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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I use a glow in dark gralab timer too, pointed away from the trays. Fot 4x5 I use an SP445. Very easy and affordable. For 5x7 and 8x10 I have the new SP810 coming.:)



    Kent in SD
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    Re: petzval like lens for my 8x10 Bernard

    Look for a Wollensak Velostigmat, 300mm/12 inch. Lovely lens and way underpriced for what it does.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Does a Ries J250 head support an older 8x10 field camera, such as Gundlach Korona/2D/Seneca?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    I thought of moving up from 5x7 to 11x14 but decided to just go to 8x10. I want to make contact prints. My thinking is everything is more expensive: film or dry plates, holders (both film and wet...
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    I am curious how well whole plate sells compared to 5x7 and 8x10? Is it less than both or more than 5x7 but less than 8x10? I would guess the sales volume goes something like this: 4x5, 8x10,...
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    Thanks! That is a surprise.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Anyone use rainwater in the darkroom?

    I was out today shooting wet plate today, out of the back of my Subaru Forester. I shot a couple more tins than I thought and ran out of water. It's been raining or snowing about every three days...
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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    I use black foam core if lens isn't too heavy.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya!

    Don't you miss snow?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    I do use a Chamonix 5x7 wet holder. It's better than the Lund 4x5 I have.
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    Re: KORONA 11x14 " ULF / Alan Brubaker refurbished

    I started in August. My first 40 plates were a learning experience and I'm just now getting consistent decent results. I started with 4x5 and now added 5x7. Looking at 8x10. It would have been...
  12. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    They are made of wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber.:)



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Glass Plate 4.5 x 6.5 Holder compatibility

    You might be able to make them out some some very thin foam core etc.


    Kent in SD
  14. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    Not familiar with either 8x10 or 38mm, but I have doubts the lens would cover it.



    Kent in SD
  15. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    My Shen Hao and Chamonix both have bag bellows available.


    Kent in SD
  16. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    I'm thinking a total beginner starting on their own won't buy a mid priced camera like Chamonix as their first camera. I started with a Cambo monorail, then Shen Hao, and am now happy with the...
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    I have a 4x5 Chamonix and love it. My plan is to use period correct lenses for wet plate. The RR lenses are about the limit for the Chamonix though. My heavy pre-Civil War lenses would crush a...
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    Re: Citric and acetic acid as stop (bath)

    I was using vinegar in my stop bath for film but didn't see any difference from just using water. My developer is HC110.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    So when did 8x10 come about? I haven't seen any prints or cameras that date earlier than the 1880s.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Whole Plate, 8x10

    When I used to see 8x10 cameras with an additional 4x5 back I wondered why would anyone drag out a heavy camera to shoot 4x5? Now I see the value as you can make test plates more cheaply before...
  21. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    Well, general tips are to tell someone where you're going and when you'll return. I always carry a Swiss Army knife, a few granola bars, plenty of water, bug spray (in season,) butane lighter, and...
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    Whole Plate, 8x10

    Since mid August I've been shooting wet plate (tin) with my Chamonix 4x5 and 19th. C. lenses. I made a portable dark box and only work out in the field, usually from the back of my Subaru Forester. ...
  23. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    Yes, have been to NP with the 4x5, by myself. All were in the West/Midwest so I wasn't worried about crime. Usually no one else was around at all. If going out at night I carry either a pistol or...
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    Re: My new 5x7 camera

    I have a Gundlach Korona 5x7 plus 4x5 back. Beautiful camera, solid for my old lenses. Works great! A 5x7 is an odd size so they are affordable.

    Kent in SD
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    Re: Greetings! New to LF

    I was sending my sheet film out to be processed and was happy enough with the price and results. However the turn around time was about 12 days and that was with me paying for 2nd day postage. The...
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    Re: Greetings! New to LF

    Just get a SP-445 to process film. They are ridiculously easy to use. As for lens I suggest something like a pre-war 150mm Heliar or 240mm Dagor. Completely different look than what you get from...
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    Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    It's lenses that generally limit what you can photo. Portraits call for longer lenses (180mm to 240mm), landscapes are usually done with wider lenses (90mm to 135mm). You are being pulled in two...
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    Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    I would start with a monorail camera as those are very reasonable and plentiful on the used market. You're only going to be able to afford one modern lens and I suggest a 150mm or 180mm. You could...
  29. Thread: Tripod Holes

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    Re: Tripod Holes

    Would like to see more. I've been doing some similar stuff in South Dakota. I use period correct lenses and am shooting both wet plate and dry plate. My three favorite photographers are FJ Haynes,...
  30. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    Recessed boards are a pain to change aperture or shutter speed on. Hard to see numbers, harder to change settings. I'm also thinking it will be difficult to find center filters for lenses out of...
  31. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    I scan everything and run it through software. Vignetting is not a problem for me. The center filters are a lot of $$ so software is a no-brainer for me. The biggest thing I don't like about the...
  32. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    1. No. I use the 90mm because I can do more lens movements with it, and I generally am photo'ing exteriors where I can simply back up to frame.

    2. See above. I actually don't have a center...
  33. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    I find my most used are 90, 135, 180. Also have 75 and 300. I use the 75mm for interiors, the 300mm for details and landscape isolation. You're going to find you use large format a bit differently...
  34. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    You don't dump the fixer from wet plate. It's poured back into the bottle and reused many times.:)


    Kent in SD
  35. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Most of the chemicals used aren't dangerous outdoors (acetic acid, ferrous sulfate, ethanol, lots of water) and the few that could be (silver nitrate, maybe potassium cyanide instead of ammonium...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    They are a lot of fun, especially if using historical gear.


    Kent in SD
  37. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Wet plate has fairly narrow dynamic range and it can be hard to guess how the UV light is affecting it. Also there is a very sensitive relationship between exposure time and development time. ...
  38. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Looks ok to me. Hard to judge without seeing original. The silver tends to scan a bit hot. Dynamic range of wet plate is tighter than film too.


    Kent in SD
  39. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    It's pretty rare to have a chance to photo the current media sensations. They are very ephemeral and access is highly controlled. Working within the constraints of wet plate increases the...
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    Re: My trip for fall colors

    In the Dakotas the wind blows trucks off the highway and has twice blown trains off the track. I use a heavy Berlebach tripod on those days and set up with legs spread and no extension.


    Kent...
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