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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    https://www.qcmcorp.com/1200E.html

    I used one of these once long ago to cut 8x10 film stock. A local photo finisher had it. I used it as his place. He had a darkroom. Worked very well. Pricey...
  2. Re: Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assemb

    I just tried the soldering iron. Heated the little screw until it would melt solder on it. Nothing. Tomorrow, I will heat it for a longer time.
  3. Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assembly?

    There are 4 little flush screws with 2 mm socket heads on the bottom at the front of the baseplate that I'd like to remove. Hugo told me they are removable but they have thread locker on them.
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  4. Re: How much dimmer on the ground glass is an f/9 lens vs a f/5.6? Or f/5.6 vs f/4.5?

    It isn't hard to focus if you have a good darkcloth. Small aperture is more an issue with wide angle lenses, but not worth f/4.5 in my opinion. If your vision is wonky, as mine is, then a loupe can...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Some of the best advice ever given to me: In camera or in the darkroom, include what needs to be in the image and leave out the rest. In other words, don't be afraid to crop or otherwise edit (burn,...
  6. Re: Making Lenses With Shorter Focal Length from Cheaper Materials

    And don't forget temperature coefficient of expansion (which I believe is quite high in plastics) and lens coatings.

    Fluorite lenses for use into the UV spectrum are lighter, but these have...
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Test it as-is. Then cover the chips w 3M opaque photo tape and try again.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    GFIs are cheap and provide great protection. Required most everywhere there is exposed ground, earth ground, bare slabs, metal pipes. All damp locations, garages at or below grade, etc. Also...
  9. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Just making any really good image is difficult.

    Hardest type of LF I've done was holography. If anything moves more than a few nanometers, the image is lost.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    I can send some photos later.

    Take your 50A circuit and put a subpanel there. Maybe a 4 position or 6 position box. Then with surface plastic conduit, make everything just right.

    My DR...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    You can split your 220Vac circuit into two 110Vac circuits with a common return. This is legal. I wouldn't bother with extras such as surge or OV or other protections. Nor stabilization. I'm...
  12. Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Reading this, I can't wait to get mine. Expected here as soon as it clears customs. Never thought I'd be able to get a custom made tripod. Wow. What a treat. I'll post my review soon.
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    Ilford Ortho is very good. Lots of contrast to be had. Fine grain.
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    Re: 43/44mm shutter hole?

    File to fit, paint to match.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    "As much light" and "as small" are conflicting.

    "Landscape" and "Black and white" are easy.
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    No pictures, but I keep a clarinet in my darkroom and run scales while I wait for prints to wash, etc.
  17. Re: Problem with New Fujinon W 135mm f5.6

    The video doesn't play for me. Maybe it's rated R.

    Not sure from your description what is going on, but close the shutter first, then cock the shutter. This is most agreeable with shutters I...
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    Re: Strange light marks on negatives

    A straight line. Makes me wonder if you are getting a reflection from the camera back just before the film. With that straight line, it is something close to the film. Some edge in there. You may...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Anybody here use a "French Flag" ? Common in the cinema biz, seems as though it would be good for LF.
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    I frame it with a cardboard rectangle before I ever set up the camera. Once set up, if it is an easy thing to focus, then I do it with a long loupe. If it is a hard to focus shot, then it's nice to...
  21. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    I have a 12" f/2.5 Aero Ektar that holds the door open. But no shutter or iris. I wonder how it would be for portraits.
  22. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Hi Ari

    Kodak 12" f/4.8 Portrait. I had one, didn't really know what I had, and sold it. Big mistake.
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    I use a 210 Nikkor for 8x10. Pretty sure your Componon-S will be fine. Regardless, these focal lengths are short for 8x10 and thus the angles from the lens through the negative to the diffuser are...
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    Re: LED Safelight options?

    I've been using these in both RED and AMBER.

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/globe-bulbs/s11-led-bulb-75-watt-equivalent-led-globe-bulb-27-lumens/440/

    I prefer the RED as it works...
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    Re: DIY PX28 or 4SR44 Battery

    If the device uses burst of hi current for a motor, then use lithium. Meters and such use very little current. When I was designing and selling light meters, always recommended alkaline. Lithium...
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    Re: DIY PX28 or 4SR44 Battery

    Amazon, 10 ea for $6. Ebay certainly has them. Use alkaline version.
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    Re: Recent Work

    Sorry about that. I get anxious and like to agitate too much. Even after 40 years. Maybe I should go with semistand.

    Keep shooting. Nice work.

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    Re: Recent Work

    Good eye. I like these.

    I have a similar tendency to over-agitate my sheet film. Light edges.
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    Re: Will 135mm Nikkor W cover 5x7?

    The numbers say it fits. I've never tried. My lenses for 5x7 in this range are SSXL 110mm and APO Sironar W 150mm. The 135mm Fuji is a great lens on 4x5, but for my tastes, too tight on 5x7. Of...
  30. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Alan, true enough. I just ordered a tripod from Ari, designed to my liking.
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    Re: Pyro 48 (Moersch)

    No I haven't. Have you tried it? Do you like it? What film?
  32. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    No, we don't all agree on Reis.
  33. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I have 3 8x10 capable tripods: a wooden Miller, an aluminum Paillard, and a carbon fiber Gitzo. The Gitzo was terribly expensive. The Miller is for cinema cameras and is the strongest, most solid...
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    Re: How many film holders?

    I've only used a tent when I travelled overseas. In the states, I drive. On a long trip of a couple weeks, I'll take 50 holders. I have a few more than than for both 4x5 and 5x7. I shoot 4...
  35. Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    OK, call me crazy now and move on.

    My ailment has taken its toll on my strength. I enjoy short hikes with a camera and tripod, but the weight of any of my current seven tripods (how did I get...
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    There are red dyes you can use to 'dodge'. Paint them on the back of the neg.

    Morley Baer made 1:1 enlargements with 8x10 rather than contact print. This made dodge and burn easier.
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    Several MetroLux, of course. For over 30 years with cold lights and now with LEDs.
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    Re: Camera / tripod brace for vibration

    Best way to overcome camera movement is lots of mass closely coupled to the camera. A friend of mine used a Majestic tripod with diamond plate as the top of the tripod head. If you work in the...
  39. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    HP5, FP4, Ilford Ortho, Tech Pan from days of old -- from 35mm to 8x10. Developers are DS-14 for paper, Wimberley's HD2H+ variant for film, XTOL.
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

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    These folks brought this from Europe and were driving from Alaska to the bottom of S. America. At this time, they had dropped anchor in the Sonoran desert in need of a part.
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