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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Of course if you could use a wider angle lens and include the light source then your MC will work wonders and you could crop out the light in the darkroom and have no reflections next door.
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Whether or not MC the wider angle lenses can have some problems with reflections if a light source is close to the edge of the image. It’s good practice to use Something to block the light. Lens...
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    Re: Swapping Lens cells

    The spacing Should be the same on like number shutters, but take out the lens that you don’t want to use and put it aside. Measure the total length of the lens that you Do want to use. Unscrew the...
  4. Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    When I bought a 5x7 Kodak enlarger, I found myself doing a lot of changing and rebuilding. One of the last things to do was to make two negative carriers, one for 4x5 and one for 5x7. It came with a...
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    Re: 150mm - 165mm for 4x10

    150 mm f9 Graphic Kowa (similar to computar) will cover 4x10 but not 8x10, is sharp, light and if in a shutter expensive. If you are lucky enough to find one like I did that was in a graphic arts...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I do something like that, I hold both ends of the lid as I lower it onto the tray. You can feel the center and should have no problem. I also like to shuffle the loaded tray to hear the loose films...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Practice makes perfect! I had a similar experience once, then I immediately figured out how to do it in the light and then in the dark with success in all subsequent times using the tank.
  8. Re: Interesting article on lens design

    PS, Love the TV! Looks like a face .
  9. Re: Interesting article on lens design

    Did you ever take pictures of the TV screen? 1/25 second or you didn’t get the whole screen. I took the lunar landing with the banner “ Live from the moon” across the top. Horrible resolution, but...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    I wanted to say something like “He who has the last lap”...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    I would agree with Jody, being one of those photographers with a lathe and having cut threads to very close tolerances in the past with disastrous result. Threads didn’t really become standardized...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    Could be that the “machinist” didn’t know which way the flange went and only went as far with the thread as he thought was necessary to screw it onto the lens, therefore he needs to finish the...
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Goo Gone on a paper towel will remove it without desolving your plastic into a gooey mess.
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    I also like foot switches. But alas, I discovered the RH Designs Stop Clock Vario and now have just one foot switch. I kept one of my Lektra timers and a few foot switches as a back up.
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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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  23. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  34. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  40. 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...
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