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    Re: Focusing aids for Chamonix 4x5 cameras

    This is not Stranger Things. Get used to the upside down, donít resist it. After 30-50 shots (depending on the person), it will be second nature. You may even start printing upside down! ;-)
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    Re: Suggestion for tintype starter kit

    Maybe the page is not up to date. I bought it a couple of months ago and received in 2 separate components. This was for the 8x10 kit.

    Point is, even if mine was an exception somehow (it only 1...
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    Suggestion for tintype starter kit

    Regarding the B&S kit, I think they give you now the collodion and the bromo iodizer separately, so the clock starts ticking when you mix it at home.
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    Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Wow, gets really dreamy around the edges. Good for portraits!
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    Chamonix accessories

    Whatís wrong using a dark cloth? Even a jacket or tshirt?

    To me ultimately it comes down to risk. When I care about critical focusing, I will use one and a loupe. Even if thereís enough contrast...
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    Re: threading the needle

    And whoíd be organizing the light? Doesnít it require an organizer?

    I like the thought but the main difference is that music is orchestrated (no pun intended), so thereís an organizer (that can be...
  7. Re: Has anyone made a large split back contact frame?

    At that size you may want to consider a vacuum frame. From my experience it starts getting tricky to do a simple glass-pressing frame above 11x14 maintaining sharpness. I havenít tried some of the...
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    Contact Prints Without Enlarger?

    I would not put the filter on top of the contact frame, itís one more surface that needs to be really clean, one dust spec and youíll see it on the print. But placed above, underneath the light it...
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    How To Use Stouffer Step Tablet?

    If you can, get the 31-step which gives you 1/3 stops. May be overkill now but you may find it useful.
    In fact if you overexpose it (so that thereís more than one max black step on your print), you...
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    Re: threading the needle

    I agree Wozzek is truly an amazing opera.
    Although enjoyable, I canít say Iím too fond of Glass. I was going to make a pun with Ďground glassí but Iíll refrain :-)
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    Re: threading the needle

    I would trade listening to Tristan und Isolde instead of the Ring any day of the week, and use the remaining ~12 hrs to indulge in some photography.
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    Re: threading the needle

    Heís not the end of the romantic period! Maybe you should try Straussí operas (Electra, Rosenkavalier). Theyíre actually somewhere between Wagner and Schoenberg :-)
  13. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    This is an interesting point. I havenít encountered this issue, personally, but I can see how it could be. I guess I havenít tried to shoot that wide or compositionally didnít require centering. You...
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    Re: face mounted acrylic vendor?

    Good luck and please report your experience, Iím sure a lot of folks here are interested in hearing, myself included.
  15. Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    Like I said earlier if you donít already own a 6x17 or a4x10 camera, a half dark slide for your4x5 is the best practical, economical and flexible way to shoot in that form factor.

    Another camera...
  16. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    Looks pretty good!
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    Log live 8x10 Large format

    I donít think you have to worry for the foreseeable future.

    I would worry more about the fact that taking the plunge for a camera is just the start.... then thereís lenses, film, light meters,...
  18. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    A friend has it and raves about it, too. But alas, $1.2-1.4k and yet more gear to haul....
  19. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    Yes. Or half a dark slide as the lowest investment.

    Thereís different solutions depending on how deep is your pocket and how much youíre planning to shot panos.
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    Re: face mounted acrylic vendor?

    Iíve heard good things about artisanHD from friends, although I donít have direct experience:

    https://artisanhd.com/print-products/trulife-acrylic-face-mounting/

    Thereís only a handful that...
  21. Re: Shooting 4x5 panoramic images...looking for forum wisdom

    I was struggling with a similar question, which is whatís the best practical and cost effective way to shoot panoramas.

    If Malefic was selling Iíd jump for a 6x17 but itís going to be limited to...
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    Re: Multiple Print Washers?

    This video just made me realize I need to get my ducks in a row in my darkroom. Seems like 3 is the right number :-)

    Jokes aside this is a great and highly informative video.
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    Multiple Print Washers?

    Iíd go for one, being the largest one you can fit that you would use with some regularity. It sounds like a 16x20 would work for 99% of what you do.

    Only if you have really lots of space and money...
  24. Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    Itís really hard to give a good answer here without knowing more, so OP is going to just get a bunch of opinions based on the personal experience of each of us for whatís likely a wide range of...
  25. Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I have the Luland and itís great. Yes itís a Ries clone. So is my Philips-clone 8x10 camera.
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    Re: Waterhouse templates

    This is a great starting point for me, thank you very much Len!!
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    Thatís insane lol!

    Im also shocked that some configurations of the arca Swiss cube cost more than this beast!!
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    Waterhouse templates

    Hi,

    I know I can probably DIY this myself, but I was wondering if someone has or is willing to provide the dimensions or even a simple template to build the Waterhouse stops for a Dallmeyer 3D and...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Is there a way to reach the new Admin? Iíve been waiting to activate my new account for weeks now...

    Sorry to bother.
  30. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    This is good place to read about options.

    https://thecentercolumn.com/

    You can go to see the rankings section, or check out by brand or by type. Very useful and informative even for those who...
  31. Re: Best way to ensure appropriate DoF in interior shots?

    Thereís a good discussion here:


    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/archive/index.php/t-161363.html
  32. Is it a linear progression between 90mm and 150mm?

    If only we had zooms, uh? :-)

    For my 4x5, over time and once I had stocked a 65, 75, 90, 125, 150, 180, 210, 240, 300, 360, 400 and 450 mm lenses I realized the only ones that see the sun are the...
  33. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    The main consideration is weight.

    Try this: get a few books that weight about the weight of an aluminum tripod you may be eyeing. Put them in the bag with your camera gear that youíd normally...
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    A ball head is great because it provides full control of the orientation. The flexibility is great. A leveling base is a ďcastratedĒ version that limits it to 20 deg or whatever the limit is. Many...
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    Re: Switch from Epson to Canon printer?

    I went the opposite route but that was driven by the fact that I wanted to use QTR for alt-processes......
  36. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Now that we get into the the weeds, let me repeat here what has already been discussed in this very forum a few times before:

    ďcos^4 is the basic limiting physics, cos^2 from inverse distance...
  37. Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Itís all a matter of personal taste and no two photographers have the same aesthetic but at least for landscape and portrait photography there is not a lot of useful information in the corners...
  38. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    The fall off follows a cos^4, no need to waste a negative to confirm that IMO. All you need to know is the angular FOV of your lens, diagonally.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    I use a REI Ruckpack 65L for my 8x10 and I think it would be good for you. Itís not a top loader so itís very practical. You can carry a tripod on the side or the front (which centers the weight...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Thereís no downside provided the areas are still within the linear range of the film, otherwise if too dark it will become a nasty gray or show some color shift because the original color has shifted...
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