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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    I'd send it back. Life is too short and materials are too expensive to jerk around with a lens you will always have doubts about. You'll end up replacing it anyway and that will cost you double.
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    Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    I've had issues with SS in the past when it ages. Can't remember specifically the chemistry of it, but it definitely changes and becomes hard to dissolve. Ruined a batch of Rodinal with some once....
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    About a year and a half ago I built a UV printer and was thinking of working my way through different processes. I got as far a cyanotypes. Lol. I did a couple hundred in a short time aided by the...
  4. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    What is your lensboard made out of?
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    I have a 50 Takumar that was yellowed. I used a few small UV leds that were left over from a UV exposure unit I had built. They cleared the lens in a couple days. I just put them on some tin foil and...
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    I still have a few boxes of Forte, but it is roached. It was a sad day when I discovered that. I could still probably use it for lith prints, which I never do. Or figure out how much Benzo I can...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Yup, those teeny little SuperBright bulbs sure are nice... They are a standard socket size so you can just wire up any fixture, or even use them in your safelight housing. I use one in a pull string...
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    Re: Epson 9600 Printer Question

    Free never means free with Epson. Unless you want to invest the amount of money it would take to get it running, which will be significant, better to just skip it. Ive passed on a few "free" Epsons...
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    No reason to do anything differently or change developers. You just need to add something to the bottle to prevent oxidation. I use Butane which is "flammable" of course. You could use the stuff they...
  10. Thread: UV Lightsource

    by PRJ
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    Re: UV Lightsource

    I think your best bet Monty are the LED fixture lights that people have been using lately. They aren't very expensive and they seem to put out a good amount of light.

    I built my own LED unit out...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Ari I have that same Rototrim and I've cut aluminum with it no problem, if you don't mind tossing the cut off part. The cutter must stretch it or something because the cut off part is always wavy and...
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    Re: Scanner problem - HP 4890

    Try the 32 bit version instead of the 64 bit version.
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    Re: Scanner problem - HP 4890

    I found a G4050 in a thrift shop a couple years ago. I remembered it being horribly maligned when it came out, but for three bucks I figured, why not? On a Mac the HP software was absolutely...
  14. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    First get rid of that crap on there. Then drill and tap the mount for a set screw. Your problem will be solved for good.
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    Re: New to me printing issue

    Looks to me like you missed focus on the print.
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    Re: Critical height placement of ground glass

    The ground glass needs to sit at the same distance as the film from the back of the camera. Measure the depth of your holders with film, then the thickness of the frame where the ground glass sits....
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    Re: Black paint around the edges of lens

    I've also used India Ink in the past (Speedball Super Black) and that works really well. Another alternative is to use a Sakura Pigma brush pen. They only cost a couple bucks and the ink is a...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    http://www.patrickjames.net/lff/2019-024-18.jpg
    Bronica EC-TL, 50mm Zenzanon
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    I don't shoot much medium format these days but every now and then I pull out a camera.

    http://www.patrickjames.net/lff/2019-032-16a.jpg
    Bronica EC-TL, 150mm Zenzanon
  20. Re: Printing editions with Pictorico digital negatives

    That is a drop in the bucket.

    If you want to test one, set it outside in the sun for a few hours then make a print from it. i doubt you will see a difference.

    If you are making that many...
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    Re: Using Benzotriasole

    That is the Benzo. If you heat it you can get it to dissolve again, but it will separate again.

    I am having the same issue with the last batch of Benzo I got from the formulary. I think next time...
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    Re: Re-Launched Personal Website

    You've got some great work there John.

    One thing though is the scrolling. I prefer to look at one image at a time. And certainly your images are worth that attention.
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    Re: Flashing still used with Multi-Contrast papers ??

    Yeah. He went from "anyone know anything about flashing" to "I invented it!"

    Glad I didn't see this thread until today, although my answer pretty much would have negated his whole article because...
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    Re: Rangefinder Cameras

    Looks like you did a heck of a good job on that!

    I built my cameras at the worst times. The first one I built was a Polaroid 250 with a Schneider lens to shoot 665. Then 665 was discontinued. So I...
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    Re: Rangefinder Cameras

    I am just seeing this thread again after these couple of weeks and this cracks me up...

    I spent around $300 to do my friends conversion. Mine was far less since I used parts from a few cheap...
  26. Thread: Negative spotting?

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    Re: Negative spotting?

    Like Drew, I've been using Sakura Pigma pens for years. They come in extremely fine points.
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    Re: Rangefinder Cameras

    You still don't read so good so much, do you Bob? Or maybe it is just comprehension.

    What people did 50 years ago is irrelevant if there are better ways today. Maybe you just don't get it.

    The...
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    Re: Rangefinder Cameras

    You don't read so good so much, do you Bob? The OP wants something to use in the mountains, with one lens, and wants to be able to handhold it.

    You really are one of the worst wet diapers around...
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    Re: Rangefinder Cameras

    I built a 4x5 Polaroid conversion about 17 years ago. Made it from several different cameras. Basically it is a Polaroid 110b with a 135 Symmar and a Sinar back. I made it to have something portable...
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    Re: LED UV Light Box: Build Your Own for Under $150

    A little over a year ago I built a UV unit with three strings (90ft IIRC) of non coated strip LEDs I picked up off Amazon. It took a lot of soldering which was a pain, but the light is super bright....
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    Re: Show Me Your Night Shots!

    I really like this photograph....
  32. Re: Elinchrom Ranger rX Experience ? Tell me Please.

    I own one of the regular Rangers from before the Rx. I've had it for around 20 years I think. It is a nice powerful little unit. If you can get a new one, so much the better. If you are going to...
  33. Thread: LPL 4500 or a....

    by PRJ
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    Re: LPL 4500 or a....

    If you want a good one, go with a Durst, DeVere or LPL. LPL parts are the easiest to get in the US and you can still get most things new. Only you can determine if the investment is worth it. It is...
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    Re: Kim Weston Nude Workshop

    Why don't you just ask him? I'm sure Kim is comfortable with any camera. I think he has been doing that workshop since the 90s.
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    The display on the two digital Gralab 645 timers I have can be turned off. There is a metronome function as well. I think the Gralab 900 I have can do the same. The Kearsarge timer I have can't be...
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    Re: Oriental paper scarcity..

    If you are really dying, order it from Yodabashi or another place in Japan. If they won't ship it to the US there is a guy that goes by Japan Camera Hunter.. Have him get it for you... Probably won't...
  37. Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Thanks RK.
  38. Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    One of the guys that used to do ground glass made it from Borosilicate glass. Anyone know where you can get that stuff? Seems like it would be better since it is clearer than float glass and stronger...
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    Re: DIY Large darkroom paper development ideas

    I've thought a lot about this over the years but I haven't done anything yet. I think the idea of an enlarged color canoe is probably the best way to go about it. You can use far less chemistry that...
  40. Re: Would you be interested in a large scale QR platform

    I prefer the Arca quick releases these days just because I have three tripods for different sized cameras. The Linhof older quick release that was automatic was fantastic. I still have it around but...
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