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by Matt_Bigwood
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:48 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Feedback
Topic: Status of this Web site
Replies: 23
Views: 9663

Re: Status of this Web site

I keep checking on the site from time to time, but very little activity now.

I still have a 5x4 camera, but decreasing amount of free time and increasing cost of film and chemicals means I haven't used it in over a year.
by Matt_Bigwood
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:40 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTS: Razzle dual focus polaroid 5x4 conversion.
Replies: 7
Views: 2839

Re: WTS: Razzle dual focus polaroid 5x4 conversion.

Sadly Dean passed away earlier this year.

I've also got one of his conversions I bought via this board a few years ago - very similar to yours, but mine has the original Rodenstock 127mm lens fitted.

Great camera and a superb, fast option for hand-held shooting.
by Matt_Bigwood
Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:44 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: For sale - Mamiya RB67 kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1122

Re: For sale - Mamiya RB67 kit

Now sold.
by Matt_Bigwood
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:42 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: For sale - Mamiya RB67 kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1122

For sale - Mamiya RB67 kit

I'm selling a nice Mamiya RB67 with ProS 120 6x7 back, and immaculate 90mm f3.8 standard lens. £180 plus £15 postage or collection from Gloucestershire.
by Matt_Bigwood
Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:57 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free to a good home - two enlargers
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: Free to a good home - two enlargers

Both enlargers have now gone to a good home.
by Matt_Bigwood
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:58 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free to a good home - two enlargers
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Free to a good home - two enlargers

I'm having a tidy up and have faced the realisation that I will never be able to set up a darkroom, so have two enlargers free to someone who can make use of them. One is a very nice Durst A600 autofocus which will print up to 6x7cm negs. Black and white condenser enlarger with very good Rodenstock ...
by Matt_Bigwood
Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:34 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Polaroid conversions?
Replies: 2
Views: 2126

Re: Polaroid conversions?

Hi Chris I have a Razzle conversion which I bought from a forum member a few years ago. It's based on a 110B and it's a great design and quick in operation. It has the standard Rodenstock 127mm lens, which I find to be a good focal length, wider than normal and which more-or-less matches the whole a...
by Matt_Bigwood
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:13 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Wet Processing
Topic: Cleaning glass negs
Replies: 4
Views: 2580

Re: Cleaning glass negs

That story sounds very familiar - I started working at the newspaper in the mid 80s and was told that virtually all the glass plates from the 1920s to the 50s had been thrown away in the early 60s as they were too heavy and took up too much space. I left there about 10 years ago, and the company, wh...
by Matt_Bigwood
Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:02 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Wet Processing
Topic: Cleaning glass negs
Replies: 4
Views: 2580

Re: Cleaning glass negs

I would be quite careful with any approach to cleaning glass plates. When I worked for a newspaper I was asked to print some 9x12cm glass plates from the 1950s and the emulsion was very delicate on those - possibly because of insufficient fixing or washing when they were originally developed. On a n...
by Matt_Bigwood
Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:05 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Wet Processing
Topic: Adox CHS 50 film
Replies: 6
Views: 3318

Re: Adox CHS 50 film

Thanks very much for the information.

Matt
by Matt_Bigwood
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:02 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Taking Pictures
Topic: Replicating an old 'look' to pictures.
Replies: 2
Views: 2201

Re: Replicating an old 'look' to pictures.

Thanks Neil,

Yes, the car is BRG (not a Ferrari unfortunately!). I will experiment with dev times before doing it in anger.

Matt
by Matt_Bigwood
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:26 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Taking Pictures
Topic: Replicating an old 'look' to pictures.
Replies: 2
Views: 2201

Replicating an old 'look' to pictures.

As I mentioned in another post, I've bought some Adox CHS 50 as I'm planning on taking some photos of a colleague's 1950s sports car which has been restored, and I'm trying to achieve the feel of photos taken at the time the car was new. I'll be using an MPP MicroPress and lenses from the same era -...
by Matt_Bigwood
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:35 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Wet Processing
Topic: Adox CHS 50 film
Replies: 6
Views: 3318

Adox CHS 50 film

I've recently bought a box of 5x4 Adox CHS 50 film, and having done a quick search here it seems that the emulsion is quite soft.

I'm going to be processing it in a Paterson Orbital processor using Rodinal - and advice on the best working practice, and should I use a pre-soak before the developer?
by Matt_Bigwood
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:08 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Taking Pictures
Topic: Paper negatives
Replies: 8
Views: 3476

Re: Paper negatives

Thanks Evan, that is very useful.

It is VC paper, so I will try it with a yellow filter. Did you pre-flash the paper under an enlarger for a second or so?
by Matt_Bigwood
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:12 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00
Forum: Taking Pictures
Topic: Paper negatives
Replies: 8
Views: 3476

Re: Paper negatives

Thanks for the advice - I'll report back when I've tried it.