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    Re: Seeking Advice For 11x14 Lens

    My first 11x14 lens was a Fujinon-W 300mm f5.6. Cost was the major factor, plus I wanted a modern shutter with flash sync.
  2. Re: Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    Don't know where you're from, but if you're looking for aged, dimensionally stable ash wood, I suggest using old hockey sticks. Hardwood flooring will often twist and buckle when it gets humid,...
  3. Re: Lightening the non-load: Dispose of Metz Mecablitz SCA300 or keep?

    There is a cord that plugs directly into a PC socket on your lf lenses, if you don't have one look at fleabay for a cheap one. I used it handheld for portraits, to mimic the old magnesium powder...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    That would explain it. The needs of a process lens are different from a taking lens, different enough to make manufacture of a symmetrical lens a little tricky. So they did likely start with the...
  5. Re: Lightening the non-load: Dispose of Metz Mecablitz SCA300 or keep?

    I've used a pair of metz 400-somethings on location as those were the best battery-powered flashes I had, I've also used a 60-CT4 as fill flash for outdoor portraits. They are fine flashes, they do...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    I tried out a couple of new lenses on 4x5 at the very beginning, but I haven't even developed them yet. In my defense, we had a death in the family (FiL), and I had to clean up their house, tend the...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    I thought the Symmars converted to Plasmats much sooner? They're rare as hen's teeth, but fleabay almost always has dagor-type G-Clarons. And Schneider obviously knew photographers loved dagor...
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    Re: Economical Continuous Lighting

    LEDs have come a long way in the last 10 years. If using commercial or household LEDs for color photography, there are 2 specs to watch: CRI and R9. Any LED with a CRI >90 should be ok for color...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    After looking over Dan's list (thanks!) I wonder if the switch to plasmat type was due to the cost of manufacturing. A dagor requires 3 (usually) equally-sized elements that need to be ground to...
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    Re: Certificate Expired

    Once again, thank you to the people who do the hard work of keeping the forum running.

    And one of the things I like about LF is that nothing is ever urgent.
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    Re: Help with Carl Zeiss lens please!

    This is a fine lens for 4x5 black & white photography, which will produce beautiful soft images wide-open, ideal for portraits and soft landscapes, and will be nearly as sharp as any modern lens once...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    I 2nd or 3rd or whatever the G-Claron. If I had to limit myself to 1 single lens for 8x10 it would be the 240 G-Claron in a decent shutter.
  13. Re: Do I need a contrast or ND Lens Filter for Verito 18 F4?

    If you wait til dusk, you get better light and much easier exposure timing outdoors.
  14. Re: Tips and Tricks for cleaning and storing old brass lenses

    I have a repurposed china cabinet for lenses. Nothing fancy, I just pack all the lenses in there as high as I can stack them. I have 2 or 3 moisture control cans in there, basically the same stuff...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    That was a blast from the past. I still have the 1st edition of that book. I spent a few nights struggling with the chapter on pointers.
  16. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    The condition of the individual lens you use will matter more than the name on the front. One of the best lenses I've ever used was a Xenar 135/4.7, which I regrettably sold for a more modern...
  17. Thread: Avedon

    by Jody_S

    Re: Avedon

    Of all the reasons to dismiss Avedon, that has to be the weakest.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Given how ephemeral even 'archival' photographs are today, I think we should be asking: Is this the first time photography has been invented?
  19. Re: why are there no "modern" super fast LF lenses?

    I tried mounting a 300mm f2 projection lens on a studio camera. I lost interest after looking at the ground glass.
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    Re: Nice photo auction / show at Swanns

    Well if those were on display at a museum I would certainly make the trip. Of course it was sadly lacking any Vivian Maier photos, so not really that serious a collection... :p
  21. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    I'm honestly surprised we don't have this problem more often with the aluminum barrels of lenses and aluminum threads on shutters. Sometimes they are so welded together they simply will never come...
  22. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    I've had better luck with MEK paint/furniture stripper than heat for separating lens elements, whether Canada balsam or modern UV-cure glue. Also re-assemble with UV-cure glue instead of balsam,...
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    Re: 210mm F5.6 Lens For 8x10

    The best option, IMHO, in terms of price and image quality, as well as backpack-ability, is the old (dagor design) Schneider G-Claron 210/9. No it's not f5.6, but it's a better lens, and often...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Love this one. Tells a whole story.
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    Re: Show Me Your Night Shots!

  26. Re: Part of vintage lens or vintage car or something else?

    Front end of a large magic lantern?
  27. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    I completely agree with this and see no reason to avoid FR4 as being somehow risky or failure-prone. It's easy to throw words like that around until you're the one responsible for making a product to...
  28. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    I've fallen through ice twice while photographing, both times in swamps fortunately with no current to speak of. 1st time in the 90s with a Canon & 500mm lens, 2nd time 7 or 8 years ago with my 8x10...
  29. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    Assuming you only pull the dark slide just before taking a shot, and put it back in immediately after, that's a big light leak that should be quite easy to find by doing a light test. Nodda Duma...
  30. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I look at this every time the thread gets bumped and my answer now is: the state of mind that makes you get up in the morning and head out to make landscape photographs.
  31. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    Put the lens on the camera, shutter closed, point it at a bright light, remove the camera back and see where the light leak is. It appears to be all around the lens, with the rear element blocking...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    What if you could condense an entire movie into a single still image? I gather that's sort of what he's doing. I'll reserve judgment until I can see some of his work in person.
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    Re: Tripod arm to support camera bed

    How optimistic of the Luland people to think we'd use 3 at a time.
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    From the Gagosian site:

    I certainly hope he still cares about the craft of photography.
  35. Re: Thinking out loud, why doesn't someone just 3d print a triple LF box?

    3D-printed objects are never printed with 100% fill, because of thermal expansion issues. Well retraction I guess, but it happens during printing, which makes it very difficult to print a solid...
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    Given how German Riesekameras and British Field Cameras were made, I doubt it's possible to catalogue every manufacturer. But it should be possible to catalogue styles and date innovations.
  37. Re: and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Photography has been co-opted as an instrument of war since it's inception, or soon after. I assume that famous 1906 aerial photograph of San Francisco was made with a rig designed to photograph...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Love it!
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    McKeowen's is a very dangerous book. I blame my Corfield Periflex collection on that cursed tome.
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    People might not be ready to hear this, but at some point, as with low-lying coastal cities, some parts of the West Coast interior will no longer be habitable and people will have to relocate. And...
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