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  1. Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    When I was buying my 8x10 I was also looking for an "affordable" camera, not wanting to break the bank on a format I was just starting in, and knowing that I would be using it for portraits on wet...
  2. Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Thanks for all the great info.
  3. Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Thanks for the input so far. I will keep it mind. right now it sounds like "right tool for the job" kind of thing. Ill be gone for a few days but am anxious to hear advice/experiences from others as...
  4. DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Currently I am using an Epson V850 to scan all of my negatives from 35mm up to 8x10 including wet plates, and while I don't have any specific complaints about it, I always feel that the process takes...
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    Re: Any stenopeika 810 users?

    I have not, but I do have an 8x10 wet plate holder from them and I love it.
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    Re: Ed. Liesegang Janar Anastigmat

    If anyone was interested, I just posted the first plate I shot with this lens in the collodion images thread. Im very happy with the results.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    From earlier today, part of my firefighter series.

    8x10 alumitype shot on a Burke and James with an Ed. Liesegang Janar Anastigmat 400mm f/4 projection lens and 2 2400ws Speedotron 102 heads for...
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    Re: 8" Dallmeyer Pentac f/2.9 - Any Users?

    I have been using an 8" Pentac for quite a while and it is one of my personal favorite close in portrait lenses for 4x5. Mine usually lives on either my speed graphic, or more often on my Graflex RB....
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    Experiences with fotodiox modifiers?

    I was looking around for some modifiers for my Speedotron Black Line 102 heads and came across a number of fotodiox modifiers that looked quite reasonably priced, and I was wondering if anyone out...
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    Re: Ed. Liesegang Janar Anastigmat

    Just took it apart to clean some dust out and to clean the elements and confirmed it is a triplet design. 1 front and 1 rear planoconvex lens, each with a significant amount of air space (at least...
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    Ed. Liesegang Janar Anastigmat

    I just picked up the 400m f4 version of this lens to experiment with with wet plate portraits and I was wondering if anyone has any information on it.

    Lens Vade Mecum has little info on Ed....
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    No.

    1 Speedotron 102 at 1200ws with 11" reflector about 10-15 degrees camera right (image left) for key and 1 Speedotron 102 at 800ws into a large silvered umbrella about 30 degrees camera left...
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    First shot from a project I am starting consisting of wet plate portraits of Firefighters. Shot on a Burke and James 8x10 with 4x5 reducing back, Rodenstock Sironar-N 210mm at 5.6. Newly Mixed Old...
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    Star Camera Company

    Does anyone know if it is still in business?

    I placed a small order in December and have still not received it, and all my emails to check on the order status have gone unanswered. Now that it has...
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    Re: Speedotron repair question

    I know how to repair a plug and how to open the pack. What I don't have is a way to test/discharge the capacitors. Im 99% sure that it would not matter based on how everything is wired, as I cant see...
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    Re: Speedotron repair question

    I don't think I was clear enough on the issue. It is not the power cord (the one that plugs from the wall into the pack) that needs replacing, it is the 3 prong power "input" on the pack itself...
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    Speedotron repair question

    Anyone know anyone in Maryland or DC who repairs Speedotron packs, specifically the 4803? The Speedotron website does not list anyone anywhere close to me and I would prefer not to spend a ton on...
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    Re: Kodak 12" Ektar f4.5 questions

    Finally had a chance to shoot again today. Im actually thinking that maybe it was just my expectations that are the problem. I have a few of Kodak's earlier anastigmats that I use on my Graflex RB...
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    Re: Kodak 12" Ektar f4.5 questions

    I have not known Kodak to use spacers in their lens designs, at least not on any of their other lenses I own or have used, but I was worried that maybe one of the elements was too loose or too tight,...
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    Re: Kodak 12" Ektar f4.5 questions

    Thanks everyone.

    Im not sure what the issue is. I have a number of the earlier anastigmats and love them, especially their sharpness and quick fall off wide open. I was hoping/expecting the same...
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    Kodak 12" Ektar f4.5 questions

    Does anyone have experience with the Kodak 12" Ektar 4.5 (not the apparently more common Commercial Ektar 6.3)?

    I understand that it is a continuation/renaming of the Kodak Anastigmat lens design...
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    Re: What to Buy for Film Processing

    Not sure what/if you decided yet, but I will tell you what works for me.

    Equipment wise I use a Patterson 3 reel tank. This lets me to daylight develop 35mm, 120, and 4x5 with ease, both BW and...
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    Re: 8x10" C-41, which lab?

    My experience with c-41 has been limited to 120 and 4x5, both of which I do in my kitchen sink using a sous vide cooker for temp control, but it seems that a Jobo CPE or CPE2 with a 2550 (I think?)...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    You are right. I think I mis-typed. I believe the camera is a Commercial View. The lens is not the 6.3 commercial Ektar, but rather the Kodak 12" Ektar 4.5 in an Ilex 5 shutter. I believe these were...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

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    New (to me) Burke and James 8x10 with Kodak 12" Commercial Ektar f4.5. Came with a 4x5 reducing back as well, which is attached in this image. Overall good condition but Im thinking of...
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    Re: Portable Dark Room

    I thought about a covered PVC type contraption like that but ultimately decided that the relatively little space savings I would get with that compared to the box I made was not worth all the extra...
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    Re: Portable Dark Room

    Im not sure how much space there is in the back of a Forester, but much like the above post mine fits easily in the back of my Wrangler. Here was my process in going about deciding what to do.
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    Re: Portable Dark Room

    There are many on here who can probably tell you more, since I just started with wet plate myself, but that looks like it would be a huge pain to work out of. Probably good for changing film, but not...
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    Re: 8x10 processing options

    No worries. I actually decided to go with a cibachrome drum. Got one for fairly cheap on ebay so Im going to try my luck hand rolling it. I figure I can always buy a unicolor or beseler motor base.
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    Re: 8x10 processing options

    I had it verified that the CatLabs CL81 only works with the JOBO 2550, so I think I am down to a cibachrome print processing drum and 1 sheet at a time, which is fine for my volume.
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    Re: 8x10 processing options

    I saw that CatLabs makes a holder for 8x10 similar to the MOD54 I use for 4x5 but it says specifically that it is for Jobo tanks. I couldn't find any accurate info on whether or not they would work...
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    8x10 processing options

    I recently purchased an 8x10 camera, mostly to be used for wet plate photography, but since it came with 2 perfectly good film holders I am considering starting to shoot 8x10 film as well. The only...
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    Re: Very light 4x5 camera with 125mm lens

    Have you considered a crown/speed graphic? They can be easily found in your price range in excellent condition, and although they are old they are definitely built to last.

    While they may not be...
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    Re: Light Meter for collodion

    Im familiar with using flash and how it works. Figuring out the needed flash output for proper exposure via bracketing and then keeping everything consistent, or making adjustments in distance via...
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    Re: Light Meter for collodion

    I know I can make a test strip, and I know how to do it. I also know from my experience with film that I am pretty good at estimating EV, which I can quickly turn into camera settings, but the...
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    Re: Light Meter for collodion

    Thanks for the replies.

    I never actually thought about metering through a filter. I might have to try that. It would hopefully at least give me an approximate idea of how much red light is being...
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    Light Meter for collodion

    I know that traditional wisdom says that you cant use light meters to measure exposure times for collodion since the process is responsive primarily to the blue end of the spectrum, but I have also...
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    Re: iPhone strobe transmitter?

    It has always been my understanding the the reason that strobes do not work with iPhone (or any mobile device), and also the reason that mobile device flashes are longer/lower intensity flashes that...
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Don't get me wrong, I am not criticizing them by any means, nor do I expect unreasonable things from this camera. I completely understand the choices they made in order to get the product at the...
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    True. They say "furniture grade" plywood. I don't know enough about different wood grades to know what that means in terms of likeliness of warping.

    One other thing I just started thinking about...
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