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    Re: Foam for lens case

    Cotton batting is best.
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    Re: 4x5 Camera

    Keep it simple.

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    http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Printex_Press
  3. Re: Quick question regarding light seal

    The lens separates in whole from the retaining ring, so I'm good. Thanks for considering.
  4. Quick question regarding light seal

    I received a remarkable Kodak Master view with a very clean 12 inch ƒ6.3 lens.

    My question is elementary. The previous owner sealed all around the rear retaining ring with an interesting black...
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    Re: My new old Ektar lens

    I have had such bad luck with the Ilex 5 shutter. At the moment I have two on a shelf waiting for the $ to have them repaired.
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    Despite hand injuries, I still manage MF roll film and I encourage you to persist.
  7. Re: Too late, too expensive for this year, but maybe the next? Little Italy and Autum

    When I was a kid in Rhode Island in the 40s, I used to walk from home across sand dunes (now suburban sprawl) to the ocean and stand by a pier as lobster gatherers would sometimes (I never figured...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I am reluctant to admit that I am more fond of medium-format sheet film than ever. I make small enlargements and gosh I just love handling the robust negatives.

    NB: I do have an exceptional 4x5...
  9. Re: Cannot unmount front element from Sinar CMV Mount

    Are you certain there is not a tiny screw to discourage the lens movement?
  10. Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    Is this it?
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    Re: Tripods

    Post a picture of yourself or you do not really exist.
  12. Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    It is the best, and a tiny dab combed into the mustache keeps it in shape during our deadly MinneSnowta winters.
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    Re: Tripods

    Not necessarily; in my modest experience the 1/4" is just fine if you have two proper mating surfaces which actually bear most of the fastening.
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    Re: How Have You Made a Plastic GG

    Just hit a clear plastic with a bit of hair spray. Done!
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    A good start. Next point to the many conversions from survey tripods to our LF applications and it will be complete. I will try to photograph my own.
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    Re: 3-D printing a Lens Cap help

    Very many of us use lenses which are far to large in diameter than Mr. Salomon has directed us to. The solution of a DIY with simple materials suffices.
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    Re: Focal Length and Cinematography

    Sound is 50% or more of the image.
  18. Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    10x is far more than is practical. With greater your challenge is to narrow depth to the focus plain. Ain't gonna happen on ground glass. Read back to aerial focusing.
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    Re: What's going on with B&H & Foma?

    Horrors!
  20. Re: Would you be interested in a large scale QR platform

    I am thinking of bailing the Deardorff V8 from storage even though it is not by a long shot my favorite 8x10. From a fortuitous encounter I have several Deardorff base plates, some early new ones,...
  21. Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    We cannot.
  22. Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    I buy economy glass burrs and use them once (maybe 5 holes) then throw them away.
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    I think my uncle had a great idea - fasten your pack on a tethered large kite or kite-balloon for those climbs up, and sail down when done. :)
  24. Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    Neil, degree of magnification is something you have to trial yourself. Really, perception varies very much. For example, I cannot use anything stronger than 4X whether on an old coarse ground glass...
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    Re: 3-D printing a Lens Cap help

    First, it is likely that a ready-made cap is available for your lens for under $20.

    If you wish to make a lens-cap, then consider the paper and leather alternative. You can make it on your coffee...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    If you want to see the greater part of the sky, look for a Metrogon.

    I just ordered a 240mm Nikkor-W which I hope satisfies my desire for a modest WA over 8x10. I have enough super-wides for 4x5...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    I find that interesting. I loaned my ƒ5.6 47mm / 4x5" with CF to a friend who reported the CF did nothing. I failed to mention that the lens has to be stopped down ƒ16 or more for it to work.

    But...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    There is a larger one which covers 8x10 so easily, but it is as large as an 8x10 camera. Way far-out, but somebody's got to try it sometime.

    I had a ~6" Metrogon on my 8x10 experimental sky camera...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Yeah, I have focused beyond ∞ and saw Twilight Zone re-runs.
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    Re: Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham, AL

    I would be tempted to try some big flash bulbs, no reflector off-side for fill.
  31. Re: Need A Decent Lab Scale For A Decent Price

    I was a firearms reloader for decades and know that powder measures that work by volume are great with regular symmetric powders (such as ball powder). For variable loose chemistry one must use...
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    Re: Americana

    That's one tightly focused definition pivoting about music. Irrelevant here. We know Americana when we see it.
  33. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    My man! So many people fail to see the relation of the 'glow' to the films of the time.
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    Re: Americana

    Oh ya big kidder. Americana refers strictly to the USA. Canadians, I tell ya. :)
  35. Re: Using DOF Calculations Bestly for Print Size

    If the printing is optical through an enlarger despite the degree of enlargement, or even 1:1, there is an unavoidable loss of resolution. It is physics.
  36. Re: Do you see with your eyes or with your brain?

    There are some interesting theories regarding time, too. One is that the universe is in constant motion, or changing, and in order to navigate in our environment we impose 'frames' upon what we...
  37. Re: Want to build a portable zone focus camera for a Schneider 58mm super angulon

    I hope your Heli adapter is better than mine from China. They used a lubricant that made it impossible to turn.
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    Re: More Saltzman

    One more picture of the underside of the frame. A marvelous thing about this Saltzman is that all the parts (shafts, tubes, universal knuckles, gears, chain and fasteners) are American standard so...
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    Re: Anybody like circular images?

    Some lenses have a mechanical barrier which abruptly vignettes rather than gently falling off. Big difference.

    A photographer who printed oval shapes via masks was Henry Bosse. I've even stood in...
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    Re: More Saltzman

    Here is my Saltzman platform.

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    The silver colored part is made level by adjustment screws to the stand below (yellow).

    The printing platform (~32" x40") goes on top of this. Alignment...
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