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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    HP5 has a somewhat long toe to the characteristic curve, so I find that under moderate contrast situation, box speed 400 exposure and normal dev works just fine; but with high contrast situations,...
  2. Re: How to clean mould/fungus off a Cibachrome print

    Fungus or mold is a symptom of improper storage or framing. Sometimes it's just superficial and doesn't eat deeply into the emulsion. Ciba does indeed have an especially fragile and electrostatic...
  3. Re: How to clean mould/fungus off a Cibachrome print

    Ordinary film cleaner like PEC, and a very soft microfiber lens cloth. DON'T use water, which might soften the emulsion and make it more fragile. The gelatin is already under attack from fungus, and...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    The usual, "If so and so did it that way, it must be the best way". Well, maybe Feininger and Wolf could have done it a lot easier and even better today a different manner. I like working with big...
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    Re: Enlarged negatives - duping, etc

    Some of us already answered on a different forum. Good luck to you.
  6. Thread: New Mexico?

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    Re: New Mexico?

    My truck paint was peeling at the time. Does that upgrade your opinion of the food, even though I was across the border in Arizona?
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    Re: Probable Goof

    I wouldn't try to "push" it. Just develop normally, or perhaps a minute less. A bit of overexposure won't hurt unless your highlights are really up there. But for all practical purposes, yellow...
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    Re: New Mexico?

    I have a sensitive stomach, but the best MexTex food I ever had was actually in a tiny breakfast restaurant fully inside a trailer house on the Navajo Res with Shiprock in the background. You can...
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    Re: Status of Kodak RA4 Paper in 2022

    Fuji has plenty to offer if someone would twist their arm. I would really like to try out their Maxima paper; but it's hard to even get straight answers about that in the US unless you have a direct...
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    Re: I've got business in Astoria, Oregon

    No permit was needed when I went in. Very few people around, in fact. But that was over the back door, the long scramble up Aasgard Pass, more of a goat path than real trail, with an ice axe...
  11. Re: Treat stiff bellows with Pledge (or other)?

    Pledge contains silicone and actually promotes decomposition of natural cellular materials like leather (and real wood too) if that is what the bellows is made of. Get something intended for actual...
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    Re: I've got business in Astoria, Oregon

    That's more inland, and has been quite hot lately. My wife is from Portland, and I still have relatives there myself. Haven't been there for awhile, due to needing to babysit the pets while she...
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    Re: I've got business in Astoria, Oregon

    Yeah. I got spoiled. My Grand Uncle would take me halibut fishing. There were so many salmon in the adjacent creek (the Kilchis River) one could almost walk on them; and the rest of the season, all...
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    Re: I've got business in Astoria, Oregon

    The city of Astoria by itself is a gem. Lots of Victorians, purple glass bricks embedded in the streets. A waterproof dark cloth is a must. The whole coast is scenic, the whole way. But I prefer the...
  15. Thread: New Mexico?

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    Re: New Mexico?

    It's not about any given day or any random experience, Tom. The remote countryside is no different from the big city. You need to be conscious that bad people are now everywhere, and that even good...
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    Re: New Mexico?

    Our cowboy and logging crew hangout was a different spot, and frequented by Indians too, but of the more friendly sort. After nearly all the rest of the town literally blew up when a logging truck...
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    Re: New Mexico?

    The son of the bar owner was a high school pal of my nephews. The bar was in N.F. right across the River. None of that actual family which owned it would EVER enter the bar during actual business...
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    Re: New Mexico?

    Well, I tiptoed around the topic of Reservations. But having grown up with Indians and being especially well acquainted with what happened on nearby reservations, I can only state that they can be...
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    Hmm.... Great idea! But I don't think my wife would approve. My brother once had a spoof paint rolling device designed to hold a cat rather than an ordinary roller tube. The little Devil is...
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    Re: New Mexico?

    I'm sure there are a certain number of bad people in every state. Every big city has certain dangerous neighborhoods, and dicey druggies are now everywhere. But frankly, I'd be more worried about...
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    Re: Paper developer question

    There are all kinds of amidol formulas; but it's instantly apparent that he was using that cheapo Chinese amidol that leaves an overall stain unless the print is extra-washed afterwards. In other...
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    Re: Schneider APO-Tele Xenar HM 800 f/12?

    The biggest problem with distance resolution is generally the atmosphere itself, along with heat waves. I rarely get better resolution with the 8x10 than with my P67 with a top-end tele. But when it...
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    Our dang cute kitten severed our brand new fiber optic line. Just got it repaired this morning. But this time I dug out a roll of real gaffers tape and immobilized the line to the wall. Ugly; but one...
  24. Re: Almost done with film drying cabinet rebuild

    Sheesh! When is a darkroom environment dry? What is a drying cabinet for anyway? Want mold and mildew spores blowing onto your film? Sheesh! I keep my mouth shut about all kinds of things, like when...
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    Rick - modern water-based "varnishes" and polys vary the whole spectrum from nearly worthless to true marine grade costing over $100 per QUART. Being mainly acrylic, they can be electrostatic, and...
  26. Re: Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm f5.6 v. Nikon Nikkor-SW 120mm f8

    Out in the elements, I can't imagine ever working with slide-in or gel filters again. Just too much that can go wrong or get dirty. Screw-in glass ones are more secure and resistant to damage.
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    I've seen entire city blocks burn down due to old school lacquers being sprayed. Huge explosions. The second biggest one was adjacent to the lacquer mfg plant itself. There was an explosion that...
  28. Re: Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm f5.6 v. Nikon Nikkor-SW 120mm f8

    There's just no way for me to own only a single sized set. I have lenses that require 82mm - am I supposed to use something that bulky on my Nikon or compact field 4x5 lenses, which accept 52mm or...
  29. Re: Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm f5.6 v. Nikon Nikkor-SW 120mm f8

    I've found the Fuji 125/5.6 to be a very nice compact lens for backpacking, and it's plenty sharp enough for high quality roll film backs too. But the image circle is too small for many architectural...
  30. Re: Longevity of stock TF-5 Archival Rapid Fix?

    Who knows. Maybe there's a point at which it settles out, and you need to stir it like unfresh jugs of TF4. I find it hard to believe it has to be used within six months, or even within a year.
  31. Re: Almost done with film drying cabinet rebuild

    True nitrocellulose lacquers like Deft dry very fast. The problem is that they're highly flammable and really bad to breathe, and in fact, are OSHA illegal for pro use, though in some States it seems...
  32. Re: Color filters to correct focusing issues with meniscus lenses

    rdax - even among pan films, there are somewhat different blue and UV responses; note the spectral sensitivity chart of TMax100, for example. Second, why would someone be using a blue filter...
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    Re: Photo Flo In Presoak OK for PMK?

    I done tried all them durn whizz-bang approaches, but then me gunpowdr get isself all wet in the derkness and cain't fire. If'n the Brits had knowed thet, they dasn't lost the Revulsionary War.
  34. Re: Almost done with film drying cabinet rebuild

    Just don't store fresh film or paper in that room for quite awhile. Linseed oil never really cures until it actually begins failing. So it takes months and months to fully outgas. Faster drying...
  35. Re: Color filters to correct focusing issues with meniscus lenses

    Redundant. An additional UV filter won't add anything relevant. A slight focus shift sometimes occurs especially with respect to deep red filters, but only with lenses which aren't fully corrected...
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    Re: Photo Flo In Presoak OK for PMK?

    Bingo! Part of the problem is due to the design of certain brands of rotary tanks which simply fill and drain too slow. I can fill even a 30X40 inch print drum during rotation in 5 sec. That's due...
  37. Re: Does changing aperture move the focus point

    Even the last of the regular Dagors, the splendid multicoated 14 inch Kern, exhibited a bit of focus shift until a third of a stop before f/11, and none further down. No big deal. If you can't stand...
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    Re: Banff and Jasper in mid Sept. 2022

    I talked to a friend yesterday who just returned from hiking there. Lots of dead pines there too, making the area susceptible to fire. One active fire. No telling until it gets consistently rainy...
  39. Re: Help with filter choice for black and white film, please

    A 58 green would darken any solid red to near black. I rarely carry one of those in the field, but they're hard to find in round glass anyway except from Tiffen. The Hoya HMC X1 med green is a much...
  40. Re: Help with filter choice for black and white film, please

    Our local camera store carries them, but only the UV and skylight type applicable to digital as well as color film usage. The multicoated variety are rebranded HMC, but if I recall correctly,...
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