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  1. Re: Recommended source for bellows and installation on a Century Studio portait came

    If you go through the Ansco/Agfa catalogs on the cameraexcentrics (sp?) site, you'll notice that they charged a whole lot more than just 20% premium for gray paint. The company execs probably laughed...
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    Re: Lugging a 8x10 Kodak 2D around

    For shorter distances I use an old "portable computer" bag for my D2 and a canvas bag (military?) for my Century Universal. The bag for the D2 has dividers and even an outside compartment. I can fit...
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    Re: Help - shutter blade repair

    Thanks everyone. I'll send Carol a message. What happened to my shutter was that a few blades somehow got unaligned and literally smashed each other to pieces. I'll try the spring steel route; but am...
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    Help - shutter blade repair

    During an act of unspeakable stupidity on my part, I managed to accidentally break a couple of shutter blades of an old Multi Speed Shutter. Looks like the original blades were made of thin (and...
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    Re: Does anyone recognize this tripod head?

    I knew it looked familiar, it IS the railclamp of a Kardan Master TL (should have known all along, because I got one ... will double check later tonight).
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    Re: Does anyone recognize this tripod head?

    Looks like the bottom rail clamp of a Linhof Kardan (GT?).
  7. Re: Does anyone knows something about this large field camera?

    Took a while; but here they are - a couple of pics showing the crank.
    Alex - you owe me big time ... making me dig through 20+ boxes in storage to find the camera in question ;)
  8. Re: Does anyone knows something about this large field camera?

    Alex, I'll try to dig mine out next week and do some pics (it's packed away in the "project" storage stack, and I'll have to finish an important deadline first). The crank is basically a small...
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    Re: My Lack of Knowledge in Wet Plate

    Almost everyone is still using the old forum (it's a busy place), or as Mark Twain would say:"The reports of its death are greatly exaggerated" .
  10. Re: Does anyone knows something about this large field camera?

    Hi Andrew,
    Close, but not close enough, sorry. Lancaster made a myriad of different looking models experimenting with weird hardware and equally wacky names to match. The camera in your link is yet...
  11. Re: Does anyone knows something about this large field camera?

    It's a Lancaster, missing the crank for extending the bed. I have one in whole plate; but mine is currently sans bellows.
  12. Re: What tools do I need to make a metal lens board?

    Harold's method works well ... I've used it for a number of unrelated projects; but be warned, it's a slow process (compared to using power tools) and the hand filing will get you to look like Popeye...
  13. Re: Multiple brass lenses on an antique wooden camera...

    I use a combination of all of the above. Dedicated lensboards for some lenses, adapter for using smaller boards, and the universal iris's. Lensboards can be made on the cheap with basic woodworking...
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    Re: Kodak 2d modification

    A few pics of my work horse 2D. I can't complain about the mod, it's functional and works quite well.
  15. Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    The camera looks like a Century Lantern Slide Camera or Folmer duplicating cameras.
  16. Re: How to operate a Zeiss Ikon Adoro Tropen 230/3

    To close the camera, you probably have to push the two "diagonal" struts a bit down to release them (the upper end of them is probably spring loaded). The camera should then fold and the open/close...
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    Re: Kodak 2d modification

    I'll see if I get around during the Holidays to take a few pics of my 2D. It got a pretty decent front standard mod (swing and tilt). Don't know who built it (bought it used); but it's on a pro level...
  18. Re: Indian made Deardorff copies, anybody's got one of them?

    Steven, I think the underlying problem is that one has first to know what to search for. That can be a serious issue for anyone new to the field (what exactly am I looking for, where to start,...
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    Re: Linhof or Sinar?

    LOL, I haven't won the lottery just yet. Would love to keep both - I know both systems and have worked with both.
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    Re: Linhof or Sinar?

    Good points. The Linhof was my first LF camera, bought it for college. It feels more solid and rugged than the Sinar, however the Sinar is easier to operate (yaw free, "DoF estimator"). I better have...
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    Linhof or Sinar?

    I have a bit of a dilemma. My own camera system of many years is a Linhof Bi-Kardan. I haven't used it much lately to be honest (prefer 8x10 wooden cameras for wetplate etc). But now, a good friend...
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    Re: Can someone help me value this gear?

    The kit you're referring to, belongs to a friend of mine. It DOES include bag bellows and extension rail (check the pics in that thread). If the price is good or not, I don't know; but I thought it...
  23. Re: What was this front standard modification used for?

    It's definitely a custom job; but it's well integrated (ie not a home made hack). The brass strips are to hold the front standard together (otherwise it would most certainly break in the spot where...
  24. What was this front standard modification used for?

    One of my (antique) field cameras has a customized front standard (see pics). It looks like the modification was done by the manufacturer (there are parts missing). Does anyone know what this...
  25. Re: What do you tape your film holders with?

    hockey tape ... cheap and works perfectly (at least for me).
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    Re: Cheap 11x14 film holders on ebay

    I could be wrong, but I see it as a potential weak-spot for light leaks developing. What if the wood starts to work when the holder is subjected to changing temperature/moisture levels (yes, I know,...
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    Re: Cheap 11x14 film holders on ebay

    I took a closer look at the auction images - looks as if the guy uses layers of plywood to build-up thickness of his holders. If you check his other auctions (the one about the "conversion frame for...
  28. Re: Can someone help me to identify which Sinar this is please?

    ditto, it's a "C" ... cross between the F and P
  29. Re: Where to find info on this old Century 4A studio camera ( made by Graflex )

    Fourtoes post earlier pretty well illustrates that the stand can be disassembled rather easily, it's even simpler than the bi-post stands (at least the american made ones, can't speculate on the...
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    Re: What do you suggest me to do?

    My concerns would be the condition of the bellows and if there are any plate holders that go with the camera. If there aren't any holders, you would need to get some custom made (as in extra...
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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    way back, in the 70s, some companies offered a kind of mini-viewcamera for 35mm SLRs. The thing was basically a very fancy macro-bellows contraption and looked a lot like the L-standard Horsemans,...
  32. Re: Camera Equipment Co. Tripods - anyone use?

    I got one like this. Replaced the narrow top with a square one and cut a few large holes on it to reduce weight (looks now a lot like the swiss-cheese metal Canham's).
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    Re: Ansco Studio Camera

    I just recently finished restoring my Ansco stand. Was the battleship/metallic grey "premium de luxe" version :rolleyes: . Anyhow, my original plan of stripping the paint and going with a wood finish...
  34. Re: Epson R2400 Printer: Constant "Communication Error" and Failures

    Did you try a different USB cable (my 2400 gave me grieve with that)? Or what about plugging the printer into another computer? Sometimes something as simple as unplugging the power to "reset" might...
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    Re: Conley 5 x 7 long bellows camera

    Well, Conley isn't Conley. I have a suspicion that the original poster means one of the self-encasing "cycle" cameras and not the much larger and sturdier Kodak 2D/Ansco/B&J/etc lookalikes. Most of...
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    converting Profoto zoomspot to Bowens?

    A friend of mine gave me a Profoto zoomspot for free (among about 100 pound of grip gear:D ). It's one of the older Pro 2 heads with the rectangular plugs.
    Lacking the fitting pack, I am now...
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    Re: My Century 10A Restoration

    I am definitely interested too .. to fix one of my stands.

    Steven - looks like you have just become the new "go-to" guy for camera stand repairs :D
  38. Re: Looking for a No1A Semi-Centenial Stand Crank...

    Looking great - good job. Love the look of the "new" wheel.

    I finished fixing-up my own two stands last weekend :) - an Ansco refinished in black ebony instead of the dead ugly mid-gray, and a...
  39. Re: Help needed for restoration of Ansco Universal View

    That little knob is indeed for locking the bed. It's basically just a screw that pushes a thin strip of brass against the side of the sliding bed (friction lock). The brass strip (connected to the...
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    Re: offered big camera - buy?

    The holder for my camera (a Glock) looks exactly like the one Steven posted in his last post.
    Emil, wondering if you could post some photos of the grundglass back and its design. While I have the...
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