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    Re: How do sellers handle paper age?

    It depends on the paper. Kodak's excellent Polymax paper didn't keep worth beans. Did not matter if you kept it in the fridge or the freezer. (Developer incorporated?) I am still using my frozen...
  2. Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    I'm with Alan on this. If they are working fine (and it sounds like they are) then sell them, advertised as working fine.
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    G Claron 240/270 [harder to find] both in Copal 1

    210 G Claron gives you about an inch of rise, it is quite small.

    the 305 G Claron is a fine lens, but not one I'd call small and light.

    For...
  4. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    The shoe on the crown may be the mounting place for the optical viewfinder. Looks kind of like a cold shoe.
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    Re: Restoring 4x5 filmholders help

    I just searched "Graflex" on our local CL. Somebody is selling perhaps 20 Graflex Type V film holders in nice shape for $15 each. Depends what your time is worth.
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    Re: Restoring 4x5 filmholders help

    Since 4x5 film holders are so available and so cheap, I wouldn't bother. Even though I have, in the past, done this. Graflock backs on Crowns are pretty hard on film holders, so I'm not sure wood...
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    I've never done that, going on 32 years of LF. Never been a problem for me. There is no reason not to do it.
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    The light leak does widen across the film, consistent with light shining in from a leak.
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    Re: Beseler 45S Head issues

    It may take a few days to get a response, but you can ask Beseler. They were helpful recently when I had alignment issues.
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    Re: Chamonix 5x4 focusing wheel

    I measured the near and far limits of the bellow at each position on the base. I put P Touch labels indicating the choices on the back of the ground glass protector. That helped in picking the...
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    Re: what went wrong -- LIGHT LEAK !

    Some cameras grip the holder like a bear trap (Canhams, Graphics, etc.) and some hold it just adequately (Charmonix) and on those it is easy to accidentally lift the holder a bit, especially if your...
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    Re: what went wrong -- LIGHT LEAK !

    Could be not fully seated in the light trap slot, or pulled it up a little bit when withdrawing or inserting the dark slide? Happened just on this one negative?
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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    PRJ is exactly right in my opinion. It is in terrible shape. Those aren't minor cleaning marks.
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    Schneideritis never hurt anybody. Lens look plenty sharp enough. Good for you!
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    Yeah, unmolested ones are plentiful and relatively inexpensive so I certainly would pass. Get a mutlicoated -S or an APO. Looks like someone custom-made the rear element brass. All those thread...
  16. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I think the Vivitar 285, which is also quite good, has the variable power feature built into the adjuster for the flash ranges on auto exposure.
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    Thats the Metz unit I was thinking about (think I mentioned the wrong model number) with the little fill light on the front. Bounced it can take remarkable un flash-like nicely illuminated photos.
  18. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    MEK will probably do it eventually. I have used it to undo learning mistakes using modern UV cure cements on protar lenses. But it can take weeks as it slowly works its way in, and I didn't fully...
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    Re: Ground glass questions

    If you really want "exceptional" gg, then the Maxwell product is hard to beat. But it is relatively expensive.

    I never minded clipped corners.
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    I know, I mean I knew, a guy who protected himself from a light rain by holding an aluminum clipboard over his head. Don't risk it.
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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    1. 150 g Claron is a great lens for 5X7 and it covers with room for significant movement. People say it doesn't, but it does.

    2. 120mmm Super Angulon. These are surprisingly affordable but...
  22. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    The Metz CT series was quite good. The CT-60 had a forward facing fill light and a huge flash head. When the head was bounced and the fill flash used it could produce remarkably evenly illuminated...
  23. Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I just put a cold shoe on top of my Crown Graphic. A Vivitar 283 (or very similar 285) is a workhorse that will work will with modern lenses. If you mount the strobe in the middle, you have less of...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    After two days under a 60W LED UV light I can see that the brown is much improved. Maybe 70% better, so that seems to be an option. But the CF bulb was cheaper. Ebay has a ton of LED ones sold as...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    A friend of mine just sent me back a camera I sold him in 1974. It was my first nice camera, a Spotmatic. Its non-MC 50mm takumar is REALLY brown, even though many lists of thoriated (is that a...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    I did a little more research -- the takumar had several thorium lens elements, clustered toward the back. So the one week treatment did manage to clear up all of them.
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    Well, thought I'd follow up on how this worked out for me. I first ordered a Rosco neutral density filter, and I overestimated how far down I needed to block the light level. It was just too much. ...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    If the UV has to pass through some other glass to get to the thorium one, I'd expect it to take a lot longer. On the 50mm Takumar, is is obvious the rear element is the issue. So this one week is...
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    Radioactive Lens Treatment

    As most of you know, some lenses used radioactive glass. In time, the radioactive glass gets damaged, turning brownish yellow. Kind of like iced tea color. This is common in R Claron lenses, which...
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    My experience with Grafmatics (and I think I have 8 of them) is that some don't work very well in the vertical orientation.
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    Welcome Sam

    1. A Graflok back can be added to your camera, easily -- they are on that auction site fairly often. Make sure the one you get is complete, with the original "Ektalite" fresnel and...
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    Re: 8x10 Wide Angle Lenses for Still Life

    210 or 240 G Claron.
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    Re: how to cut film in the dark?

    I didn't want to buy a rotary cutter just for this, since I have three of the guillotine style. Excuse my French. I put a couple layers of masking tape down on the left edge and slide the film up...
  34. Re: Seeking guidance on pairing a Nikon 150mm W lens with a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5

    If you have a side-mounted Kalart rangefinder (not the later, horizontal plastic one on top) it can be adjusted to use with the 150 and be very accurate. You need a bed scale (or make one) for that...
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Exposures that would require quite a bit of adjustment with Tri-x require none with the TM.

    See:

    https://imaging.kodakalaris.com/sites/prod/files/files/products/f4016_tmax_100.pdf
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Nelari

    I checked the Kodak site and it comes up gibberish as you experienced. I believe it is supposed to be this one, which is self explanatory:
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    Re: Tri-X Reciprocity Failure

    Hunt around for one that does have the actual numbers on it. I have one taped in my field notebook. These are graphs that suggest how to take what your metered exposure is and then compare to what...
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    Re: Benzotriazole Shelf Life?

    I have a couple bottles of the Zone VI mix. It has worked fine when I used it for many years after I bought it, but I haven't used any in the last couple years. It could be 20 years old. With I...
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    Re: Shelf Life TMAX 100

    "...or measure in the negatives" = B+F are the same.
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    Shelf Life TMAX 100

    People ask from time to time, so I thought I'd share a recent experience. I just got back from a road trip, shooting new current product TMax 100 mixed in with sheets that expired 16 years ago. The...
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