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  1. Re: Is the rail on a Arca Swiss camera, the same as RRS parts? Are they interchangea

    Not sure if I have Type II Classic F rails, but they're 15cm black rails (x2) that slide into an Arca clamping rail providing approx 30cm of extension with both extended. When I want to use my Fuji...
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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    You should be fine with the v4 holders. I have had issues with arriving at an agitation technique that works ALL THE TIME with the SP-445. Others love this tank and have no problems with it. Me, I...
  3. Re: Is the rail on a Arca Swiss camera, the same as RRS parts? Are they interchangea

    As already mentioned, the major issue is the gearing along the top of the rail whereby the standards move for focusing. I'm sure the rails can vary a bit, as Neil pointed out, but I have an Oswald...
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    Re: What went wrong? cloudy negatives

    Looks like uneven development to me, too. What version holders are you using? Are you sure you loaded the holders with the emulsion side facing out? What agitation technique do you use? Do you use a...
  5. Re: After all, why not? Why shouldn't I fall into THIS hole?

    Oh, yeah, it's definitely a slippery slope! ;) Personally, after shooting all formats of film from 35mm through 8x10, I moved to digital circa 2000 only shooting the occasionally roll or sheet of...
  6. Re: Question for yellow filter users: #8, #12 or #15?

    I wouldn't say I use any filters regularly, but of those 3 you listed my go to would be the #8.
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    Re: Source for light meter calibration?

    I know Richard Ritter (www.lg4mat.net) has done some work on Zone VI branded Pentax meters, but don't know if he works on any other meters. Might want to check with him; calling is best.
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    Re: Minimal Agitation article published

    I, too, had a few failures, but with 8x10 Foma 100. I built the tubes, as described by Steve, and followed his instructions for processing. I always suspected Pyrocat-HD failure, but never determined...
  9. Re: A question on Buying an Item in UK via e-Bay

    Most of the items I've bought overseas come through the various mail services and I've never paid any additional fees. Don't know if film and paper is any different import-wise, but bought these...
  10. Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    I work with both 4x5 and 8x10 photographing similar scenes, regardless of format. That said, most will immediately recognize the increased effort required with the larger 8x10 format vs the smaller...
  11. Re: What is the current trend on using dark cloth?

    I don't like the various dark cloths and "jackets" that attach to the rear standard. My preference is for the traditional dark cloths; my wife made me a few lightweight cloths years ago. One of the...
  12. Re: Scanning Workflows - Your Best Tips & Tricks!

    I use Silverfast Ai Studio for the original scans.
  13. Re: Scanning Workflows - Your Best Tips & Tricks!

    I scan negatives (MF to 8x10) on my Epson flatbed using wet mounting techniques. I scan at full resolution to archive and this file is never changed. All downstream use is usually a down-sampling of...
  14. Re: Scanner Options & Comparisons. Which to choose?

    As I'm sure you're aware, digitizing for online content does not demand high quality scans. Second, I'm thinking that the solutions you might consider will correlate directly to what you define as...
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    Re: Painting/Staining Intrepid Cameras?

    I painted the area behind the lens board on my 8x10 Mk1 with a flat black craft paint. On my 8x10 Mk2, I painted the same area with india ink. My guess is that anything inside the camera is up for...
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    In my experience, contact prints just seem to sort themselves out. IMO, burning is easier than dodging so I try to avoid the latter. I'll begin with a lighter print which effectively gives me a...
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    Re: Your Crucial Chemicals

    Yes, I know. But, didn't the OP say he was located in Pakistan?
  18. Re: Link to Fred Picker's Zone VI Workshop video

    Thanks for posting this link! Watching him brings back many memories of attending his workshop in 1979 and visiting him over many subsequent years.
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    I use a Gralab 450 with my Focomat V35 and a very old EPOI PrintRol with my Beseler 4x5. The LF enlarger has an Aristo VCL4500 cold light head on it so choice of an electronic timer is a...
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    Re: Your Crucial Chemicals

    Sounds like you have it pretty much worked out already. Nothing wrong with D-76 or D-23 for film development; I use 'em all the time! Paper developers, like D-72, can be easily mixed from raw...
  21. Re: What is your reccomendation for a Graded Fiber Printing Paper

    Unfortunately, not much to pick from nowadays. I like Ilford Galerie for enlargements (Fomabrom isn't bad, either) and Adox Lupex for contact prints.
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Size of print seems to be directly related to what size film I'm printing: 5x7 for 35mm, up to 10x13 for MF and 4x5, contact prints for 8x10. But, overall, I rarely print beyond about 8x10.
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    Re: Which quick release for Arca C1 Cube?

    FWIW, I have three LF field cameras that are flat on the bottom and I've never had a problem turning the knob on my RRS BH-55 ball head. Could be different with other AS clamps, of course.
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    Re: Which quick release for Arca C1 Cube?

    I know nothing much about the Arca Cube head, but with regard to quick releases I've found that the lever lock type seem to work best with plate from the same manufacturer. For instance, a RRS level...
  25. Re: Stacking multiple Mod54 or 20th Century Camera 4x5 inserts in a single Paterson t

    Tipping a stainless steel type tank will certainly help in the pouring, but it just takes a certain amount of time to get a large quantity of liquid into the tank. The best way I found to handle...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    I've already backed this project, but I was glad to read in this morning's project update e-mail about all the practical changes Matt is already making for the final production unit. He sure seems to...
  27. Re: Stacking multiple Mod54 or 20th Century Camera 4x5 inserts in a single Paterson t

    I, too, would be concerned about fill/drain time and, in my experience, I've found I generally get better more even development in smaller tanks vs large.
  28. Thread: Dark cloth

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    Re: Dark cloth

    Welcome to the forums!

    There are many choices available for a "real" dark cloth; many use their jacket, shirt, etc. I have a few commercial ones that I bought over the years, but some years ago I...
  29. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    All my lenses are stored either in specific lens cases or in backpack compartments, depending on the bag used for any particular setup. Each has lens caps on front & back, shutter closed, shutter...
  30. Thread: D 23 Users

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    Re: D 23 Users

    I've only used it at 1:1; excellent developer! And, easy to mix yourself as stated above.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    @jonesp, absolutely lovely!
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    Not ic-racer, but... That is Matt's first meter, whereas the current Kickstarter campaign his for his new spot meter. The little "sugar cube" meter is a reflective type meter that reads about a 30...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    It's my understanding that the new spot meter manual will have enough of an explanation of P.M.M. that you'll be able to use it, if so desired. I doubt that you'd find anyone willing to reveal full...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    In a perfect world, yes! My iPhone, for example, does things that drives me absolutely bonkers and I'm left wondering why (after having been a software developer most of my adult life) it was...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    Got one of those old guys right down the street from me (wait...I'm an old guy, too!) Anyway, he has an entire garage wall with hundreds of small bins just filled with all sorts of screws, trinkets,...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    I'm currently using Matt's teeny "sugar cube" meter with my MF folders and the whole stop readout isn't an issue for me. When I take a reading I watch the EV value displayed just prior to the...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    Yeah, I love McMaster, but they don't have any as small as what I need. Thanks!
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    Intermediate ISO's can easily be derived by +/- exposure compensation. For your EI 32 FP4+ example, set the ISO on the meter to 25, then dial in -0.03 exposure compensation.
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    If you have a few #0 wood screws that are 1/4" long, please start a PM with me and we'll work something out. Thanks!
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    I use the darkslide, hand, hat, whatever to shade the lens. The compendium units are certainly more efficient at shielding the lens, but once you start employing movements proper setting of the lens...
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