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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 738
Posted By randy stewart
C-41 Stabilizer

" Modern films don't need the stabilizer, I don't think that Cinestill even includes it anymore."

Cinestill omits stablizer in one of its C-41 kits, liquid I think, but includes it in its...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-12-2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2,095
Posted By randy stewart
Travel medium format

From your description of needs, you do not want a Bronica 645RF. It was rushed in development and manufacture to get into the market to save Bronica before the company failed. It did not save...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-20-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 849
Posted By randy stewart
Marks on dried film

If you are using distilled (or deionized) water, then you are not getting hard water deposits. Using too much Photoflo can leave marks and stall drying. I'll second prior remarks to increase your...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-19-2020
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By randy stewart
Metered printing

An enlarging meter is only as good as the person who calibrates it. Basically, it is meter (like any other light meter) which can compare light intensity. In this case, it can measure or indicated...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-17-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 1,315
Posted By randy stewart
Replace FA

I used an 8008S for years. It is much improved over the 8008, particularly the autofocus. I replaced it a few years ago with an F100 and gave the 8008S to a young fellow I'm trying to seduce into...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,320
Posted By randy stewart
Trip Cameras

I'm not even sure I will take another trip like this (too old ). but at a somewhat hobbled 73, I'd take my Rollei 35SE loaded with Ektachrome 100 and my GA645Zi and a pocket full if HP-5 and Portra...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-14-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By randy stewart
Tamron aperture

From your own description, it looks like f4.0 marked is probably f4.0 in fact. I have the highest regard for the Tamron SP lenses of this era, owning and still using a number or them, but this is one...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 693
Posted By randy stewart
AI conversions

In 1977, I had a 50mm 1.4 like yours from about 1961-2, as well as three other Nikkors recently purchased. I was able to send the new lenses to Nikon USA for AI conversion, but Nikon never made a...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-11-2020
Replies: 11
Views: 973
Posted By randy stewart
camera choice

As an alternative, consider a Koni Omega M or its eveal variations with its 58mm 5.6 lens. It is a much better integrated, easier to use, camera than the Mamiya models, and also quite inexpensive.
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-26-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By randy stewart
Scanning options

You have a D850. A fantastic camera to scan film with. Use that and negativelabpro.com to convert. Check the film scanning thread on the scanners forum.

If he has a dedicated Nikon film scanner,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-22-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By randy stewart
28mm Nikkors

From a time decades ago, when lens tests actually published meaningful results, as opposed to advertising, the performance quality of the Nikkor 28mm lenses ran from 2.0, the best, 2.8, very good,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 908
Posted By randy stewart
film/image damage

There are no physical scratches, and the odd marks running along the length of the film, but only periodically, with other images good, negates the film being scratched in the bulk loader or the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-19-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 2,338
Posted By randy stewart
Canon 7 as user

In all Canon 7 and 7S models, the potential issue of concern is the shutter. It is unique to those models. It operates under higher tension than other shutters of the type. There are no parts for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-18-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2,028
Posted By randy stewart
chemical storage

Scott,

Some of these posts are the height of "penny wise, pound foolish".

First note that except for developer, B&W photo process chems are not terribly critical for oxygen free storage. Stop bath...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,645
Posted By randy stewart
lens choice

When I acquired an F100 some years ago, I went though this analysis. I have a number of highest quality Nikon primes, both manual and AF, but no AF lenses. I wanted to assemble a three zoom lens kit...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 11-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By randy stewart
lens/shutter swaps

You cannot assume such lens/shutters would be immediately interchangeable. First, assuming a good physical fit for the interchange, there may be alignment issues. A shutter release connection may not...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-06-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 963
Posted By randy stewart
Paterson tanks/reels

I see so many threads and posts confirming the use of Paterson tank products while decrying the difficulty of their use. I started developing my own film 60 years ago, when we had the benefit of...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-30-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,379
Posted By randy stewart
RF folder - viewfinder

As an owner and lover of this style of camera, my advise is "the newer the better". Initially, you identify a set of cameras which range over decades and have prices which vary over tenfold, so I'm...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-30-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By randy stewart
Negaflat

Rob, The distinguishing feature justifying the extra cost of the Negaflat carrier is that it has little grippers which grab on and tension your 4x5 film so it will not sag in the carrier. Nice thing...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-29-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By randy stewart
Beseler 45MX

If you need a 4x5 enlarger, you cannot go wrong with this - it is one of the best. The devil is in the details, as usual. Does it come with negative carrier(s) for the film format(s) you plan to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,520
Posted By randy stewart
Bad lenses

Putting aside the ultra small volume, garage manufacture of a few lenses in post-war Japan, I'll nominate the Lauser Company, most known for the infamous Tri-Lauser. which found its way onto a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 10-27-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By randy stewart
Mamiya 6 - 645 option

I would guess that these models are very rare. I was a big fan of the Mamiya 6 about 20 years ago and owned several versions. I always was on the lookout for them at the regional swap meets we...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-26-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By randy stewart
Shutter stuck Rollei T

A Syncho Compur is a Synchro Compur whether on a Rolleiflex T or a $50 Agfa folder. The difference in quoted CLA prices is that you are a Rollei owner, and presumed to be used to being ripped off. ...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-26-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By randy stewart
Ikoflex - not my choice

Years ago I was on a TLR kick, buying various models, testing the lenses and trying them out. An Ikoflex came onto my orbit (and left shortly thereafter). It's design was out of date when it was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-26-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By randy stewart
undeveloped streak

No doubt about it! What you have are strips of emulsion along the edge of the film which did not develop or fix because they were pressed against the flange of the reel. That is what you get using a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-22-2019
Replies: 125
Views: 24,286
Posted By randy stewart
Film drying debate

"1. Keep the film wet time as short as possible
2. Use distilled water as the last rinse
3. Do not touch the wet emulsion with anything
4. Shake excess water off the film (I will have to try the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-15-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 3,064
Posted By randy stewart
Diafine Revisited

First, let me say at while you can underfix film in development, there is nothing in or about Diafine which would make a film prone to requiring longer fixing than normal. Moreover, I seriously doubt...
Forum: Travel 10-15-2019
Replies: 120
Views: 5,193
Posted By randy stewart
NM prints

Apart from adding my pleasure viewing the outstanding photographs themselves, let me say that these as a whole are some of the best technical prints I've ever seen. Just impressive. If you have been...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-12-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 744
Posted By randy stewart
Nikkor Normal

The 50mm 2.0 AI is something of a sleeper, in that is origin lens from around 1959 was a "budget" normal and a decent (only) lens. However this last version if the lens, I think updated a number of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 10-11-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By randy stewart
To keep/repair or return?

I have a particular liking of folders, especially medium format. I nearly bought one of these, but concluded that I'd never use it. My experience supports your decision to return it and shop another...
Forum: Olympus RF 10-08-2019
Replies: 164
Views: 48,911
Posted By randy stewart
XA comparison

Thanks for the perspective, Randy! Would you remember where this was published? I'm still wondering if I should try one, the size appeals for a backup and carry everywhere camera... But as you say,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,798
Posted By randy stewart
scanners

It very much depends on what you want to do with the scanned images. If you are just posting them to social media, it doesn't make much difference what you do, as the image requirements are less than...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 10-05-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 6,064
Posted By randy stewart
Adapting lenses???

In the Pentax 110 system, the lenses have no aperture. The shutter is in the body behind the lens. The system is auto exposure only. When a photo is taken, the shutter also acts as the aperture,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-01-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,088
Posted By randy stewart
Today?

I do not know about being able to do this today, but i would not rule it out. The subjects were not casual. This folks were dressed in their best garb so lined up in advance and willing to be staged...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 10-01-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,899
Posted By randy stewart
Pen F choice

Sometime in the 1980s, I decided to act on my continuing interest in the Pen F system as a user camera. I bought an FT with several prime lenses and one zoom. As a collectible, the system has enough...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-29-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 748
Posted By randy stewart
bulk load 35mm

I am not sure if I state the obvious here, but there are reloadable 35mm cartridges designed for bulk loading. A normal 35mm film loaded cartridge is designed to be destroyed if opened to remove the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-29-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3,373
Posted By randy stewart
Autocord history

I first used an Autocord around 1968, owned by a roommate. I wasn't impressed, but I was 35mm and fast lens crazy at the time. Skip to around 1995. I was offered a "like new" Autocord by my local...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-27-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,470
Posted By randy stewart
Walk-around camera

I'll nominate from the Nikon system, the FG. Manual focus, but program, aperture preferred, and manual exposure. Ergonomic and small. Pair with a later 50mm 1.8, smaller and lighter than older...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 09-25-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By randy stewart
Rollei 35 light leak

Although I do not think it is common, light leak at the collapsible lens tube can happen. In 1982 I bought a so-labelled Rollei 35 Special Edition (the all grey one) because that's all that was then...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-22-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 888
Posted By randy stewart
Dev times

When there are development data charts from the film and developer makers, why do folks first go to the "Massive Development Chart" for their development times? I can see doing so for combos and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By randy stewart
Black spots

I've no present idea re the source of your spots. However, if they were from light leaks, would they not be dark on the negative and white on the positive image? Do they appear at the beginning of...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-17-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 7,161
Posted By randy stewart
Koi-Omega Wides

I first got into K-O many years ago, buying the 60mm lens. This lens was not impressive, i.e., not critically sharp. I bought a 58mm, which is razor sharp. so much so that I suspect that my 60mm was...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-12-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,094
Posted By randy stewart
Spots

Your process and technique seem fine. As a guess, I would focus on the finishing bath. If you are using local water, you may have dissolved impurities in it which dry on the film as spots. We who...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-12-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 3,654
Posted By randy stewart
DIY photo chemistry

"When they decommisioned some labs at work, I secured a triple beam scale and a set of brass calibrated weights. I have an ultrasonic tank to aid in making solutions as well as a chemistry hot-plate....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By randy stewart
Prism seals

I suppose it depends on what you deem necessary. Without seals, the prism should mount and lock into place, therefore it should function. The seals exist to limit moisture and dust entering the body....
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-06-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,405
Posted By randy stewart
Canon RF body for use

Without intent, over the years I have become something of a Canon RF collector. I have and in the past used both a 7 and a 7s. They are heavy, much more so than previous Canon bodies. I would not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Posted By randy stewart
color errors in C41

That print of the stream is showing a fairly strong blue cast over the right side of the photo. You can see it more clearly by comparing the normally grey trees in shadows on each side. I'm still...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-29-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Posted By randy stewart
Film defects

So many possibilities with two distinctly different defects. The line down the middle of the landscape looks like it could be a light strike or it could be a fault in the loading of the reel,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-29-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,659
Posted By randy stewart
Reflex ???

Having read though the original Kickstarter proposal back at the beginning, I thought the economics of the project were ridiculous. The interim years have done nothing to change my mind. When they...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 08-26-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 107,026
Posted By randy stewart
Best viewfinder

Konica IIIa has big bright clear amazing 1:1 viewfinder with parallax correction. I don't think that "Konica Hexar" in the listing means this particular Konica.

Along with its metered version,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-25-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By randy stewart
color correction filters

The filters labelled R and B on your chart are decamired color correction filters. To the best of my knowledge, they were marketed by Tiffen to the movie industry and used by professionals. They...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 08-24-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 2,170
Posted By randy stewart
The Koni Omega Wides

I wonder if after all of the intervening time, anyone cares about the errors ion this thread, but it can't hurt to end it with accuracy. First, the run of this thread reflects one of the most...
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 08-17-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1,001
Posted By randy stewart
Matched lens numbers?

Are you are sure that the two serial numbers on your 50mm lens matched in the advertising, but are not matched in the unit received? I'm familiar with the rule that they must match, and I cannot...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-17-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By randy stewart
Tessar v. tessar

I've used a Super Ikonta a bit. I've not used a Color-Skopar on a Perko II, but I've used several on other models. Of course, the Color-Skopar is Voigtlander's take on the Tessar, so there isn't much...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,419
Posted By randy stewart
Tank/reel choices

Since you've taken a plunge on 4 Hewes reels (if 12 pounds can be called a plunge - envy here), you will need a new tank. The best choice would be a new steel tank with a plastic top, as opposed to...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 08-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By randy stewart
flash expsoure

I have to assume that whichever folder you are using, it has a PC or other trigger cable connector to the flash unit. Ideally, when you trip the shutter it opens to expose the film at whatever f-stop...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-28-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 822
Posted By randy stewart
expired vericolor

"I have around 10 rolls of Kodak Vericolor III, 220, expired in 1994 (5 roll Pro Pack) and 1996 (5 roll Pro Pack). I found them in my dad's garage (southern California, insulated, but not cooled, so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 2,055
Posted By randy stewart
Which Nikon more durable?

I've owned/used various Nikons since my first FM, and still have a loved FE2, as well as an old FE and a F3HP. The most durable is the F3, of course. However, the FM3a is lighter to carry and is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-26-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 421
Posted By randy stewart
df96 problem?

If you meant by saying that you loaded the sheet film in your "darkroom with a safelight" that the safelight was ON at the time, then the safelight fogged your film at that point.

While there are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-19-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 4,837
Posted By randy stewart
Lab-Box

Following up on my earlier post where I expressed my concern that the Lab-Box not leak from the reel spindle hole, I can report that I've tested mine with a full tank of water, spinning the crank...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 4,837
Posted By randy stewart
Lab - Box

Being a Kickstarter backer for the Lab-Box, I received mine today. My initial examination indicates that the details of its design, various parts, is surprisingly complex. The materials used appear...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By randy stewart
Durst condenser

"Can anyone please inform me if the above enlarger needs two different condensers if I intend to print both 35mm and 6X6?
The enlarger that is on offer has two different lenses, two appropriate...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 07-06-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By randy stewart
Minox IIIS

Sorry I cannot directly address your inquiry. Many years ago, during my brief involvement with 110 format, I owned several upscale 110 cameras, of which my Minox IIIS was the very best. If you can...
Forum: Olympus RF 06-27-2019
Replies: 164
Views: 48,911
Posted By randy stewart
XA sharpness

the virtue of the XA is near perfect balance of features and self-contained portability in a very small package. It is not camera to buy for sharp, high contrast image which will withstand...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-27-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By randy stewart
C-41 bleach bypass

"Does it only work on movie film stock like Kodak Vision3, or can it be done on C41 too?"

There is no reason why this technique would work similarly on any C-41 film, which has a very similar...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 117
Views: 67,957
Posted By randy stewart
T3 v. 35Ti

What a peculiar comment! The XA is not an AF camera, as those being compared, and it has no direct shutter control at all. Apart from that nonsense, I too prefer the T2 over the T3 for the reasons...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-15-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,325
Posted By randy stewart
Not a Tiltall please.

Chris, you can get the best tripod ever made new for only about 130$

;)
The reference is to the classic Tiltall tripod. Although it is a great regular use tripod, I disagree where it is used in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,073
Posted By randy stewart
Lab-Box

I'm a sucker for gadgets, particularly in the darkroom, so I had to subscribe to the L-B Kickstarter. I have a fully (overly?) equipped, dedicated darkroom, so my need is nonexistent. If they have...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-12-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 879
Posted By randy stewart
Beginning printing

A few comments:

Do not try to fine tune your print contrast by altering the dilution of your film developer, i.e. negative contrast. VC paper can adjust for any normal variance in negative contrast....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,239
Posted By randy stewart
Nikon Series E

When they were introduced, the "E" lenses got a bad rap, primarily because Nikon went out of its way to label them as economy lenses not worthy of the Nikkor name. The all plastic build in an age...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 06-11-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,109
Posted By randy stewart
Kickstarter

In the last 3 or 4 years I've looked at two photo-related KS projects requiring a commitment costing more than the price of a good lunch. The first was Lab-Box. As the completion dates slipped, I got...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 673
Posted By randy stewart
Mixing stabilizer from kit

Couples of comments to some of the above remarks.

1. If the C-41 process of modern films doesn't really require stabilizer, you can be sure the vendors of the kits would not include it, if for cost...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 673
Posted By randy stewart
"I use these kits with no problems other than a...

"I use these kits with no problems other than a common problem with the stabilizer giving water marks. Not the kits problem per se, just this step in the process."

Mix the stabilizer with distilled...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-09-2019
Replies: 53
Views: 5,316
Posted By randy stewart
DIY photo chemistry

I got into mixing my own photo chemistry in the mid-1970s. Apart from factory publications (Kodak), before that there was little information about "how to" and formulas. I first got into it because I...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 05-08-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 7,636
Posted By randy stewart
Last week I found another and just rushed a test...

Last week I found another and just rushed a test roll through..
Found light leaks on the first and last frame... not sure if it the bellows.
Also it potentially back focuses, is this an easy...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-06-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,677
Posted By randy stewart
Probably has nothing to do with the brand of...

Probably has nothing to do with the brand of film. If you do not tightly load the initial paper leader, a loose loading will cause the whole take up to be loose, bulge and cause problems. Your...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-19-2019
Replies: 1,727
Views: 443,157
Posted By randy stewart
Pentax 67 lenses

"... I'm curious to hear if you all have any favorites that you've experienced over the years. I'm definitely NOT going to go out and buy a whole bunch of glass for this thing, but I would say I'd be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-18-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 19,886
Posted By randy stewart
I have been buying my film and paper online for...

I have been buying my film and paper online for 20 years or more, here in the US. This partly because the only photo store in my community closed, and partly because they didn't carry the materials I...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-14-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1,165
Posted By randy stewart
Bessa II Lens

The concerns summarized by darwinwc about overall condition and the potential of front standard weakness are all valid for the purchase of any Bessa II. The Color-Skopar is a Tessar knockoff, one of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-21-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 746
Posted By randy stewart
developing film in garbage

I've heard of coffee and Tylenol, but ... ... :)

Actually, you cannot develop film in coffee, meaning real coffee. Those back-alley formulas specify using instant coffee, because the developing...
Forum: Other RF 03-21-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 7,259
Posted By randy stewart
Not really

Not made in the US, this an Agfa model rebadged for sale in the US by Ansco. And, a very nice camera.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By randy stewart
developing tank system

Of the few new daylight developing machines, yours appears to be unique. I'm not as inclined as others here to jump to a conclusion that your reel-less tank will scratch the film or yield uneven...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 706
Posted By randy stewart
My (3rd) opinon on using okd developer

My opinion re using years old TMax develop stored in an open, half used bottle: Chris Crawford is correct in every respect; Majki is nuts. My experience in B&W developers: Started DTY B&W film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 562
Posted By randy stewart
marks

I doubt it. It's probably dirt, scratches, or a manufacturing defect in the film. Reticulation is a cracking or splitting of the emulsion. When induced by poor processing, it will generally effect...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 2,539
Posted By randy stewart
Panatomic-X - new again

To establish a developing process for your Pan-X, now some 35 years old or more, why not start with Kodak's original recommendation: D76, 1:1, 7 minutes at 68 degrees (small tank.normal agitation)? ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1,021
Posted By randy stewart
End of Camera 35

I am going to guess 1963. If a month/year is necessary, I can determine by unpacking my old magazines and seeing what the last volume date was, as it closed while I was holding a subscription. (Yup,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By randy stewart
Pentax 6x7 service

I hope I understood your problem correctly. The film supply spool should have some resistance so the the film is under tension as it is advanced. (Without such, the film winds too loosely on the...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 02-18-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 5,166
Posted By randy stewart
Starting in RF

As a long time Canon RF collector, I own and have used (a bit) most of the Canon cameras you have considered, particularly the 7 and 7S. My advice is "none of the above". Your proposed use is...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 02-13-2019
Replies: 101
Views: 3,735
Posted By randy stewart
MF RF Rec.

Knowing your planned uses would make this a lot easier, but here it goes: For their considerable features and ease of use - The Fuji GA645 series. My personal favorite, GA645Zi, but all three fit...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 02-11-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 677
Posted By randy stewart
lens repair

The damage could not be worse. You would have to replace the rear element, and to that you would have to have another like lens. I'd just forget it, and look for another. I'd hang onto this one in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-11-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By randy stewart
Supplimental Flash

I am presently looking to add an external second flash unit to enhance the use of flash on my GS645zi. Assuming that you are looking to use an external flash slaved to you camera's onboard flash,...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-11-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 2,610
Posted By randy stewart
Vitessa L

These are stunning cameras. Decades ago I acquired one cheap at a camera show because the meter had died; I fixed the meter. You'd have to have big pockets if you want to carry this one around as...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-10-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By randy stewart
thermometer calibration

An accurate thermometer is desired, however in B&W (and to a lesser degree, in color) consistency is more important. In other words, once you accept a set of process standards (time/temp/agitation),...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-01-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4,250
Posted By randy stewart
Let's drop this.

The answer to your semi-question is that they are. Most folks recognize the company as the producer of Unicolor products. They have been in the business of DIY home color processing for more than 45...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-30-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,261
Posted By randy stewart
Aging Out

While I suspect that the median age of the members of this group is biased in favor of a much older group that a true cross-section of photographers, particularly film users, I am sad to see the near...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-29-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By randy stewart
Selenium metering

Based mostly on my use, my favorite cameras incorporating a selenium meter are the Voigtlander Vitessa L and the Kodak Retina IIIS. I had to apply a DIY repair to restore the Vitessa meter (got it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-29-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,024
Posted By randy stewart
Rondinax 35u reply

Basically, I fully agree with Mike Connealy's comments, apart from the fact that I learned to develop film in a very humble Yankee plastic tank circa 1958 (much like a Patterson design, but even more...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-25-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By randy stewart
Lens upgrade

The CE line of Minolta enlarging lenses are about as good as they get - on a par with my preferred Fuji and Nikon lenses. At the smaller print sizes you note, it is unlikely that you will see an...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-20-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 294
Posted By randy stewart
Durst Cls 80 color head/450 power supplu

After ignoring my darkroom for several years, I renewed chemistry and fired things the other day. My Durst enlarger with its Cls Colorhead and power supply worked of the first day, then flickered...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-18-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,345
Posted By randy stewart
tripod for Pentax 67 pn budget

First and foremost, forget the idea of using a ballhead. You'd have to go into the $600 range to find one that might work. They cannot handle the weight over time. For a budget, get the cheapest...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-12-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 18,717
Posted By randy stewart
Exclamation Buying an older Nikon/Nikkormat

Given the extend of prior rep-lies. I expect my 2 cents to be greatly devalued, but here is it. Note that I have owned and used all of these cameras. I see your priorities are getting a Nikon-type...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-05-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 45,770
Posted By randy stewart
travel medium format camera

I'm sure you understand that there exists no medium format camera which meets all of your specifications. That said, I think the Fuji GS645S or GA645 are closest to meeting the majority of your...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-28-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 18,861
Posted By randy stewart
Meter Repair

My trusted Minolta F isn't powering up. I let the battery fester and leak. Cursed my stupidity changed for a fresh one powered up for a split second then died. Cursed some more!
Upon opening the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-26-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 781
Posted By randy stewart
I've used the Cinestill and Arista kits. I did...

I've used the Cinestill and Arista kits. I did not use Unicolor specifically because it's powder and not as convenient for one-shot and two-shot occasional use like I do.

Results, for the most part,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-23-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 18,861
Posted By randy stewart
Spot F

I am a meter hog - I freely confess. If it's a meter, at one time I had to have one. Skipping to the present, my first Minolta meter was a IIIF. I used it for a few years but found that incident...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-23-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,385
Posted By randy stewart
Meter choice

If you want a broad area reflective meter, there are hundreds to choose from, new and old. In selecting, choose one which takes a AAA or AA battery - cheap and easy to find wherever you go. If you...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-23-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 5,404
Posted By randy stewart
Digisix junk

According to the Gossen website, the Digisix and Digisix2 are the same except for cosmetics.

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That's too bad, because if there was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By randy stewart
The party's over! Not a backer here, because the...

The party's over! Not a backer here, because the original Kickstarter sought funds much to small to be workable. For the sake of those who bought in and have not yet lost the faith, they should send...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-16-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,130
Posted By randy stewart
Auto focus enlargers commonly come with a lens;...

Auto focus enlargers commonly come with a lens; the focus cam is usually cut to match the focal length of that lens. If you remove that lens and replace with another of same rated focal length, you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 780
Posted By randy stewart
disability

I have used a Pentax 67 system for many years, taking landscape photos. When others used to ask about the weight of all the equipment I hauled around, I used to joke that I always found my best...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-05-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,404
Posted By randy stewart
Intrepid's Graflarger

What Papercut said!!

The Graflarger was pretty silly at the time, and Intrepid's version looks even more troublesome. You do not encourage people newly interested in B&W photography to invest and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,149
Posted By randy stewart
Problem photos

The images shown clearly suffer from inadequate fixing. That light hazing, looking something like flare, is a thin layer of undeveloped and undissolved light sensitive layer remaining in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By randy stewart
Long-term storage of developer

For several decades I have stored mixed working solutions of developer and other solutions by breaking it up into convenient volumes, then freezing them in plastic bottles. The historical concern...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 673
Posted By randy stewart
E-6 stabilizer

"A bit late in returning to this subject , but where does one get formalin ? Peter"

Formalin is usually sold as a 37% solution of formaldehyde. It is commonly sold In the US by drugstores like...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-25-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 2,561
Posted By randy stewart
"I use an old Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV...

"I use an old Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV under Vuescan and I'm happy with it."

I have a friend who has used this scanner for years with great satisfaction. It is not too hard to find and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-16-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By randy stewart
I think the problem is in the film itself,...

I think the problem is in the film itself, perhaps hot storage or ??? Photoflo has nothing in it to cause a chemical contamination, and he says the tank was filled. My first reaction was stains from...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-04-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 924
Posted By randy stewart
It looks like it's intended for C41 & E6...

It looks like it's intended for C41 & E6 processes which require 38C.

It's a Sous Vide machine with a CineStill sticker.

If you accept the CS specs as stated, not exactly so. Clearly the main body...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-01-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 5,134
Posted By randy stewart
Series filters

The lenses made by Konica for the Koni Omega cameras all come native with Series filter holders installed. If for some reason you want to use non-Series filters on these lenses, the lens front...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-29-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,426
Posted By randy stewart
B&W Developer

I use FX-37, 1:9, dosed with Sodium Ascorbate, to develop HP-5 and FP-4. My results are the best I've ever gotten in 55 years of trying nearly everything except pyro.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-28-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,063
Posted By randy stewart
Don't use stand development, for the reasons...

Don't use stand development, for the reasons others have given. Also, consider the sharp but huge grain you have here from the world's grainiest developer.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 665
Posted By randy stewart
Light Band

It's not a darkroom or development issue.
I suspect that it is a light strike from a very small light leak across the top of the camera back, probably along the back hinge. It's lack of appearance...
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