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  • Use an all-manual camera?

    10 22.22%
  • Develop your own negatives?

    4 8.89%
  • Make your own prints?

    4 8.89%
  • Mount your own slides?

    0 0%
  • Mount your own prints?

    4 8.89%
  • Do your own repairs?

    3 6.67%
  • Mix up your own developer?

    10 22.22%
  • Grind your own ground glass?

    4 8.89%
  • Build your own camera?

    6 13.33%
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    if a pinhole camera counts, i've done all but the ground glass.
    i used to buy+repair falling plate cameras and resell them on feebay for a while there.

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    I do all but grind my own glass, and build my own camera. I have learned a great deal doing the other things. You can always send a camera out for repairs after you have attempted you own

    Gary

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    I don't mount my own prints. Except for that, I do it all.
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    I'm so involved with building my own camera that I haven't seen the safelight glow of my darkroom in 3 weeks.

    G

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    Use my camera in manual mode 50% the time; develop my BW negatives (color goes to the lab). Hopefully print my own BW stuff soon (studying "The Print" right now...)

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    I do the first 6.
    "Mixing" I don't need to whilst Rodinal is available and I'm too lazy.
    "Grinding" and "Building" I don't have the skills or patience to learn them.

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    The first seven. I have quite a lot of home made stuff in the darkroom.

    As time goes on, it may be that we will all have to become more proficient at DIY in order to keep analogue photography alive. Our equipment will not last forever, although I suspect the 1929 Compur dial-set shutter I have may well out live me....
    Heat or light; it depends on your sensitivity.

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    My DIY skills are pretty non-existant, but my design skills are a bit better. I love designing stuff thats simple enough that even _I_ can build it. I did a 5x4 camera last year which worked pretty good - no movements or shutter (I will add a falling plate shutter to the design), but it worked pretty well!

    A month or so ago it got warm enough to spend the afternoon out in the yard, and build a 5x4 enlarger - the illumination is a bit uneven, and it has some limitations on the image sizes it can produce, but considering it was a $10 lens, and $5 of wood, it was a fun afternoon, and it does actually work OK.

    Repairs usually get sent out, as I'm just too careless to be let loose on expensive equipment.

    Ian

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    All but mix my own developer (probably will soon) and build my own camera - I've been too busy fixing up all the great old cameras out there to do that. Seems like a fun exercise, but not all that practical to me - unless you're making something you can't find or afford otherwise, in that case it's very cool.

    Nathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
    The things I don't do is repairs, ground glass and build my own camera. This way I can blame someone else if they fail.
    Me too. I use bought developers though. I could mix my own, but I don't.
    Diane

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