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  1. Ian Grant

    My largest Thornton Pickard shutter

    I've found the shutter parts, I'd not noticed before that the left hand piston (looking at the front) has that hole so you can use an air release. With the Compound shutter when I cleaned and oiled the piston area it dampened correctly. One of the Unicum piston cylinders is loose (not full...
  2. Ian Grant

    My largest Thornton Pickard shutter

    When I bought my 10x8 Agfa Ansco commercial View camera about 15 years ago the 12" Dagor's Compound shutter was fast at slow speeds, I had to use a couple of drops of machine oil to lubricate the piston dampers. I have some shutter parts that came with a box of cameras and there's some Bausch &...
  3. Ian Grant

    My largest Thornton Pickard shutter

    I'll take a look at mine in June, I have about 6 of those air releases so can take one with me. I have some similar FL Beck Rapid Rectilinear lenses in barrels, I should try them out. Is that the Quarter plate camera you wanted film sheaths for ? Ian
  4. Ian Grant

    My largest Thornton Pickard shutter

    I've not tried, although the shutter seems very accurate, 110 roll film is long gone. Some other cameras from the same manufacturer and competitors allowed the use of plates as well as roll film, mine doesn't unfortunately. I'll check mext time I'm in Turkey. Ian
  5. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    Well there was a lot of grime around the front edge of the lens which the seller described as separation, but some glass cleaner quickly showed the 1939/40 lens had been coated after WWII and was and still is in excellent condtion for its age. The Linhof/Wista lens board has become a sort of...
  6. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    Alan, I'd bought the 300mm Nikon M with 10x8 in mind as well as using it on my Wista however it was longer than I'd intialled planned before I finally bought a 10x8 Agfa Ansco |Commercial View, The 2nd owner had used a 300mm Nikon M saying the original 12" Dagor was useless (in fact he'd never...
  7. Ian Grant

    Dispensing small quantities.

    Actually those syringes on the Ampulla site are expensive, the same ones are on Ebay at half the price. I've found some 20ml syringes with blunt needs and it's only £4.29 for 10 inc postage. I'm not sure the bottle plugs are going to seal with most plastic bottles. Ian
  8. Ian Grant

    Dispensing small quantities.

    Previous replies disappeared ;D Those syringes and adaptors would be useful if I used bottle with narrow necks, I'm using Ilford bottles though for my Pyrocat HD. I still have quite a few Photocolor 10 or 12ml graduates that came with each colour chemistry kit. The syringes used for...
  9. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    I actually have a third kit, if I put it together, a 90mm f6.8 WA Raptar, 135mm or 150mm f4.5 Xenar, 200mm f6.3Osaka (Congo), and a choice of camera. There was a short spell a few years ago when LF equipment and particularly lenses was ridiculously cheap especially from the US. It's only 18...
  10. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    The frightening part Joanna is some of those tripods heads now cost more than the whole of my light weight LF kit - OK to be fair all second-hand. That head does look good but the one thing I really like is a long combined tilt and pan arm. I have a Manfrotto head, I have quite a few tripods...
  11. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    Joanna, it is possible to put together a light weight LF kit based around a 5x4 camera. There are times when a full LF kit is heavy and impractical, and in the areas I often shoot wouldn't be permitted either. My light weight kit is based around a Graflex Suer Graphic, I either use a 135mm...
  12. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    My Gitzo head pre-dates the low-profile type by quite a few years, the tilt arm is 26cm long but angle down more than most others so it doesn't get in the way. It also has a large platform which is great with my 7x5 and 10x8 cameras. There's also a secondary lock on the tilt so one can increase...
  13. Ian Grant

    Happy Toyo field owner

    Finding a good Weston meter is becoming much harder. Many have Selenium cells that are failing, a good test is point at a very bright light and see if you get full needle movement. They are no longer serviceable, so can't be repaired, you'd need to test before buying one. I've looked at a lot...
  14. Ian Grant

    Forum Host/Server Move

    Seems quite a few recent posts have been lost. I think all after Tuesday evening. Ian
  15. Ian Grant

    Does this count as alternative process?

    I wondered about both sets of images :D Nothing like what I've ever shot. Ian
  16. Ian Grant

    Does this count as alternative process?

    David, I switched to digital to shoot bands live around 16 years ago. There were two reasons, first the specialist Kodak and Fuji push process E6 films disappeared - these were the first to be discontinued, secondly and perhaps more important images were required in electronic format and finally...
  17. Ian Grant

    Family Portrait on the C. Burr petzval

    Getting a new spring is next to impossible. I tend to flush out the bottom rollers with the spring sometimes there's a touch of rust. Once cleaned I flush out with hot water, followed by Isopropyl Alcohol, then finally lightly oil using a couple of drops of sewing machine oil mixed with alcohol...
  18. Ian Grant

    Family Portrait on the C. Burr petzval

    I've a Postcard format Graflex SLR that came from a photographer in Paris, it's the only Graflex with a self capping shutter - which is a fudge as it isn't really it just has a second curtain to allow re-cocking etc. I'm converting it to take moder 5x4 style film holders but in practice have...
  19. Ian Grant

    Does this count as alternative process?

    The other approach was to make a B&W copy negative off a colour print. I have a box of Panlure that my local pro lab owner (now closed) gave me maybe 15 years ago. It was a few years old then, all the other B&W papers are fine but I've not tested it. Unlike David I began colour work in about...
  20. Ian Grant

    Does this count as alternative process?

    Usually with some difficulty these days, Kodak used to make Panlure paper specifically for making B&W darkroom prints, it was one of the first products to go because a minilab could make a B&W print on Colour paper or better still the special RA-4 process B&W paper. Ian
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