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    Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Looks like a good one for photographic use. Wish they had it in 8x10.
  2. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    One thing to consider is cost, beyond the cost of the camera. In general sheet film is going to be somewhat more expensive (that's assuming you'll make more exposures with the F2 per finished image,...
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Nice! I was thinking of building a similar 8x10 before I decided to splurge on my Agfa-Ansco.
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    Re: Couple Agfa-Ansco 5x7 Universal questions

    Can't help you with the vintage, but my very early no-front-focus no-front-tilt 8x10 Agfa-Ansco Universal View is stamped as 1454. My 1950s gray Ansco 5x7 is 715 (no mistake - just a three-digit...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    +1 for the portrait version here as well.
  6. Thread: Still Life 2020

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    Re: Still Life 2020

    Apparently the social distancing has brought still lives back into the vogue, at least per Aperture.
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    Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    My Agfa Ansco cost me $200 on the bay. So far I've put in about 50 hours of work into restoring it, and probably will put in another 20-30 before I'm done. I've had to buy a new heat gun and finishes...
  8. Thread: Pyro

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    Re: Pyro

    Not to worry. I've used two developers (Rodinal and more recently HC-110) almost exclusively for the last three decades. I'm no chemistry jumper. Still, thought I'd check the stuff out myself. I have...
  9. Thread: Old paper rescue?

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    Old paper rescue?

    I have close to 500 sheets of Kodak Polycontrast III RC that's got a use-by date of 2001. It's badly fogged, except at the very edges. Is there anything that would eliminate the fog, or at least...
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    Re: Pyro

    Wow. Thanks everyone. This is great. I haven't done alternative printing since college (many moons ago), but having a versatile negative like that can't hurt, just in case the 19th century gods move...
  11. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    : )))
  12. Thread: Pyro

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    Pyro

    I've been reading a lot of praise about pyro developers, particularly Pyrocat HD. I've also seen some really stunning images where it was used as a compensating developer with limited agitation to...
  13. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Now I didn't say that, did I? I live in Chicago, one of the most famously photographed cities in the country, if not the world. If I thought that, I'd never take my camera out, and somehow I still...
  14. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I'll freely admit I never saw it as a competition. Even if you do, I would think it's how you do things not where you do them that counts. But I guess everyone's got their own take on things.
  15. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Don't know if I'd necessarily want to live where lots of renowned photographers had already done their thing. Kind of like doing street photography in New York - it may be easier to get a "classic...
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    Re: Arista EDU 100 (Fomapan 100) in HC-110?

    Just out of curiousity - what is?
  17. Re: Foma Fomapan 100 in rodinal : exposing and developing

    Since many of these appear to be scans from negative, I'm not sure how much useful information you can get from them. Scanning directly from a negative can do things no traditional paper would be...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Thanks, Scott. Funny, you're already the second person to suggest a gunsmithing finish (the first was TruOil gun stock finish for the wood). I guess it makes sense - you want your guns to look good...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    For what it's worth, the film holder has mostly held its shape overnight, which probably means it'll be OK for at least a while. I can always re-steam it if need be.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    I tested this on an old, beat up, but mostly light-tight 8x10 holder today. Works like a charm - held the warped light trap over a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, clamped it up and after a...
  21. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    I like traveling with others, but not when I want to take pictures. People have no patience for someone tinkering around with their camera. They may pretend to the first few times you stop, but the...
  22. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    It wouldn't surprise me if these were custom-made lenses with no patent or brand name.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Convenience, that's all. But as I said, after my exchange with Peter I've decided to put that part of it on hold.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    I PM'd Peter. He told me he rarely used the tilt adapter, as the landscapes he shot with the camera didn't really require more than the front shifts and rear tilts and swings it already had. In that...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Ok, thanks. Seems like a rigid version of a piece I'd seen elsewhere, with a pivot and a teensy little bellows. Something similar was apparently originally sold with the Kodak 2D. I think my design...
  26. Thread: post your trees!

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    Re: post your trees!

    Love it!
  27. Thread: 6x17 Images

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    Re: 6x17 Images

    Very, very nice.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Could you share any photos? I can't really picture what you're describing.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Absolutely - that's why I kind of gave up on retrofitting front swing capability, which I would use even less. I just thought it would be more convenient in the long run to do something like the...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Word of advice from the voice of experience: If you ever find yourself restoring a wooden camera that's been stored in damp conditions (you'll know by the smell if nothing else), don't expect simple...
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    I wouldn’t blame everyone if you thought the project has been abandoned, but it hasn’t. I have the individual parts reglued and refinished, and the brass parts cleaned up from years of built-up gunk...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    My comment was based on what I could see on my screen, from a stitched negative scan. The contrast seems a bit flat on my side, with the shadow sides of the rocks somewhat below the straight line of...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Nice image. As to advice, it's hard to tell anything technical from a web-size scan. Just off hand, it seems like your contrast could use some work, as well as your development - I read the sky as...
  34. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Depends on what kind of landscape you want to photograph, I guess. If you're into the grand vistas of the Great Plains, you'd be wise to move there, or at least close by. If you want the Rockies,...
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    Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    8x10. Wouldn't have much use for 18x24. Otherwise would have gone for the single sided mammography film.
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    Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Green is orthochromatic, blue is just blue-sensitive. That should make a huge difference in tonality. Anyway, just ordered some green Fujifilm from ZZ. Worst case scenario will have lots of practice...
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    Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Curious where everyone's getting their x-ray film? Also, besides the difference between the blue and green and single- and double-emulsion versions, there seems to be an astounding variety of special...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    What's your source for aluminum trophy plates? The cheapest I've found them so far is $340 per 100 4x5s. I'm assuming the the 10-25 cent cost you quote above doesn't include the plate itself?
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    You can reversal process most gelatin emulsion black and white negative materials. It's somewhat more involved than regular processing, but can be done. Once you have a transparency, you can display...
  40. Thread: post your trees!

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    Re: post your trees!

    From a slightly different bag:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49860739777_e4c9d21270_o.jpg
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