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    agfa optima 100

    Agfa Optima II 100 is an excellent film, neutral colors, clean whites. Unfortunately, it isn't available in 4x5.
  2. Revolving back on the Toyo 45II worth extra weight?

    I agree with Brian Ellis. I have had cameras with and without the revolving back, and while obviously it's less effort just to turn a back than to take it off and turn it, (a) it's not something...
  3. Thread: Walker

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    Walker

    I had a Toyo and I have a friend near me who has a Walker, so I have had the opportunity to examine it and I have borrowed it nd used it. Either camera is excellent, and I would not rate the...
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    135 or 150?

    At one time I carried a bunch of lenses with me, but because of a bad back I had to lighten up considerably, so for several years now I have been happily functi oning with only a 210mm lens. However,...
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    A 135mm Kodak Wide Field Ektar Question

    Does anyone know if a 135mm Kodak Wide Field Ektar lens will fit in a Copal 0 Sh utter?
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    A 135mm Optar Question

    Does anyone know if a 135mm Optar will fit in a Copal 0 board?
  7. Does large format inhibit your creativity?

    It's not the camera, it's the photographer who's creative. LF movements foster creativity by allowing much more and more precise control of all elements, but it comes down to the individual ...
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    what IS it about nature photography?

    Perhaps you have offended some people, but you also may have made others think.
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    Toyo AX vs. Tachihara for backpacking

    I have owned both cameras, and they are in different leagues both dollar-wise and quality-wise. The Toyo is much more expensive, and a much heavier camera, about 6 lbs. vs about 3.5 lbs. for the ...
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    Help w/ internegative vs. Cibachrome

    If you want to end up with prints, try color negative film. I tried Ilfochrome, and internegs (and my lab made 4x5 internegs with top quality equipment and charged less than $10)and found the...
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    Dade-Broward 4x5 Photographers

    Looking for another Dade-Broward 4x5 photographer to do field photography. I usu ally go out every other Sunday morning.
  12. Good techniqueto UNLOAD Film Holders Inside a Changing Bag?

    I don't understand the problem. I have no darkroom and have loaded and unloaded film holders in a standard changing bag for years, with no problems. But I don't think I have ever loaded or unloaded...
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    LF magazines - which are best?

    I subscribed to View Camera for a number of years, finally let my subscription lapse because the editorial quality of the magazine had deteriorated. After a couple of years I said, well, it's the...
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    Alternatives to focusing cloth?

    There is no perfect answer; I have tried all kinds of alternatives (including the BTZS cloth)and there is something good and something not so good about all of them. Currently I am using something...
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    Domke F-805 for view camera?

    I used one with my Wista DX II, and it works OK with one or at most two lenses, plus the minimum of the usual accessories that we need. I wanted something that was light weight and more convenient...
  16. wood field in the sultry South ?...re: humidity

    It's really not a problem.I'm in Miami, Florida, and I have used nothing but wood field cameras for years, a series of Tachiharas and now for several years a Wista DX II. All outdoor photography,...
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    Circle Of Coverage At Small Apertures?

    Erik's is the first explanation that really makes sense to me. It's not that the actual circle of coverage varies (that would be limited by the optical design), but that the USABLE circle of...
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    Circle Of Coverage At Small Apertures?

    OK, you have convinced me that the expansion of the circle of coverage is limited by the physical design of the lens, but that really doesn't answer my question. As we stop down the lens, the ...
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    Circle Of Coverage At Small Apertures?

    Published circles of coverage for LF lenses are apparently standardized at f22. We know that the area of coverage increases as the lens is stopped down, but by what factor? Would it be a percentage...
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    Caltar II S versus N

    Call Calumet (1-800-CALUMET) and ask them. They usually know and will tell you.
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    What range of lenses to own

    Don't be in a rush. A view camera is very different from 35mm, and your eventual choice of lenses may be very different from your 35mm lineup. Stick with your 110 for a while and see how you feel...
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    300 mm Lens Options

    You don't say what camera you have, and how much bellows draw it has. That is a major limiting factor in choosing a long lens.
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    4x5 Tachihara

    It's very adequate for most field work. Technically its only real disadvantage is the 12" bellows, which is a limiting factor with long lenses, but it shares this disavantage with a number of...
  24. 4x5 Print Film For Lanscapes-Where Did They Go?

    Not much to choose from. Agfa Optima was in my opinion the best, but it's off the market now, although Agfa promises a "new professional film" in the fall. Fuji NPS is too low contrast. Kodak's...
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    Does anyone use colour print film?

    I too used Agfa Optima 100 for years, and while not perfect (a tendency to oversaturate blues)it was better balanced than and had more natural contrast than any of the Fuji or Kodak films available...
  26. Rodenstock Sironar S 210 vs.Schneider Apo-Symmar 210

    I have actually owned both lenses, a 210 Apo-Symmar and a 210 Apo- Sironar-S. I currently use the Apo-Sironar-S. I routinely enlarge to 16x20 and have numerous 16x20 prints from both lenses. I would...
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    210 apo symmar on 8x10

    A few years ago I bought a 210 Apo Symmar (which I used on 4x5) from a man who had used it on 8x10 and said he was perfectly happy with it. I saw a couple of transparencies he had done with it, and...
  28. LF: do your viewers notice the difference ?

    People will notice the art first. If the picture is attractive to them, they may examine it more closely and see that it's very sharp, that it has excellent tonality, etc., but they may not. Most...
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    Mido Holders?

    Anybody know anything about Mido holders? I have heard that they are a type of m agazine holder, that there were problems with them, and they are no longer being manufactured. Is any or all of this...
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    Color neg film for landscapes

    Try Agfa Optima 100. I find it very satisfactory, besides being cheaper. I haven't used the new Agfa Optima II yet, but it's supposed to be even better.
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    Agfa RSX100 Transparency Film

    If you want realistic color over the entire palette, without exaggeration of any parricular color and without excessive contrast, you'll be happy with RSX 100.
  32. Choice Between Nikkor SW210mm f5.6 and Fujinon f5.6

    Fuji lenses tend to be very slightly warmer than Nikkor lenses, but you would be unlikely to see any difference unless you made a direct comparison test. Optica lly both are excellent. The lastest...
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    Nagaoka or Anba Ikeda availble in U.S.?

    Does anybody kniow where Nagaoka or Anba Ikeda cameras are available new in the U.S.?
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    Caltar 210 lense

    Call Calumet at 1-800-CALUMET and ask them. The sales people usually know, and h ave no objection to telling you. I at one time had a 210 Caltar II-S which was d efinitely a Schneider as it was...
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    Camera Care

    I bought a Tachihara and lens from them by phone; they sent me a cheaper lens th an the one I had paid for, and after several futile lens exchanges I sent the st uff back. Eventually my money was...
  36. Which camera do I buy when jumping into 4x5

    Obviously you want a field camera, and there are a number of them available unde r $3000, some considerably under $3000, that will suit your purpose. Just make s ure that the bellows extension is...
  37. Big 4 lens makers - no difference - right?

    Of course there are differences, but the differences may or may not matter to yo u. Right now you have no experience, so for you the important fact is that none of the four major lens makers makes a...
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    Ground Glass focusing Loupes

    I concur with what has been said about the Toyo loupe and the Toyo folding focus ing hood. It's really too short. The Wista might be better, but I have no experi ence with it. I use the Horseman 7x...
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    used equipment web site

    And what about rec.photo.marketplace? The biggest of them all.
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    Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 Lens

    I had this lens, and it's very sharp, coated, and excellent in color use. It doe s, however, have somewhat limited coverage.

    As to the flash, mine was also in a Compur shutter, but I am certain...
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