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    Help with Canon cameras

    Warfarin, tip of the hat to you. I took your advice and sent the AE1 to Forster's for CLA. The price was reasonable and it was done and back in ten days. I could not be more pleased. Thanks for suggesting it.
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    Help with Canon cameras

    This is a bit off topic, but I'll respond. Today most people shoot almost exclusively digital for the reason you cite, Warfarin, and for other valid reasons. I do very little of it. I've spent most of my life honing my film photography skills and I am reluctant to set them out on the curb...
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    Help with Canon cameras

    True that. I bought a new Mamiya 645 (a wedding photographer's backup camera that had never been out of the box). Unfortunately, the prior owner ignored the recall for a bad chip and the chip no longer being available I had to buy another 645 to cannibalize. Get parts cameras...good advice...
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    Help with Canon cameras

    Thanks, Warfarin. Yes, any old camera will need CLA, especially if you don't know whether it's been riding around in the back seat of someone's car in Phoenix for the past 40 years. I spent over two hundred bucks on CLA/repair for my "used but fully functional" F-1, but after two trips to the...
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    Help with Canon cameras

    I have been using Canon since the early 1970's. I hate to change, but I've wasted so much money recently. A couple EBay AE-1's turned out to be defective and an F-1 that came from a major seller whose name you would recognize also turned out to be junk, so I sent it back to them and they sent...
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    Edges of Photos out of Focus

    I am using a Beseler 23C II enlarger with dichroic head and a Rodenstok 90mm lens to expose negatives of landscapes shot with an RB67. I most often print the entire negative, little cropping). The middle 2/3 of the negative is clear as a bell, the sides increasingly out of focus. I have...
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    New Arista paper is fogged

    Yep. Fortunately, neither does it constitute a serious financial blow to me. I think I will buy smaller quantities of Arista in the future in case it happens again, and let this sleeping dog lie. This box of paper was on sale when I bought it. That's what I get for being a cheapskate.
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    New Arista paper is fogged

    No such info on the box, only an item number. Stuff happens, I guess. At least I am done with it...won't be wasting any more time trying to figure out what went wrong.
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    New Arista paper is fogged

    I bought 250 sheets of Arista VC RC paper from Freestyle a few months back. I put it on the shelf where I have all my other papers (no problems there). I started printing with ID-11 1:4 and got really bad fog. Changed to Dektol 1:2 and got the same result. It is rather unpredictable, most of...
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    Print reduction question

    I had a few prints that dried darker than I'd expected them to, some Farmers already mixed and a snowy day with nothing better to do. So why not give it a shot, said I. Your response promoted me to pull some books off the shelf and thumb through them. I was sure I'd read something about using...
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    Print reduction question

    I mixed up some Farmers Reducer and set about working on some overexposed prints. They started to lighten evenly, but toward the end (before I was ready to stop the process) they started exhibiting light streaks and spots. This was with RC paper and I had not pre-wetted the first of them. I...
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    Print reduction question

    I mixed up some Farmers Reducer and set about working on some overexposed prints. They started to lighten evenly, but toward the end (before I was ready to stop the process) they started exhibiting light streaks and spots. This was with RC paper and I had not pre-wetted the first of them. I...
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    Liquid Emulsion Question

    Thanks a million. I will give polyurethane a try.
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    Liquid Emulsion Question

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    Liquid Emulsion Question

    I am playing around with some "Liquid Light" emulsion I got from Freestyle. Anyone have experience using this stuff? I get a surprisingly good image with it, but before I can get it out of the soup the emulsion starts to come apart and I am left with some goo to wash down the drain. I...
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