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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I do wonder how much water in a basement is too much (to consider partitioning my darkroom). Before I redirected the gutter I would get enough water that could be cleaned up with a couple paper...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks Gary- I was actually looking into that, "cut and cobble" method of insulation they call it. It's probably a lot easier to paint once the foam is there, or else I would be fighting with...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    That's a good idea, sounds a lot simpler. The only downside might be that dust seems to come down from the small gaps in the subfloor as people walk overhead. This is an old pine planked subfloor,...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks for all the responses. I think my plan for now is to keep the wall open, but frame in a way that I could add rigid foam with furring strips later on. I don't really trust this wall not to leak...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Thanks Roger,

    This gives me something to think on. I do have a hammer drill and have put anchors in this wall before so I'm comfortable with that. I would paint the wall if I left it open. Also...
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    Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I thought the combined knowledge of this forum might help with this Framing question that I can't seem to find a good answer for. I would like to partition out a darkroom space in my basement against...
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    Re: New bellows made in the USA?

    Custom Bellows UK is really the best option. A few years ago I had a bellows replaced on a 4x5 Deardorff (Baby model), I tried a US vendor but they couldn't guarantee the camera would close with the...
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    Re: Good 3rd-Party OEM inks for Epson?

    I made a custom all-gray inkjet for my Epson 1430 with ConeColor Inks. I would say "clog-free" might be stretching it a bit, but I've never had a clog that doesn't clear with a single head cleaning....
  9. Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I tried burning some of my grandparents old negatives that were still on nitrate film stock. That was quite the pyrotechnic show. If you threw a good stash of those in your fireplace pretty sure you...
  10. Re: Krakatoa explodes The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history

    Trying to picture an old wet plate photographer. Huge boom, pyroclastic flow and shock wave making its way across the bay towards you. You got out and start setting up your tripod and sensitizing...
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    Re: Howtek 8000HiResolvebpaid for

    Curious where you found such a beast Steve? I don't see them come up very often in the normal sources (Ebay etc)
  12. Thread: External HDD

    by domaz
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    Re: External HDD

    2 TB SSD's aren't really that expensive anymore. It might be good to go with one of those for your working library. Use a regular old external 3.5" magnetic drive for backups or use a cloud backup...
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    Re: Copal No. 3 repair help.

    If you've opened up a shutter before, I don't think you would find a Copal much different than a Compur honestly. The same things tend to need attention, slow speed gear train etc. DIY shutter CLAs...
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    Re: Darkroom set up question.

    I have the same problem in my basement darkroom. Covering windows with darkout material every time is a chore, and is hard to get consistent results in terms of lightproofing. One thing you can do is...
  15. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    This totally depends on your style of photography though. Some people shoot for bokeh. Ever try to shoot a f/2.5 lens wide open with 400 speed film? Suddenly even the 1/1000 shutter speed on your...
  16. Re: Using a 4K monochrome display as a digital negative

    That is quite a neat idea. I wonder if the display would block UV light. Using it for alternate processes would be an interesting experiment in itself.
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    Are you sure the camera is made in Blaine, WA or is it simply imported in there? Blaine is basically a border/port town.
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    Re: C and G Phototherm

    I believe the units you are talking about are pretty much the same design as Recirculating Water Bath heater's meant for scientific applications. You can find a lot of units on Ebay if you look...
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    Re: Opening top of Symmar-S 210

    Your not going to fix a modern plastmat lens with glue seperation unless you are prepared to open it up, dissolve the glue and re-glue it using the correct UV glue anyways (without disturbing the...
  20. Re: Computer hardware when editing large format files (100MP+)

    64 GB can't hurt but I really don't think it's the cause of OP's software issues. Photoshop has a very smart memory management system and could handle editing a file that large easily. Other newer...
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Did a trip to Banff/Jasper a few years ago in the early season (believe it was April/May). Had a great time and there is definite photographic opportunity seeing the major roadside sights (Lake...
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    Re: Using GutenPrint with a custom B&W inkset

    Following up on this thread. I still do believe Gutenprint is a viable option. My main problem at the moment isn't with Gutenprint though but with my Epson 1430 which is giving inconsistent nozzle...
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    Re: Nikkor M300 f9.0 not sharp

    What format are you trying to cover with the lens? Is it possible you are shooting on too large a format and/or shifting the lens too much and running out of coverage.
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    Re: Lens Not Focusing, What is the Cause?

    Take the lens off the camera, open the shutter. Position it so it's pointing at an open window with a wall behind it. You should physically see the image the lens projects. If it doesn't focus on...
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    Re: Schneider-Kreuznach misprint

    Very interesting. Unfortunately I don't think old lenses are like coins, the misprinted coin might be worth much more money, the misprinted lens probably not so much.
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    It probably depend a lot on your water source but I have found I don't need any kind of distilled water for final rinse here either. Our water comes from a river and it considered one of the best...
  27. Re: Can you mount any 4x5 lenses in shutters from folding cameras?

    Some old folders have shutters that are #00, #0 Compurs (Compur Rapids usually) and I've even seen some larger folders (usually German-made) that have Dial-set Compurs that have the same threadings...
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    Re: My 90mm Angulon arrived

    I've cleaned a lot of shutters by dissassembling them, applying lighter fluid, cleaning out parts individually with a q-tip soaked in lighter fluid etc. Most of the time it works, but for some reason...
  29. Thread: What Did I Buy?

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    Re: What Did I Buy?

    Construction and size are similar to the 12 inch RR's I have seen and owner, should be a nice lens. Maybe not as fast as you would want for wet plate, but should work fine in the sun. The writing...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    Microwaving glycol can be a fire hazard, a hot plate stirrer would be far safer.
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    Re: The Mystery of Dad's Nikkor-W 210m f5.6

    I've noticed with a plasmat before that the focal length seems to be determined by the rear element, not really the front element. I learned this by using a lens where the rear element was off a...
  32. Re: Catastrophically broken Wista 45SP, any hope for repair?

    I've used JB Weld for forming aperture pins on blades that were missing the pins. I had no "punch" or any other way to get the pins in the blades, my fix is still holding up fine. It's good stuff,...
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    Re: Redwood grid for Darkroom sink.

    My local lumberyard in the PNW has Clear Vertical Grain Fir available. You don't want to know the price though. My house is from the 1920s and was a poorly maintained rental before I bought it. The...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    I learned that broken dark slides, can cut you pretty bad. Don't ask how, other than it involved a Deardorff that was too heavy, an unreliable tripod head and barely saving the camera and almost...
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    Re: Pouring without spilling?

    If you don't need much volume out of the bottles, syringes can be a good way to go as well.
  36. Re: Compur Electronic 3 shutter - what could go wrong?

    A really crude solution to voltage drift would be to use a higher voltage battery pack (2 cell lithium perhaps which would be ~7.2v) then attach that to a 4.5v voltage regulator. The only drawback is...
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    Re: Gelatin dry plates

    They've been doing the class for quite a few years. George Eastman House workshops are well worth the price if you want to learn the skills.
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    For me the biggest requirement for a pack is full-zip opening or almost full-zip at least. That way I can open up the pack and easily pick the gear out and put it back in when done. I haul my 8x10 in...
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    Re: Best method to encrypt your hard drive

    I doubt you would notice much difference in most cases. Mechanical hard drives can hold their own against SSD doing sequential reads, where SSD performance is really good is random access reads...
  40. Thread: Mystery Dagor...

    by domaz
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    Re: Mystery Dagor...

    Just pointing out that putting lenses into an existing stock of older shutters probably did happen back then. So a 1920s era lens very well could be in a 1910 shutter.
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