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    Darkroom Pop-Up Tent Recommendations

    Hi,

    I've been approached to run a pop-up darkroom as a part of an arts festival. I've only ever had experience of brick and mortar darkrooms with positive pressure ventilation/air conditioning.
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    Re: Corroded early Ross Xpres 7 1/4 f/4.5

    They were very popular lenses here in England at the turn of the century Josh. The factory, based in Clapham, London, had a few generations of these lenses and a significant pre-war and inter-war...
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    Re: Corroded early Ross Xpres 7 1/4 f/4.5

    Hi Josh,


    The effort for the used condition and chipping of the front element is quite special. Mine is rather ordinary - a 6 3/4inch f4.5 version which I use covers 5x4" format without...
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    Re: Schneider Super Angulon XL 47mm f5.6

    Thanks Corran - it is a kind of "here's one I did earlier" - shot a decade ago - at night. Returning to using the lens recently, I'm amazed at how much I have been struggling with remembering how...
  5. Thread: Hello from London

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    Re: Hello from London

    Hi Matt,

    Fomapan is a very soft emulsion - structurally and tonally - and fairly grainy for an ISO100 film. Perhaps you can try loading a sheet at a time until you develop a layering technique...
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    Re: Schneider Super Angulon XL 47mm f5.6

    Steven - Corran's right. Even at f22+, it is difficult achieving full 5x4inch film area with the SA XL 47mm f5.6 lens on a field or technical camera. It is possible on a dedicated plane parallel...
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    Re: Hello from London

    No light leaks, no bellow holes, no flare, no development issues, reasonably perpendicular perspective with or without front shift - yes it does looks like a suburban English back garden alright.
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    Re: Good starter lens for whole plate

    Hi Jason,


    I presume you're contact printing? If you are, any lens that doesn't hang dangerously off the board works :)

    Years ago I had a list compiled for the whole plate format,...
  9. Re: Your Thoughts on Pre Soaking Sheet Film Prior To Development

    Presoaking advantages in manual tray development technique - Kodak literature:

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    http://imaging.kodakalaris.com/sites...9_Feb_2018.pdf


    Ilford limitations of presoaking when using fast...
  10. Re: Your Thoughts on Pre Soaking Sheet Film Prior To Development

    Being British, the tendency to pre-soak has become standard, more as a quality control aspect of development technique for me.

    I'm not sure I follow the same rationale (as above pre-soaking...
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    Re: Hello from London

    Hi Matthew,

    What size of viewable image are you measuring on your ground glass?

    If you measure the area of your ground glass, you can work out if you have a larger 10 x 8 inch or a 7 x 5 inch...
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    Re: Help Diagnosing 2 Different Problems

    Hi Gabriel,

    Sorry to see this frustrating development issue.

    At first glance, Images 1 & 2 appear to have film handling issues - most likely from hand loading out of the film box to make...
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    Re: Help Diagnosing 2 Different Problems

    Hi Pere,

    You've mis-read and misunderstood Ilford's literature.

    Read carefully:

    177905


    It's okay - you wouldn't be the first student of photography to do so.
  14. Thread: Hello from London

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    Re: Hello from London

    Hi Matt,

    are you shooting a smaller imaging area than 5 x 4 inch on your Sinar?

    Perhaps I'm wondering why you would need to draw pencil lines to compose. Perhaps you are referring to...
  15. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    Hi Alex,

    Sorry I've been busy helping my local minority party stage Custard's last stand in our local election.

    Q1: My preferred darkslides are made of carbon fibre. Or wood. If you think...
  16. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    Hi Steve,

    10 years ago I would have agreed with you, although never with as much vehemence. Your experience is provincial; mine is even more provincial against a backdrop of 100 years+ of plate...
  17. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    Hi Kumar,

    That's a fascinating proposal. I love the upcycling principle, bringing life back and extending the use for the late 19th century/earl 20th century plate cameras.

    I hope it...
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    Re: Hello from London

    Hi Matt -

    that's all the camera you need.

    Perhaps a Sinar autoshutter to mount any barrel lens too :)



    RJ
  19. Re: DeVere 504 Dichromat Filter set up - help needed please

    I use a Devere 504 although I'm sorry I don't understand any of the technicality of your particular model (my limitation, not yours).

    I print half-plate negatives (rarely) and wholeplate (mostly)...
  20. Re: Ilford Safelight 908 for development by inspection - did I get a bad one?

    As far as I could ascertain (15 years ago), the 908 Safelight filter was no longer extant. The 15 watt light source is too weak and fails to penetrate the filter, compared to Greg's standardised...
  21. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    Hi Andrew -

    This is AlmostPilot's thread - I'm sure he might appreciate the heads up!



    RJ
  22. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    Book form plate holders come in different non-standardised thickness Steven.

    The difference in tolerances and the design of the book form holder, risks having the film dislodge and whipped out...
  23. Re: Using modern film in mahogany half plate dark slide

    - This is where jam gets sandwiched. It enables the adherence of the film sheet to a cut glass surface. You can use anything; preferably without seeds or chunks of marmalade orange rind.

    The...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Here's my second darkroom. The first one has tight GDPR settings and isn't for sharing. This one is for public space.

    It's a mess isn't it?

    This is the blueprint - a 4.5 x 3.5 metre room. ...
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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    I wonder when you unscrew the pinion racking pin,the lens can be disassembled, front from rear elements, are you able to estimate the focal length of the front and rear parts of the lens. It does...
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    Re: Hello from London

    Hi Matt,

    Another welcome from London - there's a few of us here. Also a few of us who never let go of the trusted Sinar monorail too.

    Large format work for fast moving communion ceremonies...
  27. Re: Extended Tonal Range Development: Pyro[cat] vs Pota vs Paterson FX39

    Well it's 3am again and 10 years later.

    Kodak HIE now well and truly dead for longer presenting with fog problems which I've resorted to altering development to resolve. Glycin and other...
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    Re: Hot weather and film

    Hi Sean,

    Enjoy your first time!

    Film travels well. Particularly in hand luggage on departure.

    Without sweating it, for a short time, the hot climate won't impact film - if you can...
  29. Thread: Whole Plate Film

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    Re: Whole Plate Film

    That's great news Chris - happy shooting.

    Thanks Peter - I'm not sure what this Shanghai film is? The Bergger film I've used in smaller format. Ultimately, cutting down from 8x10" film works...
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    Re: ID mystery Agfa film?

    Hi Greg,

    Sounds like you have some kind of ultra high contrast higher than lith film contrast documentary (electron microscopy?) or clinical paper.

    Are you planning on experimenting with it...
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    Re: Whole Plate Film

    Hi Peter - could you let us know if this information is contemporary?

    Banse & Grohmann [Wephota.de] never responded - this was 7 years ago.

    I'm in a similar predicament to Chris having run...
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    Re: Fresh dry plates in a variety of sizes

    Hi Jason,

    I like it - simple and very much in my retro 1990's style of website preference with no Adobe flash.

    The whole plate sizes which you have listed runs at 215mm x 164mm: sometime ago...
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    Re: Studio and darkroom finds: what's this?

    Thanks Robbie & Dap -

    That clarifies the spacer - it was probably a spare part for a 6x9cm Polaroid back which I still have somewhere...!

    All I could find on the internet for the Diamond...
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    Re: Sinar Adapter panel to ....?

    Hi Bob -

    Factory says:

    "We can tell you that is not a product of ours but we are not able to tell you what lens board it is, sorry.

    Thank you for the regards from Mr. Salomon.


    Our...
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    Re: Sinar Adapter panel to ....?

    Thanks Oren & Bob.

    Silvestri make fantastic wide angle LF. Perhaps he's from the same family in their Italian factory.

    I guess these adapters went out of vogue with the decline of the...
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    Re: Studio and darkroom finds: what's this?

    Thanks Jac - it's amazing how rich the collective knowledge is here. Finally time to start removing these redundant parts from the darkroom.


    Here's another unusual find: erasing paste - anyine...
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    Re: Sinar Adapter panel to ....?

    Bob - sorry I've no idea who Vincenzo is, although it seems like Oren and Alan have pinned it down.

    Oren and Alan have identified it as a non-analogue contaminant. Must get rid of it now.

    RJ.
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    Re: Studio and darkroom finds: what's this?

    Thanks - the memories of student days and shared enlargers - bring your own lens and boards are coming back.


    This one is a little more straight forward - the writing indicates it has something...
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    Studio and darkroom finds: what's this?

    Hi there,

    Getting rusty!

    What's this? I am unearthing things I have no recollection of. I wonder if others have the same challenges?

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    Re: Sinar Adapter panel to ....?

    Thanks - some colleagues guessed it was some kind of digital back for a Silvestri or Hasselblad. I use Silvestri both systems however and haven't found anything in a Phase One era back which seems...
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