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  1. Re: ABC Pyro in sun hit balcony and Mask for powder water mixing

    Mustafa, that developer is fairly grainy. The reason Weston’s prints have no grain is because they were contact prints. If you are enlarging from 35mm, different story. You may or may not like it.
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  2. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    You do what you have to do. One of John Sexton’s most well known pictures was made with the view camera upside down.
  3. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    "lol"
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    Hey Drew, did you see the Warhol (Blue Marilyn) sale? Mind boggling.
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    Several things, but mostly Man Ray’s status as a major figure in 20th century art. I’m not sure Weston, Adams etc. will ever (?) be broadly thought of in that way because they were just photographers...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?167609-Man-Ray%92s-Le-Violon-d%92Ingres-Christie%92s

    It had been estimated to go for $5-7M.
  7. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Yes, it’s visualization. Pre-visualization is like I got out of bed this morning before I visualized something.
  8. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Also, the term pre-visualization makes no sense.
  9. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    I also use my 35mm camera(s) the same way I use a view camera. It’s just that since I’m almost always under low light conditions I don’t see anywhere near as well on a 4x5 ground glass as I do...
  10. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    What would be really nifty is if this thing could be combined with the 4x5 AF system that other guy came up with. I think it’s somewhere on here.
  11. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Indeed. But don’t tell Drew W.
  12. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    For the vast majority of people the quality of photographs they make will generally decline with increasing format size.
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    Re: E100 Color Problems

    Assuming nothing went wrong in the processing (based on your Velvia results), all I can think of is storage/shipping conditions prior to you initially receiving the film from your retailer. I don’t...
  14. Re: What are these streaks on my neg - never seen before.

    Could be, but OP says he used Diafine (2-bath, no development in bath A).

    It could possibly be some sort of surge-type artifact depending on how the hanger was dipped into solution B where...
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    Re: How to learn a type of film?

    For large format (ie where image structure is largely irrelevant), there really isn’t very much to learn about the majority of general purpose black and white negative films. Many of them do very...
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    Your experience makes sense to me. After all the compensation is 1/4 stop or less until you get to 1/250s, ie not something to worry about.
  17. Re: Tray development vs rotary development of black and white film

    Looks pretty good.

    Keep in mind development non-uniformity can easily contribute to differences of a few density points from sheet to sheet (even if they are exposed/processed identically), so...
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    Uniform. Imagine opening the diaphragm in a lens from a small aperture to a larger one and back down again, and what you would see happen to the image on the ground glass/image plane as you do this.
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    I think you’re right. It’s likely shutter efficiency (it’s been a while since I looked at the book). Actually if I remember correctly it’s mentioned in Adams’s The Camera too. Or maybe I’m thinking...
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    Honestly it’s one of those things nobody (besides Drew) would ever notice if you didn’t tell them about it. At anything slower than 1/500s it is easily lost in the rest of the slop on the...
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    Lucky for me I can’t remember ever using a shutter speed faster than 1/30s and anything shorter than seconds is very rare.
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    Correct, the table indicates the amount to reduce exposure (vs indicated) for smaller apertures where efficiency is improved relative to the calibration assumption.

    In other words, the shutter...
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    Re: Exposure compensation for small apertures

    It’s basically because of lens shutter inefficiency (ie the fact a shutter/aperture is obviously not instantly fully open or closed but needs to move through those transitions). For a given shutter...
  24. Re: How many color-based folks are still out there

    I’ve done black and white/darkroom almost exclusively for a long time but am gradually rediscovering colour film after a long hiatus. My long term goal as of recently is/was to scan/edit/inkjet-print...
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    George Tice - Lifework

    For any other George Tice fans out there, his latest book Lifework is now commercially available. He’s been working on this for a while. It is basically a retrospective covering 60 years of his work....
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    Re: silver magnets please read

    Since you’re not selling the gadgets anymore can I just run 220v straight into the fixer tray?

    There used to be an electrician guy on YouTube called Photoninduction. Not sure if he’s still around...
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    Re: Refrema Machine Film Developing

    I don't think it generally works that way. I think the lift/dunk is just how everything is moved from chemical to chemical and in each chemical the film remains dunked the whole time (agitation by...
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    Re: Refrema Machine Film Developing

    At one time Refrema was one of the big names in commercial dip/dunk. There are still a few around. The problem is these machines are only as good as they are maintained.
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    Re: TF-3 Precipitate problems

    TF-5 (PE) would certainly be my choice in a Formulary rapid fixer product.

    The only reason I wouldn't use it is it is more expensive than the various other easily obtainable options that are just...
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    Re: TF-3 Precipitate problems

    TF-5 is neutral (target working solution pH 6.5-7).

    There are other options too. One excellent product is Sprint Record Speed Fixer, also neutral/weakly acidic. Kodak Flexicolor pH~6-6.5
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    Re: TF-3 Precipitate problems

    Ilford Rapid Fixer and Kodak Rapid Fixer (without hardener) are functionally equivalent. They are both mildly acidic. Once opened the concentrate should last up to approx. 6 months.
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    Re: CMS 20 II Update

    You could try asking Freestyle - as of today they list it as expected mid June, but perhaps that is old info.

    If you really want some, Fotoimpex lists it as in stock. It will cost extra though,...
  33. Re: B&W Film Completely Blank After Processing

    XTOL should not have problems with softened water, unless there is something seriously wrong with that water. Sounds like the HC-110 has simply become too weak due to progressive oxidation over many...
  34. Re: Is it possible/practical to make digital negative for use in an enlarger?

    I started researching all of this stuff around a year ago so I’m far from an expert, but it seems to me when it comes to enlarging digital negatives, we’re not quite there with the equipment one can...
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    Re: Jobo 3010 Expert Drum and B's Processor

    I guess it depends on how fast or slow you complete that operation. Technically even if you have a Jobo processor with lift, this is still how it works. The lift disengages the drum from the motor,...
  36. Re: Recommended B&W Developers for Niitrogen Gas 4X5 Tanks

    Basically any developer should work fine, but I guess this will come down to the size of the system and how much film you tend to process. For example if you are doing relatively low throughput and...
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    Re: Ilford vs Kodak enlarger gels ???

    You've got that right! Several years ago I needed (more like wanted) a small tricolour blue (47 or 47B) and tricolour green (58 or 61) and I got a bit of sticker shock. Ouch!
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    Re: Ilford vs Kodak enlarger gels ???

    No. The contrast range is determined by the spectral sensitivity of a paper and the spectral content of the exposing light - which depends on the light source and filtration. It doesn’t make sense to...
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    Re: Schneider-itis: The Perennial Problem

    I tend to do the same under most circumstances as I really dislike most compendium hoods. However when I need more optimized shading, rather than a hood I use something similar to that Sinar thing...
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    Re: Where’s all my zone system experts??

    You’re lucky the thing didn’t gore you.
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