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    Re: I've got business in Astoria, Oregon

    You ain't getting a permit for the Enchantments on short notice.
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    Re: Treat stiff bellows with Pledge (or other)?

    Any easy way to tell if a bellows is really leather? I'm restoring an 1950s vintage Linhof 5x7 and I think the bellows may be vinyl, but they could also be leather I suppose.
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    Re: Almost done with film drying cabinet rebuild

    A dog tongue is great, but nothing works better than a cat tongue to really "polish" up an old lens and improve the bokeh.
  4. Thread: New Mexico?

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    Re: New Mexico?

    Chicago and Seattle are no in any way dangerous cities if you are in the touristy areas you likely would be visiting. Chicago is a huge sprawling city with a few problematic areas like the South side...
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    Re: Kodak oXYgen 2.6.4 for Eversmart Supreme

    It seems like Virtual Machines with PCI Passthrough would be a real boon to maintaining these older scanners with obsolete interfaces. Instead of having old hardware lying around you could use a...
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    Re: Unidentified Stereo Thornton-Pickard!

    Yep this is a clever homebrew stereo camera. Using the Thorton Pickard shutter would work well I assume since it's a single slit focal plane shutter.
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    Re: Lens coverage test, how?

    You can actually view the aerial image of the lens by putting a loupe up to your eye and then moving the lens around until the focused image appears on your loupe. Very tricky to do, I learned this...
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    I came upon this 5x7 Technika and wondering what the year/model is:

    140732

    Thanks!
  9. Re: Visiting Olympic, Mt Rainier and North Cascade NPs

    Check the various National Park webcams before you go to plan your trip accounting for current conditions. I.e. here is the Mount Rainier webcam. Foggy as of this moment but it may clear out later in...
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    Re: Kami mounting fluid -- Formula

    Since we reviving old threads. How does one safely deal with these mounting fluids indoors? My darkroom/scanning system is well ventilated but would the sparks inherent in most electric fans cause a...
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    Re: 4x5 Graflock film backs

    I found a series of Grafmatics were the white memo area was marked "Penthouse". No undeveloped film was in them, and maybe it was just an architectural photographer.. but it's interesting to think...
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    Re: Banff and Jasper in mid Sept. 2022

    Note that Banff and Jasper actually close trails to small parties due to bear activity pretty commonly. So I agree no need for bear spray, but check at the Visitor Center's when you get there and...
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    Re: 4x5 Graflock film backs

    Yes, not being able to push the magazine back in after taking a shot and attempting to cycle.. that's a terrible moment of dread. In the field you are pretty much toast when that happens unless you...
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    Re: 4x5 Graflock film backs

    Using a Grafmatic with a Graflok back is great for reflex cameras or for shots using a calibrated rangefinder to focus. The big disadvantage is the Graflok back better have a lot of holding force on...
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    I'm not so sure. People initially thought that about Siberia, but it turns out global warming is opening sinkholes, melting permafrost and is becoming generally more uninhabitable.
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    Good advice. I can't even rely on Google Maps to tell me a road in the city is closed for construction most of the time, and let's not bring up the times it tried to tell me to take forest service...
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    Re: Ink For Canon Imageprograf ipf6100

    Ink Owl seems to have a kit. They generally are known to make pretty good third party ink.
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    Re: 150 G Claron 4x10 ?

    Thanks a good observation. 4x10 really seems like an interesting format in that you can use lighter weight lenses and filmholders but still get an impressive contact print. And G-Claron Dagor types...
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    Re: Epson 4990 vs Nikon D850?

    Using a DSLR for digitization can be better than a flatbed.. but the effort/expense it takes to get there is large. Using a 4990 is much simpler and it has Digital ICE as a bonus. If you want better...
  20. Re: Wow, I just saw a price of my (budget film that I get), and is now $50 more!!

    That does seem low for a new Ford Transit. I have a friend who has a transit and built out a simple camping setup inside. Says he gets around 14.
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    Re: Seiko shutter question

    Seiko shutters work well, but they seem prone to breakage. I've fixed two Seiko's (using parts from other shutters) where one part of another had broken. I've never actually seen a broken part in a...
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    Re: Any advice on cutting your own museum glass?

    That's great if your buying 100s of pieces.. but anywhere that says Request a Quote is not going be economical for small batch runs. Cutting glass yourself isn't hard, neither is taking it to the...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    I was shown carbon prints on glass at the George Eastman Museum that were quite old. Not sure about metal. Note that we were told the carbon prints that had the most issues were the ones with very...
  24. Re: Subbing silicon coated mylar for carbon tissue

    Can you get something like PET 5.5 mil Eco solvent film in Europe? I've heard it's a good cheap option for tissue. Also you can try to pick up X-Ray film on Ebay, it doesn't matter if it's expired or...
  25. Re: Subbing silicon coated mylar for carbon tissue

    It sounds like great material to help coating your carbon tissue... See Calvin's video where he uses RainX on his table while making tissue. But using it for temporary support why exactly? There are...
  26. Re: Seeking Advice on Waterproofing Custom Built Wood Trays

    Making a sink out of cardboard sounds like an amazing way to save time and money building a darkroom sink. Especially if you don't need it to be permanent. I know the "proper" solution to these...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Might be a good time to switch to TF-5, a very nice working "odorless" fixer. I've kept the concentrate around for well over a year and it still seems clear and has no issues. Mix with distilled...
  28. Re: is there work arounds for missing retaining rings?

    My approach for this has always been to have two points of contact with whatever retaining system I could cobble together. Using a rubber ring with a worm gear clamp (or even just a cable tie) works...
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    Not worth it to do that for the lens in question, but it would still be nice to allow these lenses to be usable..
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    Re: Thermometer for JOBO processor

    That's a nice little digital thermometer setup. It's a very good idea to not use the Kodak Color thermometer (except for occasional calibration etc)- it breaks easily and most of them contain a lot...
  31. Re: Symmar 300mm f5.6 in Compur electronic shutter

    I think it's simply because shutter repair people have no idea how to fix them, mechanical experience does not translate to electronic experience. This left a bad taste in people's mouth as their...
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    That's probably fair. I have heard about people refinishing Deardorffs quite a bit on forums, but not sure how many actually go through with it. I kind of like having the original finish on mine,...
  33. Re: Symmar 300mm f5.6 in Compur electronic shutter

    Try to get the electronic shutter working, they are great to work with- they can do things like electronically time greater than 1 second exposure etc, and are more consistent than a mechanical...
  34. Re: Schneider Angulon I Purchased - Is This a Problem?

    I have no idea what the melting point of Canada Balsam is, but definitely don't leave it in a hot car. I could see this getting worse very quickly in that case.
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    Basically same with 4x5 Baby Deardorff- it has some faded original lettering and the original patina. Most Deardorffs probably were refinished at least once and the lettering was lost.
  36. Re: International Shipping Costs Seeem Outrageous, USPS, UPS, FEDEX, DHL?

    Have you tried First Class International USPS? There is a weight and size limit on that but it's the cheapest option I know. It is what it is, prices have been moving steadily upward on International...
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    Re: Carbon transfer reticulation

    I agree that too hot development water could be causing your issues. One thing though- I don't think I have ever encountered a temporary support lifting off at the 30 second mark by itself. That...
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    Re: After coating Kallitype and Platinum...

    If you want an alt process where you can do all the up front work and then just take it out of the freezer to expose, look into Carbon Printing. I have made carbon tissue and sensitized with...
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    Re: Cleaning Blix container?

    Collapsible bottles are basically impossible to clean. There might not be a good way to do it short of painstaking work with a brush, or really strong nasty acids..
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    Re: Lightzone Inquiry - Problems Loading

    Lightzone looks like it's one step away from abadon-ware unfortunately. The project site is down, and the code was forked from a now defunct commercial product. Basically it's a labor of love with...
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