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    Re: Hoffman MetalMaster

    I'm beginning to think I ended up with 13x18 holders instead of 5x7. The film is loose in both dimensions by a few mm. It's the only thing I can think of for how these could let the film shift around...
  2. Re: More advanced scanner for 4x5 than Epson flatbed?

    Thanks for the link. Looks like a really cool undertaking.
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    One thought for camera scanning is the newer mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic S1R, Sony A7RIII and new A7RIV offer a multishot mode. At a minimum (A7RIII) you get true color at each pixel and...
  4. Re: More advanced scanner for 4x5 than Epson flatbed?

    So with Hasselblad leaving the market there is no new scanner better than the Epson range. Is that correct? I had thought Aztek was still selling drums, but they seem to only support them now.
  5. Re: 4x5 film holders not used since 1960s -clean them?

    Yes, certainly clean them. If they can be disassembled with screws, like the Kodak ones made by Graflex, do that and thoroughly vacuum the light traps. I’m currently fighting a dust battle with a...
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    Re: Hoffman MetalMaster

    Thanks Pete. I still wonder if I'm missing some critical step or part. I can't believe the film is supposed to slide around like it does, especially shifting in from the plane of focus.
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    Re: Hoffman MetalMaster

    The tube is really a solid rod you can push and pull an internal film stop, and there’s a second hole where a smaller rod comes out when you pull the main one. I can’t see any vacuum apparatus in...
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    Re: Hoffman MetalMaster

    Not that I know of, and I can see no perforations I assume would be in a vacuum holder. I added a link to the auction so you can see the actual holders.
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    Hoffman MetalMaster

    I bough a set of three Hoffman MetalMaster 5x7 film holders from ebay. They arrived today and seem nice and clean. They load differently than normal since there is no flap, but I think I have them...
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    Re: Is my film correct exposed ?

    The few phone based light meters I have used have all produced very good exposures. You should be fine.
  11. Re: Behind the Film - Inside the ILFORD factory

    Thanks! When I see the whole process I'm amazed we can still get film for so cheap. And even more amazed how cheap it was when usage was so much higher.
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    Re: Developing Issue

    That looks like newton's rings. Is it on the negative when you look at it with a loupe? If it's just on scans it's probably because the film is touching the scanner glass in the center.
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    Re: Changing bag

    I had a used Harrison for a few years and the material degraded into a sticky mess. Turns out you can’t keep them rolled for long term storage since they need to breath. I did end up getting a new...
  14. Re: Negative vs. Transparency - Pros and Cons | What's Your Favorite Type?

    Thanks again Drew. I was making masks for contrast control, and that hassle was one of the reasons I have mostly moved to the digital approach. The other is I'm not a fan of the RC paper surfaces,...
  15. Re: Negative vs. Transparency - Pros and Cons | What's Your Favorite Type?

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. It’s pretty close to what I did years ago and for the most part I was happy with the colors in my prints. Lately I’ve been shooting very little color film and...
  16. Re: Negative vs. Transparency - Pros and Cons | What's Your Favorite Type?

    Drew how would you suggest a user of Ektar test for their ideal film speed? Assume they have common equipment like gray cards, incident and spot exposure meters, and color correction filters.
  17. Re: Negative vs. Transparency - Pros and Cons | What's Your Favorite Type?

    The mask is there to fix the color accuracy of the primary dyes in the magenta and cyan channels. See http://www.brianpritchard.com/why_colour_negative_is_orange.htm for a more thorough explanation.
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    Re: First shooting and developing 4x5

    Very nice!
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    Re: LF Purity

    Repressive people dictating how we should do large format.
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    Re: Why Crop?

    3. You float mount your prints and need a clean cut in the image area, so at least a very slight crop.
    4. You use a viewfinder based camera like a crown graphic or travelwide and shoot a bit loose...
  21. Re: Need help troubleshooting scanned negative IQ

    It’s likely the film is not at the exact plane of focus, and it is probably bowed in the stock Epson holder. But even accounting for that I don’t expect you will get a real 3200ppi out of the...
  22. Re: exposed film

    Buy a box and waste a sheet practicing loading it. Once you factor in postage it will be the cheapest way.
  23. Re: what is the best way of developing 5x4 with a Jobo CPE?

    http://www.jobo-usa.com/jobo-analog-products/tank-system-2500

    It depends on one vs two reels
  24. Re: what is the best way of developing 5x4 with a Jobo CPE?

    Probably the 2509N Reels. I found they worked well and only switched when I got some expert drums with a darkroom I bought.
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    I always plan to crop the very edges with sheet film. I like to not be locked into a particular aspect ratio. I do try to use one full dimension of the film such as a the long for a panorama or the...
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    Re: Choice for the Circle of Confusion?

    I agree with Pere that looking at large format lenses with a high res DSLR can be a useful exercise. For example it showed me that the 180mm Renstock Sironar S 180mm at f/8 is as good as the native...
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    Re: Film holder or film problem?

    Yep, take some of the wasted film and practice loading with your eyes closed, but check through the process. I'm sure you are not getting the film under one or two of the rails. After the sheet is...
  28. Re: Replace old Cold Light head with LED light source?

    Not knowing the cold light head details this may be easy or not. My first LED head was build on an old Omega E3 by pulling the internals from the cold light head and replacing them with a constant...
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    http://www.polywarmtone.com/

    TLDNR; Company structure wasn't able to react quickly enough to the traditional photo market contraction as digital took over. Company went bankrupt.
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    Re: Last Sheet of Forte

    I’ve yet to find a true replacement, but adox is trying to bring it back. See https://www.adox.de/Photo/category/polywarmton/
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    Stuart, that's an effect I hadn't considered, but thinking back it may explain some issues I've encountered but couldn't pin down.
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    Drew, I think I understood you fine, up to now. It now seems like you are implying disagreeing with you is a crime worthy of jail? I'll assume you're making a joke that fell flat. Either that or I...
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    Re: 5x7 Film Holder Case?

    Probably too late for the OP, but I use the Photobackpacker film holders. He seems to still have some 5x7 for sale on ebay:...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    I shoot a lot of landscape. My zone 11 highlights are frequently clouds when I'm shooting a subject in the shade. I want my subject to have normal contrast as I see it, so I give normal development...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    I'm just speaking generally, not just about TMX (I'm a fan of TMY, but don't use much TMX).

    My slower film is usually FP4+. But almost any modern film can handle a few stops of over exposure...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    I disagree that it has to be done with N- development. Usually I'd rather handle excessive contrast during printing. Following the advice to give film N- development has made my printing harder more...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    I think DDX is the closest liquid developer to XTOL.
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    I'm saying by developing less (which reduces the slope) you are affecting all tones in the image. To fit more subject brightness range into the same film density range (as "develop for the...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    If you are happy with the contrast in the rest of the scene, as you alluded to in your original post, using a developer like xtol 1+1 along with fixing the sky in photoshop, if more compensation is...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    An issue I have with the "Expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights" approach is that developing less reduces contrast across the full range. Picture an outdoor scene with a normal...
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