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    wrt to focussing stopped down, some recommend sliding a sheet of the paper paper you plan to use under the base of your grain mag, too...

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    According to Bob's instruction, I masked off my 4x5 neg carrier yesterday and did some printing.
    I have to say that I was astounded by the difference in sharpness compared to the glassless carrier. Grain was MUCH more apparent, but looked very nice. The problem now is all the dust that is also visible. I never thought I'd have to spot my prints as much as is now evident. It makes me wonder if the extra sharpness is worth it, as I never really felt I was lacking sharpness prior to this...

    Thanks for the advice everyone.

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    good to hear you are getting your flatness problems resolved Thomas. I do have to ask if you've checked your enlarger alignment lately? I had some similar problems some years back and sound my Beseler 45 had slipped one of it's cogs on motorized lifting mechanism. I was lucky that I have a versalab enlarger alignment tool. I could make prints that were sharp for the most part. Since I fixed the issue and fine tuned the alignment with the versalign, that it's a breeze now to print. I also replaced many of the old tired screws on the MCRX-45 bracing rods with hex head screws that allow more torque. I have not had to make ANY adjustments since doing that. I'd gladly swing over and help you check that??

    After I realigned mine, sharpness improved greatly.

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    Damm Thomas
    are all you folks from the mid west so hard to please..

    Ok Dust control
    rewash negative
    warm water cotton gloves , to get rid of surface grit on negative
    photoflow and dry.
    Lots of humidity in your darkroom
    Varn glass cleaner or above to clean glass
    all sides
    wipe down all surfaces in darkroom
    Antistatic cloth slightly both surfaces of negative
    Canned air, not compressed air from hoses with copper or no moister reducer unit.
    Use a 10x loupe to look at negative
    reclean if you see dust .
    Get over it and do it.

    Bob


    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    According to Bob's instruction, I masked off my 4x5 neg carrier yesterday and did some printing.
    I have to say that I was astounded by the difference in sharpness compared to the glassless carrier. Grain was MUCH more apparent, but looked very nice. The problem now is all the dust that is also visible. I never thought I'd have to spot my prints as much as is now evident. It makes me wonder if the extra sharpness is worth it, as I never really felt I was lacking sharpness prior to this...

    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    - Thomas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
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    Lots of humidity in your darkroom .
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    Bob:

    Do you recommend moving to Toronto in order to get the right level of summer humidity?

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tref Hopkins View Post
    wrt to focussing stopped down, some recommend sliding a sheet of the paper paper you plan to use under the base of your grain mag, too...
    And others recommend not doing that!


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    Never knew Sweden was in the Midwest...

    Yeah, I should stop bitchin and get on with it. You're right in a way. It was more of a reflection than anything...

    I appreciate the advice. Regarding dusty negs, for some reason the negatives I have processed with Xtol don't have much dust on them, if any. They are squeaky clean. One or two spots in a 10" square print to spot, and that's it. Negs processed with Rodinal or HC-110 (don't use those anymore) have little armies of dust attached to them. It's very strange...

    Onward!

    - T

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    Damm Thomas
    are all you folks from the mid west so hard to please..

    Ok Dust control
    rewash negative
    warm water cotton gloves , to get rid of surface grit on negative
    photoflow and dry.
    Lots of humidity in your darkroom
    Varn glass cleaner or above to clean glass
    all sides
    wipe down all surfaces in darkroom
    Antistatic cloth slightly both surfaces of negative
    Canned air, not compressed air from hoses with copper or no moister reducer unit.
    Use a 10x loupe to look at negative
    reclean if you see dust .
    Get over it and do it.

    Bob
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    It's certainly go to do with the amount of surfactants in the developer. I know many have wetting agent incorporated in them, and some don't. Could it be that Xtol has more of this incorporated into it?
    Please check out my website www.amoxomphotography.com and APUG Portfolio .....

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    I think there is some validity to your statement, Andy, about wetting agents. I don't know what truth there is to it, and I don't care that much either. It works well for me, that's all that matters.

    Pyrocat was very good with giving me spot free negatives also.

    - Thomas
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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