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    Re: Eastman Kodak Portrait Petzval.

    Jim, thanks for that information. i had wondered for twenty years why that lens was (1) not lacquered brass and (2) in nearly perfect condition.
    Much appreciated,
    Russ
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    Re: Eastman Kodak Portrait Petzval.

    For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with both lenses, here they are together. The enrgaving on my Eastman Kodak lens is oriented opposite from the original poster's lens, i.e., it reads...
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    Re: Your Oldest Lens

    I'm late to the party. There are older lenses in my collection but none as pristine as this Gardner & Harrison. Its basically mint. Great user.

    A look at the NYC Directory for 1852/53 (page 233)...
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    Re: Paper negatives

    Beautiful image, Ian Barber. Reminds me in a very positive way of A Horsely Hinton but none of his were this fine IMHO.

    Russ Young
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Gettysburg National Military Park. Spencer-Portland 9" on a 4x5 RB Graflex with a back modified by Grimes. Handheld. 27 Nov 2017.
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  6. Re: [Video] Chamonix 45 F2 Unboxing and new features

    Informative and well done, thanks.
  7. Re: Lenses for shooting 8x10 and making contact prints

    Edward Weston bought a Rapid Rectilinear in Mexico for 25 pesos (1924). He customarily stopped it all the way down to f/256 (f/64 today's scale). The lens is now at the George Eastman house. Its a...
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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Jim, they were acquired about 25 years apart. Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.
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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Series II 13" #110957

    Series IIb 10.5" #210835

    Series VI 13" #36788

    Series VI 16" #56763

    Series VI 16" #56764
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Some beautiful images on this thread, folks, kudos ... but they're all SHARP!

    Exposed and processed in 1993 but never printed before (I'm running a little behind). Verito 14.5" @ f/5.6, B&J...
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    Re: How many of you were taught (in LF) ?

    As a sophomore, I was the High School year book photographer in the 1960s, Crown Graphic 4x5, grip-n-grin shots of the Science Club meeting to basketball games. Next year they switched to Yashica...
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    Re: My camera caught fire.

    I had always wondered if that could happen ... not sure why it hasn't happened to me yet. Brilliant save with the tape. And brilliant new image. Just admired it on Flickr.

    Russ
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    Re: Where to repair my studio shutter?

    Bill Moretz, Pro Camera, Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a genius at repairs and fabricating tiny parts. http://www.procameraus.com/repair-services/

    Russ
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Steven, I examined the rear element and the side facing towards the film is almost flat... so it seems to be oriented correctly.

    Russ
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    I wondered the same thing, Steven. The lens throws an image of about the proper focal length and it is quite sharp - as it is currently assembled, which seems to indicate a correctly oriented...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

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    The smaller lens, #3636, has the matching number on the glass but on the inside of the rear element... couldn't find it then finally examined with a magnifier in raking sunlight and voila!...
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    Re: Rough equivalents to Wratten 44a?

    Thanks, DS, that was very illuminating to see them all on one graph.
    Russ
  18. Re: What is your favorite 5x7 soft focus portrait lens?

    Everyone has an opinion, wondering why no one has weighed in...

    Verito 14.5" f/4-5.6

    Russ160960
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    Re: Ilford Ortho Plus film

    I shot through a 4x5 box about a decade ago and totally agree with INTERNEG that it seemed like regular film minus red sensitivity. It provided a little better tonal separation in tree leaves but I...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Ah, thank you for the clarification - you really had me puzzled! I have the large Graf as well but never seem to have gotten the hang of it. Any hints? I've read and re-read the original instructions...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    That's hard for me to comprehend, Jim. As much as I like the Kodak 305mm, the 405mm has, in my eye, an even finer bokeh. I've used it as much on 5x7 as 8x10. If I could have only one soft focus lens,...
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    Re: Veritar instructions?

    Thanks for the upload, John.

    Russ
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    Re: LF Lenses Designed by Photographers

    J S Bergheim was a major photographer of his era, in major exhibitions and much admired.

    Russ
  24. Re: Does anyone use the Studio Shutter on their 16" Wollensak Vitax?

    Bill Moretz at Pro Camera (618 Forest St., Charlottesville, VA 22903, 434-979-1915) has repaired/rebuilt/CLA'd Aphax, Universal, Compound and Copal shutters for me. He's very skilled, has a full...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

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    Taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday during an exceptionally dense fog. Iskra 6x6 camera, Fuji Acros film, Adox FX-39 developer, shot on a tripod, f/8 at 1/30th. Scanned with a Plustek...
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    Re: Rodenstock Imagon 250 cap size

    I have 120mm to 420mm Imagons, pre-War, 1950-60s and more recent (such as the 300mm H/6.8) for formats from 35mm on up. My favorite combinations are the 360 for 5x7, closely followed by the 250 for...
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    Re: Small Format SOFT focus lenses

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    Pentax 120mm soft focus lens, K2 filter, Acros developed in FX-39, Plustek scanner.
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    640 foot deep well... about 65-67F all year... thank goodness.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Little River Gorge near Townsend, Tenn., Great Smokey Mountains National Park. nine inch Spencer-Portland on a 4x5 Graflex RB. Hand held. 1/30th @ f/5.6, Tmax-100 developed in Diafine.
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    Re: Uneven tray development with X-Ray film

    Thanks for your explication on your blog site. Makes good sense and I'll try it soon with Fuji X-ray film. Keep shooting, I enjoy your images.
    Russ Young
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    Re: Weichzeichnung ( soft focus)

    Heinrich Kühn's Technik der Lichtbildnerei (Halle Saale: Wilhelm Knapp, 1921 ) almost a hundred years later remains IMHO the great German treatise on soft focus although only a portion of the book is...
  32. Re: 8x10, extreme enlargements, no weight /price concern - which would be best lense

    I am surprised no one has mentioned the Computars f/9. 210/240/270/305 I have had a convertible 210 for three decades now and it is astoundingly sharp.
  33. Re: interesting article about the history of compur and prontor shutters

    Thanks very much - far and away the best history of Compur I have seen.
  34. Re: Les Objectifs d'artiste, by L. de Pulligny and C. Puyo

    I had sections translated by a professional French translator, about $140/page... she had trouble with it, too.
    Russ
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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    for me: "Server not Found"
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    Re: Fujinon 250mm Soft Focus

    I own an 180 and 250 and have simply looked at a ground glass image of the 420. Have put an easy 50 sheets of 4x5/5x7 behind the 180 & 250. Like BrianShaw, I am unable to find any diffusion...
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    Re: Ansel and his roof platform question

    I had one years ago on a 1987 (?) Ford van. Fabricated by a local welding shop, it was a pair of bars that ran from gutter to gutter. Spaced them 5 feet apart and attached an appropriately sized bit...
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    Re: Leonard Missone technique

    Sergei,
    Correct supplies are a must, especially the brush. I took lessons from David Lewis a couple of decades ago and used his materials (which worked very well): www.bromoil.com
    The man who wrote...
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    Re: Smaller Fomat Nudes

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    "Jessie" Pentax6x7 120SF contact printed in palladium with some sort of odd toner (have lost my notes associated with the print, sorry)

    Russ
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    Re: First year Heliar's

    24 cm f/4.5 to f/36
    D.R.P. 124954
    Serial No. 132226
    black in a marvelous Compound shutter, just mounts on a Canham board. Heavy!
    As Serge notes above, smoooooth. Have never closed it more than...
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