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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    If you set up the camera on the tripod correctly the image will not change from side when you pivot to the next section. The tripod Must be leveled perfectly and the pivot point is in the center of...
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    And do it well enough so that they look like they line up because they would if put together.
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    If you are going to just move the back left and right you will end up with the same distortion as an extreme wide angle lens. I have done two and three part panoramas with 4x5 and a 5x7 cameras. You...
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    Re: Dark cloth

    I have used a Harrison dark cloth that I have used for years. It is silver on one side and black on the other and the Velcro makes it easy to use.
    I think that the website is Camera Essentials. Do...
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    Re: Contact Prints Without Enlarger?

    A question...could one get blue and green led bulbs and do split grade printing?
  6. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    McMaster-Carr sells them, but you have to buy packages of 100......$3 -$4 ish. My camera was worth that.
  7. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    If you can find fiber washers, they are much more secure than nylon and don’t slip like steel. I changed a couple of steel washers that were on the focusing stops on my Ebony 4x5 and the focusing...
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    Sometime after using a view camera for awhile, the image that is up side down stops being a nuisance and becomes second nature. You might even find that it can help with composition to have the image...
  9. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    My 2 cents.....Macro Symmar 120 mm.
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    Re: 3D printer for lens stuff

    Is the result light tight? I have heard that some materials are not and let light through... not good for lens boards.
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    Re: Shadowing affect on Agfa/Ansco 5x7

    I had one of these cameras years ago and it could be reflected light from the sides of the back on the outer edges of the frame. You could try some Really flat paint like chalkboard paint on the...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    Thanks, looks as if there are many options available and they will fit in the space that I have.
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    Just getting ready to vent, do you have information on the Home Depot fans? They sound perfect for the space that I have and if they are somewhat quiet, that would be a help. Thanks.
  14. Re: Copal 3S lens board vs Copal 3 lens board

    Worked for me to put a #3S into a #3 lens board. Just make sure that the flange or ring is snug.
  15. Re: taking apart and cleaning an Ilex 4 ACME shutter

    It’s nice that we still have some mechanical things around that have screws to be taken out to allow maintenance. Thanks for documenting the project. I have two Ilex shutters that are operating fine...
  16. Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    Glad to hear that the 210 was an easy match. If your 150 is the f9 version it will probably work in a copal #1 as well. It also covers 5x7 easily and is sharp and small. The f4.5 150 is big and the...
  17. Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I use a Ries J250 on my 5x7 (7pounds) . Solid as a rock. I don’t care for ball heads on a big camera.
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    Re: CLA for old shutter

    Flutot’s camera repair has gotten some great feedback but I have not used them as yet .
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    Re: Dry Glass Plate Hanger Usage

    I was making my own plates for a while and found it very useful to develop the plates in a tray then put them into hangers for the wash. I found that the Kodak hangers were always best, but others...
  20. Re: Wista 45D --- Bottom of backs slips out of clips

    Clips loose or bent down? Pictures might help.
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    Re: Opinions on grafmatic

    Mine are all pretty old and ratty looking, but I maintain the septums so that the film doesn’t slide out when it shouldn’t and keep the mechanism clean and lubricated (pledge works). Maintained and...
  22. Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    That might work, but I think if you have a spanner wrench with the right width it will be more secure. I made a simple tool out of a piece of thick shim stock or maybe an old hack saw blade and...
  23. Re: Fitting Graphic-Kowa 210mm F9 in Copal 1

    Not guaranteed, but I fit a 210 GK to a copal press shutter with complete success a few years ago. It was a little tricky removing the front lens cell from the barrel because it was set into the...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    To add yet another opinion...
    5x7 Gandolfi “Precision”
    4x5 Ebony SVTi
    Lenses from 75mm - 480mm, some go with either depending upon how far and where I will carry my burden. I seem to use a...
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    Re: Dating a spring back

    Gandolfi was the first camera company to make surveillance cameras for airplanes in WW 1. They were made in England until the 1990s and a bit. I have had a 5x7 for almost 30 years using lenses from...
  26. Re: Preferences for 150-165mm lenses in 8x10?

    Just for the record, I used to use a 165 Angulon for 5x7. One day I found myself in need of an 8x10 lens for a building shot. 40” x5’ print was tack sharp corner to corner. Of course I didn’t have to...
  27. Re: Heliar 420mm F4.5 Barrel Lens Disassemble

    I’m not familiar with that lens, but usually it is necessary to remove the ring to get access to the front lens elements.
    You probably will have to encourage that ring somehow. Try to hold it evenly...
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    Re: Linhof missed focusing

    If you measure the distance from the gg toward the lens the distance will be somewhere near 13/64 Inches or 5 mm. If not....
  29. Re: How To Properly Clean/Restore Metal Parts?

    If your metal is plated, doing any kind of machining or polishing on it will probably not make it look better. Start with soap or degreaser and a bristle brush with soft bristles. If not plated, wail...
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    Re: New Wooden Filmholder

    Anybody used these holders? They are pricey, but they would be being made of wood instead of being stamped out or printed. They look nicely made and user friendly. The light traps appear to be put...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    I second this idea, I’ve been using diffusion plexiglass (very thin) on top of my AN negative carriers for awhile now with great success.
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Yup, gotta keep Sir Isaac at bay but a glass negative carrier really works.....and if you add pin registration........I sold my negasortofflat many years ago. By the way this thread started at just...
  33. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    I have a very old Gitzo 1348 which I think is one of their 1st carbon fiber versions. It is light, 66” tall in four sections, solid without the center column, and never slips. I put a Ries head and a...
  34. Re: Stuck lens whenever on large Derogy

    If you know a machinist you could have them make a ring out of aluminum of the exact ID as the OD of the part that you need to remove plus the thickness of a piece of paper. The ring would be about a...
  35. Re: Schneider 500mm f5.5 Tele Xenar in barrel for Sinar

    Nice machining on the adapter tube.
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    I do
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    I once knew someone who always kept his 8x10 camera under a dark cloth when the holder was in the camera, even when pulling out the slide and making the exposure. Might try it in the sun with and...
  38. Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    Photo flo and distilled water works. More photo flo is Not better.
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    Re: Grafmatic Back - How to Break 'Em?

    I have been using Grafmatic backs on my 4x5 exclusively for years. I even sold all of my regular holders after not using them for 10 or so years. A couple of success pointers that I can add or agree...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Another vote for the superbrightleds.
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