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    Happy Toyo field owner

    A Dagor that's useless? Wow, never heard that before! Yeah, I like the flexibility we enjoy with LF, but... I have 3 5x4 cameras that I use for different purposes. For example, I can pack the Toho for many miles, but I'm unlikely to carry the Arca-Swiss very far. The Wista I have doesn't get...
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    Happy Toyo field owner

    My absolute best tripod, IMHO, is my Ries A100 legs with an A200 head atop. The head has tilt, only, and would hold a small car! :D I used nothing else with my 10x8 Deardorff for nearly 20 years. But, age has a way of catching up to ya so, nowadays, I use a surveyor's style carbon fiber tripod...
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    Happy Toyo field owner

    Tagging on to Ian's post regarding lightweight 5x4 outfits... Mine is a Toho FC-45X with 90mm Angulon, 135mm Caltar, 200mm Nikkor-M and 300mm Nikkor-M. Very portable in a small pack for long hikes.
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    Happy Toyo field owner

    Welcome to the forums and world of LF photography! Regarding your questions, a lot goes to personal preference, but here is what I use: 1) For focusing, I use a pair of magnifying eye glasses because I like both hands free to manipulate camera controls. 2) Opinions on light meters will probably...
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    A Journey Begins

    Welcome, John! I'm sure you'll enjoy the LF experience, but don't forget you can generate digital negs from your smaller format work and print using alt processes.
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    4 x 5 Enlarger Advice

    I have always held the opinion that if the negative is developed correctly for the enlarging system used, it really doesn't matter condenser vs diffusion. That said, however, back hundred years ago when I used a condenser enlarger I found it a pain to keep the condensers clean.
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    Developer Film Speed

    David, I agree with your comments. My point is that, for example, many years ago when I used Ilford DD-X I had read that it was common to shoot 100 box speed film at EI 160 due to the "speed increasing" nature of this developer. I tested a few of the ISO 100 films I shot at the time and measured...
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    Developer Film Speed

    I've always heard of certain developers being "speed increasing" developers, but, personally, I've never measured one that actually increased speed. Significantly expanding/reducing development time can affect film speed, but over my years of testing various films & developers I've never found...
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    Developer Film Speed

    I think David has explained it pretty well. The box speed is determined by the manufacturer under very specific laboratory conditions. Your personal EI is determined based on sensitometric testing or empirically and is tailored to your personal equipment and workflow. Therefore, film speed is a...
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    FomaPan 200 Tray Development

    Happy New Year to you and all the members of this forum! Stay safe.
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    FomaPan 200 Tray Development

    I forgot to mention another tip that you may find useful... I place a long 15mm square rod of plexiglass under the far end of the trays which helps to keep the film located down in the end of the tray where I'm working; I never liked the thought of a sheet of film "migrating" off to somewhere...
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    FomaPan 200 Tray Development

    David, I was referring to each corner of the film; quite sharp. With emulsion up, you learn a "feel" for the shuffle to avoid digging the corners into the emulsion. FWIW, my technique for placing dry film into the water pre-soak tray is to hold the stack of film in my left hand, with a slight...
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    Another developing tank

    I am always encouraged by any new development and/or interest in analog photography!
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    FomaPan 200 Tray Development

    David, I doubt that using a plain water stop would cause the film to stick together in the fix, but I certainly don't know for sure because I always used an acid stop when tray developing. Supposedly, with emulsion down one is less likely to scratch the film because the corners cannot come in...
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    FomaPan 200 Tray Development

    David, The only time I've had sheets stick together is when placing dry film into the water bath tray. If I'm not careful to make sure each sheet is fully immersed, they will stick! And, it ain't easy to get 'em back apart. However, once each sheet has been carefully submerged in the water bath...
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