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    Re: Suggestions for LF field camera

    I'm in agreement with Vaughn here: First decide how lightweight you need your camera to be. And then assess what features you need. The use you will put the camera to should determine what type of...
  2. Re: Beseler 45MCRX motor struggles when raising

    There is a tensioning spring located in one of the chrome crossbars. It can be tightened. However, it is tricky and I've never tried it. Make sure you read up on the proper procedure before...
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    Re: Spotting

    Great tip! Especially for when one is not using a binocular magnifier.
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    Re: Spotting

    I'm in the same school as Merg and Vaughn, although I don't use my tongue... I have a palette with a number of wells in it, in which I mix a bit of Spottone and distilled water. One well holds just...
  5. Re: Marks and spots on my almost dry negatives

    Try a soak in a weak alkaline solution, e.g., sodium sulfite or bicarbonate. This will swell the emulsion more than just plain water. Then re-wash and treat in a final bath of distilled water with...
  6. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    Likely impurities in your sodium sulfite that are insoluble. 10g/liter go into solution quickly and easily at room temperature. I mix my own wash aid with sodium sulfite at 20g/l at processing...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Philip,

    I'm not quite sure I understand your "using up the toner" issue. Are you saying that transferring directly from fixer to toner somehow exhausts the toner more rapidly? If so, I don't...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Vaughn,

    I'm sure it does make a difference. So does the practice of printing small on oversize paper and leaving large white borders around the image. I think the trick is to test one's...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Ben,

    Yes! The wash-aid step should be just before the final wash. Maybe my answer to Philip below will be helpful.




    Philip,

    Just to clarify: A residual silver test has nothing to do...
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    Re: Print Washing

    Philip,

    The two most-important things when washing fiber-base prints are 1) not overusing your fixer and 2) using a wash aid, such as Kodak's Hypo Clearing Agent.

    You're using Perma Wash, which...
  11. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Don't know about Artcraft, but PF lists it still:

    http://stores.photoformulary.com/sodium-metaborate/

    Doremus
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    Re: Use 4x5 Beseler for smaller film?

    Likely a cable extension for the focusing knob so one doesn't have to reach way above their head with one hand while trying to look through the grain magnifier; a fairly common accessory.

    @OP,
    ...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Neil,

    According to the label on Kodak's Hypo Clearing Agent, the stock solution lasts three months in a tightly-stoppered bottle (working solution life is 24 hours in a tray).

    As for Perma...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Most of the formulas I've collected weigh in at about 20g sodium sulfite per liter of working solution wash aid.

    My spoon recipe calls for one level Tablespoon of sulfite per liter, which weighs...
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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Even Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent in working dilution will develop bacterial/fungal "slime" after a time. The best practice is to mix what you need for one batch/session and discard it after the...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Part A precipitate

    I don't use Pyrocat, so I can't help specifically, but common causes of precipitates in such solutions are:

    Not using distilled water. If the solution is close to a saturated one, distilled water...
  17. Re: 5x4 processing marks. Wetting agent?

    I've been squeegeeing my sheet film using my index and middle finger for 30+ years and have never had streaks and marks. Being gentle is the key, along with mixing the wetting agent correctly. Of...
  18. Re: Is there a free site that will host your images in their original full resolution

    High resolution is lost on most computer monitors. For viewing, even on a large, high-quality monitor, you don't need any more resolution than the monitor can resolve. So, unless you want people to...
  19. Re: 5x4 processing marks. Wetting agent?

    There's your problem. And I concur with your diagnosis in the first post: wetting agent residue.

    I know a lot of people say to not touch the film after the final bath in wetting agent, but (and...
  20. Re: Is there a free site that will host your images in their original full resolution

    Why do you want to post your full-resolution images on the Internet for anyone who wants them to steal them and use them for whatever purpose they want? The incidence of people pirating images for...
  21. Re: Washing Anti-Halation Backing on HP5

    Neil,

    As far as I know, the anti-halation backing is water soluble, meaning that the wash should do the job. With all the films I use, the anti-halation dyes come off completely in the pre-soak. ...
  22. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    Short answer: If you shoot transparencies, definitely yes. It'll save a lot of headaches, time and probably money down the road.

    If you're shooting negative film, well, then, maybe. With color...
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    Re: 4 x 5 Contact Printing Question

    Ian,

    What you describe is making a "proper proof," i.e., with the film rebate printed and minimum exposure to make maximum black. This is useful for proofing, since it gives you lots of info...
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    Re: Chemistry (again) use after time

    10 weeks is a long time to store a working solution of a developer. Or, are you referring to a stock solution and, if so, which developer? Some have very long shelf-lives as a stock solution, some...
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    Re: Mat Size vs. Mount Size

    What Vaughn, Drew, Merg and others here do is exactly what I do. Print borders are important to me, so are trimmed to exactly where I want them. IM-HO, the bottom mat board, to which the print is dry...
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    Re: Mat Size vs. Mount Size

    I buy my mat boards pre-cut, so no worries about waste (except for the window cut-outs...).

    I like 14x18-inch boards for 8x10 and smaller prints as well as panorama prints in the 5x12-inch range....
  27. Re: Fujinion W f5.6 210mm fuzzy at wide open

    A lot of things could be wrong. If you bought the lens used, it may have a front or rear group that's been swapped out with another lens (even one of a different focal length...). It could have been...
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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    The whole thing is a fantasy invention. Zohar exists only as a fictional character. His quirky biography, photography, studio and subjects are all part of the fantasy-novel-in-reality invented by...
  29. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    Not so imprecise... I can easily count seconds, without a metronome, up to 5 minutes or more and miss by only a few; an error in the 1-2% range. I do this with long exposures all the time, since it's...
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    Re: The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar

    Mr. Berkman isn't a hoaxer. This is a consummate combination between conceptual art, photography, and literature, all mysteriously and flawlessly crafted to create a surreal and whimsical whole that...
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    Re: What COC is best with a 4x5?

    My approach is similar, but from the opposite direction. My subject and lens choice dictate what f-stop I need to get everything I want within the limits of depth of field. For me, depth of field...
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    Re: Re-using BW Chemicals

    The trouble is that once you've developed two sheets in your developer, you've both weakened it some and oxidized it some (plus added some bromide) so that the same developing time will not work for...
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    Re: What COC is best with a 4x5?

    Alan,

    There really isn't one standard CoC for all applications. What you might desire and what you end up using are also two very different things, which are dependent on the desired depth of...
  34. Re: Focal length, distance, and depth-of-field: clarification?

    Philip,

    I must apologize for sending you down this rabbit hole to begin with. It was likely my less-than-clear post on another thread that started this whole questioning.

    To clarify, I did...
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    Re: Cut Out Cards aka Viewing Mask

    My viewing tool of choice is the good old Zone VI viewing filter. I use it less for the filtration (the Wratten #90, which is supposed to render tones in a similar way to b&w film) and more as a...
  36. Re: Need help with lens board for Chamonix 45-n2

    The Chamonix takes Technika-style boards, which are available in the original from Linhof and from several other after-market manufacturers, including Wista, Gaoersi and others (including lots of...
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    Re: DOF and diffraction

    IM-HO, depth of field trumps diffraction degradation every time. If I need to stop down to f/45, like you did, then I just plan on not printing large. I've found that I can get a...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Yeah, it's not hard, just a lot. Separating the steps helps. Practice just focusing the camera without messing with movements first. Then practice applying the movements without bothering about...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Not 100% exactly, although you're basically correct. The far reference point for the tilt is close to "A," but likely more toward the near corner; anyway, whichever tall thing is closest. For "B"...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Alan,

    I described how I'd set up, apply movements and focus for your image in post #49 already, so I won't repeat all that here.

    About choosing reference points for applying tilts and swings: ...
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