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  1. Re: Ideas for new shutters 40 years from now when ours are all dead

    LCD (liquid crystal display), I guess - just like in a watch or phone, without the back light. I read years ago that somebody was working on a shutter like this without moving parts. Today, it...
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    Re: Viewing light brightness

    You have given many helpful hints, but the description of your viewing lights' brightness has been less than scientific :-) I'm sure that some of you own incident light meters. Let's meter and...
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    Re: Viewing light brightness

    I don't dry every test strip right away. Or print for that matter. Fix them, wash them, dry them over night. Of course they change a bit, but I've been doing this long enough to take that into...
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    Viewing light brightness

    Hello everyone,

    I just finished my new darkroom and have a question about your experience with the viewing light: You know, the light fixture over your fixer tray that lets you judge your test...
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    Re: Tetenal gone

    I am sad to hear this, too. My first steps in the darkroom world were taken with TETENAL products, and they have accompanied me ever since. I am by no means an industry insider, but this reminds me...
  6. Re: Has anyone tried or have opinions on the Poilot PL810 sheet film reel and P2550 t

    I have bought the 8x10" and 5x7" reels and used them in my JOBO drum. They seem well made, but I have not used them enough to judge them competently. One thing I have noticed: I was hoping to use...
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    Re: J. Lane Dry Plates to be stocked in Europe!

    I wasn't even aware of www.schwarzweiss-fotolabor.de. Good to know they're there, and good to know that they carry your plates. I recently bought a couple of 8x10 plate holders... Hopefully, they...
  8. Re: The best way to store lenses long term? Vacuum seal?

    I have a bunch of late 1980s Zeiss Jena Tessars (50 to 360mm) still unused in their original plastic bag inside the original cardboard box... I haven't noticed any haze, but maybe I should check...
  9. Re: Saturday was knew of those days you should just stay in bed!

    Once, I was behind my 4x5", when an older fellow approached me and told me that his grandfather had a camera like this and it must still be around somewhere. At which point I had to interrupt him -...
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    Re: Print Washer Hose Connection

    I'm using a garden hose quick connector set to connect a print washer, Jobo Cascade, and a hose to the shower thermostat in my darkroom. Works simply and reliably.
  11. Re: Going to Paris next month. Is it worth to bring my Super Speed Graphic?

    You mean, you would go to Paris and leave your camera at home? Why? Or bring a digital Nikon DSLR because you are afraid somebody might want to steal your old accordion camera? That could...
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    Re: 11x14" sheet film

    Wephota
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    Re: Austin Granger Show in Astoria, Oregon

    I wish I could be there to see the show. I'm a big fan. If you take that show to the road (and you should), consider a few places in Europe.
  14. Re: Bellows extension cheatsheet for SA 90 XL, SS 150 XL, 300M?

    (bellows extension) / (focal length) = extension factor

    This factor works just like a filter factor: Factor 2 equals one full stop of exposure compensation, factor 4 equals two full stops,...
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    Re: NYT has us cold except youth leads?

    That's funny, Sylvia Ballhause is one of my former students (well, of my academy. I'm not a teacher there). Many of our students work with LF. We have a Gandofi 8x10, and I just bought a 4x5" Shen...
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    Re: poilot 5x7 reel

    Funny, I ordered one today and now see this thread...
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    Re: shall i move ?

    Here in Europe, x-ray film usually comes in metric sizes. 18x24cm is common, 8x10" hard to get.
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    Re: shall i move ?

    Welcome, Saba.

    I would like to suggest a cheap starting solution, but you sound like a perfectionalist, so you might not like this. In Georgia, you should be able to find a cheap russian 18x24cm...
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    Re: Calder

    Vaughn, I don't have adequate words, but my thoughts are with you and your family. My condolences.

    Michael
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    I have never used wet plates, but I keep a watch on this thread. The results are fascinating!

    Best,

    Michael
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    Re: Boring Photographs

    I, for example, get easily bored if I come to the understanding that the author was just trying to make a pretty picture.
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    I prefer a reasonably dark hotel bathroom over a changing bag any time. Even if a room is not completely light tight, it's better than the dust from the cloth touching the film. I'm sure somebody...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    For the longest time, European architecture has used the materials that were available locally. Here in Leipzig, for example, buildings are usually made of brick, because solid rock and straight...
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    Re: Interest in LF meet-up, Trier, Germany?

    Same here. Leipzig is just not around the corner from Trier...
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    Re: 2017 Portraits: October

    protozzoa, I like your image a lot. Just a question about the car in the background: Looks to me like a Opel Kadett C from the 1970s, which was marketed all over the world well into the 1990s under...
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    Re: Why Do We Photograph?

    Will, you ask more than one valid question. People photograph for all kinds of reasons and gratifications, so I'm not getting into that right now.

    A show or a publication is a great and very...
  27. Re: New Kid On the Block: Can you tell me about this 9x12 cm camera?

    The good news is, these inserts are universal and not just for one type or brand of holders. For searching purposes: They are called "sheath" (in English) or "Planfilmeinlage" (in German). You can...
  28. Re: New Kid On the Block: Can you tell me about this 9x12 cm camera?

    So you have a 9x12cm ground glass with markings for a 6x9cm roll film back (e.g. Rollex). But do you have sheet film/plate holders? ebay.de might be a good source, they come up frequently (like...
  29. Re: New Kid On the Block: Can you tell me about this 9x12 cm camera?

    I'm assuming you want to use the camera.

    Do you have film holders? If not, make sure to get the correct type to match the camera. They were not standardized, even though some types were widely...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    You should give the image a more meaningful title :-)
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    Re: Checking In From Southeast Michigan

    I went to Oakland Community College in the early nineties, mostly Farmington Hills and Royal Oak campuses. Welcome to the forum!

    Best,

    Michael
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    Re: Greetings from Germany

    Hi Doug,

    Leipzig is not exactly around the corner from Trier, but if you have any questions or are in the area, give me a holler. Welcome to the forum!

    Best,

    Michael
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    Re: The Importance of Photographs

    People take more photos than ever, and they carry them around with them in a tiny magic box wherever they go. Why do you think they are valued less because they are not on paper? Also, the images...
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    Re: Advice regarding field camera capabilities

    On my Tachihara, I often run out of front rise. That's why I usually mount my lenses higher than the center of the lens board. Of course, this can also be used to gain more front fall. I use plain...
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    Re: Print Reproduction for High Quality Viewing

    Don't overdo it. For web applications you don't need a lot of resolution. In fact, for prints up to 11x14" at 300 dpi, 12 megapixels will be fine. You can get an older dslr for a song. Newer...
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    Re: Kodak 2D mystery back.

    My guess is that somebody used the camera as an enlarger.
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Why don't you hook up the print washer? The water comes in at the bottom and leaves at the top, providing a more uniform wash. I hooked up mine with a garden hose mount, so I can disconnect it...
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    Re: Help with lens choice: 120 vs 90

    If you are more into medium or long lenses, a 90mm might be too wide. It really shows its wide angle characteristics - even on 4x5". On 5x7", it's pretty nasty and hard to use well. 120mm is my...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Only Americans can build a darkroom that uses that much energy :-)
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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    I usually carry the bag all day, but not on a bike. Works for me. A backpack is easier to carry, but you have to put it down to get out the contents.

    How much and how hard do you ride your...
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