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  1. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    In my experience, the Chinese Amidol will produce this black blotching / spots. It's useable, but you need to filter it after putting through only one or two prints. The English Amidol, which is what...
  2. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    Tried the water bath technique, but it didn't prove all that successful for me. The best technique I've found for taming inherent contrast of Lupex is David Kachel's SLIMT. This allows me to knock...
  3. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    Can't wait to read of your results, Bob. I think that tailored digital negatives combined with Lupex is going to be a wonderful combo. The contrast of Lupex is definitely an aspect of printing that...
  4. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    To my eye, Lupex is quite a bit warmer than Lodima; both developed in MAS Amidol formula. However, I agree that when viewing a Lupex print on its own, it will tend to look neutral.
  5. Thread: Lupex Paper

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    Re: Lupex Paper

    I develop Lupex in Amidol because it provides a slightly warmer tone than other developers I've tried. But, I've only tried a few different formulas and none reached the warmth of Ilford Warmtone or,...
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    I've printed many 35mm negs on my Beseler 45MXT, but about 15 years ago I bought a very complete used Focomat V35 outfit and, after replacing the 40mm standard lens with a Schneider 40mm APO-Componon...
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    http://store.khbphotografix.com/Flexible-Focus-Extension-Kit-for-Beseler-23C-and-45M-Enlargers.html

    Not cheap, but it sure makes focusing much easier and precise when the enlarger head is up high....
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    The 150 lens you have will work, but a process lens like a Schneider 150 G-Claron would fair better as its optimized for the magnification ratios you'll be working at with 4x5. A 150 enlarging lens...
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    You did the last sheet proud! I still have about a half box of 11x14 left and only pull it out for images that deserve it. I sure hope to see Adox's version sometime soon.
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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    No idea how accurate this is, but over the years I've heard you can do 1:40 for about 5 mins and still get some benefit from selenium toning with very little, if any, change in print color. Take that...
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    Re: B's 4x5 reel, experiences?

    I figured that since the Nikkor tank is very similar in design to the B&W King tank similar results would be obtained. That said, perhaps I worded it poorly. I can recommend the B&W King tank. The...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Love the mood invoked by the image above. Nice work!!
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    Re: 4 x 5 Contact Printing Question

    FWIW, I've found that the new Ilford MG5 tones nicely in 1:20 selenium.
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    Re: Grafmatic Back - How to Break 'Em?

    IMO, the best two things you can do to avoid issues is to keep the interior clean so that it runs smoothly and don't bend any septums. A bent septum, even just slightly off, will probably cause it to...
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    Re: B's 4x5 reel, experiences?

    OK, if we're going to talk alternatives instead of using the B's reel, I can highly recommend the B&W King stainless steel tank (eBay) or a used Nikkor 4x5 stainless steel tank. I've never used a...
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    Re: B's 4x5 reel, experiences?

    @sabeluc, it's interesting that some folks have an issue with the anti-halation dye while others do not. Though I haven't processed that many sheets in the B's reel, I've never had the problem. I...
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    Re: B's 4x5 reel, experiences?

    Arista re-branded Foma is the Ultra.EDU line of films. Do you have this version of "regular" Arista?



    Have you tried removing the film with the reel under water? I've found this works wonders...
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    Re: 4 x 5 Contact Printing Question

    Any enlarging paper will work fine for contact prints. That said, my favorites are Adox Lupex and Lodima. I tend to favor the Lupex because it reveals a slightly warmer tone than Lodima when...
  19. Re: CatLABS X film, from Freestyle - any user information?

    I've seen all the rumors and speculation about this, but I've tested and shoot regularly GP3 roll film and with my equipment, per my densitometer, I get an EI 80. Therefore, if others are seeing more...
  20. Re: Keeping the film rebate for contact prints

    Like Vaughn, I print the entire negative, including rebate, for my pt/pd prints, but trim the rebate off for my silver gelatin prints. It's really simply an esthetic choice that you'll make for...
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    Re: Good 3rd-Party OEM inks for Epson?

    These are already filled with ink? Don't know anything about these cartridges for a 4880, but most of the ones on eBay for the Canon Pro-100 are crap. Only one guy sells quality refillable. Have you...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Love the composition and tonality one this one! Nice!!
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    Re: Good 3rd-Party OEM inks for Epson?

    Personally, I've never heard of any pre-filled non-OEM replacement ink cartridges for any printer. If you're going to use third party ink, then I think you're stuck doing the fill yourself. If it...
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    Re: Glass plate, recognise emulsion side

    Don't know anything about these specific plates, but Jason of Pictoriographica has a notch just like regular film. Have you opened these plates in total darkness and felt around for a notch? Be very...
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    Re: B's 4x5 Reel and FPP x-ray film

    The actual exposure index of x-ray film will vary some based on time-o-day, latitude, etc. As Kiwi7475 suggests, I would look for a full range scene (or one that represents typical light you...
  26. Re: ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter - Friday 9 August 2019 Noon la

    Yep, I was worried about snapping mine, too. After applying the "Pledge furniture polish" trick (as suggested in an earlier post by Jason) and applying a very light coating of paraffin wax along the...
  27. Re: Best "inexpensive" pigment-based printers for digital negatives in 2020?

    I have a PRO-100 and I wouldn't use it for digital negatives. Perhaps you'll be able to coax it into submission! ;)
  28. Re: Best "inexpensive" pigment-based printers for digital negatives in 2020?

    If you do decide on Epson, OEM ink, QTR, and don't have any desire to dial in the correct tone curves (though it's not that hard; just requires time), you may want to take a look at the QuickCurve-DN...
  29. Re: Best "inexpensive" pigment-based printers for digital negatives in 2020?

    Yes, and that his system uses his inks. Other software solutions use the OEM ink.
  30. Re: Best "inexpensive" pigment-based printers for digital negatives in 2020?

    It seems that Epson printers are the "defacto standard" for crafting digital negatives. All the software that I'm aware of are based on Epson, except Jon Cone's system. Most other techniques for the...
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    Re: Digital file to B&W negative

    Though I make digital negatives for pt/pd printing, I've never been successful making one for silver contact printing. Even with the very small size of 1.5 picoliter I can still see the dots. I use...
  32. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    I hope I never run into "Commando Ken" when out and about! :D
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    Re: Re-using BW Chemicals

    I sure each has their way of working, but I don't ever re-use any developer. If I'm doing expansion/contraction, I'll batch those sheets together and develop in fresh chemistry. The only time I do...
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    Re: What COC is best with a 4x5?

    Personally, I never got all that complicated with it. I ensure the focus plane is where I want it, then stop down while watching the ground glass. Once I hit the aperture where everything I want in...
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    Re: Need Guidance on Getting a Densitometer

    I've been very happy with my Gretag D200-II and, IIRC, I paid something like $150 for it. And, it came with various size apertures, calibration strip, and dust cover all in the original hardshell...
  36. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    20 lbs all in is definitely not bad and totally doable. Even my flyweight outfit consisting of a Toho FC45-X, lenses from 90mm to 300mm, a couple of Grafmatic backs, and the rest of the "loot"...
  37. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    With my Arca-Swiss 4x5, I need to install the much more flexible (and shorter) leather universal bellows to effectively use any real camera movements with the 75mm or 90mm lenses. Even the 120mm is...
  38. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    If you don't mind a word of advice...don't overdue camera movements. Complex and/or large movements are rarely needed in LF outdoor photography and tend to mess things up. I've shot 4x5 and 8x10 for...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Very nice shot! Beautiful tonality!!
  40. Re: Fujinon C 450mm F/12 .5 (or another) to replace Fujinon T 400mm F/8 for Lightweig

    You are correct, the distance from the front to rear standards equals the focal length of the lens (except for telephoto designs, as you know.) Therefore, the Fuji 450C will require 18" of bellows...
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