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    Re: A quick comparison of three 135mm 4x5 lenses

    I liked the optar image best then xenar - don't know why. I had used a Xenar for my primary 135 for years, until I bought a nearly new symmar which had better contrast. 135 is most used in my bag...
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    Re: Gradients on short edge of 4x5 Negs

    Contact print of the negative will tell you if it is on the negative or not. It could also be the brightness of your Pixl-Latr holder light source is not even. You can check that with a spot meter...
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    Re: Pop-up darkroom...

    Its the new polaroid. Develop your ULF negative on site to determine if you need to make adjustments. My actual darkroom isn't much bigger.
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    Re: Notched Film Holders, Examples

    What part of 1A vs 1B don't you understand. Holder #1 side A or B. Out of my 34 holders of varying vintage not one has a light leak. I would suspect most "light leaks" come from not seating the...
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    Re: Notched Film Holders, Examples

    Put a label on the holder like 1A and 1B, then note which holder# you used for the scene. I use a 3x5 card for each image that has all my exposure info on front including holder number. The back is...
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    Re: HC-110 discoloration, is it an issue?

    Used some 15year old HC110 recently - its dark orange but still works. Not sure I can ever use up the 1/2 full Liter bottle of this stuff since I switched to PyroM and rarely shoot any roll film...
  7. Thread: Thin negs

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    Re: Thin negs

    FYI you can bleach and redevelop the negatives and get a little more out of them, but it also tends to increase the contrast. Use a staining re-developer like pyrocat HD . You can do it in room...
  8. Re: Those platform gitzo heads with 2 tripod screws, what size front?

    Take the head with you and go to the aisle that has screws. There is usually a set of gray drawers that have the non standard sizes , Metric, and furniture parts. Generally they are 1/4 or 3/8 on...
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    Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    Carry on and ask for a hand check - leave film in box and have a developed piece out to show them so they do not try to open the box. TSA is aware scanners will damage film but there are alot of...
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    Re: vacuum easel pump suggestion

    Yeah I have a small shop vac but the noise is extreme and it would have to be in another room for the exhaust . Just need to figure out how much air flow is needed.
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    Re: vacuum easel pump suggestion

    What would one use for a housing? The easel has a 1.5' tube for the suction port.
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    vacuum easel pump suggestion

    I finally own a vacuum easel thanks to a member here selling one. But now the search begins for a vacuum pump. Does anyone know how much PA of vacuum suction is needed assuming all intake slots are...
  13. Re: What Scouting/Planning Apps Are You Using in 2021?

    My last weekends outing I walked around a tree taking Iphone 7 shots then edited them to B&W and cropping to 4x5 or square. It did help with overall visualization since I have been a bit out of...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Finally got around to printing this tree. 5x12 ilford FP4 in pyrocat M , contact print on ilford MGFB Matte. It looked a little dull in gray so decided to tone it brown with Thiourea...
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    Re: Polaroid on 4x5

    Yes you can - Don't pull the image through the holder breaking the developer packet, but take it apart later in the darkroom. I processed exposed negatives from dried up type 55 in Diafine a few...
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    Re: Strange rotated "frame" on the negative

    You can line a film box with some black artist paper or construction paper glued in and make it light proof. I hate messing with film in plastic bags and trying to fold everything back into the...
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    Re: Beseler universal colorhead on MXT?

    If you shine a white light through a color negative/positive onto color paper - that makes it a color-head. You put correction filters in the drawer to adjust the color cast.
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    Re: I just "killed" an old habit today!!

    I went to 3 minute agitation cycles so now I walk a few laps around the interior rooms of the house. Also helps me stretch my eyes out the windows now and then. I agree with Abruzzi 10+ hours in...
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    Re: 8x10 platform head options

    Have you looked at 3 way head like Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head? You get movement in 3 directions and it comes with Arca type plate compatibility so you can use a long plate and move back and...
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    Re: RPT or similar

    Orvis no longer makes their rectangular reel case - some other brands of fly fishing equipment might. There are also ICUs by FStop and Shimoda but you pay a lot for the brand name.
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    Re: RPT or similar

    I bought this one on AMZN and it holds 3 large lenses comfortably, 4 if two smaller, and is fine for a pack insert. Not as shock proof as they claim but has good overall general padding. Mine holds...
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    Re: Copal 0 Repairs for B/T mode.

    I have seen used and NOS functioning shutters on ebay for less than $100. It may be cheaper than fixing. Or find a broken lens and use its shutter.
  23. Thread: Drying Clips

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    Re: Drying Clips

    I like the Paterson or Doran clips. The Paterson's are weighted for the few times I use roll film and their teeth fit right on the rebate of sheet film. Tip for the paterson clips, use electrical...
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    Re: Dichroic Head for Beseler 45 V-XL

    New or Old? If you are young or plan to use it for many years to come, invest in a new head and controllers like the Heiland or Beseler 45SL . The used market has older VC , 45s, and ilford 500...
  25. Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    Check out Atlas packs - very customizable and come in two different models. The Atlas Athlete is huge and will hold much more than your list but would give you plenty of room for jackets and other...
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    2nd pass development PF130 vs Pyrocat-M

    Experiment: here are two partial prints that were similar in tone and exposure to begin with. Paper is Ilford MGFB Classic Matte initially developed in PF-130 fixed and allowed to dry.

    Second...
  27. Re: anyone print 4x5 negatives with a black border?

    For my 8x10 speed easel I just cut a piece of plexiglass that fits inside the easel 7.5x9.5 then glued on black paper 1/8 less all the way around that contacts the print leaving the border exposed....
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    Re: Dark images trend?

    Thomas Joshua Cooper's images are dark and moody but things are still the right texture and luminance except this image which kind of shows what I am seeing. ...
  29. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    I did the same thing when going bigger but did it with prints so I could actually hold them. 5x7 still felt small as a contact print - 5x8 was leading me more toward 8x10 - 4x10 made me realize I...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I only use 1:1 with Bergger VC Glossy paper because it has a cooler tone than Ilford. With Ilford MGFB I use it 1:2 (2mins) or 1:4 (5mins) for a slightly warmer flatter tone. I polled some people I...
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    Dark images trend?

    Is it just me or is there some trend for overprinted images in very dark muted tones ? Or are these just bad scans or poor exposure/developing? I have seen them in several places on the WWW...
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    Re: post your trees!

    PaulBarden - that is your best roots shot yet that I have seen. love it. Great job with dry plate and developer combo too.
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I tried it. It is subtle but to my eye the highlights just don't come in fully as they do with constant agitation.
    I also read the Formulary instructions for PF130 again (below). I typically am in...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    Update: Ansco/PF 130 as a second pass at 1:10 strength has almost no color change once dry. There may be some perceived differences due to the bleaching opening up the blacks some. Wet it does kind...
  35. Re: Determining reciprocity failure experimentally?

    easy way - https://www.photrio.com/forum/threads/x-ray-film-reciprocity-effect.62519/. You could probably reach out to Andrew for his advice.

    DIY Way
    use a step wedge in front of your 4x5 film, ...
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    Re: Film Storage accident

    Why is your film not in plastic bags inside the freezer? a gram of prevention....
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    Re: 4x5 sheets light inside the film

    I am guessing its a pinhole in the bellows since it seems to be forming an image on top of the other image vs just blowing out the main image.
    Stick a bright flashlight inside the camera fully...
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    Re: haze in negative

    The image you see on the screen does not have the same haze that my initial straight print does. The iphone software cleaned it up some.

    I played with it some in PS and found if I burn in the...
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    haze in negative

    Anyone else ever get this? The outer edges of the image look hazy and less contrasty than the center. I processed other sheets with this negative and they are fine. EV range was only 4 stops.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Amelia Island FL - Canopy Trail early morning, Sept 2020.
    https://i2.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Canopy_Amelia.jpg?w=1020&ssl=1
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