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  1. Re: Lee filters with LF lenses and ultra long exposures

    One thing you'll discover is that most ND filters aren't really neutral when it comes to fussy color applications. Some can be a bit greenish. And at exceptionally long exposures, you'll have other...
  2. Re: First of its kind carbon transfer fine art edition book

    Wonderful project idea! I love oaks. The past couple of weeks I've had to spend most of each day at UC Davis awaiting treatment of a pet at the Vet facility,
    which is the best in the world. The...
  3. Re: Lee filters with LF lenses and ultra long exposures

    Expect some loss of sharpness with stacked filters, esp plastic ones.
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    Re: Small Hole Film Punch

    Just take your film to a Tattoo shop. They also do piercings, and can even fit you with gold teeth while waiting.
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    Re: Small Hole Film Punch

    Strange. I always thought leather punches were to make your belt fit wider !
  6. Re: What are the options for the ultra large format color photography?

    You could do tricolor ULF as big as you can acquire FP4. TMax 100 would be better, but I doubt anything larger than 8x10 is available. But it takes quite a bit of experimentation and fussing with a...
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    Re: Tintype Photographer on PBS Newshour

    I saw it. But there's been tintype going on all along by somebody. Thirty years ago I even ran into a little country convenience store that marketed tintype kits! - along with many other unusual...
  8. Re: Which for 8x10: 360 Graphic Kowa or 355 G-Claron?

    The Fuji 360A is one of my most used lenses for both 4X5 and 8X10. Its modern no.1 shutter makes it both lightweight and minimizes shutter vibration on
    the necessary long bellows extension, which...
  9. Re: Which for 8x10: 360 Graphic Kowa or 355 G-Claron?

    Both are overkill even for 8X10. On a 4x5 camera, I'd be concerned about the overall weight of the big no.3 shutter unless you have a very strong front standard.
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    Re: Small Hole Film Punch

    I've used my masking registration punch, which is expensive device, but have a leather or belt punch in the darkroom too. Fiskars products are generally well made, but not Blick. I agree with...
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    Re: Minimalist Bags for 8x10

    Why on earth would someone use a pack frame to carry a camera case - essentially a heavy bulky redundant suitcase, wholly unnecessary if your pack itself is logically arranged. And dedicated camera...
  12. Re: Ultra light tarp to use with tripod for backpacking shelter ?

    The nice thing about that Megamid and other hyperlite you linked is that they come equipped with a free indoor shower or bathtub, or sometimes both.
    I'd let a friend or two post a review, but their...
  13. Re: Ultra light tarp to use with tripod for backpacking shelter ?

    The only lightwt tents I believe in are the true Bibler design - triple-layer fabric, true expedition grade. Been thru hurricane-force winds and heavy blizzards in em. But for basic Summer/early Fall...
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    Well, I'm not a soft focus or diffuse focus type at all. But I still like a certain look for specific subjects. Although this is a 4x5 thread, double the focal length for 8x10, and I happened to...
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    Re: Minimalist Bags for 8x10

    Just use a game rack. You could carry a far bigger camera than an 11X14, plus the accessories.
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    Re: Minimalist Bags for 8x10

    Lots of people never used their pack at all, or maybe only once. Look at the auction site for 'vintage' Kelty, Jansport, or Camp Trails. Check photos and description carefully, and make sure they...
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    Re: Minimalist Bags for 8x10

    You could get several real packs for that kind of money.
  18. Re: Ultra light tarp to use with tripod for backpacking shelter ?

    A friend of mine was given a super-duper prototype ultralight shelter to test by one of the big name companies which I won't identify. It was truly roomy, and the fabric was tough. As usual in such...
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    The Fuji L has plenty of image circle on 4X5 unless you need extreme rise for architecture. It's also going to be sharp with good color rendering, but not quite as harshly sharp or contrasty in...
  20. Re: Ultra light tarp to use with tripod for backpacking shelter ?

    Tarps have to be frequently replaced. You can still buy plastic tube tents. Neither are much good above timberline, but are better than nothing in an emergency, unless wind shreds them to bits. You...
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    Fuji also has a 210/5.6 L-series tessar. Not quite as big an image circle as a plasmat, but these had a great reputation with the portrait trade.
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    Did anyone point out that Caltar lenses were simply one of the usual suspects private-labeled for Calumet? - Most often Sironar N or Symmar S, but they
    also had Commercial Ektars private label too,...
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    I really prefer the rendering of the good ole Symmar S for portraiture versus the hard-sharp more contrasty later plasmats, which I prefer for landscape work. They're common and cheap, but were once...
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    If you need the economic perspective, Willie, why would anyone want to invest a hundred times as much on an offshore wind farm a nightmare to build and maintain in comparison to land? We have plenty...
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    I don't want to argue with you Willie. Just come out here with a camera sometime. If you don't get it then ...
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    This reminds me that a couple of days ago I told a friend from Kenya that cheetahs were exported to Africa from here, and that we have bigger lions and elephants twice as big. He was shocked and...
  27. Re: Another ballhead for 8x10 question/ comparison thread

    Ballheads are the root of all evil when it comes to 8x10. They make absolutely no sense. The laws of physics are hard to repeal. Might be suitable for a trailer hitch.
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    Would you want em ruining your favorite view, and spoiling a massive tourist economy? We already have thousands of wind turbines on land. They started here. We also have a massive oil industry. The...
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    Re: Platinum print edition

    In the right hands, platinum can be a much more elegant and subtle media than inkjet. But it's also a precious metal and tricky to replicate in matching "edition" form. So I hope you have $$$.
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    Re: Temperature-Drift Musings...

    For the first 20 years, all my tray processing was done in stainless dimple-bottomed trays in a water jacket kept within 1/10thF using an extremely dependable Accutemp thermoregulator, then the...
  31. Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    Well, Gorilla Glue is certainly not foolproof. It needs to be reasonably fresh. Once air gets into the bottle it can go bad quickly. That's because it's moisture-activated. Thus under low humidity...
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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Pere - wind gusts are easy enough to detect by movements of a darkcloth, lens shade, adjacent foliage etc. One can even feel the wind. But anything resembling wobble in a tripod or head that needs to...
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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Pere - I've been doing "headless" 8x10 all along. It's intuitive and quick once you're used to it. That's how surveyors did it for many decades before modern
    gear, and it often had to done atop...
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    Re: 8x10 For "Street" Portaiture

    There are significantly lighter 8x10's; but these are box cameras with little movement other than helical focus, rather than view cameras with standards and bellows. I know someone who uses one...
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    Apparently the Judge is placing the responsibility to explain why it shouldn't be opened up to drilling on the BLM, which is obviously under the Interior Dept,
    which at this junction in history is...
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    Re: sharpening high resolution film scans

    Yes, Condit gear is the best. But I often combine masking methods.
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    Re: sharpening high resolution film scans

    You are aware, aren't you, Randy, that professional portrait retouchers once wore hula hoops when using blending pencils, while listening to Chubby Checkers
    records.
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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    There still has to be a financial incentive. There's already a glut of Oil and natural gas. Of course, the scheme is to export a lot of it. But when a Kleptocracy is in charge, it's all about...
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    Re: Yosemite Closes!

    Why does none of this surprise me?
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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    They also have contests using traditional wooden planes to see who can shave off the thinnest slice, which requires a modern micrometer to measure. So maybe we should have contests using wooden...
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