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    Re: Graflex 3A - lenses advise

    Probably too short FL for inf, due to mirror...
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    Re: Graflex 3A - lenses advise

    An 178mm AE won't work at infinity due to the extended rear element as mentioned above, as well as the weight and size of the lens...

    Another fast lens wide open will work and give that effect if...
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    Re: Film comparison site

    I don't have it handy, but at least for Kodak films, the data guides had a notch code table, and they even printed a wall chart that was hung in every film area of every lab I worked at...

    Search...
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    In general, paper developers contain different proportions of both developing agents... Hydroquinone produces contrast that allows the maximum DMax that allows a full black, but metol or phenidone...
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    Re: Bellows and lensing question

    To keep it simple, you need the distance from film plane or gg to about lens iris to equal your focal length to focus to infinity...

    To shoot close (1:1, the frame size and the size of your...
  6. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    The small lever with the knurling might be a release lever, so try pushing it one way or the other and see if it disengaged something and releases something...

    The grey board is an add-on to the...
  7. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    I suggest testing developers with small format films, even with just a snip or full rolls, as the higher enlargement ratios will reveal greater information during enlargement of what is happening on...
  8. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    The retaining ring has to come off first, then lens should lift off board...

    Ring needs proper spanner, or lens can be damaged when makeshift tool slips... Ring might be stuck due to corrosion or...
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    Re: Mounting #5 Shutter in linhof type board

    So will the retaining ring fit inside the FS cutout???

    Also remember with the Linhof type boards, the lens hole height is usually not centered, but a little lower... And will the large sized...
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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    Only for wood or maybe plastic, but not for metal...

    I have a circle cutting guide for a router, and if set up correctly, makes really nice holes in wood!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    Boring head on a mill works best, so ask any machinist...

    Steve K
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    Kevin, one plus this year is LA water is better due to the higher rainfall last winter, and not the sludge we were getting from the lower reservoir water we were getting during the drought years, so...
  13. Re: Mounting a Metal Retaining Ring onto a Metal Lensboard

    I didn't see a problem as long as the nuts were inside the FS cut-out...

    I'm dealing with a older Tek III board that is thinner, and the oversized hole is almost the baffle cut out size, but...
  14. Re: Can you mount any 4x5 lenses in shutters from folding cameras?

    And old folders usually had limited speed settings, no flash sync, some "simple" ones are very hard to work on, spacing can be off, no press focus, iris's shutterblades made of weird stuff, and...
  15. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    The other more modern option is that heavy ND filters are now sold for digital lenses (for that long exposure blurred sea/sky effect) and you might find one that fits on your lens...

    In older...
  16. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    The other thing you can add is a welding helmet plate as a neutral density filter... The glass is good enough for photo use, and are quite cheap (like around $15)... There are 2 densities and if I...
  17. Re: Fixing Light Leak in Graphic Roll Film Back

    Don't feel dumb, as I have been adding light proofing now, and realize I could have been checking the mating areas I have been working on with light, instead of just shotgunning it, so I just learned...
  18. Re: Tips/Ideas For Hand Making Lens Caps For Vintage LF Lenses?

    I make caps out of black mat board also, and they work fine!!! If you don't have one already, get a compass circle cutter from a good art store to cut the front circle, and for the skirt, put water...
  19. Re: Fixing Light Leak in Graphic Roll Film Back

    First, check the slide light trap for leaking by removing insert, take back housing assy into a dark room, and take a small bright flashlight to shine into where the slide enters the film gate area,...
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    Re: DIY Large darkroom paper development ideas

    But if you are thinking of making something that requires back rolling the paper onto something, note this...

    The secret to not getting little crimps, creases, clamshell marks, and dents on the...
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    Re: My 90mm Angulon arrived

    So all these methods are "shotgun" approaches to hopefully find the thing that will "fix" the problem and not start new ones... (Like fuming poison in your home to kill one bug...)

    There are...
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    Re: DIY Large darkroom paper development ideas

    Gary explained the usual method, but once the roll is inserted in dilute developer, you stick your gloved fingers into the curl at the edges, and run them into the core of the roll to create space...
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    Re: Seeking Advice for 4x5 Handheld Camera

    If you just need one or two lenses, a Busch Pressman or B&J press are lighter than Graflexes...

    The FP shutter Graflex models seem to have an advantage, but in practice are a bit cumbersome to...
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    Re: Seeking Advice for 4x5 Handheld Camera

    Jac, a digital bathroom or postal scale works well...

    Steve K
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    Re: Foam for lens case

    Foam is going to be a problem sooner or later...

    The last case I put together had slotted holders to support lensboards, cut from wood strips...

    Steve K
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    Re: Pouring without spilling?

    Another possibly with smaller mouth glass bottles is those spouts you see on liquor bottles in bars, that only allow a stream to flow out of them...

    Steve K
  27. Re: Curious about creation of a custom filter adapter, what it would take

    The bean counters at Leica made the company make odd size filters so they could sell overpriced specific filters for individual lenses presumably to sell at top dollar prices... Some were threaded,...
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    Re: Sinar F2 rail holder twisting

    Or if for leveling, leave it locked and just use the side leveling on your tripod head...

    Steve K
  29. Re: Edwal Hypo Check - Shelf Life or Interaction Issue

    The other old tried and true method for fixer checking is to immerse a strip of undeveloped film into it when fixer is new (in roomlight), and note how long it takes to clear... (Normal film fixing...
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    Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    To elaborate on Bernice, just using sharpness is one of the more difficult ways to focus...

    Let's say you were trying to focus a scene and we're looking for a sharp object to focus on, as you get...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    There is infinity, and there is infinity!!!

    With my 400mm astronomy telescope, I have to slightly refocus it when it is focused on the moon and I have to change to focus on the stars... ;-)
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    Re: New Kodak Formulas

    Yea, keep on making masks with it, you found what works...

    I use DK-50 D (a variation) for general work, works great and I get edge effects, cheap, and good latitude without mushy grain... Not...
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    Re: New Kodak Formulas

    True, HC-110 is its own formula (and I keep some stock around for process work), but there are other DIY formulas like D-19 I make when I need a vigorous, harder, more active developer (I don't use...
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    Re: Need A Decent Lab Scale For A Decent Price

    And take a stroll through your local pawnshop and ask them... They should have an Ohaus triple beam balance for $20 or so...
  35. Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Um, when I sent mine to QLM for service, George sent it to Pentax in Englewood, CO, and didn't charge me a service fee...

    Steve K
  36. Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Contact Pentax in Colorado for replacement...

    Steve K
  37. Re: Help With Inherited Century Model 46 No. 8 Cirkut Outfit

    No problemo...

    If you have any ??? about something involving looking at the camera, I might know where in storage it is, but might take some time (weeks/months) to dig it out...

    They have...
  38. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    The shutter release is on the other side low on the camera... On the mirror lever release, there is a small slide marked I or T, I will lift mirror and fire the FP, but T will just pop mirror up, but...
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    Re: New Kodak Formulas

    Not to be obvious, but testing will give you answers...
    You should have your developing/EI tests done beforehand, and have done many runs to have proven it long ago... So a no-brainer now and...
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    Re: ? use of Oscilloscope lenses in LF?

    What I have done when needing a focusing mount is to find junk metal 35mm faster normal lenses (with your camera mount) and strip them down... Harvest the optics for experimental lenses or loupes,...
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