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  1. Can you use plexiglass for darkroom sinks?

    Hi YA - Fiberglas cloth comes in a roll and is a very easy to work covering over a plywood sink frame. There is a 2-part epoxy that gets painted on [couple of coats] over the fiberglas. In fact, the...
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    Cleaning Riteway Film Holders

    Try the vacuum with the holders closed, then open them up, take the dark-slides out and re-vacuum. Let them sit for a day, then dust the inside are where you're going to load the film using a good...
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    Availability of Tri-X sheet film

    Bruce - Perhaps you'll feel a little better if I tell you that I went back to Tri-X last year. I have been a working photographer since 1959, and shoot everything from 35mm thru 8x10. I've used T-Max...
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    Avedon's 8X10 portraits-what lens???

    I answered Mark directly from the office earlier today, but just to keep everyone current with the discussion, I'll do it again. Yes Arbus did use a Rollei when she and her husband were in the...
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    Avedon's 8X10 portraits-what lens???

    Mark - Just a bit of minutia: Diane Arbus actually used a Mamaiya two and a quarter, and had several lenses [actually lens pairs since it's a TLR]. This doesn't diminish your point any, it's just...
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    Older Linhof select lens

    Ron, I don't know about you, but I sure can't tell anything about quality by looking at a lens [unless there are big gouges!]. However, the skilled German engineers who check each lens before the...
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    fresnel lens mounting

    Ron - This is the correct placement of the fresnel lens. The focus should be perfect.
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    Black and white film

    After trying VERY hard to make the TMAX films do the work in our office - and that's since they were introduced; enough time?? - I've reverted to good, old Tri-X. That's Tri-X for every format we...
  9. Thread: MMP MK8

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    MMP MK8

    The MMP is a very good first camera for you. It has more controls than a Graphic or Bush, and fewer than a Linhof. You shouldn't need to pay more than $200 for the camera w/o lens. The "normal" lens...
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    How to attach cable release

    Call Calumet. They sell a cable release made for recessed boards which has a very short collar. It will work perfectly on your Tech.
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    handling glass plate negs

    Twenty years ago, the Northampton Historical Society got a Ford Foundation grant for me to print their extensive collection of glass plates. These were almost all 8x10, and so I made contact prints...
  12. bush pressman? super graphic? waste of time?

    I agree that the Super Graphic is a much better made camera. However, that Busch will still make beautiful negatives. Just remember that they are ALL boxes to hold the lens and film, with some more ...
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    Focussing a 4x5?

    I'm going to throw in something that most of us find obvious, but someone who is just starting out looking at a ground-glass image may not have thought about - yet. Use a loupe, a magnifier or even...
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    Enlarging lenses: APO or not?

    I have great respect for Bob, and his information is always useful. However, I have never [o.k. so I do wear glasses!] been able to actually SEE the difference between APO and non-APO enlarging lens...
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    Tracking LF Negatives Developed By Labs

    From One Richard to Another - Inside your film holder flaps, you'll see small indentations. These are meant to take glued-in, clear film tabs. The tabs can be numbered to correspond with numbers on...
  16. Thread: 210 lens

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    210 lens

    As it happens, there are two Kodak 203's up on the LF section of EBay right now. I agree that they are very sharp, small and may be had for a reasonable price.
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    effect of small scratch on rear element

    I too feel fairly strongly that you won't see any effect. However, it would be fair for you to give it a try prior to purchase. Dick Fish
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    film type for submital art

    When photographing artwork for museums and artists, be they paintings, drawings, photographs etc., I use Fuji 64-T. That's a tungsten blanced film that runs in E-6 chemistry. It's pretty standard...
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    processing 4x5

    You-all are not going to like this, but I have to write it anyway........... I HATE TMax developer. In fact, except for copy stand work [T-Max 100], I no longer use TMax film at all. I've returned...
  20. Filter size & Availabilty for Commercial Ektar

    I believe it's a series 9, but I'm at home now and the lens is at the office. If you'll "knock on my door in the morning" EDT, I'll tell you exactly. Use: dfish@smith.edu
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    Questions about 4x5 film carrires

    Nothing beats using a glass carrier. So it takes a little dust control and probably extra spotting, but the darned negatives doesn't move an iota during focusing or exposure, or in between. Glass...
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    Omega view cameras???

    Yes, I use one on a Bencher copy stand. It's a monorail of fair quality, something like the low-end Calumet. It would be workable for you x's purposes, but certainly not as stable as a Sinar, for...
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    Rodenstock Imagon availability

    David- You might also consider a Kodak Portrait lens. The 305mm was made for 8x10 and is usually found in a #5 Ilex shutter. They are very fast and soft, until they're stopped down to f/11 and...
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    Good air compressor? Any suggestions?

    In days of yore, when we had a four photographer lab, we bought a USED dental compressor from a medical supply store - no oil, no moisture, no noise [well, not enough to bother anyone]. They even...
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    Shutter for older lens

    My guru in the matter of LF shutters is Steve Grimes: skgrimes@skgrimes.com. If you and Steve agree that a Packard shutter is indeed, as has been suggested, an easy answer, you may want to speak...
  26. Linhof tested and selected Schneider and Rodenstock

    You CAN BANK on anything that Linhof tells us, or on what is said by the spokesperson for their U.S. rep - Bob Salomon. You'll find Bob following the LF newsgroup daily. For 40 years I have been...
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    4X5 neg film

    Larry - Color or B&W???
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    Info on Ektars?

    Brian- Steve Grimes can give you better info [skgrimes@skgrimes.com], and I could probably tell you more if I were at the office, because I use several Ektars [love 'em !] including both a Wide Field...
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    Compur shutter

    Steve Grimes can repair your shutter/iris or can sell you a brand new Copal shutter. He is the best! Check out his Web pages @ www.skgrimes.com
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    Durst 1000, 1100, 1200 Enlargers

    Well, I didn't have any luck trying to get folks to talk about the Zone VI enlar ger, so maybe no one is interested in enlargers. Everyone here isn't strictly in the contact print mode, are they? No?...
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    Zone VI 5x7 Enlarger

    Anyone have anything to say about the Zone VI 5x7 enlarger? There's one up for b id on EBay auctions, with the variable contrast coldlight.
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    Have I found an 8x10 worth checking?

    Jacque - Wait for the Deardorf or the alum. Kodak. Either is far hardier that the Zone VI. The Caltars were and are, reportedly made by Rodenstock. [the very earliest Caltars were made by Ilex, but...
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    8X10 ENLARGER

    I don't know where you're located, but I have found you an Elwood 8x10. Mark Hult in Ohio, has one listed on photonet. Mark's e-mail is hult@cinternet.net

    Good luck. Dick
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    Super Angulon VS Kodak widefield Ektar

    Only slightly off-topic, but I do love my Ektars, both Commercial and Wide Field. Yes I do have more modern lenses, but frankly, the super Schneiders are just TOO sharp for me. I love both my 190...
  35. Book on Environmental Portrait Technique

    Any of Yousef Karsh's books of portraits will clearly and elegantly demonstrate how he worked [usually on location] with a subject's environment. He worked some with 4x5, but mostly with 8x10, and he...
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    ELWOOD ENLARGER

    Lens & Repro in NYC often has one, and they get about $700 for them. I bought mine 20 years ago, also used, for $350. My Aristo cold-light that I use on the Elwood, blew up two weeks ago, and Aristo...
  37. Xenar 300 f5.6 - any thoughts on this lense

    Scott - I picked one up last year to use on my 810 Deardorff. It's a whole lot contrastier than my 12" Commercial Ektar - in fact it's so much "harder" that I won't use it for people pix. $500 is a...
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    Renting LF lenses in North East

    Lens & Repro in New York City has a very large and active rental department. You might also check with E.P.Levine in Boston. At Levine's, ask for Steve Brettler and at L&R, it's Jeff Kay.
  39. any disadvantages/shortcoming or technical non-niceties in the Horseman Lx and Lx-C 4x5?

    Sinar P and P2 - and maybe other models too - will allow easy removal of the bellows and the turning of the standards. Sinars are made a whole lot better than Horsemans. They're often found used at ...
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    Removing an overtightened lens cell

    Bob Solomon of HP Marketing, the U.S. distributor of Rodenstock participates in this, and most other LF forums. He'll answer you, or you can locate his e-mail address from one of this earlier...
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