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  1. Re: Metering on vacation - iPhone app or Seiconic

    Unless you've already experimented with a particular film under analogous lighting conditions, and in effect have memorized settings in relation to actual metering beforehand, any generic approach...
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    I found everything Foma itself not exactly a bargain because I can't count on either the quality control or versatility I routinely get with seemingly more expensive Kodak and Ilford sheet films. If...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I use a flash shoe mount for my Nikon and other cameras on the copy stand, which is itself precise and fully adjustable. Once any camera is installed, the bubble level attached to the hot shoe is...
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    Re: Are all plasmats convertible?

    There's a problem with this kind of pigeonhole lens terminology. "Plasmat" implies both an original design by that name as well as an entire class of modern lenses, very few of which are...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Pros and cons. I wouldn't want to be stuffing my pockets with disposable wipes, much less littering a trail with them; therefore, microfiber makes more sense to me in camera bag. But they do...
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    I haven't tried the very latest version of Arista Otho Litho, but the immediately previous style was around ASA 6 to 12 for me. Frankly, I don't even use it in camera, but for lab purposes, where I...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    To follow up for sake of Mr. Feldman, 3M has a dual numbering system which represents the specific packaging involved, rather than merely the contents. In other words, the same item might appear...
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    Re: Be careful out there!

    It's the next big holiday I really worry about. Thirteen families became homeless in this county alone already this month, due to illegal fireworks use nearby. About thirty other homes were barely...
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    Re: Arista Ortho Litho Help

    Badly underexposed as well as underdeveloped. The brown stain itself is an artifact of either underdevelopment or a too dilute developer. Dektol is a miserable developer for this film, despite all...
  10. Thread: 4x loupe

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    Re: 4x loupe

    I've never scratched a groundglass with one; but if you are paranoid, it's easy enough to apply your own soft tape or thin rubber to the bottom.
  11. Thread: 4x loupe

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    Re: 4x loupe

    I really like the Peak 7X version, which also turns up under Horseman, Wista, and Nikon brand labels. Most of the fancy 4X versions seem just too bulky for me.
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I can easily cut up to 40 inch wide material in the dark, either printing paper off rolls, or hypothetically big sheet film. I have threaded inserts precisely set at the right places in the cutting...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    That will probably change. Pricing jockey's back and forth, but eventually reaches equilibrium once supply and demand themselves do; and unfortunately, it's trending higher. Here, LF chrome film is...
  14. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    I've been up many a remote high altitude pass wearing vibram soled boots and toting an ice axe, when I've stumbled onto obsidian flakes or actual atlatl point, so predictably in fact, that I knew...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    For several decades, expensive high-end portraits were printed via dye transfer, which customarily started with chromes, not negs. There was a negative option, but the transparency route offered more...
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    A Rototrim could hypothetically be used to cut 2-ply matboard if something better wasn't on hand. Miserable for 4-ply, however.
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Right tools for the right job. But I actually used chrome film and Cibachrome for even portrait work, and was paid a premium for that option specifically, even though it was easier just to shoot...
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    Re: Be careful out there!

    Mt Russel is quite a ways up there, slightly over 14,000 ft, hardly a tourist destination. More of a mtn climbing accident. The picture on the link above is the Sphinx is in a completely different NP...
  19. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    A rubber band is repeatable, but hardly accurate. We used to speak of "Fisherman's weight scales" that way; good for tall tales and little else.
  20. Re: Tice fans: GEORGE TICE AND ANDREW WYETH: PARALLEL VISIONS

    I've never think of Tice as a "parallel" related to the cloying paintings of the Brandywine school of Wyeth; but perhaps as an interesting contrast of styles within the same general region this makes...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    BS is BS. There are obviously things that guy didn't know, and by deliberately using the term"myth", he was putting himself in the position of having the term boomerang right back at him, if that's...
  22. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    It's amazing how simple things become after habit and intuition take over, versus all the hubub theory in advance.
  23. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Tin Can - I've been photographing the effects of both drought and wildfire nearly my whole life. Just took two more shots about a week ago. I'm not trying to "document" anything; the kind of hues...
  24. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Cellphone maps are abbreviated and don't show anywhere near the detail necessary to safely avoid serious topographic obstacles. They're also battery dependent. As far as roads go, phone maps contain...
  25. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    We don't just have woods, but many deep canyons, high peaks and divides ... Even the rescue copter pilots are expected to be able to navigate by visible topographic clues.
  26. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Real topo maps and a decent compass are way more reliable; but it's amazing how few younger outdoorsy types these days understand how to read a topo map. I was given a very expensive (around $600)...
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    You might find one of those from a commercial printing house supplier, or used on eBay in the industrial rather than photographic section. There are also dedicated used offset printing gear suppliers...
  28. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Well, destroying rocks cairns could lead to a criminal prosecution if they are present for sake of official trails. They are often used across bare areas or above timberline where trails in terms of...
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    A matcutter could be adapted if it had a self-healing mat installed, along with some kind of squaring system. But that would be a clumsy way to do it, especially in the dark.
  30. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Good that you went when you did. The falls are likely to dry up completely later in summer. The Sierras are not in quite the extreme level of drought as the San Joaquin Valley below or here on the...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Hmm, my back doesn't move as easily as it used to.... but if you're referring to my camera's back, I often make use of that when tilting the camera downward. If only front tilt is used to handle...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    John - the real deal levels are certified, with the certification note right in the box, just like lots of the US made Starrett precision equipment. Each piece is tested against a factory standard....
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I'd never use a matcutter for cutting down film. My linear matcutter does have a squaring arm and sizing option for cutting down and squaring matboard, as well as a different cutter for beveled...
  34. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    Maybe "precision" and "havoc" just don't mix! Try another web name, and maybe it will all work out.
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Take it easy, Corran. I took you off "ignore" for a reason. You often have valuable insights of your own, so I don't want to circumvent them. But there are still various ways to print chromes which...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Every really good digital printer I've known was a highly skilled color darkroom printer first. Limitation is really liberation. Anyone who thinks they can do just anything because they have the...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    The color response dye peaks and curves in any given film are engineered to operate in a specific way in balanced relation to one another at a specific color temperature. With Kodak, photographic...
  38. Re: Unsharp Masking…Would I/Could I/Should I?

    If contact printing 8x10, I simply use the same masking registration frame as I used for making the mask in the first place. The only difference is that's there's a piece of paper in it, along with...
  39. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Lost leading the lost. I learned a long time ago not to trust other people's markers. Nor have I ever left my own.
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    I'm sure the development of specific color films involved far more than that, Alan. Certain compromises are always involved due to the inherent limitations of dye choice, coating methods, dye cloud...
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