent hole" because it's easier to see.
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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Ian,
    Here's a photo of the 450ml indicator.
    Tim

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    Re: SP-445 Just Arrived

    Designing the hold down fingers (tabs) was trickier than you'd expect. They can't be too tight or there's no flow under them; can't be too loose or the film will slip out. Film also varies in...
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    Poll: How big of enlargements are you making?

    We'd like to know what size of prints people are making on a regular basis.
    Wet darkroom prints only; any process.
    You decide what "regular basis" means.
    We realize that it's a simple question...
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    Re: SP-2810- 8x10 Film Processing System

    Everyone,
    Note that we're hoping to have tested the dual-sided film holders before the Kickstarter ends. That would allow you to process 4 sheets in 2 liters.

    We decided to error on the side of...
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    Re: Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Don't have a photo of the spring. It's about 1/2" long.
    here's where it fits: 164903
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    Re: Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Having now compared it to diagrams of the Speed Graphic, I'm sure the basic design is the same. I've never seen a Graphic shutter on the view camera and I suspect they licensed it to PIM back in the...
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    Any idea who made this focal plane shutter?

    Anyone recognize this? It's the focal plane shutter on the back of a Ilford PIM camera but I'm not sure it was originally with the camera. Any idea where to find parts?
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  22. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    I think I found the problem: there's a bubble in the lens! Of course, the bubble will move with the movements; so it shifts from one photo to the next. Never noticed this before; I guess you have to...
  23. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    Dave,
    Appears to be in the emulsion; part of the image.
    No dust, dirt etc.
    Might have it on another negative as well.

    Tim
  24. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    The only time we've seen the SP-445 film holders interfere with processing, is when the negative is loaded in backwards (we've had several customers admit to that.) That leaves very distinct vertical...
  25. Re: What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    It's in Centerville SD (southeast corner of the state.)
  26. What caused this "half moon dot" in the attached photo?

    We were visiting family and my wife wanted a photo of the church where her parents had gotten married.
    Strange white anomaly on the roof. Any ideas?

    Here's the high res image:...
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    Re: Temperature Compensating timer for the SP-445

    Don't think you'll get it through on vent side; you could glue it the Fill/Drain cap. Here's another idea we're kicking around:
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    Re: Temperature Compensating timer for the SP-445

    Yes, we've seen it and several others. We will offer a solution tailored to our SP-445.
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    Temperature Compensating timer for the SP-445

    We're looking into building a temperature compensated timer specifically for our SP-445. Basically, it would monitor the temperature and adjust the time according to the standard processing tables.
    ...
  30. Re: SP-445 4x5 Film Processing System (Daylight tank)

    It's pretty easy to modify the old design: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/a-short-history-of-our-film-holders
    The new film holders are available on our website: shop.stearmanpress.com
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    Re: 4x5 developing kit for a beginner

    You have two options: fotoimpex.de in Germany is our main distributor in Europe. Numerous other photo shops carry it as well. I know that http://nicablad.com stocks them in France.
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    Re: 4x5 developing kit for a beginner

    Speaking of the SP-445, check out our new film holders: https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/sp-445-film-holders-rev-2

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  33. Re: SP-445 4x5 Film Processing System (Daylight tank)

    Andrew,
    I doubt that loading the film holders "sideways" will make a difference. We've run sheets of film in/out of film holders and have not seen any marks on the film. The marks only seem to show...
  34. Poll: Interest in 8x10 film processing system; take our poll

    Since our SP-457 film system for 5x7 has died a quiet death, we're re-evaluating the interest in an 8x10 version.

    Please take a minute to answer our poll questions below. Note: the 8x10 version...
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    Processing C41 in our SP-445 film tank.

    I finally found the time to processes the Ektar 100 that I shot this fall. I'm not a big C41 fan but I'm happy with these.

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    Larger files on flickr:
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  36. Re: New 5x7 daylight processing tank on Kickstarter

    Just processed our first negatives in the SP-457:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1653453089/sp-457-5x7-sheet-film-processing-system/posts/1759373
  37. Re: New 5x7 daylight processing tank on Kickstarter

    Just a quick update: we are expecting new prototypes to arrive tomorrow. Hopefully, they will seal up tight enough for real world testing and we can then post some samples. You can see the issue with...
  38. Re: New 5x7 daylight processing tank on Kickstarter

    The prototypes have arrived: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1653453089/sp-457-5x7-sheet-film-processing-system/posts/1741610

    Here's a comparison to the SP-445:

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  39. Re: New 5x7 daylight processing tank on Kickstarter

    Prototypes are almost ready!
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  40. Re: SP-445 4x5 Film Processing System (Daylight tank)

    I'm thinking so too!
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