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  1. Re: Help needed: cleaning lens from firecracker particles

    I left the lens in the hands of friend, who's a retired repairman. i try to refrain from asking his help, cause he does not want to be payed, and he saved my bottom way too many times... :)...
  2. Re: Help needed: cleaning lens from firecracker particles

    If the particles were dark, i would leave them alone. They are glass-like, and behave as small crazy lentils scattering the light around. It makes a difference. Plenty of it.
    While we were examining...
  3. Help needed: cleaning lens from firecracker particles

    Please let me know if you have any "secret recipe" for stubborn dirt.
    Recently i acquired a recent multicoated lens. It is damaged and it was priced accordingly.
    The seller told me that the front...
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    Stop this soft focus crap!!

    Hi!
    Because of a tragic loss, lately i'm not staying at home for long. Hence no large format photography, no B&W contact prints, no experiments with X-ray film.
    I spend most of my time abroad, and...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Capi Amateur Plasticca 15cm f/4.5 - CELLS ONLY
    Ebay # 151225264609
    100 USD

    I know nothing about "Amateur Plasticca", but i know that the other Plasticca, Kronar, etc. have just one cell...
    From...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Of course both of you are right :(
    My words didn't reflect what i had in mind... the words "classic" and "cheap" were left in my keyboard...

    BTW, i own all of them, but the Universal Heliar...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Yes!
    Fortunately it is far too common to attain cult status :)

    BTW, there seems to be no consensus about market value of No.3 Eidoscopes (which is the most common version).
    One poster complains...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    14" Veritar, in working shutter, with flange, lensboard and case.
    Chrome finish in very good shape (not peeling, like mine!)
    Only 405 USD.
    Ebay # 200891470896

    This one was a true bargain, but...
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    Re: Convert normal lenses to soft focus?

    I have been told that another option is to use the Goerz Dogmar as convertible, wide open.
    It is recommended to use the cell with the longer focal.
    I haven't experimented enough with my 12" Dogmar,...
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    Re: Is there still demand for 25 ASA film?

    Contacted them very recently.
    The 25 ISO is present in their catalogue, cut in a huge number of sizes (metric and inches - both UK and USA formats), but they wrote me that they have the 100 ISO...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    If somebody didn't take notice, i posted an inquiry about a Kern Soft Focus Portrait Lens.
    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?t=99565
    Prvate sale. If somebody is interested...
  12. Any infos about Kern Aarau Soft Focus Portrait lens?

    Hi!
    My friend/repairman/life saver, who's a great collector of stereo cameras, just found an uncommon lens.
    The engraving says:
    Kern Aarau Switzerland Kern Soft Focus Portrait Lens 1:4,5 F-240mm...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    If the final price is so affected by the oversize blurb of some vendors, i think we can safely assume that MANY buyers don't do their homework before buying...
    Other way some dubious assertions...
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    Re: Old Berlebach UNI tripod?

    Arne,
    i sent you two messages re: "eastern block lenses"
    Your mailbox is full.
    Please make space and i'll resend them

    BTW, i just got the old UNI tripod.
    The only problem i found is that some...
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    Re: help: which shutter for heliar 21cm

    You have to ask first!!
    I hope your No.3 will be good for other modern lenses...
    TAKE TIME, watch Ebay, and soon you will find a lens in Sinar DB mount which would fit your Copal No.3.
    It's the...
  16. Re: Paterson Orbital, ortho film and Rodinal exhaustion

    Thanks Tim.
    Do you mean cutting the fins completely, or shortening them?
    I found that people are following different routes, depending on the amount of developer and the size of film.
    Did you...
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    Re: help: which shutter for heliar 21cm

    Must correct a mistake.
    Post-war coated Heliars can be in centimeters as well.
    I don't remember if mine is a 210mm or a 21cm, but i am sure that there are 21cm ones which are rather late and...
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    Re: help: which shutter for heliar 21cm

    The previous post has a picture of a post-WWII Heliar 210mm (very likely with single coating, just like mine), the OP posted a picture of an older, uncoated version (filigraned MFlenses :) ).
    While...
  19. Re: Cheap ( yeah ) but will it work. A 35mm digital back on a 4x5 View camera?

    I would NOT use it to shoot pictures, but i see at least three applications for it, all of them quite useful.
    1) focal plane meter, better if used with a gray card
    2) quick test of new lenses...
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    Re: Old Berlebach UNI tripod?

    Thanks for your input.
    When you say that it's very heavy, you mean that the new UNI tripods are much lighter?
    I have seen the old UNI tripods in two colors, with the same old-style geared column:...
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    Re: Old Berlebach UNI tripod?

    I am giving the first answer myself.
    I contacted the Berlebach support via email, sending them the picture of the tripod, and got a negative reply.
    The new sliders, which control the angle of...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I reported the first two lenses that came to my mind.
    You are right, one was a cine lens, and the other was the Gottingen Werke (ISCO), which is not cut for waterhouse stops, so probably is a...
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    Re: Sources for High Quality Ground Glass

    Surplus Shed also sold original Eastman Kodak ground glasses.
    They are cheap and surprisingly good.
    I purchased some, in 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 inches, and i regret i didn't buy more.
    I checked a few...
  24. Re: Paterson Orbital, ortho film and Rodinal exhaustion

    You are right.
    After reading countless posts, with a wide spectrum of opinions, i confirm that Agfa reccomended a minimum of 10ml of concentrate for each 135-36 roll (which is nearly 10ml for an...
  25. Re: That Technika III Ground glass thing again help.

    My Technika III (5th version, with graflok back and tapered cover/base) came with two ground glasses:
    - the original one, with grid (unfortunately broken in two pieces!)
    - a replacement one with no...
  26. Paterson Orbital, ortho film and Rodinal exhaustion

    I have various kind of lith and internegative film, new and old (in 18x24cm and 8x10"), plus a few sheets of some old unknown film, that i found in some wooden holders which came together a Kodak 2D...
  27. Re: Wollensak Velostigmat 9 1/2 "/4.5 series II, soft focus lens - for 4x5 ?

    I hope the Paragon will come in perfect shape, it is always difficult to judge from a picture...
    Nice to know that it should be a little easier to uncork.
    It is still a mystery how some beauty...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I wouldn't be as definitive in my statement. Unless you are limiting your consideration to lenses of the same vintage or older.
    I am not going to check when the "C" Patent Portrait lineup was...
  29. Re: Wollensak Velostigmat 9 1/2 "/4.5 series II, soft focus lens - for 4x5 ?

    Not wanting to hijack this thread, but i think it could be of some interest for the OP.

    1) Is the Ilex Paragon Series A a siamese twin of the Velostigmat Series II?
    I can't wait to lay my hands...
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    Old Berlebach UNI tripod?

    I am purchasing the tripod in the attached picture.
    I don't know if it's just vendor lazyness, or language barrier, but i couldn't get any other information but a VERY basic description in german...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Something i've never seen before:
    Fujinon SF 420mm f/5.6
    820 USD
    Like new, in box, with the two usual disks common to all other Fuji SF lenses
    Ebay item number: 221170745391

    I though i was...
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    Re: Help Needed to Choose a Scanner

    A scanner is either working or dead, has carriage problems (streaks) or not, has clean or dirty glass.
    There are no subtleties that need an expert eye. If there is a problem, you'll see it!
    If the...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I watched that auction.
    Interesting item, though the final price is a little bit on the silly side for a filter!
    No way i'd pay 193 USD for something as basic, especially when there are...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Wollensak Verito 4.5/14.5" 381 USD
    Ebay item 221162819360
    small ding on lens rim, not specified if the Studio shutter is working... but the lens looked nice in the 10" LCD of my cheap chinese pad....
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    Re: Missing clip for Century Universal 8x10"

    Thanks for the advice.
    I saw those Deardorff clips on Ebay, they look exactly like the clips i have seen mounted on original Century Universal cameras.
    Though F&S made this model for quite a long...
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    Missing clip for Century Universal 8x10"

    After an endless number of 5x7" and 8x10" "project" wooden cameras, which i bought very cheap, but never get finished (i start one camera, then i leave it mid-way, then i start another one, leave it...
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    Re: Is this worth keeping?

    For what i know, any multicoating treatment is done at high temperature, enough to melt Canada balsam (and probably most, if not all, modern cements).
    Factory single coating was done the same way,...
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    Re: Darlot-made Petzval with iris diaphragm

    It is not the first Petzval with red diaphragm leaves.
    It's the other one (have a look at the two pics i attached to my previous post).
    It is a conventional photographic Petzval, almost identical...
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    Re: Darlot-made Petzval with iris diaphragm

    Got both lenses.
    The Petzval with iris diaphragm needs a light cleaning, the most notable feature is that the iris blades are RED. With ortho films it makes little or no difference, even less so if...
  40. Wow! 25 USD for 12" Wolly soft-focus is a true...

    Wow!
    25 USD for 12" Wolly soft-focus is a true steal, even if it's in need of a good CLA!
    I thought i payed very little for my very clean one... but it was 10 times more expensive.

    I have my own...
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