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  1. Re: How did they blacken the metal stops & caps of the Daguerre era lenses?

    They painted or treated the inside of brass barrels in a variety of ways. Waterhouse stops were done chemically to retain the black, when they scrape in out and out of the slot. Selenium Dioxide is...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Smug incredulity aside, a problem with human nature is we don't believe some risks are real, or apply to us. Especially when young, or semi-experienced.

    I still think it will be cyanobacteria...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I think it will be found they drank bad water with blue-green algae toxins. It was 103-109 deg that day, no shade, southern facing slope. While exposure to that could have hurt or killed a person,...
  4. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    Taxing casual sales was until recent times a technicality, but never enforced. Flea markets, "cash only" barber shops and similar venues, yard sales, auto sales, crop sales (roadside produce stands)...
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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    No, it's just that one or two members feel the need to reply to each and every post, every day, every week. It's become their personal "answer everything" space. As members have gotten tired of it,...
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    Re: Protar Lenses.

    My unresearched hypothesis is the "...AR" in Protar started a whole industry of naming lens designs to end in "...AR".
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    A fairly slow lens, not that difficult of a focal length to get in large process or recon lenses. Must have been the rarity factor, and the Dallmeyer name. I wish my 47" Hermagis was as popular!
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    Re: RIP Will Dunniway

    I met him early in my wetplate journey, online and on the phone. He was a good wetplate friend we talked often about lenses and vintage equipment, which we both were really into. I sold him some,...
  9. Re: Are Daguerreotype Included in Wet Plate Threads

    I did want to learn it. Just havent.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    I did too today. New Mexico ghost town chicken.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51060639123_e06ea5e147_b.jpg
  11. Re: Are Daguerreotype Included in Wet Plate Threads

    They're not wetplates any more than a polaroid is 35mm slide film.

    For every 100,000 digital photographers there is 1 wetplater. For every 3 million there is a daguerrotype photographer. ...
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    Re: Petzval Formula DIY?

    You are asking if materials are important in a design?

    Yes, the refractive index of each lens was highly important, and slightly variable. So even if you have the precise curves mapped out for...
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    Re: Help with this tiny Dallmeyer

    Now that's a precise answer! Good seeing both of you.
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Steven has kept the interest going for sure, looks like his post-count passed me since those days....I've got other hobbies.
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Just checking in. Nice to see this discovery I made over 11 years ago still gets people excited.
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    Re: Backpack for 11x14 Camera

    I would not want to carry any big LF camera anymore, but hat's off to those that do. I carried my 5x7 and several light lenses (including an aluminum Karl Struss) last weekend a hundred yards or so...
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    Re: CC Harrison lens

    I know it wasn't you, I was just putting some information down for anyone.
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    Re: CC Harrison lens

    A couple of points here. CC Harrison never made a Rapid Rectilinear anyway.

    Steve, ALL CC Harrisons I've ever had have been excellent quality. It's not a "crap shoot" unless someone has...
  19. Re: Night time wet plates, has anyone succeded?

    Trying to do this is like putting a person in a round room and telling them there is a dollar in the corner.
  20. Re: Night time wet plates, has anyone succeded?

    As said above, once a wetplate dries, it's not sensitive. I've never had one stay wet more than about 5 minutes after bringing it out of the silver bath. That is why there were almost no low light...
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    Re: Forum Growth.....or not?

    To me the golden era of this forum is over. In 2007-2014 it was vibrant and very active with a lot of different posters. If a question was asked, yes, many regulars answered quickly (like me, my...
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    Re: Secure selling?

    Paypal is a good service. USPS Money Orders are not what they used to be. There are stories of people having others intercept them, cash them, and the PO policy is that if it was cashed at an...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Went to the oldest Jesuit mission in southern Arizona today.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50792525743_38faf5c38d_b.jpg

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50793270141_b4e6095491_b.jpg...
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Gold Rim Dagors look and cost fancy.
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    Re: Wet plate on Astronomy Picture of the Day

    Wetplate was used for astronomy for many decades, even after film. But this part of the caption has me scratching my head, what are "modern chemicals?" "This modern version of a wet-plate collodion...
  26. Don't sell to "Delaware" without looking at the address

    https://badbuyerlist.org/buyer/2efc452796f2e37e48e98ee5

    Good to know a Chinese "front" is allowed to operate year after year in America, scamming ebay sellers, and no investigation. These scams...
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    Re: Found Photographs

    I found some more photos this weekend, glass slides. Rolling mill, pouring off slag, NY, 1911. These remind me of Jim Galli.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50714559276_2a9c2c10b3_b.jpg
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Canon 25mm LTM on Ektar 100

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50678698213_66daa44080_b.jpg
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    Re: Thanksgiving Photos - 2020

    We also camped at the CA beaches a few days. I shot 1 roll of B&W film. The slot canyons looked better on digital, but I like this film one:
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    Thanksgiving Photos - 2020

    We went camping in isolated parts of California this week, right before Thanksgiving. Slot canyon hike was fun.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50647979688_77c3db5df9_h.jpg
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    First, there isn't a "dilution" with hypo, you buy crystals, and make it yourself with water. Second, when you say "do you think would work...?" I don't have to "imagine or guess" what might work,...
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    The plot thickens. You are using the two part hardening formula? That would be adding an unknown variable. I'd say try some tradition Hypo, Sodium Thiosulfate made from scratch.
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    Thanks for the link, so 5 plates in 4x5 are $15, which sounds reasonable. It is hard to find good glass, however none of us wetplaters "have been searching for it for years" as the seller states. ...
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    I don't know how you are stopping the development, but technique helps ensure you don't get "Prussian Blue" on your plates. It's not so much length of time, it's having some agitation or water flow...
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    Glass is glass. What is it's price? I searched for it on the linked site to no avail.
  36. Re: Brass Lens Front Element is loose / Need help

    If you can show some pictures, we can help. Some lens fixtures have a rolled edge, some have a screw in ring, to hold the glass in.
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    Re: Some critique please

    Looks perfect to me too. Several things make wetplate hard, so next time may be worse...or better. UV light levels, and age of collodion both change exposure times. So keep doing what you're...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Yep, just read this, and the first thing I thought looking at your first example was "overexposed". It can show up a weird places looking like brighter areas or swirling flows, simulating other...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    I just pinged Quinn to tell the new Admin to get on the ball. I hope you can at least search the copious answers to almost every question on that site. No need to ask them again....read the site.
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    Re: Wet Plate in Winter

    The silver bath works best at room temperature. There can be numerous and variable faults if it gets too cold, or too hot. It never gets that cold here, but I suppose I'd arrange some insulation on...
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