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  1. Re: My Omega Condensers have scratches - any negatives (hah) with using a diffuser?

    Filling scratches can work on a lens, but not for light projection optics... They simply hold back the even cone of light that illuminates the material then projected by the lens... (If you put a...
  2. Thread: Lens for color

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    Re: Lens for color

    The only time I have SEEN a difference using an apo lens was when shooting micro/macro while focusing wide open, and setting up enlargers for critical alignment...

    Wide open, most lenses might...
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    Re: Copal 0 shutter accuracy

    The high speed on faster leaf shutters is just a setting where the speed dial allows another heavy spring to additionally push the cocking mechanism to give it a boost to the normal mechanism, but...
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    Re: Lens Filters for 4x5

    I'll step out of the pack and suggest that for many, filters can do more harm than good in a shooting scene...

    Most B/W filters increase contrast on the neg due to the color of the light passing...
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    Re: Copal 0 shutter accuracy

    So you tested the shutter by sound? That's probably the problem...

    A leaf shutter is like an opening and closing iris... It takes some time to the point where it is fully open, then the dwell time...
  6. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    The loupes with the flat bottomed plastic skirts are better on a lightbox, but on a GG, the further away from the center means the light is more at an angle, so the loupe has to be tilted towards the...
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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Let's rewind here... The Betax #4 socket is threaded for an old style tip that is a straight thread, not tapered... If a tapered tip is used, it had a different thread pitch, diameter, and thread...
  8. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Someone long ago gave me a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 that was very worn out from hard press duty,that I promptly took apart to harvest it's organs... The front element assy ended up on a Polaroid Prontor...
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    Re: 5x7 Agfa Ansco looking a bit rough

    Here I am (not) to tell you "I told you so", but you dove right in without asking, so a little nah-nah to you!!! (Don't ask me how I know about putting gloppy stuff on bellows leaks even many weeks...
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    Re: What 8x10 changing bag do you use?

    Most important is you use a cool, quiet place to change film, because if you sweat, the humidity in the bag can go up making the film swell (so hard to insert into/remove from holders), and enough of...
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    Re: What 8x10 changing bag do you use?

    A large standard bag for 4X5, as you need space for film boxes, holders empty and loaded, and gives you more room to work...

    At home I took one one of those hanging file racks (from a file...
  12. Thread: 4x5 enlarger

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    Re: 4x5 enlarger

    And don't ask anyone to ship an enlarger, most sellers won't pack it right anyway...

    Beseler 45's column are complicated to assemble correctly if taken apart, and if people don't pack stuff like...
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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    There is a Gitzo, chrome with a grey plastic handle, probably from the 70's that works...

    Note that the threads are straight, not tapered on the tip...

    Steve K
  14. Re: Anyone use the B&W King 5x7 (or 4x5) developing reel & tank (Nikor-like)?

    Thanks Alan, but could you describe you agitation a little more???

    So are you agitating twice per minute by slowly turning over the tank in your hands, or is it held in front of you and turning...
  15. Re: Anyone use the B&W King 5x7 (or 4x5) developing reel & tank (Nikor-like)?

    I need to do a test of a Nikor 4X5 tank soon, and would like to know what others have standardized as an agitation method???

    I will test developing of 8 sheets of Foma 100, in DK-50, and would...
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    There are so many Fidelity/Riteway/Lisco/Toyo etc holders floating around for $5-$15 each, I would just start with those...

    For larger or odd formats, paying the custom price is justified when you...
  17. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    I think it might have been a 2501 or 3... (I don't remember, I have sweats and PTSD just thinking about it!!!) It had a huge box underneath stuffed with enough pcb's and electronics to land this...
  18. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    I should have specified 4X5, but mostly, stay away from the CLS 501 color head!!! And any of the more recent (80's+) electronics...

    Misery and grief!!!

    Steve K
  19. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    I completely agree!!! If I were just looking for an enlarger, I would turn down Durst and keep searching for a DeVere...

    The cast metal models are much better, but the sheet metal models are a...
  20. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Yea, Durst does throughout their enlargers and their line... (NOT SERVICE FRIENDLY, even to get at common stuff...)

    One thing to be careful of while servicing (esp their "sheet metal" enlargers)...
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    All of these are good, but some individual examples can vary...

    Test whatever you end up with...

    Steve K
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    Re: The 5x7 Agfa Ansco sprung a few leaks...

    One issue that can come up is this can take a very long time to set and is slightly tacky unto itself, so when closed it can stick together, so leave the bels extended for weeks to avoid trouble...
  23. Re: First Forey Into 8x10 Format/ Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Focusing the back negates many problems when up very close, as front focusing changes the lens to subject distance and changes different optic relationships that screw up even simple focus changes......
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    Re: High-Speed Sync for Speed Graphic

    Hey, Hurrell did it all the time!!!

    But the poor subject might be scared of the "interrogation", or be cooked like BBQ...

    Steve K
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    Re: extreme low light from behind camera

    Laser pointers work well for distant dark interiors...

    Or leave flashlight in scene aiming towards camera at focus point...

    Steve K
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    Re: High-Speed Sync for Speed Graphic

    The ez, old school way is to use bright hot lights, and use any speeds you can meter...

    Steve K
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    Re: 12" Goerz Red Dot Artar, B & T don't work

    The T & B are an independent mechanism, that require the shutter to be uncocked when using...

    You just leave uncocked, and turn to T & B, and they are activated by the shutter release lever......
  28. Re: I'm trying Fiber papers for the first time.

    Just be careful when doing extended development, as little change sometimes is visible wet, but often shadow areas can darken excessively when bone dry...

    Also, final dry will happen even after...
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    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Equivalent 1923

    I don't have the link handy, but on Youtube was an interesting panel discussion at MOMA for the show "Strand, Stiglitz, and Steichen" some years back... Better than usual discussion...

    I think I...
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    Re: Contact print frame glass

    Emery paper 220 grit on a sanding block will work...

    Be careful of the dust it creates as that can penetrate skin and you don't want it in your eyes... :-(

    Steve K
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    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Equivalent 1923

    I have seen all of the original series together... They are wonderful and have an energy and life of their own...

    Too bad Stiglitz didn't shoot and print more... I had heard when his favorite...
  32. Re: This builder of retro film cameras says digital cameras are too easy, and no fun

    As a writer should be concerned with crafting narratives and imagery , but less so about how "cool" their typewriter looks...

    Steve K
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    Re: Ansco 130 - 1:1 or 1:2?

    Shadows/lower midtones tend to print very deep/rich/dark with this developer... So more dilution to help hold shadow detail...

    I prefer 130 when shooting in bright sunlight with brilliant...
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    Re: FB Enlarging paper availability at B&H

    I remember even earlier (late 70's) way downtown where they had a very dark place lit only by dim single light bulbs dangling on wires here and there, and chicken wire lined pen like areas to divide,...
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    Re: FB Enlarging paper availability at B&H

    I know that with Freestyle, they make bulk purchases a few times a year, but they can sell out stock in between, so a wait until the next container comes in...

    I buy from them locally, but I make...
  36. Re: Elinchrom Ranger rX Experience ? Tell me Please.

    It is difficult to "overpower" the highlights from the sun with artifical lighting, as the sun is so bright... The best you can do is to bring the shadow values up to a range that fills the...
  37. Re: portrait lens that will fold inside crown graphic

    Yes for environmental portraits done from a slight distance, but I think a view camera is not the tool for the job when shooting C/U portraits... Yes I know it has been used successfully for over a...
  38. Re: portrait lens that will fold inside crown graphic

    Edit/ I just checked a beater Pacemaker CG near me and see under 12" of extension, so very limited extension...

    Try focusing up close with your 135mm, and see if it crop down to head shot range as...
  39. Re: portrait lens that will fold inside crown graphic

    The problem would be if you were shooting a head shot, you would be close to the subject, but the Graphic only had double extension bellows which might be totally extended but not focusing close...
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    Re: Using slide-in filters mounted on lens

    No, a filter will not deform your shutter... A heavy front lens cell will not deform your shutter... Dropping it might or not...

    Beware of information...

    Steve K
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