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    Favorite aperture?

    Day in and day out what is your favorite aperture or the most used apeture with a 4x5 view camera? Do you try to use one aperture more than another?
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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    f22

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    f22, followed by f32 then f45 (depending on the les). I can shoot hand held at f22 with HP5

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Usually f/22, occasionally smaller or larger. Smaller for small aperture process lenses to cover focusing errors.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Wide open.
    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Barendt View Post
    Wide open.
    I've been waiting for that.

    I bought dialyte lenses as I could... then plasmats for wider needs. The dialyte Ektar and Fujinon-C's (and others) are reputed to be excellent wide open... and closed down to f/22 or smaller. I'll try to never shoot faster than f/11 with the plasmats (mostly SA XL's).

    The dialytes I bought are corrected for infinity (or nearly infinity) focus which is how I'll be shooting.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Cunningham View Post
    Day in and day out what is your favorite aperture or the most used apeture with a 4x5 view camera? Do you try to use one aperture more than another?
    Thanks,
    Jerry
    6 to 7 mm for most all formats. Bigger for lenses with FL longer than film diagonal and smaller for lenses with FL shorter than the film diagonal.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    All my lenses seem to always be shot wide open.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    The widest aperture that gets everything in focus with movements, without losing coverage.n 4x5 its often 22, but sometimes 16 cuts it. On 8x10, same deal often 32, but I'm very happy when I can get it all with 22 to minimize defraction. For me its a balancing act between getting everything I want in focus a while not negatively affecting sharpness.
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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    f11-22 for modern lenses, f45 or 64 for vintage wide angles, f4 to f8 for vintage petzvals and RRs.

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