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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    One of the reasons I always have my Swiss Army knife. At night I carry a small .380 pistol when in mountain lion habitat.


    Kent in SD
  2. Thread: 8x10 Progress

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    8x10 Progress

    Some may remember that I bought a Kodak 2d last month and had some issues with major light leaks. A couple of forum members quickly put me on track to fix them. Thanks! Since then I've been taking...
  3. Re: pros/cons of two different lenses at the same focal length?

    The magnification will be the same but the perspective will be different.


    Kent in SD
  4. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    I've processed the ISO 25 plates under a very faint, indirect red light and things went well. As for "Sunny 16," right now on the Northern Plains it's "Sunny 22."


    Kent in SD
  5. Thread: Marble caverns

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    Re: Marble caverns

    I've done a fair amount of photography from a kayak, including the caves on Lake Superior. If you are using a kayak I will give you a warning. When you look through a camera your body is no longer...
  6. Re: Insight Requested on ULF Studio Camera Project

    I shoot tin type. With flash placed 3 feet away, lens is f4, straight flash no modifier, I use 2600ws. I think I'd need twice that for ambro.


    Kent in SD
  7. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    1. They can be processed in a Stearman SP-445 with special available holder or in the SP-810 that doesn't need a holder. Two at a time in SP-445, four at a time in the SP-810. Load them in an...
  8. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    Exposure can vary by a stop depending on cloud cover. Usually it seems to follow visible light close enough that a meter is a help.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: February portraits

    #9 Open Class quads
    Micah Scheilmann & pit crew,
    Lake County Racing



    Taken with my "new" Kodak 2D 8x10, c.1910 Dagor 240mm, FP4+.


    Kent in SD
  10. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    The older plates were slower. The newer ones seem closer to rated speed. Keep in mind the wild card is they are only sensitive to blue and UV light.

    I will add, don't use any filters.

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  11. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    OK. but you'll have to shoot the plate five stops slower (more exposure) than the film. And, remember that the plates are ortho--only sensitive to blue and UV light. I don't know of any meters that...
  12. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    Wouldn't Sunny 16 be 1/2s and f16? What am I missing here? I've been shooting them for the past year & half and find my Minolta meter works reasonably well as a starting point, but better exposure...
  13. Re: Kodak Eastman View 2D: Extension Rail fitting?

    I would consider pulling the studs out, redrilling the holes, and epoxy them back in making sure they are straight.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    I agree. A good portrait captures the essence of the person.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    And of course a Heliar!



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    So, is there a consensus on what is a good value wide angle lens for 8x10--not too expensive, offers some movements? Or is it impossible to have any consensus on a gear forum?:D


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    OK, I think I've got things all sorted out now. :) There were several issues. First, a pin was missing from the 8x10 back. Second, two of the tabs/clips that engage the pins were bent and...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    I'm assuming that for the Symmar S 210mm we are talking about the one with Copal 3, not Copal 1?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Agitate for 30s, then 4 tips or agitate for 10s every minute. Never had problems using the sp445. Must be something I'm doing with the SP810. Will try your suggestions.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    The GG frame was indeed installed upside down! I can't believe I didn't catch that. This is where another set of eyes is a great thing. I flipped it around and put the helper spring on top of the...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Now that makes sense! As it is there is nothing to prevent the holder from slipping out. Camera was disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled by the guy I bought it from. Will try flipping things...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I think I've found the biggest source of the light leak. On the top of the 8x10 back there is a brass channel strip, "P" shaped. It runs across the top of the back. It looks like it's there to...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I put my 5x7 back on the 2D and headed back to the falls this afternoon. Pretty much the same conditions--heavy overcast/light mist, 22 F degrees. I took two shots using Fuji 180mm f5.6 lens: ISO...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    I went out and shot two sheets as a test. Lens was a Nikon 300mm f9 M known to be good. I used the modern Lisco Regal holder, FP4+. Conditions were heavy overcast--exposure was ISO 125, f32, 1/2s....
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    Re: Thornton Pickard Shutter

    New bulbs can be found on ebay, in the camera category.
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    Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    A continuation of my post in the processing forum, "Processing Woes."

    I've determined that my problem isn't processing but is light leaks on the camera back. The back would not seat tightly...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    Will continue thread on the camera forum, "Kodak 2D Light Leaks".


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    I'm going to look at it more closely tonight. I think the biggest issue is the brass clips not lining up and catching properly. The warp isn't great and the clips could conceivably pull everything...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    Well, bigger problems than I though. Shining a flashlight around inside the camera I discovered not one but several sources of light leaks:

    1. The brass clips on the rear standard don't pull the...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    Was out today photo'ing the ice races on Lake Brant using Nikon D850. Decided to try a couple of sheets of FP4+ in the Kodak 2D 8x10. Exposure was "Sunny 22", simple enough. Was very fastidious...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    Don't have a light table big enough for 8x10, but is there a way to turn my computer monitor white and tape negs to that? Could then photo with my Nikon D850 and 105mm macro. I did pretty much...
  32. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Well, 30s and $300.


    Kent in SD
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    Processing Troubles

    Just this month I now have a Kodak 2D 8x10 and a SP810 tank. I've made three attempts at processing some FP4+ in the SP810. I have been using the SP445 for the past year and consistently got great...
  34. Re: Can anyone here please help me identify this wooden bellows camera please?

    Ah yes. It's an empty barrel. Definitely a decoration.


    Kent in SD
  35. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    It starts showing up at wide apertures with many 90mm. More apparent with 75mm and wider of course. I too just correct in PS. Below shot made with Nikkor 75mm f4.5, no center filter.


    Kent in...
  36. Re: Can anyone here please help me identify this wooden bellows camera please?

    My opinion is this was made in the 20th century and is more of a decoration than anything.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    The lens is a fairly common type. Probably won't be economical to repair.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    Exactly what lens? If a velostigmat it is worth fixing. Holders were not standardized and might be more of a problem.
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    I rarely stop down past f22. I don't use tilt as that's not original to the era. I do use front rise because I photo a lot of buildings. The image circle on the 19th C lenses i use generally...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    I'd personally rather watch 12 hours of the Kardashians.:D As for lens, I now shoot 8x10 wet plate and own several 12 inch lenses: Peerless rapid rectilinear, Wollensak Velostigmat, Nikon 300mm M...
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