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This is a Niche Zone for those who love to shoot film, including 35mm, medium and large formats. Discussions should be centred around gear, techniques, darkroom, printing, etc. Everything analog!
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  2. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    The Internet is marvellous (sometimes) - my online musings on the difficulty of finding a 5"x7" double darkslide to fit the camera was answered within a few hours by an exchange offer of a practically unused c.1970's Lisco Regal DD in exchange for me rebuilding a Thornton Pickard shutter. So I picked both up yesterday from a local address - and somehow I also picked up a similarly unused Praktica Nova 1b and a Minolta X300 35mm camera for use if/when I get people back into the darkroom to resume B&W film tuition into the bargain as well). Today I drove up the road today on a warm, cloudles
  3. Hugh_3170

    Once more into the breach...

    Kudos Alan - a great outcome - something that you should be proud of.
  4. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    A bit more work and I've made an adapter to mount one of the Thornton Pickard shutters (with TP lens) that I recently restored to working condition. So all that's needed now is a 5x7 double darkslide or two and some 5x7 film and the camera should be operational at the required sub-second shutter speeds that 100 ISO will call for. First couple of photos are of the camera with lens & shutter mounted to the adapter, which in turn is mounted/dismounted using the camera's standard lens board mount and catch. I did have to remove the little auxiliary viewfinder that had been mounted
  5. Hugh_3170

    Once more into the breach...

    Love the price and automotive comparisons. Good luck with your lens search.
  6. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    I'm presently toying with making an adapter to mount my good Thornton Pickard-Beck lens with its now-operational TP shutter onto this camera to see if this is practical - it will require removing the "waist level" Premo finder from its position which will be a permanent mod as it's riveted on, and relocating it to the same spot on the baseboard that Pony Premo's Nos 1 through 6 have it, but if/when I find a mirror to fit as the original's silvering has perished beyond redemption. Should that work I'll still keep looking for a lens that is of more modern design and manufacture and w
  7. Hugh_3170

    Once more into the breach...

    Wow - well done! Alan I am now totally convinced that you did not waste your chilhood! Great stuff. 👏 Will you look for a period lens or go for a modern one?
  8. Dallas

    Once more into the breach...

    Splendid job, Alan!
  9. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    OK, it's done (with a new lensboard to hold a non-functional Thornton Pickard-Beck lens for display purposes. Now for a working lens & shutter, and a couple of 5"x7" darkslides and it'll be a fully serviceable camera again, and I intend to use it as such.
  10. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    Thanks, Hugh, it's coming along nicely. The camera will be fully usable with the proviso that I can find a 5x7 double-darkslide or two that'll fit from a vendor who doesn't want the thing's weight in gold as a selling price, and whether I decide to shell out a large amount of cash to buy a decent lens & shutter combo to fit the thing rather than some hazy rubbish from the unsold left-overs from a yard sale. Alternatively I could try to adapt one of my Thornton Pickard lenses with its now-working shutter to the camera, but that will necessitate removing the token viewfinder rendered useless
  11. Hugh_3170

    Once more into the breach...

    The other possibility is laser metal cutting, which is certainly also available in Melbourne - probably in Tasmania as well. One needs to draw the parts required on a CAD package that can output the required machine codes/instructions for the machines of the organisation doing the cutting. The model engineering fraternity have been using laser cutting of metal parts for quite some time now. Certainly if one was building a folding camera from scratch this would be the way to go. Cutting steel up to 6mm thick is a cinch. Accuracy is around 0.1mm and repeatability is not an issue. For just
  12. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    Fortunately there was only one part missing, one of the front standard's folding support strut's locking arm - if the opposite side's arm doesn't do the job properly I'll probably hand-fabricate the part from a piece of brass plate, which will take a while but maybe not any longer than trying to organise the design and printing of the part at an establishment that does metal 3-d printing (not to mention that doing it the hard way will be infinitely cheaper - free actually, as I have enough brass left over from the brackets I made up for one of the other cameras to make a mirror image of the pa
  13. crowecg

    Once more into the breach...

    Another interesting project - I’m sure you’ll come up with something to get it working. Whilst not authentic, 3D printed parts might at least get you working until the real parts come along. 3D printing is pretty widely available now, at least in Melbourne - even places like Officeworks and some libraries have them.
  14. Dallas

    Once more into the breach...

    Rather you than me. I'm all thumbs when it comes to fiddly things like that, but kudos for doing what you're doing. I wonder if some of the parts could be 3D printed successfully?
  15. Alan7140

    Once more into the breach...

    I'm definitely only doing this with the full intent of actually using the things to take photos with myself, though. This one was offered up as a response to me mentioning that I'd like to adapt one of my half-plate cameras to use 5"x7" back, but was having trouble finding a suitable back. To fix this one up to make a usable 5"x7" camera made more sense than hacking a Thornton Pickard (being bigger than half plate meant that I'd have to physically alter the rear standard of a TP which was not something I really wanted to do), but now that it's in bits and with neither a shuttered lens or 5"x7"
  16. Dallas

    Once more into the breach...

    Well, on the bright side maybe you have found a career extension in restoring the things people make photos with instead of the photos themselves.
  17. I was given this 5" x 7" format Premo Pony No.7 camera (a.k.a. Kodak Pony), literally a pile of junk which looked like it had spent much of its life under a pile of garbage somewhere, sans lens and with broken ground glass, and which thus immediately became a no-cost challenge for me... Stage one complete, and if successful in restoration it will give me a large format camera for which freshly made film is available (provided I can find darkslides to suit and a lens/shutter combination that will fit the small front standard). If it proves impractical for use, as I sa
  18. Fascinating processes! I don't think I would ever have the patience for anything that required so many steps (but then that's the story of my life!). Thanks for sharing, Alan.
  19. Whilst looking for something completely different I stumbled upon a 5"x4" B&W neg from 2000. It was from a shoot that I did for my own amusement back then, but it had involved a good deal of organisation and preparation, and I have the finished framed result hanging over my office mantle to this day. However the neg was code notched as Agfapan 25, and my recollection was that the shot was conceived and executed through a 250mm f/5.6 Zeiss lens on a Hasselblad 500 EL/M, correcting for the Infrared focus shift using the engraved IR mark on the focus ring onto Ilford SFX 120 with a Hi-Tech 78
  20. Markus

    Hazy Day

    Yes, the influences clearly show! I love Turner, too. And I agree that thinking in advance helps - but since working digital I found out that for me that using the first exposures as a scetch helps me to get nearer to a better framing, if that makes sense? But I try on the other side to previsualize more, like in the old slide days 😅. Very interesting to hear the story behind your shot! I like the way you work, real craftsmanship. 👍👍👍
  21. Alan7140

    Hazy Day

    Part of the attraction to me in returning to film and antique equipment has been the familiarity of seeing and composing photographs before even unpacking the camera, instead of machine-gunning everything in sight and then sifting through hundreds or thousands of digital files on a monitor looking for the "good" ones. The cost of materials makes taking the photographs this way a deliberate, considered action, particularly with an old view camera where the image is displayed upside-down and reversed, making it easier to compose with the eye rather than through a viewfinder, and only
  22. Markus

    Hazy Day

    Hi Alan, that´s a good practice, retravelling in the opposite direction! I like revisiting known places but I did not yet explicitely try to approach them from a new direction. I´ll keep that in mind... Maybe I have a soft spot for "ordinary" rural scenes, but I think it takes considerable skill to arrange the composition in the way you did it. The depth and balance are extraordinary. Of course your mastery of that special equipment you used may have helped, too...
  23. Alan7140

    Hazy Day

    Thanks, Marcus. I was following my tried and trusted method of "finding" a photograph - I always make an effort to travel any road I recently travelled a second time, but in the opposite direction. On my first trip a few weeks ago I returned home without taking a single photo, but yesterday, travelling the opposite way, this vista presented itself just 6km from the end of the journey down that road. The scene itself was probably just an ordinary rural scene under normal circumstances, but the light was simply prefect and made things glow, rendering nicely in a monochrome
  24. Markus

    Hazy Day

    Alan, I _really_ like this photograph! The composition is perfect in my eyes. And the tonal gradations - sigh... Congrats!!! Markus (a little bit jealous ;-))
  25. Alan7140

    Hazy Day

    Hazy scene yesterday on Woodspring Rd, Central Highlands, Tasmania. Thornton-Pickard half plate, Rodenstock Apo-Rodagon (1935), 6 sec @ f/45, Ilford Multigrade IV paper neg.
  26. crowecg

    Rock/Tree

    given that a lot of your pics are a square format 1920 is about right, as 4K is 2160 high, that leaves a little space for menu bars. Perhaps change your setting to 1920 high for the odd occasion you have a landscape format image.
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