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  1. Re: Edward Steichen: In High Fashion - The Conde Nast Years, 1923-1937

    I bought this book after the Art Institute of Chicago held a Steichen exhibit several years ago. Previous to the show, I had always thought of him as boring, but the show opened my eyes and now he's...
  2. Re: Ilex Paragon Anastigmat Series S 12 inch FL

    My 12"/6.3 is one of my favorite lenses, but I don't have the f/4.5.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/3847/14690979160_10ee14c2fd_c.jpg

    Eric
    by Michael Darnton, on Flickr
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    Do you require the normal architectural specs? Like lack of distortion, and at least reasonable consistency of sharpness out to the edges? Both of those might be lacking in all of the easy solutions....
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Heat works wonders for melting wood, but I've never tried something complex like a film holder. If the wood is dry, the hide glue should mostly survive. If I were going to experiment, I'd put a...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    Same for me. I have and use 15mm 35mm lenses and 21mm is my favorite, but 65mm on 4x5 is something I can't deal with. . .I prefer 75 or even longer.
    A mystery.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    That's the device I couldn't find online! Yes.
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Yeah! Make a whole set of boards in 2 degree increments!
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    I think the color and surface you have there is pretty nice. It looks more like walnut than the fake mahogany stain one usually sees, and I like the satin surface. I would have suggested something...
  9. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    The Velo may come in a nice Betax shutter (one of my personal fave shutters).
    The Verito may have more fuzz and glow, but often no shutter. The 11.5" Verito is a large, but not heavy, lens.
    The...
  10. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    Mine appears to sharpen. I don't use it like that, so I'm just looking at the GG.

    In my opinion, for 8x10 portraits it's a bit short. Laying on the soft focus shortens the FL, also, to around...
  11. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    What film size are we talking about?

    I have a Verito, the soft focus Velostigmat, two Wollastons, and a lens I cobbled up myself from an achromatic two-element close-up lens, but my fave is the...
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    Re: 30cm Heliar on 4x5

    I totally agree with this. I have a 360mm Heliar I got for portraits, and actually don't like it as much on 8x10 as I do my 300/6.8 Ilex Paragon on 5x7. I feel like the Paragon's transitions are...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    As far as coverage, here is my 5x7 65mm rig
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeldarnton/13995403977/in/dateposted-public/

    And the results...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    Will the f4 Nikkor's rear component fit through the hole behind a Pacemaker board and/or fit inside the bellows?
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    Re: 30cm Heliar on 4x5

    Or Ansco. 5x7 Ansco is tough.

    300mm is my fave portrait length on 5x7.
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    Re: 30cm Heliar on 4x5

    Whoops, Dan's right--it's a whole plate lens, officially.
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    Re: Tripod "max load" meaning

    I have put my Ansco 8x10 on my Manfroto 055. Theoretically it will take the weight, but it's scary, and you get the feeling that the centerpost is one light wind from bending in half. Remember that
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    Re: 30cm Heliar on 4x5

    It's a big, heavy lens, yes and easily covers 8x10 for the normal work that it would be used for. And usually won't come with a shutter. On a light 4x5, it may be too much for the front standard. I...
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    Re: Lens Aperture vs Meter Reading

    https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/lazy-rama/uploads/2012/01/f-numbers1.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.distantfuturejosh.com/posts/12-13-14-stops/&tbnid=pqB0Rzd-oWVF_M&...
  20. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    Does this mean that you are fitting Graphic View backs on your 3x4 cameras? Will there be focus plane differences, and how do you plan to deal with it? Asking because I have several 3x4 Graflexes,...
  21. Re: Size of Graflex back of 4 X 5 Graflex Series D or Super D

    If you are thinking of some kind of conversion, the (original) Graflok back on my Super D is exactly the same back as is on the Pacemaker Crowns and Speeds--it even has the pocket at the top for the...
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    I have both a Berlebach and a twin-shank Bogen. The latter is a much finer piece of machinery, but there's an important feature that everyone talks about-- lack of vibration. I thought this was a...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Chrism, you know I ALWAYS like to see your pix of your family. It's clear how you feel about them, and makes me happy. Need more happy these days. Glad to see you are back.
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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Yes, exactly! It's probably not the pure technician's point of view, but when I see a picture in any form it doesn't really look like the real thing in so many different ways that getting nitpicky...
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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    I bought a small LED movie light for 4x5 and smaller. Then got a 1/4" thick piece of white (milky) plexiglass to cover it. The plexi diffuses the individual bulbs sufficiently to give a totally even...
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    Re: Developer capacity, D-23, and dilution

    The "varnish" suggested isn't a varnish, but simply oil in a solvent. Think in terms of oiled paper, how it becomes more translucent, becoming like waxed paper. I don't doubt that some added...
  27. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    My involvement in photography drifts in and out, and I participate in several other forums on different topics, but I regard this one as home--the most informative and civil forum I have ever seen....
  28. Re: 65mm Super- Angulon f/8 vignette solutions on 4x5

    I wonder if there might be more bang/buck impact by putting the money into a 65/5.6? The lens itself isn't huge, but there's more coverage. Those who have them both might know whether more coverage...
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    Re: Route 66 in the 1950's (also an obituary)

    That's a really great story and photos! Thanks.
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    Re: Which lens would you choose?

    I have the Wollensak lens. I bought it initially for a job I was doing, in the 80s, then in the 90s I bought a new Sironar-N to replace it. I did not get better or worse results with either, except...
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    Re: 4x5 Starter Lens

    There's a tendency in LF to lust after the most modern, exotic, and expensive lenses possible, Super-Whammy XXXL Mega-Coated Apos, then complain that they are too expensive. I have built several...
  32. Re: Questions about nominal vs. effective aperture for LF close-up work in a studio.

    If you are doing close-up work, take it as given that DOF won't be enough, no matter how small the aperture, especially with large film. Try it and you'll see, The difference is going to be between...
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    Re: Self Portraits

    Wonderful, Laurent!
  34. Re: Questions about nominal vs. effective aperture for LF close-up work in a studio.

    I think they're just saying that when your proper exposure of f 16 is at 1:1, it becomes, "effectively", an f 32. So you need to open two stops, to a "nominal" f 8 to get an "effective" f 16. Just a...
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    Re: Aspherical lenses availability

    First, what kind of distortion are you experiencing? That doesn't sound right. Any good lens should have virtually none.

    Second, if you really do have a oerceivable distortion problem, in a...
  36. Thread: 4x5 or 8x10

    by mdarnton
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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    5x7.

    4x5 just doesn't seem that large to me anymore, and 8x10 is a bit much to carry around. 5x7 or 4x5, a few holders and an extra lens or two, both fit in a messenger bag. Also, 5x7 is like...
  37. Re: Help request - Ilex #3 bulb and time not working

    I suspect that the only place that needs anything are the several pivots and parts that slide against each other right where your top arrow is. A couple of drops of odorless paint thinner or lighter...
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    Re: How does this negative look?

    For my taste, I would like a bit more exposure and somewhat less contrast, but I could deal with that. For my style, the thin areas should separate more from the bare film. I like to see a lot of...
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    Re: Rodinol to D 23

    Relative to shelf life, I have wandered away from mixing my own and come back several times, so I have used both metol and sodium sulfite that are pushing 30 years old, no problem. With water, I...
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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    Blue painter's tape should be sufficient in a normal situation, I bet. If you either duct tape or gaffer yourself inside it's going to be a lot of work to get out!
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