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  1. Re: Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    I'm an outdoor wet plater, two years experience now. I have some thoughts. First, when it's "dark & gloomy" there isn't all that much UV light to work with. You should try it at home in those...
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    Re: 2 sheets of film in the same holder?

    I've stuffed two sheets of FP4 into the same slot by mistake. It's a complete waste of film and I'm lucky it didn't screw up both.


    Kent in SD
  3. Thread: RCPE Railroad

    by Two23
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    RCPE Railroad

    Arlington, SD
    I collect early (19th C.) railroad photos, especially from the wet plate era (1850-1880.) Most of these are photos of tracks and rarely of engines and rolling stock. I think for the...
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    Re: Restoring a tailboard e bay find

    I shoot 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, and some 9x12. Have to admit my favorite is 5x7. Not too big, not too little--it's just right.:D


    Kent in SD
  5. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    I find that more and more I'm buying/selling on camera websites such as this one.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: New 2400ws Pack & Heads

    Interested to see the price.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Yellow, Orange, Red Filter Factors?

    I assume that since you're using colored filters that you're shooting b&w pan film? The variances most of you are talking about here don't seem to be enough to screw up your exposure calculation. ...
  8. Re: Fidelity Elite 9x12cm holder works for 4x5 film?

    You would have to cut the 4x5 film in the dark to fit. Not worth the hassle. Keep looking for 4x5 holders. Plenty out there.


    Kent in SD
  9. Re: Lens Nimenclature and lens Designe: Raptar vs Paragon

    They are trade names more than lens types. A Raptar was a Wollensak Velostigmat which was coated. Both are Tessar type four element. They simply changed the name. A Paragon was usually a four...
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    Re: Wet Plate portrait lens

    Confused with another post! To smooth skin etc. you need a diffused focus lens. One of the best is the Verito. Another is a Velostigmat series II. These are reasonably priced. I believe they are...
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    Re: Wet Plate portrait lens

    For what you're wanting I think a diffused lens in the 240mm range would do it. I love Heliars but they are actually pretty sharp. Since you're doing film and not wet plate I think a lens in...
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    Silver Maintenance

    Silver Maintainance
    I sun my silver in an open jar and leave it in bright sun for a couple of days every month or so. I haven't been able to do that since the first of last November. It's cold and...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    What are you using to focus with?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    Yes, I would return it. I have the Nikon 90mm f4.5 and love it. All of these are actually nice lenses.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    The blue box was from Bin Warehouse and it looks like it's no longer available.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    That's what I was thinking. I taken shots with my 4x5 on FP4+ using my Minolta meter for a reading, then used exactly the same reading to take a shot with my Rolleiflex. The images looked the same....
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Why would 4x5 require more exposure than 35mm etc. if you are using the same film? I use the same Minolta V meter for all my cameras, 35mm to 8x10.


    Kent in SD
  18. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    I typically use f16 or f22, but will go to f32 if needed.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    They come up fairly regularly on ebay between $500 and $550. Looks like about two per month show up. As with all things LF, patience is rewarded.


    Kent iN SD
  20. Thread: Eidoscope

    by Two23
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    Re: Eidoscope

    I didn't have a way to control exposure other than to stop the lens down. As it was I was at 1/2 second which is about my fastest limit. I do keep the cap on my bottles. I've been using this one...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    I have the Chamonix 045n and would not put a 300mm f5.6 on it. Remember the bellows are stretched way out and this is a lightweight camera. The Nikon 300M is an excellent match.


    Kent in SD
  22. Thread: Eidoscope

    by Two23
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    Eidoscope

    I'm borrowing a 375mm Eidoscope #2 from a generous member here and finally got a chance to use it yesterday on my 2D 8x10. It's fairly heavy so I ended up putting the rear rail on the camera and...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    I use a Nikon 300M f9 on my Chamonix 4x5 and love it. Also use it on my 8x10--it covers.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Help Request : Film Choice

    I've have got to where the only film I regularly use for all formats is FP4+. It's easy to work with, predictable, and consistent in processing. I shoot it in 35mm, 120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10.


    Kent...
  25. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I have a Chamonix 4x5, Gundlach Korona 5x7, and Kodak 2D 8x10. Have a Ries J250 head. Just ordered a Ries J100-2 tripod. I need something solid out here on the windy plains.


    Kent in SD
  26. Re: And I only recently got into Medium Format...

    For me it's the way the view cameras handle and their versatility. I shoot film, dry plates, and wet plates in mine.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Whole plate is right at the threshold where costs really take off. I shoot 4x5, 5x7, 8x10. I find 4x5 is the most versatile because it's lighter to carry, more lens choices, more film choices, and...
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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    I've been thinking of something similar. I'm looking at buying one of those metal grate garden wagons with big tires. I make a PVC frame which is fastened to the wagon, then fastened to my dark...
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    Re: Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    Nice 3D look to it. What lens is this?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    No, I have done the front element swap to the rear thing on a couple. Different deal I suppose.


    Regards,
    Kent
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    Re: Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    I had one for 4x5 but we never really got along. I think it works best in the studio with flash.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    In the past I shot film with the Petzvals using enough ND filters to stop exposure down to 1 or 2 seconds. This actually works.


    Kent in SD
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    Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    I have a Kodak 2D with extension rail and a tripod block. I've mostly been shooting wet plate with the camera, sometimes FP4+, and just a few portraits. I already have a 12 inch Voigtlander...
  34. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    For 300mm on 8x10 I've been using the uncoated Velostigmat. Considering you want a lens in shutter I'm thinking your best and most reasonable option is a Raptar, which is a mono coated Velostigmat,...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    The assisted living center my 96 year old dad lives in finally relaxed restrictions on visiting and I was able to visit on Easter weekend. While there I made a tin type portrait. Camera was a Kodak...
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    Re: What is my 4x5 area on the glass?

    The ground glass looks to me to be 4 inches by 5 inches. Measure it. If it is that, what you see on your ground glass is exactly what you'll see on your film. Someone must have adapted a 4x5...
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    Re: Sticky Synchro-Compur Shutters

    Yes, worth it.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: What is my 4x5 area on the glass?

    If you can see it, it will appear on your 4x5 film.


    Kent in SD
  39. Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Keep in mind the weather here is highly variable. When I came home from work on Monday it was 81 degrees. When I went to work the next morning it was 28. There are times of the year when we might...
  40. Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Winter here is long and dark. Sun sets at 4:30 at the end of the year, and rises and sets in the south. It can get cloudy too. I know Shane always uses an f4.5 Tessar for everything. I think his...
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