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    Re: DIY 5x4 in Sapele

    Very nice. My current 5x4 build is also sapele, although I usually refer to it (wrongly) as mahogany when explaining it to people.


    Steve.
  2. Re: Construction of conical bellows with square corners

    The material usage is the same but the folding is different.


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    Building a universal flashbulb gun

    Connect the items in the sequence: battery, resistor, capacitor, flash bulb then back to the other end of the battery.
    No current flows until a bulb is pushed into its holder. The resistor limits...
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    Re: Building a universal flashbulb gun

    Most bulb flash units consisted of a battery, a resistor, a capacitor and the flash bulb all in series in a loop. Pushing in the flashbulb completed the circuit and started charging the capacitor....
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    Re: Using and Modifying the Travelwide 4x5 camera

    The problem with that is that you Americans put the steering wheel on the wrong side!


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    Re: Getting attacked

    I didn't have a midge problem... But that didn't stop me trying the remedy!


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    Re: Getting attacked

    When I was in Arran I was told that the best midge repellent was drinking the local beer. It was an experiment I was prepared to try.


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    Re: When "The Photographer" Was Important

    It still is the days of film for some of us!


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    Re: Detailed drawings and specifications

    Is this a current book? I used to direct people to Rayment Kirby's website but it disappeared. It's good to see that the information has not been lost and now is available as a book.


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    Re: Model Release...Yes or No?

    How do you get them to sign the release?!!!


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    Re: Model Release...Yes or No?

    No and no.


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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Not quite finished, but it was ready to expose some film last weekend. My 5x4 folding field camera.

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    That is nice. I can't wait to see the 5x4 version!


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  14. Poll: Re: You've got a few hours to shoot - how far will you drive for an outing?

    And note that US fuel is a lot cheaper than most of the rest of the world. Almost half the UK cost.

    I won't drive very far but I will walk quite a few miles. Also, I live on an island 26 miles...
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    Re: Grey card wrong?

    It seems to me that a white card would be better than a grey card.

    It would be much easier to get a consistent reflectance than with a printed grey colour and a greater percentage of light...
  16. Re: You May Say that I'm a Dreamer HOLY GRAIL found VANCAM continues NIKORR APO 1800M

    4x4? Is that feet?


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    Re: Compur-Rapid cleaning woes

    Washing out is only half of the process. It needs re-lubricating in all the right places otherwise when dried out, it will jam up again as you have found out.

    Whilst wet, the lighter fluid works...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Around here, we are having our street lighting replaced by LED units... and I have a friend who works in the street lighting department of the electric company. Hmmmm!

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Another good source for pinion gears is model car racing sites.

    Like these: http://www.rchobbyestore.co.uk/search/brass-pinion

    I am using these with Delrin rack gears I make myself with the...
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    Re: Graflarger users. Need help

    That's more of a function of an under specified transformer rather than a problem specific to auto transformers.


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    Re: Graflarger users. Need help

    The difference between 50 and 60 Hz will not make enough difference to worry about. Just get the voltage right.


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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    There are some threads on APUG about it. I will see if I can find them and add some links (it's only 5x4).

    EDIT - Here they are:
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Me too. This company uses some of the products my company makes to produce commercial and architectural lighting: http://designledproducts.com/

    And my enlarger has the PCB from an LED stage light...
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    There is some superb stuff there... and I have only looked at a small fraction of it so far (and I think you mean diary instead of dairy!).


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  25. Re: Your eyesight goes bad. Your doctor says time for a choice.

    I have worn glasses since I was nine (forty years ago) until now as I have changed to contact lenses.

    Being short sighted with glasses is great for LF as if you take the glasses off, you have...
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    Re: Why shooting large format in these times?

    I prefer theatres!


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    Re: 8x10 Prototype

    It does now.


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  28. Re: Super Angulon 65mm f8 - Could someone measure one for me?

    Success!!!

    Today's film shows the image to be sharp right to the edges.

    Thanks to everyone who joined in.


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  29. Re: Routing a precision 'ledge' for GG in mahogany, which bit type?

    Real men would use a rebate plane.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebate_plane



    Despite having made guitars with hand tools only, I tend to treat all materials the same now. If it can be...
  30. Re: Routing a precision 'ledge' for GG in mahogany, which bit type?

    Make your own!!!

    I currently use an Excellon machine at work which was intended to drill and rout printed circuit boards. I use it to make test jigs and assembly aids... and cameras - see my...
  31. Re: Routing a precision 'ledge' for GG in mahogany, which bit type?

    The only router I use a a CNC one. It goes where you tell it to (usually!).


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    Re: 8x10 Prototype

    Lovely.

    I'm thinking of making something similar but in 5x7 horizontal format only as I have a set of rectangular bellows just the right size.


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    Re: My first set of bellows

    Looks good to me.



    Unless you use my method of laser cutting!

    http://stevesmithphoto.webs.com/bellows.html


    Steve.
  34. Re: Super Angulon 65mm f8 - Could someone measure one for me?

    Thank you. I think about 57.5 or 57.6 is about right. I must have measured mine as 57.65 and entered it as 56.75 when I was drawing it (I do that sometimes).




    I put some flat material of a...
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    Re: Focus point

    The frame which holds the ground glass is made so that the ground surface of the glass facing the lens is 0.197" or 5.004mm in from the edge of the frame. That way, when it is applied to the camera...
  36. Re: Daylight countertop film developing question -- temperature bath

    According to your initial post, 18c is your room temperature. Just use it all at 18c.


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  37. Re: Super Angulon 65mm f8 - Could someone measure one for me?

    So far we have an average of about 57.48 from three lenses with the biggest deviation from mean being 0.05mm.

    I have unwound my front cell by about half a turn so my spacing is now 57.45 and with...
  38. Re: Daylight countertop film developing question -- temperature bath

    18c is fine. All developer (that I know of) have a temperature compensation chart in the instructions.

    Like this: 105901

    As an example, if the time for 20c was 10 mins, follow the line which...
  39. Re: Super Angulon 65mm f8 - Could someone measure one for me?

    I think I know what's going on - For the benefit of anyone else daft enough to do it, this is what I have found:

    My front cell measures 21.30mm front to shoulder and the rear cell, 20.35mm Add in...
  40. Re: Super Angulon 65mm f8 - Could someone measure one for me?

    I have done a bit more filing and got it down to 57.85mm Any further and I'm in danger of preventing the shutter from moving.

    I think I will leave it like that and try some film to see if it has...
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