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    Re: Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera

    I watched the Elsa Dorfman documentary on Netflix. I loved how unassuming she was, despite the amazing body of work she has. First photographer I have seen who wears a tabard in the darkroom!
  2. Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    One of things nobody has mentioned is lens choice in large format is partly dictated by the fact that lenses longer than 210mm and wider than 90mm are somewhat more difficult to use. 90mm lenses have...
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    Re: High-Speed Sync for Speed Graphic

    I don't think that is what happens. The shutter always takes the maximum sync speed (say 1/250th) to open then fully close at high speeds. The slit between the shutters (the shutter is never fully...
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    It's not always the case, but 105mm lenses are usually standard lenses for 6x9 so it's not really a LF lens. Tominons were often found on the front of polaroid cameras, I think (but I'm not...
  5. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    My only suggestion is to check you have enough bellows extension before you start buying anything. That is going to be a significant limiting factor on what you choose to shoot.
  6. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    I bought the 210mm because I got it very cheaply. At the time I had a 165mm Calumet-Ilex lens so 180mm was too close to this for me to consider. It's also the longest focal length in a No.1 shutter...
  7. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    I have a Super Angulon 75mm 5.6, Fuji NW 125mm, and a 210mm APO Symmar. I wish I could say that this was some kind of well thought out master plan, but basically I bought whatever was available and...
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    Re: Portraits July 2019

    I shot a wedding a couple of weeks ago. I loved the location so I decided to bring my large format camera and shoot a few shots in the evening after the bulk of the high pressure work had been done....
  9. Re: Recommendations: Small 135mm with good coverage for 4x5 portraits?

    I have a Fuji 125 5.6NW and it really is an excellent lens. A really super focal length for environmental portraits, small, light and pretty inexpensive for what you can do with it. I have attached a...
  10. Re: Best way to repair small light leak in bellows?

    I use black acrylic T shirt paint, but the most important thing is to wrap your dark cloth around the bellows before you pull the darkslide - that will cover any new pinhole you haven't noticed.
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    Re: fit release cable in recessed board

    You can buy an angled extension for the cable release, that is what I did with my Toyo recessed board.

    This is the part:
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    Re: Copal 0 flash sync question

    I have two different flash triggers. One works with my LF shutters the other doesn't, so it varies from brand to brand. Personally I just use a good old fashioned sync cable because with the sort of...
  13. Re: HP5+ in Xtol and HC-110: can you see a difference?

    I went from developing my HP5+ in HC110 dilution E to using Xtol 1:1. The main difference was a definite increase in film speed (2/3 stop I would guess) and a tonally better negative that was easier...
  14. Re: Developed 4 sheets of HP5-400 had issues

    I used two batches of Tanol (a very similar developer) that showed the same symptoms. I use Xtol now and I am very happy with the results. I've decided life is too short for boutique developers.
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    Re: Circle of Confusion query

    The CoC is defined as the point where what was a point now becomes a disc - that's the point where an image becomes blurred. Lessening the CoC reduces the effective depth of field, and the bigger the...
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    Re: December portrait thread

    Nice work!
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    Re: December portrait thread

    Another image shot this month. This little girl is the ballerina's sister so they are supposed to go together as a set - each dressed for their favourite hobby.
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    Re: December portrait thread

    Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

    Lighting is actually really simple. I used one 5ft Octabox placed directly behind and above the camera. Luckily my clients agreed to hire the local church...
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    Re: December portrait thread

    Toyo 45c 210mm Apo Symmar Tmax 400 in Xtol 1+1

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4909/45391790315_712bcb4f41_z.jpgNancy by Toby Key, on Flickr
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    Re: HC-110 help or opinions

    I used HC-110 in a one shot 1+49 solution with my combiplan because it made it simple to mix up 1 litre of developer with no waste. I just used the dilution E development times and added a little...
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    Re: 4X5 with Profoto (B1)

    The main issue is you are going to need a lot more power to go from typical 35mm working apertures (5.6-8) to get to 4x5 working apertures (16-22) for equivalent depth of field. As long as you are...
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    Re: November Portrait Thread

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4869/31821556868_77ca7861bc_z.jpgGemiliana by Toby Key, on Flickr

    I have got into shooting portraits with a slightly wide lens since picking up an autocord TLR last...
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    Re: November Portrait Thread

    Nice work!
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    Re: October portrait thread

    Thanks Monty and Cameron!
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    Re: October portrait thread

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1974/44680788204_ac031a72b1_z.jpgRachel Foister by Toby Key, on Flickr

    Shot with a Fuji 125mm 5.6 NW and Kodak Tmax 400 in Xtol.
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    Re: Focal length vs. field of view?

    Because 100mm is a common portrait length for 35mm and its equivalent is about 300mm in 4x5. If you are shooting portraits you'll probably want a f5.6 lens and modern plasmats are big. A 210mm...
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    Re: September portrait thread

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1865/44782188571_0707237870_z.jpgmar0002 by Toby Key, on Flickr

    I shot this a part of a family portrait commission for some regular clients. It was actually rather...
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    Re: Focal length vs. field of view?

    To actually answer the question of the OP, I have found that same foreshortening exists in LF but a shallower depth of field can exaggerate familiar portrait effects you'd be familiar with in MF. On...
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    Re: Chinese Ebay ground glass

    I have a Bossscreen on my Toyo that came with the camera when I bought it. If I remember correctly these screens have to be shimmed so that the wax part of screen sits in the right place, so make...
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    Re: DOF Question, non-mathematically

    I would describe it as a 'zone of acceptable sharpness'. 'Acceptable' varying from photographer to photographer; so what is good enough for one photographer is not good enough for the next or...
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    Re: Fujinon lenses - grain difference

    Different lenses can't increase the granualarity of film. I have a 125mm Fujinon, but the NW version. It's an excellent lens, single coating shouldn't make much of a difference. Obviously something...
  32. Re: Strobes vs Continuous Lighting with MF and LF?

    You need a lot of light for large format portraits at traditional working apertures. I use 500 watt flash heads and I would say that is around the minimum you practically need if you want any kind of...
  33. Re: Robert Mapplethorpe - How Did He Light This?

    Totally agree. There is nothing mysterious about how this was lit. It is very obvious if you study Grace's eye's. If anything I would say the light sources are a little too obvious in the eye and...
  34. Re: Anyone have 8x10 300mm f5.6 environmental portrait examples?

    I think you have to be practical when looking for 'equivalent' lenses in 8x10. Mainly because there are fewer focal lengths available for 8x10, and some of those are much rarer than others and...
  35. Re: Lee filters with LF lenses and ultra long exposures

    I am dabbling with ND's too. I plumped for standardising on 77mm screw in filters and use step up rings as necessary, mainly because I have a Toyo compendium hood and a Lee filter holder doesn't fit...
  36. Re: Different than expected results with FP4 @ 125 in XTOL 1:1

    I developed some FP4 in Xtol 1+1 recently. I used the manufauturers guidelines (10 mins and 30sec inversions) and to me it looked over developed. It was my first attempt at this combination but but I...
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    Re: Which 210mm F5.6 for portraits?

    I have a 210mm APO Symmar, which is a fantastic lens. That is very, very sharp with excellent contrast. It can render very much like medium format digital with modern colour or t-grain black and...
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    Re: What's your favorite (CHEAP) 75mm lens?

    I managed to get a 90's model 75mm Super Angulon in the latest black copal shutter for 249 from a dealer. So you should be able to get most lenses with your budget.
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    Re: Toyo-View Deuxe 45M Rail Problems

    I have a Toyo 45C. I suspect (but I can't be sure) that those teeth are proud of the raised section on my rail. In which case an untoothed rail would fit but you might have an issue locking the...
  40. Re: Where to start? Is it too late to start? Beginner seeking advice.

    I would start with a 4x5. There are so many things that are simpler. You can develop the film in a tank, not a tray so you don't need a darkroom to do it. Lenses are a lot easier to find and cheaper,...
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