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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I use a torpedo level in two axis for large format.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Favorite Current 8x10 B&W Film?

    I shoot FP4 in just about all formats. It's easy to work with. I process with HC110. I photo outdoors almost entirely.


    Kent in SD
  3. Thread: Hetland School

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    Hetland School

    Hetland, South Dakota


    Lots of abandoned buildings in the small towns on the Northern Plains. It's been fairly warm this winter, usually above 20 F in the daytime. I don't have much trouble...
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    Re: Tough removal of brass lens

    Try cleaning them with lighter fluid and tissue, then dry. I've put a thin coating of anti seize white grease on all my threads.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    I think a major driver of cost is image circle.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Suggestions For Wide Angle Lens on 8x10

    I've been happy with the Fuji 210A inside-writing on my 8x10.


    Kent in SD
  7. Re: Epson V850 Perfection ,Will it scan 8x10 Film ?

    Yes it will. I have the previous model v700 and have often scanned 8x10.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Light tent film developing with monobath

    Just get a Stearman Press SP-810. You can easily load it in a tent, then everything else can be done on your kitchen counter or where ever. These are fool proof and you can do 4x5 and 8x10 in them...
  9. Thread: Fog season

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    Re: Fog season

    The fog here mostly develops when temps are in the 20s F. The result is the land turns white wirh hoar frost.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Chamonix 045n, c.1922 Heliar 150mm, FP4.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: The Standard 1.0 4x5 camera?

    It looks like a metal Bender.:D


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Looking For a Dry Plate Lab

    Blue Moon has done mine in the past. Now I just do my own.


    Kent in SD
  13. Thread: yosemite update

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    Re: yosemite update

    Why would they care if small groups were out backpacking?


    Kent in SD
  14. Thread: Strobes and Pops

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    Re: Strobes and Pops

    Are you looking at the f scale on a very old lens that doesn't show f11? If so, remember that is the old "U.S." scale, not the modern f scale. F16 is f16, but what says f8 is really f11 and so on....
  15. Thread: Kodak 2D Parts

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    Re: Kodak 2D Parts

    That is the part in question.


    Kent in SD
  16. Thread: Kodak 2D Parts

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    Kodak 2D Parts

    I drove 300 miles west to the Badlands NP today, four hour drive one way. Pulled out my Kodak 2D 8x10 and intended to take some tin types. Set up the camera at one spot, didn't find a composition. ...
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    Re: Latent Image keeping properties

    On a wet plate you generally have about 10 minutes to develop it. Much longer than that and it will dry out and the image is destroyed. It will simply dry up and the collodion curls off. Dry...
  18. Thread: Barrel lens

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    Re: Barrel lens

    I own about a dozen, all from the 19th Century. About the only advantage I can think of is they are cheaper. I use them to shoot wet plate so lack of a shutter is not a big deal.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Christmas in the Big City

    Normal here except there won't be the big Christmas concert at the Cathedral. I'm bummed about that--I go every year. Oh well.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    This is spectacular!


    Kent in SD
  21. Re: Need help finding an older 12-14in lens/shutter

    I have a Wollensak 300mm f4.5 Velostigmat (uncoated) in Betax. Love that lens.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    There have been no restrictions in my region, but my routine has been hampered. Usually my wife & I take three or four long distance trips per year (often overseas), but not this year. We've only...
  23. Re: Need help to identify brass lenses and LF camera

    Virtually impossible to ID the lenses. There were a lot of makers. The camera looks English.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    Try lengthening development time by another 5 or 10 seconds and see what happens.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    That usually means either you didn't develop long enough or didn't rinse well enough after developing. I rinse mine until the water runs clear.


    Kent in SD
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    Ancient Dry Plates

    I just got four 9x12cm plate holders for a 1920s camera I'm having restored (it's beautiful!) The holders felt heavy so I took them into my darkroom and turned on the red light. Sure enough there...
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    Re: Stuck lens whenever on large Derogy

    Did you try a strap wrench on it?


    Kent in SD
  28. Thread: Developer trays

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    Re: Developer trays

    I've come to prefer the hard rubber trays with ridges on the bottom.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: (possibly) taking the large jump

    I have a Kodak 2d 8x10, Gundlach korona 5x7, and Chamonix 4x5. Talk about a coincidence!


    Kent in SD
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    Re: (possibly) taking the large jump

    There are many older 5x7 cameras out there. They are not only solid but also beautiful. Main drawback to 5x7 is lack of color film.


    Kent in SD
  31. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Look for a used Gitzo 1325. It will do what you want and used ones are a helluva of a value. I ve had one since 2006. It's never failed and even holds my Kodak 2d 8x10 in a pinch.


    Kent in SD
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    St. Peter Lutheran Church

    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Union County, SD
    Because of the snow storm moving in from the west today, I didn't go very far. I headed south on I-29 to a large country church I haven't photo'd before....
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    Wet Plate in Winter

    I took Wednesday off and intended to drive west to the Badlands and try some wet plate photos. However, a winter storm was making I-90 an icy mess for several hundred miles. So, I went north...
  34. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I never use a UV filter and have never had a lens damaged in 40 years. I am an outdoor photographer and photo in all the conditions the Northern Plains can dish out. I do use lens caps routinely.
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    Re: Vintage Camera Repair/Restoration

    Yes, it is that tiny! The whole lens/shutter is about 45mm diameter. I think I have found a retaining nut but will keep you in mind in the future.



    Kent in SD
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    Vintage Camera Repair/Restoration

    I have a couple of cameras I'm fixing up to use. The first is an Orionwerk Rio Tropen 9x12cm, c.1925. It needs a couple of brass strips made. One holds the plate holder on the back, the other is...
  37. Re: Need help to identify this Voigtländer brass lens

    When you take the rear element group out, are they cemented together or air spaced?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Doubtful it makes much difference. Air is a good insulator and ligthtning goes through thousands of feet of it.


    Kent in SD
  39. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    WOW! Never would have guessed that but looking at the images that looks correct. The rear bell of the lens was shading the negative.


    Kent in SD
  40. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    It's a good wide angle lens. Note the gap between the rear of the shutter and the lens board. I'm suspecting there is a light leak around the shutter as Jody suggested.


    Kent in SD
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