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  1. Re: North Georgia Large Format Photographers Group

    LF meetup 02/16/2020 9:00 AM - Going to Hogpen Gap and Wildcat mountain - There should be Ice on the Rocks and nearby water should be flowing well.
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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    Y'all make me feel like a young whipper snapper at 56 years old. Guess I better start parting with some of my rangefinders and saving up.
  3. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    Also intended use gives you some options. Short distances a rectangular duffle bag with cardboard inserts to hang the Monorail upside down will work. Lenses and holders go on the sides, and a nice...
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    Re: Chaminox 5x12" camera

    I have been watching for one for two years now. Chamonix will not make any more until enough interesest is generated. So there's at least two of us (maybe more lurking in the shadows). To me its a...
  5. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    What else are you going to carry? #lenses, film holders, accessories, etc? Monorails can usually be disassembled/collapsed and put into a small ICU/case without the rails. Once at location carry on...
  6. Re: Stouffer's 4x5 step wedge for exposing negative?

    Most light sources would likely have a hot spot in the center. Use something to diffuse the light so it is evenly illuminated from center to corner. A piece of white poster board well lit will...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Ari, It seems lots of tripods have a max height around 60 inches. Could an 8 or 12 inch carbon tube extension be screwed into the feet threads that would be stable for those of us that want just a...
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    Re: How to use half-frame dark slide?

    For 4x5 pano it may be more financially prudent to shoot the full sheet and mask/crop when printing/post processing. You can change aspect ratios from 5x4 to 5x2 (eq 5x12 or 7x17 enlarged) or 5x2.5...
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    Giottos MH3000 never let me down even with big DSLR and 400mm lens, I even added a video 4" QR system for additional support and safety. But once I tried a lighter 3way head for LF I haven't gone...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    From Sandy's original article.
    Sheet film in rotary processor, continuous agitation: use a minimum of 75 ml of the standard working solution per sheet of 4x5 film (or equivalent for larger...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    7.30 vs 7:45 ? And how many 8x10 sheets are you processing, volume/dilution (10.10.500 vs 20.20.1000), and at what temperature. What EI do you meter? Does your process include or exclude fill and...
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    Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    battery life is a big issue if you do not use it often. My Sekonic L5XX seems to have very long battery life but I carry two batteries with me just in case. I have held several and went with the...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    Is dilution critical for rotary if you go over the required minimum amount of developer(within reason)? I would think you want to prevent oxidation of the developer so would use something like...
  14. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    Don't judge stain until you print a few. Different light sources seem to treat it differently. If it goes pink-ish then your HD is about to die.
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    Re: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 developing help

    Do not use photoflo in the tank for final rinse because it leaves residue that may affect your next batch if not cleaned properly. use separate tray and remove film from processing hanger/holder.
  16. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    Hp5 developed in PF130 vs Pyrcat M - film test.

    https://i1.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/anscovspyroM2.jpg?w=1000
  17. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    More part B gives more stain. Try 4/3.5/500 for a little less stain, or even 4/3/500. I think your 16 mins at 68*F is probably in the ball park, delta time/temp chart shows 14-ish, but with the...
  18. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    What temperature for developers and how consistent was it over the time? In my world, 2 sheets , 4/4/500 dilution, at 70*F, for pyrocat M (similar to HD) would be N+1 territory for Delta at box...
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    Re: Negative negatives - using SP445 Tank

    Just because the tank holds four sheets doesn't mean you have to kill 4 sheets. Find a nearby friend/mentor and figure out where the issue lies one sheet at a time.
  20. Re: Seeking Large Format B&W Negative Repair Tips

    I have used a grey fine tip marker on the back side of the negative to fix pinholes and small scratches rather than doing it on emulsion side. It works surprisingly well. Practice on a waste film...
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    Re: Interesting idea

    Back in early 2000s we would take a digital image and play photoshop tennis with it , altering the image for several rounds adding or removing details, until the final digital image had no...
  22. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    CreationBear: Out of respect for Steve I won't divulge his method since he sells it, but consider Steve's volume and dilutions for single sheet 5x7 is 825ML+. the Orbital volume looks to only hold...
  23. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Phases of artistry lead to the exploration of tools and media that allow us to express ourselves. Why did you not hand write a letter posing the question and have it hand delivered?
  24. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    In response to a PM questioning my single sheet dilution: Pyrocat dilution 1:1:100 assumes your are doing 8x10 or 36 exposure roll. if you use that same ratio for 1 or 2 sheets in a tank you get...
  25. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    How many sheets are you doing and what temperature and dilution? Pyrocat formulas HD and M are very dilute to begin with but can be used even more dilute depending on the density and contrast one...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    So what we need is a fashion accessory that doubles as a scarf, hood, and dark cloth. or a dark cape.
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    What Bob said - but you can get pretty darn close focus with the reflex viewer in normal light. In dim light it is not as useful and with the freznel lens its requries a bit of moving around the eye...
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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Carry a cheap 4x plastic loupe for going anywhere near raging water or cliffs, Loupes are apparently drawn to them. Somewhere at the end of the Amicalola and Etowah rivers is a nice collection I...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    $20 and a trip to the fabric store. I now use one of those hospital reflective metallic blankets which weighs next to nothing but it is not totally opaque. Chamonix's reflex viewer is great too if...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I personally believe the problem lies with the bad batches of phenidone not the metibisulfate or bromide. Others have stated quality control issues with weights and measures. IF you use 500ml in...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    My first batch of Pyrocat M is now 7 months old and still going strong. Stored in half filled brown bottle indoors 68-72*. It has similar staining properties as Pyrocat HD and similar use that...
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    Re: extreme low light from behind camera

    Processed the negative today and am pleasantly surprised. Single 4x5 sheet in SP445 tank with Pyrocat-M 3.5A+3.5B+475W for 16mins (30% more than my normal 12:30). The negative is thin in the deep...
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    Re: Which lens next?

    Is your 150 a convertible like a Symmar 150/265? if so then go wide. I found for landscape work I preferred a 135 over a 150 but I shoot wide mostly - I always carry 65, 90, 135, 180/315, then I...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    For my old Calumet 4x5 metal camera which weighed a ton I used this video QR mounting bracket on a ball head as a replacement for the standard QR plate. Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter with...
  35. Re: First 4x5 sheets and first failures :-( Need Help on one sheet

    As a newbie - make yourself a check list or an exposure note card. It is easy to forget to stop down the lens or set the speed. Filter and bellows factors become adjustments, and reciprocity can be...
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    Re: extreme low light from behind camera

    That is a great tip!
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    extreme low light from behind camera

    Yesterday I was in the Sloss furnaces just before a storm hit so was getting some nice light on the exterior. However I found an interior shot where the only light source was a window behind me and...
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    Re: choosing a 4x5 camera

    Horseman woodman is another good choice. My only thought about it is lots of small knobs and limited bellows if you shoot more than 300mm or do macro work. Practice with it at home before you take...
  39. Re: Keeping paper (exposure sheets, notes) with negatives - bad for archiving?

    I used to keep printing notes but found I rarely print same image twice, or the same way when revisiting. the only problem with paper near your negatives will be the attraction of bugs over long...
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    Re: choosing a 4x5 camera

    I have owned both plus a couple of Anba/Nagaokas.

    Shenhao /Nagoka/Anba - Pros: light weight, decent movements depending on model, tightens down easily and is fairly rigid. Cons - Small knobs if...
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