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    Large Format photography group - From "zero to hero!"

    Being in such a rush that you make mistakes isn't going to work. Buying a bunch of equipment that requires a more measured technique might change how you approach things, but not necessarily. The hero image thing was won by Ansel Adams years ago. I may be adding 2 + 2 to get 5, but I find...
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    Oh dear looks like Wet printing, darkroom coming sooner than one thought help!

    I'd definitely use the bedroom. If nothing else, it'll be easier to set up work surfaces for dry and wet areas, and it doesn't commandeer the bathroom. If you can leave the kit out, then all the better. In the wet area, keep a basin half full of water handy for giving your hands a rinse if any...
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    How much should I expect to pay to service a camera?

    The film is pushed through by the drive sprockets near the take-up spool. The spool is only there to gather up the film as its driven through by the sprockets. The take-up spool does use friction because the film is driven through at a constant rate by the sprockets, but the rotation speed of...
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    Developer recommendatons...

    I find a basic plastic syringe picks it up easily. I did get a fancy glass one that relied on the fit between the glass bits for a seal rather than having the rubber plunger bit, and that struggled - I guess the hole was a smaller diameter, and it just couldn't draw it up. I decant into a small...
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    Whats my chances of taking A Kodak brownie no2 apart without killing it ?

    Well spotted. I had only looked at the edge of the left-hand mirror in the photo, and got the impression that the silvering was on the front.
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    Dollond rangefinder - any info?

    Using pliers will likely do nothing more than make a mess of the knurling - those parts look to be aluminium, which is soft. Try undoing a screw or two and pulling at one of the bits. The knurling could be decorative (on bits that don't rotate). Given that the main tube is square, it's much...
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    Whats my chances of taking A Kodak brownie no2 apart without killing it ?

    They're unlikely to be out of alignment unless something is seriously out of whack with the camera - they're just glued to a shaped block. The front panel is just clipped on - one little catch type of feature in the middle of each of the long sides, like this... A bit of a press on the side...
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    Box Brownie help please

    A write-up here on my No2 Model F... https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/threads/brownie-box-camera-challenge-registration-thread.649482/#post-7772587 I don't think there's much difference between that and the Model C, other than the later one having a metal body (feels like thin steel under...
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    It had to be tried!

    Free delivery from Analogue Wonderland for orders over £50. I went for 6 rolls and got a 5% discount code for being a first time customer and subscribing to their newsletter. Worked out to £57 total, or £9.50 a roll, delivered. One to play with, five in the freezer.
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    Reccomend me a lens spanner wrench

    I have the version with two horizontal bars and have found it to be stable and straightforward to use. Regarding strength, they're usually made of stainless steel - by the time the tips are being damaged, your aluminium retaining ring is being mashed up, and the tool has slipped and taken a...
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    Light Meter Recommendation

    There seems to be some confusion here about form and function with regard to photographic equipment. Maybe this short pictorial guide will help to clear things up...
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    Scanner focussing - amazing what just a tiny difference makes

    The film holders have little stand-offs on the underside to raise the overall holder above the glass. The height of the neg above the glass is the combination of the thickness of the shelf that the neg sits on, and how much the stand-off protrudes beyond that. On the two-strip 120 holder for my...
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    Scanner focussing - amazing what just a tiny difference makes

    I thought the thing in the lid was just an illuminator, with two scan heads in the base. One is high res for film in a holder, but not full width, and the other is full width for paper or film on the glass, but lower res. That way, only one high precision mechanism is needed for both scan heads.
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    Large Format photography group - From "zero to hero!"

    Exactly correct. The diagram on the wiki page makes it clear - the lens plane has to lie somewhere between the image plane and the plane of focus. Hence, if the plane of focus has the near end on the left, then the lens plane is rotated to the left.
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    Large Format photography group - From "zero to hero!"

    Tilting (or swinging) the lens doesn't change the nature of focus on the film because all parts of the image are formed by rays that hit all parts of the surface of the lens where the internal rays go on to pass through the aperture. It's about tilting the plane of focus - the near-to-far band...
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    Super 8

    From what I can find out, there is an aperture indication in the viewfinder, and it seems that exposure control can be auto or manual, but it's not clear how exposure is adjusted manually. The lens is f/1.7 wide open. Frame rate doesn't equate to the reciprocal for shutter speed - a cine camera...
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    Pinhole Day 2019 - Sunday 28th April

    My paper negs have dried and I have the digital equivalent of a contact sheet... Conditions were sunny, which seemed to add up to exposures of one minute with the yellow filter, although a couple are maybe a bit under (especially the grave stone at bottom right). I'll do some scanning over...
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    Pinhole Day 2019 - Sunday 28th April

    Today's the day, folks. That looks good, Peter. Like a heavy duty version of the Voidomat I made and used for the last couple of years... ...which is held together with superglue and gaffer tape.
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    Pinhole Day 2019 - Sunday 28th April

    One week to go. Gratuitous camera pictures welcome. I shall, of course, be using my newly-completed Excelsior Mk1 5x4" home-brew jobbie with paper negatives...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    I've been looking at scans of the test shots, and comparing these to the two shots I did on the Marion tailboard camera, which were also made on Ilford MGIV with the same development. The only difference is that the Marion shots were made using a yellow filter (B+W 022, which seems to be a...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    The materials may be cheap, but the hours are very expensive. :) And, being made in Scotland, it would only come with tartan straps...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    The Excelsior Mk1 in action. The setup for the bracketed shots... ...and the view from behind the camera.... I took these two, and a third, while in the midst of making the heliographic impression upon the photo-sensitive paper within the camera. Set up vertically for the shot into the...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    Well, it appears to work... Old Ilford MGIV glossy (probably at least 10 years old), no filter used, developed in Ilford Multigrade developer at 1+9. No contrast adjustment in post - just a bit of unsharp mask. The top row and the first on the bottom row are a series of bracketed exposures...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    I was planning to sandwich it between a couple of bits of thin MDF, but seemed to forget when I actually started drilling. That said, I was pressing down either side with a finger, so it was still decently flat. It seems to have turned out well in the end. The experiment was to see if I could...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    I then used a depth gauge and the sides of the paper triangles to make some marks for drilling... ...and drilled the holes to a depth of 6mm (with an end stop on the pillar drill). A drop of superglue went into each hole, followed by a peg... I did this with the masking tape still in...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    Time to cut up some bits of brass... 1/8" rod, cut to a smidge over 9mm long and with one end rounded over. Next, add some masking tape to the camera body and draw on some lines centred on the pinhole... Use these as a positioning guide for a couple of paper triangles... The brass rods...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    It was time to have a closer look at the light trapping now that the finishing was done. I set it up on the tripod with two elastic loops holding the film holder in place, darkened room, torch, much peering and maneuvering of the torch. All I could find was some shine from the left-hand side...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    The next thing was to make the bit of shim into a circle... A circle was marked as a guide, and then black marker used to cover the area before working around it with a pair of dividers. The point with the really narrow tip went into the hole and the other was used to do the scoring. The...
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    5x4 Pinhole Camera Scratch Build

    I took the masking tape off last night once the black paint had mostly dried to matt (but still not cured). There were a couple of tiny bits where the paint had gotten under the tape, and these were scraped off using the tip of a scalpel blade. Overall, the transition at the edges between matt...
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    Weird circle on frame

    If it was a bubble in the tank during development, it would result in a patch that was lighter on the negative due to less development, which would produce a darker feature in the positive. On the other hand, if there was a bubble during fixing, the undissolved halide might cause some light...
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