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    Re: Is There a Plan for Future

    Please refrain from political commentary. Thank you. ��
  2. Re: Is it a linear progression between 90mm and 150mm?

    LOL... more lenses will likely lead to more missed shots.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    +2... I had Paramount make a bi-post to Vivitar cord. Fewer interfaces increases reliability.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    Note: Some “flashes” may have a proprietary connector rather than the standard PC. Make sure both the flash and cable are compatible. Paramount can build virtually anything you need.
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    Alcohol or ammonia-based window cleaner, followed up with scrupulously clean microfiber cloth.
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    Re: Gitzo 1570M repair

    Not a Gitzo head, but I recently overhauled a Bogen/Manfrotto 3047 with similar symptoms. It was a 30 minute project and the head was good-as-new after a good cleaning, re-grease with damping grease,...
  7. Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    I do similar to Alan but not full inversion. Rock “slowly” narrow-side to left until near sideways, return to upright, continued to right until near sideways, return to center. Repeat a second time....
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    ... and that is likely true even adding a recessed lens board to the bag bellows buy.
  9. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter battery/storage

    I remove batteries unless planning on using a meter in the foreseeable future. Better safe than sorry.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Do tell...
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I tried a ball head with a 4x5... once. Too hard to control. 3-axis head is best for anything bigger than MF.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Why not just “bedazzle” whatever lenses you now have with sequins and glitter?
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    Re: 2021 Self Portraits

    I’m without words... interesting!
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    Same here... except the meter is a Sekonic.
  15. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    Not a bad plan you have. I generally have all old shutters overhauled when I get them to ensure reliability, but have also successfully gone the route you are going.

    Perhaps it’s because it’s a...
  16. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    That’s quite a high quote. If I were you, I’d ask someone else for a quote.
  17. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    Call around for prices, but plan on $100 - $150 or so.

    It is well worth it. You’ll likely be very pleased with that Xenar lens. Other opinions are sure to follow. :)

    For me, fresnel has never...
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    Re: Shooting The Christmas Star . . .How?

    Where I live the greatest impediment to a long exposure is aircraft who frequently traverse the sky at that time of the evening.
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    Re: Shooting The Christmas Star . . .How?

    I used an iPhone. Enough to say I have a picture but not a very good one.

    210800
  20. Re: Don't sell to "Delaware" without looking at the address

    The scams cancel and it becomes a legitimate sale.
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    Re: Copal No 1 Shutter Stopped Firing

    Chances are highe that a good old fashioned shutter overhaul is in order...
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    Re: Copal No 1 Shutter Stopped Firing

    It may feel like a third (center) position but I think it’s not really.
  23. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    The300 I’m loving for portraits... 12 inch Kodak Commercial Ekar. But it’s in aHUGEshutter that might be an issue for a lighter camera.
  24. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Good clarification...

    No, it’s not worth it. :). I have same range of lenses and found a 300 or so more worth getting.
  25. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Like Bob said... to do closer portraits good you really need a longer focal length lens. If you like the results you are getting with the 135, get same/similar 210. They are quite affordable. If they...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    My progress has been slow but steady. As time permits I bring an old camera out of “storage”, load it with film, and expose. Probably my biggest advances have been on the processing side and I've...
  27. Re: Cambo 4x5...how to know how wide you can go

    Bag bellows and recessed lens board will give you a bit more relief and flexibility.
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    Re: Hip to be Square!

    I really like square three... but not equipped to shoot 5x5 or 8x8. Enjoy!
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    Re: Omega Pro Lab Timer

    I have that timer and, aside the large size, love it. Buying a replacement should be easy. Seems they are often available for about $50. But have you seen this for a DIY option:
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    Re: Restoring 4x5 filmholders help

    I agree with Kevin. It would be much easier and cost-effective to buy some in better condition.
  31. Re: Brass Lens Front Element is loose / Need help

    That, quite possibly, is a rolled over edge that failed.
  32. Re: Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    Your description of the scene does not sound very challenging if I understood correctly and you are using some fill flash. A incident and flash metering will likely verify your scene balance much...
  33. Re: Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    400 and 160, respectively.
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    ... and if you opt for a changing bag, buy the biggest you can get. I’ve only once loaded Film holders in anyplace other a changing bag... since 1982. Never found it an inconvenience or difficult or...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    Well that’s a pleasant surprise!
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    You seem to have your troubles, Randy...

    The Paramount cords fit a bit tighter than Graflex cords did but they’ve worked for me. It’s not like Paramount just started thinking about this...

    But...
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    https://paramountcords.com/product/custom-cord/
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    Re: New To LF and To LFPF

    “Not to disagree with Brian above, but I” disagreed nonetheless. LOL No problem... all opinions are welcomed! :)

    BTW, I use my 3047 with Cambo SCN 4x5, which is pretty heavy, and a couple of...
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    You need an appropriate cord. Bipost to whatever your flash requires (pc, etc). Have one made by Paramount. You may read or hear of people jury-rigging from an old electric razor cord... but that’s...
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    Re: New To LF and To LFPF

    I love a ball-head with MF but NEED a 3-way pan with LF. What works for me is a Bogen/Manfrotto 3047. Out of production but plentiful on eBay. Look for the later versions. Earlier versions likely...
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