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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Well, it's been in my possession 7 years, and I don't think I'll ever find a camera, trailer, or storage shed big enough to make a camera for the Hermagis mammoth lens. Preparing to move it on, I...
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    Re: Darlot Projection Lens Question

    The best way to turn it into a landscape lens is to move it to the rear of the barrel, if you can. The flat surface of the cemented doublet goes forward, not the curved. Most Darlots you cannot...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Congrats on retirement Jim. You've inspired a lot of people here, there, and everywhere!
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    We had the opposite view. I worked for McDonnell Douglas as a Stealth Fighter training manager. Everyone I worked around was fighter pilots, most from Vietnam. MCD made good fighters from the F-4...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Original Nokton 50/1.5 on M3 on FP4:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49460895343_9f77f278ce_c.jpg
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Summaron on Fuji 400. Testing a new Leica M3.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49443222573_fa18ca083c_c.jpg
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    Re: 1940's WWII Navy Darkroom Restoration

    Nope, the CG has "cutters". I was on a Knox class FF, there were almost 50 of those, most built in the late 60s early 70s. Great ships.

    Frigates were the workhorse of the fleet, along with...
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    Re: 1940's WWII Navy Darkroom Restoration

    Been there, done that. I was the ships intel photographer when I was in the Navy. On a Fast Frigate, we had a cleaning closet with a deep sink converted to my darkroom. The compartment was about...
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    Re: 12" Goerz Dagor?

    Dagors have gone up and down in the 13 years I've been shooting LF. Any Gold dots or rims helps their value. But since I hadn't watched them in the past 4-5 years I just went on ebay, completed...
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    Re: "Barn Find" Brass Barrel Lens Mystery!

    It's fun to research old brass, but without some engraved words it's pretty hard. I have had a few dozen that I have never placed. Even have an old lens reversing prism that I thought might be...
  11. Thread: Americana

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    Re: Americana

    I had missed your photos somehow, and just found them. Greatness, it's the America I remember from my youth.
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    Re: 8x10 Wet Plate Set Up

    I know you are industrious. I don't know what all those mentioned holders cost, but why not make your own film holder out of a plastic Lisco film holder? All you have to do is cut a hole in the...
  13. Re: This builder of retro film cameras says digital cameras are too easy, and no fun

    So? It's like saying "modern motorcycles are no fun....sandy beaches are no fun....artificial Christmas trees are no fun." Subjective opinions that should be meaningless to most people.
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    The West is a big place. There are many interesting formations and landscapes. I know a couple hidden places in Arches I'll shoot if I ever go back there.
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    Re: An E100 sheet film tease

    Just got my second roll back. Stupidly trusted an unCLA'd Leica IIIf, so many shots were bad. Canon 35/2 lens:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49204343237_8699860ea5_c.jpg

    First roll, I...
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    Re: A Little Bird Told Me... (Kodak E100 news)

    Wait, are you saying the film is optimized for birds or general wildlife photography?
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    Re: A Little Bird Told Me... (Kodak E100 news)

    I shot 2 rolls of the new Ektachrome, just to do my part in trying to help Kodak stay alive. Hate to say it, but my digital is the primary color shooter now. After spending $12/roll, then $18 to...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    Let me clarify: the blast, (sonic concussion) from a canon going off is enough to rattle a camera. You'll see it at times in the video you posted, everything shakes as it passes the camera, even on...
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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Good to see someone shooting sheet film in my territory! Nice shots, glad you liked your trip. As far as the SW having a great shot wherever you turn, the grass is always greener on the other side:...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    What kind of motion blur did the concussion of a fired canon give? How stable was the tripod, and how far from the muzzle blast?

    Just rhetorical questions.
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    Re: how do you shoot 1 to 3 second exposures

    I do 2-10 second exposures all the time with wetplate. I uncover and cover the barrel lens with a darkcloth, counting. No stop watch, not even a second hand wristwatch. But I can count seconds...
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    Re: Found Photographs

    A few weeks ago I found 8 rolls in a box of donated film developing equipment I'd have for several years. My wife convinced me to look at them, and I was surprised they were a US GI's photos from...
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    Re: Pricktorialism

    I got out the other evening and got a shot that looks in the style, except for no prickers you can see! We did find them, bushwacking back to the trail. (click for larger)
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  24. Image Makers - The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers

    If you get a chance, watch this documentary on the early cinematographers. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/image-makers-1247941

    Good in depth study of lighting, camera movement, and...
  25. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    In my youth in Carolina I found a few pot fields, but back in the 70s it was just hippies growing it. They didn't have guns.

    20 years ago I was hiking to an old mining ghost town in the Gila...
  26. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    Are French portrait lenses as good as the German originals circa 1841-50? Are the British copies of the French as good? Are the American copies of the British?

    It's all relative to who, what,...
  27. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    Wilderness is where few people are. When you are around few people, why worry about dangers from people? Crime is a per capita situation. No thief is going to drive into a national park, hike...
  28. Re: KORONA 11x14 " ULF / Alan Brubaker refurbished

    The fastest way to learn wetplate is under the instruction of an experienced person. I mean live, not on the internet. But it's not hard.

    Cost is the biggest reason I would shoot wetplate over...
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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    The iris universal mount shown above was the best thing I ever got for experimenting with lenses. I still have 75% of my small lenses unmounted because a) the often came without a flange, and b)...
  30. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Every method of taking a portrait is environmentally unsound, starting with petroglyphs and moving through drawings on papyrus. But in terms of proportionality, I can think of a lot of more...
  31. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    As with many vintage designs, someone decides to remake one, even though there are millions of used ones out there. ...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Yep, as I used to say when doing training, "there are no stupid questions....only stupid people."
    In jest of course.
  33. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    The problem with oil is if you get some on the inside surface of the lens, now you have even more of a reason to get it apart to clean it. But may not be able to. A bigger problem is the oil may...
  34. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    You are going to have to be an explorer to discover how to get this apart I fear. Everything that was assembled, can be disassembled. The trick it to do it non-destructively. The outside ends next...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I have it on good authority that the term "three strikes, you're out law" was coined from the "three turns and it's out" TTH patented thread.

    Did you know Dallmeyer also had standardized threads...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I should get mine out and shoot some soft focus this winter.
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    Re: Your Oldest Lens

    I just got my oldest lens. A c1750s Dollond refracting telescope. He invented the Achromatic lens group that made most early portrait lenses possible. Very neat to look through glass from before...
  38. Re: Current sources for having a lens flange made?

    There is a machinist in Oregon that Milan used to recommend that makes good flanges. Can't recall his name right now. Also, any local machinist worth his salt can match a thread from a ring of...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    What content sells? Pretty women, pretty landscapes.
    Who buys it in bulk? I was at a hospital this year, and saw some very nice black and white landscapes by an AZ photographer. Then I went to a...
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    Largest wetplate demo and darkroom ever

    My friend Blake did a fantastic thing!
    https://petapixel.com/2019/10/01/photographer-turns-symphony-hall-into-the-worlds-largest-darkroom/
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