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    Re: Mido holders scrathing film?

    Ouch! I'm not sure what is going on here. I've used Mido holders fairly often in the past and never had this problem. I'd examine the envelope for rough areas as well as check how the whole packet...
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    Re: post your canyons and gorges

    I'm like Vaughn; unable to stop making canyon photographs.

    Here's one of my collection (of about a thousand :) ).

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    Canyon Walls 9 - Death Valley, 2004

    Doremus
  3. Re: Reciprocity and reducing development

    The only reliable way is to test. Films differ in this respect.

    Since we are basing exposure on a shadow value, the highlights will often render higher than metered due to the compensation for...
  4. Re: Strange marks on re-washed negative that won’t come out?

    Possibly mineral deposits from hard water. Try a prolonged soak in acetic-acid stop followed by a 5-minute wash and then your distilled water/Photo Flo.

    Doremus
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    Re: Donald Ross Photography

    Beautiful images. I'll spend some time with them.

    Doremus
  6. Re: The Variable Contrast Printing Manual by Anchell, Steve

    Neil,

    My approach is much the same as yours. I find I like prints made on VC paper with a bit of magenta filtration (around 30 or so) better than those made at a lower-contrast setting. It's...
  7. Re: Test Targets for Dialing in B&W Development

    I like real-life subjects with a full range of tones and clear areas I can read easily with the spotmeter and place where I want them. Examining shadow detail tells the story on E.I., and seeing if...
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    Re: Anyone use a hat?

    I started out with my darkslides "reversed" according to common usage. I didn't know the convention when I began (almost 40 years ago now...) so I just did what seemed logical to me. I've never...
  9. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    I've worked with both Omega D (and E) series enlargers and with Beseler Ms. I always preferred the rigidity and layout of the Beseler Chassis to the Omega, but found the Chromega heads to be much...
  10. Re: Please help evaluate what happened on this test neg with new Chamonix F2

    David,

    A few remarks:

    First, If you have clipped corners on your ground glass, which I believe you do, you simply look through the empty space at the corner toward the lens, with the lens...
  11. Re: Please help evaluate what happened on this test neg with new Chamonix F2

    It's a good idea to use your front rise as much as possible before resorting to the "point up and tilt parallel" method of getting more rise.

    That said, there should be a way to get the bellows...
  12. Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    shutterbug guy,

    By "focus aid" I assume you mean the focusing surface, i.e., the frosted surface of the ground glass (or acrylic or whatever) upon which the image is formed. So, you're correct...
  13. Re: Metal vs Wood cameras - advantages/disadvantages

    I'm the polar opposite of Bernice :)

    My main concern is weight and portability. Still, I need enough movements to do architectural work in close quarters in cities as well.

    My compromise (all...
  14. Re: Are There New Shutters for Old Lenses

    Supermatics are great shutters and, with good maintenance, should be serviceable still and for years to come. Higher speeds are likely to be slow (they likely were from the beginning). If, indeed,...
  15. Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    shutterbug guy,

    There are many configuration possibilities for a Fresnel/ground glass sandwich; two-piece, one-piece, Fresnel screen on the lens side or the photographers side of the ground glass,...
  16. Re: mounting gelatine filters between glass

    Sounds to me like a quick tutorial and some practice with cementing glass, filter, lens elements together is in order. Get some scrap glass and filters and some lens cement and "go to school" and...
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    Re: Vitamin C developer for paper

    If I'm not mistaken, the OP is making paper negatives, not prints, so the solution he's using to develop with may not work well for making regular enlargements.

    Doremus
  18. Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    My pleasure.

    I believe you are right about the cover glass not affecting focus. I can't see how it would. Maybe someone here has their cover glass at hand and owns a caliper and can give us a...
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    Re: what went wrong -- LIGHT LEAK !

    Classic pulling the spring back open while removing/inserting the darkslide. Don't ask how many times I've done this. :mad:

    The solution is to (a) make sure the holder is seated before pulling...
  20. Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    sabeluc,

    Wista makes both a regular frosted ground glass with grid lines and a Fresnel sandwich without lines. The Fresnel should have a frosted side and a smooth side (the latter faces the...
  21. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    No cringing at all. My approach is similar to yours; a lightweight wood or aluminum tripod that's easy to carry but still sturdy enough to hold everything still when everything is still. I then...
  22. Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    If you care about having pristine negatives, you gotta pay your dues and take time and care when processing AND use best practice. Otherwise you're courting disaster. So, bite the bullet and:

    Mix...
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    Re: Suggestions for LF field camera

    I'm in agreement with Vaughn here: First decide how lightweight you need your camera to be. And then assess what features you need. The use you will put the camera to should determine what type of...
  24. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    There is a tensioning spring located in one of the chrome crossbars. It can be tightened. However, it is tricky and I've never tried it. Make sure you read up on the proper procedure before...
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    Re: Spotting

    Great tip! Especially for when one is not using a binocular magnifier.
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    Re: Spotting

    I'm in the same school as Merg and Vaughn, although I don't use my tongue... I have a palette with a number of wells in it, in which I mix a bit of Spottone and distilled water. One well holds just...
  27. Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    Try a soak in a weak alkaline solution, e.g., sodium sulfite or bicarbonate. This will swell the emulsion more than just plain water. Then re-wash and treat in a final bath of distilled water with...
  28. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    Likely impurities in your sodium sulfite that are insoluble. 10g/liter go into solution quickly and easily at room temperature. I mix my own wash aid with sodium sulfite at 20g/l at processing...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Philip,

    I'm not quite sure I understand your "using up the toner" issue. Are you saying that transferring directly from fixer to toner somehow exhausts the toner more rapidly? If so, I don't...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Vaughn,

    I'm sure it does make a difference. So does the practice of printing small on oversize paper and leaving large white borders around the image. I think the trick is to test one's...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Ben,

    Yes! The wash-aid step should be just before the final wash. Maybe my answer to Philip below will be helpful.




    Philip,

    Just to clarify: A residual silver test has nothing to do...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Philip,

    The two most-important things when washing fiber-base prints are 1) not overusing your fixer and 2) using a wash aid, such as Kodak's Hypo Clearing Agent.

    You're using Perma Wash, which...
  33. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Don't know about Artcraft, but PF lists it still:

    http://stores.photoformulary.com/sodium-metaborate/

    Doremus
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    Likely a cable extension for the focusing knob so one doesn't have to reach way above their head with one hand while trying to look through the grain magnifier; a fairly common accessory.

    @OP,
    ...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Neil,

    According to the label on Kodak's Hypo Clearing Agent, the stock solution lasts three months in a tightly-stoppered bottle (working solution life is 24 hours in a tray).

    As for Perma...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Most of the formulas I've collected weigh in at about 20g sodium sulfite per liter of working solution wash aid.

    My spoon recipe calls for one level Tablespoon of sulfite per liter, which weighs...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Even Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent in working dilution will develop bacterial/fungal "slime" after a time. The best practice is to mix what you need for one batch/session and discard it after the...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Part A precipitate

    I don't use Pyrocat, so I can't help specifically, but common causes of precipitates in such solutions are:

    Not using distilled water. If the solution is close to a saturated one, distilled water...
  39. Re: 5x4 processing marks. Wetting agent?

    I've been squeegeeing my sheet film using my index and middle finger for 30+ years and have never had streaks and marks. Being gentle is the key, along with mixing the wetting agent correctly. Of...
  40. Re: Is there a free site that will host your images in their original full resolution

    High resolution is lost on most computer monitors. For viewing, even on a large, high-quality monitor, you don't need any more resolution than the monitor can resolve. So, unless you want people to...
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