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    Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Nice interview on PBS Newshour:

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/la...ecades-of-work

    He's one of my favorite landscape photographers.

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Thanks for posting, Chuck - love seeing a master at work!

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    Enjoyed watching the interview! Thanks for posting!

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Notice his heavy aluminum Calumet C1 that everybody denigrates. A very good camera!

    What was that lens?

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

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    What was that lens?
    It looks APO Tele Xenar 800mm f/12. Ebay lists one now for some $15,000, a nice adding to the C1

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...mm-Convertible

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    Nice stack of ciba boxes...

    Thanks for posting, Chuck

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    He used a lot of bellows and rise!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pere Casals View Post
    It looks APO Tele Xenar 800mm f/12. Ebay lists one now for some $15,000, a nice adding to the C1

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...mm-Convertible

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    Nice stack of ciba boxes...

    Thanks for posting, Chuck

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Notice his heavy aluminum Calumet C1 that everybody denigrates. A very good camera!

    What was that lens?
    Chris Burkett invests whatever is needed to obtain the highest quality standard, whether it be in research, time, or equipment. He's a true perfectionist.

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Actually I think that he is using the wrong camera. If you look carefully you will notice a slight up and down camera movement when the camera is nudged. I get the same thing on the Toyo MII when using heavy lens with long extension. I suspect that is due to the holding screw not having enough bite and plan on trying different screws until I find one that has maximum depth for the camera. I exchanged the hex screw that came with the arca QR plate for one that has just one turn more bite and it seems to have been an improvement but I again noticed aa pronounced up and down motion with the 760mm lens and when I dismounted the camera was able to re-tighten the screw slightly. The real solution, as I see it, is to use a monorail like the Toyo G with 2 rail clamps. That completely eliminates any up and down or side-ways motion and leaves just vibrations which quickly settle down.

    Thomas

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    There's also a shot of his darkroom and enviable Apo El Nikkor (300 or 480 - I think he has both) mounted on the horizontal enlarger. Some nice looking prints indeed! Almost a bargain given the effort and materials involved.

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    Re: Christopher Burkett Interview on PBS

    Nice interview. But sorry to see him hanging up his hat when his supply of Ciba runs out. I don't know if I'll ever thaw my own last box of it, cause I discovered very similar prints can be made on Fuji Supergloss with a much easier masking protocol than Ciba. And for someone who put a 10K lens on a 90K
    enlarger, I was surprised by how wobbly and funky his 8x10 rig looked. The only time I was in town and had a potential opportunity to meet him there was a family emergency, so it fell through. It would have been interesting because his masking protocol was so different from mine. I never dodged and burned Cibas at all - that was all pre-built-in onto the masks themselves. Wonderful to see him still at it, but changes in materials are inevitable in this game.

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