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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    Beautiful and rare!
  2. Re: Time Between Trains @ The Master Gallery, NYC

    Wish I could visit NYC and see this show. Ain't nothin' like the real thing in front of your eyes... hope you makes some good sales!
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    Re: Rapax Shutter Tab

    Forum member "Whir-Click" should have the answer, as he repairs Wollensak shutters and his site "" is a superb source of Wollensak information.
    By which I mean that I don't know!
  4. Re: Lightweight Tripod for Sinar Norma Inspired by Julius Shulman

    Far be it from me to disagree with a master like Julius Shulman. But I think that a 4x5 Norma is too much for a Tiltall, and I have both. In fact I think my 4x5 Zone VI, a bit lighter, is still too...
  5. Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    Last month I traveled Tucson-Boston and back. I shipped my 4x5 b/w film (loaded holders) by UPS outbound and USPS returning. No fogging issues and no hassles in the airports. Relatively expensive,...
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    Re: Lens recommendation: Indoor, wide

    90mm is the standard wide-angle focal length for 4x5. You might as well start there. I'm not familiar with your camera, but the f/5.6 and f/4.5 lenses are big and heavy, and might not be the best...
  7. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    Fred Picker taught the same thing. I think that it's a waste of paper.
    What I learned to do (when I was hired as a custom b/w printer in 1981) was to make sure that the test strip covered the high...
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    Re: Leather bellows care

    Lexol seems to work best. That's what I used to keep the (very thin) goatskin bellows flexible, on the Tachihara I owned long ago. Don't use too much- that's what caused Tin Can's issue. Once a year...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Long ago I found a first edition of "The Place No One Knew". it was out of print at the time and I paid a lot for it. Revisiting it recently, I'd like to see the 2000 reissue. Color lithography has...
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    Re: press-on lens shade for 203mm Ektar?

    BrianShaw, thanks for mentioning FilterFind. Looks to be a very useful resource. And paulbarden, enjoy your 203/7.7 Ektar. It's a fine lens and I should have kept mine.
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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    It's a great thing to have this history documented. I hope that the author has registered his book with the Library of Congress, and has sent them a copy. If there were only 100 copies printed,...
  12. Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    My 4x5 Tachi, made in 1982, had very thin black goatskin bellows. There was no mistaking them for plastic. I treated them yearly with Lexol, and had no troubles in the ten years I owned that camera.
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    Re: Zone VI Camera Question

    I've used one of these (hard) since new in 1992. They are quite well built; the bellows are plastic and mine are still as new. The wide angle bellows will come apart where the bag meets the pleated...
  14. Re: extended red sensitivity panchromatic b/w

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? More separation in the glowing fire? But metalworking shops tend to be dark (if dramatic) and you're going to need a fast film. And some fill light too, if my...
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    Re: haze in negative

    Looks like flare from backlighting x damp air x condensation? on your lens. Don't know what you had in mind but it doesn't look bad.
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    Re: Self Publishing LF Photo Book

    I did well with Blurb in 2011. You can probably still see it (and buy a copy!) on their site.... its title is "A Closer Look", and my name of course.
  17. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    I make photographs because that's what I do. Personally and professionally for... 49/43 years and counting.
    I use a 4x5 camera and film because that method suits my image-making needs. After 40+...
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    Re: Rare lens maybe only exists in catalog

    18" Wide Field Ektar? I've seen and used a few low-production, specialized Kodak lenses, but never heard of that one. If it existed it would cover 20x24.
  19. Re: Schneider Symmar s150 F/5.6 Lens Coverage Assistance

    The 150/5.6 Symmar-S won't cover 8x10 at normal portrait distances. Put a 4x5 reducing back on your 8x10 and you should be fine.
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    Re: Are all plasmats convertible?

    I once had a Schneider brochure, introducing the Symmar-S lens line (c.1972). In it they explained that they had eliminated the convertible feature in order to improve performance of the whole lens....
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    Well, once I get a small a/c unit for the darkroom, I'm going to make some tests and figure it out. I've been printing for forty years and my results are... anomalous... to say the least. Not...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    The short answer is that back movements control perspective, and front movements control depth-of-field.
    Most view cameras have a tilting back, very useful for getting verticals (in the picture)...
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    This is odd, but... I've been printing with Ilford Multicontrast Classic and Adox MCC lately, and I can't get any color shift at all with KRST @1:20. Doesn't matter how long I leave the print in the...
  24. Re: Chicago Latitude June 2021 Artist in Residence: Rachel Fein-Smolinski

    Must be a hell of a big building to make a 10x10 Fotar disappear... I worked with several for 20 years at a previous job and they are enormous (and very capable machines).
    Jokes aside, I'll read the...
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    Re: Rare unknown film

    Kodak made many, many specialized graphic-arts films over the decades. As this box has been out-of-date for fifty years, I can't say that I'm familiar with it; my experience with EK's lab films...
  26. Re: Afascinating book on Life's photojournalism

    I've had a copy of "What They Saw" for probably 20 years now. Fascinating stories from a world quite different from today's.
    Anyone who follows this forum will find it worthwhile to own!
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    Re: CatLabs 80 ASA Film

    What's your film processing method? A post above here mentions "shorter" development times in FX-37... generally not a good idea for even development of sheet film. Of course I have no experience...
  28. Re: Any suggestions for packing away a D-II?

    I moved my D-II from Rochester NY to Alexandria VA in late '17, and then to Tucson (where I set it up). Then in early '19 I moved it across town, and set it up again in its permanent (I hope) home....
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    Re: Weekend Mystery Quiz

    I owned, and photographed extensively with, a 4x5 Tachi from 1982-92... and never used the scales. Much later, on the job, I worked with a Sinar F2 and occasionally needed its DoF calculator. I'm...
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    The Wratten #44 is a "minus-red" filter. When used with pan film in daylight, it will give you a tonal rendition like an ortho film. A blue filter, like a #47, will give more extreme effects.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    I've used a 300/9 Nikkor-M for landscapes for almost 30 years. Perhaps my favorite lens. It's worked well on featherweight Japanese folders, a Zone Vi 4x5, and a Sinar Norma. I plan to use it for as...
  32. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Let's go back 40 years or so, to when I was a portrait photographer. I worked for a large studio, and my assignments were high school senior portraits. I and my colleagues used 70mm long-roll...
  33. Re: Focal Lengths with movements for Tachihara 4x5

    I had a 4x5 Tachihara for ten years. I successfully used 90mm lenses (wide angle) and a 300/9 Nikkor-M (long). Mr. Noel's advice above is good.
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    I well recall the "Out of the Shadow" show at the Phillips Collection- it was spectacular. The book is a worthy companion to the show and the reproductions are good. The Lodima Press books have the...
  35. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    Thanks Oren, that's the one. When I got hired at Kodak in 1984 the English version of that brochure (along with a bunch of other ephemera) was in the desk they gave me. I still have some of those...
  36. Re: Matthew Genitempo: Jasper - Film Stock?

    It would be very difficult to tell just by looking at his (beautiful) images as jpegs on a monitor. If the photographer has a website or contact info, why not ask him?
  37. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    The first Schneider Symmars were f/6.8 designs; similar to a Dagor, I believe. Those were replaced by the "convertible" Symmars (as seen here) in the mid-1950s. I've used several of those lenses over...
  38. Re: Citric acid equivalent for acetic acid bath.

    Acetic acid (in whatever form) is stinky. I recently started using a citric acid stop bath; my dilutions are approximate, but it's worked fine so far. In addition to that, for several years I've used...
  39. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    Mr. Shiu is correct- you remove the front group of the 150mm Symmar to make it a 265mm lens. Opinions vary on the optical quality of the rear element alone, but you'll soon find out for yourself....
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    I admire the format and would enjoy making whole-plate contact prints. Perhaps someday when the right subject matter appears, I'll give it a try.
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