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Old 07-25-2011   #11
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Fran! The RB is even more durable than the RZ- less features that can become problematic. The RZ has a automatically rotating mask in under the viewing screen that switches from horizontal to vertical when you rotate the back. With the RB you have to follow the guide lines etched in the ground glass, Some of the first models had very dark screens but you can replace it with a Brightscreen(tm) especially made for the camera.

Some of the later models of the RB had some of the features of the RZ. The early models of the RX had lots of bugs such as jamming, winding problems and some electrical issues. The later models were entirely de-bugged and internal engineering was subsequently improved.

You can scan your negatives and I am sure there is a lab in your state that can at least proof your negatives at the time of processing and you can scan the ones your would like to print yourself. If you are in the Northern Part of the State you can access labs in New York City. Kodak used to have processing facilities in Fairlawn but I don't know if the are still there.

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I'm just a few towns over from Fairlawn, I'll have to look into it.
Thanks Ed!
Whuch ones do you recommend in NYC and do they take mail-ins?
I don't need any more incentive to play hooky by driving in there...anymore than my occasional trips in to B&H anyway.
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Fran,

I just got back the last roll I put through the camera before I shipped it to you!
I'm starting to miss it already. I used Tmax 100 for B/W, I didn't use any color film.
The is a lab I use in Philly for processing and scanning. http://www.philadelphiaphotographics.com/

I'm going to have to look for a nice medium format range finder, the RB was just a monster to take out for long periods of time.

Good luck with the camera and I look forward to seeing you images.

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I have an RB67 which hasn't seen action this millenium. I don't know if they still make it or not but I always shot Vericolor 160. I could do my own printing at a community college and you could make 16 x 20s with no visible grain!!
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Thanks CJ and Mojo.
Why not dig it out Mojo?
I'm gonna look into these labs. THanks!
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Thanks CJ and Mojo.
Why not dig it out Mojo?
I'm gonna look into these labs. THanks!
Well I kind of did. Remember this?

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I didn't remember the camera part.
But yeah I see it now.
Fire it up!
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Fran! I went through all my old resources in NYC and was shocked! Most of those good old color labs are gone. Even K&L which was the king of the color labs!

The may be some small guys around but they don't advertise because they have too much work as it is. There were lots of these kinds of operations in the old days- 6 studios could keep a small lab going year in and year out. Some of the old ones switched to digital and and dumped the C41 machinery within the last little while.

Good new is that B&H seems to offer a raft of lab services- you may want to check them out.

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I used to mail my stuff to Dwayne's in Kansas, and they were the last Kodachrome K-14 lab. Unfortunately what I've heard is that their quality has gone way down since they stopped doing Kodachrome, and I haven't used them for a while now.

I've gone back to A&I in Los Angeles; they did all my 4x5, and offer good 120 and 135 processing as well. Never had a problem with them. Sent them a roll the other day.

B&H sells prepaid mailers for A&I.
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Fran,

You should consider processing you BW film yourself. It's easy. The process, depending on film and developer choice, is 6-10 minutes in the developer, 1 minute in a stop bath to stop development, 5-10 minutes in Fixer, 3-5 minutes in Perma Wash to remove excess fixer, 20-30 minutes wash in water, 30 second soak in Photo Flo, hang and dry. It takes about 1 hour from initial setup to hanging the film to dry.

You'll need minimal equipment: a daylight loading tank, 3-4 120 size reels, thermometer, developer, stop bath, fixer, hypo clearing agent (permawash) photo flo and running water and a place to string a laundry line to hang and dry the film.

You'll also need a room that can be darkened for loading your film into the developing tank. Processing is then done in room light and you'll need 1 gallon plastic jugs to keep the mixed chemicals.

Here are some links to the above with photographs:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/71030-REG/Kalt_NP10116_Stainless_Steel_Developing_Tank.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/122987-REG/Samigon_ESA313_120_Stainless_Steel_Reel.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/26996-REG/Kodak_1464817_D_76_Developer.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/27631-REG/Kodak_1464106_Rapid_Fixer_Solutions_A.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/29114-REG/Kodak_1402767_T_Max_Developer_Liquid_for.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/27775-REG/Kodak_1464247_Indicator_Stop_Bath_Liquid.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/63299-REG/Weston_WS4135_Stainless_Steel_Dual_Scale.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/21946-REG/Heico_HG85_Perma_Wash_Liquid_for.html


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