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    Re: Deardorff Specials

    As I recall, they were basically a 5x7 camera with a revolving 4x5 back. A regular VH 5x7 back was optional.
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    Re: nega 138 help

    That carrier has some kind of distinctly non-factory DIY conversion, adapted to some other application. You'll have to re-adapt the positioning.
  3. Re: "Camera Work" A Photographic Quarterly. Online

    Some insanely iconic images. The ads are interesting too. Pyro, color checker charts, vintage cameras, even drymount tissue. I'd imagine any intact issues would auction for quite a high price.
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    Re: How do sellers handle paper age?

    Dealer or distributor policy is dicey at best. I've seen 30 year old paper still for sale, and not even discounted. If anyone ever buys it, it won't be much good. Should have been liquidated long...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Plexi doesn't take heat well without buckling. It's also electrostatic, so attracts dust. I of course use ground translucent white plexi diffusers above the top glass, but that is a different...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    I just got some custom-sized AN carrier glass from ScanTech in LA. Nice looking product, but it will still be a few more weeks before I get a chance to test it with my 8x10 cold light enlarger. I...
  7. Re: Suggest a place that can make some developing tubes

    Ditto. Just get some short sections of dirt cheap ABS drainage pipe. But one thing others haven't mentioned is that you need to scrub them well before use, including the caps.
    ABS manufacture...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Part of Kerry's stipulation is that a backpacking lens also be capable of using a small 52mm filter, which would eliminate some excellent choices needing slightly bigger filters. Therefore I wouldn't...
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    Re: Mido holders scratching film?

    30 times? Yikes! That looks like a Mido I holder, which was made of very thin material capable of heat buckling and touching the film. I never got along with those; but the Mido II clamshell style...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    My Omega enlarger was made forty years before that time. The colorhead fan pooped out, but the chassis and neg carrier - all the mechanical stuff - still works fine. I have other enlargers, so never...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    I've done a lot of LF photography in the mountains, both 4x5 and 8x10, up to a hundred miles at a time, PLUS all necessary gear and supplies in the same pack too. And now in my 70's, finding ways to...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Get a real glass carrier with anti-Newton glass. They're common for Omega D. There's no way to make truly sharp prints otherwise, especially if negs are significantly enlarged. Darkrooms need to be...
  13. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    I don't think about it much, John. I prefer tactile hands-on work anyway. Right now I've got some necessary computer chores (non-imaging). But I'd hate to go back to my ole day-job life of carpal...
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    I simply ground some extra flats on one of my hex rods (now an "oct" rod), allowing me to use it on either an F camera or in either regular mode or diagonal position on the Norma. I don't have one of...
  15. Re: Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent - Sticky

    Any fabric urethane coating rolled up tight, especially in humid conditions, breaks down and becomes sticky over time. And just like its main ingredient, it starts smelling like piss when...
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    Re: Help with enlarger transportation

    Beastly? Those are tiny as far as enlargers go. The mounting presses was obviously heavier, but the real prize. It can be fun getting everything back to full working condition, and even more fun...
  17. Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Unfortunately, my father was the concrete inspector for the start of the Central Valley Project. For the house foundation, he used the same concrete formula as for the dam, and its leftover 1-1/2...
  18. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    Flip the question. Is it worth it to spend endless hours trying to learn how to get digital to imitate what I already know how to do better in a real darkroom?
  19. Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Randy - Asphalt emulsion as a wall sealant is pretty much an antique method. The correct type probably doesn't even exist anymore. Far better products have existed for decades now, and are themselves...
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    Re: Fotar Horizontal Enlarger?

    There were a number of features with the horizontal Durst which needed dedicated accessories and components which were not interchangeable were their regular commercial vertical/horizontal units, and...
  21. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Being supported on the thinnest sections might well equate to less stability. Extend them a little bit for the reason Maris just explained. But if you don't need the extra height, it's those thinnest...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    John - I finally got a full update from the family who bought my house. It was slightly below the fire. But when they were all helicopter rescued out of Edison Lake and then couldn't even return...
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    Re: Donald Ross Photography

    Very nice. I see a real connection with your own work, Merg, and Brett's too.
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    Re: Diane Arbus Tribute

    Yes, John, and I think any exceptional ability of someone to effectively communicate something deep inside of their own psyche by what they find on the other side of the the lens is the mark of...
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    I put R23 insulation in between in my own darkroom - it's the coziest place I've got - both easiest to warm up and to keep cool in summer, just like a cave, at least the inner parts of it. The more...
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    Re: Anyone use a hat?

    Just wear a turban and unroll it as needed. ... shade, darkcloth, shawl all in one.
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    Re: nuarc xeon printer, front shield?

    Correct. Real stove paint, or else high-temp engine paint. But sheet metal conducts heat, so be careful to allow space around that too.
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    Re: 13x18cm Sinar Norma Planfilm Kassettes

    That was presumably old-style Agfachrome 50? My brother once shot a lot of that in 4x5, and I printed certain shots for him. It had a unique look. I last shot it in the mid 70's. Agfa had their own...
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    Typically an adhesive barrier strip, coming on a roll, like that used for window installations, would be recommended to isolate wood members from moisture or anything potentially corrosive leaching...
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    Re: nuarc xeon printer, front shield?

    You don't want any direct contact of the fabric with the unit; and the fabric itself should be fire-retardant.
  31. Re: Rare Rodenstock APO-Sironar W 300mm F5.6 MC Lens

    Every lens Fatali tried to sell was ridiculously overpriced. But he seems to be winding down several aspects of his career.
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    Re: Diane Arbus Tribute

    Her portraits make me think that what she was really doing was looking in a mirror at her own tormented genius.
  33. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    ALL enlargers ideally need to be braced with a wall attachment. I have a vertical enlarger where the baseboard alone weighs close to 400 lbs, and I still have it seriously attached to an ample wall...
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    Re: nuarc xeon printer, front shield?

    I can remember the yard workmen sawing abestos stove board with a panel saw, with dust flying all over the place. Most died early of something else toxic or carcinogenic instead, like chlorinated...
  35. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    The old D2 had a relatively short bellows. It could be an issue with lenses longer than 150. That problem could easily be cured if necessary using an available extended lens mount similar to a tophat...
  36. Re: Super Chromega D Lamphouse Dichroic grade filter questions

    I keep asking, why do people even worry about this issue when actual graded papers are no longer involved, but VC, and you've got a continuously variable Y and M - ? It's a continuum in both...
  37. Re: Tiny Black Specs on Arista EDU Ultra 100

    The only Arista that speed I've ever used was way back when it was simply private labeled FP4. Now it's all Fomapan. And I have had problems with tiny emulsion zits and fine parallel scratches or...
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    Re: nuarc xeon printer, front shield?

    Plywood ????????????? !!!!! Around a potentially high heat source like that, or the kind of electrical capacitors which dam up those high burst, and themselves sometimes go bad? I've seen that...
  39. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    I started out with an Omega D and colorhead, used it for years, even when I also had much fancier enlargers too. I didn't see any Beselers in labs, but lots of Omega, at least for their garden...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Not many tall trees were left prior to the latest fire. Most of it was all logged in the 1880's, then again in the 1950's- 60's. There were a number of lovely old golden oaks around 3500 to 4500 ft...
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