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Freeze Thaw Bad for Film?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:11
A lot of people freeze their film for long term storage. I'm wondering if you freeze and then thaw out the film, should you never freeze it again? Do freeze thaw cycles hurt the emulsions? How about for color and slide films?

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Thomas safelight issues

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:06
Last night during class our safelight decided to act up. It wants to light up ,but just seems to flicker, and at last it just gave up.

Now this has been there a long time, and since i have never had an issue I am a bit lost as to how to determine if the blub just needs to be replaced. Any clues?

I will have someone look at it this morning when i go in for another class to check the wiring , however, my instinct says probably not that is it is never touched.

thanks for any tips.
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Tellurium advice please?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:01
Does anyone here have experience toning with tellurium?
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Fuji GF670 as a Perkeo II upgrade/replacement?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:03
I can't decide which way to go here. I currently use a Voigtländer Perkeo II as my carry along travel camera. I fly a lot and it fits well into my slim document bag, but I keep thinking about replacing it with a GF670. The reasons are; While I'm pretty good at zone focus, a meter and coupled rangefinder would be a big help, and also the modern lens of the 670 looks great. The Color Skopar is more than sufficient for 8x10 or 8x8 prints, but it has to be used just right to get the most out of it. It doesn't take well to all lighting situations. On the other hand, the 670 looks huge. The whole point is to be small and low profile, and if it's not then I probably wont end up using it so much. I have other cameras that I use when a big camera is needed. The listed dimensions of the 670 make it considerably larger than even my 6x9 Bessa. In pictures it looks almost close to a TLR in size. If you've used one, does it seem bulky compared to a Perkeo II or other classic folder? Does it make a good low profile travel camera or should I just stick with the Perkeo?
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John Cyr developer try, short flick

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:53
Don't know where to post this. Saw this on BBC World yesterday and thought it sweet.
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Hasselblad 500mm f/8 Tele-tessar + 500c/m vignetting problems

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:05
I bought the 500mm f/8 Tele-tessar lens from a reputable seller.
The lens is in great nick.
I plugged it into my 500c/m, mounted the tripod to the lens barrel and through the viewfinder there is a black 'vignetting' which is slightly curved at the top of the frame.

It's like the viewfinder is seeing the top of the lens.

I asked the h-blad facebook group and they said it is a common issue with this lens.

Is there a way to fix/get around this issue?

It is quite annoying and has put me off playing with the lens too seriously because it messes with my compositional chi.

The vignetting is quite thick, occupying perhaps the top 1/5 of the frame.
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Got it! Now some questions (Mamiya 645 Pro)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:22
So, got me a Mamiya 645 Pro with 2 backs, winder, prism and 2 really nice lenses the 55mm f2.8 & 110mm f2.8 therefore HNCD to me!!!!

Some initial questions pls:

1. I sometimes find It difficult to distinguish the metering numbers through the prism. I always use my 20/20 eye and even though most of the times they are crystal clear sometimes they seem to be out of focus. Any ideas?

2. Lens diffraction. Never had a MF prime so not really sure if they suffer as much and from what fstop. Pls advice.

3. What kind of strap do you use? The original is quite expensive any cheaper alternatives?

4. What is the procedure in order to change a back mid-roll? I plan on having B&W in one and color in the other (yeah big surprise) so if possible pls let me know the steps with the winder in place.

Many thanks in advance!
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Fomapan 120 film query

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:04
Hi all;

Recently got a Mamiya C330 Pro S TLR, bought five rolls of Fomapan 120 100asa b/w film. As I haven't shot a medium format camera in about 25yrs I loaded up the C330 with my first fresh roll of Fomapan 120 100asa film etc...

So when loading the 120 Fomapan film via the C330 camera rear it shows the word 'start' on the film paper and no arrows it seems, so where it showed the word 'start' I then lined that up with the marks on the C330 whilst loading the film, is this right I wonder ?, or should I have wound on the take up spool more..?
Are there any arrows to line up or is the word start where you line up the film to etc ?

Any advice most welcome, thanks.

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How long do you predict the large format film market to last?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:28
I started digital photography about 6 years ago. And around 1-2 years ago, film photography caught my attention. I started doing more and more research about this dying field of photography. I now have a 4x5 that I only use for B&W, 2 medium formats, and a few 35mm...

So my question is, how long do you predict the film manufacturers to keep making film? I have about $3,000 worth of film equipment gear right now, and it would really suck to have Fuji, Kodak, and Ilford stop making film as the value of those gear would instantly drop down to $10.

I have thought about switching back to digital multiple times( I sold all my digital gear a little over 6 months ago), but I really enjoying the process of film.

Someone please shed some light on this. Thanks..

P.S. I am not as concern about 35mm and MF as large format.
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Leitz V35 Focomat light path off center?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 21:24
I recently acquired a V35 Focomat and the rectangle of light on the baseboard seems to be off center, favoring the left. At 14x it is almost an inch closer to the edge of the baseboard than it is on the right side. Is this normal? Should the rectangle of light be perfectly centered on the baseboard? Autofocus and everything else seems to be working fine. Thanks!
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Photography in Greece

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:52
Hi Everyone,

I will be spending three weeks in Greece this summer in late June into July. I will be staying in Thessaloniki and hoping to do some analog photography most days while I'm there. I'm flying from the US, and I would rather get film and develop it in Greece so I don't have to worry about traveling with undeveloped film.

I'm posting to see if any one has a contact or information about film photography in Thessaloniki? Perhaps a camera shop that sells and/or processes film. I typically shoot black and white 35mm. Would love to connect with a fellow film shooter while I'm there.

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Mamiya 7ii + 80mm + 43mm - Perfect/Like New Condition

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:58
Mamiya 7ii + 80mm + 43mm - Perfect/Like New Condition - For Sale!

Sigh, well this is a sad day for me but hopefully a happy day for you. I won't go into crazy detail why I am now selling this camera (I briefly talk about it a little bit in this thread - ) but the Mamiya kit just isn't for me. I need a camera I shoot more so let my loss be your gain.

I purchased this camera about 6 months ago from a former Mamiya dealer, used it a handful of times with insane care (I swear I have bad OCD) and she is still looking brand new. Check out pictures below. Looking to sell entire kit for $3,000.00 shipped anywhere in the US (shipping included). RF is aligned and spot on focus. 80mm is beautiful as is 43mm. Payment through PayPal only. I'm located in Los Angeles if any locals are interested in purchasing and want to check it out. Feel free to PM me or E-mail me ( Thank you!

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How annoying is this?....

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:08
PLEASE USE A DESCRIPTIVE TITLE, if you want people to click on your thread.


The Management
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Leica Lens for Canon L Glass

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:06
I have three (excellent condition) Leica lenses that I'm interested in trading or selling. I'm primarily interested in a trade of equal value for a Canon 24-70 f2.8 version I. The lenses I have are:

15mm Voigtlander with Eye-Piece
50mm Zeiss F2 Planar with Hood
90mm Tele-Elmarit Canada

Would be willing to consider other gear, but particularly interested in having one zoom lens in my bag (all my other lenses are primes). Happy to trade pictures with those interested. Looking forward trading. Thanks.
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Camera Lucidia - Lucida, Optical Drawing Devices Plans

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:06
I found that easiest do it yourself camera lucida plan uses only a transparent glass plate or plastic plate , it is covered in pdf files and jpeg , other methods vary with your money or lens collection. It includes using a petzval or dagor or using a edmund scientific beam splitter with a mirror. There are 3 camera lucida manufacturers at the market and it varies from 45 dollars kickstarter project to same one at amazon for 99 dollars to 200 dollars ones from usa and england.
Edmund scientific beam splitters starts from 29 dollars and climbs.

Attached papers are the most complete papers on internet. There are too many variations and plans in these pages.

Find second part of first pdf file at next post please.

We are all artists and sometimes drawing would be more refreshing than cameras.

Have a good time with pdf files,


Mustafa Umut Sarac
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DIY Camera Lucida

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:09
I found I need a camera lucida to present my sister and another one to use at summer light at garden.

Neolucida offers them but I dont know when they are available and available ones climbs more than 100 dollars with postage.

I think a 45 degree mirror and a top viewfinder hole is the construction. What else do I need to know ?

ps: I found few papers at web and they always add a beam splitter to the mirror. Edmund scientific sells 17mm beam splitters for 29 dollars ad bigger ones climbs.

I found Bert's link very rewarding.

It uses only a transparent plastic piece or glass , preferably 8x10 inches to 80mm x 40mm and thats all. I found few papers , opened a article and posted there. Everything , angles , sizes , calculations are there. I am attaching the most simple one here again.

article :

Thanks ,
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FS: Nikon 50mm f1.4

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:43
A Nikon 50mm f1.4 AI in excellent condition with no haze, fungus, separation, or significant marks. Only a slight bit of dust inside. Focus is smooth, though just a little bit "dry" (not enough, in my opinion, to require service but not quite "factory" either). No oil on aperture blades. $110 plus shipping. % to APUG.
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Canon EOS 3 and 50mm f/1.8 V1

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:30
Canon EOS 3 and 50mm f/1.8 V1

Not much to say about these. They are creampuffs! Picked these up a while back for nostalgia purposes, but I don't think I will ever use them. The only evidence the body has been used is a little paint loss on the hot shoe. The 50mm is the sought after first version with a metal mount. Otherwise everything is in beautiful shape. Take a look at the pics. They tell it all. I just want these to sell fast, so how about $150 (includes priority shipping) for the body and $100 (includes priority shipping) for the lens. If you want them both, you can knock $20 off. If you can find a better deal than that, let me know because I will buy it myself! I have a body cap and a rear lens cap but they won't be mint. Like I always say when I sell things for ridiculous prices- you snooze, you lose! Any dust you see in the pictures is included for free. If you need higher rs pictures, let me know. Email me at gear - or pm me here.

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Help needed to identify a 9x12 plate camera

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:25

I recently acquired a nice looking plate 9x12 folder equipped with a Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 4.5/135 on Compur shutter going up to 1/200. The lens' serial number is 272### what, following to this page, refers to 1928 or 1929. The shutter is a bit lazy so need to be cleaned before putting the camera to test.

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As far as I understand, the lens is not the fastest and the highest in rank of its time. Still, several options in the camera construction refer rather to high end. Such as rulers for vertical and horisontal lens shift and a possibility to double extend the bellows for close-up shots (that way it focuses at around 20 cm).

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What intrigues me, taking all that into account, the camera is literally a no name one. Aside the shutter-lens block clearly marked, the body has no sign of brand or fabric. It looks quite a lot as Voigtlanders or Nagels of the same era. But some elements differ, such as the catches that fix the lens and bellows inside the box when unfolded. They are not screw but clip ones.

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There are some other minor differences in construction. Aside from that, why a brand manufacturer schould have hidden its name from the camera body? In ebay ended listings I found several similar plate folders with Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 4.5 and no brand indication. Do you have an idea of the manufacturer and of the reason why the brand or any other body markings are absent?

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anybody else thinking what I'm thinking? (Ikea LED spot as a projector)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:57
Ikea Sprida Led Spotlight. I wonder if those "slides" are the same size as my slides? I'll check it out on my next trip to the store.
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