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Fixing a Seiko leaf shutter: putting the shutter blades back in place

The Fuji CW 90mm f/8 lens was the first lens I got in addition to the Rodenstock Sironar-N 150 mm that I got with the camera. Not too long ago, two of the shutter blades got dislodged and I was left with a broken shutter. Instead of spending the price I paid for the lens on a professional repair job, I decided to open it up and carefully see if this was something I could fix myself. As it turns out: I could, and I did. In today’s post, I describe the process and my lessons learnt. I took way…

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The (al)chemist: formulary and chemistry books

For those that keep track of this blog somewhat regularly will not be surprised when I tell you that I am technically inclined. I have an interest in the chemistry of analog photography and recently purchased a few books on the topic. While I am reading them one by one, I am also writing reviews so you know which ones to get yourself. In this post, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release,…

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#PrintParteh – In review

On January 25, I announced the #printparteh hashtag and the associated print party that was to take place on Twitter from March 5 to April 1, 2018. In this post, we will have a look at the outcome and summarize what people contributed and learned. What better way to summarize a bunch of Tweets than a curated set of Tweet? I have embedded the originals below, so feel free to click and read the entire thread back on Twitter. In my opinion, this set provides a nice — but far from complete — overview of all the contributions. If you…

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The printer: technique books

The darkroom printer can learn from a mentor, by experience and by reading up on techniques. Right next to the formulary books on my bookshelves, sit the books that discuss practical techniques for use in the darkroom. In this article, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release and will be updated whenever I finish reading. Release: 2018-02-03 The Photographer’s Master Printing Course Tim Rudman’s book (ISBN 1-85732-407-2) is a good introduction to many…

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The making of a print: Energiecentrale

A while ago I asked some followers on Twitter what they would like to see more of on the blog and one exclaimed ‘photos!’. And I agree, there should indeed be a few more of my own photos on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at a print I made past Sunday. During my Christmas break we had exactly 2 days that were not wet and cloudy, and the weather was actually quite nice on this day. I live not far from an old power plant that is no longer in operation full time, and on…

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Announcement: #PrintParteh

Although I write about a lot of topics related to analog photography in general, ranging from equipment to film tests, this blog is called Printer Attic. One of the goals of this blog is to spread the love, art and skill of making prints in the darkroom. On the initiative of avid printer @DrMarsRover, we are hosting the #PrintParteh. This month, a printing party will take place online March 2018. The schedule is very simple: March 5, 2018 – March 25, 2018: Print and share your story, your test strips, contact prints, you name it. We want to see your…

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Tripod review: Gitzo GT4543LS and Arca Swiss P0

It’s a tool I can’t do without and one that I carry on almost every trip. Maybe you’ve guessed it: a tripod. This three legged, underrated accessory fulfills a simple yet essential task for many photographers. It supports the camera and keeps it in a fixed position and orientation during exposure. Independent of your choice of subject, a good tripod needs to be sturdy, damp vibrations quickly and be portable. After I started shooting large format film, I noticed that the tripod I used wasn’t working out well with the new camera and the longer exposure times. It showed drift…

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Determining the effective speed and development time

When you shoot film you have to be an artist and a technician at the same time. Before you open the shutter there are composition, creative use of contrasts and colours, and trickery with lights to be concerned with. After that come the concerns about aperture, shutter speed and film reciprocity behaviour. And then, in the end, there is film development. What developer do you use? At what dilution? And then, for how long do I leave it in? Should I agitate or not? If so, how often? In this article, I will be taking you away from the manuals…

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Processing 4×5 one sheet at a time

As soon as you start testing film, you quickly find out that using conventional small tank development is very wasteful. I currently use a Patterson tank with a MOD54 insert that allows me to process up to six sheets at a time. Unfortunately, this requires 1 L of chemistry for each of the three baths for the films to be completely covered. If I am to use this, I will end using an entire bottles of developer and fixer on just one film test. With this in mind I started looking for alternative methods for processing single sheets at lower…

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2 years old!

Hurrah! Happy birthday to me?! Yes, two years ago I published the first real post on this blog and I have been publishing articles related to analog photography on a not-so-regular schedule ever since. When I started out I was planning on making it only about making wet prints, then I did some on film and then the entire plan derailed with a camera review, book reviews, home made dark cloths and some brainy stuff. Nevertheless, it has been a fun ride so far and I hope you will excuse my lack of focus to one topic completely. What’s up…

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