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  1. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    Formula for WD2H+ is in the 3rd Ed. of Darkroom Cookbook. Not sure if there is a difference between 'plus' and 'non-plus'.

    EDIT: My copy of DR Cookbook forgot 60 gr pyro. Verify.
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    Re: Too good to be true?

    This is only my two bits...

    It is unlikely any tablet would emit enough violet light to give the highest of contrast possible with VC paper. I'm using an LED light source made with "green" and...
  3. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    In order of the amount of contrast you can build: Ilford FP4, Ilford Ortho, Kodak Tech Pan (obsolete).

    Use Wimberley's WD2H+ developer for FP4. Normal Plus 4 development is available with this...
  4. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter battery/storage

    I don't remove them, but I should. After a battery leaks, it is a big mess and hard to recover. Another thing I should do, but don't, is to simply replace all batteries every year. Changing...
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    Re: Homemade LED light source is working

    Forgot this schematic was there. I should update. Many changes, but I will address your questions anyway. R6, R55, F48, R24 are 'power dropping' resistors. I use a 36V power supply. LEDs voltage...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Ford E350 van with Sportsmobile poptop modification is my mode of travel. Works well for one to four. No extras. (If I want to cook and clean, I stay home.) More Ford repair shops in US than...
  7. Re: Small claims court for copyright cases?

    I've always heard that a simple copyright is nearly worthless, whereas a register copyright is a slam dunk good thing. Still, you must find the violation. There are companies that will do this for...
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    Testicles, spectacles, wallet, watch. Camera, cloth, tripod, film, lens, and a meter would be nice. Over the years, I've managed to forget any one these. I can make it work without the cloth or...
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    Homemade LED light source is working

    After years of thought and slow construction, my modified Beseler CB-7 (changed from the negative platform up) is newly mounted with a 10x12" LED light source of my own design. For those considering...
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    Re: Hello from Santa Barbara.

    Hey Hun. Welcome to LFF. Good to have another Barbarian here. I'm near San Marcos Pass.

    [Nice little rain storm, eh. 3.5" here. Finally.]
  11. Re: Large Print Process - Long Post! (w/pix!)

    Very timely post. I'm curious: what is your exposure time and f/# for the print? How does your LED light source brightness compare to whatever you had before in this regard?

    I'm with ic-racer...
  12. Re: Show Your Compendium Shade on a Field Camera Thread...

    Does anyone know of a 'French Flag' for view cameras. Cine folks use them, but they look heavy.
  13. Re: Show Your Compendium Shade on a Field Camera Thread...

    Doremus, Voss holders are very good. Wish they made a 100mm version for larger lenses, but the 75mm version works for most things.

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    Re: Meditation on house fans

    On the same film try several shorter exposures that add up to 1/10. Example, six exposures of 1/60.
  15. Re: Rodenstock LF lens aperture band numbers

    My Apo-Sironar 150/5.6 is marked the same as the yellow band above. However, there is no yellow band, no W, no "80deg", and the f/numbers go all the way to f/64. It is a very early model.
  16. Re: Polaroid 20x24 Cameras and standard films?

    John Reuter and the 2024 Polaroid made an appearance at Victor School (Al Weber) in Summer 1983. Not much of a camera in the outdoors. Hard to transport and wobbly. In the studio it was fidgety at...
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    Re: Tennessee Deardorff Video

    Link works here. Thanks. E
  18. Re: Metal darkroom trays ?? Advice needed

    How long is a wallpaper paste tray?
  19. Re: Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    I've made a couple. Wasn't hard. All wood. Sitka spruce legs with one extension. Cherry wood block where the legs come together. I still have and occasionally use one of them. I used it for...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    I've made a few images, but not many. I did some printing for my daughter. Tried out a new paper. Started a photo essay, but found the camera I needed to do it was dead, so it's out for repair. I...
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    Re: glass neg carrier

    If the top of the glass carrier is instead a diffusion material, there is no dust problem and Sir Issac Newton takes his rings and leaves the building.

    I use various kinds of plexi for...
  22. Re: How to open old Gralab 450 for repair?

    I'll guess that the screws that hold the case together are under the rubber feet.
  23. Poll: Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    I'm in the "other" camp. I'm still shooting all the time and I already have so many negatives to print that I worry I won't get to all them in my lifetime.
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    Re: Developer trays

    I have all flavors. I like hard rubber trays and enamel trays. Both are fairly rare and finding a seller with reasonable prices and low shipping for more than one tray is unusual. Stainless is...
  25. Poll: Re: Some Darkroom questions, mostly on enlargers

    Question one) Consider analog and digital print making to be two different art forms that are non-competitive. When photography matured long ago, painters didn't stop. When TV was invented, the...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Longer wavelength, not shorter. Blue is short, green is middle, red is long.
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    Re: Hard water!!!

    I have 29 grains hardness. A glass of standing tap water precipitates calcium carbonate. No iron, no chlorine, so that's good. I mix film developer with distilled or RO water. And the last dunk...
  28. Re: mounting gelatine filters between glass

    You can buy lens adhesive from Edmunds Optical. Why not just use gelatin or poly without glass? Lighting gels are so cheap. You can get dozens of 100mm square gels from a single piece. No worries...
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    Re: Vitamin C developer for paper

    I figure it like this: Vit C is a substitute for hyrdroquinone and phenidone (or I use Dimezone, dissolves easily) is a sub for metol. For now, I buy Legacy Pro EcoPro Ascorbic Acid Paper...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    I used the Nikkor 600/800 Tele. Great lens, but very heavy. Now I use the Fuji 450mm C. If I need longer, there is plenty of negative and I crop.
  31. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    I heard the 'X' in the part number was for the 'X' shape supports on the main chassis.
  32. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    I have an old 45MX (maybe other letters) that I bought used in about 1980. It seemed old then, but the motor is still strong. Makes me think that your carriage could be off or you missed a lube...
  33. Thread: Spotting

    by Eric Woodbury

    Re: Spotting

    You can go backwards by using dilute ammonia on a cotton swab to remove SpotTone.

    I use a loupe from Edmunds that has a cut-away on the side that allows the brush to be under the loupe and in...
  34. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    The front element was stuck on my Fuji 360mm and the shutter needed work. My camera repair guy wrapped the front group rim in double-sided tape for a good hand grip. Came off easily.

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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    The El Nikkor 90mm f/8 is a comfortable lens on 5x7. Prices were very low on this lens a while back, but not sure now. 72mm SA XL is a fun lens for 5x7, but not sure about portraits unless they are...
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    Re: Darkroom Design for a 9.8ft x 10.1ft room

    My first darkroom in this house was a bedroom. 9' x 9' with a low ceiling, 6' on one side and about 6'7" on the other. (I had a hole in the drywall on ceiling where the enlarger could rise to full...
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    Re: Cordless telephone for darkroom

  38. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    LegacyPro EcoPro Ascorbic Acid film developer is the same (at least close enough) to XTOL. I've never had an issue with it. I mix in distilled water, store in 500cc bottles, 10 of them. Never had...
  39. Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Roger, sorry about the title. Apparently that is an edit I can't make.

    No, I don't want to "PLAY" with it, but I'd like it for wet plate collodion. It gives the color I prefer. What I have is...
  40. Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Artcraft does not carry it. The link points to KCl.

    Shipping is to another state where I need it. East coast. Probably if I drive out to the mines in Beatty NV, they'd give me a carload. 30...
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