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  1. Thread: Lousy Dagor

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    Re: Lousy Dagor

    Just because someone on the internet sez it's a "cult" lens, or its lousy is like carrying water in a paper bag... You can't carry it too far... ;-)

    My Dagors (mixed batch) all shoot and cover...
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    Re: Shipping heavy stuff

    Greyhound also ships heavy/bulky items reasonably...

    Steve K
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    Re: Goerz Dagor F6.8 Series III no.3

    These are post-war...

    Have and use this model in a Acme #3 shutter with proper factory aperture scale...

    Great lens!!!! ;)

    Steve K
  4. Thread: Bellows glue

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    Re: Bellows glue

    Not as hard as it seems... If you pre-drill the wood strip for the screws, you put wood in place inside and put a couple of small/light c-clamps in from the lens board hole to secure strip in...
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    Re: Strange black blur spots on 4x5 320 Trix

    The other possibility to add, is some films (like some Eastern Euro films) can react to too strong of a stop bath, where developer remains in emulsion generate gas bubbles in the presence of the...
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    One place I worked temp had one for E6, and left bath filled for months... Looked like a swamp!!! But they kept using it, and eventually it ruined the pump... Took a tech 3 days to take apart unit...
  7. Thread: Bellows glue

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    Re: Bellows glue

    No glue, but cut a strip of hardwood and screw it down with small wood screws inside... Even clean popsicle sticks or tongue depressor... ('Cuz you are going to replace the bellows sometime,...
  8. Re: Bought a nice Linhof Master Technika Classic. Can I do the CLA myself to save mon

    I dunno, these cameras are tough and hard to screw-up, so it must have had a hard life, with maybe other hidden damages... (Or poor repair attempts...) BIG red flag!!! And newer models have specific...
  9. Re: Lightweight Tripod for Sinar Norma Inspired by Julius Shulman

    Another regular user of the Marchioni type Tiltall for all formats up to medium weight 4X5 here... (My Tek III loves being on it, even in a breeze...) A little bulky, but finding the right bag with...
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    Re: DIY 4x5 Point and Shoot

    Shooting people on the street is not my bag, but if someone is walking into my shot, I will fire when they reach the exact right point...

    The worst thing I heard of is photo stalkers in the Tokyo...
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    Re: Elinchrom 404, Rebuild pt.2

    Yeah, last good zap I got was from lifting a chassis with a live 3.5A SMPS P/S that had a hot isolated heat sink and my finger was just near it... Got a nasty burn spot on my finger, and arm was numb...
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    Re: Hello from London, UK

    Hide it from the wife!?!!! Stash it in your mistresses' closet... (Next to the leather umbrella and pony...) Problem solved... ;-)

    Good luck, and have fun!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: DIY 4x5 Point and Shoot

    Seeing people on the street now (after last years lockdown), is a welcome sight...

    See, and be seen... ;-)

    Steve K
  14. Thread: Peace Vans!

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    Re: Peace Vans!

    Front end impact usually ment someone flying through the windshield...

    Steve K
  15. Thread: Peace Vans!

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    Re: Peace Vans!

    I was a volunteer in the local Civil Defense unit as a teen...

    One of the "Cold War" relics we had at our disposal was a old orange and blue VW van equipped as a first (or last) responder vehicle,...
  16. Re: Hey, Guests! Please consider joining the Forum!

    Free BBQ and beer!!!! ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: Strange black blur spots on 4x5 320 Trix

    I was shooting with another pro outdoors and noticed him blowing off the outer slide with one of those rubber air blowers while holder was inverted so new dust could be dislodged and fall off before...
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    Re: purpose of sheet mirror?

    Why, it's biblical law not to covet thy neighbors ox or ass (Google "10 commandments")...

    And is your neighbor's ox alive in the pen when you enter with a knife to remove said gall bladder!?!!!...
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    Re: Deardorff 8x10 lens board mounting problem.

    Depends on if is a vintage or new board... New boards can be out of spec as the maker just has the measurements and never tried it on a camera... And is "beta testing" them on customers until returns...
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    Re: purpose of sheet mirror?

    Glass works very well, but with the danger of cuts and breakage... I bought a box of framing lites from the wholesale framer and used it on a project where gloss was needed after multiple toning...
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    Re: DIY 4x5 Point and Shoot

    I have proper parts to make several point & shoot cameras, but I realized that they can be a little bulky (as they don't fold flat), so can be as big as a toaster while carrying in a bag, so settled...
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    Re: Kodalith 2556 Type 3 4x5

    You can process under safelight until highlight area turns dark grey/black...

    Steve K
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    Re: The Sky is Burning

    Well, don't be too outraged, as a month or two ago, some big internet "influencer" (Kardashian???) took flak as their posted "selfie" was spotted with a new dropped-in sky and Twitter went ablaze......
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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    120 film (even different brands) does not store well over long term conditions...

    Years ago I was shooting a Rolleiflex on a large scale, and a lot of Agfa APX 100 and other B/W films... Built up...
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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Steve's rule is "if in doubt, try it out"... ;-)

    Steve K
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    I'll add familiarity... Most people seem to need something to "connect" to their understanding... Even if just something similar to something they know already...

    Steve K
  27. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    A whole sheet of paper for an exposure test??? Gimme a break... ;-I

    Steve K
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    Re: Leather bellows care

    Most leather preservatives have the same active product...
    Lanolin, which is a collagen that the leather needs to survive... Leather is still a "living" thing and this collagen feeds the fibers...
  29. Thread: B&J Black 5x7

    by LabRat
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    Re: B&J Black 5x7

    For the locking points, first see if possibly any washers are missing under the locking knobs and on the other side of the sliders... Tighten down the knobs while watching if the metal brackets that...
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    Re: Leather bellows care

    Venician Cream leather preserver is widely used by the camera restoration community... Works great!!!

    One note for whatever you use is thin, dried leather is very delicate once a damp preservative...
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    Re: Tips for composing in low light?

    What is helpful in lower light is one of those viewfinders that slip on to a camera cold shoe... Not expensive for a import model...

    And you can try a brighter screen to replace your GG... Some...
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    Re: 5x7 Gandolfi with 4x5 Back

    The first things would be is to find out if a 5X7 back was made for it... The second thing is to measure the lens to film distances to see if camera will allow enough bellows and extension to use the...
  33. Re: Voigtlander Bergheil 9x12 Shift Control Not Moving

    I have also had mysterious jamming on my copy of a Bergheil, like standard will not slide into body, but suspect mine is tweaked...

    But for now, 15cm Heliar is happy on my Linhof waiting for the...
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    Re: Durst Laborator 138?

    I passed up a 137 (?) Years ago that was a frame stand some of the head, but missing the condensers, carriers, boards etc... This was early in the internet era, and I thought it would be near...
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    Re: Nighttime is the right time!

    Kool!!!

    I like the dark, surreal "something in suburbia is amiss" look to this series...

    Keep it up!!! Great work!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Going down the 8x10 rabbit hole

    I'll be working on restoring one of these soon, so good luck on yours!!!

    The first thing would be to prepare the work area and surfaces... A very flat work surface is desirable, as you want to...
  37. Re: Durst Componon and Componon. What is the difference?

    Engraving...

    Steve K
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    Keeping it simple, I think it has to do with "connectivity"... If a viewer can see and find something that connects to something personal (memory, experience, simile etc, this opens the door to them...
  39. Re: Top glass in negative carrier advantages vs disadvantages.

    Another downside I have encountered while printing with glass carriers was when I was printing vintage sheet film negs (for a book project), and negs came from the (soggy) NE... Took a neg out of...
  40. Re: Top glass in negative carrier advantages vs disadvantages.

    Additionally, using a heat absorption glass near a hot light source is helpful, as it cuts a lot of the IR that causes the film to buckle/pop in any carrier... It will reduce Newton rings in glass...
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