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    Venice photography book

    If by "the end of the summer" you mean August, be aware that that is the Italian vacation month, which can mean that things are closed in some cities and that others, primarily near the sea (so...
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    Shooting Architecture Question

    The simplest way would be to use a polarizing filter. The way it affects the sky will depend on the direction of sunlight , so you may want to try it out with different lighting, at different times...
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    cable release failure

    I wonder if the bulb type of release wouldn't work well in the cold. There are less mechanical parts to freeze up. I haven't tried it, but I did find one in a camera store bargain bin the other day.
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    Best digital camera for 4x5 preview?

    I also use a Minolta A2, which has an 8 mp sensor in it, for travel and general photography. I have found myself looking a photos I've shot with it and then going back to reshoot them with my Shen...
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    schneider - kreuznach tele-xenar:4,8/200mm

    Never seen one, but I'd assume it is designed for smaller film sizes than 4x5 if it is a 200mm tele-xenar. Are you sure it isn't longer, maybe 300mm. A tele-lens is usually designed for use on a...
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    Unusual but useful photo gear for LF?

    I don't know if it qualifies as weird, but something I find convenient and sometimes indispendable is the Manfrotto tripod apron, a triangular arrangement of three pockets that hangs between tripod...
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    Help ! Where should I go ?

    Albuquerque, New Mexico then rent a car and explore Santa Fe, Taos and in between.
  8. Thread: photographs

    by Tony Galt
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    photographs

    I've been walking around with a handheld digital camera collecting possibilities for large format shots. The quickly dealt with and easily stored digital shot lets me think about good lighting and...
  9. Help Obi-wan- I've been seduced by the dark slide.

    My answer is also drugstore reading glasses. I do take them off to use a loupe, however. It is useful to have myManfrotto cloth accessory holder strung between my tripod legs to hold regular glasses...
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    Who ARE the "old Masters" anyways?

    And, indeed, the "old masters" for large format are different from the "old masters" of other forms of photography, like Henri Cartier Bresson or David Douglas Duncan for 35mm photojournalism or...
  11. What type Synchro-Compur shutter is used with a Schneider SA 90/8?

    Probably you should wait for it to come, or contact whoever sold it to you. If it is a newer Super Angulon it is probably a "0." If it is an older one it may be a "00," which means a smaller hole....
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    Do you really NEED Photoshop?

    I have used PhotoShop at work, but at home I use an excellent program called Picture Window Pro produced by Digital Light and Color (do a Google on that name and you'll find their website). This is a...
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    Long lenses (>300 mm) on Shen-Hao

    There are two types of long lenses for LF: regular long focus lenses which focus at infinity at their focal lengths, and telephoto lenses which focus at infinity at a bellows extension shorter than...
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    When to go 4x5? Or to stay with mf?

    I shoot with a Shen Hao with a 90mm f/8 Super Angulon (at that focal length a faster lens would be nice), among other lenses. I use both sheet film and I have an old Graflex roll film back that I use...
  15. Thread: Shen Hao

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    Shen Hao

    I recently acquired a 300mm F8 FUJINON T, which is a telephoto design that allows my Shen Hao to focus to five or six feet, easily close enough for portrait work and certain kinds of still lifes, or...
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    Replacement Torpedo Level

    I ordered and received the Lee Valley credit card size level noted in the message above. I haven't used it extensively yet, but it is almost weightless and easy to carry in ones shirt pocket, or a...
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    Photo Editing Software

    I'm a long term Picture Window Pro user and I can testify that it is an excellent program. It was thought up with photography (and not general graphics applications) in mind. It has grown through...
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    Greater than 1 Second shutter speeds

    If the exposure needs multiple seconds why not just cock the shutter again and fire it until the desired exposure has been reached? Cocking the shutter shouldn't move the camera if tripod...
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    mounting a 90mm super angulon

    There are 90mm Super Angulons that fit 00 shutters. I have one.
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    website with great photos of cameras

    For those who can read a little French there is a wealth of information on this site as well. There are also photos and specs on the lenses in the Fuji, Nikon, Schneider and Rodenstock lines. It is...
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    Shen Hao Tachihara or neither

    I use a Shen Hao. Indeed it is a bit heavier than the Tachihara (I compared them first hand when I bought--I live within easy driving distance of Badger Graphic Sales, a dealer which handles both),...
  22. Fujinon T 300 f/8 or Horseman Teleconverter 2x?

    Ciao Marco,

    Mi piace molto leggere un'intervento italiano in questa discussione. I have recently acquired a 300 mm Fuji T f/8 for use with my Shen Hao. I haven't used it much yet, but the photos...
  23. Ilex Paragon 7.5 in f/4.5: fit for color work or not?

    Why not rent a more modern lens for this project? (That, of course, assumes that you are located near some outfit that rents out large format lenses.)
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    What are you photographing close to home?

    You don't hint where you are so that makes comment a little difficult. I'm in Wisconsin, so we have nice forests to photograph (see: http://www.uwgb.edu/galta/bairds/). The forest in this website is...
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    need ANY info on orbit monorail

    You might also look for a copy of Ansel Adams' book _Camera_, at least an older edition you might find in a used bookshop. The view camera featured in the illustrations is an Orbit or a Calumet of...
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    150mm Sironar vs Sironar-N vs G-Claron

    I assume you are looking at used lenses, unless you have found a really cheap deal on a new Sironar N. You might also consider the Sironar S which has greater coverage and therefore allows more...
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    Shen Hao Starter Kit

    I bought the kit but upgraded to a Sironar S at whatever the extra cost was at that time. Jeff, the proprietor of Badger, isn't rigid about the contents of the "kit." If I were doing it all over, I...
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    Short Tele lenses on 4X5 at close range

    OK--I have a Shen Hao and I just bought at 300 mm Fujinon tele. I just checked to see how much bellows you need to focus at 6 feet. I assume you mean six feet from the film plane and I am also...
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    8x10 opportunity in N.E. Wisconsin

    Greetings,

    On the off chance that someone in Wisconsin is looking for an 8x10 fixer upper, today in an Antique Mall on Broadway in Green Bay, I spotted an 8x10 Kodak 2C view camera with a tripod...
  30. How best to mask ground glass to change aspect ratio

    At stationary or drafting supply stores you can find very narrow black tape meant for use in drawings that adheres nicely to the inside of the ground glass (I don't know about fresnel lenses). It is...
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    Where is the official Tachihara Web Site?

    Try the Badger Graphic website for photos of most models and specifications-- http://www.badgergraphic.com/search.asp?x=largeformat You'll need to scroll the large format camera box to Tachihara and...
  32. Thread: Square loupe

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    Square loupe

    I don't know about square loupes, but I too have a Silvestri loupe which has a hinged base, one side of which comes to a right angled point. This allows it to fit tightly into corners. It also tilts...
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    Best Photo Software???

    I'd second the motion about Picture Window Pro. It does a great many things and is designed specifically for editing photographs, not for general graphic arts purposes (although it will allow a...
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    advice on 4x5 camera

    It would help if we knew who the photographer she wrote about was.
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    digital camera software

    I don't see why this is on this forumn, but why not buy a card reader for about $20? On my PCs this then becomes the equivalent of a drive (or rather a set of them, one for each kind of card) and one...
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    How might I have improved this picture?

    Are you sure that this old building is actually perfectly vertical? Any chance the left end actually leans forward?
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    Polarizer filter question(s)

    If you shoot only black and white, wouldn't some colored filters--red, yellow, green, etc.--be more useful than a polarizer? Indeed losing two stops will make it difficult (although not impossible to...
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    Enlarger or scanner?

    If I did only black and white and had a darkroom already, I'd probably upgrade my enlarger to 4x5. I don't have a darkroom and putting a decent one in my house would be costly. However, for color, I...
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    Tower Press Camera

    On E-Bay right now there is a Tower Press Camera, presumably marketed by Sears in the 1940s or 50s and made by some other company. Who made Towers? (See:...
  40. Anyone interested in posting/discussing LF pictures on the web?

    APUG seems to be limited to analog production. That would seem to let me out as I scan film and print digitally, although I use a LF camera. I aim for straight prints without extensive digital...
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