[rollei_list] Re: [rolleiusers] Wooden tripods

Dennis,

You probably know about Bostick & Sullivan in Santa Fe, NM -
www.bostick-sullivan.com.  I purchase my large format chemistry and BW film
from them, to include materials for platinum printing.  I know they've
talked to me extensively about making large negatives on inkjet printers -
they are also big on pyro too.  I forget the guy's name (I think it's the
son of Sullivan) but he is very helpful.  I have never tried the inkjet
route as I'll just reach for my 5x7 or 8x10 and avoid the issue like you
are.  Perhaps they could help with the inkjet approach though.  Who was it,
I think Weston who said "if it doesn't weigh fifty pounds, it's not worth
taking into the field".  I'd rather not lug the big guys around - but so far
it's the only sure way of handling contact printing I know of.

Rob

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>
> Did they close out there darkroom corner - nook completely?
>
> B&H has a room bigger than the whole Pro Photo in Portland filled with
> darkroom stuff. 4 kinds of clothespins.
> Adorama and Calumet show no signs of weakening.
> All are selling a ton of high quality inkjet paper as well normally its
> the
> first thing you see when you walk in the door.
>
> I think that with everyone at their computers becoming Photoshop masters
> its
> getting more people into photography. Those people go out and get film
> cameras and darkroom stuff and print the old fashioned say. A small
> percentage of them. But a small percentage of A LOT!
>
> And we (perhaps you are already) from Photoshop outputting to 8x10 or
> bigger
> film and doing contact printing techniques like platinum.
>
>
> Mark William Rabiner
> markrabiner.com
I think they are down to a 10 foot wall with 4 shelves but there is nearly
nothing available.  I buy virtually everything I need now from Freestyle
or B&H or photographers formulary.  PPS really switched to a more amateur
market even advertising on AM radio.

It would be great to be able to walk into Adorama or B&H though it is also
great to have all that stuff on line and have UPS bring it to you.

I have been enlarging negs from the Rollei for platinum printing.  Using
regular optical methods and slopping through the chemistry.  My use of the
Rollei is very much contingent on my being able to do that.  It is working
as well or better than the inkjet negs I have seen but still somewhat a
disappointment.  I am deciding to put the Rolleis away for awhile and go
back to the 8x10 for some quality perspective.  Kind of in a pointless
quandry over it.  I hate to put the rolleis down on a sour note.
DP
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