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    Re: WET PLATE SILVER BOX IDEAL ID dim

    On the FB wp groups users were mentioning the metal hardware corrodes quickly. They simply replaced with stainless steel.
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    Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    As a recent buyer of a Stenopeika 8x10 wet plate holder and a 5x7 Chamonix 5x7 holder (plus 4x5 Chamonix 045n) I suggest you go with the Chamonix. For 8x10 I'm using a restored Kodak 2D. Limited...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I'm not thinking of transferring previous content here but rather starting a new forum. I think it would drive more activity to LF Forums here in general.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    You should consider starting a forum here. There's already a number of us that shoot collodion. Word will get out to the FB crowd and I'm sure a number will migrate here as well. The forum here...
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    Haven't tested mine, but the Ries heads look and feel very, very solid. There's a 4 inch diameter contact surface between it and the tripod crown. The entire connection between camera and tripod...
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I joined the two wet plate FB forums about a year ago, and began actually doing wp last August. Since then it's been about 80% of my photo activity. I started with 4x5 and added 5x7 and 8x10. I'm...
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    Re: CZJ Tessar 30cm f/4.5

    Very nice general purpose lens and great for portraits wide open. I have a 165mm and 250mm in Compound shutter. You could add ND filters to slow exposure down to about 1 sec. I use my 250mm...
  8. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    Looks like a copy of that photo is for sale on ebay for $515.


    Kent in SD
  9. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    You may only be able to determine lens type by studying the images. My guess is he used standard achromatic doublets.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: slot canyon support

    It's amazing what you can find when you go exploring on your own with fresh eyes.


    Kent in SD
  11. Re: I'm ready to shoot my first LF negatives -- help!

    Showing up a bit dark on my screen, but otherwise looking good. Nice compositions.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    There's clearly a pattern here. All the experienced people (i.e. those who have had camera + tripod fall over) don't use tripods at their stated max. We want considerably more than that. In...
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    Re: WET PLATE SILVER BOX IDEAL ID dim

    There have been some complaints that dippers that are solid all the way across the bottom can create swirl marks on the plate. They posted examples. The Lund uses three or four stainless steel...
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    Keep in mind there is no independent organization testing "max loads." They are what the manufacturer say they are. I wouldn't pay a lot of attention to them for the most part. For starters, my...
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    Re: WET PLATE SILVER BOX IDEAL ID dim

    That's same as my Lund tank. It works well.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: KODAK AERO EKTAR F2.5 on EBONY SV45TE

    Shoot film at night or with flash in dark room, or use heavy ND filter, or shoot wet plate.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    I'll fix it later. Link should go to YouTube, robert bieber wet plate.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    If you do it in a room or place your wife cares about, just be sure to put down a lot of plastic (not paper) to cover everything. Remember that there is silver on your gloves and anything you touch...
  19. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    1. Montana. Has a four season climate. That's like getting to live in four new places without having to move. Each season has its own mood.
    2. Montana. Affordable housing, food is low, sales...
  20. Thread: Color Processing

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    Re: Color Processing

    Also just ordered a sous vide thing to keep temperature constant.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZK34881/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    1. An ambrotype is simply a tin type shot on either black glass or regular glass with a black background (typically velvet.)

    2. Yes, but you mix the developer to a different strength for...
  22. Thread: Color Processing

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    Re: Color Processing

    I have the Arista E6 kit coming from Freestyle.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    The French tanks have hardware that corrodes from the silver nitrate, and the lids can develop leaks. Some people have written they quickly replace the hardware. Still not sure why anyone would not...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    I had considered a glass tank but I only do wet plate when out in the field. Couldn't see how make a glass tank seal tightly and didn't want to bother with pouring solution in & out of the tank in...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    I've had good luck with the Lund traveling tanks, 5x7 and 8x10. They don't leak or corrode.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    There is something else I'll mention and that's holders. For 5x7 I only found Chamonix. Nice but came with a surprise. I bought one and ordered a ton of 5x7 tins. They didn't fit--too big. Some...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    Garrett--
    You left out the price of the 5x7 holder and silver tank. That's pushing $500 right there. Add $300 kit and you're getting pretty close to the figure I quoted.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    Yes, might be possible to develop later but I don't know why someone would ever want to. Since you can't meter it you won't know if you got the shot until you get home.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    Fixed--thanks.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    Gelatin is not used in wet plate. The base is collodion--a mixture of collodion USP, ether, and a little grain alcohol plus some iodizers. It's then soaked in 9% silver nitrate solution for ~4...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    The Q Show guy is very knowledgeable but rambles a lot. I don't recommend him for a beginner. I highly recommend you watch this series. He's pretty dry but very informative. I don't think you...
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    Re: Wet / dry plate photography

    I regularly do b&w film, dry plate, wet plate using 4x5, 5x7, 8x10. Each has their strong points. Dry plate is very similar to film in ease of use and processing. It gives a look similar to wet...
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    Re: Color Processing

    Doing some more research, looks like the bleach/fix will stain like a sonna bitch. My plan is to use the lid from a large plastic storage tub (upside down) as my work area. I do that for wet plate...
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    I agree with this. I haven't used a center column in over 15 years and don't miss it at all.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Now that we have a thread started and the OP answered, I'll add a little. Last month I was removing my trays etc. from the portable dark lab in the back of my Subaru after shooting wet plate. I had...
  36. Re: Majestic 1800 tripod head for heavy 8x10 camera?

    Heavy but would work. I'm not sure how it will adapt to the Gitzo. I've been using a Ries J250 with my Kodak 2D 8x10 and am quite happy with it.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Not me.


    Kent in SD
  38. Thread: Color Processing

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    Color Processing

    Over the past month I've started to think that processing color film isn't as hard as I previously thought. For over a year now I've been processing b&w film and dry plates with no problem, and...
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    Re: Petzval vs. Projection Petzval

    My experience, based on about a dozen photo Petzvals and two projection Petzvals, is the projection ones have less coverage.


    Kent in SD
  40. Re: The Lens Ravings of a Quarantined Large Format Mind...

    I use 4x5, 8x10, and some 5x7. Coverage is a big deal with 8x10. I have the Nikon 300M and like it enough that I don't want to spend the money for the Fuji. The Fuji would also be trickier to use...
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