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    Re: Zeiss Protar 8.5cm f18 Bill Brandt lens

    The "distortion" all ultrawides suffer is the (for example) room will look stretched deeper than reality...

    Maybe not an issue for most, and can "enhance" a scene...

    Steve K
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    Don't use red... It is made to be permanent, and a bugger if you have to remove screw at some point...

    Blue is fine, but a little watery before it sets, so it can run...

    Remove with a couple of...
  3. Re: Your experience with Perceptol and Microphen, compared to ID-11 - Some questions

    After the demise of 2475 Recording film (while I was doing theatrical photography), didn't like the Tmax 1600, so went looking for a "push" developer...

    I found the formula for making Microphen...
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    Re: Winter Weather Photography

    Bring on the beautiful pictures... I'll be someplace warm...


    I grew up near NYC, and it got cold enough for me... I had leaf shutters seize up, and seen vinyl sheet items break like eggshells,...
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    Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    I think the red sensitivity best helped me in astrophotography... Stars usually have some red in them so would show up well, and the background dark blue + contrast would hold down the haze & sky......
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    Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    I have found it difficult to get a "natural" scale out of it, and many tests to get even processing on the material...

    But good for a harder contrast for very flat subjects like macro, fog, etc......
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    Re: Grafmatic Back Operation

    There have been recent post about these, so search this site...

    Steve K
  8. Re: Masking a Ground Glass for Cinema Aspect Ratios

    I would just use a marked overlay of mylar (free mylar from discarded lab processing sleeves), or you can develop out some fogged B/W sheet film and cut out a GG mask for your formats... You can add...
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    Re: I Wish They Would Make . . .

    Not sure of the exact name, but those folding spectator chairs (with the arm rests & beer can holder)... They fold into a little tube pouch, and will raise a case to at least sitting level... And can...
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Haven't used them in the lab yet, but have seen them up close... Well made, sturdy, and inexpensive... Didn't see the drain connection, but these would need to be drained, so some provision would be...
  11. Re: Masking a Ground Glass for Cinema Aspect Ratios

    In the studio, we would draw on mylar overlays for the GG... Most art directors would specify a proportion needed for an ad layout, and that had to be followed exactly through the shooting process......
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    Re: Pentax digital spotmeter battery drain?

    With mine, a new lithium battery, even with very frequent use lasts more than several years normally, so not an issue... If an issue, something is wrong with it...

    They take a slightly odd battery...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    But I think geared T/S movements would be most useful on a copy stand mounted camera doing extreme close-ups of small objects that are irregular in shape and the tiny DOF is helped with movements to...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    I think the overriding "secret to success" for any view camera is the ability to operate all controls by feel... That once you are under the darkcloth and eyes have adjusted, that you know exactly...
  15. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    And not a Turkey in the bunch!!! Happy Thanksgiving, and here comes the holidaze... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Search "hydroponics flood tables"...

    Sturdy/cheap...

    Steve K
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    I'm not crazy about geared swings/tilts... I like to be able to flick them in/out to see the effect I'm getting... In the studio or field alike...

    Steve K
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    Another thing for mixing packaged developers is to mix in a small amount (1 gram) of sodium sulfite before mixing in developer contents to scavenge oxygen from solution which will age solution upon...
  19. Re: 8x10" at which length, is an auxiliary bellows support necessary?

    I keep a strip of that grey case foam in all of my kits to (usually) stuff under between bellows & rail (or bed) to lift the bottom sag...

    Steve K
  20. Thread: Oh my . . .

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    Re: Oh my . . .

    Great job, great comments!!!

    Long may you run...

    Steve K
  21. Re: Film Developing Rant and CineStill DF96 Monobath - Am I Lazy?

    I think of processing as a zen thing... No fones, or anything to bother me... Just me and it... Zen, like raking leaves, necessary, but mindless, and creating/realizing during the time... ;-)
    ...
  22. Re: Film Developing Rant and CineStill DF96 Monobath - Am I Lazy?

    It becomes easy as cooking a meal... Just get into the groove... A couple of weeks processing a run a day/night will get most of it out of the way... Set up everything so you can easily start each...
  23. Re: Modified Surveying Tripod, Dutch Hill_Bolex.

    Great 'pod!!! One wooden cine tripod I use is a well worn large Miller with a large bowl, but still has the Arri fluid head working on it (Air Force surplus)... A little bulky, but not super heavy to...
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    Re: Intrepid 4x5 - new model due.

    I think it's great an an affordable camera line is available to users that's not some unrefined KS offering with the bugs not taken out of them (yet)...

    My future concern is if this really takes...
  25. Thread: DIY Basebord?

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    Re: DIY Basebord?

    The first thing to check is what is happening to your old baseboard... Take a long straight edge and lay it from the column mating area to the outer corners on it's edge... Put a flashlight behind...
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    Re: C.P. Goerz Berlin D.R.P. Dogmar Age

    Sync can be added to these shutters by a tech... I have several that it was an obvious add-on, and some even had a PC socket end...

    For still life work in a darkened studio, open flash (using B...
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    Re: Intrepid 4x5 - new model due.

    Decent plywood is cross grained layers so as materials start to dry out, layers pull across grain layers so evenly spread...

    Makers of cameras of the past would have used plywood more, if they had...
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    Re: Darkroom from zero: Chems disposal

    The definitive answer is to contact your local agency that handles septic disposal and get their recommendations... Explain you are a casual user (not a volume photo lab) and want to get it right and...
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    Re: When does Photo-Flo go bad?

    It doesn't go bad, but if in a bottle that was capped in an environment where contaminants were present, it could mix with solution...

    PF solutions are usually mixed very strong, leaving remains...
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    Re: Use of plus lenses to shorten bellows draw.

    I have used + & - lenses when using singular lenses on some of my odd cameras, and they do work, but outer area definition can suffer... Stopping down all the way can even out the effect a little,...
  31. Re: Headless LF Enlargers Rise UP!.....................LED

    The chassis is the hard part, heavy and exact...

    Many new options for light panels for today!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    Problem with the glasses set-up is just turning 'yer head changes the stereo perspective on recording... Wear a neck brace, and only stare at one spot during entire recording... ;-)

    Also found...
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    On a Graflex, most of the boxy body is the mirror box and is large... They only use longer focus lenses due to this...

    You would be well informed by prototyping the mirror box, front lens...
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    Re: Linhof Technika III vs later models

    Congratulations!!! Getting a complete camera as a kit is a big+++, as the accessories are period correct, as there was some minor variations with lensboards etc that don't completely interchange...
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    Re: processing 20x24 film in a 3063 Jobo drum

    The film could be making contact with a rib or something, or flopping or popping around inside causing uneven agitation...

    Check to see how well film fits and holds inside, maybe taking a waste...
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    Re: Thinking of buying an Omega B-8 enlarger

    Both good deals, just make sure everything needed for operation is there, as missing parts can be hard to find... And make sure condensers or diffusers are there, and not damaged... Some models use...
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    Re: Linhof Technika III vs later models

    Ahhhhhh, still a wrist-wrecker even with that "anatomic grip"... Made for ham-fisted teutonic types...

    Mark's hand & wrists must look like the "mummy's curse" these days...
    ;-)

    Even a...
  38. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    Thanks, I'll check out the video, but I'm not sure I can handle seeing people I dealt with over 40 years ago and what they might look like now!!! Jeff was cute, young looking, and geeky, but time has...
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    Re: Linhof Technika III vs later models

    I not sure about having an RF on a LF camera... The Tek is heavy, and not comfortable hand holding it for long, not much of an area to read focus, having a larger GG to focus and compose on is one of...
  40. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    I grew up around the corner from Fishkin's, hung out there a lot, and even worked there for a spell... Learned a lot, and was a primer for the foto industry for me... Most all of my early gear and...
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