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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    What!?!!! "Fainting" couches were big in Victorian photography... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    The easiest compact solution is good old foam-core where these are cut to fit where you work and set-up where boxes would go, but without the heavy boom stand and big box... You would then use a...
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    Re: Kodak Supermatic aperture scale question.

    You can send the lens to SK Grimes for a new scale for surprisingly little $$$ to do it right, but there is a quick/cheerful way to do it at home...

    So you know the lens is f3.7 so that's a...
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    Re: Cable release thread

    There are no tapered taps to re-thread them...

    Steve K
  5. Re: Any picture examples of color film with old lenses?

    Bernice should be chimeing in here soon to comment about testing lenses for color rendition for studio applications... I have used lenses from the 1910's/20's that did show a fairly strong color...
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    Re: Linhof Ball-Head Mystery...

    I had a metal tripod that had a slight "ring" that decayed slowly, but I found a solution (by chance) that worked for the single tubular leg... I was at a surplus store and found a large roll of...
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    Re: 14x17 Tessar Series IIb worth fixing?

    The last time I had a large Tessar apart was a few years ago, but the item I was working on had the major issue of most of it being fused together, and my task was mostly to get it apart... The iris...
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    Re: 14x17 Tessar Series IIb worth fixing?

    Get some acetone and silicone spray containing acetone... Put a little in a hypodermic syringe and put a couple of micro drops of acetone in the seam between the ring and body (not in the sector...
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    Re: Lightweight stable tripod platform

    The other plus to using one of these is if it gets too windy, this will give a place to press downwards to dampen rig for those last ditch efforts to get a shot...

    I would prefer a round one that...
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    Re: 14x17 Tessar Series IIb worth fixing?

    It's worth a stab...

    I have several large Tessars and like what they do on OOF and transitional areas better than Aero-Ektars on smaller cameras... Lower, but smoother contrast than more modern...
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    Re: Shooting in burn areas

    I've shot in burn areas after the Station fire in LA a decade ago.... The biggest problem I found was ash tends to look defined visually, but on film usually looks OOF due to its ultrafine nature......
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    Re: Fungus on antique Lens: Can it be fixed?

    A magnifying lamp started a fire on my bench at work a few months ago, when early morning bright sunlight hit it and it burned a plastic ventilation tube, which then set fire to a stack of plastic...
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    Re: Use of Tripods on NYC street

    Could very well be...

    Another thing that worked (by accident) was getting stopped while driving around the back of LAX once, that I was pulled over by a motorcycle cop over a taillight out... The...
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    Re: Use of Tripods on NYC street

    Tell him you just bought the place and want pictures!!! ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Kodak Photo Guide Question...

    Some of the older '50's ones have that rotating wheel (that I find annoying) and don't have the ruler scale...

    I have a couple of the Calumet scales that are longer that help doing macro work...
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  16. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    I find the process is like dancing, that is to let your partner lead, you follow, and it will take you to places that both of you never thought you would go...

    "Wet" processes seem to have a...
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    Re: Color contact printing

    Paper speed not too different than B/W RC (fast)... Probably less than a few seconds, so use an enlarging timer that will also set to fractions of a seconds...

    Usually have to work fast with Type...
  18. Re: monobath developing for B&W sheet film for students processing at home?

    If I remember correctly, one problem with monobaths is the development is somewhat incomplete, and incomplete fixing can lead to a base fog or archival issues...

    There is a book "Monobath Manual"...
  19. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    My older boss pointed to a DSLR and said;

    That's not a camera, that's a computer with a lens"... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    Some Petzvals I have used were very sharp right in the center but focus fall-off can be severe with some (esp modernish projection Petzvals)... And composition rarely likes center of intrests in the...
  21. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    Because you haven't developed a relationship with it yet...

    You can walk into a Target store and buy a camera, take it out of the box, put a battery and card into it, turn it on, and camera will...
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    Re: Use of Tripods on NYC street

    But back to Gotham city, Sunday mornings were really dead in NYC (when I lived there), so probably best time to try your wings there... (Wall St. was empty)...

    As long as you don't block sidewalks...
  23. Re: Do I need to worry about really heavy lenses causing damage?

    Yes you do, as most field cameras FS support in front is limited, and can cause wear elsewhere like on focusing tracks, locks etc... And with base tilt cameras lens weight can allow FS to fall...
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    For the "historically correct", wet plate and flashpowder were different eras...

    Steve K
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    Re: Collodion and Chemical Suppliers

    190 proof grain alcohol is availible in some states sold as "Everclear" in liquor stores... It is sold in other states marked as "culinary additive" for cooking purposes...

    Some states will only...
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    Unfortunately, the book "Cyanide and Spirits" by Bill Jay is a scarce book now, it should be required reading by those ready to embark on using 19th century processes... The reprints online usually...
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    Re: Use of Tripods on NYC street

    Their biggest problem is with the interloper with 2 legs...

    Steve K
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    Re: Use of Tripods on NYC street

    Steve's rule is "Shoot before they throw you out"...

    Do research, plan your shoot, and shoot your plan...

    Steve K
  29. Re: Taylor-Hobson Cooke Series II Portrait Anastigmat 12.75" F/4.5 lens query

    If the seam where the rotating barrel threads are visible, you can take a hypodermic needle with a couple of drops of silicone spray (contains acetone) and put a couple of tiny drops in the seam and...
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    Re: Contact Dermatitis

    Silver nitrate is made by dissolving silver metal into nitric acid, and then carefully driving off the moisture... Nitric acid is a extreme corrosive to materials and esp skin and mucus membranes......
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    Re: Xenar 135mm f4.7 lens opinion

    I tend to view lens performance as the balance of contrast and gradation... Lenses are usually plenty sharp enough until degree of enlargement shows up the differences...

    A contrasty lens will...
  32. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I have one of these, untested until I make a new board for it... Has some issues on the front, but inital tests don't seem to care about the issues...

    At the same time, I had a board for a 305mm...
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    Re: Black paint around the edges of lens

    That is the basic formula for writing ink...

    Steve K
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    I remember bits and pieces of the story...

    Before the turn of the century, it was common to use an 8x10 on tripod with flashpowder... It was also common to retouch negs to cover up and bring up...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    I personally don't like the common RF units on press/technical cameras, as the focusing area spot is too small on the usual side mounted RF cameras... Even my Linhof Tek III RF is never used these...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    I personally don't like the common RF units on press/technical cameras, as the focusing area spot is too small on the usual side mounted RF cameras... Even my Linhof Tek III RF is never used these...
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    Re: Black paint around the edges of lens

    Yea!!! Works well...

    Steve K
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    Re: Preservation and maintainance of old stuff

    Lanolin based leather preparations are the most common universal use... These replace missing collagens that keep the structure strong and supple...

    Other preparations that contain silicone seal...
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    Re: Black paint around the edges of lens

    Or apply India ink with a small brush... Inks are thinner than paints, dry fast, and thin enough for elements to still fit into barrels and retaining rings... And easily reversible...

    Steve K
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    Re: Enlarger Base Height - Beseler 45V-XL

    Wall mounted enlargers seem like a great idea, in in practice rarely hold even acceptable alignment... Many variables come into the system that are under control in a optical bench/rail type of...
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