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    Re: 11x14 Deardorff Studio Camera

    Did you use an old Erector Set to fabricate the brace? OMG, a relic from youth to the rescue? Bless ya!
  2. Re: Following Ilford's Lead, KODAK Response

    How many clients ask for 8x10 media? Almost none. It is an enthusiast's format and I think all competent film makers consider our interest as a tiny, fragile, diminishing market. Perhaps they wish we...
  3. Re: Following Ilford's Lead, KODAK Response

    Nostalgia is future-proof. :) Not.
  4. Re: Following Ilford's Lead, KODAK Response

    Pere, submit your resume to Kodak and Fuji and keep us informed.
  5. Re: Behind the Film - Inside the ILFORD factory

    Why presume there is no apprentice or normal hierarchy in place?
  6. Re: An anecdote for those new to LF

    Thank you to the OP. Anecdotes are helpful. Some of them remind us of what we know or should know then we move on for the better of our craft. All is good.
  7. Re: newb question - residue on hands after loading film

    That's my best guess, too. I would not trust the film that was loaded.
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    Re: Printing TMAX 100 W/UV bulb?

    Are you sure the UV filtration is not removed in the fixer?
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    Re: Changing bag

    My modest opinion: A tent which is collapsible for storage. Wear inexpensive, disposable gloves because a major source of dust is shedding skin. Believe it.
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    Re: Sinar "Norma" or Sinar "Standard"?

    Service and support for what? Cadavers?

    My primitive brain responds, "So what does that mean in our reality? What is Leica/Sinar doing other than futile maintenance of the diminishing status quo...
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    Re: Sinar "Norma" or Sinar "Standard"?

    Leica owns Sinar. We do not need to be miniature format enthusiasts to hope for wonderful outcomes.
  12. Re: Avoiding harassment when shooting in the street

    At a Chicago airport my friend and I were approached by a cop who asked in a friendly way, "Can I help you?" and he let us pass through a gate with the security fellow who turned off his scanning...
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    Re: Working with Carbon Fiber

    For our younger enthusiasts interested in a career in composite materials I feel compelled to suggest Winona State University (WSU) for the only undergraduate degree in composite materials...
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    Re: Washers and Knobs

    Surf for Nord-Lock washers. The current knobs will work better with them.
  15. Re: Evaluate old Toshiba Linear reflective meter?

    Your best action is to give it back to your friend or discreetly throw it away.
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    Re: Jessica Eaton Technique

    Use graphic arts software with adequate layer arithmetic. Photoshop will suffice.
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    I am guilty of not using the non-emulsion side.
  18. Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Tell me! I did Basic Training in Texas in August! It's one reason I live in Minnesota now.

    Back on-topic I look forward to learning if there is insulation not recommended for hot weather. I have a...
  19. Re: Avoiding harassment when shooting in the street

    An associate is a professional documentary photographer; when he is going to photograph in a new (usually small) town he goes to the police station to introduce himself. It helps a lot if one is as...
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    Re: LF Purity

    Izaak Walton Hotel, Glacier Park, pre-season, sleeping with a window open. Heaven on earth.

    Picture here.
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    Re: Why Crop?

    No deity declared film format ratios. Get over it.
  22. Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    My deepest sympathies to our friends that have to live under Home Owners Associations. I will spare you all the horror stories. My take? Get the hell out of there!
  23. Re: exposed film

    I'm a former rural guy. Lived on 5,500 acres of beautiful rolling land 600' up overlooking the Mississippi River. My driveway was 1.9 miles long. Once a guy pulled up to the side of the drive and...
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    Take care of yourself. We are paying now for our youth. Gads, it's expensive!
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    My aching 73 year-old body with over 50 years of photography begs to differ.
  26. Re: Theorethical question about lens coatings

    With respect, it is highly unlikely you could properly re-assemble, align and center the elements. Bad idea.
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    Bernice is a consistent and welcome standards bearer for better or worse. I differ, but am just another person. We all are. I stated my unimportant position earlier.
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    Re: Studio Tripod for 8x10

    A studio stand is best. I use a single column, wheeled, counter sprung unit that goes to floor level and high enough to require a ladder. Brand is not as important as finding a bargain because new...
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    No divine entity designed our formats. I crop as I wish. Although I admit to being a full-frame fanatic back in the days when I was a 35mm photographer dodging dinosaurs.
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    Re: Loupes Again, What Works for You

    If one thinks he needs a 10x or 20x loupe, then IMO something beyond magnification is required. In the last couple of years my focusing eye went cloudy and dark. I had surgery, and enough cloudiness...
  31. Re: GG protector design & construction?

    Keeping it simple, I made these. Full protection for the ground glass. The unit fits over the frame, over and under the top/bottom spring hinges. Shown here partially retracted. (I no longer sell...
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    Re: Choice for the Circle of Confusion?

    FWIW, my focusing eye is worthless. At some point is is good to ask ourselves for whom do we make images that we cannot experience. I am about done with it all.
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    Re: Choice for the Circle of Confusion?

    What a bundle of silly, irrelevant key-board metrics this has become. You have a lens, make a few exposures at various apertures, print and decide. Real life experience - what a concept!
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    I had in mind large, unobtanium outlier caps.
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    "Might"? Bullshit. Food-grade materials do not out-gas and if they did, then due diligence to occasionally swap out a 25-cent item is simple. Peddle panic elsewhere.
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    Re: Lens caps? Bought or made?

    Google 'elastic bowl covers' or visit a big-box store or a local grocery and be happy.
    Why make simple so difficult?
  37. Re: Basic Landscape Composition Formulas..

    Nature necessarily transcends art. Nature exists without us. My wife has been a gardener for over 65 years and her mission is to grow and multiply what nature gives her. As a photographer all I can...
  38. Re: Basic Landscape Composition Formulas..

    Formal composition is as import to understand as it is to misunderstand. When it works its pragmatic virtue is what matters. It helps to realize some cultural perceptual differences, too, for example...
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    Re: 8x10 photography and diffraction

    Who in the world would 'seriously' enlarge a contact print? if a contact works, it is done. Don't invent scenarios.
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    One remedy is to no longer use Tmax. It is a horrible film.
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