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    Re: home-made lensboard for Toyo?

    If you are going to go to the trouble of making something like this consider taking you current lensboard and converting it to use Techinka style boards. I did this with my cambo and it works great...
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    Re: Proposal for handheld LF cameras

    Frankly I have setup my Tech III for just this purpose when I go on a long road trip to my favorite wheat fields. I have a 150mm Xenar scale focused at about 10 to 15 feet and close the lens to f22...
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    Another Process lens question

    Just obtained a JML 12" f10 barrel lens I plan to use on my 5x7. Question is how do process lenses compare to more normal lenses such as a symar etc. I have read somewhere that process lenses are...
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    Re: LF or MF?

    I have absolutely no trouble purchasing film at a reasonable cost for both my Lf and MF gear. Paper is the same for me. I do most of my shopping at Freestyle and gave up on kodak a long time ago. Its...
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    Re: liter

    I haven't tried this yet but it occured to me the last time I finnished off a bottle of wine that the empty wine bottle(which is dark glass) would make a perfect container for chemicals, as you can...
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    Re: Elwood Enlarger

    I have a B&J solar in 5x7 which is about the same as an elwood maybe a little less beefy. I have a source for bulbs of the 300W variety that have approximately the right neck length to give proper...
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    Re: clouds or sun with negative films

    I prefer some cloud drama going on for most of my B&W landscape work since vast expanses of cloudless sky just don't seem to translate too well in a B&W image. On the other hand: here in the PNW we...
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    Re: Dealing with Wind

    On a recent trip to eastern washington I found the wind to be a horrible distraction, particularly when facing directly into it and trying to keep my darkcloth closed in enough to allow me to focus....
  9. Re: So, IS black & white photography on its way out?

    Personally I think this type of statement is much like the bogus intelligence that was used to scare everybody into thinking Iraq had WMD. True kodak and Agfa may be getting out of the market but...
  10. Re: Anyone souping Fomapan 200 in Rodinal?

    I use rodinal 50:1 for 7.5 to 8.5 min developed in a slosher tray agitating constant for the first minute and 7-10 sec/min thereafter negaties are beautiful. I develope for a diffusion enlarger with...
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    Re: Where to get 5x7" FP4+?

    In a pinch you can try Glazers Camera in Seattle Wa. i can usually go there and find either HP5 or FP4 in stock in 5x7
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    Chemical substitute

    Is there a common household item that can be subswtituted for sodium carbonate i.e. baking soda?
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    Selenium toning

    Haven't been able to find anything in all my books about agitation of prints when selenium toning. would be interested in some input from the community.
  14. Re: Zeiss Jena Tessar and Hanza enlarging lenses

    For what it is worth: you can get some pretty good deal out there on some very modern lenses. I got a 135mm schneider componon-S for $65 from a guy on APUG. the glass is mint, all I had to do is come...
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    Re: Paper for Paper Negatives

    As to using x-ray film. almost all of it is orthochromatic the big problem i see with it is that is has a blue base(don't know what it will do to VC paper curves haven't tried it) and anything other...
  16. Re: Developer for better highlight seperation w/ HP5

    I've never really experienced this problem with either film. You stated that recently you have run into this problem or should I say lately. Have you changed any of your other procedures?
    I have...
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    If you had to choose

    If you had a choice between a 180mm computar symetrigon in modern copal#1 of a linhof select schneider 210 f 3.5 in compound which would you choose. film format is 4X5 and 5X7
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    Wierd marks on Forte Paper

    Haven't had a black lines but some time ago I was using some 11x14 polygrade V and got a very faint white line across the entire print! I didn't really see it until i was retouching the print with my...
  19. Aristo D-2 + VC Papers... too contrasty ?

    I have heard that other papers like forte, adox vario G etc. actually test toward the soft end of the spectrum. According to the folks at J&C Ilford changed their VC formula and redesigned their...
  20. where to find large format equipment buyers?

    I have to put in my vote for Jim at MPEX he's as honest as they come and in the end I doubt you'll get better on e-bay by the time you pay for the service etc. Also APUG.ORG
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    Rodinal FP4

    Thanks David, your information is very helpful. i've just exposed four more films and plan to process them together at varying times. I try not to use the densitometer too much for fear of getting...
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    Rodinal FP4

    I always assumed that if one were below the minimum amount of required developer that you'd experience uneven developement or thin negatives but I am not an expert. Anyone know the answer to this...
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    Rodinal FP4

    I also checked my meter against my nikon F3 and the agree within less than 1/3 stop.
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    Rodinal FP4

    Am doing film testing trying to get myself on track. with FP4 , rodinal, forte polygrade V and dektol 2:1. My speed tests indicate 100 asa is good but am having a hell of a time getting a zone 8...
  25. Two-Bath and Single-Bath Compensating" Developers

    I have read quite a bit about 2-bath developement but have never been able to find a consensus as to agitation. Some texts say "no agitation"(which gives me blotchy negatives) to continous agitation...
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    best print developer

    Dektol and Ansco 130 both give great results with Forte or Adox Vario G I have found that max black with Dektol is about about 30% shorter exposure. The same exposure with 130 gives about 4 more...
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    Freestyle Arista EDU high B+F?

    The B+F on my Arista EDU 400 film seems inordinately high. I am developing in rodinal 25:1 nno light leaks in the darkroom etc. and have developed FP4 in the same session with no problems. Has anyone...
  28. 300mm f5.6/500mm f12 Convertible Symmar

    My only experience is with my old 135/235 convertible symmar, which was a linhof select in a linhof shutter. I have several good images taken with this lens converted to 235 with a #15 yellow filter...
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    Foma papers

    As I understand it the Arista EDU ultra is actually Foma paper. Has anyone tried this paper yet as I can find very little inoformation on it i.e. cold/nuetral tone. There is one Foma paper out there...
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    Name Your Tip

    To John Kasian as to CD's if I'm roadtripping I prefer George Thorogood, Roy Rodgers and the Rolling Stones.
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    Name Your Tip

    Mark I would assume these would also make good emegency bandages!
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    Name Your Tip

    I do quite a bit of backpacking here in the northwest, often times the weather can be bad especially near or on the Pacific Crest in September. Although it has nothing to do with my camera setup I...
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    Radical thought...

    If there is a demand some one will step in a fill it i.e bergger, efke, forte and who knows who else. As far as color goes I think the same thing will happen. Some smaller business guy some where...
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    5X7 Ansco - futher thoughts.

    I weighed my Burke& James 5x7 awhile back and without lens it is a trim 7Lbs has full movements on the front and rear standards and I can collapse the bellows far enough to get my F8 SA to work on...
  35. No more "film is dead/dying/crappy" posts please

    " I've yet to see an x-ray machine with a digital back"
    To which someone responded they saw one in the UK when in a hospital there for injuries. Fully digital dectectors for x-ray machines are...
  36. Thread: Rodinal

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    Rodinal

    Just a heads up for those in need of some rodinal right away: the folks at photographers formulary have put their previous "mix your own" powdered product back on their website until they get the...
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    efke pl100 and diafine

    Thanks guys I thought it might just be me, and it was about as good as spit by the way. I developed the rest in Rodinal 1:25 and they came out just fine! I can't wait til Photographers formulary has...
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    efke pl100 and diafine

    I had some pl100 negatives I thought would be underexposed(maybe 1/2 stop) so I decided to try diafine. I mixed some up according to Steve Anchells formula and tried it. !!!!! The resulting negatives...
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    Arista Edu Ultra

    Anyone out there know what the new Arista Edu ultra black and white enlarging paper really is? It comes from the Czech republic but that's all the website says.
  40. Cold Cathode light and Variable contrast paper

    I have been using a V54 aristo cold lamp for a number of years now and have a tungsten diffusion enlarger also. I use below the lens filters(kodak polymax) and have done a number of comparsion tests...
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