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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-14-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 4,646
Posted By x-ray
I feel exactly the same about TX when the changed...

I feel exactly the same about TX when the changed it in 06 (think it was 06).

I gave Freestyles L110 a try some years ago and I’m guessing the new HC110 is pretty much the same thing. It the same...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,810
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Got my first camera and started shooting when I...

Got my first camera and started shooting when I was 7 and went full time professional in college in 1968. It’s all I’ve done and had tons of fun and made lots of lifelong friends including my wife...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-22-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 989
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I own an 848 that I bought reconditioned from...

I own an 848 that I bought reconditioned from Hasselblad USA about 7 or 8 years ago. I think I paid $8000 for it at the time. I rarely use it now but when I do need it it's invaluable. No epson...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,665
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The camera does exist! I obtained the prototype...

The camera does exist! I obtained the prototype for testing about 6 years ago and still have it. It's so early there's no SN on it. I'd guessing the value, like most prototypes, would run in the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-10-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By x-ray
Take the film insert out of the back and let the...

Take the film insert out of the back and let the counter reset. Most likely you have run the counter up to 12. After 12 it won’t let you release the shutter until the counter is reset to 1.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-03-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 735
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The problem with Rodinal is it's in a plastic...

The problem with Rodinal is it's in a plastic bottle and there's some migration of O2 through the plastic. Argon though will prevent oxidation from the O2 thats in the bottle. I use Bloxygen and Wine...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-26-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,303
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I was thinking about the cost of those early...

I was thinking about the cost of those early DSLRs. A press photog friend brought some Nikon /Kodak AP cameras to my studio. He asked if I'd run them through the passes in the studio. We spent an...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-26-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,303
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I bought a D1 through NPS and got it before they...

I bought a D1 through NPS and got it before they hit the consumer marker. As mentioned above e it had some strange skin color issues with nagenta especially in men's skin. I think it was probably...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,028
Posted By x-ray
A gun safe is very inexpensive to buy and if...

A gun safe is very inexpensive to buy and if anchored in the floor ( quite easy) it's very secure. I have two large safes and don't worry about loss of cameras or guns.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Posted By x-ray
Good to know. If I ever sell on eBay again I'll...

Good to know. If I ever sell on eBay again I'll put my copyright watermark across the image.

I don't see anything wrong with what the photographer did by selling the image. If the girl didn't take...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,693
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This isn't a personal thing so let's not go...

This isn't a personal thing so let's not go there.

Birmingham and Besemer Alabama were steel centers at one time and now there's no evidence there was ever any steel production ever. Even near my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-11-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 3,693
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This is just a way to bring countries to the...

This is just a way to bring countries to the table to negotiate unfare trade practices. It's only temporary. Other countries have been killing our industry for years through one sided trade...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-08-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,459
Posted By x-ray
When I used Canon FF digital I had a pretty nice...

When I used Canon FF digital I had a pretty nice set of lenses. My favorite was the 85 f1.2 and 200 f1.8. The 85 was impressive in rendering. Wide open it had razor thin DOF but was impressively...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-04-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By x-ray
Find out for yourself. Don't take others advice,...

Find out for yourself. Don't take others advice, run a test.

Expose a roll normally, saY 24 exposures. Put your camera on a tripod and expose every frame exactly the same with the exact same...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-04-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,859
Posted By x-ray
You should select the lens based on the subjects...

You should select the lens based on the subjects you most often shoot and the perspective you like not physical features. Really no one can answer this question for you.

My personal preferences...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-01-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By x-ray
You're correct, 15x is 33.75". Honestly I...

You're correct, 15x is 33.75". Honestly I wouldn't be too worried about the results at 40" from any of the top lenses. Each manufacturers specs are derived from test on an optical bench more than...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-24-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
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How about that, you live and you learn. I'd never...

How about that, you live and you learn. I'd never seen a laser system. I think there was an optical system available at one time.

I have a bubble level I put in the enlarging head and adjust that...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-24-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By x-ray
One other suggestion mentioned above is a glass...

One other suggestion mentioned above is a glass carrier. If you're using the standard head with tungsten bulb you may experience the negative "popping" as it warms up. As the neg heats it'll...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-24-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By x-ray
I just looked at B&H and the Rodagon is optimized...

I just looked at B&H and the Rodagon is optimized for 4-15x with the best performance at 8x two stops down. Schneider Componon S, Fuji EX and Nikkor EL are probably the same. Any of these will do the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-24-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By x-ray
Steve I don't have exact info on each makers...

Steve I don't have exact info on each makers lenses and would suggest checking with B&H. I see they still sell enlarging lenses and they have very good people that can provide specs. They may be on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 5,670
Posted By x-ray
I bought a Df right after they came out and I'm...

I bought a Df right after they came out and I'm still delighted with it. Matter of fact if something happened to it I'd buy another. Besides beautiful files it provides a level of comfort and...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-21-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By x-ray
Agree that the Fujinon EX may be the best of the...

Agree that the Fujinon EX may be the best of the best. I don't currently have one but have looked to replace the 135 EX I used for many years.

A pro lab I used tested several brands and they felt...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,488
Posted By x-ray
You reuse the developer and add 15 seconds after...

You reuse the developer and add 15 seconds after processing each roll.

Oops- someone already mentioned that.

In the 60's my friend had a little tank you would place the entire film cassette in. You...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-20-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,488
Posted By x-ray
How did you figure $7/roll. 1L will run 16 rolls...

How did you figure $7/roll. 1L will run 16 rolls at a cost of $17/L. That figures to $1.06 / roll.

A friend used a monobath developer back in the mid 60's when we were in highschool. It was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,580
Posted By x-ray
Bob you do some knockout work! That's an...

Bob you do some knockout work! That's an excellent image.
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For me decades of experience leads to a strong instinct and a huge base of experience. Instinct plays a part as does being concious of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-18-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,089
Posted By x-ray
Call David Odess and ask him who works on them....

Call David Odess and ask him who works on them. If there's anyone should know. Hasselblad USA may know and suggest someone also.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,544
Posted By x-ray
HC110 is an excellent choice for HP-5 and is the...

HC110 is an excellent choice for HP-5 and is the combination I often use. It's also excellent with Acros and Neopan if you have any. I'm also very fond of it with Delta 100 & 400.

As mentioned it's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-16-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 6,521
Posted By x-ray
I understand this to be true but have not used...

I understand this to be true but have not used the 4.5 version with the baffle. I have the earlier version without the baffle and find it to be an amazing lens. I have the 70-200 f2.8 VR II, the one...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,571
Posted By x-ray
I don't get the cost of Hewes reels. Way way over...

I don't get the cost of Hewes reels. Way way over priced.

My vote, Nikor or Kinderman. I use Nikors that my dad bought 60 years ago in both 35 and 120 that are still in perfect shape. I have other...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,544
Posted By x-ray
Don't think so.

Don't think so.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,544
Posted By x-ray
Here's Wine Preserver from...

Here's Wine Preserver from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18

may not be the cheapest price so shop price.

Here's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,544
Posted By x-ray
Interesting how folks recommend a developer with...

Interesting how folks recommend a developer with out even knowing what film you use. Not every developer gives good results with every film.

It really depends on what film you're using.


The above...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-14-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By x-ray
You shouldn't need a CLA unless you've been...

You shouldn't need a CLA unless you've been playing in the dirt with it or using it under extreme conditions. In fifty years of using Leica M's professionally I've only had a couple that required a...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 06-13-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,395
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You know that you can program a button and the...

You know that you can program a button and the back wheel to change lens settings on both non AI and AI. I press one button and the list of programmed lenses comes up and I select the desired lens...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,302
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I should offer film exposed to moderate doses of...

I should offer film exposed to moderate doses of xrays. X-ray fog makes for some interesting effects particularly 35mm in the cassette.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
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The company I worked for sent me to Hasselblad to...

The company I worked for sent me to Hasselblad to look at the 100ft 70 backs but we decided to stay with the standard A70's. We also looked at the Linhof motorized aerial cameras that shot 5" rolls....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
Posted By x-ray
The 70mm FX aerial film we shot went through our...

The 70mm FX aerial film we shot went through our Hasselblad 70 backs with no issues. We had 21 backs and none had any problems with this film. We used one emulsion, Eastman 1515 (I think that was...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
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I'd just do a test to see how it reacts. You...

I'd just do a test to see how it reacts. You might find you need to add a blue filter on your lens but you might like the lower blue sensitivity. I think you'll find the film unfiltered to have a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
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Aerographic is a different film. In the early...

Aerographic is a different film. In the early 70's I worked for an aerial research firm and shot Panatomic in 70mm up to 9x9 inch. It has a low blue sensitivity to help compensate for haze. Contrast...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,362
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I bought a few rolls last summer and had some...

I bought a few rolls last summer and had some packets of Microdol X. It was dated mid 80's aswell. I exposed at box speed and ran normally in Microdol X and was really surprised that there was no...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-08-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By x-ray
I bought some mid 80's TX and VP and both were so...

I bought some mid 80's TX and VP and both were so heavily fogged they were unusable.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
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What a great career he had. I learned of his work...

What a great career he had. I learned of his work while working as a PJ in the 60's working my way through college. He remains one of my heroes.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 7,868
Posted By x-ray
I agree there's no substitute for doing your own...

I agree there's no substitute for doing your own testing. My comments are purely my personal experiences that most likely won't translate to your experiences. We all have different taste in images,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
The correct development time for any film is what...

The correct development time for any film is what works for you and your printing / scanning setup. What's correct for me isn't necessarily correct for you or anyone else.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-31-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
I would agree. It takes a much better neg to make...

I would agree. It takes a much better neg to make a really good wet print. I've seen a lot of what I'd call salvage scans from negs that would never give good wet prints.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-28-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 2,456
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I purchased my compressor at Home Depot for...

I purchased my compressor at Home Depot for something like $70 several years ago. It handy to blow dust off negs in the negative carrier before inserting in the enlarger. Just set the pressure very...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-28-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 2,456
Posted By x-ray
I use a seal release paper over my prints. I...

I use a seal release paper over my prints. I think it's still made and comes in rolls. If you take care of it a piece will last a long time. It has a no stick coating on one side and keeps goo off...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-28-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 2,456
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Erik there no problem drying unhardened prints on...

Erik there no problem drying unhardened prints on a hot dryer. I dried thousands of prints on various brands of fiber based paper on the floor model Pako and Arkay tabletop dryers I've owned with no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,020
Posted By x-ray
TX didn't exist back then.

TX didn't exist back then.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 659
Posted By x-ray
My brother bought one when they came out. He used...

My brother bought one when they came out. He used it for several years and traded it for another camera.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-21-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
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After buying a new M9 it cured me of ever wanting...

After buying a new M9 it cured me of ever wanting to buy a new Leica product again especially a digital product. Nearly half of the time I owned it lenses and or body we're in for repairs of which...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-20-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,336
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A friend gave me a 203 Ektar many years ago and i...

A friend gave me a 203 Ektar many years ago and i foolishly got rid of it. About twelve years ago I found a super clean 203 f7.7 Ektar in a Compur shutter at a really nice price and bought it. I...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-20-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,336
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The commercial Ektar lenses are excellent. I've...

The commercial Ektar lenses are excellent. I've owned a 12 and 14 and 10" widefield plus used them several places I worked. If you like the Tessar type Commercial Ektar you'd like the Fujinon L...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-20-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,336
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Frank Marshman is the expert on Ikex / Acme...

Frank Marshman is the expert on Ikex / Acme shutters. I've had him work on several #4 and #5 shutters for me and rebuilt an ancient black #5 that I have. Frank told me he still has parts to rebuild...
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,669
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Rich I took a look at your portfolio and it's...

Rich I took a look at your portfolio and it's stunning! One rarely sees originality especially executed so beautifully but youve done it.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-19-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 757
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Due to the lack of shadow detail I'd say the negs...

Due to the lack of shadow detail I'd say the negs are seriously under exposed or its very old film. If the negs we're simply over exposed there would be tons of shadow detail. Also the film is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-17-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 565
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I purchased a V1 new back in the day and later...

I purchased a V1 new back in the day and later traded it for a new V2 when it came out. Neither were great lenses. They weren't bad but just Ok. The V2 was an improvement but still fell short. The...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-16-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,296
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Here's a bump to keep it on the front page. It...

Here's a bump to keep it on the front page.

It might be helpful to know the location it was stolen from.

Bad news! Hope you recover everything.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-14-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 4,855
Posted By x-ray
Here's the same clock I x-rayed above but this...

Here's the same clock I x-rayed above but this time in collodion. It's an Ambrotype on black glass
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-12-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,126
Posted By x-ray
Thanks for posting! Looking forward to seeing...

Thanks for posting! Looking forward to seeing some images.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,818
Posted By x-ray
Not a surprise. What about exposure...

Not a surprise. What about exposure recommendations?
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,818
Posted By x-ray
While these guys did an excellent job on what...

While these guys did an excellent job on what they did, it's just another trend that will come and go. How many have I lived and worked through over the decades. Let's see, high grain, high contrast,...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,818
Posted By x-ray
Very well put. I'll add one comment, it as though...

Very well put. I'll add one comment, it as though there's an X marking the spots they all go to and shoot the same tired images. They we're cool the first couple of times but they're now worn out.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2018
Replies: 362
Views: 118,274
Posted By x-ray
Having owned both at the same time and shooting...

Having owned both at the same time and shooting both color and B&W with both for a couple of years, I wouldn't at all say one is better for color vs B&W or digital. They're just different. The Biogon...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,201
Posted By x-ray
Here's an example of my the CFV39 back on the...

Here's an example of my the CFV39 back on the SWC/M that I had. No issues most of the time and none if you apply a correction profile. I converted my raw files in Hasselblad's Phocus and believe...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-08-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,201
Posted By x-ray
I owned a SWC/M and used my CFV39 back on it. As...

I owned a SWC/M and used my CFV39 back on it. As mentioned you'll need to use the battery adapter to get the battery out of the way of the mounting foot.

One thing you may run into is color issues...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By x-ray
I looked at the bayand there's 28/220, a 65/5 and...

I looked at the bayand there's 28/220, a 65/5 and a 35/35 on there. The super 220VR with interchangable lenses sold. I think the VR was in the $20,000 plus range when new. In any case all of them...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By x-ray
I checked and Igor Camera still has a complete #8...

I checked and Igor Camera still has a complete #8 with lens, tripod, gears and keys. The problem now is getting film. My friend who wound up with one used 220 film to test lenses in hopes of finding...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By x-ray
I had a friend who owned one. It belonged to a...

I had a friend who owned one. It belonged to a photographer I worked for in the early 70's for a very short time. Both are deceased now and I'm not sure what happened to it. I did however make...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-05-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,918
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If that's why people don't like their M4-2/P then...

If that's why people don't like their M4-2/P then the same logic should apply to Leicas 1980's lenses. The 35 v4 Summicron as one example has glued parts rather than using set screws and some plastic...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-04-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,153
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Several years ago I owned a Fuji Lanovia Quattro...

Several years ago I owned a Fuji Lanovia Quattro prepress scanner. It was the Fuji equivalent of the Kodak Eversmart Supreme. These were on the level of drum scanners and were made by Crossfield of...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-29-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,127
Posted By x-ray
I've not coated any dry plates but I've done...

I've not coated any dry plates but I've done considerable wet plate photography even for some of my commercial clients. It's a very enjoyable process.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-29-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,127
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In the 50 years I've been a commercial...

In the 50 years I've been a commercial photographer and the years prior that I used my dad's Rollei I've never seen or known of anyone using sheet film, plates or 35mm in their Rollei. I'll assume...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-29-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,127
Posted By x-ray
I received a promo email two weeks ago from...

I received a promo email two weeks ago from Freestyle that they now carry handmade plates. They're around iso 2 but could be fun to shoot a few. The fellow coating them will make custom sizes.

I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-28-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,127
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I'd like to know why Rollei offered the 35...

I'd like to know why Rollei offered the 35 adapter and the sheet film adapter. It seems like a real pain to use 35mm and equally as impractical to use sheet film. Why not just crop 120 and save the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-26-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,955
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Don't getvme wrong because I like my Rolleis but...

Don't getvme wrong because I like my Rolleis but why mess with a Tele. Having to deal with closeup attachments and the risk of lens separation plus lack of flexibility makes a Tele Rollei less...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-25-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
Posted By x-ray
Same here. Bought several over the years and...

Same here. Bought several over the years and they're identical to the Rollei hoods at a fraction of the price.
Forum: RFF News 04-24-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,561
Posted By x-ray
It was actually a pretty good picture.

It was actually a pretty good picture.
Forum: RFF News 04-24-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,561
Posted By x-ray
Anyone can be a photographer

This proves anyone or ??? Can be a photographer. But then who owns the copyright.

What amazed me was the copyright suit made it to the court of appeals....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-23-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
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I've owned a lot of Rolleis over the years and...

I've owned a lot of Rolleis over the years and after thinking about it I don't have a favorite. The only one I didn't really care for was the T and that was due to the funky cross coupling and not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-23-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 4,231
Posted By x-ray
Agree. Just average.

Agree. Just average.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-20-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
Posted By x-ray
Swift1 I had a type 2 MX-EVS in college in the...

Swift1 I had a type 2 MX-EVS in college in the 60's and it had the push in and twist button for uncoupling the shutter speed / aperture on the aperture wheel. I understand the type 1 could not be...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-19-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
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On my 2.8D there's a button on the aperture wheel...

On my 2.8D there's a button on the aperture wheel that pushes in and if you twist it while depressing it it uncouples the aperture and shutter speed. I'd forgotten that because I leave it disengaged.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-19-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
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They're not connected in the D. I own one now and...

They're not connected in the D. I own one now and had another a few years ago. They move independently of each other. I also own a 3.5f model 3 and they're independent of each other.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-19-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 776
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Unfortunately glossy screens and especially the...

Unfortunately glossy screens and especially the retina displays don't calibrate properly. The reason is they're designed to enhance what's actually there. They make images look brighter, sharper and...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-18-2018
Replies: 94
Views: 3,177
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Jimmy Koh had 3 for sale recently.

Jimmy Koh had 3 for sale recently.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-18-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,170
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That's really bad advice. You should always start...

That's really bad advice. You should always start with the best image you can produce. Sorry to step on toes but this philosophy is why there are so many terrible looking images posted. If you...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-16-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,785
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You want a very high quality and detailed result....

You want a very high quality and detailed result. You're going to be seriously disappointed and will kick yourself that you threw away $1000. I've been in the biz for fifty years and can assure you...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-16-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,475
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Not sure how you figure this. No way that it'll...

Not sure how you figure this. No way that it'll cost anywhere near the cost of a scanner, printer, frofiling system for a decent monitor, inks and paper.

Lodima, no need for azo or lodima. And high...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-16-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 2,085
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I had two 3003's and full set of Zeiss glass from...

I had two 3003's and full set of Zeiss glass from 15 to 400mm plus a zoom. Also had 6 backs and the rare Polaroid back. I used them commercial and when they worked they were the best 35 system I ever...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-14-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 627
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2003 should be ok but shadows might be a tad...

2003 should be ok but shadows might be a tad thin. You might in rease exposure a half stop to be ssafe. I bought some from the late 80's and it was fogged beyond use.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-11-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 706
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They should work fine in the removable hood...

They should work fine in the removable hood models but require calbration in all others.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-09-2018
Replies: 207
Views: 9,625
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I have several hundred documentary images of the...

I have several hundred documentary images of the legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton that I registered the copyright on that have been repeatedly stolen. The chinese have filed them off, produced...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-08-2018
Replies: 207
Views: 9,625
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I'm with you here. Everything is overblown now...

I'm with you here. Everything is overblown now with so many people carrying a chip on their should looking to destroy someone for little to no reason. Honestly the attitudes of some folks from...
Forum: Other RF 04-07-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 780
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I think Frank Marshman repairs them.

I think Frank Marshman repairs them.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-04-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 6,848
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Here are a couple from my Phantom 3. I've got a...

Here are a couple from my Phantom 3.

I've got a few images I'll try to scan tomorrow that I'll bet no one has ever seen anything like. I worked for a research firm doing aerial research work just...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-04-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 6,848
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Here are a couple of images. The F16 was shot on...

Here are a couple of images. The F16 was shot on Ektachrome with a Rollie 3003 and probably an 85 Planar. Can't remember exactly details. The DC3 was Fuji Provia if I remember correctly and Pentax...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-04-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 6,675
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Porsche got hit with a class action suit over...

Porsche got hit with a class action suit over catastrophic engine failures due to failures of the bearings on the intermediate shaft. The cars are all made in Germany but the customers won. An...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-02-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,713
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Actually I own 2 Jeeps, aWrangler unlimited 2014...

Actually I own 2 Jeeps, aWrangler unlimited 2014 and a 2016 Wrangler. Actually I've owned 4x4's since 1973 and outside of my International Scout II the Jeeps are as good as they get and I use them...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-02-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,713
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Nikon and Canon rate their shutters at 150,000...

Nikon and Canon rate their shutters at 150,000 for the consumer models up to 250,000 for the professional models. They're not going to break necessarily at that number but that reflects the number...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-31-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,117
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Don't worry, its of no concern. The Ilford...

Don't worry, its of no concern.

The Ilford equivalent is HC and the same dilutions and times work for both. HC is colorless where as HC-110 is more yellow. Both have about the same viscosity....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 540
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Missed the length part.

Missed the length part.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-30-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 540
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I'm not sure how you could put 220 film in a 70mm...

I'm not sure how you could put 220 film in a 70mm back. I've used a lot of 70mm in hasselblads and can't imagine how.

In the early 80's I purchased a new 2000fcw for the photo department that I ran...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 922
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I'm not a landscape photographer but have been...

I'm not a landscape photographer but have been using a Pentax spot meter since before Christmas was born. I originally used it in commercial photo work but use it when I want to measure the contrast...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-29-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 922
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I own a Sekonic 758 as well and it's an excellent...

I own a Sekonic 758 as well and it's an excellent meter but really prefer using singular application meters like my Pentax 1 degree and Minolta IV.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 03-29-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,003
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I've yet to see a laptop or tablet that has a...

I've yet to see a laptop or tablet that has a suitable screen. The retina and similar glossy displays enhance color, brightness and contrast giving a false impression of the image being better than...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-26-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 504
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Several years ago while removing my Sinar from...

Several years ago while removing my Sinar from its case, the lens adapter had come lose from vibration in transit. As I swung the camera up to mount on my tripod the lens came lose and hit a concrete...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-25-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,283
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I bought one of the early ones new not long after...

I bought one of the early ones new not long after they came out. I think it had a Tessar and was made in Germany. Not long after I bought it one on my friends picked it up, fumbled it and it landed...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 03-22-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,594
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When I opened my Facebook account I put false...

When I opened my Facebook account I put false information about myself in hopes of fooling anyone who might want to use it. I periodically change it as well and honestly only use it as a platform to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-20-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,145
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Of the 3 problems Ive had selling several hundred...

Of the 3 problems Ive had selling several hundred expensive items on the bay one was a minor issue with a seller in HK and two issues in the US. The buyer in HK and New York were buyers remorse....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-20-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,470
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No difference. Some of the state of the art...

No difference. Some of the state of the art lenses at the time originally came out of Canada. I've owned both over the decades and the lenses and bodies I had problems with actually came out of...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-20-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,400
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The mat side should always be down facing the...

The mat side should always be down facing the lens. Your screen was installed wrong.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-19-2018
Replies: 209
Views: 16,290
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I do x-ray imaging of flowers, shells and objects...

I do x-ray imaging of flowers, shells and objects as an art form and sell through galleries and to museums. I thought It might be fun to see what is in a Leica IIIc and this is what it looks like....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,400
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I guess I didn't make it clear that both cameras...

I guess I didn't make it clear that both cameras / screens should be positioned with the focusing surface down toward the lens. With the nonremovable hood model there are two spring clips that push...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-12-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,041
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Not trying to hijack Bills thread but we have one...

Not trying to hijack Bills thread but we have one of the great photographers of our time right here on this forum and all people want to do is talk gear. Unbelievable! Tap this mans mind and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-12-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,041
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Bill the internet is full of equipment...

Bill the internet is full of equipment discussions and opinions but there are very few real photographers that have the kind of portfolio you have. Rather than more gear discussion I'd love to see...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 783
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I've not used their special developer yet and...

I've not used their special developer yet and probably will see if it improves results but to this point I'm really disappointed with it. My shooting experience goes back to the 50's and Verichrome...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 526
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I've only used Kodak chemistry but Ive run...

I've only used Kodak chemistry but Ive run thousands of rolls and sheets in my studio.

I'd say your film is ok but think you've got a contamination issue. It's very likely a little bit of blix in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2018
Replies: 203
Views: 17,930
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I shot some side by side with some Provia on a...

I shot some side by side with some Provia on a job and much prefered the color of Provia. The Kodachrome looked cold and had muted color compared to Provia. Ofcourse turnaround in processing was an...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-05-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,118
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Several guys on the Large Format Forum have...

Several guys on the Large Format Forum have successfully done this. You might check there. There are quite a few really sharp folks there.

I believe xylene and acetone were used and UV curing...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-04-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,400
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In the 60's when I was in college I had a MX-EVS...

In the 60's when I was in college I had a MX-EVS v2 and wanted a brighter screen. I was lucky and swapped it with something I found and it worked fine. Sorry it's been too long and I can't remember...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-04-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 481
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You're joking I hope. That's the funniest thing...

You're joking I hope. That's the funniest thing I've ever head!:eek:
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3,311
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Sorry to hear he didn't get back. I've never had...

Sorry to hear he didn't get back. I've never had any issue with him. Matter of fact I messaged him this morning and had an answer this afternoon. Since I e been a customer for thirty years he's going...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-02-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 20,562
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The Noctilux 1.2 that I owned wasn't a...

The Noctilux 1.2 that I owned wasn't a particularly outstanding lens. It performed its best at wide apertures and started to degrade below f4. Of coursec you buy a lens like that for its wide open...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-02-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 20,562
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1/3 stop between 1.1 and 1.2 is going to make a...

1/3 stop between 1.1 and 1.2 is going to make a difference in what you shoot? Seriously? What do you shoot thats so critical?

F1.05, that's a new one on me. Are you saying between f1 and 1.1? You...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3,311
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I just looked at Jimmys EBay site. He has a...

I just looked at Jimmys EBay site. He has a couple of C's with Xenotars that he just serviced, a couple of D's with Xenotars and an E model 1 non removable hood like the C and D. The E he has is a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-02-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 3,311
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I've done quite a bit of business with Jimmy...

I've done quite a bit of business with Jimmy especially service on the 3 SL66's I had. Jimmy always did a fantastic job even on my Leica M's.

As I understand Jimmy was head of Bronica service. He...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-02-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 20,562
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Why would anyone want to set the aperture between...

Why would anyone want to set the aperture between 1.2 and 1.4. Halfway in between is 1/6 stop.

I owned one of the 1.2 Noctilux when they were introduced in the 70's. There's no reason to set the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-02-2018
Replies: 123
Views: 20,562
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1.4 to 1.2 is only 1/3 stop. F1, f1.1, f1.2,...

1.4 to 1.2 is only 1/3 stop. F1, f1.1, f1.2, f1.4. Each 1/3 of a stop.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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The 320 was certainly a fine film. I shot quite a...

The 320 was certainly a fine film. I shot quite a lot over the years in sheets. In 120 I favored the 400 but both were excellent. I'd be happy if either came back today. The new TX that replaced our...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-26-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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Some color films have up to 16 layers. I seem to...

Some color films have up to 16 layers. I seem to remember my Kodak rep saying high speed Ektachrome had either 14 or 16 layers.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I've not tried any of the Ilford MG classic. How...

I've not tried any of the Ilford MG classic. How do you think it compares to Bergger Warmtone fb?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I mainly used DuPont Varigam until Varilour came...

I mainly used DuPont Varigam until Varilour came out. I tried velour black and Polly contrast but didn't like them as well as Varilour. For contacting I loved Azo and occasionally used Velox....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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It's just not film that's gone, we once had a...

It's just not film that's gone, we once had a huge selection of photographic papers from DuPont, Ansco, Agfa, Kodak, Forte and at least a dozen more companies. Very sad!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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It was in 126 and pretty much ever size that fit...

It was in 126 and pretty much ever size that fit any kind of box camera. I have some family negs that were shot on roll film and the image area on the neg is approximately 4x5. For some reason though...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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VP was never available in 35mm. i don't think it...

VP was never available in 35mm. i don't think it was available in anything other than paper backed rolls like 120, 620, 616, 127 etc. it may have been in film packs but not sure.

Edit: I looked up...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 2,251
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If it's like Delta 3200 it will be unusable four...

If it's like Delta 3200 it will be unusable four or five years past expiration. I had a dozen rolls I kept frozen that was unusable within a few years of expiration. High speed films don't keep well.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I didn't consider Delta or TMax films as classics...

I didn't consider Delta or TMax films as classics since they're so new but have shot all versions. I especially like Delta 100 and 400. Also have shot some of the Chinese film.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-24-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,552
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I"ve had nothing but great experiences.

I"ve had nothing but great experiences.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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The first film I shot in the 50's was Verichrome...

The first film I shot in the 50's was Verichrome (orthochromatic) which became Verichrome Pan around 1956. My dad taught me to tray develop my 127 under a red satellite. When Verichrome became...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I still have my 70's Photo Lab Index and need to...

I still have my 70's Photo Lab Index and need to refer to it. DuPont, Ansco, Gevert, Agfa and many more made films. Kodak made quite an array of films with variations of a number of emulsions. For...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I forgot I used to use 2475 Recording film, Adox...

I forgot I used to use 2475 Recording film, Adox KB14 and KB17 which became Efke, Efke 50, Forte 200 and Foma 200. I shot a few rolls of Fuji SS as well and will probably remember a few more.

Edit: ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 2,354
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I'll add a few, Royal Pan, Royal X Pan, Ektapan,...

I'll add a few, Royal Pan, Royal X Pan, Ektapan, Super Pancro Pess type B, Super XX, Verichrome ( ortho pre 1956), Verichrome Pan, Agfa Isopan SS and Ilford FP3 to name a few more.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,305
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Kodak had products for decades that competed with...

Kodak had products for decades that competed with other of their products for decades. One example, TX400, TXP320 and Royal Pan 400 ( not to be confused with Royal X pan). Many of us that were...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 672
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I don't abuse or beat up my equipment but Im...

I don't abuse or beat up my equipment but Im certainly not afraid to use it. If it shows wear that's ok.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 672
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Some folks just can't stand the idea of something...

Some folks just can't stand the idea of something that's not perfect but if your not bothered by minor imperfections I'd get the cheaper one. Some people can't deal with the tiniest mark on their...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-23-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 672
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I've owned and used many lenses over my fifty...

I've owned and used many lenses over my fifty years as a commercial photographer. First I wouldn't buy a lens with balsam separation or separation of any kind. I've owned several classic view camera...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-23-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,011
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Your Nikon scanner is much better than the Epson.

Your Nikon scanner is much better than the Epson.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-23-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,305
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It's true that Kodak stored it in salt mines due...

It's true that Kodak stored it in salt mines due to fogging from cosmic radiation. I had a pretty good stash of Ilford delta 3200 in my freezer. It was always frozen and when I tried a roll that went...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-23-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,305
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I'm really with you here. PX, original TX 400 and...

I'm really with you here. PX, original TX 400 and FX would have been much better choices. Max 3200 wasn't that good a film to begin with and how much was actually used compared to FX, TX and PX. Who...
Forum: Chris Crawford 02-23-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,616
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Chris try cropping from the top. Take off about...

Chris try cropping from the top. Take off about 40% of the top of the photo and you e got a much better image. As it is now the empty space at the top distracts and weakens the image. Too I'm not...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,305
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Panatomic X has no equivalent today. Actually px...

Panatomic X has no equivalent today. Actually px and original TX have no equivalent. TMax is a different animal in every way.

The current TX came out in 2006 and is nothing like the original TX....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 145
Views: 7,305
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Let's hope it's Panatomc-x, Plus-x and original...

Let's hope it's Panatomc-x, Plus-x and original Tri-x 400 from the 60's.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 2,867
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Although I've shot Velvia I never understood the...

Although I've shot Velvia I never understood the big attraction. It's saturated but it's very contrasty. First of all your tonal range is very limited compared to Provia or Ektachrome 100VS for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 2,867
Posted By x-ray
In the film days of my career about 65% of my...

In the film days of my career about 65% of my work was transparencies from 35mm to 11x14. I shot many thousands of sheets and rolls. I've got to say I really miss shooting transparencies. Large...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-19-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By x-ray
Vacation pictures are exactly that, a casual...

Vacation pictures are exactly that, a casual record for the albums my wife puts together. They're not assignments.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-19-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By x-ray
I learned a longtime ago that when I'm on...

I learned a longtime ago that when I'm on vacation I'm ON vacation everything is about getting away from work and when I'm working everything is about work. I used to carry a load of gear, even my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By x-ray
Someone is making them because the Hasselblad H...

Someone is making them because the Hasselblad H lenses have leaf shutters with speeds to 1/2000 second.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By x-ray
Leaf shutters sync with electronic flash up to...

Leaf shutters sync with electronic flash up to their maximum speed. That's the main advantage.

The downside, leaf shutters generally aren't very accurate at higher speeds unless electronically...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By x-ray
What are they making now? Sad really. Are they...

What are they making now? Sad really. Are they still making Cine and professional video lenses?
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By x-ray
Thanks Oren, wasn't aware of that. The tech I...

Thanks Oren, wasn't aware of that. The tech I spoke to at Schneider led me to believe evrything was still in production.

Now that Schneider isn't making digital view lenses, what are they making. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By x-ray
Schneider and Rodenstock still manufacture highly...

Schneider and Rodenstock still manufacture highly corrected lenses for digital view cameras such as Linhof and Sinar manufacture. They're also used on Cambo, Arca and Alpa technical cameras. I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-18-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,133
Posted By x-ray
Doing an actual resilver of the prism seems...

Doing an actual resilver of the prism seems pretty easy if you're really careful with the chemicals. Here's a company that sells kits.

http://angelgilding.com/kits-chemicals/pouring-silver.html

If...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-15-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 923
Posted By x-ray
I bought my Sinar Norma new in 1969 and purchased...

I bought my Sinar Norma new in 1969 and purchased the mounting frame with the external fresnel and also bought the internal fresnel that goes between the lens and GG. I tried both and ditched the...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1,240
Posted By x-ray
I use a D800, Df and Fuji XE-1 and use both...

I use a D800, Df and Fuji XE-1 and use both Lightroom 6 and CS4 photoshop. My Lightroom opens all with no issue but CS4 won't open any. The latest cloud based CS6 photoshop will open them though.

I...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-14-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By x-ray
Thanks for sharing. You never have too many...

Thanks for sharing. You never have too many resources.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 521
Posted By x-ray
Now this is real service!

Here's how Nikon NPS and Canon CPS service their professional customers at major events. Nikon NPS is free to full time professionals that are members. They've done this for decades. It includes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,109
Posted By x-ray
It's often obvious people commenting on photos...

It's often obvious people commenting on photos posted here are afraid to be honest. At least I hope that's the case and the actually see how bad the image is but don't want to hurt feelings.

I had...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,563
Posted By x-ray
Things to consider here are people commenting or...

Things to consider here are people commenting or judging aren't as a rule a highly skilled group of master photographers. Second there are no specific skewing standards. Some of us have calibrated...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,563
Posted By x-ray
For years I was very active in the Professional...

For years I was very active in the Professional Photographers of America. It's a huge organization with regional and local chapters as well as the huge national organization. One of their missions...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,109
Posted By x-ray
I might help to discourage gear discussions by...

I might help to discourage gear discussions by not mentioning camera or lens. A limited discussion on film and developer perhaps but keep the focus (no pun intended) on the image. It took me some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 7,109
Posted By x-ray
I've attempted to draw folks into various...

I've attempted to draw folks into various photographic topics with limited success. Usually it comes down to a handful of members that participate. Sadly the internet propagates the notion that more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-10-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,457
Posted By x-ray
I've been wet printing far too long to quit. I...

I've been wet printing far too long to quit. I started in 1958 and it's just a part of me. Wet printing has not only been a huge part of my personal life it was a major part of my commercial business...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By x-ray
I agree with Marty. Honestly I don't think stand...

I agree with Marty. Honestly I don't think stand developing produces very good negs. They're flat and lifeless for the most part. The internet promotes a lot of really bad technique resulting in...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-06-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,685
Posted By x-ray
I'd agree that you're not going to upgrade beyond...

I'd agree that you're not going to upgrade beyond the Planar. I've owned and used all the Summicrons except the v4 and as good as they are they're not as good as the Planar. The Summicrons from my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-06-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By x-ray
Dave my degree is in chemistry and there's...

Dave my degree is in chemistry and there's nothing really toxic in anything you're using. As mentioned some of the agents are used in hair dye and hydroquinone is used in skin cream to bleach age...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-05-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By x-ray
I worked with an art director at an agency I...

I worked with an art director at an agency I worked with in the 70's into the early 80's that had a nice setup of Pen F bodies and lenses. I unfortunately never shot with one but always thought the...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By x-ray
I figured there's not much chance.

I figured there's not much chance.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By x-ray
Oren you're correct. Forgot about that.

Oren you're correct. Forgot about that.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By x-ray
I'm not holding my breath but what a cool camera...

I'm not holding my breath but what a cool camera it could be. With the current fine grain films it would be a nice and usable camera.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 02-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,588
Posted By x-ray
I'd love to see Fuji make a new 1/2 frame film camera...

I recently purchased a new old stock Fuji XE-1 and 18-55 and 50-230. I was looking for a high quality, compact and couple of small light lenses to carry on vacation. I've had them for about 6 or 7...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
I scan onmy Imacon 848 and previously on a Fuji...

I scan onmy Imacon 848 and previously on a Fuji Lanovia Quattro. Thinner and flatter negs are not what you want with high end scanners. I also have an Epson v750 and find I get better scans with negs...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,276
Posted By x-ray
One of my enlargers is a Durst 138 5x7. The Osram...

One of my enlargers is a Durst 138 5x7. The Osram bulb has been discontinued for years and if you can find one you'll pay $400 if you want it. A lot of us though have converted our enlargers to LED...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
The quality of information always concerns me...

The quality of information always concerns me because you never know the technical level of the person giving the info. At best it's a starting point. Too, a good neg for wet printing will produce a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
Thanks for the tip on Ilfosol 3. I've never used...

Thanks for the tip on Ilfosol 3. I've never used any so it'll be interesting.

I'll give HC110 another try at 1:47 rather than cut the time. 5 min was the time I used and that's about as short as I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2018
Replies: 245
Views: 15,231
Posted By x-ray
I purchased some P30 and shot a roll today. I...

I purchased some P30 and shot a roll today. I shot at ISO 80 in contrasty mid day light and processed per recommendations in my standard developer HC110 B at 68f. I did my normal 5 inversions every...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-02-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 4,376
Posted By x-ray
The 7800 is a really good printer. I bought it...

The 7800 is a really good printer. I bought it new and never had any problems of any sort. I don't even remember getting a head clog.

I got into piezography back in the early days and converted a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-02-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,276
Posted By x-ray
A diffusion head whether cold light or halogen...

A diffusion head whether cold light or halogen produces the same end result no matter whether it has dichroic filters or dye based filters. Dichroic heads generally have halogen hight sources and non...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-01-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,436
Posted By x-ray
Sorry for the small images. First was shot in...

Sorry for the small images.

First was shot in the mid 70's in Cruso NC with my 8x10 Deardorff and Protar VIIA convertible lens.

Second is Greenways Grocery just ten minutes from my home but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-01-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By x-ray
I've had both packets and cans of developer go...

I've had both packets and cans of developer go bad. But if the packet you mixed looked normal then itvmost likely was. If bad there would be obvious indications.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-31-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 4,376
Posted By x-ray
I fully agree with you. I too have a 3880, 7800...

I fully agree with you. I too have a 3880, 7800 and 2400. I previously had a 7600, 7000 and 2 2200's and had a 1280. The only thing I've had to do was have the clock in the 2400 reset. Epson puts a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,523
Posted By x-ray
I owned three bodies and a selection of lenses...

I owned three bodies and a selection of lenses including the 35 fisheye,45, 55 F3,5, 75, 105, 135 macro, originally the old then bought the new 200 and the 300. I used them for commercial photography...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,350
Posted By x-ray
I can't believe none of you have gun safes, I own...

I can't believe none of you have gun safes, I own two. They range in price from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand. Chances are you don't need a very large one and the cost would be cheaper...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-25-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,143
Posted By x-ray
It depends on the speed of the paper you're using...

It depends on the speed of the paper you're using and the length of exposure you like to use. For example some Foma papers are extremely slow and Berger is much faster as is Ilford multigrade...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,936
Posted By x-ray
Ive made this comment several times that film...

Ive made this comment several times that film wasn't designed to scan. Film is dedigned to wet print so results are going to look different if scanned. Most consumer scanners like Plustek, Epson,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,936
Posted By x-ray
I don't use dilution H but do love B with HP5 at...

I don't use dilution H but do love B with HP5 at box speed. I wet print with an Ilford MG head which is a diffusion source and I'm really happy with tonality and minimal grain. 8x12 prints don't show...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-23-2018
Replies: 59
Views: 3,277
Posted By x-ray
How many of you that don't like it have spent any...

How many of you that don't like it have spent any time trying to dial it in. With Ordinal it's really EI 32 to 25 and recommended development needs to be worked out for your agitation and system,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-23-2018
Replies: 197
Views: 11,766
Posted By x-ray
I'm really happy to see them reintroducing it....

I'm really happy to see them reintroducing it. Hopefully they'll introduce it in 120
and sheets. Also hopefully they'll introduce the tree variations they made when it was discontinued. For those...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-23-2018
Replies: 59
Views: 3,277
Posted By x-ray
Rodinal and PanF may not work for you but that...

Rodinal and PanF may not work for you but that doesn't mean it's not a really good combination if you take the time to learn how to expose and process it. It's the same as FP4 and HC110B for me but I...
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