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    Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    When I was shooting 8x10 TechPan many years ago I processed it in Rodinal 1:100. I agree with Drew that getting the "soot and chalk" effect was annoying. Too many times I got this effect and...
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    Re: Winter Weather Photography

    In the mid 1970s, I was a student at The Rochester Institute of Technology. In the winter on either Saturday and Sunday I'd get up at 5AM and have a hearty steak and eggs breakfast. Pack up a simple...
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    Re: Large Format Macro Images

    My first cover image. April 1983. Image is of a weld joint between two titanium wires that showed minimum distortion. 4x5 Chrome.
  4. Re: Masking a Ground Glass for Cinema Aspect Ratios

    Tape is very easy to remove, Honestly never left any residue. If it did I would first try some film cleaner, otherwise I'd use what I consider the best residue remover: Seal UNSEAL ADHESIVE RELEASING...
  5. Re: Masking a Ground Glass for Cinema Aspect Ratios

    I've used clear red negative masking tape in the past. Scotch 3M 616 Lithographers Tape. "Pressure sensitive - Red "Paklion" film. We used to use it to mask Kodalith negatives. Very important: it was...
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    Re: I Wish They Would Make . . .

    I had kind of the same idea and tried to adapt and use a 1960s movie projector stand, one with trapezoidal angled out adjustable legs. Original top metal platform was too small for my Pelican 1600...
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    Re: Zone VI Type II power switch

    https://www.osha.gov/electrical/hazards/grounding/gfci

    https://home.howstuffworks.com/question117.htm

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/gfi.html
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    Re: Zone VI Type II power switch

    Forgot to mention: Make sure the enlarger is plugged into a GFI protected outlet. I once bought a 4x5 Durst Laborator enlarger locally. The seller plugged it into an outlet to show me that the...
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    Re: Zone VI Type II power switch

    It's been many, many years.... I remember a rocker switch (power) on the top right of the head on the Zone VI enlarger that I was using. It also had a small red light built into the switch. The...
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    When a dog kennel in our area closed shop, I offered to take away one of their stainless steel trough "sinks"... Trough was not used as a sink but it easily cleaned up fine. They actually were...
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    Re: 3d printing lens boards

    I have had no experience with my making 3D boards, but I did barter with a model railroad enthusiast to have him make me two Sinar style boards. Filament composition definitely effects the rigidity...
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    Re: Modified Surveying Tripod, Dutch Hill_Bolex.

    I have had and used two (head modified) surveying tripods and one (unmodified) wooden Miller cine tripod in the past. The Miller was far superior to the surveying tripods. Now use two, one large and...
  13. Understanding ISO and digital noise articles

    Really good article on "Understanding ISO" on page 54 in the December 2021 issue of SKY & TELESCOPE. If you shoot digital, this issue of the magazine is definitely worth getting.

    Shortened version...
  14. Re: My Heico Perma Wash Does Not Smell...Is This OK?

    Since probably around 1980?, my stock bottles of HEICO PermaWash always had a faint sweet "plastic" smell to them. Never even after use did the liquid have anything close to a "fixer-ish" smell to it.
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    Re: Repro Claron Question

    In the past I have illuminated many of my lenses with short and long wave UV lights and some glass fluorescing was quite common among 1950s and later optics. To this day I have never read a good...
  16. Re: Disassembly and cleaning of an old Dallmeyer 220mm brass lens.

    (less than educated) guess.... 1865 Rapid Landscape f/15 Meniscus lens
  17. Re: Disassembly and cleaning of an old Dallmeyer 220mm brass lens.

    Educated guess is that it's a single Meniscus with the front open "aperture" being the iris. Can you read the "No" # and the patent year?
  18. Re: Grandagon vs. Grandagon-N vs. Nikkor lenses. A light fall-off question.

    Nikon 95mm filters are easily available at bargain prices if you take the time to look around. My experience was that Nikon's yellow, orange, red, etc. ones go for way less that Nikon's 95mm UV...
  19. Thread: KEH Question

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    Re: KEH Question

    Just received a black Sinar 12" Extension Rail from KEH that they graded as "BGN". I'd rate it to be in absolutely excellent condition. Obviously used a number of times but no dents and black paint...
  20. Thread: KEH Question

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    Re: KEH Question

    My experience has been that the bargains from KEH to be had are the LF and especially ULF shutter mounted lenses that are "as is" or in "repair" condition. Their repair department is quite competent...
  21. Re: "Webinart" with Paul Caponigro-Pucker Gallery, Boston

    quote from the video...

    "Skill and Art are not the same thing. The only real measurement of Art is astonishment."

    It is worth viewing.
  22. Re: Epson V-700 scanner will not talk with new IMac M 1 computer

    Try removing the driver and then downloading it again. Took me three tries to have my newer MacBook talk to my older Epson 7800 printer... very frustrating experience. An IT friend suggested for me...
  23. Re: There is a weird little screw on my Schneider SA XL 5,6/58

    Immediately pit that very tiny threaded pin in a zip lock bag and label the bag. I once removed a threaded pin and set it on the counter, only to accidentally hit it and send it flying on to the...
  24. Re: How Too Much Tilt Can Tilt the Beginner's Brain

    Over the years I have taken many images with my 210mm, 250mm, and 300mm lenses at f/64 that enlarged to excellent(and sharp) 16x20 prints. I recall reading that Ansel Adams had no qualms about...
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    Re: Repair missing broken tenon

    Years ago I acquired a wooden Burke & James Rembrant camera. Cosmetically the camera was in excellent plus condition obviously having seen very little use since it was bought in the mid 1960s....
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    Re: I need advice on 11x14 film holders.

    For years I had used Fidelity brand 11x14 X-Ray film holders with 0% problems. The ones I acquired had spacers attached to both sides that had to be removed for the holders to be used in an 11x14...
  27. Re: 355mm G-Claron verses 14" GOERZ WA Process Blue Dot TRIGOR

    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread.

    My post was more academic than anything else. It was provoked by seeing a shutter mounted 14" GOERZ "Trigor" up for sale for 1K. Upon close...
  28. 355mm G-Claron verses 14" GOERZ WA Process Blue Dot TRIGOR

    Presently I use a 355mm f/9 Schneider G-Claron on my 11x14. I have always been intrigued by a 14" f/11 GOERZ WA Process Blue Dot TRIGOR since regretting on passing up on one many years ago. Now I am...
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    Re: Problems with sharpness

    Improperly installed fresnel lens (in front of the GG?) - happened to me once when cleaning and rebuilding a Nikon Multiphot
    One of the groups of lens elements not OEM for a Caltar-n 1:5.6 150mm...
  30. Re: Opinion: Would a 90mm f8 or f6.8 lens be too dark for dawn and dusk landscape?

    For ultra WA work I use a 90mm f/5.6 Schneider Super-Angulon XL on my whole plate Chamonix, and a 5.9" f/14 No. 5 Gray Periscope on my 11x14 Chamonix. The XL has a central ND filter on it that I...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    Agree 100% When I ordered my large Ries (A100) with its large Ries head directly from Ries a few years ago, I had a very pleasant experience. My first call was probably 20 minutes long and very...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    For years now I have been using a wee bit smaller (older model?) Luland tripod head very similar to their current LD115. The "carrying platform size" on my head is just shy of 4"x4" (10cmx10cm). It...
  33. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    I rate my Chamonix holders the best that I have ever used. I also found that re-inserting the dark slide was a bit tricky to do smoothly, especially with my 11x14 Chamonix holders. I finally sat down...
  34. Re: Question: Rochester Optical Co 8x10 LF ... which back to use and how to use it?

    I once owned a similar wooden 8x10 camera. The GG back had to be detached for the film back to be attached to the back of the camera. Never did find an OEM film back for that camera, so I acquired a...
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    Re: Fuji 90mm f8 SW or Nikon 90mm f8 SW

    I have found the Nikkor SW 90mm f4.5 to be just so much easier to focus and use verses the f8 optics. No one has mentioned the 90mm f/5.6 Schneider Super-Angulon XL. I initially acquired mine to use...
  36. Re: Question Regarding 35mm/MF lenses for Macro on 4x5

    I'd try to acquire one or more of these books:

    CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOMACROGRAPHY Kodak N-12 publication

    The Manual of Close-Up Photography by Lester Lefkowitz

    PHOTOGRAPHY FOR...
  37. Re: Focus Stacking with 8x10 Large Format Film...Ben Horne

    I think that you are right on with your post. Many years ago I tried to do some focus stacking with my 4x5 Sinar Norma. I was shooting between 1:1 and 1:2. On the first few tries, I ran into the...
  38. Re: Focus Stacking with 8x10 Large Format Film...Ben Horne

    I don't think that focus stacking is related to camera movements. My take is that if he wanted everything in his image to be sharp, he would have to use f/128 or f/180, but then diffraction would...
  39. Thread: Congo Lenses

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    Re: Congo Lenses

    At one time I owned and used a 400mm or a 500mm (can't remember which) Tele-Congo lens on my 4x5. Congo rated either focal length OK to cover 5x7, but in my experience my lens sharply covered the 4x5...
  40. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    I think it all makes sense if Gibellini fabricates one camera to show off, and then others to be built one by one as orders are placed for them. At 20K per camera, makes total business sense to me....
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