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    Re: It is Majestic!

    I put that head on a Quick-set Hercules and was able to find a Hercules dolly. Someone upgraded the casters, smooth as silk.
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    Re: It is Majestic!

    I'm impressed. The tripod is in beautiful condition. So much fun!
    Excellent table saw skills as well!
  3. Poll: Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    I sometimes worry about money, that something will come along, once in a lifetime, that I don't have "mad money" to buy. I'm not a vegetarian but I use a pressure cooker to prepare dry beans, that I...
  4. Poll: Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Geez I wasn't anxious, but now I'm feeling guilty for not getting more done.

    This Covid 19 thing has stopped me from working with my younger, more exposed friends. I really love medium format...
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    Re: Stiff Majestic gear head - how to fix it?

    Yeah I lucked out on that Saltzman. I've never seen one of the studio stands. Just pictures. And yes great movie!
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    Re: Stiff Majestic gear head - how to fix it?

    Hard to see, I put the Majestic head on Quick-set Hercules tripod legs. The Hercules came with a beautiful video head, I may use someday. My, machinist pal made me an adapter while I waited, he said...
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    Re: The End of the Copal Shutter Era

    Does Fuji make leaf shutters? I believe the X100V has an in lens shutter, useless for LF. But someone is making these.
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    I recently bought a couple RRS ball heads. I looked at the MODERN Manfrotto and Gitzo stuff and was shocked at what kind of junk is being sold. I picked up some vintage, mid 90's NOS Black anodized...
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    Re: Stiff Majestic gear head - how to fix it?

    I have a beautiful Majestic head. I haven't used it. Got it with a really lousy camera stand. I was having problems with the crank tilt feature, so stiff took two hands to turn the crank. The issue...
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    Re: Kodak D76 Recall

    What the Hell is going on. I have a stockpile of Tetenal XTOL. I don't know what I will do after that. There's plenty of others willing to supply quality materials. Ilford seems to be doing...
  11. Thread: 6x17 Images

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    Re: 6x17 Images

    All very nice Ektar is an amazing color negative film. I love looking at Fujichrome too. I've got a bunch of 120 and enough E6 and C41 chemistry to get by for a couple years. The Fuji cameras are so...
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    Re: Hard water!!!

    Iron is brutal on everything both in solution or the nasty ultrafine stuff.
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    Re: Hard water!!!

    Water softener is for dishwasher and bath. Converting Calcium carbonate to sodium carbonate isn't a good idea for developers especially. I have a RO system, I use it always when mixing powdered...
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    Re: Vitamin C developer for paper

    Interesting experimental work. I use Bromophen, I like it better than Dektol especially with warm tone fiber based paper.

    Looks like you are getting good results.
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Yes, this fume extractor is a capacitor start motor. Harbor Freight dust collection system. Way too much. I need to open the door to the darkroom. Too much negative pressure will cause problems...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    My plumbing mess cleaned up. Cleaned up some bizarre plumbing I did as a quick, temporary, setup that ended up being over 5 years. While doing that I put in a dedicated RO system, bigger tank so I...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    This has mutated from a Beseler Universal 45, to a Beseler/Minolta 45a thread. I have one of these I got for free. One of these days I'm going to take a couple months and try to figure it out. In...
  18. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    It's easy to get a tooth or two off especially if someone has had it apart. If all you have is the condenser head (which isn't super light) it should move up smooth. If you have the 1st generation...
  19. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    Alignment.
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    Re: How do I remove Beam Splitter Glass

    Yeah, mine is a Kalart too. I think Zeiss Ikon supplied Polaroid with rangefinder components. I got my mirror out of a Polaroid Big shot.
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    Re: How do I remove Beam Splitter Glass

    I have a Crown Graphic, the glass was shot. I cut a piece from a Polaroid range finder and glued it on top of the original. Works fine. Not very elegant. There are guys that will make it like new...
  22. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    I have used Ilford Bromophen with Azo and Fomalux. I like the results. Another paper to consider is Fomatone. It's got quite a bit of silver chloride in the emulsion. It tones like crazy. Kodak Blue...
  23. Re: The new Ektachrome E100, Tetenal E6 and Jobo

    Thanks so much. This is the first time I've seen this much info from Jobo.
  24. Re: The new Ektachrome E100, Tetenal E6 and Jobo

    Can you provide a link. What is the calendar? Is this literally a 2020 calendar, one you can hang on a nail?
  25. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Maybe I could smuggle Kodalk I've got some beautiful old bottles. I have some Kodak produced glycin that was sold in the 1940s by EKCo under the trade name Athenol, still a free flowing powder, tan...
  26. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    The film is an Eastman Kodak product, Alaris has the right to sell, Alaris has the formulas etc. Still there's a crew of probably a couple hundred people on the planet, that work for Eastman Kodak...
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    Dry, cool, and sealed up. There's so much sulfite in XTOL that helps. This was the last great effort made in black and white chemistry by EKCo. It keeps very well. I've kept the original package,...
  28. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    Wow, that's a fast response from a supplier. Well done.
  29. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    I have the same lens, the board needs to be cut to fit the shutter. There's a fellow in Chicago that makes marvelous lens boards for cheap. He's on Ebay. The shutter needs to be fully engaged and the...
  30. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    One really great investment I've made is a Reverse Osmosis water system. I have bought 2 systems over the years, for 2 homes. I bought a 5 stage system, really all that's needed is a 4 stage....
  31. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    The stuff produced in Germany by Tetenal should be fine if you literally have 50 5 L packages and intend to use it, I would find a air tight container like a small drywall bucket, with a gasket and...
  32. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    This is what I use. Talboys brand variable speed propeller mixer. I was lucky and found a brand new surplus unit for $120, then the SS prop with shaft was another 30 bucks. I use a German made,...
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    Beseler made negative carriers everything from 8 mm upto 4x5. Condenser enlargers make the most of the lamp output, with the huge glass condensers. I've used these enlargers for 40 years. I have 3...
  34. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    I've made two batches of the new formula XTOL. I use a variable speed propeller mixer. No lack of stirring. I dissolve part A, there are still a bit of suspended particles, but I go ahead and dump...
  35. Re: Midtone Machines - Automatic Film Processing Machine

    Brilliant! I'm looking forward to further reports!
  36. Re: Midtone Machines - Automatic Film Processing Machine

    Do you have provision for tempered water wash cycles? If you use Kodak Flexicolor process C-41RA like all C-41 processing Developer 3'15", Bleach (Process C-41 RA) is 1 minute, or longer if you...
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    Re: Kodak D76 Recall

    Wow, what a mess!
    Kodak Alaris has sold the color negative paper and color chemistry business to the China distributor of Kodak. Alaris switched the manufacturer of the black and white chemistry,...
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    Re: 4 x 5 Contact Printing Question

    If you want a high chloride content paper that responds to every toner you throw at it try Fomatone . Fibre base semi gloss or gloss. It's VC yet acts a bit like the older papers. Foma stopped making...
  39. Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    Well CatLABS has said that this film is reminiscent of Panatomic X and more old school films. From what I've seen people are getting good results. I shoot Ilford and Kodak in black and white sheet...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    I use these heads I have 3 that work perfectly and 2 that are not working properly. The red filter is there because it's a color head. When you use it with the black and white controller, there's a...
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