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Thread: Ever feel really STUPID???

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Watkins View Post
    Now you've got the bellows don't buy a 25 inch TTH lens and discover that you can't reach the lens while you're looking through the ground glass. Like I did.
    Pete.
    Took it out today with a 19" Artar. Couldn't reach the front standard from behind the ground glass. With my long arms, that is definitely a first for me. But I FINALLY got to use my 19" Artar! I'll develop the films tomorrow and see how badly I screwed up.
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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    Good things come to those who wait.

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    There is strength in weakness.
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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    I learned two things from my first outing with a 19" Artar.

    Blind men can't focus.

    What depth of field?
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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    You will become, as I have, familiar with the term, "selective focus".

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    what was the question again?

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Graves View Post
    I bought my Toyo 810M from Arizona Highways photographer Trevor Stanley way back in 1982. Which means I've had it for 26 years now.....

    And my biggest complaint has always been it's ridiculously short bellows extension.


    Why did it take me until today to figure out that part of the bed extends forward? I mean....it's only blatantly obvious. Worse yet...why am I admitting it to you folks?
    I got an SK 5x7 to shoot a field. I kept wondering what the little lever attached to the bed was for . . . it wasn't until I started reworking it that I realized that it allowed the adjustment of the position of the tripod mount . . . after I had taken it apart to see how it operated.

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    "Ever feel really STUPID???"

    Yes as a matter of fact...many times but recently one that comes to mind...
    I've been using a Gitzo Carbon Fiber G1228 tripod for years wondering from
    time to time why the legs just didn't angle out very far, especially for such a
    high end tool. Luckily I was always able to work with the limitation. Then one day last year I happened to drop the tripod while navigating down some large boulders and when I picked it up one of the legs was angled out all the way. I examined it and felt like an idiot when I discovered this cleverly designed "stop" which one pulls out enough to open up the angle of the leg. Without this serendipitous event I would likely have eventually gone to my grave not realizing this. I simply don't remember any illustrations or instructions which came with the tripod. Of course not!! Hey it's
    not "rock-it" science is it?

    Walter
    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistiguishable from magic" Arthur C. Clarke

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    That could be the advertising creative idea for that website selling owners manuals: "Amazing new features are just wating for you in your old camera! It is all in the manual!"

    Wagner Lungov

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    Re: Ever feel really STUPID???

    Walter, I had exactly the same experience with Gitzo 1228. I also think that I didn't read it on the manual.

    I have had always an attitude "there must be something for/against this", but as getting ages, I tend to think "that's all there's to it", too early.

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