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  1. What does architecture say about culture?

    It's ironic to bring up Eero Saarinen in the context of this posting. In his day, his work occupied a cultural role not unlike that of Frank Gehry in its polarization of public taste. Much of his...
  2. What does architecture say about culture?

    Wow, great post!

    Ok, up front let me say that I'm an architect and architectural educator and a sometime scholar.

    A long time ago I was a student under Peter Eisenmann who has been both reviled...
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    aligning my enlarger

    Brian,

    I've tried several methods and devices. Far and away the Versalab Parallel laser is the fastest and most accurate. If you find yourself needing to align your enlarger perodically this is...
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    Phillips-Advantage-Camera

    Here is a comprehensive review of the camera.

    www.largeformatphotography.info/phillips.html

    The one thing that stands out to me is that the seller has no feedback. If I were going to purchase...
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    Zeiss Planar 135mm f3.5

    Here is the link. Scroll down til you hit it.

    www.thalmann.com/largeformat/future.htm
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    Zeiss Planar 135mm f3.5

    Morgan,

    Are you referring to the later version with T coating. I don't think you could compare that lens to a xenotar. Kerry Thallman makes mention of this lens on his future classics review.
    ...
  7. Barberino Val D’Elsa, between Florence and Siena

    Hi Frank,

    Color me green with envy. As a student and later as a professor I spent a little time visiting the hill towns. Like someone pointed out in an earlier post you will be travelling during...
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    What camera to buy if you only had $100

    I just want to say to Mr Luddite "You Rock!" I've built a couple five dollar wonders but nothing that nice.

    Hope you don't mind if I steal your plans.
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    What camera to buy if you only had $100

    To Everyone in this forum who has shown generosity and the timely holiday spirit I say Thanks and God Bless.

    Rest assured my personal plight is not that dire. Some time ago my wife had an illness...
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    What camera to buy if you only had $100

    Pinhole is always good. 8x10 might be a stretch but if you're a careful shopper it might work.
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    What camera to buy if you only had $100

    Okay, this IS a troll but, its a Saturday morning sittin' on the porch kind of question. Lets say life has dealt you a setback and you no longer had those fabulous XL lenses and all the geared...
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    Psuedo helical focussing - possible?

    Okay Bill,

    This is my last pass at this. I ran the lens to film distances for your focal and subject lengths and like you found that the lens moves in fractions of a millimeter as your subject...
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    Psuedo helical focussing - possible?

    Wow Bill,

    This thread has been all over the place. I reread through the threads above and then took some time to do a little research and want to throw one last set of thoughts out for you. ...
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    Psuedo helical focussing - possible?

    Bill,

    As one of those invention dudes out there, I've been giving some more thought to your project and would like to offer the following.

    1) The double helical focusing for a stereo camera has...
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    Psuedo helical focussing - possible?

    Bill,

    Having designed and kitbashed a few cameras of dubious success you might want to consider having SK Grimes make a custom focus mount for you. If you root around on their website you will...
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    Photo trip to Western Nevada

    Paul,

    See if you can find a book by Stanley Paher "Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps". If you can only find the two volume set you will need both volumes. Given where you are starting, I would...
  17. Which: One Night in Death Valley or Joshua Tree?

    Dan,

    I have not been to Joshua Tree but I go out to Death Valley about every third week to visit a client. While the spring flowers this year are truly a once in a lifetime event I would not...
  18. Call for Submissions - Small Town America

    Hi James,

    I apologize if the post implied that color was inferior to black and white. Its just that the publication is printed black and white.

    Thank you for your interest.

    Sincerely,
    ...
  19. Call for Submissions - Small Town America

    Hmmmmm.

    Given Paul and R's comments I will try to better describe what it is I am trying to do with this solicitation.

    First, some background about myself. I was born and raised in the upper...
  20. Call for Submissions - Small Town America

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for your question. The Institute for Small Town Studies is committed to the idea that the small town is a preferrable way of life and is established to provide scholarship and...
  21. Call for Submissions - Small Town America

    Greetings Everyone,

    This posting is on behalf of the Institute for Small Town Studies (ISTS) and the organization's quarterly publication "Fishwrap". I am working on a future article for the...
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    Choosing an 8x10 field camera

    Jason,

    I have THE solution. You just gotta be open minded. The answer is the venerable Calumet C1 or C2. The black or green beasties are are surprisingly capable with movements that come close...
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    Choosing an 8x10 field camera

    Jason,

    You leave it kind of open as to what your expectations are for your purchase. Are you looking for the ability to do architectural work? Landscape or nature? Portaiture? I think...
  24. Is Midwest Photo Exchange Still in Business?

    Well, I'm late to this party but, MPEX is an exceptional retailer. I have purchased from them over the internet and in person at the store and would say that there a very few camera stores of...
  25. Who is the Greatest Architect of Modern Times?

    Andre,

    I don't know if you're searching for an architect or maybe buildings to photograph but, here's my list. For living architects first would be Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, next Renzo Piano,...
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    A rather large lens

    Dude! Did anyone notice the f stop? 0.75!!! Eat my dust Leica Noctilux!!! No more two hour exposures at f128! Ok, maybe thats over the top, I wonder what the coverage is? It would be kind of...
  27. Graflok Back ANSI Standards - Where to find?

    Hi Everyone,

    I was hoping someone could help me find the ANSI standards for Graflok backs in both 6x9 and 4x5 formats. I'm still bitten by the build your own bug and with access to CnC milling...
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    Health Risk of Pyro

    Ok,

    My math was wrong. The lowest known oral lethal dose is 2.8 grams for a 200 pound individual. For reference when mixing stock solution A when mixing Pyro you use 50 grams.

    Its still a...
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    Health Risk of Pyro

    I think all of the above comments about reasonable precautions when using toxic chemicals are right on. I used Pyro as my LF developer for some time, until I got married and had kids running around....
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    Health Risk of Pyro

    I apologize but I forgot to add this one.

    http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/photo2.html
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    Health Risk of Pyro

    For further info you all may want to review this website.

    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/rtecs/ux2ab980.html
  32. Anyone with a late coated 4¼" Raptar Wide Angle, question 4 U.

    Hi Jim,

    While I don't now, I owned a very late version of the lens and it was indeed mounted in a rapax shutter. FWIW the lens was a real surprise. I bought it for almost nothing and ended up...
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    Ansel and his PhaseOne back ????

    Well, I'll give this one a go too. What I've read of AA lends me to think he would embrace the digital workflow and in trying to think how it would affect his work would offer the following:

    1)...
  34. Need digital camera for architecture w/shift wide-angle

    Sandy,

    My thought is that your best solution would be to find the best DSLR that meets your needs and then correct the perspective in photoshop. In our office we use a Canon D60 with a Tokina...
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    Scanning 4x5 Film

    Hi Don,

    a Proscan at Imagers cost $15 (including cd) and comes with 5 scans, 3 tifs and 2 jpegs. The scans range in size from 60 megs +/- down to I think 10 megs. The density range of the...
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    Scanning 4x5 Film

    Hi Don,

    My recommendation would be to use Imagers out of Atlanta. Their Pro Scan pack is an incredible value and gives you a density range that is hard to match in more affordable scanners. ...
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    Follow-up on Forte / Super XX

    I've used quite a bit of Forte 200 and would like to add a couple things. The film works very well in masking developers like PMK but can be pretty grainy otherwise. The film is prone to...
  38. Korona 8x10 Parts -- Suggestions for Sources

    You my try Steven Shuart. He has a web site and seems to specialize in older parts. I've bought a few things from him.
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    Homebuilt LF cameras

    I'm fiddling with things all the time. I've built several parts for my 8x10 but the real challenge is a 16x20 my friend and I are building this year. We started that project when someone gave him...
  40. Towns with interesting Main Streets in Las Vegas area

    Okay, duh. After rereading your post, Fremont Street is excellent, and then Caliente/Pioche. Boulder City is pretty sanitized (even the empty buildings look good) Chloride is cool but kind of...
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