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  1. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Bernice,

    Yea, with that much strobe power, it seemed to clean up very minor CC shifts, only a box or two I got had a major shift over the years, with something like 30G cast on film, but was...
  2. Re: Graflex Series D 4x5 SLR Loud Shutter and Vibrations

    Correct, the mirror will pop up from using the side release, but behind the shutter winding key is a slender lever... When pushed backward, it will fire the FP shutter once... But there is an...
  3. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    I should have mentioned the Foba boom with a Majestic head that could be pushed under the sawhorse mounted set to get up close and personal with the subject...

    The Sinar mirror on the rail in...
  4. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    You're welcome, but I have to admit it was not my favorite subject to shoot... (If you spent a week in a studio shooting chocolate, you came home reeking of candy, and didn't want to go near the...
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    Re: petzval like lens for my 8x10 Bernard

    Hey Luca,

    I'm not being sarcastic, but I own several soft focus and Petzval lenses that would cost way too much $$$ for me now, but I have had good luck shooting with single element scrap optic...
  6. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Yea film, with Sinar P 4X5 and some 8X10... Lenses from 150 to 420mm in DB mount... Mostly strobe softbox, but some spots direct sometimes... Lotsa polaroids!!! Most all Ektachrome...

    Bob, the...
  7. Re: Graflex Series D 4x5 SLR Loud Shutter and Vibrations

    The clunk the mirror makes is normal, but the curtain wooshing by should not jerk much except at the end of exposure... There can be a trace of vertical blur if the camera is not held steady enough,...
  8. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    True, but if the food is the clients product, there is some law that requires that it is the real food that is being represented in the ad...

    Many liberties are taken with the prep, like burning...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    Like the calm, female voice that says "Station will self-destruct in 5 seconds... Good Bye..." ;-)

    Steve K
  10. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    On food shoots and in cooking schools, they mount a mirror over subject, and is angled at 45deg so the top of food is shown... A longer lens is used, the image is reversed, but the film is flopped...
  11. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    As a guideline to measure, to shoot 1:1 (your 4X5 frame = 4X5 shooting area) requires bellows extension twice the distance of your marked focal length of the lens, so a 12" lens needs about 24"...
  12. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    Your present lenses are fine for most stuff, and you will see that longer lenses will not see the edges of the background as easily as with short WA lenses...

    Having some long lenses allows you to...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I use an old Gra-Lab timer with glow-in-the-dark hands... If the face of the timer does not face the tray or tank, and is higher or lower than the developing area, it is safe...

    If you have a LED...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    I was told to quickly spray over the surface with the can moving in one fast pass, and let dry for a minute or two...

    It might work, as hairspray is lacquer...

    Tetnal used to have an AN spray,...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    I haven't tried it, but someone once suggested to me to lightly barely dust the glass with hair spray...

    Steve K
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    Re: petzval like lens for my 8x10 Bernard

    Try a cheap $2 magnifier lens first...

    Steve K
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    Re: Bellows Material

    For a start, it's going to cost you for materials, supplies, etc and the first set of bellows will not come out very well and you will do a do-over until you are satisfied...

    For not much more,...
  18. Re: HC-110 new formula? Any comments on performance?

    I suspect one of the changes is cutting sodium hydroxide as the alkali... I think Rodinal also has this change too... Is probably becoming a no-no chemical in some countries...

    They can probably...
  19. Re: Photos with Super-Angulon XL 58 vs. 72 mm Lenses?

    The problem with UWA lenses is that when shooting at standard eye level camera heights, they tend to show too much of the foreground (sidewalks etc) as the camera sees more of that, while the...
  20. Re: Which lenses fold up into your field camera? Linhof Tecnika, Horseman, etc. quest

    The ones that fit...

    Take the back and lens off camera and measure the space between the lensboard and closed cover... Then ask sellers to measure height of the front, to the shutter mounting...
  21. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    My most used lens for architectural work is a 135mm WF Ektar which has a large IC, but the shutter barely fits on my Tek... It allows for quite some rise, but usually barely makes it fully extended,...
  22. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    To add to Corran, a problem that comes up with UWA lenses is that at eye level, it also includes more sidewalks and things at ground level, where front rise would shoot above it... Pros often use a...
  23. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    But sometimes a longer lens is your friend when you can't get close enough, or when there are things in the way (like parked cars, poles etc) and you can get further away (like across the street) and...
  24. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    A 75mm can cause you a headache on a folding camera, as the FS tends to sit between the front and rear rails to focus normally unless you get the special Linhof lens board ($$$) for it, and I think...
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    Re: Film comparison site

    I don't have it handy, but at least for Kodak films, the data guides had a notch code table, and they even printed a wall chart that was hung in every film area of every lab I worked at...

    Search...
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    Re: Hydroquinone & Metol Paper Developers?

    In general, paper developers contain different proportions of both developing agents... Hydroquinone produces contrast that allows the maximum DMax that allows a full black, but metol or phenidone...
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    Re: Bellows and lensing question

    To keep it simple, you need the distance from film plane or gg to about lens iris to equal your focal length to focus to infinity...

    To shoot close (1:1, the frame size and the size of your...
  28. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    The small lever with the knurling might be a release lever, so try pushing it one way or the other and see if it disengaged something and releases something...

    The grey board is an add-on to the...
  29. Re: Have you found exotic developers worth it for 8x10?

    I suggest testing developers with small format films, even with just a snip or full rolls, as the higher enlargement ratios will reveal greater information during enlargement of what is happening on...
  30. Re: Need help with the first complex lens board I've ever seen

    The retaining ring has to come off first, then lens should lift off board...

    Ring needs proper spanner, or lens can be damaged when makeshift tool slips... Ring might be stuck due to corrosion or...
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    Re: Mounting #5 Shutter in linhof type board

    So will the retaining ring fit inside the FS cutout???

    Also remember with the Linhof type boards, the lens hole height is usually not centered, but a little lower... And will the large sized...
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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    Only for wood or maybe plastic, but not for metal...

    I have a circle cutting guide for a router, and if set up correctly, makes really nice holes in wood!!!

    Steve K
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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    Boring head on a mill works best, so ask any machinist...

    Steve K
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    Kevin, one plus this year is LA water is better due to the higher rainfall last winter, and not the sludge we were getting from the lower reservoir water we were getting during the drought years, so...
  35. Re: Mounting a Metal Retaining Ring onto a Metal Lensboard

    I didn't see a problem as long as the nuts were inside the FS cut-out...

    I'm dealing with a older Tek III board that is thinner, and the oversized hole is almost the baffle cut out size, but...
  36. Re: Can you mount any 4x5 lenses in shutters from folding cameras?

    And old folders usually had limited speed settings, no flash sync, some "simple" ones are very hard to work on, spacing can be off, no press focus, iris's shutterblades made of weird stuff, and...
  37. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    The other more modern option is that heavy ND filters are now sold for digital lenses (for that long exposure blurred sea/sky effect) and you might find one that fits on your lens...

    In older...
  38. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    The other thing you can add is a welding helmet plate as a neutral density filter... The glass is good enough for photo use, and are quite cheap (like around $15)... There are 2 densities and if I...
  39. Re: Fixing Light Leak in Graphic Roll Film Back

    Don't feel dumb, as I have been adding light proofing now, and realize I could have been checking the mating areas I have been working on with light, instead of just shotgunning it, so I just learned...
  40. Re: Tips/Ideas For Hand Making Lens Caps For Vintage LF Lenses?

    I make caps out of black mat board also, and they work fine!!! If you don't have one already, get a compass circle cutter from a good art store to cut the front circle, and for the skirt, put water...
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