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  1. Re: Restoring brass of a Thornton Pickard dryplate camera?

    I'd forgotten about WWI. The camera was produced during England's war years which could explain things. Now I've got to figure out how fussy I'm going to be about things. Thanks much.
  2. Re: Restoring brass of a Thornton Pickard dryplate camera?

    Just looking around on the internet it seems quite possible that it is actually coated. Electroplating was around at the time, and it is quite possible to electroplate various brass formations onto...
  3. Restoring brass of a Thornton Pickard dryplate camera?

    I'm looking at an old Thornton Pickard from the early 1900's. On the brass work most of it is quite shiny with a few scratches. At the points of major friction though it looks as if its been scraped...
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    Re: Curved back for panoramic camera

    Swing lens panoramic cameras are quite cool and require a curved back to work. In general moderns most lenses are designed to focus onto fairly flat (IE a brick wall at equal distance from the...
  5. General advice requested for restoring a Kodak Master View 8x10

    I am restoring a Master View. It's in fairly good/functional condition but has some corrosion issue. I do not want to strip off the original enamel. Any advice on the following restoration topics...
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    Re: Pano LF or enlarged crop

    It works. I really like your portrait. I've seen some great wide format verticals. What I don't like is the notion of turning one of those camera sideways. Maybe a 4x10" but it spooks me putting all...
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    Re: Pano LF or enlarged crop

    It's kind of amazing to me that large format photographers can be so cliquish. We all share more similarities than differences even if we do come to different equipment preferences. In my neck of the...
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    Re: Pano LF or enlarged crop

    I know the OP indicated they were not interested in medium format, but just to add, there is a different sweat spot at 6x12cm (56 118mm) on medium format cropped down slightly to about 52mm to get...
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    Re: Pano LF or enlarged crop

    P.S. As another option you could get a 14x17" Empire State and crop as well. There are downsides to that too, but your not loosing detail, or the contact print option with 14x17 (the largest film...
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    Re: Pano LF or enlarged crop

    In terms of flexibility its hard to beat 4x5. Tons of film options. Enlargers are common. But its hard to get wall presence from a contact print. I think panoramas in particular accentuate the...
  11. Re: The best way to store lenses long term? Vacuum seal?

    It's been referenced in this thread but the problem with using a vacuum to store lenses is outgasing. The oils and greases in a lens are not designed for use in a vacuum (unless you collect old NASA...
  12. Thread: Use of inert gases

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    Re: Use of inert gases

    Ar isn't very hard to come by. It's used as the inert gas in TIG welding. You can weld magnesium alloy with an argon gas shield to give you an idea how inert it is. Nitrogen is 'inert enough' for...
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    Re: X-Ray using and developing

    A good thing to remember with x ray film is there is emulsion on both sides. This makes the film very easy to scratch as there is not a side that is safe to handle when wet (use the edges).
  14. Re: Help with a Rittreck View 5x7 (lens board wont mount)

    Perfect and thank you ! ! ! The difference between my Rittreck and yours is there is no arrow on my front standard, and the slide is metal and much more flush with the top of the camera. Without...
  15. Re: Help with a Rittreck View 5x7 (lens board wont mount)

    Interesting... My lens board looks nothing like that in the details. It's done in sea-foam enamel cracked with age similar to the camera, is the right size, and has a circular light seal in the right...
  16. Help with a Rittreck View 5x7 (lens board wont mount)

    Hello,

    I have a Rittreck that I've been slowly gearing up to use. I got the last needed piece recently in the form of a lens board. Although it's obvious it's the correct board I can't get it to...
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