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03-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #31
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Here you go, Dave
Thanks for the interest.
It is on an old bar in the basement of This Old House
I leave an old notepad hooked to the scanner to ftp
by wireless up to my office network and on to

Taken today with the SMC Pentax M 1:2.8 24mm on IST_DS,
Using the AF080C RingFlash modified to a flash bracket
in order to use the TTL mode in the IST DS.
This TTL flash arrangement gives the best exposure control of all flash methods
I tried so far.
Mounted as intended on a lens, AF080C gives the most awful red-eye when used as a general flash
but out to the side on a bracket, there is no red-eye, and the flash is gentle and chops down to almost
nothing to fill ambient light.

03-11-2012, 06:26 AM   #32
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Love it. You've clearly put a lot of design thought into this, and some engineering ingenuity! And I'm sure disused range hoods can be had for a song at the local Habitat ReStore or similar, for anyone not already having one from a kitchen renovation. I will file away this idea for ... years from now if I ever get a house with a basement so I can build a darkroom. Too bad nothing like this can happen in my current home.
03-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #33
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Can it really keep away ALL the dust? I always get some dust specks on my negatives, but they can be cleaned digitally in Photoshop and on my prints they're usually not even visible.

It's a nice idea, but I really doubt it's worth all the effort.
03-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #34
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Hi, Juri,
Making wet prints it was annoying (and costly) to get an otherwise good print with a hair on it.
I was getting this too frequently.
I don't know how fine the ordinary a/c filter is, but it works, I have no more dust/hairs so far,
although I don't do many prints.
The fan is angled which in combination with the shrouds around the opening, make sure as
tested by a candle, that the air comes down from the filter and outside air does not swirl
from around your clothes back in the front opening.

i got a new superseded range hood rather than an old dirty one.
It was fairly easy to turn the fan upside down.
The mesh filter became the drying shelf.
I give the hutch a vacuum cleaning with the fan on before use in case any lint got in.
It is a good place to change lenses to keep dust off the sensor,
and I can take bodies/lenses apart in there too as it has a good overhead light.

The DustHutch was worth the Saturday's work on the table saw.

Here is the HurdyGurdy that I use to spool the film in the dark.
The angled graduation on the side of it was added to set the AF point of the istds.
(Shot today with the XR Rikenon 1:1.4 50 mm at 2.8 & 4000th)


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