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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Dfan View Post
    I think bulbs are still made in Ireland, but are very expensive.
    I believe they are only making the screw-base type bulbs (No 22, and larger). They are hideously expensive - like $6 each.

    I once heard a rumor that No 5/25 bulbs were being made in China but that rumor seems to be not true. Drat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
    One thing to bear in mind with bulbs, is that even when used with leaf shutters, they don't have a constant guide number between shutter speeds.
    The best resource I have found to help with this issue is the 1970's-era Kodak Master PhotoGuide (the blue cover book). There is a calculator that helps sort out the myriad of variables - bulb type, reflector type, shutter speed, distance, and aperture. I've found it to be "dead on" 99% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    The best resource I have found to help with this issue is the 1970's-era Kodak Master PhotoGuide (the blue cover book). There is a calculator that helps sort out the myriad of variables - bulb type, reflector type, shutter speed, distance, and aperture. I've found it to be "dead on" 99% of the time.
    Is that a companion book to the Darkroom Dataguides? I have an old Master Darkroom Dataguide which I just love to no end.

    I also use the GN charts on bulb boxes when they have the speeds that I use (if I'm lucky they will have ASA 400 !).
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    I have some camera store new old stock from the eighties.
    All in original boxes.

    GE M3-B (blue) Box/12
    Sylvania Magicubes 3 cubes/12 Flashes
    Sylvania Flash Bar 10 Flashes for use with Flash Bar Camera
    Sylvania Flash 600 10 Flashes for use with Polaroid Amigo 600 cameras

    If anyone has an interest, send me an email.
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    Another possible source:

    http://www.flashbulbs.com

    I have never done business there, so I don't know how reliable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
    Is that a companion book to the Darkroom Dataguides? I have an old Master Darkroom Dataguide which I just love to no end.
    The book I refer to is in the same series. I made a mistake, however, on the title -- it should be Kodak Professional Photoguide. Mine is 1st edition, 1977 printing. The preface mentions some overlap with the Darkroom Dataguide and the Color Dataguide.

    The Kodak Master Photoguide was a smaller book (the copy I have is silver and printed in 1982). I find the tables in that guide to be less informative than in the Professional PhotoGuide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy View Post
    Could anyone tell me the correct bulbs to purchase for a Honeywell Tilt-A-Mite flash. I was given 2 different units and would like to have a go at bulb photography.

    Thanks
    My Tilt-a-mite takes both M3 and AG-1 bulbs. The lamp receptacle has a built-in spring loaded adapter which retracts when an M3 bulb is fitted.

    Regarding batteries, you can take out the old B-C unit (if the old wierd 15V battery is still there, and remove the capacitor as well) and rewire it for a 6V 4LR44 alkaline cell. This is what I did with my flash gun. 6V is enough to fire both AG-1 and M3 flashbulbs.

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    Here are some of the best sites for flash bulb information. The graflex site has good information and some bulb charts as well as a good link to the O. Winston Link site that shows what could be done with bulbs. Meggaflash has some grest pictures in their gallery as well.

    http://graflex.org/flash/
    http://www.flashbulbs.com/index.shtml
    http://www.meggaflash.com

    GE put out a booklet in the early 1950s called "GE Photo-Lamp Data" that provide a lot of information on their bulbs and how to use them. You can still find copies of these booklets in used bookstores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS.haw View Post
    The book I refer to is in the same series. I made a mistake, however, on the title -- it should be Kodak Professional Photoguide. Mine is 1st edition, 1977 printing. The preface mentions some overlap with the Darkroom Dataguide and the Color Dataguide.

    The Kodak Master Photoguide was a smaller book (the copy I have is silver and printed in 1982). I find the tables in that guide to be less informative than in the Professional PhotoGuide.
    Haha, after reading your post I bought the Kodak Master Photoguide off eBay using the buy-it-now option. Oh well, $ 9,99 won't break the bank, but now I have to go look for the Professional Photoguide. I have this Crown Graphic with a Graflite flash and a carton with about 80 Westinghouse #11 bulbs you see, and at around $ 2 a piece they are a little too expensive to just guess shutter speed/guide number. (BTW www.flashbulbs.com lists them at $ 6.25 each!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    The book I refer to is in the same series. I made a mistake, however, on the title -- it should be Kodak Professional Photoguide. Mine is 1st edition, 1977 printing. The preface mentions some overlap with the Darkroom Dataguide and the Color Dataguide.

    The Kodak Master Photoguide was a smaller book (the copy I have is silver and printed in 1982). I find the tables in that guide to be less informative than in the Professional PhotoGuide.
    That's OK, I'm just getting both from feeBay...
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