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  1. Re: How to do tray processing - both regular and stand?

    You'll get as many methods for tray developing as there are people doing it. Here's mine: [Edit: I just posted this and saw how long it was... Don't despair, it's really much harder to describe...
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    Re: How to obtain a Dynatect bellows.

    Thanks Neal.
  3. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Using the Zone System with color materials is very similar to using it with black-and-white, it's just that you don't have as many development controls and contrast controls at the printing stage are...
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    Re: Chamonix 45-N2

    I wanted to ask this too. Maybe we should see a negative?
  5. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Averaging readings to get to your final exposure setting is not always the best approach. It will fail on the side of underexposure for any scene contrastier than "normal." Learn to take a shadow...
  6. Re: Questions about 4x5 film developed by local lab

    You've got lots of good advice so far. Let me add my thoughts:

    Almost all the defects you question are directly attributable to a light leak problem.

    First, it would really help to see a scan...
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    Re: Camera lens compatibility

    The lensboard pictured is a Technika-style lensboard that fits many brands of cameras including Linhof Techika, Wista, Chamonix, Shen Hao, etc. So, as far as I can tell, the lensboard should fit the...
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    Re: Chamonix 45-N2

    If your present bellows has a pleated portion toward the rear and a non-pleated (bag-style) portion at the front, then you have the universal bellows. I don't have a Chamonix, but I work with a...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Follow-up from me.

    First, I'm speaking of black-and-white fiber-base silver gelatin prints only here. I don't do color anymore and would likely go d*****l if i did.

    I use the BufferMount just...
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    Re: Cold Temp Paper Washing

    Thinking inside the box :) A larger water heater might be just the solution you're looking for...

    Doremus
  11. Re: Darkroom plumbing advice needed, please

    Maybe my set-up and my thinking behind it will help with your planning.

    My darkroom has a 10-foot sink. My water supply I had plumbed to enter just above the sink backsplash about 1/3 of the way...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    I dry mount everything that I exhibit. As far as I'm concerned, the mat board is part of the art work; it's color and surface is important to me. I don't want someone else matting my prints on...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 Bellows

    Hi Pat,

    Sorry about the delay getting back; I haven't been monitoring this thread closely.

    Anyway, to answer your question: My camera was purchased used and came with both the standard 300mm...
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    Re: Cold Temp Paper Washing

    If you're using a print washer, you can simply turn of the water flow for a while and let the prints soak after running it for 15 minutes or so. Then empty the washer and refill with the proper...
  15. Re: how do you shoot 1 to 3 second exposures

    You've got good responses so far, but I don't think they are addressing your real concern, which seems to be accuracy. So, indulge my rambling a bit:

    First, just how accurate do you need to be?...
  16. Re: Gear that comes from non-photography sources

    You know, there's no law or forum policy that prohibits naming resources, retail or otherwise, as far as I know. Why not help us out and just give us the name of the retailer rather than a riddle we...
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    Re: Using TXP 320

    I've been using Tri-X 320 in its many guises for more than 30 years. I like the latest incarnation a lot; finer grain but still a similar characteristic curve (long toe, good midtone separation...)....
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    Re: Which lens next?

    My recommendation too. There are plenty of lenses in these focal lengths that won't break the bank. A Nikkor 90mm f/8 (or Super Angulon) and a Fuji A 240mm would be my choices in these focal lengths
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 Bellows

    +1 on the recessed board if your camera will accept them.

    A recessed board and the "universal bellows" will likely offer you more movement than your lenses can cover. I have a similar bellows for...
  20. Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    BennoLF,

    Maybe you already know this, but there are "families" of lenses. Theses can be divided roughly into groups based on angle of view/coverage. It helps to know about this generally when...
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    Re: BTZS user question

    I'm my own axe :) I'm a singer; bass-baritone; classical, lieder, opera, operetta, jazz. I've taught mostly for the last 10 years after singing professionally for 20+

    I have an undergrad degree...
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    Re: BTZS user question

    Best auto-correct of my name ever! I get "adoremus" a lot too and, since I'm a musician, "do-re-mi" but this one tickled my funny bone.

    Best,

    Doremus (et al.)
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Well put!
  24. Re: Can you diagnose this patchy look of the lens?

    Looks like a coating problem to me too. Such damage can cause unwanted flare and scattering. I've got a WF Ektar with a similar issue and need to shield the damaged area to avoid flare. If you do...
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    Re: BTZS user question

    Hedd-wyn,

    I'm not a BTZS user, but I do use pyro developers. The developer itself shouldn't have a significant influence on the reciprocity failure characteristics of any film. Those are a...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Bernice,

    I couldn't agree more. The term, "depth-of-field" is imprecise; it depends on what parameters are used to define it, which may or may not have a direct relationship to the impact of the...
  27. Re: Darkroom Light Sealing and Ventilation

    You're not overthinking things. You really will enjoy working in your darkroom better with no light-leaks and good ventilation.

    If your light-leaks are just the holes that pipes and conduits pass...
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    Re: Rethinking my 4x5 Field Camera choice

    A few ideas.

    First, if you use short lenses and movements, you really want a camera that has a bag bellows or a "universal" bellows (combination of bag and pleated bellows). There are many cameras...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    I think this is fun.

    We've got statements that range from, "format has nothing to do with depth of field," and, "the larger the film, the less depth-of-field for a given angle of view."

    The...
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    I'd proceed by trying more mild solutions first. Clean the element as you would a regular lens surface (i.e., lens cleaning fluid or alcohol and a micro-fiber cloth). Only if that doesn't work...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Chopin. Waltzes were not even a thing in Mozart's time. But, yes, using music is a great idea. There's a story about famous conductor Karl Böhm. He timed his soft-boiled eggs by mentally conduction...
  32. Re: How to expose in unusual circumstances

    swmcl,

    In your particular situation here, there's nothing stopping you from, say, pointing a spot meter straight up and taking readings of the important tonal elements of the scene. Or, using an...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    In my apartment in Vienna, I had no dedicated darkroom for almost 30 years. I tray-developed film in a darkened bathroom using a metronome and a digital kitchen timer. The kitchen timer was set for...
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    Re: Diagnosing a Light Leak

    I'm with Vaughn on this. Learn to pinch the back to the camera body with your free hand while pulling/inserting the darkslide.

    However, a check like Vaughn describes for light leaks is a good...
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    Re: gas bubbles on negative mystery

    I'm with Paul on this one. If someone has such sloppy working methods as to just dash a bit of acid in a beaker of water and call it stop bath, then what other sloppy habits could account for damage...
  36. Re: Seeking Ideas For Simple 8x10 Contact Printing Solution

    I second the idea of using an enlarger head as a light source. It could be a small dichro head (35 or 67). It wouldn't even need a column, just some way to hang it from the ceiling temporarily when...
  37. Re: Fresnel screen focus distance is different from ground glass

    Bob,

    The Chamonix N-1 was designed poorly; the addition of the Fresnel lens was not taken into account and adding it, while brightening the image and evening the illumination, threw the focus off....
  38. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    Simple answer: In order to keep field cameras light and costs down, they can't have all the features at once (those that do, and there are a few, are bulky and heavy). So manufacturers trim down...
  39. Re: How to expose in unusual circumstances

    I have nothing against "intuitive" metering; it's just that it doesn't seem to work for me at all :)

    FWIW, AA based his exposure of Moonrise on his knowledge of the luminance of the moon in foot...
  40. Re: Mural Printing: Suggestions for large volume chemistry please!

    Glad you found my advice helpful. Good luck with your project.

    Doremus
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