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    Dektol Issue

    For years I've seen many threads on water issues and I never had any. Then I moved. My last issue was D76 that developed shiny flakes, which I can filter out and it otherwise works OK. Now I have...
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    Re: Graflok Back of Chamonix N2?

    The screws are all tight. I suppose I can use the Graflok, just with the back on so it doesn't move fore and aft. i think the Wista back is a non-starter.

    Used the camera out in the field...
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    Re: Graflok Back of Chamonix N2?

    The screws are all tight. I suppose I can use the Graflok, just with the back on so it doesn't move fore and aft. i think the Wista back is a non-starter.

    Used the camera out in the field...
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    Re: Graflok Back of Charmonix N2?

    Mine has the half moon wheels as shown above.

    With the graflok back in place and all 4 wheels fully extended, the back is not snug against the camera. You can rock it in and out at the top, or...
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    Re: Graflok Back of Charmonix N2?

    Yes, I've tried both a Wista roll film back (which moves all over the place when engaged) and a couple grafmatics. If the ground glass is not holding the grafmatic on, it is quite loose and will...
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    Graflok Back of Chamonix N2?

    I recently acquired one of these and I like it. But I am disappointed or just puzzled by the claimed Graflok back.

    Unlike a Graflex camera with the original graflok back, the sliders that hold...
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    Re: Gear inventory

    Not very high tech, but I just made a word document with descriptions and serial numbers. When something leaves or goes I update it. Take a photo of everything in one place occasionally for...
  8. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    I find 1/125th and above are generally optimistic. Age of the shutter doesn’t seem to matter.
  9. Thread: D76 Issue

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    Re: D76 Issue

    Clean dry glass bottles previously used for d76. I just developed 2 more non-test negatives and they look fine too. I’ll try distilled water next time.
  10. Thread: D76 Issue

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    Re: D76 Issue

    I just souped a test negative. After it clogged the filter funnel, I dumped the little flakes into the tray. The negative looks fine.
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    D76 Issue

    Iíve been mixing this stuff since, oh, 1970, But I just moved to a different area and mixed up a batch. Each 16 oz bottle I stored it in has a precipitate in it, looks like a fuzzy white yarn in...
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    Re: Fred Picker

    "We used to dream of having pine sticks and duct tape...."
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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Honeywell air filters...

    https://www.honeywellstore.com/store/category/air-purifiers.htm
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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Before I load film I up the humidity in the darkroom. It is usually in the 20s and I try to get it at least to 45%. Then after I load a holder, in the dark of course, I pull the darkslide back and...
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    Re: Alignment Beseler 45V-XL

    Thanks. Mine is a manual elevation model, but I hadn't thought of the possibility that I was off one tooth on one side of the two tracks. I'll count teeth. It didn't take any hard hits during the...
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    Re: Alignment Beseler 45V-XL

    Finally heard back from Beseler, kind of what I was expecting:

    The Charles Beseler Company is currently closed due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic. This was difficult news for all of us, but...
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    Re: Yellow filter for cold light question

    Be extremely careful in removing the old tube and installing the new one, particularly where the old tube is glued in at the ends with what looks like clear silicone sealant. Really easy to break...
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    Re: Yellow filter for cold light question

    Not wanting to retube both my enlargers, I really gave it the college try with filtration to make the traditional color tube work with modern VC materials. I never got anywhere near even contrast...
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    Alignment Beseler 45V-XL

    I recently moved the darkroom and am having trouble aligning mine. I still have my owner's manual, which really doesn't cover this, though there is apparently something written out there that is...
  20. Re: Besler 45 V-XL vignetting; what's going on?

    I just took mine apart to check. It is exactly like yours. I've never had vignetting with any format, but I'm using the 8x10 cold light head, which sits flat on top of the negative carrier for many...
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    I used 600 and 1000 grade wet dry sandpaper on Lexan. End result was quite usable and really tough.
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    Unless your Xenar sample has an issue, it should be as sharp as a modern 135mm lens. Typically they are very sharp, they just have limited coverage that makes them perfectly fine for your use, but...
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    Re: Reading a Luna-Pro

    Yes, use the yellow triangle. The red and green markers are for use with the spot attachment.

    If you are using it for an incident reading, you slide the diffuser over and still use the yellow...
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    Re: Question Re Zone VI Enlarging Timer

    You mean supply power to the unit at the start of a development cycle and eliminate the reset to "000" step?
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    Re: Question Re Zone VI Enlarging Timer

    Thanks, Richard. That will make it easy.
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    Question Re Zone VI Enlarging Timer

    My original foot switch has just fallen apart after many years of use. Is this just a momentary contact switch? Make the connection by pushing down thus resetting the counter to zero or causing it...
  27. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I see more stuff driving it, and I am not tempted to put too much in the trunk.
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    Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    I think it spent too much time in a hot car trunk and got warped. I'd return it.
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    Re: Pushing TXP320 4x5... Dev Times?

    We used a lot of Accufine when we were routinely shooting at 1200 or higher with Tri-x. Control contrast with your lighting because no matter what empty shadows are going to be empty shadows.
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    Re: Fujinon SF lens Question

    Got it, thanks.
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    Fujinon SF lens Question

    I picked up the 180mm version, with a red disc. I cannot find any cogent explanation on line for how to read the red numbers and the yellow numbers on the aperture scale. They don't appear to be f...
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    Re: Schneider G-Claron 355mm

    Paddy

    I don't think there any multi-coated 270mm g clarons. Or any multi-coated g clarons, period. So what you are saying is that a single coated lens is too contrasty for you. Personally I...
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    Re: Colfax, Washington

    Morten Lauridsen's hometown.
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    Re: Opening top of Symmar-S 210

    What are you using to try and unscrew the retaining ring? I have yet to see one I can't take apart with the SK Grimes tool, unless the rim is dented.
  35. Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    I'm in the process of moving the house and everything in the darkroom so didn't have time for a proper film test of the box of 4x5 I bought. But I did have a new lens to test so figured I'd shoot a...
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    Print a negative of a real subject on 16x20 paper. All concerns about sharpness should be gone unless your lens or technique have a problem.
  37. Re: Question re: Charmonix 045-N-2 minimum bellows draw

    It was the collision between the two bed knob wheels and the bottom of the rear standard, but I think I see how you're doing that. I thought just the bed would slide, not the knobs too. Thanks for...
  38. Question re: Charmonix 045-N-2 minimum bellows draw

    I just received one of these. I'm impressed with the quality of the build and the rigidity. But I'm stumped on one thing: How do you achieve the advertised minimum bellows draw of 52mm? The least...
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    I haven't really thought about the image being upside down for oh, about 20 years. It becomes a non-issue pretty quickly. I just bought an N model, which arrives next week. I didn't consider a...
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    Re: Omega D2 Questions

    The head definitely says "variable condenser." The chassis just says D2.
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