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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaif View Post
    Now what would be ideal would be an undrilled recessed panel, so I could offset the hole somewhat towards the top to create better access space and more movement... but I haven't seen that yet.
    You might want to check out this guy. He has a LOT of stuff you would not imagine:

    http://stores.ebay.com/ecbuyonline20...p2047675.l2563

    And one way to possibly address your issue/problem, would be to get a recessed board that is just deep enough to allow infinity focus -- no point in getting one deeper than you need -- then moving the hole up as high as you need, and turning the lens upside down -- so that you have enough room in the recess for the shutter adjustments, admittedly on the bottom.

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaif View Post
    xkaes, thank you for the suggestion, it's not a lens I'm familiar with so will look it up!

    Longer-term I had been toying with a Grandagon-N 90 6.8 to partner the Angulon, for when image quality matters more than light weight, but I've probably spent enough money on lenses recently anyway (I just got a Fujinon W 125 to add to the outfit) - so there is plenty of time now to contemplate options for what might be useful next, and I do imagine the Grandagon to be a tight fit in a recessed board, quite possibly too tight if centred!
    Exactly when, at the cost of time, film and chemistry, doesn't image quality matter?

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Exactly when, at the cost of time, film and chemistry, doesn't image quality matter?
    That's completely up to the user/photographer/artist -- at least the last time I checked.

    Believe it or not, some of us lunatics like the results from pin-holes, for example. I use everything I have, from super sharp on down -- 4x5" to 8x11mm -- to suit my fancy.

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    Or as you have said, "You should try one sometime."

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Exactly when, at the cost of time, film and chemistry, doesn't image quality matter?
    Well... just as an example: I recently did a little series which involved myself standing waist-deep in the river Clyde (which is tidal) in a rubber waders suit, carrying all camera equipment above head height to the tripod, while trying to navigate the stony and slippery river bed. Your physique, bank account and love of risk might of course vary, but I myself sure did go for the cheap and light-weight gear alternatives! And that's before I contemplate places I can only reach after three hours of hill walking, with a high chance of getting soaked in the Scottish rain...

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    But each to their own, live and let live... or, erm, photograph and let photograph :-) !

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaif View Post
    Well... just as an example: I recently did a little series which involved myself standing waist-deep in the river Clyde (which is tidal) in a rubber waders suit, carrying all camera equipment above head height to the tripod, while trying to navigate the stony and slippery river bed. Your physique, bank account and love of risk might of course vary, but I myself sure did go for the cheap and light-weight gear alternatives! And that's before I contemplate places I can only reach after three hours of hill walking, with a high chance of getting soaked in the Scottish rain...

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    But each to their own, live and let live... or, erm, photograph and let photograph :-) !
    That is one reason my equipment is insured.

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaif View Post
    Well... just as an example: I recently did a little series which involved myself standing waist-deep in the river Clyde (which is tidal) in a rubber waders suit, carrying all camera equipment above head height to the tripod, while trying to navigate the stony and slippery river bed.
    I've done my fair share of photographic risk taking -- with my gear and my life. I've been in the middle of fast flowing creeks -- well past my knees -- with pretty expensive gear. But that was the ONLY way to get the picture of the waterfall. Fortunately, my Gitzo Reporter is aluminum and dries out fine. Just about all of the beautiful, gray finish has worn off over the years -- just "battle scars". I've been WAY too close to the edges of cliffs from the Grand Canyon to Canyonlands National Park. A wicked wind -- a common event there -- would have blow me and my gear over the edge.

    Some some reason, I think my foolish, autonomic reaction would be to TRY to save my gear. But somehow, I've prevailed -- but lot a few lens caps!!!

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    Re: Wista recessed lens panels with centred holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    That is one reason my equipment is insured.
    Funny enough, my equipment is usually insured, and on the one occasion when I had to make a claim, the insurance did cover my damage without problem. I myself still feel more comfortable in a situation like this, if I know that the piece of equipment in my hand is not worth half a year's income or would take a year of hunting to replace - even if it's just to stop myself from making that split-second reflex reaction to save that pressious piece of gear, and in the process of it getting myself into serious trouble.

    Having said this, I very much do believe that cameras and lenses are there to be used, and so if the only way to get a certain shot the way I want it would involve taking a bit of risk with my gear, I would very likely use it.

    Wow, this has all gone a fair way off from lens panels... and so, back to the Wista boards! Thank you xkaes for the link, he really has an interesting collection of stuff!

    I have in the meantime found some cheap un-drilled flat Wista boards online. An yes, another option would be to get a 'normal' recessed board if I can't find an undrilled one, and modify it to end up with the hole above centre.

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