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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    The SP-810 is really great for b&w. The only drawback is that you can only process 1 8x10 at a time, which is kind of slow. I keep two of them running in parallel to halve the time when I have...
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    Building a 4x5

    I would suggest you aim for compatibility. On the smaller end, the most common size is perhaps the linhof type at 99x96mm. Medium size would likely be a Sinar type at 140mm square. But if you aim for...
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    Re: dirty film / filtering liquids

    Donít open the coffee doorÖ :-)

    https://bluetokaicoffee.com/blogs/blue-tokai-coffee-roasters/18103240-how-your-choice-of-filter-affects-the-taste-of-your-coffee

    /s
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    Re: Pop-up darkroom...

    Iíve tried some and some friends have tried others. Including fishing tents, growing tents, etc. None are really light proof, they leak through seams, zips, etc. they *can* be made to work by...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I have processed about 10 sheets of HRU on the SP810 without any visible scratches or any other issues. I donít use a glass sheet at the bottom but Iíve seen others do that just yo be safe. I get...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Give the guys at Stearman a call. Theyíre extremely helpful, willing to help, and can give you possibly the best answers since theyíve seen a lot through their customers. Iíve contacted them in the...
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    Re: Provia 100 vs Ektachrome 100

    I find E100 bluer (cooler) than Provia, I think your scans seem to suggest the same?

    E100 is great to get those deep blu skies :-) and also it doesnít seem to shit to purple in the deep shadows...
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    Re: Velvia Discontinued?

    The truth is that if it were important to you, you can process it yourself or find places that will process it. Like I said earlier, you could trim the notch and no one can know (no one cares...
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    Re: Velvia Discontinued?

    I understand youíre focusing on B&H but the chart is missing the potentially important point that Freestyle offers E100 in 8x10. Itís the only provider that does, I think, under some sort of...
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    Re: Velvia Discontinued?

    Just cut the notches :-)
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    Re: Velvia Discontinued?

    Only in the US.

    https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/business/professional-photography/film/velvia-100
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    Re: Epson scan v Vuescan v SilverFast 9

    Iím a happy user of silverFast 9 with a V850. Iíve used most of the options out there, theyíre all pretty similar if you just intent to get a raw scan to process later in PS. I however enjoy the ME...
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    8x10 platform head options

    I donít know why the arca plate would be the issue, but if it is I recommend this plate which I use successfully with a Chamonix 8x10 and a BH55 without issues:
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    Re: Chamonix Camera Rental Services

    Great ideaó would you also offer it for 11x14?
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    Re: Neutral Density filter advice?

    At this point in time I find the best solution is to 3D print an adapter that will fit standard 100x100mm filters for every lens.

    In the old times, I found that blu tack does a good job of...
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    Re: Fire Studio Large Format Cameras?

    To some extent this was discussed before hereÖ
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    These days with cibachrome gone, Photoshop really blurs everything.

    If youíre thinking of a <x4 enlargement for a print, and an inkjet print at that, I donít think youíll see any difference in...
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    Reasons for using reversal film?

    You shoot slides for the resolution, sharpness, finer grain and vivid colors. However at 4x5 or 8x10 the difference in resolution is hardly justifiable unless you print very large.
    The other reason...
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    Re: LargeSense LS45 now available for purchase

    Not just low light but how many of us doing landscape have had to wait for a long time for the wind to stop to avoid getting tree branches/leaves motion? Add to that a sunrise or sunset with the...
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    Re: LargeSense LS45 now available for purchase

    With regular (full frame, etc) sensors having pixel sizes in the 3 to 5 um, a pixel of 50um must surely have a lot more sensitivity and be able to do much better comparably in terms of noise and low...
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    Re: LargeSense LS45 now available for purchase

    Amazing news. Was wandering how to burn this $26k pocket change myself.

    /s
  22. Thread: 4x5 Lupex

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    Re: 4x5 Lupex

    About Lupex :-)
    Iím thinking about trying it but would like to hear someoneís experience.
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    Re: Digital Negative Printer Recommendation

    It all depends on what sufficient is and what Alt processes we are talking about. For example, not many people I know do carbon prints with Canonís. Just see carbon@groups.io, this question gets...
  24. Processing black and white film in the field

    Like others said, a truck/van or RV would be the most practical way. And you donít need it to be light tight.

    You can get a mini fridge to carry the premixed chemicals and water, or bring a...
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    Re: Digital Negative Printer Recommendation

    In my experience if you want full control for the best possible results, best Dmax, etc, you have to go with Epson and QTR to get a calibrated, repeatable and optimized process. QTR is just not...
  26. Thread: 4x5 Lupex

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    Re: 4x5 Lupex

    What was your experience with it?
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    Re: Calculating close focus

    Hereís the way to find out with some examples included:

    https://www.kennethleegallery.com/html/tech/bellows.php
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    Re: techniques for emptying silver tank?

    If you have a Lund travel tank then you can get this:

    https://www.lundphotographics.com/index.php/tank-draining-lid.html

    Thatís what I use to just pour it out. Works well.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Pretty cooló how it is that he looks like heís glowing?
  30. Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    I doubt you can do much cheaper than an intrepid, even if built it yourself.

    Iíd get that and by the time youíve used it well, gained experience, and identified what youíd like to see improved,...
  31. Re: Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    Iím no materials expert but I think you should keep the collodion in glass bottles, silver bath can be in plastic (I would actually recommend it since itís less prone to breaking). B&S kits for...
  32. Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    I havenít done exactly what youíre trying to do, but similar, and
    - I donít think the chemicals are shock sensitive or anything like that, so as long as the containers are solid, you should be ok....
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    Re: Ilford ULF annual order period for 2021

    Doesnít look that way. Freestyle charges $150 for Hp5 8x10 and $98 for 4x10Ö thatís like 30% more expensive. I think Iíll keep cutting it myselfÖ
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    Re: Ilford ULF annual order period for 2021

    Is it cheaper than just buying 8x10 and cutting it yourself in half? Iím also wondering whether order some 4x10 myself but if thereís no real advantage then Iím not sure.
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    Re: From Riverside, CA

    Welcome, Martin!
  36. Re: Availability of Fujichrome Velvia 50, 4x5 sheet film

    I know this is controversial but I think Velvia is overrated. Itís just a bit more contrasty (mostly because the shadows fall darker more quickly), a bit more vivid, and with a definite red cast. All...
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    Re: Color paper storage in refrigerator

    Personally, Iíve never seen any ill effects with cycling film or paper, but I donít keep them in a fridge, rather in a wine cooler at about 65F. Iím just trying to make sure they donít get to 90F in...
  38. Re: Availability of Fujichrome Velvia 50, 4x5 sheet film

    I fully agree about Proviaó and itís just slightly more resilient to being underexposed / resolving shadows. Velvia is just so unforgiving.

    The new E100 is quite amazing too, but oh, even more...
  39. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    What you say is perfectly reasonable.

    However be sure that you really have nothing ďnearĒ and be mindful of longer focal distances (which we tend to use for far shots), as they reduce the depth of...
  40. Re: Film holders hair too small for 13x18 - 5x7

    I canít speak to the holders but you can just use a small rotary paper trimmer inside a dark bag/tent (assuming you donít have access to to darkroom).

    Just set it and secure it so that it trims...
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