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    Re: Darkroom plumbing advice needed, please

    I suggest a twin filter system, 5 micron to a 3 or smaller, which will have a longer life because of the first filter in line.

    You might also consider a 10-5-3 system, which again, will give the...
  2. Re: Newbie Question - Should I develop film myself or send it to a lab?

    Learn to compound your own Developers, such as D23 or D76, stop baths from vinegar, plane fixers to more modern types, and HCL.

    This is simple, though you'll have to invest in Chemicals at the...
  3. Thread: Edward Weston

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    Re: Edward Weston

    He may have very well grown his own, in his kitchen garden.

    IMO.
  4. Thread: Four Liter Jugs ?

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    Re: Four Liter Jugs ?

    I forgot to mention, I put my mixed chemicals solutions, as well as some dry chemicals in plain Mason Jars, as I rarely need a full liter for most developing, and seal them with the Plastic Mason Jar...
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    Re: "vintage" safe light

    No really, as the fumes will no only kill you in a too closed darkroom, (for the off-gassing) but may, react with other materials, including chemicals, and give unwanted results.

    It's safer just...
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    Re: What is the current trend on using dark cloth?

    I'm going to recommend a poncho, in particular, this one,
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    Re: Mounting without a press?

    Use Acrylic medium, paste type, together with a barrier layer or two, on the mounting board, which will stop and gases from penetrate the heavier paste medium and the print.

    I recommend Golden...
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    Re: 2021 Self Portraits

    Very nice and lots of fun.

    Well done, TIN CAN!
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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    The PB Swiss told has a radius that will no scratch, or dig into your 'key' slot, but if you are good with a grinder any screwdriver will do.

    The real question is, how much leverage your tool will...
  10. Thread: Four Liter Jugs ?

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    Re: Four Liter Jugs ?

    Ask around at your local pharmacies and see if the boxed bags used for distilled water can be saved/ sold to you.

    They may have the four liter type and the five gallon units in use as well.
    ...
  11. Re: Studio Portraits

    Celling hight is needed to get a birds eye view, which has resulted in many great photographs of models and simple overheads of models laying back in repose.

    IMO, 15 ' is a good hight to work from...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    I'm going on a cross country road trip and some shorter photo trips from my home in Charlotte, NC, and it'll have to be in my Honda Accord, if I can no find and barrow a small camper or something...
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    Re: Quality Light-Metric Closing

    I was kind of hoping he'd outlast us all and be there when needed, kind of like Santa Clause or Batman.

    Let's do encourage him to name a 'successor' shop or two, so we can all sleep a little...
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    Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    Study art work, paintings, drawings, different compositions and various perspectives to work on your 'Seeing' as well as photographs, and shoot a lot of b&w film in a small format camera, taking time...
  15. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I'm looking for an affordable Gitzo Giant for some tall shooting on the road or in a studio, with stout aluminum legs, and the other features like Delux Studix Performance, (sp? it's late)which will...
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    Re: Droopy rear standard on Ebony camera?

    The screwdriver in this image looks like a "Vessel" brand tool and it may have Japanese Industrial Camera Screws JICS aka simply JIS, which are a cross-point (+) like a Philips, but designed to stay...
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    Re: Smaller Fomat Nudes

    Beautiful model, simple pose, I like this a lot.
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    Re: One way to fix lens separation

    I've a big Ektar that needs this treatment; where are you getting your Canadian Balsa, Kramer?

    On reflection, I think I have a jar of this I bought for use in an oil painting medium.

    Does age...
  19. Thread: glass neg carrier

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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Omega made both open an glass types.

    I've never needed the glass holder when printing 4x5", but I do keep the glass holder I have on stand by

    My personal rule is to say yes whenever a Omega...
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    Re: Help with enlarger transportation

    I've picked up several Omega D and an "E", series enlargers, both in Mini-vans and a Honda Accord and also, as it happens, a B66 as well, but that was in a open pick-up.

    The tool I've found most...
  21. Thread: Anyone use a hat?

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    Re: Anyone use a hat?

    I have a couple of wool hats that a good for shading or if needed to shelter a camera on a tripod, from sudden rain.

    Both have wide brims, both are Woolrich, one is a Western style hat and a good...
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    Re: Synchro-compur shutter in need of repair

    There is an entire catalog of service manuals on;

    Chttps://learncamerarepair.com/productlist.php?category=2ompur shutters, etc,

    however, make sure your anti-virus/malware is up to date with...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    I like the one that you think does no quite fit on the wall, and would really like to see a Platinum print of it, so as to pull ever nuance of tone out as best possible.

    Good work.
  24. Thread: Kodak D76 Recall

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    Re: Kodak D76 Recall

    Photo Chemicals are available at Photographer's Formulary and ArtCraft Chemicals,, but the price of ArtCraft English Amidol, 1/2 pound is about twice the price of the Chinese stuff, last time I...
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    Re: Tape like a post it note

    There are different strengths to painters tap and the yellow tape in the rounded, plastic box, brand is 'Frog Tape' and it's very good, if you will no be leaving it on overly long.

    I use it with...
  26. Re: Disinfecting developed film from lab due to Coronavirus

    For negatives, Photoflo should work well enough.

    I heard a good explanation of why soaps are effective.

    Think of the virus as being 'mailed', transferred, to you in a protective envelope.
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    Re: What to do about leaf springs.

    An old handsaw, like a panel or ripsaw, used by carpenters before circular saws captured the market, would work great, just find an example that is damaged, before hand, such as an old Disston (check...
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    Re: LED enlarger head creation -- just a thought

    You might try finding an Omegalite, like those seen here; http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/Specialty/Omegalite.htm

    If more modern LEDs will give good results to variable grade papers, then you...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    Four aught, 0000, steel wool will work, and is used by gun owners to remove traces of rust with out damaging fine blueing.

    Since these contain oil for a anti-rust agent, use a touch of Dawn dish...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    Four aughts, 0000, steel wool will will work, and is used by gun owners to remove traces of rust with out damaging fine blueing.

    Since these contain oil for a anti-rust agent, Pinch as small a...
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    Ask about in old Portrait and Adverting Studios, as well as old High Schools and Colleges, even old print shops, as well as Photo Clubs, all of which might surprise you.

    Ads in Penny papers also...
  32. Re: TRI-X Pan TXP 518 4x5 16 Sheet Pack Film advice/TIPS?

    On dropping the EI, I suggest you shoot and process one or two sheets at the box speed or only one stop less, as a recent youtube video did a comparison with expired b&w Kodak film vs. new, with a...
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    Re: New light box from Home Depot

    Perhaps I missed it, but is there a concern over UV and repeated use, with magnifiers?

    Eli
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    Go ahead and just search for a 'E' Omega, they are out there and away from the forums and Ebay and similar, can be had for little or no monies.

    The Omega D series is built for use with that size,...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Beautiful.

    I have a colony of lizards here, so suppose I will be on the look out as well, but I do no think they are as 'good looking' as the one you submitted in your photograph.
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    Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    I agree with, Doremus, mainly because I'm using a Pentax V and it's a solid performer.

    Long ago, I used Minolta Meters, including the 1 degree Spotmeter M, and as much as I liked having the LCD...
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    Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    I agree with, Doremus, mainly because I'm using a Pentax V and it's a solid performer.

    Long ago, I used Minolta Meters, including the 1 degree Spotmeter M, and as much as I liked having the lcd...
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    Re: Sensitometer For B&W Film?

    Use a colour analyzer like the Beseler PM2a, which can read black and white negatives and colour negatives and slides (back in the days of Cibachrome, etc) and allow you to use your colour head...
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    Re: Paint for darkroom sink

    Try, https://www.replacementlightbulbs.com.

    IIRC, I have bought a number of enlarger bulbs from them and a correct 30 watt bulb for my Thomas safe light.

    They are, in my limited opinion, the...
  40. Thread: Dark Cloth 4x5

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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    Go to A "joann's' fabric store, buy two yards of blackout fabric, which has a rubberized cloth on one side and the other is white, and if they don't 'ave it there, Ebay for the same amount of black...
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