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  1. Re: Metrolux timer question - metronome

    PM sent.
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    Ds-14
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    Re: Newton's Rings

    Newton's Rings occur when the distance between two flat surfaces approach the wavelength of light ... and the light has some coherence. Therefore, you either need to disturb the flatness of the...
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    Started with trays. Then Jobo for a time. Now ABS tubes (similar to BTZS tubes).

    I couldn't shuffle without problems. So when using trays, it was one at a time. That was a lot of 'dark...
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    Re: What's in your 4x5 Lens kit?

    I can't carry the weight that I once could.

    90mm Angulon, late model.
    135mm Fuji (or 150mm)
    240mm Fuji

    This is my packed-and-ready-to-go bag. If I have something specific in mind, I'll...
  6. Re: Is it Legally Permissible to Photograph Modern Headstones in a Cemetery?

    There is an online app where you can lookup headstones. And there is a picture of each.
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    Re: KEH Camera “bargain” lenses

    I purchased a 'bargain' 35mm camera from KEH. Only thing 'wrong' was someone had removed the camera's name from the top plate. Somehow, carefully, removed the camera name, etc. silk screen. Other...
  8. How to defeat condenser counterbalance springs on Beseler CB-7

    A Beseler CB-7 enlarger has what is called 'condenser counterbalance springs' connected to the casting above the negative platform and the bellows that connects the top casting to a lower plate atop...
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    Re: Is Dektol supposed to be brown?

    Brown = dead on arrival.
  10. Re: Most affordable copy stand with geared height adjustment? (Rack and pinion?)

    get an old Beseler 45M frame
  11. Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    I'll bet it is fine, too. A few cosmic rays will increase your base fog a touch, but you should use it.
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    If steady wind, then look for some kind of 'wind shade'. If it is periodic, with quiet periods, start the exposure when quiet. When the wind starts again, put the darkslide in front of the lens...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    ANOTHER good photograph.
  14. Re: Top glass in negative carrier advantages vs disadvantages.

    I used glassless carriers for many decades, but when I switched to my own enlarger head and light source design, I went to 'glass' carriers as they are easy to make for all sizes of negatives. The...
  15. Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    It got so the backpacks and bags weighed more than the stuff. It was time to rethink. I've always carried my camera mounted to the tripod resting on my shoulder. Dark cloth with a padded insert is...
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    Re: 5x7 Deardorff lensboard

    I had an aluminum adapter machined that fits where the lensboard goes and accepts the semi-standard Linhof / Technica / Wista. You wouldn't even know it is there and uses the Deardorff slider /...
  17. Re: Canham MQC 57 User experiences and comparisons ?

    Rent or borrow one and give it a try before you buy.
  18. Re: Definitive LED / Incandescent enlarger light bulb replacement thread

    Use heat absorbing glass (if you are using tungsten lamps) followed by a good diffusion material. Opal glass is a good diffuser, but also quite opaque. It absorbs a lot of the light (more than a...
  19. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    I have a Deardorff 57. Had it since the late 80s. One of the last ones that Jack pushed out the door. I love the format and have shot with lenses from 72mm to 800mm. Works fine for my work, which...
  20. Please identify 8x10 film holder (?) with spring back

    This appears to be an 8x10 film holder with a spring back. From the front, it looks like any other film holder. It is made of wood, painted black. There is no manufacturer identity. The back is a...
  21. Re: Can the Devere 507 be converted to the 5108?

    Not sure how large of print you want to make, but a friend makes 40 x 50" prints. The problem became the throat width. A head extension (longer neck?) had to be made to get it all to work.

    Not...
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    Re: Nikor Canoe??

    I knew them to be called a "Color Canoe" for processing color prints with minimal chemistry. Only needed one canoe. There was a stainless steel wire bail that attached somehow that rested in the...
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    Re: OCR From Google Photos

    What many of us wanted to know is what is OCR?

    OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    https://www.qcmcorp.com/1200E.html

    I used one of these once long ago to cut 8x10 film stock. A local photo finisher had it. I used it as his place. He had a darkroom. Worked very well. Pricey...
  25. Re: Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assemb

    I just tried the soldering iron. Heated the little screw until it would melt solder on it. Nothing. Tomorrow, I will heat it for a longer time.
  26. Anybody removed the carbon fiber baseplate of Chamonix 45F1 from the focus assembly?

    There are 4 little flush screws with 2 mm socket heads on the bottom at the front of the baseplate that I'd like to remove. Hugo told me they are removable but they have thread locker on them.
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  27. Re: How much dimmer on the ground glass is an f/9 lens vs a f/5.6? Or f/5.6 vs f/4.5?

    It isn't hard to focus if you have a good darkcloth. Small aperture is more an issue with wide angle lenses, but not worth f/4.5 in my opinion. If your vision is wonky, as mine is, then a loupe can...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Some of the best advice ever given to me: In camera or in the darkroom, include what needs to be in the image and leave out the rest. In other words, don't be afraid to crop or otherwise edit (burn,...
  29. Re: Making Lenses With Shorter Focal Length from Cheaper Materials

    And don't forget temperature coefficient of expansion (which I believe is quite high in plastics) and lens coatings.

    Fluorite lenses for use into the UV spectrum are lighter, but these have...
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    Test it as-is. Then cover the chips w 3M opaque photo tape and try again.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    GFIs are cheap and provide great protection. Required most everywhere there is exposed ground, earth ground, bare slabs, metal pipes. All damp locations, garages at or below grade, etc. Also...
  32. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Just making any really good image is difficult.

    Hardest type of LF I've done was holography. If anything moves more than a few nanometers, the image is lost.
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    I can send some photos later.

    Take your 50A circuit and put a subpanel there. Maybe a 4 position or 6 position box. Then with surface plastic conduit, make everything just right.

    My DR...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    You can split your 220Vac circuit into two 110Vac circuits with a common return. This is legal. I wouldn't bother with extras such as surge or OV or other protections. Nor stabilization. I'm...
  35. Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Reading this, I can't wait to get mine. Expected here as soon as it clears customs. Never thought I'd be able to get a custom made tripod. Wow. What a treat. I'll post my review soon.
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    Ilford Ortho is very good. Lots of contrast to be had. Fine grain.
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    Re: 43/44mm shutter hole?

    File to fit, paint to match.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    "As much light" and "as small" are conflicting.

    "Landscape" and "Black and white" are easy.
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    No pictures, but I keep a clarinet in my darkroom and run scales while I wait for prints to wash, etc.
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    Re: Problem with New Fujinon W 135mm f5.6

    The video doesn't play for me. Maybe it's rated R.

    Not sure from your description what is going on, but close the shutter first, then cock the shutter. This is most agreeable with shutters I...
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