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    Re: Shipping heavy stuff

    Some great options here, definitely taking notes for the future.

    If you are looking for a local sale, Craigslist et al have been pretty much completely eclipsed by Facebook Marketplace. Might be...
  2. Re: Wet Plate Beginner's Questions Thread

    Thanks, Kent! My understanding is that it's fairly common to use converted 4x5 holders - what advantages as far as cleanliness do the dedicated ones have?

    We do have some of those guillotine type...
  3. Wet Plate Beginner's Questions Thread

    I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread for those of us just getting started with wet plate - I've got lots of little questions that keep coming up and don't want to clog up this whole...
  4. Yamasaki Congo 18cm 4.5: front element group cemented or...?

    I picked up a Yamasaki Congo 18cm f/4.5 for fairly cheap on eBay even after shipping from Japan - mostly because it has some light haze/fungus inside. I've had good luck servicing simpler lenses...
  5. Re: Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    Well, generally dropping the bike is the cost of doing business with trail riding - the bike itself is well-protected and meant to take it, but any container would have to remain liquid-tight if held...
  6. Re: Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    Is regular plastic OK for the silver bath, or does it need to be acrylic? I was also unsure about the collodion - something I read in another thread here said it starts to sorta congeal if you put it...
  7. Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    I am getting back in to LF with the intention of shooting wet plate - have recently taken delivery of a Toyo 45G and barrel lens. I'll be converting a DDS holder once my plates and chemistry arrive...
  8. Re: How to mount a Schneider 180mm f/5.6 - 58 or 59mm threads?

    Had considered a ziptie but there is not a lot of thread to grab on to unfortunately.
  9. Re: How to mount a Schneider 180mm f/5.6 - 58 or 59mm threads?

    Thank you very much for the replies, everybody!



    It has crossed my mind, but this thing is in really nice shape, it'd be a shame to goop it up...



    Oh, that's a good idea. If I could get...
  10. How to mount a Schneider 180mm f/5.6 - 58 or 59mm threads?

    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a Schnieder 180mm f/5.6 Componon (which I assume is a 5x7 enlarging lens) that I'd like to experiment with for wet plate work in the studio as a portrait lens.
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  11. Re: Backpacking Appalachian Trail in Virginia in April-May

    Do you have a blog/write up of this online somewhere? I'd love to read it!
  12. Re: Small Footprint 4x5 Graflok Back for DIY Project?

    Awesome, exactly what I was hoping to find out. I'll keep my eye out!
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    Re: questions on graflex SLRs?

    The Super D's big selling point is the auto-diaphragm on the lens, with the other models you have to stop down the aperture manually. All of the SLR's also weak at wide-angles because of the mirror;...
  14. Small Footprint 4x5 Graflok Back for DIY Project?

    I finished CLA'ing the shutter on my Tele-Graflex, the next step of the process is installing a Graflok back, so I can use my Grafmatics/Polaroids/DDS holders on it.

    I bought a Speed Graphic...
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    Re: 4x5 Back Interchangeability?

    This thread fits my question, so might as well save myself starting a thread:

    Where should I be looking for a small-footprint Graflok back? I want to swap out the back on my 4x5 Tele-Graflex for...
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    Re: RB Graflex Series B

    Yes, it can (and has been) done - like you say, the ground glass will need to be reshimmed. I have an Auto Graflex that's going to undergo a similar operation, I need to cut down the Graflok (came...
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    Re: Air-Travel with tripod

    I have a fairly sizable Giottos tripod (only has 2-section legs). By removing the center column/head and unscrewing the feet, I'm able to just fit it in my carry-on diagonally. Insulated liberally...
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    Re: 5x7 Auto Graflex

    Ah, sorry, I misread your post and thought you were talking about 5x7 holders. Still, I see what you mean about the slot, I'll keep my eye out!
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    Re: 5x7 Auto Graflex

    Would you mind linking them for me? I've tried looking at everything under "5x7 graflex" and didn't see any that looked like they'd be for a Graflex back.
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    Re: 5x7 Auto Graflex

    Thanks for the helpful info!

    What's the best way to tell the slotted type of film holder from a regular 5x7 holder made by Graflex? (It seems like something the average eBay seller would be...
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    5x7 Auto Graflex

    I just got mine in the mail yesterday. Despite the fairly dire shape of the leather on the outside, the focal plane shutter is perfectly intact and working well (only exception is the highest...
  22. Re: Why Aren't There More 4x5 Reflex Cameras?

    Don't suppose any of you have a project Graflex laying around you'd be interested in parting with? Wouldn't need the back (planning a Graflok conversion) or the lens (looking for a platform to mount...
  23. Re: Filters for an Omega Pro Lab Universal 4x5?

    Thanks guys, I'm going to follow your lead and go the DIY route :) Are either of you also Universal users, or is it just a standard technique?
  24. Filters for an Omega Pro Lab Universal 4x5?

    I've had a really hard time finding anything about this enlarger through Google. I picked it up for free on Craigslist a while back, and am trying to put together the odds and ends I need to get it...
  25. Re: Best way to scan this irregular negative on V750?

    Thanks, I'll give it a try! What do you recommend for cleaning the glass of the slide off?
  26. Best way to scan this irregular negative on V750?

    My sister picked up an old slide that she wanted me to scan, so she could have it printed out as a poster. It's from one of the older oddball (to me, anyways) LF sizes, it looks to measure about 9cm...
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    Re: ADOX PAN 400 Coming! ?

    I hope the stuff is pushable, and comes out closer to Arista EDU than Tri-X or the other high speed B&W LF films in price! My Speed/Aero Ektar is just begging to be handheld in subdued light.
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    Re: Shipping LF gear?

    I wanted that film :mad:

    Dunno how much other baggage you're planning on packing, but per FAA regulations, photographers get an extra carry-on for equipment. Personally, I'd rather check it than...
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    Re: MacBook Pro screen

    Glare or no-glare, it's still not an IPS panel. You're better off using the laptop on the road and plugging it in to a decent external LCD panel when you get home.
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    Re: Teens Hooked On Instant Film

    I've got a Dell Wasabi - it prints on Zink paper (no ink to buy, it's stored in the paper) can run off a battery, and lets you direct print via a digital camera's USB connection. It fits in a back...
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    Re: Angkor-wat with Apo-lanthar

    There's a permit/fee required for commercial photography, not specifically for LF cameras, although laypeople tend to conflate the two. That's hardly out of the ordinary in our own countries. If...
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    Re: Show off your camera!

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4669692916_055d5b5c5b.jpg

    Got this little guy in the mail last week. I've been meaning to make a thread about it, I've done a lot of reading up on Gowland...
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    Re: 15lb 8x10 Studio-in-a-bag

    Cool! Have you had anyone give you any guff over the extra carry-on for photographic equipment?
  34. Re: Diagnose the problem: light spot using Fuji100c4x5

    It would have been more helpful to post a properly exposed image so we could more clearly see the problem :-\

    Do you mean that thing in the bottom left? You may need to clean the rollers, or make...
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    Re: Loading film backs in hot&humid?

    You could also try a love hotel. Air conditioned, sanitary (as far as I could tell), and quite private. They've even got an hourly rate ;-)
  36. Re: Kalart for longer lenses - Earlier model?

    Thanks for the responses!

    Jim, do you think a telephoto design would be more viable for a 300mm?
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    Re: May Portraits

    Love this, Stephane!
  38. Kalart for longer lenses - Earlier model?

    I read somewhere that the earlier models of Kalart rangefinder (the silver ones with pointy corners) can be used with longer lenses than the later model. I have the latter on my Pacemaker, and it...
  39. Re: What film holders can I use with a Graflex 4x5 Super D?

    Good point, that makes sense.
  40. Re: What film holders can I use with a Graflex 4x5 Super D?

    Hey guys, me again! A couple more questions on the RB's:

    The RB Auto-Graflex can't focus anything as wide as the 7" Aero Ektar to infinity due to mirror clearance issues, although the 7.5" it...
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