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  1. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    The main advantage of LF photography is film size, not camera movements. (apologies Mr. Scudder)

    no, No, NO!
    Buy one lens!
    Use one lens!
    You only need one lens!
    (two at the most)
  2. Thread: Still Life 2022

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    Re: Still Life 2022

    Paul, inspiring as usual - but I am curious - and this question may reveal my ignorance of the wet plate process, but if the emulsion is very time sensitive requiring the exposure to be made while it...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Not sure what you mean about dropbox - did I mess something up in my posting procedure?

    As for the distance - I believe about 2 ft, give or take.
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    From a few years ago, out my dinning room window - shot this on 8X10 X-ray film, probably about ISO 50-80 - Packard shutter, so about 1/25th second - I think the lens was a Congo 360mm:
    ...
  5. Re: Bellows extension while using close-up filter

    OK, thanks
  6. Re: Bellows extension while using close-up filter

    I cant get that site to come up when I click on the link...

    I measured my lens F/L. It is a Wollaston Meniscus made by Reinhold Shable listed as a 190mm lens.
    At infinity the 190mm mark is...
  7. Re: Bellows extension while using close-up filter

    Great, thanks - I'll report back with my findings and (hopefully) some decent images.
  8. Re: Bellows extension while using close-up filter

    OK, since I am using this lens only on my Graflex Series D 4X5, there will be no movements affecting the image circle diameter.

    I will mount the +1 diopter and get a F/L measurement.

    xkaes, are...
  9. Bellows extension while using close-up filter

    Pardon my ignorance, but I am going to try some close-up shots using my 190mm meniscus lens with a +1 or +4 screw-in close up filter. I am still going to have some bellows extension, though not near...
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    Re: Smarter material for ground glass shim?

    With a razor knife, cut up some sections of a pop-sickle stick for shims, then always shoot at f/16 or smaller :)

    Heck, I think I cut some small strips of mat board many years ago and used that...
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    Re: A question for the opticians here.

    I have no idea if the calculations for the Wollaston landscape lens (meniscus) would help or not. Michael Gasperi, a member here, has a web-page that discuses in detail how to figure the aperture...
  12. Thread: Camera Obscura

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    Re: Camera Obscura

    Mr. Morell inspired me many years ago. My bathroom is still a camera-obscura, though I now use a lens rather than a pinhole - makes it brighter.
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    Exposure meter app for Android ?

    I suspect that this has been addressed before but I can't find anything when I do a search - and google is not much help either.

    Just looking for a good meter app for my smartphone. I have zero...
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    Re: Doors and Doorways

    Shot on 8X10

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/yrj4717uniyhlcs/img607c.jpg?raw=1
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    Re: Doors and Doorways

    Shot on 5X7

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/pnnhwfj1ko1l6hb/img614.jpg?raw=1
  16. Thread: Collections

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    Re: Collections

    The O. Winston Link museum in Roanoke, VA
  17. Re: Was there a website Problem or Was it My Computer?

    It was the website - there is a post in the "feedback" section addressing it.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Yes, that is tiny.
    I believe anything smaller than 4X5 is considered "tiny", per forum rules, I believe.
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    Re: Post Here OLD LF Camera Fails

    TC, how about a failure to fail?

    My Folmer & Schwing 8X10 Commercial View, according to the S/N, was manufactured almost 100 years ago (1923-24). The bellows is a something like a rubber-coated...
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Showed up at the end of our driveway last weekend - I guess he is here to stay - we named him Dill. He wouldn't stand still long enough for a better picture.
    ...
  21. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    kanishka, those are wonderful ^
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Can't get the link to open :(
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    I agree - I am very disappointed in my Intrepid 4X5, but I guess it is what it is :(
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    That's what I was going to suggest - I often loosen the swing/tilt just slightly so that the bellows can't pull/push it one way or the other, then I just apply a tad more pressure to get it where I...
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    Figured I'd chime in real quick. I mixed up some Dektol stock solution, separated it all into completely full, to the top, 16 oz plastic bottles, and then didn't do any wet printing for 15 years. A...
  26. Thread: Oh my . . .

    by Randy
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    Re: Oh my . . .

    Wonder who has the earliest join date - I see that I joined in 2010 but I feel like I have been here since the 70's.
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    I am just a bit confused as to how a reflex mirror that is of suitable size to give off an image to fill a 4X5 ground glass (like my Graflex Series D RB) can fit inside a speed Graphic body...or am I...
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    Re: VAGEESWARI 8.5x15" film holder

    Well, reviving this thread some 4 years later. I tend to procrastinate since so often I make errors in design, measurements, and cutting. I would like to blame my lack of access to the proper...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Barry, you might try a dilute bleach bath to see if it gets rid of some of the yellowing. I have never tried the new cyanotype formula, so no idea how it would react in the bleach bath. Actually,...
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    Re: Around the house?

    Thanks Roger and girlfriend - I like "creepy" as well.
  31. Thread: post your trees!

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    Re: post your trees!

    4X5
    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/p0w4wc1yyrtqsnu/img089a.jpg?raw=1
  32. Thread: Still Life, 2021

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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    4X5

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/2euzzmqbe1w69xm/img088a.jpg?raw=1
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    Re: Around the house?

    4X5

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jto0n3hncgstpnt/img085a.jpg?raw=1

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/q9uwum2ebgyl40v/img087a.jpg?raw=1
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    I disagree with your feeling - I like it.
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    Re: Looking for a budget 360mm for portraits?

    +1 on the Camponon's - my first lens for my 8X10 was a 300mm - used it for several years and regret getting rid of it.

    https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mup3tipms7igr2t/linda2a.jpg?raw=1
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    Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    I think I'll just call 911 when I'm ready to go home.
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    Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    OK, good suggestions all - let me throw this out in case anyone has tried it.

    I have a Domke photo vest:
    1 - I can comfortably fit 3 film holders in each of the two large front pickets.
    2 -...
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    Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    I like this alternative, once arriving at the location - but with the latest iteration of the Intrepid, I am not sure that it is a good idea - due to what I consider a severe design flaw - the base...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Thanks Dan - must look this up now.
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    Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    Just to add a tad more info - I don't really go on super long excursions. This backpack would just be for day outings, where I might want to carry the 4X5 for a couple miles at most. I don't really...
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