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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    I just confirmed my order of the 5x12 and holders with Hugo. Anyone else besides Steve and I?
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    I meant no offense Jim, apologies. I knew you were selling a 14x17 camera a while back and this one showed up about the same time in the same general geographical area. So I mistakenly merged the two.
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    Re: Back to basics - newbie developing help

    I would recommend acquiring the Stearman Press 445 tank for this type of experimentation. Then you can practice frequent inversion techniques or minimal inversions/stand as your developer allows. ...
  4. Re: Is Artsy Home a good place to puiblish my work?

    Shopify is likely the most promoted today and is easy to use. You pay a monthly fee instead of a commission.
    The sales site only matters in how easy it is to buy and easy for you to manage and...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Some of us still develop one sheet at a time - I know what side of the holder a sheet came out of if there is a problem. Its not usually the holders fault when problems occur so tracking holder...
  6. Re: Backpacks for 4X5 with 3 small lenses and Chamonix F2

    I really like my new-ish Atlas Adventure backpack. You might could get away with their smaller Athlete Pack since you do not carry as much as I do. The ICUs are built in but flexible. The back...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Its good to have a system especially while learning or changing methods. How do you decide what gets special development? and what if you want to see details six months down the road. I use blue...
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    Re: Kodak Technical Pan and PMK Pyro?

    This article has some PMK times and description of use with other developers. I have a box of 4415 I want to try one day. ...
  9. Re: Is Artsy Home a good place to puiblish my work?

    Sites that promote thousands of artists aren't "promoting" you. Invest time in some books/articles on marketing and promote yourself. Then those sites become easy places for people to transact with...
  10. Thread: New Website

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    Re: New Website

    Your images are great and I like clean simplicity for a portfolio site vs blog. The website needs some tweaking. I am on a wide screen 27" mac and have to scroll to see the bottom of the single...
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    Re: 14X17 Fire Studio

    I have associated Fire Studio with Jim Fitzgerald for some reason - may not be true. Here is his 14x17 build back in 2018 but the ebay one had different hardware. ...
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    Re: HC110 Dilution H

    HC-110 taste terrible on tacos - no matter the dilution. Its a nice film developer for most things. I never liked it with Delta 100 or HP5 because my shadows came out clear most of the time and it...
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    Re: HC110 Dilution H

    Greg: Steve's EMA technique requires a great deal of dilution and volume of developer so you will need a larger tank for a single roll (vs a single roll tank), but totally worth all the failed...
  14. Re: Obsidian Aqua - mixin sodiums and potassiums

    The answer is Yes you can. I made a small batch at 1/2 strength for part A using 1/10th the suggested weights for 1 Liter. I had a hard time dissolving 25g of cachetol in just 75ml of water so I...
  15. Re: Processing HP5+ in PMK developer for salt prints.

    HP5 was always muddy in the middle for me until I figured this out with Pyrocat HD and M. LONG PRESOAK - 10 minutes(2 water changes) , Long Initial agitation 2-3minutes then 30 seconds at each 3...
  16. Re: Obsidian Aqua - mixin sodiums and potassiums

    Read it 3 times now....

    Jay indicates to use same "Dilute 1:500 with 6.66% carbonate solution (sodium or potassium, depending on which metabisulfite is used in the OA stock solution). " But the...
  17. Obsidian Aqua - mixin sodiums and potassiums

    For those who have used OA, If I made my part A with Sodium Metabisulfite, can I use Part B made from Potassium Carbonate (Pyrocat HD-part B ) ?
    Or do the metabisulfite and carbonate need to be...
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    Re: Soap stone darkroom sink?

    anyone else try Flex-seal over Plywood coated with fiberglass? Mine is going strong after 4 years. easy to clean and the black color shows the white precipitates if I don't do so well.

    I also...
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    The cheapest and most reliable I ever used was an old Federal 4x5. If it had a filter drawer above the negative it would have been perfect. It was basically a simple tall lamp housing with 1...
  20. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    Yep, seen that! I assume you could mix the Ilford 1+8 for 15-20 sheets 8x10 in a session.
  21. Re: Newb question: value of having lenses with the same filter size

    I knew a photographer who always used 67mm and step up rings but put them on the back side facing the film. His explanation was it was habit from his commercial days when they would put color...
  22. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    isn't A&H BakingSoda = sodium bicarbonate? and Washing Soda = Sodium carbonate? You can turn baking soda into washing soda by heating it for 30 minutes. Readily available in Grocery and in bulk at...
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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    oil repels water. Spray some WD40 on a rag and wipe an extremely thin layer over any exposed metal as part of your cleaning ritual, maybe a tad more on screws that would tend to rust. However, I...
  24. Re: North Georgia Large Format Photographers Group

    LF meetup 02/16/2020 9:00 AM - Going to Hogpen Gap and Wildcat mountain - There should be Ice on the Rocks and nearby water should be flowing well.
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    Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera

    Y'all make me feel like a young whipper snapper at 56 years old. Guess I better start parting with some of my rangefinders and saving up.
  26. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    Also intended use gives you some options. Short distances a rectangular duffle bag with cardboard inserts to hang the Monorail upside down will work. Lenses and holders go on the sides, and a nice...
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    Re: Chaminox 5x12" camera

    I have been watching for one for two years now. Chamonix will not make any more until enough interesest is generated. So there's at least two of us (maybe more lurking in the shadows). To me its a...
  28. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    What else are you going to carry? #lenses, film holders, accessories, etc? Monorails can usually be disassembled/collapsed and put into a small ICU/case without the rails. Once at location carry on...
  29. Re: Stouffer's 4x5 step wedge for exposing negative?

    Most light sources would likely have a hot spot in the center. Use something to diffuse the light so it is evenly illuminated from center to corner. A piece of white poster board well lit will...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Ari, It seems lots of tripods have a max height around 60 inches. Could an 8 or 12 inch carbon tube extension be screwed into the feet threads that would be stable for those of us that want just a...
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    Re: How to use half-frame dark slide?

    For 4x5 pano it may be more financially prudent to shoot the full sheet and mask/crop when printing/post processing. You can change aspect ratios from 5x4 to 5x2 (eq 5x12 or 7x17 enlarged) or 5x2.5...
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    Giottos MH3000 never let me down even with big DSLR and 400mm lens, I even added a video 4" QR system for additional support and safety. But once I tried a lighter 3way head for LF I haven't gone...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    From Sandy's original article.
    Sheet film in rotary processor, continuous agitation: use a minimum of 75 ml of the standard working solution per sheet of 4x5 film (or equivalent for larger...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    7.30 vs 7:45 ? And how many 8x10 sheets are you processing, volume/dilution (10.10.500 vs 20.20.1000), and at what temperature. What EI do you meter? Does your process include or exclude fill and...
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    Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    battery life is a big issue if you do not use it often. My Sekonic L5XX seems to have very long battery life but I carry two batteries with me just in case. I have held several and went with the...
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    Is dilution critical for rotary if you go over the required minimum amount of developer(within reason)? I would think you want to prevent oxidation of the developer so would use something like...
  37. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    Don't judge stain until you print a few. Different light sources seem to treat it differently. If it goes pink-ish then your HD is about to die.
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    Re: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 developing help

    Do not use photoflo in the tank for final rinse because it leaves residue that may affect your next batch if not cleaned properly. use separate tray and remove film from processing hanger/holder.
  39. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    Hp5 developed in PF130 vs Pyrcat M - film test.

    https://i1.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/anscovspyroM2.jpg?w=1000
  40. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    More part B gives more stain. Try 4/3.5/500 for a little less stain, or even 4/3/500. I think your 16 mins at 68*F is probably in the ball park, delta time/temp chart shows 14-ish, but with the...
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