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    Re: PC Sync Debounce

    Could be as simple as the contact in the shutter is pitted/oxidized/burnt/gunked up or other parts around it are conducting, so cleaning is needed in the sync system, due to imperfect contacts,...
  2. Poll: Re: Seeking 4x5 Lens Advice - Which Lens To Keep - Fujinon Or Nikkor 150mm 5.6

    The "big four" lenses have quality and a similar look, so it boils down to which you prefer to use... Test 'em!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: New and need help

    For a monorail, the best bet is keeping it in one of the maker's cases, as it's easy to store, get into car, hold other needed supplies as a kit, carry short distances etc... Once on site, you can...
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    Re: How is Large Digital C-prints made?

    To avoid creasing in the handling stage, a good practice to leave on the roll, secure edge, and carefully roll out material on flat easel, then cut while still flat (one at a time)...

    Always allow...
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    Re: Rejuvenating Camera bellows .

    The mink oil polish is useful for other foto stuff too... Where vinyl gets dry or sticky, it can be used as a last resort... Cases, pouches, bellows, flash cords etc can be treated... On dry items,...
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    Re: Condenser lens in a snoot?

    If used in front of hot light, plastics melt, burn, catch fire etc... Needs to be over a foot away with air space between and keep an eye on them... Includes gels, pola filters, diffusers etc...
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  7. Re: Will a Fujinon 150mm f/5.6 fold into a Crown Graphic?

    Well, the practical thing to do is to put a blank lensboard on camera, close camera and stick a ruler through lens hole and measure distance to closed bed...And note if anything from bed rail might...
  8. Re: Considering Fabricating Lens Board for Century Graphic

    Hobby shop layered basswood works great, and cuts with a utility knife... You layer to create your "steps" near edges, but rotate the grain lines on layers, as you will see material is very stiff in...
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    Re: Rejuvenating Camera bellows .

    Yea, that's it... The mink oil penetrates vinyl and replaces plasticizers that dry or migrate in the material... It is also used extensively by doll or vinyl purse or shoe collectors... The shoe...
  10. Re: Will a Fujinon 150mm f/5.6 fold into a Crown Graphic?

    It's different from being a spectator... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Rejuvenating Camera bellows .

    Some demons may show up, like if the focusing is smooth or does it jump around past your focus point, do the movements lock firmly in place or can "float" around, is everything rigid and locked down...
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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    They are different sizes, so an exact match will be harder... Some simple woodworking skills can modify a back, or an adapter can be made to go between camera and back... That's possible, but try to...
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    Re: Rejuvenating Camera bellows .

    The camera seems homemade, and good chance the bellows were also... Check if a fabric used for them may have been painted to seal them (look carefully for brush marks etc)... They may have been stiff...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    I was curious why most of the big labs in LA were quietly changing hands in the 90's, and asked several (former) lab managers what happened... (This was the pre-digital era...) They said the Kodak,...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    Yea, RA-4 is nice... And materials are still made and not too expensive...

    But I'm spoiled not having access to a well running processor where you feed a test strip or exposed paper into, and 3...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Great job, Bernice!!! Injured but not (too) dead...

    I love it when different areas of technology, mechanics, experience, creativity, processes etc come together to provide us with the tools to...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    My 200b came with the "super" battery, so I think it is still the 12v battery route... This contained standard Panasonic ni-cads soldered together... The tool replacement ones linked would have...
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    Re: A large-format laugh from Matt Marrash

    Yea, like getting beauty and medical advice from Tik-Tok... ;-0

    Steve K
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    You can clean switch contacts in place spraying some electrical contact cleaner in underside of switch while operating switch for a minute...

    Brett said that he would clean burnt switches by...
  20. Re: Repair metal surface for rear shutter curtain on Graflex Speed Graphic

    I'd try a pencil or ink eraser to smooth it, but being careful to not get the residue into the camera, then fill it with India ink or sharpie... The ink is very thin and somewhat durable, and will...
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    Re: Leaving Kodak for Ilford paper developer

    Look up the formula for Neutrol (Agfa 100) @ 1:1 or 1:2 dilution... Economical to make, neutral in tone, lasts long in use and bottle...

    Tames contrast of cold tone papers, while opening up...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Read up on post #32 about the head... If the ready light is on, pack is charged up, but inside the head is a circuit board with 2 parts... Check the green part (trigger coil) to see of all 4 leads...
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    Re: Reflection or light on an eye

    Well, anime figures have many multiple catch lights in their eyes when excited!!! ;-) I had read that newspaper obit fotos often would retouch out catch lights in shots of the deceased to remove the...
  24. Re: Scientific reason why some developers causes decrease film speed

    You need a center baseline for your exposures... Its like levels... You know where your shadows will fall, and the highlight you can hold... You will know where it will land on your paper (with your...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Went to storage, and now have strobe in front of me...

    Now checking sync voltage and is 30.5V... Trimmer without goo is center top nearer the power on/off switch... He said mine was tweaked for...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Ordered generic of this... Worked, but first battery was defective... Will order the 2.9ah next time...

    Thanks for looking!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    My power transistors run with no heat at all, so compound maybe not needed if unit is normally operating...

    Let me check the trimmer placement... I think it's the one by the output switch (I have...
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    Re: Looking for some help on Enlargers

    I think it was Kenko that had an 8x10 conversion head I have seen on Beselers made for the graphic arts industry (but don't know how well they worked or how configured)... Used to see them in...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    I haven't pulled the top deck off the internal pack yet to access this area, but have to at some point, as the foam covered transformer (?) is shedding badly, so need to remove/re-secure it... Your...
  30. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    I think it is a question of deliberation... In the early period of photography, the group making photographs were scientists, professionals, "country gentlemen" etc, as the process was difficult and...
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    Re: Modern Changing Tent?

    In the studios, we would vac everything near film with a premium shop vac with drywall dust or finer filters... Holders, changing bags, bellows, cases, film boxes etc... Would be fine for changing...
  32. Re: Processing black and white film in the field

    I found early on that having a proper darkroom was the greatest "luxury" in photography (as I didn't have my own often)...

    Easiest one was using Pola type 55 exposed at EI 32 made wonderful negs,...
  33. Re: 127mm f4.7 Raptar and 135mm f4.7 Raptar: Do they both fit the same Rapax shutter

    I have interchanged them and it worked... f settings seemed the same...

    The Rapax shutters are robust and respond well to cleaning and work well... Something is not resetting fully properly and...
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    Re: Modern Changing Tent?

    Still using the largest rubber lined changing bag with a file hanging rack (from a file cabinet) inside to hold bag open... Just filed/taped metal ends to not damage bag insides)... Works great, and...
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    Re: Thoughts on composition in portraiture

    It starts looking scary when heads are larger than life-sized (like "Big Brother" murals)...

    Even scarier must have been when someone told me of going to porno films in some old quanset hut...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Great!!! Long may it run!!!

    Got mine working and it seems to be behaving well!!! Still have to go through a working testing phase, but did a test with the 4X5 shooting... Lamp head was about 6'...
  37. Re: Scientific reason why some developers causes decrease film speed

    Hey, good negs are easy to print!!! ;-)

    Focus on neg making as a primary photo objective...

    Steve K
  38. Re: Scientific reason why some developers causes decrease film speed

    One developer I made from scratch really did give me a one stop true increase in film speed, but rare among developers...

    The old photographer's rule still applies; "expose for the shadows,...
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    Re: Thoughts on composition in portraiture

    Different styles, different approaches... The most common portrait approach is to put subject in center of frame (as they are the most important feature)... Then there was an approach to allow an...
  40. Re: Looking for advice on a used lens for an Intrepid camera

    Modern lenses (<40yr old) tend to have the same look across different manufacturers... Typified by a sharp looking, contrasty, "brighter" look with better lens coatings... Downside is they can look...
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