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    I must have blew through 60 sheets of 4x5 before I employed most of the rigorous dust control tips offered here and cut out the BS and bought a 3010 Expert Drum for my previously unused & donated Jobo CPP2. Unless I am running a couple rolls of 35 or 120, I use the Jobo for everything. No dislodged Rollei IR, no streaks, no pitting, no BS.

    With good black and white 4x5 sheet film costing between $1-2 per sheet, I need 100% consistency and the only way I have gotten that is with an Expert Drum. But it was the nasty dust issues that had me seriously thinking of dumping the format. Ruthless control methods have helped out quite a bit and I now feel that I get the pro results I need.

    Mod54 has an updated version of their popular Paterson tank insert available that has improvements in regards to both loading and build quality. I have one left and while I think they are a great solution to those of us who have no way of tray souping, the problem I ran into was films with really thin base material like Rollei IR 400 coming dislodged and getting ruined. They also use 2-4X more chemistry than other methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    I must have blew through 60 sheets of 4x5 before I employed most of the rigorous dust control tips offered here and cut out the BS and bought a 3010 Expert Drum for my previously unused & donated Jobo CPP2. Unless I am running a couple rolls of 35 or 120, I use the Jobo for everything. No dislodged Rollei IR, no streaks, no pitting, no BS.
    The Jobo 3010 Expert Drum is worth much more than the cost.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

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    A friend brought me Mod54 processor as i told him, he travels to London or UK more often or alot because he is from Liverpool, so when he was there last 2 weeks he ordered it for me to be shipped free to his place there, and just today i've got it from him, he is my best friend, and now i have something to use to shoot more LF, i hate trays method and BTZS is nice but i feel it is similar to trays and spinning in trays is not so lovely action, HP Combi Plan, well, i have a feeling it may do the job but will see some issues, i keep it for backup or emergency.

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    OK just to let you know I have had none to very little knowledge about LF cameras. Film...Loads of experience so that part I have that covered. I have an opportunity to get a 4" x 5" camera. It is the Press King. It was made in Canada so I suppose there is not a lot of them circulating. I have been wanting to make the step to LF for some time. The lens on the camera is not that spectacular but I think I can use it until I can upgrade to better glass. I have included a few pictures for the back of the camera. What I was wondering is there a film holder that would work on this camera ? Maybe it is one of those that are rarer than hens teeth ? It is a RB so that kind of helps for positioning etc. The GG has a chip in the corner but I can live with that until better times and $$$$. The bellows look fine. Would this be a wise purchase or just a obsolete door stop not worth restoring. Pre-Thanks for your comments Dennis
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    Hi Dennis:

    This APUG thread has a little info: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum44/2...ng-camera.html
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    Very little anywhere on this. Found a lot of info on the range finder.
    Last edited by dances_w_clouds; 07-07-2012 at 02:46 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dances_w_clouds View Post
    OK just to let you know I have had none to very little knowledge about LF cameras. Film...Loads of experience so that part I have that covered. I have an opportunity to get a 4" x 5" camera. It is the Press King. It was made in Canada so I suppose there is not a lot of them circulating. I have been wanting to make the step to LF for some time. The lens on the camera is not that spectacular but I think I can use it until I can upgrade to better glass. I have included a few pictures for the back of the camera. What I was wondering is there a film holder that would work on this camera ? Maybe it is one of those that are rarer than hens teeth ? It is a RB so that kind of helps for positioning etc. The GG has a chip in the corner but I can live with that until better times and $$$$. The bellows look fine. Would this be a wise purchase or just a obsolete door stop not worth restoring. Pre-Thanks for your comments Dennis
    Check www.graflex.org and www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post

    Yes Thank-you. It does resemble a Speed-Graphic-press-style-camera with a little more wear and tear. Definitely more homework for me but you gave me a spot to narrow my search down by a few hrs.
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    A camera is just a box, and old cameras are just wooden boxes that are hopefully light tight.

    Less research - more photographing, or as david mammet would have said - shoot first ask questions later (only if you really need to...

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    What I can order is a:http://www.ebay.com/itm/GRAFLEX-4X5-...#ht_2454wt_832
    It looks as if it should fit. And they are close so shipping is very inexpensive. Probably should get 2

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