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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    I should rephrase : "So much research online regarding so much stuff!"

    At least I can look outside the window and see Castle Cliffs and Indian Canyon!
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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    Better to be a BDOF, than a dead BDOF [aka DBDOF]!

    Steve
    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    Hi,
    I have the "same" camera, bought it on an auction site, several years ago. It only says Calumet on the base plate, no other info. I asked a Calumet rep at a trade show about it, response was something from China, I forget the names though. Most importantly, it weighs only 2 1/2 pounds, not good in gusty wind, but otherwise superb. I carry it as part of a "30 pound" kit in my Lowe backpack. Included in the kit is: 1-65mm Prontar, 1-90mm Fujinon, 1-120mm Nikor HM, 1-150 Nikor, 1-210 Schnieder convertable, one spotmeter, 1 SBC, basic color/blkWhte filters (one size with step-up rings, leatherman & jewelers screwdrivers, tripod w/ballhead, Readyload w/box of Velvia and Tmax, darkcloth, etc. Last summer, I carried this all over your valley (before 10am, crowds not moving yet, parking possible), wore this some years ago all over Scotland, Icy Straights, Alaska, to name a few places. I really enjoy this kit, easy as a carry-on, travaling with unexposed film is difficult with TSA, but with a big land to see in the sw, I'll do a lot of tailgate work (I have a pop-up trailer and am retired now).

    Make the most of where you are located, bet you cannot wear out your camera-I'm trying to wear mine out, but it still shows no hint that I'm succeeding.
    Best,
    Bill

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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    welcome to the insanity of LF

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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    Bill, I'm interested in finding out what kind of lens boards you used, and if they might fit mine. I picked up a second lens and am eager to find a lens board. I have a workshop with John Sexton and Charlie Cramer in October and am looking to be somewhat comfortable with it by then.

    Thanks Max!
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    Smile Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    Being somewhat handy with woodworking tools, and having priced lensboards ($35.00+ ea.), I make my own boards. Get to know someone in the maintainance shop to help, I use a small table saw to cut 1/4" plywood into squares, lower the blade to "dado" the edges and forstner drill bits in a drillpress to make the proper size hole for the lens barrel. Then use another larger forstner bit to "dado" that hole to accomodate the locking ring. (Actually drill the larger dado first, then a smaller bit to cut through...both bits will use the same center guide hole.) Use a little flat black spray paint to coat the inside surface of the board and coat the outside of the board with stain to match the camera body and spread polyurthane on to seal it. I cut a half dozen blank boards all at one time and will drill them as needed at a later time.
    Enjoy,
    B

    PS Because you "work" in Yosemite, where would you go for vacation?

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    Re: Greetings from Yosemite

    My vacation this year is the Sexton/Cramer workshop, and it's in Lee Vining/Mono Lake.

    Other areas on my list are the San Juans in autumn, the Zion area, "the rockies" and the dunes of death valley somewhere. I still have lots of research to do!
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