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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    It probably depend a lot on your water source but I have found I don't need any kind of distilled water for final rinse here either. Our water comes from a river and it considered one of the best...
  2. Re: Can you mount any 4x5 lenses in shutters from folding cameras?

    Some old folders have shutters that are #00, #0 Compurs (Compur Rapids usually) and I've even seen some larger folders (usually German-made) that have Dial-set Compurs that have the same threadings...
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    Re: My 90mm Angulon arrived

    I've cleaned a lot of shutters by dissassembling them, applying lighter fluid, cleaning out parts individually with a q-tip soaked in lighter fluid etc. Most of the time it works, but for some reason...
  4. Thread: What Did I Buy?

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    Re: What Did I Buy?

    Construction and size are similar to the 12 inch RR's I have seen and owner, should be a nice lens. Maybe not as fast as you would want for wet plate, but should work fine in the sun. The writing...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!

    Microwaving glycol can be a fire hazard, a hot plate stirrer would be far safer.
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    Re: The Mystery of Dad's Nikkor-W 210m f5.6

    I've noticed with a plasmat before that the focal length seems to be determined by the rear element, not really the front element. I learned this by using a lens where the rear element was off a...
  7. Re: Catastrophically broken Wista 45SP, any hope for repair?

    I've used JB Weld for forming aperture pins on blades that were missing the pins. I had no "punch" or any other way to get the pins in the blades, my fix is still holding up fine. It's good stuff,...
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    Re: Redwood grid for Darkroom sink.

    My local lumberyard in the PNW has Clear Vertical Grain Fir available. You don't want to know the price though. My house is from the 1920s and was a poorly maintained rental before I bought it. The...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    I learned that broken dark slides, can cut you pretty bad. Don't ask how, other than it involved a Deardorff that was too heavy, an unreliable tripod head and barely saving the camera and almost...
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    Re: Pouring without spilling?

    If you don't need much volume out of the bottles, syringes can be a good way to go as well.
  11. Re: Compur Electronic 3 shutter - what could go wrong?

    A really crude solution to voltage drift would be to use a higher voltage battery pack (2 cell lithium perhaps which would be ~7.2v) then attach that to a 4.5v voltage regulator. The only drawback is...
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    Re: Gelatin dry plates

    They've been doing the class for quite a few years. George Eastman House workshops are well worth the price if you want to learn the skills.
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    For me the biggest requirement for a pack is full-zip opening or almost full-zip at least. That way I can open up the pack and easily pick the gear out and put it back in when done. I haul my 8x10 in...
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    Re: Best method to encrypt your hard drive

    I doubt you would notice much difference in most cases. Mechanical hard drives can hold their own against SSD doing sequential reads, where SSD performance is really good is random access reads...
  15. Thread: Mystery Dagor...

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    Re: Mystery Dagor...

    Just pointing out that putting lenses into an existing stock of older shutters probably did happen back then. So a 1920s era lens very well could be in a 1910 shutter.
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    Re: Jobo CPP2 Motor Malfunction

    I've heard Jobo motors are just surplus German Car windshield wiper motors, so it probably is possible to find a new one with the same specs for little money.
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    You can use plumbing o-rings for smaller size shutters a lot of time. If you get a tight fit they hold really well. Ace Hardware or Mclendon's will have you covered on those.
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    Re: Lens disassembly and reassembly services.

    I had a 100mm Weitwinkel Aristostigmat that was coated, not sure about your shorter focal length but you are probably better off finding a coated version.
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    Re: Developing film drunk

    idk- if a pitcher can pitch a perfect game on acid focusing a view camera seems easy?
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    Re: Some B&W Town & City Impressions...

    Very nice example of decaying smaller towns. Cairo has a particularly sad story though, race riots tore the city apart while around the same time it's historic strategic position on the Ohio and...
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    Re: Effects of the scratces on the rear glass

    One thing is for certain. Scratches on the lens isn't going to improve image sharpness, although maybe it improves "bokeh" and out of focus rendering? I had a lens that looks like it had been...
  22. Re: Is there an alternative kallitype contrast control not dichromate?

    A better negative probably being a digital negative. Most of the time with alt process it's better to print a negative that fits the process whether they to try to fit the process to your negative...
  23. Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    This site has an online tool for designing your laser cuts, I've used them to cut aluminum lens board and they did a great job. The problem is I imagine is either they don't cut in the right...
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    I've been using this full-zip REI backpack for my 8x10. With the caveat I am using a Gowland 8x10 which is a very compact rail design camera that disassembles easily. I actually prefer this pack to...
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    Re: 8x10 Kodak Eastman View No. 2 ID help?

    If it’s that old and in the Empire State camera lineage it may not take standard 8x10 film holders FYI
  26. Re: Unusual LF Canon LiDe (Scanner) Camera Project Needs Basic Lens Suggestions.

    Results on this thread are fascinating but has anyone figured out how to remove the linear banding those LiDe Scanner modifications always seem to have. Any idea what causes it?
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    Re: When Good Pyrocat goes Bad

    Pyrocat can go bad with very little warning in my experience. One subtle clue seems to be the solution color when mixed with water. If it's clearish it should be fine. Very light brown is ok, as it...
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    Re: Damaged aperture - is it fixable

    I'm ashamed to say that I've fixed a broken aperture that was missing pins by sculpting new "pins" out of JB Weld. It works better than you would expect. The lens has been working for a year or two...
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    Re: Rector Ridge Spruce

    The location of these trees is commonly kept somewhat secret. If you can't find anything on the Internet or in other sources about it you may have to try reaching out to some local landmark tree...
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    Re: 240v Nocon timer in USA?

    You could get an actual 220 volt outlet installed in your house to use the timer. Or use something like this (takes two 120v plugs on different circuits and combines them into a 220 plug):...
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    I've made top-hat lensboards out of thin plywood, you just had to make a extension box and attach it to the lensboard somehow, it's not terribly difficult.
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    Re: Color head with multi grade paper

    I've been using the table in this Ilford pdf and it works fine for me. No need to overcomplicate things, it's really very easy.
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    Re: New Video from LargeSense

    Will be curious if you succeed. Seems like doing this is plagued with difficulties that are hard to solve without knowing how to modify the scanner's firmware or hardware.
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    Re: Whidby Island visit

    If you have the time consider taking the ferry to Port Townsend, just across the water from Whidbey. There you will find a pictureseque downtown with Victorian-era buildings, and Fort Worden State...
  35. Re: DIY UV light meter for alternative photographic processes

    Very nice looking. I noticed Sparkfun has a nice looking UV sensor with lots of code examples and documentation. Been meaning to make one but have been a bit busy testing alternative Carbon print...
  36. Re: Super Angulon 47mm f/5.6 XL not screwing into Copal 0 shutter properly

    That metal ring is what is keeping the shutter together literally. Remove it and you can have access to the shutter innards. What probably happened is someone was fixing the shutter and did not...
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    Re: Photographing on the side of the road.

    Good idea. Sometimes all it takes is looking "official". Put on a high visibility vest and you may get even less attention, someone might figure you are a surveyor, just doing your job.
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    Re: What shutter is this?

    All the LUC shutter's I've seen can only be triggered with a cable release. There is a knob on the front that determines if the shutter is open or in instantaneous mode or "B". I can't tell if yours...
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    Re: The perils of expired film

    Expired film generally isn't worth your time to fully setup any kind of Large format camera for tripod work IMO. If your just shooting a Speed Graphic hand-held for fun or doing practice shots sure....
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    Re: Rodagon 120WA - Need Correct Flange!

    If your really desperate for a cheap solution a common 50mm step-up filter ring could work. Common filter threads have a 0.75 pitch. Although it likely wouldn't screw onto the shutter enough (i.e....
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