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    Re: 300mm lens on Linhof Master Technika

    Not sure about the models you list, but the MT (called Classic now) has max bellows extension of 15 3/4 inches. Therefore, infinity focus is certainly no problem and with nearly 4 inches more, I'm...
  2. Re: On which consumer flatbed scanners can you do wet-mount scanning of 8x10?

    I've been wet mounting 8x10 directly on the glass of an old Epson flatbed for years. Since that size negative takes up a major portion of the glass bed, I run tape around the bed edges to keep...
  3. Re: New Computer - Photoshop CS6 - install Silver Efex Pro2?

    DxO purchased the rights, intellectual property, or whatever you want to call it from NIK Software. They do, in fact, own it. I, as you say, only have a license to use it.
  4. Re: New Computer - Photoshop CS6 - install Silver Efex Pro2?

    Now that DxO owns all the Nik software, I’m not sure about old serial numbers vs “new” software. I’d reach out to them for help.
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    Re: Methods For Hardening Film Emulsion?

    Modern films generally don’t need to be hardened. I suspect it’s something in your process that’s causing scratches.
  6. Re: Computer hardware when editing large format files (100MP+)

    Your computer configuration sounds a lot like mine and I have no issues editing both 4x5 and 8x10 scans, in PS CC, done at 1800. With color, I try to use only adjustment layers (to minimize total...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I am anxiously awaiting user reviews, especially from folks processing 8x10. I tray processed all my LF film for many years using the shuffle method, but could never get even development when...
  8. Re: Anyone use the B&W King 5x7 (or 4x5) developing reel & tank (Nikor-like)?

    I agitate the B&W tank like I would any other hand tank, albeit more slowly and deliberately. Here's the agitation sequence:

    1) Pick tank up
    2) With one hand on top and one on the bottom (I find...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    John,

    Hope you don't mind a constructive comment and, perhaps, you know this already... Use of front tilt in scenes like this is problematic because the upper area of verticals (trees in this...
  10. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    Just about anywhere along the rim makes for nice photos, especially if you get some beautiful light and, maybe, some weather. All around the Watchtower is nice, too, IMO. Have fun and make some great...
  11. Re: Anyone use the B&W King 5x7 (or 4x5) developing reel & tank (Nikor-like)?

    Steve,

    I use the B&W King 4x5 tank and have never even seen a Nikkor 4x5 tank, but, based on pics of the Nikkor reel, etc, I'm thinking they're very similar. I do normal inversion agitation or...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    +1! Love the feeling in this image.
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    Oops...thanks for pointing that out...did the math the wrong way! ;)
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    I just recently contacted Hugo about using my Fuji 450C on the F2 and he assured me that with their extension board, it wouldn't be a problem. No idea what this is in 35mm terms (maybe, like...
  15. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    AdamD,

    Scanning will certainly provide much flexibility for output, especially starting with a 4x5 neg. If you have something larger than a consumer level 13" printer, you can print to very large...
  16. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    In order of cost: contact printing, scanning, enlarging. As already mentioned, both contact printing and enlarging will require a dark area, though enlarging will require a larger dark area. Yes, 4x5...
  17. Re: Best B&W Film/Developer combo - for big enlargements via DSLR scanning

    I've never used DDX with Delta 100, but I think there's something truly magical that happens with Delta 100 in Clayton F-76+! It's one of my favorite combos. I doubt that you'd see any huge gains...
  18. Thread: Technical Pan

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    Re: Technical Pan

    I suppose related to assessing a value for selling is... Do you know how the film has been stored for 30+ years? I've only ever used it in 120 roll format and used Technidol many years ago, when it...
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    Re: Ansco 130 - 1:1 or 1:2?

    I generally use Ansco 130 at 1:1 for 1 - 3 mins development time at 68F. Mix it myself from raw chemicals.
  20. Re: Scanning 4x5: Buying an Epson Flatbed VS my current DSLR (5DII) VS Lab Scans

    I've never used a DSLR to scan film, but have used an Epson flatbed to scan 4x5 and 8x10 film for nearly 20 years. IMO, the quality from a flatbed scanner is fine for LF film, once you're familiar...
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    Re: FB Enlarging paper availability at B&H

    @Greg Y, have you considered fotoimpex? I've ordered several 100-sheet boxes from them over the past couple of years and they're very reliable. I tend to make a larger order when I do order to...
  22. Re: Using Pyrocat HD in a CPP3/BW Process Questions

    I have a CPP-2 and have processed LF film in Expert Drums for many years using Pyrocat-HD at 1:1:100 and at 2:2:100 (for alt process.) IMO, running the drum at speed 4 is too fast for any staining...
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    Re: Nikkor M300 f9.0 not sharp

    Were there any camera movements involved? Were you using the center of the image circle or something closer to the outside? What camera was used? Tripod? Tripod head and mount? Was it windy? If the...
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    Re: New Ilford darkroom survey, December 2019

    Thanks for alerting me to this survey. Done.
  25. Re: Differences Between Tri-X 400 and Tri-X 320

    I have used Tri-X 320 outdoors for 40 years; works fine! Personally, I like the tonal rendering of Tri-X 320 vs HP-5. Never really warmed up to the TMax films, though I do like the 400 version better...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    Like others have already commented, I've always followed Fred Picker's advice in that if the lens can render bare tree branches against clear sky, it's sharp enough. I'd be willing to bet that any...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    I have B&W fiber prints mounted on archival board w/archival overmatt framed in Nielsen silver frames hanging on various walls of my home for nearly 40 years now and they still look as good as the...
  28. Re: Which shutter-speed is park-position when not in use?

    I've used Copal, Compur, Seiko, and Ilex shutters for 40 years and I've always left 'em on whatever speed was last used. Not saying this is right, but I've never had any issues with my shutters. I...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Really like that first image, Colin...nice!!
  30. Thread: Using TXP 320

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    Re: Using TXP 320

    Tri-X 320 has been my primary film for 40 years. Based on sensitometric testing, I've always rated it at 320. For the first 15 years when I tray developed using the shuffle method, I developed for 5...
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    Re: Topaz Labs Sharpen AI app

    I use it and have had good results. I have, however, started using the Stabilize method, as mentioned in the Ctein review, and find that algorithm preferred over Sharpen. Go figure! Give it a try and...
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    The shutter is pretty much going to be dictated by what lens you buy; if just about any modern plasmat, it will be a Copal shutter. Older lenses, like Fujinon's, for example, have Seiko shutters....
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    I agree with Kent; stick to the major players in LF lenses. One of my favorite focal lengths for 4x5 landscapes is a 120mm (roughly equivalent to 35mm on 35mm film or ff digital.) IMO, something in...
  34. Re: First Forey Into 8x10 Format/ Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    I have the Intrepid 8x10 Mark I. It's an okay camera, but you have to keep in mind what it is; basically, a very inexpensive, lightweight camera that's kind of rough around the edges. Each time I set...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I use a Gralab timer, Zone VI Compensating Development Timer, or CompnTemp software on a laptop, based on my needs.
  36. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    Looks good! Can't wait to get mine.
  37. Re: Fresnel screen focus distance is different from ground glass

    I don't use any fresnel lens on my LF cameras, but, since the fresnel does have a focal length to itself I imagine this could affect proper focus. Again, I'm no expert but I always heard that the...
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    Re: Citric and acetic acid as stop (bath)

    Thanks, Doremus, I forgot to mention that the 28% stock requires further dilution. FWIW, my use of acid stop or plain water generally is tied to what film developer I'm using on what film. For...
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    Re: Citric and acetic acid as stop (bath)

    To make a 28% stock solution of Acetic Acid, mix 3 parts glacial acetic acid to 8 parts distilled water. I mix up ~16 ozs at a time: 4.5 oz acid to 12 oz distilled water. Probably doesn't need to be...
  40. Thread: Rinsing

    by Alan9940
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    Re: Rinsing

    I do a pre-soak before hitting the developer, but don't rinse between steps. A final wash is the rinsing my film sees.
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