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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    The image wasn't a macro shot, though - that's just a very tiny part of the frame.
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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    I've built a makeshift dslr scanning rig for now - it's fairly straight forward and should allow me to scan a sheet within a couple of minutes. I don't have any money unfortunately, so a better...
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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    Thanks - I've tried all sorts of different distances, but it never gives a sharp result. I think perhaps there's something wrong with it.
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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    Okay, I have spent the day building and testing a DSLR scanning rig. And the results are in! I'm slightly embarrassed to say that the scanner was very much at fault. I had more-or-less discounted...
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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    Thanks very much everyone for the suggestions. They have given me things to think about, and I've been ticking them off one by one. I definitely have some things to think about and check.

    I'm...
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    Why are all of my photos soft?

    I have two 4x5 cameras, a Speed Graphic and a Sinar. But try as I might, with a range of different lenses, I can't get any images that are truly sharp.

    This image illustrates the problem. On the...
  7. Re: 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    You're right, at least it provided some interesting results. And if I should chance upon some again in future, I'll know what to do.



    Unfortunately the ones currently on eBay are at...
  8. Re: 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    Postscript: Loaded the second pack and tried to take a photo of my dog in the garden. Pulled the white tab, but nothing came out and it broke off. Attempted to remove the frame in my dark bag, tried...
  9. Re: 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    Thank you - this actually worked!

    I had to get through my entire pack in order to perfect the technique, so I only have eight shots left now, but this is what I can get:

    201900

    I shot this...
  10. Re: 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    Yes, I have plenty of proper film - but no way to process it currently.



    Thanks - although it does seem there's LOTS of goop in there. The negative side was fairly covered in it, but not quite...
  11. 38 year old Polaroid pull-apart film advice

    I got a pack of 1982 Polaroid Polacolor ER 669 Land film in a house clearance last year, and just finally got my hands on a PA-145 back so I could give it a try in my Speed Graphic.

    I didn't...
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    Re: My first 4x5 photo

    I did the same, made a crude holder out of pieces of mount board and card. It isn't very sharp, but then I don't know how sharp it ought to be. Here's a close-up. Certainly I'd hope the negative is...
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    Re: My first 4x5 photo

    Thank you :) It's just a scan from my V600, which I tinted slightly in Lightroom.

    Thanks everyone else for the nice comments. I hope to use this camera an awful lot in future.
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    My first 4x5 photo

    I've only recently bought my own 4x5 camera (a Sinar P/F combo) and lenses, thanks in no small part to the good advice I received on this forum.

    This is my very first large format photo. I know a...
  15. Re: Sinar P1 standard bearer not tilting up

    Just in case anybody has any input - I have worked around the above issue, but I have another problem.

    The clamping lever for coarse vertical tilt (pictured) is seemingly stuck in the 'down'...
  16. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    This is an example of what I mean when I talk about the 'feel' that a film camera can give (for various reasons). It's not a fair test, but it is still a reasonable example of the sort of difference...
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    For me, there has to be something 'different' about film, or it isn't worth doing.

    Ultimately, I can pick up one of my DSLRs and get completely sharp, high quality images even with an entry-level...
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    To be honest, I'd always thought that film was basically dead and that there was literally no advantage to using it, only disadvantages. But I've recently been buying and selling a lot of old cameras...
  19. Re: Sinar P1 standard bearer not tilting up

    Sorry, I meant P1 as to differentiate P from P2.
  20. Re: Sinar P1 standard bearer not tilting up

    I've found that it will go up most of the way, if I apply significant physical force to the two parts as I turn the knob. But obviously that's not ideal!
  21. Sinar P1 standard bearer not tilting up

    I recently purchased a Sinar camera with a P1 front standard bearer. However, I've discovered that it won't tilt upwards. Downwards it works fine, but when you try to turn the knob to tilt it up than...
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    Those look great! That makes me glad of my choices - I got my first pack of film a couple of days ago, and hope to take my first photo in the next few days.
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    Thank you to everybody that kindly offered me their advice on this. I have just taken delivery of a Sinar F with a copal shutter and cables, and a Schneider Kreuznach Symmar-S 150mm 5.6.

    Oddly...
  24. Re: Sinar Copal Shuter trigger cable problems

    Please ignore me, I have managed to get two of them going again.
  25. Sinar Copal Shuter trigger cable problems

    Today I obtained two Sinar cameras, both of which come with Copal shutters and the associated cables. I also had one Silvestri cable release, which is designed as a replacement for the Sinar cable....
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    Strange old camera

    I received this beast in the post today. It's quite an unusual and well-made camera, as far as I can see, and I wondered if anyone here might be able to shed any light on it. I hope that it's...
  27. Re: Thornton Pickard Imperial restoration project

    Unfortunately the bellows proved just slightly too far gone, and they disintegrated. It's a shame, because mostly they were in reasonable condition, but the mould was sickening and the areas of...
  28. Re: Thornton Pickard Imperial restoration project

    Thank you! With some jiggling and playing about, I now have the shutter completely working. However, I can't for the life of me work out how it would reattach. The board beneath it seems designed for...
  29. Re: Thornton Pickard Imperial restoration project

    Thanks Jim. It has a lever which, when pushed, causes pins to come out. That does make sense.
  30. Thornton Pickard Imperial restoration project

    I've just received my first large format camera in the post. This is a Thornton Pickard Imperial Triple Extension. According to Wikipedia it was introduced in 1913 and produced for decades, but I...
  31. Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    I'd be interested to know what uses you put it to. Today I acquired several large boxes worth of old photo paper (comprising many, many boxes and packets from several brands), dating from the 50s to...
  32. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    Thanks, I appreciate that! It's actually a Thornton Pickard Imperial Triple Extension. I think it's all there, including the tripod base (but excluding a lens, which I need to find a replacement...
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    Unfortunately, I'm in England where these things seem to be far less common - I'm probably looking at importing from the US or Japan.
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    Thanks - I really do want to start with something decent. I am currently checking eBay roughly every three seconds, and am counting down the days (17 now, I think) until I can get into the 'for sale'...
  35. Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    I'm way late to this, but I have a Godox AD360 and it is spectacular. A single light with a large softbox can keep up with even the brightest sunshine.
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    Sounds like a good afternoon! Get any nice results? I'm hoping for one with a Polaroid holder, since I have two packs of ancient Polaroid Type 669 Polacolor ER film here (expired 1984) that I got...
  37. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and comprehensive replies. I hadn't expected such an excellent response to my query. I have read every reply, and will be re-reading them over the coming days...
  38. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    Thank you, I might do that. I am extremely impatient as a rule, but a recent experience in buying a medium format camera has taught me a bit of a lesson in that respect.
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    Thank you, Jeeves :D

    Are the pre-WW2 lenses good quality? Sharpness is important to me. I don't mind strange effects though, such as swirly background blur. A bit of character is never a bad thing.
  40. Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    I've worked as a photographer for nearly 15 years, but that has been entirely digital until this year, when I played about with medium format. But I'm very keen to take up large format, which I think...
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