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    Archiving Polaroid 4x5s

    The PrintFile "45-4HB POL" archival preserver is made especially for filing 4x5" Polaroid prints, and also Type 55P/N negatives. They hold 4 prints or negatives in a 9.5x11" oversize page punched...
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    nuArc 26-1K exposure unit

    I'm interested in buying a UV exposure unit for alternative process contact prin ting, especially platinum/palladium printing. Dick Arentz's Platinum_&_Palladiu m_Printing comments that the nuArc...
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    info on readyload

    jnorman: I assure you my problems with Readyload have nothing to do with improperly seating the packet or engaging the clip. In mine, light enters the film area through the loading slot,...
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    info on readyload

    Like Ellis, I have suffered from chronic light leaks using Readyload, despite very carefully following Kodak's instructions and various users' advice.

    In my holder, you can see daylight leaking...
  5. Schneider Super Symmar 110 XL - with Technikardan

    On my TK 45, I generally use the bag bellows even with my 150 mm (except for close-ups, of course), which allows much larger movements than the standard bellows. I think you will want to use the...
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    Polaroid Film Data Sheets

    Thanks! I've often wished I had this information.
  7. Linhof Technikardan - lens selection for aviation subjects

    In addition to a moderate wide angle such as a 90 or 110mm, you may find a long lens useful for excluding background clutter. I use a Nikkor-M 300mm f/9 on my TK 45; it's compact, lightweight, and...
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    8x10 Lens Speed -- f9 Fast Enough?

    At a given f/number, the apparent brightness of the image will not vary for 4x5 and 8x10 lenses of similar equivalent focal length. If you didn't like focusing a 75 mm f/8 on your 4x5, you won't...
  9. Source of myth that different brands of LF lenses reproduce colors differently?

    I agree that the widespread generalizations about color rendition, like much photo lore, have little basis in fact.

    The sand explaination is ludicrous. Today, the composition of the ...
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    What camera for digital?

    Though it's relatively pricey, you can't go wrong with a 4x5 Sinar P2 or P1. Its rigidity and unlimited bellows draw are ideal for your art reproduction work, while its all-geared movements are...
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    Altering the contrast of color papers?

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    Therefore it is generally feasible to expand or contract a negative, but not a print. As a result, we primarily control print contrast by changing grades (or filtration, in the case...
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    Altering the contrast of color papers?

    While film and paper emulsions are similar in principle, they differ considerably in practice. A print (or transparency) is viewed directly; its maximum density must produce an acceptable black. ...
  13. Thread: c print

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    c print

    The 'C' is for chromogenic, meaning that the color dyes are chemically formed in the emulsion during color development, much like color negative film. As Dan wrote, it is a negative-working...
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    Dark corners of screen with 75mm lens

    Yaakov,

    Is your camera equipped with a fresnel lens on the focusing screen? If not, adding one will help a lot. The fresnel changes the direction of the rays going to the corners of the screen...
  15. Arca-Swiss style Q/R plate for my A-S 4x5

    RRS makes a Arca-Swiss-compatible quick release for retrofitting to other tripod heads. It may be possible to remove the existing quick-release from your Bogen head, then fit the RRS release. I ...
  16. Scheimpflug Principle technique for close-up work

    I've had good results with the method you suggest.
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    Spot meter

    Working pros often prefer simple, rugged equipment to advanced technology.

    The Pentax meters offer a few features not found on some newer spotmeters. First, the exposure value is displayed in...
  18. need info re: cyanotype contact printing

    I don't have any experience to share with you. However, John P. Schaefer's "The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 2" (misleadingly titled -- it's not basic and has little...
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    Kodak T400CN query

    Notwithstanding the reactionary comments above, T400CN offers large format users several significant advantages:

    1) a better speed-to-granularity ratio than non-chromogenic films

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  20. Software or chart to calculate sunrise/sunset position

    The US Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications website has the information you need:

    http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA/
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    Gitzo 1548 Carbon Fibre Tripod

    I shoot 4x5 from a Gitzo 1348 and have found the tripod to have ample stability and freedom from vibration. I believe it's plenty of tripod for any 4x5 and all but the heaviest (e.g. Sinar P2)...
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    books for LF..

    I recommend the following:

    "Creative Large Format: Basics and Applications", by Urs Tillmans, published by Sinar AG

    "View Camera Technique", by Leslie Stroebel, published by Focal Press
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    Beyond the Zone

    I think I would be interested such a discussion. I haven't yet read BTZS (I plan to soon), but have read and thought a lot about the Zone system, densitometry, and related topics. Like you, I...
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    Removing an overtightened lens cell

    I have a lens (Rodenstock 75 mm f/4.5 Grandagon-N) with a rear cell which is ove rtighted into the shutter. Any advice on safely removing it?
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    Recommendations for cable release

    The Linhof and Nikon are both excellent. Linhof offers a variety of lengths. Nikon's comes in one, inconveniently short, length, but is very smooth and flexible.
  26. Great ideas in LF that didn't quite work out

    I nominate Kodak Readyload sheet film. It's still around, but its botched execution has driven away many customers. I sure wish Kodak (and Ilford!) would learn from Fuji Quickload how to properly...
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    diaphragm position

    Each lens design has an aperture stop location for which the lens has minimum aberrations; this is where the manufacturer locates the diaphragm. While it's possible to use a stop in another...
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    4x5 Camera Comparison

    I agree that the Sinar X, F1 or F2 is the best choice for studio work. If you need the portability of the Arca-Swiss F-Line but want axis tilts, consider the Linhof Technikardan 45 or 45S.
  29. 150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    I've used the Apo-Sironar-S for critical copy work to 1/4 scale with outstanding results. How great a magnification do you plan to routinely use?
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    Canham DLC vs Wisner Pocket Expedition

    I dearly love my Linhof Technikardan 45, but there are days when I long for the rigidity and full gearing of a Sinar X or P2. And a pack animal, of course!

    I've heard from an previous owner of...
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    75mm Lens Selection

    Unless you shoot primarily color transparencies, I recommend that you postpone buying a center filter for whatever wide-angle lens you choose. Only occasionally do I find the fall-off to be...
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    75mm Lens Selection

    I use a Rodenstock Grandagon-N 75 mm f/4.5. While I haven't used the Schneider or Nikon, they are nearly identical in specification, and the three manufacturers have comparable reputations for...
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    4 x 5 lens for macro use in 8 x 10

    LF lenses not specifically designed for macro work are best corrected for use with the long conjugate (distance to focus) in front of the lens. At reproduction ratios greater than 1:1, the long...
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    light meter advice needed please

    My advice: Don't buy until you've tried a Pentax Digital Spotmeter. Simple, rugged, convenient, and intuitive. Forget the Zone XI mod -- it's a joke.
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    Correct F stops ?

    "The conventional method of calibrating the diaphragm opening is in terms of f-numbers (or relative apertures), which are calculated by dividing the focal length of the lens by the effective...
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    Ready Load Film Holders

    Fuji Quickload works very well in the Fuji film holder, well in the Polaroid, an d not at all in the Kodak. In the Fuji holder, film flatness compares well with a conventional film holder. Each...
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    4x5 for everything

    If you need field portability, be sure to look at the Linhof Technikardan 45 and Arca-Swiss F-line.

    I have a TK 45 and find it to be compact, versatile, durable, and to have nice c ontrols. The...
  38. Experiences with larger Gitzo carbon-fiber tripods

    I have owned a G1349 for about 18 months, and have been using it with a Linhof T echnikardan 45 for about 10 months. I find that this tripod is amply stable and free from vibration, even at full leg...
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    Lenses covering 20 x 24

    The Lens and Repro Equipment Corp. has advertised a 150 mm Goerz Hypergon that c overs 20 x 24". I believe ther are also many long focal length process lenses t hat would cover this size.
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    Glass 4x5 carriers for Omega D

    Frustrated by negative popping, I'd like to get a glass 4x5" negative carrier fo r an Omega D2 enlarger with Chromega head. Where can I buy one?
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