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Hendo'svan

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My name is Andrew, and I have been using a camera for the last 40 years, I used a Mamiya c330F and Minolta 600si back in the early 90s and had my own darkroom and developed both colour and Black and White.
When my son was almost ready to be born, the darkroom got converted into a nursery, and soon after the TLR got sold, as well as the darkroom equipment.
Then for the last few years it's been digital, currently with a Sony A6000 and PC with Lightroom, but like many during the Covid lock down's I started reading about more people using film, and thought I would give it another go, and have now set up a new darkroom in the attic, and use a Minolta XG-M and Bronica SQ-A.
Now I have ordered an Intrepid 5x4, which I hope to get my hands on next month, and have purchased a couple of lenses, 150mm and a 90mm, so looking forward to getting to know the world of large format.
 

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Hello and welcome back to the fold. I was out in -8C here in the middle of the US shooting with my Speed Graphic. At this point, the only way I can determine what "too cold" might be is when the bellows refuse to move.
 

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Welcome, I have a few relatives in Edinburgh. My father's cousin opened the famous vegetarian sandwich bar in the city. So I visit occasionally :D

Ian
 

martin-f5

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ahh, thats a great decision! Gratulation, 5x4" in Edinburgh must be Wonderfull and Scottish highlands too.
 

David M

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Welcome.
Have you ordered the Intrepid enlarger module, or will you be using your digital skills on the 5x4 negs? Both methods seem to work well.
 

Hendo'svan

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Welcome.
Have you ordered the Intrepid enlarger module, or will you be using your digital skills on the 5x4 negs? Both methods seem to work well.
Hi David
No, not yet but will be later this year, probably make it a family birthday present to me where everyone can chip in :), I will be digitizing them with my Sony A6000 and macro lens, as I do currently with my 35mm and 120. I'm now reading all I can on the various developing methods of 5x4 negatives, and will probably start with using trays as I have all ready got these, also looking at "Slosher tray" designs too.
I like the look of the Stearman Press, but funds will be a bit scarce, maybe a Christmas present :)

H
 

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A Paterson Orbital makes a good alternative to trays and can be used in daylight.

You can process four 5x4 sheets in it providing you use the dividing pegs.

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David M

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Trays were good enough for Saint Ansel and Saint Edward. I used them successfully for years until I developed eczema (from another source, not from photography). I was processing six negs at a time and at a pinch could do ten. It does need an adequate quantity of darkness, whereas the tanks can be loaded in a dark tent and processed in normal light. Will Intrepid will ever do one?
People seem scared for some reason and although it does need a little practice it’s very flexible and the equipment is cheap.
 

Hendo'svan

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Trays were good enough for Saint Ansel and Saint Edward. I used them successfully for years until I developed eczema (from another source, not from photography). I was processing six negs at a time and at a pinch could do ten. It does need an adequate quantity of darkness, whereas the tanks can be loaded in a dark tent and processed in normal light. Will Intrepid will ever do one?
People seem scared for some reason and although it does need a little practice it’s very flexible and the equipment is cheap.
I will certainly give the trays a try as well as the "Taco" and "Tray slosher" method as it saves me having to buy any more equipment, each method seems to have it's fans and detractors, and I like trying things out and making my own mind up. No doubt I will be badgering the forum with questions in due course, but my first impressions of this place are very positive and I'm delighted with the warm welcome, thank you so much.
 

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Welcome Andrew from a fellow Scot. I am new to the LF forum and format but I can promise you based on my expereince you have found a helpful and friendly bunch. Good luck sir.
 

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Welcome Andrew; I'm also in the "Intrepid 4x5 with 150mm and 90mm lenses" club. I now use the Stearman SP-445 which is very easy to load and my only regret is that I didn't go straight down that route. Having said that my darkroom is a Nova darkroom tent with a 4x5 enlarger squeezed in and a Nova slot processor, with no room for trays.
 

David M

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Sounds like an excellent working setup.
Presumably the Nova slot processor would process film too, if necessary. 10x8, perhaps?
 
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