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    Repairing Zone VI Enlarger

    I stupidly damaged the plastic tracks that allow the carriage of my Zone VI enlarger to raise and lower. Does anyone know if there are replacements somewhere for these? Calumet and Zone VI are...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    A good quality 8x or 12x loupe/magnifier to focus on the stars on the ground glass just before exposure. A miles-distant radio tower or tree for infinity isn't quite the same, so you have to focus...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    Corran, I have and use a 90mm f/5.6, 180mm f/5.6, 300mm f/5.6. Please be wary that lens samples vary a lot. It took me many years to find some examples buying, testing, trading to find some that...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    These are some quickly made 8x10 prints from my darkroom. The film enlarges beautifully corner to corner sharp at 16x20.
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    I love using my 4x5 for astrophotography. Been at it for a couple decades now. I was just out last month with this getting some exposures made!
  6. Re: How to maximize shelf life of Fuji E-6 kit?

    Thanks to the folks that replied. From the posts and some more reading it looks like the first developer, reversal bath and color developers are the ones that oxidize. The bleach and fixer...
  7. How to maximize shelf life of Fuji E-6 kit?

    I've started developing my own E-6 films in my home darkroom for the first time in two decades. I'm using some three bath kits now, but I want to start using the Fuji-Hunt six step chemical kit. ...
  8. Re: Replacement bulbs for Zone VI 5x7 Type II VC enlarger

    Edward, a trap I have fallen into more than once with paper contrast isn't the enlarger, but the paper. Specifically the age of the paper. Before you tear your enlarger apart, have you checked how...
  9. Re: Special production run of extended lensboard similar to Beseler #8088

    Will do Steve. I can send you a few photos of the enlarger to check the fit beforehand and lenses to compare that way too.
  10. Re: Special production run of extended lensboard similar to Beseler #8088

    Steve, I'd be interested in one, maybe two. Just would like to make sure though--you are talking about the Schneider 150mm APO Componon HM f/4, with the translucent cone that surrounds the rear...
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    Re: Sources for Stainless Trays?

    A big thank you to everyone who replied! I'll be exploring all these suggestions.
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    Re: Sources for Stainless Trays?

    Thanks Richard. I do have some 8x10 stainless trays from a restaurant supply, see above. Been using those for eighteen months, really like them. The alloy isn't given yet no issues at all I've...
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    Sources for Stainless Trays?

    Anyone know of a source for stainless steel trays? I need a set that are 12” x 15” on the inside, no bigger. I have a small darkroom and I don’t have the counter for oversized trays. I'd even go...
  14. Re: Need help figuring out how to build a roller base for a Jobo 3005

    I'd like to Les, yet between the time that has passed since I began, the large box of unlabeled not-quite-right parts and the stack of invoices I couldn't single out the exact parts I used.
  15. Re: Need help figuring out how to build a roller base for a Jobo 3005

    Updating this thread. It took me nine months however I finished everything I set out to do. After going through small mountain of parts and a equal amount of trial and error I have a purpose made...
  16. Re: Variotone Paper and what are you printing on today (May 2018)?

    I'm still printing with Variotone. It isn't stocked by anyone in the US it seems but I was able to special order it with Freestyle. I ordered several boxes and packages of it I keep refrigerated to...
  17. Re: An Old Horseman 8x10 Modification Thread I Can't Recall

    I am very much alive and still tinkering on photo related projects. Here's the thread on my modified Horseman 8x10 Finley: ...
  18. Re: Best lens for 4x5 (or even 8x10?) astrophotography?

    Dan, I'm not aware of a lens and film combination to record record stars in color and under thirty seconds in large format. I wish such a thing did exist. With only a few exceptions like the Aero...
  19. Re: Need help figuring out how to build a roller base for a Jobo 3005

    The drums kept walking off my Beseler base and it ran a little slow so that was no good. I'm actually using that exact rock tumbler as a motor base now Randy. I had to swap out a set plastic...
  20. Re: Mechanics and Electronics Professionals, Please Help with Jobo Drum

    Before it’s mentioned, please, I do not want to buy an old Beseler motor base. I’ve already done that. It’s too narrow for the drum and the drum also walks off the motor. Similarly, I do not want...
  21. Need help figuring out how to build a roller base for a Jobo 3005

    Nobody likes long postings so in keeping this somewhat brief I’m needing some help building a motor base for a large Jobo film processing drum.

    I have some ideas in mind and a rough design. A...
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    Re: New Product - Lens and Shutter Protectors

    I bought a set of Kumar's Copal 0 protectors and really like them. I don't routinely take my lenses apart, but did want something to put on them for sending in for a CLA. For that these protectors...
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    Re: Arca-Swiss Misura 8x10

    Ari, I have and use one of these. Send me a PM and I'd be glad to help if I can with your questions.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    A bender photograph Nicholas? How about this? :)

    The camera has a bag bellows and 110mm lens here. Crazy enough, that lens still covers all of the ground glass as it sits in the photo.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    My Titan 5x7 made by Mike Walker. It's really unique as this camera is made of ABS plastic and stainless steel. The back is fixed which I actually like and all movements are located on the front...
  26. Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    I'll second the recommendation for a 120mm. I have a Schenider 120mm Apo-Symmar "L" on my FA. A really nice lens with plenty of image circle for 4x5. I've never found mine lacking optically or...
  27. Re: Fast Wides vs "slow" wides and night photography

    Fredrick, Corran; Iím using two films currently. Both are black and white. One is Fuji Acros. The other is gas hypersensitized Kodak Tech Pan that I started using last year. I had to build the...
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    Fredrick, it can be done. I've been working with and using my 4x5 camera for astrophotography for just about a decade now. One of the lenses I keep on hand for the sole purpose of astrophotography...
  29. Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    I have a slightly more restricted set of requirements for my camera, a Horseman FA as it has limited bellows. A three lens setup for this camera which has been excellent for me is a Schneider 120mm...
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    Re: Lab in Houston Texas for E-6 Processing?

    Drew, if not in Houston, there is Holland Photo over in Austin. They still do E-6 daily, I just had some films processed by them.
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    Re: Astrophotography with the Travelwide 4x5?

    Thanks Corran. Appreciated. The images above really don't do the photographs any justice as they're so small. The detail really is incredible. 4x5 astrophotography can be done. You just have to...
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    Re: Astrophotography with the Travelwide 4x5?

    A ordinary film holder modified for a gentle vacuum works just fine. I've made several. Just check beforehand that the septum of the film holder is at the correct depth. They do vary. A depth...
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    Re: Astrophotography with the Travelwide 4x5?

    Sure. Sunset image is a double exposure on a single 4x5 color transparency. Black and white are digital camera images of 16x20 prints I made in my darkroom. You can stick your nose in the prints...
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    Re: Astrophotography with the Travelwide 4x5?

    It can definitely be done. My little EQ setup below. Been doing astrophotography with a 4x5 for years and years. Not using a Travelwide but my metal 4x5 field camera. Homemade vacuum film holder...
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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    ROR + Kimwipes. Excellent for getting rid of those shiny persistent bits of crud on filters and lenses. Glass is always pristine afterwards. Just don't demonstrate it on the eyewear of anyone who...
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    Re: Fujifilm PA-145 Polaroid back centering

    I have a Fuji PA-145, and no, it's not centered with the ground glass either. Bought it new in the box and there was no mask. I made a mask for the ground glass by cutting up a red lighting gel. ...
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    Re: Horseman 45FA Lensboard question

    FA owner too. Great camera. The only limitations on lenses will be if the rear lens element will fit through the opening on the front standard, and if the camera has enough bellows extension for...
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    Re: LF ballhead sought- current offerings questions

    Eric, from what I've seen the 'manual' D4 is exactly the same only without the gearing. Loosen a clamp, move the head, re-tighten. Each axis is independent just like a pan-tilt head. Think of the...
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    Re: LF ballhead sought- current offerings questions

    Colin, it was mentioned earlier in this thread (and for what it's worth) I'll put forward another suggestion for the Arca D4.

    You said that you were looking for something with independent...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Thank you Dan, Michael R, JP and Michael D. You all flatter me.



    The corrugated sheet I used is sold in art stores for signs and posters. Lightweight and rigid. I've seen similar and heavier...
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