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    So long. Been less than great.

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    Well, after 35 years of LF shooting I'm done. Tried to place an ad here in the classifieds to share the darkroom and camera gear I'm finally getting rid of at a good price to whoever would...
  2. Re: Some passing thoughts on chemical cleanliness

    If you can smell chemistry on your fingers you are inhaling it. The inhaled chemistry won't hurt your prints, but to a stickler the "sniff test" would be considered very poor form, nearly as bad as...
  3. Re: Nikkor Nikon LF lens serial numbers and reference thread 2018

    My set:

    Nikkor-W 150/5.6 lens 640XXX

    Nikkor-W 240/5.6 lens 778XXX

    Nikkor-W 300/5.6 lens 780XXX

    Nikkor-W 360/6.5 lens 200XXX
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    Re: Shoot Macro on 8x10 like Karl Blossfeldt

    I shot arrangements of leaves and grass on 810 at 1:1 for years with a Nikkor W 240. Printed them at 20x24, a couple at 30x40 and one at 40x50 with wonderful results. Delta 100 in XTOL 1:1
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    Re: Developing Labs in 2018

    LTI Lightside in NYC. I had been using Praus but the proofs from my 810 Portra 160 were all over the place. LTI makes a very nice actual contact print.
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    Re: Small Hole Film Punch

    Well that Fiskars one did punch a hole, plus gouge emulsion pretty good. Flipped it over and gouged film base pretty good. There is a sharp metal tongue that really digs deep.
  7. Re: What kind of freezer you are using to freeze your film?

    I have a mini fridge in the studio that is for film. Only a tiny freezer in it, and I only have some 35mm color neg film in that part as I seldom shoot it. I keep my film cool, and as my basement...
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    Re: 15 year old b&w negatives bronzing?

    I think it comes from exhausted fixer. I have some as well, and they are stored in plastic sleeves. I suspect the binders I kept negatives in were partially to blame as well. I've not tried to save...
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    Re: Zone VI VC Head, trouble

    The minimal range of contrast was always my bugaboo with the Zone VI. I upgraded to an LPL machine for up to 4x5 and adapted a Kienzle head to the 810, never missed the ZVI "VC" head.

    Sentimental...
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    Re: t-max 100 alternative

    I will also chime in with Delta 100, and would agree with Bruce that FP4+ is worth a look. I switched to FP4+ from Delta 100 as I found better shadow detail with it in my workflow in smaller formats,...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Many thanks Jon!
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1743/40686103910_8a073a3437_b.jpg

    St Johnsbury, VT.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/897/42413374632_aa6400d74f_b.jpg

    Revisiting old negs myself. This is about 2000.
    Lyndonville, VT, with a Winner Tech Field 810 and an old Orbit 500mm on Delta100
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1723/27584423847_c39d65e40b_b.jpg

    One of the Bag Balm Buildings in Lyndonville, VT.
    Canham 810 | Nikkor T-ED600 | Portra 160
    scan from lab contact print
  15. Re: Variotone Paper and what are you printing on today (May 2018)?

    Almost through my stash of ADOX Variotone. I use Ilford MG Classic, Seagull VC and lately Bergger CB.
  16. Re: Can anyone help me misuse a Kodak X-omat 2000A Processor?

    While I can't help I will be watching this thread. Seems like a very fun project.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Nikkor T 360/500/720 set?

    And many successfully use long expired film. Not my cup of tea.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Nikkor T 360/500/720 set?

    Of course it would cover for close up work, one can use a 135 Xenar if you get close enough. How you expect me to know anything first hand about a lens I have not used is beyond me. I’m talking about...
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    Re: Thoughts on the Nikkor T 360/500/720 set?

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~cbird/nikkor/LF_lenses_141A.pdf

    This is a pdf of the brochure I have here. Page 9 & 10 give image circle as 210mm. I suppose I will be called a fool by some for...
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    Re: Thoughts on the Nikkor T 360/500/720 set?

    I read the specs from Nikon and it appeared to me that the 360/500/720 doesn’t cover 810 to the degree I would need it to. Plus I already have a 360 and 450. No interest here in adding to any...
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    Re: Thoughts on the Nikkor T 360/500/720 set?

    Haven't used the 360/500/720 but have the 600/800 pair. I nearly only shoot 810 with them, and I do appreciate the reach. Quality is really quite excellent, right up there with the rest of the Nikon...
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    Re: Tintype Photographer on PBS Newshour

    "It always turns out differently than imagined."

    Oi.
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    Re: Small Hole Film Punch

    Thirty years of black lines in the corner of my prints and I never heard of the tiny hole in ACROS. what a great idea. Just ordered a punch.
  24. Re: Shanghai Film Available from ecbuyonline2008

    My films arrived today. Many thanks!
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    Re: Enlarger height?

    I have a converted Zone VI 810 in my space. Upright column, Keinzle VC head. Spacer so that the column is cleared when making larger prints. Love it. If I had space for a Keinzle floor standing I...
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    Re: Enlarger height?

    Another option would be to have the counter under the enlarger a few inches lower, so the top of the baseboard and the rest of the counter are all one level. Would gain another couple of inches of...
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    Re: Enlarger height?

    You should be able to get a 20x24 print off 4x5 with an LPL and a 135mm lens with that height, assuming you can find the older column. If you don’t mind the counter going a little lower than...
  28. Re: Source for Small Boxes to Shoulder-Carry Film Holders

    http://www.reallyusefulproducts.co.uk/uk/

    This outfit has TONS of sizes, I got one at the Littleton Staples to hold all the film holders for the Epson 700 scanner, an odd size. Staples only has a...
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    Re: Enlarger height?

    Im in the basement as well, and have 90 to the ceiling, with exposed joists, so only 83 where they are. I use an LPL of the older type with the slightly shorter column, and it sits with its...
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    Re: Darkroom cooling/air conditioning options

    My small window unit does leak light, if I needed it in my darkroom I would open up the front end and spray the interior of the vents with flat black spray paint.
  31. Anyone use ScanCafe for LF film scans?

    I was recently told about an outfit called Scan Cafe that will scan up to 8x10 film, various options from a raw scan to a corrected jpg. Online reviews are all over the place, but all are for 35mm...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Thanks Jason. It was the color that made me pull over.

    That AE image is lovely, I find that tracery of branches can be so hard to get on film.
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    Re: post your trees!

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/901/26249408307_6baa33ab5b_h.jpg

    Canham Wood Field 810 | Nikkor-W 300 | Portra 160
    scan from RA-4 proof print
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    Re: Do not forget to close old FS listings...

    Further stupidity for the near dead “community” area here.
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    Re: Lab Owner needs Drum Scanner Boot Camp

    I would love to have you able to scan 8x10 Mark. Just packing up that 35mm now, should be headed your way tomorrow.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Thank you. Been about 15 years since I shot color through the view camera, and then it was all in the studio. Having a blast with these. Another batch getting packed up for the lab today.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/27217244629_b1f0a3d253_b.jpg7618-v2

    Canham 810 | Nikkor 360/6.5 | Portra 160 | scan from lab proof print
  38. Re: Darkness conditions for hand-cutting BW, C41, E6

    I set up a paper cutter with strips of gaff tape at the proper position, cut all the film in one direction, then box it up turn on the lights and set the gaff tape for the other cut. Not too hard,...
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    Re: Unsticking stuck RC prints

    Ugh. Memories may be all you’ll have left...
  40. Re: Wisner rear geared axis tilt advice needed

    +1
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