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    Re: 150 G Claron 4x10 ?

    It is not a Dagor type.
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    150 G Claron 4x10 ?

    I asked this question a few years ago and nobody chimed in on whether it would work or not. Having some long expired film, I tried it out.

    At infinity, stopped down to f:32, straight on with no...
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    400mm f:8 Tele Congo

    Does anybody have experience with one of these? I'd appreciate your thoughts on it.
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    The mfg conclusion is that they were cooked at some point. I picked them up at Freestyle, didn't leave them in the car, an stored them in the darkroom.

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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Since I had 3 of them go bad -- unopened -- after a 6/21 purchase I think it is a bad batch.

    I noticed today I had a box of RF that was two years older than the ones that went bad. It's fine. ...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Of course I'll take it back if Freestyle tells me to pound sand, but so far the people making it now seem very responsive:

    Mr. Crisp,

    Thank you for sending photos which clearly provide the lot...
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    Re: Apertures for Zeiss Triple Convertible

    I have all this worked out in a notebook I carry. Send me a personal email address and I'll scan the table and send it to you.

    You must (especially with the Zeiss singles) check and correct your...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    My working solution, which lasted longer than these two newer ones in reserve, didn't go toes up in the usual fashion. In the past, when the RF goes it gets lots of small while flakes in it. The...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    If you pour the fixer out of the stock sealed bottle, it comes out as a yellowish clouded mush. It will choke a filter funnel in seconds. I don't think there is any question it is bad.
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Correct.
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    I know from decades of experience that in a sealed stock bottle (and now, box) it will last for many years. Based on this recent experience, where the mixed fixer seems to have lasted longer than...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Per Kodak (and this is consistent with my experience) the shelf life of the concentrate in the box, undiluted, is "indefinite." So if it goes bad in well under a year in a cool darkroom something is...
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    Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    I've been using Rapid Fixer since I developed my first roll of film back around 1970. So I know the product.

    This evening I reached for my mixed jug of it. It has been about 11 months and it had...
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    Beseler 810-XL and 810MXT Manual

    I just scanned my original for a member. Since it is a file here on my office computer, send me a PM with a real email address if you would want one too.

    Kevin
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    Re: Lens coating test

    I've had one lens, a 240mm Nikkor, that came to me with a spotted front element. Nothing would clean them off. Then I tried a lens pen and they came right off. I supposed it depends if there is...
  16. Re: Schneider Angulon I Purchased - Is This a Problem?

    I have a very late version of this lens, in a factory Copal, with a serial number in the 11's. It has a light colored very even ring around the front element at the very edge. works great.
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    Re: Lens coating test

    Generally this is not a problem. Try a relatively dim room interior, expose for the interior, but have an open door or a window with much brighter light on the outside. Unless you have the same...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    If you get a chance to see a Robert Adams exhibit, you might conclude technically excellent printing isn't a priority. Hasn't held him back.
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    I have an original circa 1969 Schneider sales brochure. The available R Clarons were: 55, 135, 210, 305, 355, 420, 485 and 610. No "APO 1s," or APO 2's.
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    So often even technical mistakes can't detract from an excellent photo. You can't tell by looking at a photo book, but if you get a chance to see an actual print of Migrant Mother you'll notice the...
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    Re: 180mm for Portraiture

    You might consider the Fujinon 180mm SF lens. They are inexpensive -- make sure you get one with one of the diffusion discs. There's a red disc and yellow disc. Stopped down they are plenty sharp,...
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    Re: Filtering for a deep red filter

    I have a Zone Vi modified meter, and my experiences reading through a deep red filter always resulted in significant underexposure. Adding 3 to 4 stops of exposure instead hasn't been a problem. ...
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    Re: Canham DLC45 Bellows Damage

    Keith Canham offers what he calls "tune ups." I think it runs $100 more or less. There's tight and then there's tight, and when properly adjusted things like the sliding parts the secure the front...
  24. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    I'll add another:

    - You could have taken that one if all you had was a Crown Graphic.
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    I've got two that come immediately to mind:

    1. If you buy a good incident meter and learn to use it you won't have any trouble properly exposing film. And you'll get your exposure faster.

    2. ...
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    Re: Schneider-itis: The Perennial Problem

    Just FYI, the first coat of Sharpie will be translucent. But you can build it up with 2 more coats and it isn't. You work fast so you don't take off the coat underneath.

    I think a Sharpie can be...
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    Re: Schneider-itis: The Perennial Problem

    On the protars I have disassembled and reglued, the black (glossy, by the way) edge paint naturally comes off during the MEK or Acetone soaking to clean off the balsam. It may sound dumb, but I've...
  28. Re: Possible corrosion on rear standard of Graflex Speed Graphic. Cause and Remedy ne

    If there is significant pitting, once you've got the surfaces cleaned off, apply a thin layer of Bondo "glazing and spot putty." You don't have to mix it, it comes out of a tube and it's cheap. ...
  29. Re: Possible corrosion on rear standard of Graflex Speed Graphic. Cause and Remedy ne

    I wouldn't treat this situation like its Stage IV pancreatic cancer. I've got 4 of these, and all of them have a little of it. I agree on the steel wool. Then you will see pitting, if there is any...
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    Re: can't get sharp photos with an LF camera

    Put your negative on a light box and look at it with a powerful magnifying glass. My guess is that you have a scanning issue and the negative will look sharp. If you zoom into one of your 4X5 scans...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    Eric is right. I've gone with the g claron in this focal length. Still easy to focus with f:9 max aperture. MUCH smaller than a faster one. The R Claron would have plenty of coverage for 4X5 and...
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    Re: What print washer was it?

    Well, that's the same principal of operation, anyway.
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    What print washer was it?

    Just out of curiosity. My college had a fancy student darkroom, financed in part by an Olin Foundation grant. No expense was spared, and it had things like descending spring-loaded light baffles...
  34. Re: Will I live to regret this? Film holder zip locked in the fridge

    Should be fine, just let the film and holders get up to room temperature before you open the bag.

    I've been keeping loaded film holders in bags in a fridge at 36 F for 30+ years (rotating them in...
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    Re: Beeranol Results

    I suspect this works well with The Zoned System.
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    Re: Deardorff: "New" vs Old?

    If the TN ones were Jack Deardorff Photographic Products I tried one out and the quality was excellent.
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    Re: Desrdorff: "New" vs Old?

    The Chicago ones were delivered?
  38. Re: How do I make my Graflex Crown Graphic's ground glass brighter?

    I find the little peep optical sight, even with the proper mask, easy to resist. I just take them off.
  39. Re: How do I make my Graflex Crown Graphic's ground glass brighter?

    If your Fresnel is the original, the smooth side is supposed to go forward toward the camera lens. It helps -- a little, and back in the day lots of view cameras did not have Fresnels. Personally,...
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    Seiko Shutters - Reliability

    In general how reliable are they? Have you found them repairable when they act up? I've only had one, ever, and it didn't work well and I was told it couldn't be fixed. I am wondering if my...
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