Here is a quick tip list
on letters for the HELP! desk:
We have not heard directly from Carleven Industries since printing a question about them this spring, nor do we have a current address for them. I called information central at Photo Marketing Association, the group that most photo dealers, finishers, and manufacturers belong to, but they do not have a current address for them either. But several readers e-mailed suggestions for Mr. Wood, who initially posed the question about Carleven. Since you also are a fan of this type of product, we are printing some of their ideas for you and other readers doing custom darkroom work. We hope some of these ideas will be helpful.
I am writing in response
to the HELP! question from Jerry Wood in Annapolis, Maryland. I have
no information regarding Carleven Industries, however I may be able
to help. I own a machine shop in Massachusetts and am a hobbyist photographer.
If Mr. Wood has one of the carriers that he had made by Carleven, I
should be able to duplicate them for him. Here is my contact information:
Jamlab Enterprises, (978) 725-5531, fax: (707) 929-1638, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In reference to the
May 2003 HELP! question on page 198, Jerry Wood is asking about custom
negative carriers and I can help him. Please ask him to contact me via
e-mail at: email@example.com. Thanks.
On page 198 of the
May 2003 issue, reader Jerry Wood asked if anyone knew where to go to
have custom negative carriers made. Any good sheet metal or machine
shop should be able to do the job for him, though the work will not
be cheap. Assuming that he is looking for an odd film size, it may be
possible to have an existing carrier modified for a different format
(cutting a 6x6 carrier to fit 6x12 for example). At the very least,
giving the shop an existing carrier to match for size and shape will
make their job easier. If the new carrier is only to be used occasionally,
it may be possible to make one out of four-ply matte board. I have done
this in the past to make a 6x4.5 carrier for my Omega B66 enlarger,
and it worked fine.
Maxxum Battery Answer
We appreciate your sending instructions on servicing the battery in a Maxxum 7000 AF SLR. I have used this camera, but never did more than put in new batteries when I tested it years ago. We will forward this to reader Kuzia. Sorry, but I don't know what Minolta's plans are about digital SLR cameras.
Pentax Repair Shops
I found several New York City area repair facilities listed in our Service
Directory who indicate that they work on Pentax products. For example,
Photo Tech Repair Service, Inc., 110 East 13th St., New York, NY 10003;
(212) 673-8400; www.phototech.com. Another is just west of Manhattan
in New Jersey: Roman Camera Repair, 1021 Paterson Plank Rd., North Bergen,
NJ 07047; (201) 866-4673;
A. You should be getting quite decent fine grain if the films you use are ISO 100 and 200. How are you determining the exposure? The camera's internal metering might be confused by the unusual sunset/sunrise lighting and thus is not setting the proper exposure. I assume you are using a really sturdy tripod so even a slight bit of camera movement is not being confused with larger grain. You did not indicate whether you were using color negative film or transparency film. If you are using color negative, and the exposures are not producing good printable quality negatives, the grain might be accentuated when printed, or transferred to CD format.
A. Your 1959-62 vintage Ricohmatic TLR built-in meter may not be worth repairing. Since the camera seems to operate OK (except for the meter) why not just purchase a small handheld light meter to carry along for determining exposure? I have seen several advertised for around $50-$60 and I doubt that you could have the camera meter repaired for less than that. I really don't know of a firm that could fix the camera meter.
Bronica Cable Release
A. I found a release that might work for you on page 34 of the winter edition of Porter's catalog. It's called the "Universal Self Timer" and is a short screw-in device that goes into a standard tapered cable release socket, which I assume you have on your Bronica SQ-A camera. You simply wind a lever, which then moves in an arc to show the timer is functioning. You can select a 9-16 second delay. The price shown is $34.95. You might want to check their website at www.porters.com or contact them by phone at (800) 553-2001 to place an order. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also offer a rubberized strap that fits over the shutter release button of cameras without a cable release socket so you can use a release with them. I never knew such an item existed.
Royal Gold Replacement
A. There have been so many variations of the 35mm format Kodak Gold color negative films in recent years that I have lost track. I just came across an early 1992 press release from Kodak announcing the then-new Kodak Gold Plus 100 and they also had Super and Ultra versions. Of course today most all you see are the Kodak Max films. Your best bet to track down what's the current equivalent of Royal Gold 100 would be to call the Kodak information hotline toll free at (800) 242-2424. They have the database needed to answer your question accurately.
A. Does your Canon S40 digital camera have filter threads around the lens? If so, and if you know the proper adapter ring thread size, you could get a ring from The Camera People, PO Box 1069, Bayfield, CO 81122; (970) 884-6045; www.camerapeople.net. They also carry many different filters. Cokin just introduced an adapter that attaches via the tripod socket so you can use their square filters with compact film and digital cameras without any lens filter threads. But, if your camera does not have TTL metering, or manual exposure override, you probably will get underexposed images due to the 1-2 stop filter factor needed when using a polarizing filter. One of these suggestions might permit you to use a polarizing filter on your digital camera.
A. I have not been able to locate any data about these decades old filters in my reference material and neither could the people at Rollei U.S.A., the current importers, or Marflex who repair old Rollei cameras. Since the filters are bluish and amber in hue, I would imagine they might be light balancing filters that were used to adapt daylight color transparency film to tungsten lights (bluish) and for using tungsten-balanced color film with daylight or electronic flash (amber). If this is the case, the darkest amber filter is probably equivalent to today's Wratten 85B, and the other lighter amber filters are 85C and 81EF. The darkest blue is probably an 80A and the others 80B and 80C. Sorry I could not be more definitive. If any readers can provide the correct equivalent or use for these filters, we will send the data to you.
Minolta Repair Required
A. There are several good sources for instruction books for older cameras. Try one of these: John S. Craig, Box 1637, Torrington, CT 06790, (860) 496-9791, www.craigcamera.com/ib_a.htm; Finger Lakes Photo Books, PO Box 1002, Elbridge, NY 13060, (315) 491-1188, www.photobooksonline.com; or for camera manuals check www.manualsrus.com. As for repair facilities, just look at a recent issue of Shutterbug under the Shutterbug Service Directory heading to locate firms that specialize in working on Minolta products. Hope you get your SRT operating. It's a nice SLR.
A. Heiland/Honeywell electronic flash units have not been around for many years. My files show several firms that work on older models of electronic flash units and power packs; possibly one or more of them can provide the information you seek. Please be aware that some of these listings are years old and the telephone area codes may have changed: Robal Company, Inc., 1545 No. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, (213) 466-8662; Larry Light, 737 Steward Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, (213) 469-0972; TW Technical, 514-2 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202, (412) 766-1669; House of Batteries, 776 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, (714) 642-8222; Amglo Kemlite Laboratories, Inc., 215 Gateway Rd, Bensenville, IL 60106; Glastronic Sales Co., PO Box 391, North Lima, OH 44452.