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  1. Re: Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    Doing it right is harder than you might think. Unless fiberglass-clad, lots of wood legs get stuck when swollen with water or frozen. Better survey tripods are fiberglass-clad over poplar, giving...
  2. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Lens performance has incrementally improved. Given a few steps down the line, the difference can indeed be seen in print, but only if all other things are properly calibrated and so forth. I use a...
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    Re: Heiland masking/registration system

    That page has been there awhile. It's nice to know an option for custom registration gear is now available again, long after Jens bought out Condit, and then dropped the ball.
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    Re: Metal darkroom trays ?? Advice needed

    Eric - trays have to be as long as wallpaper rolls are wide. Just do a search. They used to be available in four and five foot widths, maybe six feet too. Wallpaper is not as popular as it once was,...
  5. Re: How To Properly Clean/Restore Metal Parts?

    First identify the specific kind of metal. Magnetic or not? Brass, nickel-plated, what? Actual rust or some other kind of tarnish? Most hardware stores carry things like brass polishes, aluminum...
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    Re: Metal darkroom trays ?? Advice needed

    Galvanized is a big no-no. The correct material is a 300-series stainless steel, which would cost you hundreds of dollars apiece custom made. Plastic wallpaper trays are about that size and dirt...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    Dan - you have to understand the manner in which their specs were geared to their own idea of intended market application. Because the G-Claron line was repro-application derived, they followed that...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    I take a few shots every week with various formats. Just got done printing a couple of masked 8x10's negs from last week. Plenty to do. Should probably get back to the salt mines of drymounting...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    My experience is with the final Kern dagors that Schneider marketed. The double-triple G-Claron was already in the rear view mirror. They distinctly told me that dagors in general were too tricky to...
  10. Re: Aspherical, Apo(chromatic) & ED (extra low dispersion) lenses - whats the differe

    Bernice, what I would personally refer to as "clinical" in my own set of Apo Nikkor dialytes is that the out-of-focus blur or "bokeh" is rather busy and not nice and soft like my older Zeiss tessar...
  11. Re: Aspherical, Apo(chromatic) & ED (extra low dispersion) lenses - whats the differe

    There are all kinds of different paths to optical design. But in our mortal realm, cost efficiency is always a factor in manufacture. We aren't the real large format photographers with real money...
  12. Re: Aspherical, Apo(chromatic) & ED (extra low dispersion) lenses - whats the differe

    Stopping down somewhat is critical to overcoming film holder variables, esp film sag. I use precision holders if the image might warrant significant enlargement like a 30x40 inch print. But that's...
  13. Re: Aspherical, Apo(chromatic) & ED (extra low dispersion) lenses - whats the differe

    Jason - I've pretty much got all the camera lenses I need, and obviously don't design them like you do. At this point in life I'd be happy with just a good used phase contrast trinocular microscope....
  14. Re: Aspherical, Apo(chromatic) & ED (extra low dispersion) lenses - whats the differe

    You don't see many examples of aspherical lenses in ordinary cameras because they are so darn expensive to make except in moulded plastic version. Up the road from me, it's a multi-billion dollar...
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    Re: Deardorff Specials

    As I recall, they were basically a 5x7 camera with a revolving 4x5 back. A regular VH 5x7 back was optional.
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    Re: nega 138 help

    That carrier has some kind of distinctly non-factory DIY conversion, adapted to some other application. You'll have to re-adapt the positioning.
  17. Re: "Camera Work" A Photographic Quarterly. Online

    Some insanely iconic images. The ads are interesting too. Pyro, color checker charts, vintage cameras, even drymount tissue. I'd imagine any intact issues would auction for quite a high price.
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    Re: How do sellers handle paper age?

    Dealer or distributor policy is dicey at best. I've seen 30 year old paper still for sale, and not even discounted. If anyone ever buys it, it won't be much good. Should have been liquidated long...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Plexi doesn't take heat well without buckling. It's also electrostatic, so attracts dust. I of course use ground translucent white plexi diffusers above the top glass, but that is a different...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    I just got some custom-sized AN carrier glass from ScanTech in LA. Nice looking product, but it will still be a few more weeks before I get a chance to test it with my 8x10 cold light enlarger. I...
  21. Re: Suggest a place that can make some developing tubes

    Ditto. Just get some short sections of dirt cheap ABS drainage pipe. But one thing others haven't mentioned is that you need to scrub them well before use, including the caps.
    ABS manufacture...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Part of Kerry's stipulation is that a backpacking lens also be capable of using a small 52mm filter, which would eliminate some excellent choices needing slightly bigger filters. Therefore I wouldn't...
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    Re: Mido holders scratching film?

    30 times? Yikes! That looks like a Mido I holder, which was made of very thin material capable of heat buckling and touching the film. I never got along with those; but the Mido II clamshell style...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    My Omega enlarger was made forty years before that time. The colorhead fan pooped out, but the chassis and neg carrier - all the mechanical stuff - still works fine. I have other enlargers, so never...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    I've done a lot of LF photography in the mountains, both 4x5 and 8x10, up to a hundred miles at a time, PLUS all necessary gear and supplies in the same pack too. And now in my 70's, finding ways to...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    Get a real glass carrier with anti-Newton glass. They're common for Omega D. There's no way to make truly sharp prints otherwise, especially if negs are significantly enlarged. Darkrooms need to be...
  27. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    I don't think about it much, John. I prefer tactile hands-on work anyway. Right now I've got some necessary computer chores (non-imaging). But I'd hate to go back to my ole day-job life of carpal...
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    Re: Darkroom Renovation Phase 1

    I simply ground some extra flats on one of my hex rods (now an "oct" rod), allowing me to use it on either an F camera or in either regular mode or diagonal position on the Norma. I don't have one of...
  29. Re: Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent - Sticky

    Any fabric urethane coating rolled up tight, especially in humid conditions, breaks down and becomes sticky over time. And just like its main ingredient, it starts smelling like piss when...
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    Re: Help with enlarger transportation

    Beastly? Those are tiny as far as enlargers go. The mounting presses was obviously heavier, but the real prize. It can be fun getting everything back to full working condition, and even more fun...
  31. Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Unfortunately, my father was the concrete inspector for the start of the Central Valley Project. For the house foundation, he used the same concrete formula as for the dam, and its leftover 1-1/2...
  32. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    Flip the question. Is it worth it to spend endless hours trying to learn how to get digital to imitate what I already know how to do better in a real darkroom?
  33. Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Randy - Asphalt emulsion as a wall sealant is pretty much an antique method. The correct type probably doesn't even exist anymore. Far better products have existed for decades now, and are themselves...
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    Re: Fotar Horizontal Enlarger?

    There were a number of features with the horizontal Durst which needed dedicated accessories and components which were not interchangeable were their regular commercial vertical/horizontal units, and...
  35. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Being supported on the thinnest sections might well equate to less stability. Extend them a little bit for the reason Maris just explained. But if you don't need the extra height, it's those thinnest...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    John - I finally got a full update from the family who bought my house. It was slightly below the fire. But when they were all helicopter rescued out of Edison Lake and then couldn't even return...
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    Re: Donald Ross Photography

    Very nice. I see a real connection with your own work, Merg, and Brett's too.
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    Re: Diane Arbus Tribute

    Yes, John, and I think any exceptional ability of someone to effectively communicate something deep inside of their own psyche by what they find on the other side of the the lens is the mark of...
  39. Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    I put R23 insulation in between in my own darkroom - it's the coziest place I've got - both easiest to warm up and to keep cool in summer, just like a cave, at least the inner parts of it. The more...
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    Re: Anyone use a hat?

    Just wear a turban and unroll it as needed. ... shade, darkcloth, shawl all in one.
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