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    Re: Best Format?

    Although the OP is a fellow Dallas resident, I don't believe we have met.

    As far as which format to choose, been there , done that.

    Here is my conclusion: if you are used to shooting the 35mm...
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    Re: New to the forum, but not LF

    420mm. Not quite enough for 11x14.
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    Re: The crutch of anonymity on this forum

    It especially annoys me when people post a WTB or FS ad. Then, when answering their, request I discover that they

    are located in a country where it is difficult, or impossible, to ship items.

    I...
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    Re: Mod 54 opinions?

    I bought new model MOD54, as well as the proper Paterson tank for developing 4x5 film.

    Never got around to using the outfit. Willing to sell for $80, incl. shipping..

    If you are interested,...
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    Re: Canham JMC810 opinions & experience

    Maybe that's why Keith placed the fine focus knob on the JMC810 at the rear. It's certainly easier to reach.

    I remember how difficult it was for my shorter arms to reach the front fine focus knob...
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    Re: Canham JMC810 opinions & experience

    Jonathan,

    I usually always fine focus my large format cameras by moving the front standard.

    I guess I'm just used to doing it that way. I've been doing it wrong for the past 69 years?

    I'll...
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    Re: Canham JMC810 opinions & experience

    Jonathan,

    All three format sizes of Canham metal cameras are similarly designed.

    They utilize two (right and left) flat metal bars that slide back and forth along side of each other. These...
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    Re: Canham JMC810 opinions & experience

    Ari,

    If you can find a good deal on a new or used JMC810, don't hesitate.

    It's a neat camera. Especially for a left hander.

    Light weight, and folds compactly into it's fitted soft carrying...
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    Re: Canham JMC810 opinions & experience

    The only focusing knob for the JMC810 rear standard is on the left side.

    I asked Keith why he designed the camera that way. He said that he is left handed. Being right handed,I found that...
  10. Re: Hello From a student photo major -- Indianapolis

    Martha,

    There is a little button near the top of the Rightway film holder.

    While pushing it inward, slide the darkslide out to load film.

    When the film holder is inserted,the button is...
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    Re: Fujinon 400mm T lens on lens board

    Looks like a "top hat" extension lens board that's screwed on too tight.

    Former owner probably needed more bellows extension.

    Lens board and extension will unscrew from the shutter if you screw...
  12. Re: recommendations for cheap or inexspensive lenses around 200-240mm

    You already own a Nikon 150W. Why not match it with a Nikon 210W and a Nikon 90SW?

    You would have the ideal lens set for your 4x5 Cham.
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    Re: "Beliefs" inherited from our "forefathers".

    "Pyro developers are toxic. Should not be be brought into your home".

    I've heard this statement over and over again.

    It's plain old B.S.
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    Re: Hungary: Ask to photograph people first

    Dave,

    Actually, i was referring to all of the cameras watching you in a LV casino.

    They constantly photograph from the second you enter the door- without your permission.

    I personally...
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    Re: "New" Zone VI 4x5 Instructions

    Dave,

    AFIK, the actual Zone VI cameras made in Vermont did not come with instruction manuals. At least, mine didn't.

    I also had two new Wisners. They did not come with instruction manuals,...
  16. Re: Maxwell screen: where to focus the loupe on?

    The Maxwell screen is a piece of plastic that is frosted on one side and has Fresnel grooves on the other side.

    The frosted side faces the lens and serves as the "ground glass" where the image is...
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    Re: Foil in bellows

    Reflections off of foil can cause flare. Bellows need to be lined with light absorbing black material.
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    Re: "New" Zone VI 4x5 Instructions

    The camera shown in that old manual is not a Zone VI made camera. Probably a Tachihara or a Wista.

    They were Fred Picker's original Zone VI cameras.

    Later Zone VI cameras did not come with...
  19. Re: Which way do you prefer to develop your 4x5 sheet films

    If you can keep your development space totally dark for 30-40 minutes, it will be much easier use the tray system.

    However, if you cannot, use a daylight tank such as the Paterson Mod 54 or the...
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    Re: Hungary: Ask to photograph people first

    That stupid law would never fly in a Las Vegas casino.
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    Re: Using bleach on B&W film to retouch

    Wasn't giving you sh*t.

    Merely attempting to be helpful.

    If you don't like the people here, you can always post your questions on APUG.
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    Re: Using bleach on B&W film to retouch

    B&H, in NY, handles potassium ferricyanide., as does Photographers Formulary, in Montana, as well as other vendors.

    Used to be called Farmers Reducer.
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    Re: Calumet Closing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bought my first LF camera from Calumet in the late 1970's.

    Sorry to see them go.
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    Re: Mod 54 AK47 - BH Stock New Version?

    When I added in the shipping costs from the UK, B&H 's price was quite reasonable.

    I believe the MOD inserts are now made by Harman (Ilford).

    Cant understand why Paterson didn't grab up the...
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    Re: Mod 54 AK47 - BH Stock New Version?

    B&H only stocks the newer version.

    They didn't handle the older version.

    I recently purchased one and needed to wait until the new version was available.
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    Re: Medium wide angle lens for 4x5 Deardorff?

    A 210mm lens on 5x7 is the "normal" focal length. Approx. equal to a 150mm lens on 4x5.
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    Re: bogen 3047 vs. tiltall

    The OP purchased the older Bogen 3021. The same one that I have. (see post # 43).

    The newer Manfrotto version is a slightly different design than the Bogen.

    I also have a newer Manfrotto 055...
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    Re: bogen 3047 vs. tiltall

    The Allen wrench is on the lever that tightens the center column. Push in the spring, give the lever a half turn.

    The handle comes off, making the Allen wrench useable if you need to adjust the...
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    Re: bogen 3047 vs. tiltall

    The threaded hole in the tripod shoulder is for attaching a Bogen shoulder strap.

    At least that is what it is used for on my older 3021. I purchased the 3021 tripod with the strap already attached.
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    Re: Your "go-to" lens for a 5x7?

    I used to carry three lenses with my Canham MQC57- Nikon 120SW, Nikon 180W, and Nikon 300M.

    Sold the Nikons, and now carry a Fujinon f5.6 180W and a Fujinon f6.3 250W.

    Those two lenses seem to...
  31. Re: How to Wash Lens Cloth Chamois without Leftover Residue

    P.S. I also rarely need to use my microfiber cloth to clean a lens. When I do, it usually is only a gentle wipe.

    However, there are many other surfaces that need to be wiped clean (focusing...
  32. Re: How to Wash Lens Cloth Chamois without Leftover Residue

    I wash my large microfiber cloth in warm water with a few drops of Woolite.

    Rinse in warm water. Hang to dry as if it were a large sheet of film.

    Store in a sealable plastic bag.

    Cloth is...
  33. Re: I'm going to stop using a 4x5 BTZS focusing "tube" and get a dark cloth. Suggesti

    Cambo makes a compact, light weight monocular reflex viewer that fits over the ground glass.

    Image is right side up. Magnifying loupe is built-in No need to use a dark cloth.

    I use mine on the...
  34. Re: Do all good waterfalls share a common natural trait?

    I'm a B&W photographer, so it's the type of lighting and the way the light it strikes the water.

    I look for the most dramatic angle I can locate to set up my camera.

    If the sky is in the...
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    Re: is this a light leak?

    Could be caused by a corner of the sheet of film overlapping when you fold it when using the "taco" method.

    Try a different method of developing your film (have it developed by a lab). See if it...
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    Re: is this a light leak?

    To answer your question, no, it is not a light leak.

    Probably a processing error.
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    Re: Spot meter recommendations

    Barry,

    Be aware that there are several versions of the Pentax V meter. They are larger and bulkier than the digital meters.

    They often need re-calibrating.

    Older Pentax V's take batteries...
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    Re: Spot meter recommendations

    Hi Barry,

    Keep your eyes open for a previously owned Pentax digital meter that has been modified by Zone VI, in excellent condition.

    They come up for sale on this forum once in a while. More...
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    Me, at age 83, with my Canham MQC. My granddaughter took his photo with the DSLR I gave her.
  40. Re: Any Canham Light Weight 8x10 operation & care tips?

    Chris,

    The Fresnel and the ground glass are one piece. There is a separate cover glass.

    The water is trapped between the Fresnel and the cover glass.

    Remove the entire focusing screen, and...
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