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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    Si wgere us that? Nice.

    - Leigh
  2. Thread: Hello!

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    Re: Hello!

    Very good, Ethan.

    Keep up the good work. Let us know if we can help.

    - Leigh
  3. Re: Majestic Tripod Head 1-1/2" Post Adapter (Model 800 adapter) - Request For Commen

    Hi Wolfy,

    Very nice (I'm a machinist, so I appreciate things that are well-done).

    I would add an anti-rotation screw on the bottom that could mate with any slot that might be on the tripod...
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    Re: EBay Sales Tax????

    Read Post #3 above.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Quick Question Tray Processing

    Very good, Kent.

    Congratulations.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Quick Question Tray Processing

    Nothing unusual about that. It's the water-soluble anti-halation dye from the back of the film.

    If you use a pre-wash, the dye ends up in it.
    If not, it ends up in the developer.

    - Leigh
  7. Thread: Poll: Stop Bath

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    Poll: Re: Poll: Stop Bath

    So have I, since a few years before forever.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Blue Filter for Focuser?

    The function of a grain focuser is to enable the user to focus the grain in the film emulsion on the paper.

    If that's not what you're doing, why would you use it at all ? ? ?

    - Leigh
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    Re: Blue Filter for Focuser?

    Nobody has mentioned the fact that enlarger lamps produce NO UV in the first place.
    So why would you need to attenuate it.

    The blue filter is meant to attenuate RED light, which is a...
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    Re: Technique: leaf Shutter and strobe

    Hi Bob,

    Does that work regardless of whether or not the key and fill overlap?

    - Leigh
  11. Re: To use a UV-Haze Filter or not use a UV-Haze Filter, that is the question...

    Hi Bob,

    Could you please identify the various B+W grades available?

    I normally use price as a guide if multiple models are available in the type and size I'm looking for.

    Thanks.

    -...
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    Re: Newb question on inserting film holders.

    That's how I did it when I had a Graflex camera (don't remember the model).

    - Leig
  13. Re: To use a UV-Haze Filter or not use a UV-Haze Filter, that is the question...

    I have 22+ LF lenses in-shutter, most mounted on lensboards.

    Every one has had a B+W UV filter mounted since the moment I got it.

    They're cheap insurance, in the $50 to $100 range. Much...
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    Re: Developing for shadows

    Hi Steven,

    Please realize that all areas of the negative develop at about the same rate.
    What changes with exposure is how long it takes to reach the final density.

    Shadows, being the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    great shot, Greg.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Ilford FP4+ Developer Inquiry

    Rodinal.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    Hi Bernice,

    APO enlarging lenses are VERY different from APO process lenses.

    My comments applied to APO enlarging lenses.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    I standardized on the Schneider APO-Componon-HM series some years ago after using other good lenses.
    So I bought all available focal lengths from 45mm up.

    With high-quality transparencies...
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    Re: Apo-Ronar shims--one, two, or none?

    Hi Bernice,

    We've been making precision components and assemblies for well over a century.
    It's surprisingly easy, even using good manual (not computerized) equipment, depending mostly on...
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    Re: Apo-Ronar shims--one, two, or none?

    The thickness of Copal shutters is as follows:
    #0 - 20mm
    #1 - 20mm
    #3 - 28.6mm

    The tolerance on all of those is 0.025mm (0.001 inch), which is pretty tight.

    This info from the...
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    Re: Apo-Ronar shims--one, two, or none?

    All manufactured part dimensions have tolerances. That includes lens thickness and surface curvature, spacer lengths, etc.

    Shims are used to optimize the spacing of the cells to compensate for...
  22. Re: Fujinon SWD 90mm f5.6 on 5x7" vignette - too wide lens for Lee wide angle adapter

    The image circle of the 90 SWD is 236mm, while the diagonal of 5x7 is 218mm.
    That would allow very small movements with the lens and no filters.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I believe "outhouse" was more common for such structures in the US.

    I've only heard "outback" used to refer to central Australia.

    - Leigh
  24. Thread: New to LF

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    Re: New to LF

    Hi Steve, and Welcome Aboard.

    Hope we can help.

    Would love to see some of your work.

    BTW... Don't wait until you have a shot you think is great before posting.

    We all learn from...
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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Large format is unpopular with the modern generation because you must think about what you're doing and know what you're doing. It's not a one-second tap on a cell phone.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Why Large Format?

    I started shooting LF 60 years ago (1960) for sports because that's what the newspaper wanted.

    I've continued with it over the years because I like the extraordinary quality and exquisite detail....
  27. Thread: Tachihara 4x5

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5

    I have a 4x5 Tachihara and an 8x10 Tachihara with 5x7 reducing back.

    I think they're excellent cameras for general shooting (no macro work).

    - Leigh
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Very nice, Mohammad.

    Great tone and grey scale.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Newbee question about 4x5

    Hi Laurent,

    I shot tons of 4x5 Super-XX in the early 1960s (55+ years ago).

    Developed in Acufine, I achieved an actual speed well over 1000 ASA (=ISO 1000).
    I was shooting basketball games...
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    Re: Precision bubble level

    Sorry, Bernice, but that's not the Starrett precision level.

    The precision level is a 199Z:
    190251

    It costs $1000.00
    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/86407509

    I have two of...
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    Re: Restore a Thomas Super Safelight?

    Hi Daniel,

    I bought a spare for mine about 20 years ago.

    Never have needed to change it. The original still works fine.

    I don't use the darkroom 40 hours per week; probably half that.
    ...
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    Re: Restore a Thomas Super Safelight?

    Very good, Daniel. Congrats.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Restore a Thomas Super Safelight?

    Hi Daniel,

    My white darkroom is 10' square.

    I have a Thomas hanging ~1 foot below the ceiling near one corner on the wet side at the end farthest from the sink. It provides enough light...
  34. Thread: Bridges

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    Re: Bridges

    Very nice, Tony.

    - Leigh
  35. Re: Tips on loading 4x5 film into the holders - Help needed

    Simplest method:

    Hold the film between your right thumb and first finger, with the long dimension toward you.
    The emulsion is then facing you.

    With the holder laying flat on a table... ...
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    Re: Speedotron repair question

    My first question would be why do you want/need to replace the plug ???

    My second question would be why do you need to open the pack to replace the plug ?

    What do you think is a reasonable...
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    Re: Sinar Norma spirit level holders

    Hi Dave,

    Take a look at the large selection of levels on the McMaster-Carr website
    https://www.mcmaster.com/levels

    They don't ship to the UK.
    But if you find what you want, I could order...
  38. Thread: Hello everyone!

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    Re: Hello everyone!

    Hi Dave, and Welcome Aboard.

    There are no dumb questions except those that don't get asked.

    Feel free to ask whatever pops into your head, and we'll do our best to help.

    - Leigh
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    Re: 4x5 Fidelity vs Toyo holder

    Terminology problem...

    The entire assembly is called a "film holder".
    The panel on each side that you pull out before making an exposure is the "dark slide".

    On holders with the round white...
  40. Re: I'm curious about using same lenses with different camera makes... I'll explain

    Most of my lenses are mounted on Linhof Technika lensboards.

    I have an adapter to mount those boards on my Sinar F2 and the various Tachihara field cameras.
    Works fine.

    - Leigh
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