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    Re: Meopta Magnola (someone else...)

    Maybe Richard Ritter could help you out. I don’t know where you’re posting from, but he has done some good custom work for me and with fair prices.
  2. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    Let us know how the bellows come out. I had Keith replace my Ebony bellows a few years ago and they are excellent. He also told me that they did the Gandolfi bellows for my 5x7 (1995) so I may change...
  3. Re: Another story about a salesman, repairman and machinist, Gidou-san of Toyo camera

    Another happy customer who bought a 45Ti used more than 15 years ago and can’t find anything to complain about so I’ll give it another 15 or so.....great craftsmanship is getting very rare.
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I bought a 16” Dahle guillotine 30 years ago in the clearance corner of an art store. They work. I also have a 24” Roto Trim. Both excellent. The advice of TC to use the cutter only for film is very...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    That’s a good idea, when my dark room is back up and working I will give it a try. 130 is a very nice tool to have in ones pocket.
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I used to mix Ansco 130 in 5000 ml batches with glycin bought fresh from the formulary then stored in 500ml containers filled up to the top. It will keep for a long time stored this way.
    If the...
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    Re: Protar Lenses.

    I used to have a set of series vii lenses from Zeiss Jena like the ones you have plus a 22 cm cell. I found that if I put the longest fl in back using combinations of cells I would get the best...
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    Re: Tired of my ground glass

    Yes Tin Can, I have several pairs of glasses to try to help out old eyes.
    Ashishwakhlu’s screens might be worth a try and at a very reasonable price.
    Has anyone tried them out? And do they need a...
  9. Re: 90mm wide angle Dagor f8, Flange Film/Focal Distance ?

    I have no official information for you, but I do have one of these lenses and I measured the distance to the ground glass for my lens at infinity as 91mm or 3.583”. It would seem that they varied a...
  10. Re: How to Find the Desired Lens from Sellers

    Try Edmond optics. ??
  11. Re: STILL LIFE - Lens Thoughts & Recommendations

    What they said +1
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    Sounds like a plan.
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    I am not familiar with this particular punch, but I can tell you that ( call the pin a punch and call the hole in the plate under it a die) if either the punch or the die has been warn or bent then a...
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    Re: Tired of my ground glass

    Lots of really helpful information and ideas. Thanks! I will post again when and if I am successful or even if I decide to just use what I have.
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    Tired of my ground glass

    Many years ago I broke the gg in my 5x7 camera. Too much wind, not enough weight. I tried making a new one using many different grits and types of grit. Whenever I got one that was really sharp and...
  16. Re: Omega D2 and zone VI cold light questions

    You have two wires which I assume have standard plugs on the end. One should turn the light on and the other is probably a warmer to try and keep the output constant. The socket is a sensor to...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    My two cents. I think that the best camera of whatever format is the one that you have or can afford. Make negatives with it for a time and if it works for your needs, use it. If you find yourself...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Of course if you could use a wider angle lens and include the light source then your MC will work wonders and you could crop out the light in the darkroom and have no reflections next door.
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Whether or not MC the wider angle lenses can have some problems with reflections if a light source is close to the edge of the image. It’s good practice to use Something to block the light. Lens...
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    Re: Swapping Lens cells

    The spacing Should be the same on like number shutters, but take out the lens that you don’t want to use and put it aside. Measure the total length of the lens that you Do want to use. Unscrew the...
  21. Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    When I bought a 5x7 Kodak enlarger, I found myself doing a lot of changing and rebuilding. One of the last things to do was to make two negative carriers, one for 4x5 and one for 5x7. It came with a...
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    Re: 150mm - 165mm for 4x10

    150 mm f9 Graphic Kowa (similar to computar) will cover 4x10 but not 8x10, is sharp, light and if in a shutter expensive. If you are lucky enough to find one like I did that was in a graphic arts...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I do something like that, I hold both ends of the lid as I lower it onto the tray. You can feel the center and should have no problem. I also like to shuffle the loaded tray to hear the loose films...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Practice makes perfect! I had a similar experience once, then I immediately figured out how to do it in the light and then in the dark with success in all subsequent times using the tank.
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    PS, Love the TV! Looks like a face .
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    Did you ever take pictures of the TV screen? 1/25 second or you didn’t get the whole screen. I took the lunar landing with the banner “ Live from the moon” across the top. Horrible resolution, but...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    I wanted to say something like “He who has the last lap”...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    I would agree with Jody, being one of those photographers with a lathe and having cut threads to very close tolerances in the past with disastrous result. Threads didn’t really become standardized...
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    Re: Flange Troubles

    Could be that the “machinist” didn’t know which way the flange went and only went as far with the thread as he thought was necessary to screw it onto the lens, therefore he needs to finish the...
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Goo Gone on a paper towel will remove it without desolving your plastic into a gooey mess.
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    I also like foot switches. But alas, I discovered the RH Designs Stop Clock Vario and now have just one foot switch. I kept one of my Lektra timers and a few foot switches as a back up.
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    If you set up the camera on the tripod correctly the image will not change from side when you pivot to the next section. The tripod Must be leveled perfectly and the pivot point is in the center of...
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    And do it well enough so that they look like they line up because they would if put together.
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    If you are going to just move the back left and right you will end up with the same distortion as an extreme wide angle lens. I have done two and three part panoramas with 4x5 and a 5x7 cameras. You...
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    Re: Dark cloth

    I have used a Harrison dark cloth that I have used for years. It is silver on one side and black on the other and the Velcro makes it easy to use.
    I think that the website is Camera Essentials. Do...
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    Re: Contact Prints Without Enlarger?

    A question...could one get blue and green led bulbs and do split grade printing?
  37. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    McMaster-Carr sells them, but you have to buy packages of 100......$3 -$4 ish. My camera was worth that.
  38. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    If you can find fiber washers, they are much more secure than nylon and don’t slip like steel. I changed a couple of steel washers that were on the focusing stops on my Ebony 4x5 and the focusing...
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    Sometime after using a view camera for awhile, the image that is up side down stops being a nuisance and becomes second nature. You might even find that it can help with composition to have the image...
  40. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    My 2 cents.....Macro Symmar 120 mm.
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