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Jim Moore

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My Satin Snow Ground Glass arrived the other day and I finally had a chance to try it out today on my 4x5.

All I can say is WOW.

This makes all the difference in the world. I'm going to order a couple more the keep on hand "just in case".

Jim
 

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Still waiting for mine. He did say he is backed up! I hope it comes soon, the stock GG on the Shen is driving me crazy, the grid has come off in little bits.
 

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Dave, I received my SSGG, perfectly packed and in pristine condition. In just one session it has become my primary GG (Wisner's and Dagor77's are now stored away). And just like the BlackJacket by Quietworks, I consider the SSGG one of the greatest bargains in LF today.

I wish you continued success.
 

esearing

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I ordered one too.

Why are the manufacturers using such inferior glass? Costs? You'd think they'd have improved their groundglass over the last few dozen years.

I wish much success to SatinSnow and thanks for having a great product at reasonable price.
 

Dave Parker

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Hi Francis,

Thanks for letting me know that it arrived okay and is working good for you.


Eric,

It is not the glass that creates the problem with stock glass, it is the method used to create the frosted or ground side of the glass, it does take a bit of time to properly grind the glass and to make sure it is evenly ground.

Thanks again everybody for your interest and purchases.

Good shooting.

Dave Parker
Satin Snow(TM) Ground Glass
www.satinsnowglass.com
 

colrehogan

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I went to the Satin Snow site and I see the choices for clipped vs. non clipped corners. Why are the corners clipped in the first place? Is there a special reason? When someone tells me to look through the corners, I can't because they aren't there. My 8x10 Ansco has clipped corners on the ground glass, but my 4x5 Toyo does not.

Satinsnow said:
Hi Francis,

Thanks for letting me know that it arrived okay and is working good for you.


Eric,

It is not the glass that creates the problem with stock glass, it is the method used to create the frosted or ground side of the glass, it does take a bit of time to properly grind the glass and to make sure it is evenly ground.

Thanks again everybody for your interest and purchases.

Good shooting.

Dave Parker
Satin Snow(TM) Ground Glass
www.satinsnowglass.com
 

Shesh

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colrehogan said:
I went to the Satin Snow site and I see the choices for clipped vs. non clipped corners. Why are the corners clipped in the first place? Is there a special reason? When someone tells me to look through the corners, I can't because they aren't there. My 8x10 Ansco has clipped corners on the ground glass, but my 4x5 Toyo does not.

See this thread: (there was a url link here which no longer exists)
 

Dave Parker

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Hi colrehogan

There are a couple of different thought process's on the clipped corners, in days past, in order to check for vignetting, you would look through the clipped portion of the glass and if you could completely see your aperture, then you were not vignetting due to bellows sag or aperture cut off in the corners.

Also others like there corners clipped due to the air tightness of the bellows, it allows air to escape when compressing the camera for short lens shots or folding up a Field camera.

Thanks again.

Dave Parker
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scootermm

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Dave
just received my SS groundglass.

GORGEOUS

off to shoot some this afternoon.
 

Dave Parker

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Hi Matt,

Glad to hear it arrived okay and your back out shooting, post or send me a shot, and we will put it up in the SSGG Gallery.

Thanks again, if I can ever help in the future, let me know.

Dave Parker
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Dave Parker

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Hi Eric,

I use Windex Clear Wipes when we clean them before shipping, I also wear latex gloves while handleing the glass to ensure that I don't get finger oil on them, if you use the windex clean wipes, you may have to retrace you lines on them.

Another thing that you can clean them with is scotch bright pads and liquid dish soap.

Let me know if I can help further.

Thanks

Dave Parker
Satin Snow(TM) Ground Glass
 

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My glass just arrived today. I mounted the GG in the 8x10 and looked through it. I could see the image without a darkcloth well enough to focus, not bad. I still need to get the other two in place. Thanks!
 

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Does the SS GG come with lines already on it? I shoot 6x7 in my view camera and like the grid used in the Satin Snow Logo.
 

scootermm

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complete night and day from the previous ground glass.
so much brighter and even.
even in the dark of a church it was noticeably bright.
best $30 Ive spent on photography equipment to date. Ill be sure to link you a picture when I develope and contact print the negatives.
 

Dave Parker

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Hi Neal,

At this time I have choosen not to do grids on the glass as it would increase the cost to the consumer considerably, I do however have a couple of suggestions on my website that work quite well for those of you that would like to have grids on your glass, please take a look, if I can help, please feel free to drop me a note, and I will do what I can to help out.

thanks,

Dave Parker
Satin Snow(TM) Ground Glass
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gglass@satinsnowglass.com
 

Flotsam

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No problem, Dave. I was just a little confused. I saw that you provide some downloadable grids on your site.

I actually used to be an analog graphic artist before digital so I have Rapidograph pens, leadholders and ruling tapes as well of all kinds of straight-edges just waiting to be dusted off.
 

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Dave, have you thought about how much it would cost to custom mark the ground glass. I have started to shoot 6x7 & 6x9 on my linhof and having a properly marked ground glass as opposed to my dodgy cardboard masks would be a great help.
 

Dave Parker

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Hi David,

Yes we have thought about it, extensivly, and I cannot justify raising my cost by 400% to do it, we offer alternatives on our website, which are free to anybody to download, I just at this time, don't want to raise my prices that much.

You are more than welcome to look at what we offer and if it helps in anyway, then good shooting.

Right at this time we will continue to do what we do best.

Dave Parker
Ground Glass Specialties
Satin Snow(TM) Ground Glass
www.satinsnowglass.com
gglass@satinsnowglass.com
 

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For additional grids on my glass, (with aerial film I cannot always be in the center so the center grid is not always useable), I have baught the craft grid mylar for quilters and cut half a frame looking like and L with a long leg. The grid has varying lines and dashes for inch, half, quarter, and eighths. I can still focus inside the L where the media will be. I apply this firmly with a light edge spray of craft glue which acts like post-it note glue IF you let it "dry" for 15 minutes first. Cleans up from the glass easy. Just don't spray the L edge to edge or it is hard to remove.
 

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Geez, I think I am getting tired. I have one stuck key and it is throwing my usually decent typing to poop. Sorry for the above screw ups,

*bought
*looking like an
 

fil

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GG in and it's a good one

Hello Dave,

My GG for my Speed Graphic arrived yesterday in perfect condition. Beautiful! I'm looking forward to NOT SQUINTING anymore.

cheers
 

Dave Parker

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Thanks for letting me know Phil, Glad it is okay, good shooting.

Dave Parker
Ground Glass Specialties.
 
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