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  1. Re: Ilford 908 Filter and LED Alternative for RA-4?

    There's a used Jobo Maxilux listed cheaply on Ebay right now. I don't have any experience with it compared to the smaller Minilux.
  2. Re: Ilford 908 Filter and LED Alternative for RA-4?

    The recommended Kodak safelight filters are so dim that they're almost useless except to tell you room orientation. They were made in both the rectangular and round beehive lamp style. Instead, I too...
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    Re: Tape like a post it note

    They ALL leave a sticky residue if left too long, too old, or stored improperly (too hot) either before or after sale. A bottle of PEC film cleaner is always a good idea to have on hand if that...
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    Re: Tape like a post it note

    You need to be more specific about your intended application. Art stores sell drafting tape that acts like a removable masking tape. Paint and hardware stores carry various types of blue masking tape...
  5. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    I chose not to be a High School teacher. Now I know why. The cartoon is cute. But aren't you a bit hypocritical shooting a view camera, perhaps wooden, and calling me backwards for printing color in...
  6. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    Do you think nobody here cares about quality control? Is everyone so rich they can wing it at today's color sheet film pricing? Does personal color printing have a lower standard than commercial -...
  7. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    You've obviously never been involved in serious repro work, Corran. I had glossy magazine publishers who refused to accept anything Velvia, period. And they had real scanners, not toy ones, and...
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    Re: Kenny Rogers RIP

    Somewhere around here there's an old View Camera magazine with an article about him and John Sexton's tutoring. I'm not qualified to get into Technika pontification. My brother used a Super and loved...
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    The springs on Omega are nothing but old-fashioned Acme window sash balances. A simple pulley and weight could either supplement or replace that. The column really isn't stable enough. You'd want a...
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    A big headache with an Omega. Nearly all of it would need to be reconfigured.
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    Well, the only studio assistant I ever had was certainly not a Bigfoot; I married her. Now it's my butt that gets daily kicked!
  12. Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    LED diffusion? Think "rim lighting" rather than head-on diffusion. Don't worry,Tin Can, I'm just waiting for retouching station to warm up, and then I'll disappear.
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    Studio assembly-line product, catalog, or food photography almost mandates the switch. For someone like me, simply trying to bag a very limited number of shots truly worthy of printing, it's another...
  14. Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    Did I just hear a can rattle somewhere? Don't tell me the possum is in the recycle bin again!
  15. Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    Jim, I'm VERY skeptical of those kinds of anecdotal tests, having constructed numerous fluoro tube lightboxes myself. Getting truly even diffusion is actually tricky. Maybe Bob S. will weigh in on...
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    Re: omega D2 4x5 to 5x7 ???

    Possible but clumsy and probably counterproductive expense-wise. They offered a separate E enlarger for 5X7. Durst L138 is the most common variety of 5x7 enlarger, but in an entirely different league...
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    I just hope the remanants of the Ottoman Empire of Kodak survives the present financial upheaval. For me, it's film or nothing; and Kodak's selection would be hard to replace. But whatever happens,...
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    I can make a precision adhesive filmholder out an an ordinary holder for about 50 cents and untie that hand behind the back. It's not a matter of who won - that's obvious - but in which round, and...
  19. Thread: Filter fog?

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    Re: Filter fog?

    PEC is not a lens cleaner, but a film cleaner. Old polarizers sometimes develop irrepairable issues.
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    A real plastic store would be a better bet. They typically have discount bins of all kinds of random scraps. Polycarbonate like Lexan is not quite as high a light transmission rate as acrylic, but...
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    Just more filler BS, a half-baked article with no real purpose. 8X10 film in the ring with one hand tied behind its back, as usual. Apples vs oranges. Pick your flavor.
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    Re: New light box from Home Depot

    A lot of makers of such things just jump to the conclusion that if they put in a certain spectral light source, their problems are over. But if they don't even quality check the end result, why would...
  23. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    I sometimes had rattlers right on the front doormat. Not here, but up in the hills. Then there was an incident at an Arizona voting station a few days ago where they had to temporarily hold the...
  24. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    Clyde seems to like to make very big prints intended to be viewed as if you were standing within the scene, rather than looking at it like a framed picture on the wall. The combination of big formats...
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    Re: Out of Stop, switch to water?

    White vinegar. It's acetic acid just like stop bath; but you want something colorless that won't stain.
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    Re: Filters for 8x10

    If it's an ortho emulsion, a deep green filter can be used to darken blue skies, while brightening greens themselves. But exposures might be slower than usual because some ortho films are mostly blue...
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    Re: Arista EDU Ultra 100 vs 200?

    The 200 product can't be "plus" developed much for sake of a high gamma, the long exposure characteristics (reciprocity failure) are awful. It does not respond to tricolor filtration well like other...
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    Re: Sinar Norma detent adjustment

    The bearing is apparently just for added extra friction. Maybe there is some corrosion in your 5X7. Adjustments are smoother on the subsequent F series, at least the later ones, but I prefer the...
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    Re: 75mm or 90mm based on the following....

    Whatever. I do know from sometimes needing to work with stacked filters on wide-angles lenses, just how hard viewing can be for young eyes, let alone older ones. The extra stops of brightness of the...
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    Re: Sinar Norma detent adjustment

    My Norma rods don't have detents at all, just visual marks. It's a non-issue for me. In fact, I completely forget my F series cameras did have detents until you just mentioned this.
  31. Re: Sinar 4x5" back for Norma rear standard?

    They interchange perfectly 4x5 to 4x5. I can't comment on reducing backs.
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    Re: 75mm or 90mm based on the following....

    He's trying to stack filter, Corran. That's going to lead to some awfully dim viewing with a smaller, less bright WA lens. But's it's not you I'm trying to convince, since you seem to poo-poo...
  33. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    Alan, like I suggested, simply experiment with the CF for color film applications at least, without adding an accessory ND grad system, and then keep it in your field kit if necessary. And then...
  34. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    If you can't see the falloff in that image, Corran, maybe you need a white cane instead of a tripod. I don't know how much you've tinkered with it in PS to post it, but I'd hate to try to salvage...
  35. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    Corran, I just noticed on a different forum he's fond of Velvia. Understanding center filter use in that case is rather important; it's an unforgiving film in terms of latitude, and losing a stop and...
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    Re: Filters for 8x10

    slip-on threaded adapters can be either improvised or custom made. I'm a strong advocate for coated glass filters. They stay cleaner, have less flare, last longer. Might as well get high quality. You...
  37. Re: B&W negative looks normal when projected onto mirror.

    I hold them up toward my black wall in the darkroom with an inspection light on them. It's easier to assess what the thin shadow areas of the neg are doing than the highlights. This trick works...
  38. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    Well yes, without the CF you have 1-1/2 stops of falloff center to edge. With it, you're back to even illumination. It would be best to attach 82mm circular contrast filters directly to the lens,...
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    Re: Arista EDU Ultra 100 vs 200?

    It separates tonality down into the shadows even deeper than TMY or TMX can. But as the last "straight line film" remaining, it's disappointing compared to Bergger 200 or good ole Super XX. Still,...
  40. Re: Grad ND, Contrast and Color FIlter Setup with Center Filter

    The inner thread diameter of the CF is 82mm, the outer much larger, almost a funnel effect, so that the lens/CF combination can be used with maximum movement when stopped down to the rated f/22 or so...
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