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    Barry Young
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    What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Hey LF users!

    I am curious what you have had a hard time finding. I own a small manufacturing company. This is by way of research. If enough people want the same thing, there is a possibility we could make it and help alleviate the problem of hard to find items. What do you need? Knobs? Bellows? Lens boards? tripod braces? Take a moment and let us know what we should add to our catalog. We will be producing ground glass again soon. I am hopeful that we will have a line of cameras available in 2023.

    Moderators please note that I am not offering to sell anything, just gathering information about what forum members are having a tough time obtaining.

    Thank you everyone

    Barry Young
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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Bellows and flanges

    both are custom
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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Bellows are a problem because as you say, they are custom. I did write a book on how to create your own bellows. Flanges are custom. However, if you are set up for them they are not at all difficult or troublesome. I have made and sold many flanges. The only problem with flanges is that I need the lens shipped to me to fit the flange to it.

    I enjoy making lens flanges. As soon as my shop has power and I get everything put away from my 2200 mile move (with a machine shop and cabinetmaking shop) then I will be happy to make things for my fellow LF photographers.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Is MO your new location?

    If so 3 hours from me if I still drove infernal machines
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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Yes sir, MO is my forever home.

    I would love to talk with you. You have given me much good advice over the years.

    Where are you?

    Barry


    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Is MO your new location?

    If so 3 hours from me if I still drove infernal machines

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Many threw out Arkay Studio stands

    Since I was handicapped 10 years ago, both the ones I have were loaded by happy and 2 different Pro Studios
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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Lucky studios, I like Arkay products.

    Barry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Many threw out Arkay Studio stands

    Since I was handicapped 10 years ago, both the ones I have were loaded by happy and 2 different Pro Studios

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Some may want dip tanks, most out of production

    I love my Arkay Gas Burst tanks and Arkay sink

    Quote Originally Posted by barryjyoung View Post
    Lucky studios, I like Arkay products.

    Barry
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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Hi Randy:

    My only complaint is that Arkay only makes equipment for miniature cameras like 8x10 film. I shoot 11x14, so I have to make almost all processing gear myself. No more than I shoot, a processing tray works. It just isn't ideal.

    Barry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Some may want dip tanks, most out of production

    I love my Arkay Gas Burst tanks and Arkay sink

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    There was a member making ULF plastic tanks

    He sold some and quit years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by barryjyoung View Post
    Hi Randy:

    My only complaint is that Arkay only makes equipment for miniature cameras like 8x10 film. I shoot 11x14, so I have to make almost all processing gear myself. No more than I shoot, a processing tray works. It just isn't ideal.

    Barry
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