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    Re: Weekend Mystery Quiz

    Did anyone win the tortoise ride??? ;-)

    Steve K
  2. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    I have an old saying; "For enough $$$, ANYTHING is available"...

    Steve K
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    Re: Once upon a LF wedding..

    Hope you feel better soon!!! Health is wealth...

    Nice handling of the formals!!! They translate to personality for the couple very well, and the challenges well tackled by the photographer...
  4. Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    There are light stands strong enough to hold heavy heads, but one big problem is when stand is too light and extended, one bump or when outdoors in a breeze, stand will like to topple over crashing...
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    Re: Front element chip: How bad is this?

    The chipped piece can be re-cemented in place with Canada balsam or superglue, and not leave a shadow on film...

    Steve K
  6. Re: STILL LIFE - Lens Thoughts & Recommendations

    You could try an old Tessar or other faster large barrel lens for limited DOF or OOF effects...

    A lens with a large diameter front glass...

    Steve K
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    Re: How do I remove mold on LF lens

    The mold comes off fairly easily after fuming in a box with old style Listerine (contains thymol) or Lysol solution sprinkled on a rag inside a sealed box that is in a warm place for a week or so......
  8. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Action...

    How about re-creating Halsman's shot of Dali in the studio??? Where 'ya need assistants to throw cats around... (Tip: cats always land on their feet...) ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    I'd say work anywhere you like, but put the pets/kids in the spare room/dark box/ice tent etc, and tell 'em it's time to play pirate...

    But tell 'em not to drink the "pirate juice" in the bottles...
  10. Re: Equivalent of Massive Dev Chart for Paper Developers ?

    A 2 and 4 minute FB developing time on prints can look almost identical while wet, but the dark densities become pronounced when very dry (usually too much)...

    Stick with 2 minutes FB, and 1...
  11. Thread: Cable release

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    Re: Cable release

    Careful with your stuff, and always scout out location before leaving site... Put things where they belong (not just in a pocket where stuff can fall out) in a way you can do a quick visual...
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    Re: RF strobe sync today???

    Thanks!!! It finally dawned on me to search online for "safe sync strobe" to calm my fear and get some answers (mostly from around 2005)... Seems earlier (even on-camera flashes) have the voltage...
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    Re: How Many Pros use LF?

    Also, remember the 70's/80's/90's, the LF "community" was deeply divided, where the "pros" had their "time is money" attitude and was expecting a drum scan of a large piece of film and charge more...
  14. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    I did use it once for a Beseler enlarger bellows to metal restoration 10 or 12 years ago (I think), and it worked well after letting it sit on the metal for 4 hours, then attaching... But that was...
  15. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    My bellows arrived yesterday, so quickly from consideration to arrival!!! My concern about the compression closed in camera is no issue due to the thinness they can collapse to (old bellows much...
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    Synchro Compur are the biggest PIA to keep going, unless it has been serviced by someone good...

    Don't try this at home, kids... :-(

    Steve K
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    Synchro Compur are the biggest PIA to keep going, unless it has been serviced by someone good...

    Don't try this at home, kids... :-(

    Steve K
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    Re: Schneider Digicon filter

    Looks like yet another fog filter...

    Steve K
  19. Thread: Rail lubricant?

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    Re: Rail lubricant?

    The rails clean up well enough with solvent (unless corroded), and a trace of teflon grease rubbed into them until you can't feel it, but there is another area to be cleaned...

    On the sliding...
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    Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    A good, durable flat black spray paint is Rustoleum "Chalk Board" at your home store... Takes overnight to dry, but less xhip/scuff resistant...

    Note that finishes can be rough to negatives in...
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    RF strobe sync today???

    Hi,
    Planning on using strobes on location & studio at distances of 10' to 50' away from from DSLR, 35mm, MF & large format camera set-ups... Used to rent a Quantum radio sync when needed... Familiar...
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    Re: DIY PX28 or 4SR44 Battery

    One big downside with stacking button batteries is the multi contact surfaces don't always make perfect contact, and cause partial or full intermittent issues, resulting in device making erratic...
  23. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    I used to use twin sachel bags with it, but found a nice, old (but newish) Lowe Photo Trekker backpack from a thrift store... Camera, a few smaller lenses, and 14 holders fit well, and the entire kit...
  24. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    Thanks!!! I didn't ever think this camera would ever have a new bellows... When I got the camera, it needed new bellows so I called (then) Western Bellows (in my part of the world), and was told that...
  25. Re: Linhof Master Technika - New LF user question

    If it still has the linkage for the bed rail, you can keep it from jamming up by using the smallest cam, the 90mm to stay on it...

    If the RF is not off camera, let it be... I never use the RF on...
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    Re: FR corporation 4x5 developing tank

    They sorta work, but the hardest tank to use... At best, film will come out ok, but films near the ends can have swirls on the end sheets... High dilution developers are best with it...

    The better...
  27. Re: Linhof Master Technika - New LF user question

    Ahhhh, it's just a lump on one side of the camera... Ignore it, and it goes away (in your mind)...

    Try to find a 90mm cam to leave in place so you can drop bed and RF coupling does not get in the...
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    Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    I'm more surprised of the 2x3 with the big portrait camera...

    Imagine trying to frame a 2x3 with a 19" lens... :-0

    Steve K
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    Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    And remember, large negs didn't need enlargement and easily retouched...

    Big, for a small time operator...

    Steve K
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    Re: Help the Architect

    Hopefully Nate got paid by now... ;-(

    Steve K
  31. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    Well, I did it!!! Pulled the trigger and ordered from Camera Bellows UK!!! Keith got back to me first thing in the UK morning, and had a set in stock, and within 10 minutes, had item packed and...
  32. Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    Go big... Use a half dollar coin...

    More expensive, though... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: DIY Sinar bubbles

    Don't use the superglue on it, as it can haze/craze the plastic, and harder to get off if needed...

    Use contact cement...

    Steve K
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    Linhof serial #'s???

    Hey Bob,
    On my Technika III, the serial # is 36113, and wanted to know what year and version model it is???

    Time for new bellows, but are the bellows the same for different versions of the...
  35. How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    Hi,
    Researching new bellows for my Tek III, any users have old replacement Camera Bellows UK bellows on their camera for an extended time, and how are they holding up now??? (No drying up, sticky,...
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    Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    Depends on the camera and how well you interface with it... Comparing an ancient wood camera to a modern metal monorail is like comparing a Sopwith Camel with a fighter jet, but both have their...
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    Re: "vintage" safe light

    For a real "labor of love", get one of those old horizontal wood enlargers with a kerosene head...

    With the color of light, it must have taken an endless exposure on old materials to get...
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    Re: Kalosat lens, DIY

    I would just try a glass meniscus lens first (which I am doing now) before paying for the other...

    I suspect there will not be a difference between the two... (I think they will behave more the...
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    Re: Fastest Speed of all 4x5/9x12 Sinar Norma

    You can also do the old TLR trick of measuring the distance between the centers of two lenses, and raising the center tripod column that distance before shot... Mark the column at those distances......
  40. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    Take a drawing class... (seriously!!!) One thing you learn early is you start with line of form... You soon start to see lines of form in everything...

    Like with a face, you start with two arc...
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