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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    +1

    Get a 150mm f5.6 from any of the big four, Fujinon, Nikon, Rodenstock Schneider in a known good shutter and burn film. Need to start some where and the sooner the better.

    ~At some point,...
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    Re: Lens questions from a new 4x5 shooter

    Look at the digital images of your history to get a good idea of the kind of images you're making along with where and how these images were made. This will aid in knowing the lens focal length and...
  3. Re: Alternative to the Schneider Xenotar 150mm F2.8 for 4x5?

    210mm f3.5 Heilar.
    197583

    There were a good number of 6" f2.8 lenses (Leitz Elcan, Pacific Optical, Perkin Elmer and others) made for the US military beyond the Aero Ektar.
    Beyond eBay, look at...
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    Re: Rethinking my 4x5 Field Camera choice

    Ed, regardless of what camera is decided on it will always be a set of trade-off. There is no ideal camera that will meet every image making needs. Size-weight-bulk is a given aspect of the sheet...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Drew is absolutely correct on this.

    Perception of what is focused what is not focused and the personality of what is out of focus-vs-in focus is extremely complex. This is where I'll take absolute...
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    That was the remains of Ampex after most of the buildings were broken down some time in the mid-later 1990's. No idea what is in that plot of land now.


    Bernice
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    The remains of Ampex, some time in the mid-later 1990's.
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  8. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Wow Steve, that was a trip dow memory lane.

    Typical CC filters used were 025 to 10 to maybe 20, at CC-20 or more of any correction color filter, the worry began to set in knowing something is...
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    Re: Rethinking my 4x5 Field Camera choice

    As mentioned previously, work backwards. What kind of print, image making environment, lenses required to produce the prints in mind, choose a camera based on lens and finished print requirements.
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    No amount of Depth of Field _ Depth of Focus calculations can equal direct viewing of the ground glass image with the camera set up, lighting set up and the lens stopped down to the taking aperture....
  11. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    IMO, there is no substitute for a really GOOD food stylist. These folks know all the tricks to make food so appetizing and appealing on film or screen.


    Bernice
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    More than just Depth of Field _ Depth of Focus, larger the film format on table top or similar non-infinity images, the larger the problems will be.. To believe larger film format always yields...
  13. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Foba stand with the gear drive Majestic head worked GOOD with a Sinar P. Stable, easy to adjust and mobile. BIG studio space required, been there done this.

    The Foto social status three were...
  14. Re: Will a Sinar DB lens Work With a Sinar Copal Shutter?

    Sinar shutter appeared in several variations. Original Sinar Norma shutter was Swiss made (Sinar green), does not work with DB lenses, does fit all Sinar front standard frames or 4x5 rear frames.
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  15. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    This is the very basic beginnings of the Food Foto Fantasy-Illusion.
    https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/article/food-styling

    Food imaging in still-video-film is a specialty illusion...
  16. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Food or product Foto with view camera and color sheet film?

    How far does one want to go? All out image excellence or hobby tinker images?

    All out image excellence with color transparency film...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    Glass carrier alone means much of zero as the actual performance of the specific glass film carrier can vary from horrid to excellent with many factors involved.

    Consider the Hasselblad Lunar...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    If making prints on B&W paper, absolute highest performance enlarger lens is not that important as the print paper simply cannot present in the finished print all the information projected on to it....
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    Curious that a sheet of film would "pop" in a glass carrier. Never in all the years of printing on a Durst 138 condenser enlarger with glass carriers has this happened. Problems with dust_absolutely,...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    Focusing on the "quality or performance" of the enlarge lens alone often discounts the rest of the optical enlargement system that can have extreme effects on the overall system results. This is why...
  21. Re: Thoughts About Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s ?

    Hello Bob,

    Thanks for sharing this. Could this be why the first version of TK at the Linhof dealer appeared not so rigid, not so precise which Linhof addressed as the design evolved-progressed?
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  22. Re: Thoughts About Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s ?

    Tried out the TK45 and TK23 back when they were new at a Linhof dealer. The TK45 appeared flimsy to me once the rails were fully extended, movement locks worked sort of ok, the camera was pricy,...
  23. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Spend some time with this Zeiss publication on Tessar lens design and history. It is a nice illustration of how design evolution happens and the FACT glass types alone does not make or break an given...
  24. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    IMO, one good way to think of a view camera is a six sided box with the lens at the front of the box, image recording device (film or digital or etc) that is flexi in the middle. All the...
  25. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    Not a chance or remote possibility the 38mm Super Angulon XL would come close to covering 8x10, but it will produce a circular image on 8x10. Point being, the 38mm SAXL can be used on a 8x10 Sinar...
  26. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    Or why one should consider the kind of images and prints to be made, then lens choices with the camera as the last item to consider.

    There is no idea one camera type that fits all LF image needs,...
  27. Re: Camera confusion: Beginner Puzzles over Chamonix et al

    Could a 8x10 Shen Hao or Chamonix be used with a 38mm Super Angulon XL with a bag bellows?

    This is easy with a Sinar monorail.


    Bernice
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    Or why most field cameras have limited camera movements. Reality is, typical landscape image making does not need significant camera movements.
    In the case of bag bellows, typical landscape image is...
  29. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Could be related to the innate differences as to how a LF (not press 4x5 camera) -vs- 35mm roll film still image camera would be used.

    35mm film camera and it's modern digital equivalent is...
  30. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    -Story Repeated-

    Back in the late 80's and mid 90's when doing color transparency film test on LF lenses was a matter of going to the local Foto store, pick up a few boxes of film from the film...
  31. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    Drew, do you agree once a sheet or frame of color transparency film has been exposed, processed altering the color balance IN the color transparency film is not so easy to do?

    That said, back in...
  32. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    + Agree, and the beginnings of another totally pointless war of words.

    Done these lens test and a LOT more back in the day. As for which "brand" is preferred, that is much a matter of individual...
  33. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    Are there differences between Fujinon -vs- Nikon (alphabetical order) yes, Significant, NO_at this point in the LF era. Much the same can be applied to Rodenstock -vs- Schneider.

    The more...
  34. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    *"portraiture and landscapes"

    *"Weight isn't hugely important. I can deal with considerable inconvenience - as long as I can get the results."

    *"I would need to be able to get some tilt. My...
  35. Re: Removing film from Jobo Expert Drum 3005

    Fill the Jobo film drum cylinders for each sheet of film full of water, then very carefully lift the sheet of film into the cylinder full of water by using the edge seam of the cylinder to aid moving...
  36. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    Ig Nacio;1521202
    Hello Bernice,

    Thank you for your message : ) !!!

    ~Reply

    The camera needs to be portable;
    as compact as possible; and as
    light as possible. I can't carry a
  37. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    IMO, mistake to decide and choose a LF camera first then decide on lenses. LF is not the same as smaller format camera where a given brand restricts or limits lens choices to what that given brand...
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    Re: Foam for lens case

    Big NO on any foam used for precision optics. Foam degrades and outgassed with corrosives chemicals. Degrading foam does an excellent job over time to slowly digest the item stored in a foam padded...
  39. Re: Focusing range of Goerz Dagor 305mm 6.8 for portraits?

    Hint on 8x10 portraits, Kodak made their 16" Portrait Ektar for 8x10, consider why the folks at Kodak decided on 16" focal length or head/shoulder and similar 8x10 portraits.

    2" difference in...
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    Re: 4x5 Camera

    Consider the prints to be made first, then lenses required achieve them, the post exposed film process to achieve the print in mind, camera comes last as it should be the print in mind that drives...
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