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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I had heard that using a smart phone was not a reliable light meter.

    What model phone and which app?
  2. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    And sometimes dumb luck (or Karma?) comes into play.

    Last shot in the twilight at the pond of a local park. Nice stuff going on but not that special thing. Without warning, the breeze shifts and...
  3. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Plastic ribbons?

    Isn't that what PHOTOSHOP is for?
  4. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    Getting the correct temperature reading is accuracy.

    Getting it right every time is precision.

    The cartoon with the targrts is spot on for illustrating these points.
  5. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    A lot of responses about how we approch work . . .all good stuff.


    So what actually is acceptable performances for a shutter?

    What should we expect from "modern" gear? What can we expect...
  6. Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    The "best" 8x10 camera to use is whatever one you have at the time. Whatever you do get will not be the last camera you buy. If you stay with LF that statement is a certainty.

    ASs you are new to...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    My wife once asked me why I never came back from a camerta show with more money than gear. I had to think a bit, but finally it dawned on me that if i had more gear it was just more gear. But if I...
  8. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    I agree, in general, with all of the responses so far. I was a bit surprises when some of the discussions involving a machinist's and other responses on precise, sensitive (expensive) spirit...
  9. Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    There have been a couple of interesting threads lately on gear and technique that devolve into discussions of accuracy and precision.

    One had to do with the potential for focus shift when...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    OK . . .now we are all square, plumb and level.

    Has anyone tested their shutters lately? Just how close o the marked speed sre your shutters?

    I am using my fingers to figure this out now, but...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I can't believe that this thread has gone over 4 pages.

    Just how big a deal can it be? Get a level. Us it as best you can till you find another that you like better . . .and use that one. As...
  12. Re: Does changing aperture move the focus point

    No, I have never done exactly that. I have not felt the need to.

    I do not recall setting up a shot where some focus shift was that critical to the composition.

    In all openess though; I am...
  13. Re: Does changing aperture move the focus point

    Maybe testing the lens described in the OP would help. However, shooting LF film today can be costly and takes time. A slightly inclined ruler or yard stick/meter stick under strong flood lights...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Tripping on one tripod leg was what got :the shot" of Mt. Saint Helens blowing out on one side.
  15. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    Thanks everyone.

    Not an e-mail or text. This presented as a message from e-Bay itself. Looked complertly legit visually. The only red flag for me was when they asked for my partial SSN and bank...
  16. Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    I GOT THIS MESSAGE FROM E_BAY SAYING I had to up-date my account info or lose the ability to list items for sale. So I clicked on the link and noted that the inforation on file was correct; name...
  17. Barn door Shutters: what Do I Need To Know?

    Ok I know that sounds like a naÔve newbie question.

    I was clicking around on e-Bay, ran across one and had never heard of this type of shutter. Bulb-and-hose actuation I gather. But what else...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Forget to pull/insert the dark slide
    Forget to close shutter prte-view
    Film not properly loaded in film holder
    Forget to make adjustment for bellows extension.

    Forgot to get out of bed for...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    The horizon is pretty reliable. I use it often when outside.

    I have often seen bulls-eye levels and other configurations of bubble level in counter displays at my ACE hardware store . . . often...
  20. Re: Lens Nimenclature and lens Designe: Raptar vs Paragon

    Thanks everyone. I always wondered.
  21. Re: How to Find the Desired Lens from Sellers

    This sounds like a difficult and complicated way to eventually get a lens that is, shall we say, "sub-optimal". You may find thiss DIY effort rewarding, but in the end it is my opinion that the...
  22. Re: STILL LIFE - Lens Thoughts & Recommendations

    I have had great still-life results with my 210mm Caltar II N and a 150mm Fujinon. Both are wide open at f/5.6.

    Once, a long time ago now, I put a 75mm Oscillo Paragon at 1:1 on an 8x10. These...
  23. Lens Nimenclature and lens Designe: Raptar vs Paragon

    Simply put: Is there a difference in lens design between lenses labeled "Raptar" and "Paragon"?
  24. Re: Stuck screws and lens threads - what I (re-)discovered camera

    A number of years ago (mid-1990s I think) I got ten or so oscilloscope cameras from a salvage company. They cost me around $5 each back then. Each one had a 75mm f/1.9 lens in a leaf shutter. ...
  25. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    This is an interesting thread. I have never given it much thought I guess, balancing the parameters of exposure among the light available and the nature of the composition. When shooting moving...
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    In my OP I tried to express the idea that a LF new commer would find it helpful to read a basic text to introduce them to the fundamental aspects of this creative process before accessing the pool of...
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    Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    We are welcoming many newcomers to large format photography on this board lately. This is wonderful. New blood in traditional view camera photography keeps us all fresh. Many of us here are now...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    I understand that the OP is working outdoors. I have in the past, shot table-tops and still life compositions indoors using strobes. Some times the bellows extension was pretty long and the...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Maybe a few test shots or just dry focusing set ups on a vacant foot ball field would help. Looking for edge/corner coverage or fall off and curvature of field. Then a few tries working with front...
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    Re: Silver Maintenance

    Back in the late 1970s, I worked in a oil industry related cement testing lab for Gulf Oil. One of the things we did was to left a smidge (metric notation is "Smidgon") of white precipitate in the...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    OK . . ok . . .I take it back about the skids.

    Just because something can be done does not make it a good idea.

    No skids or sleds in the wilderness areas.

    Anyway, I am a few days away from...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    Re; Golf Bag Pull Cart.

    If you take the wheels off and put on some kind of skids it would be compliant with Wilderness Area regulations as a sled I think!
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    I have used a jogging stroler in the past. Worked Ok in shooting around our home neighborhood BUT . . . .

    It was difficult to store at home and let no room in the trunk for luggage.

    Later on...
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    As late as maybe 2010 there was a genuine surplus store in downtown Galveston called "Col. Bubbie's". They had Warsaw Pact surplus, Arctic mittens and US Navy bed pans . . . .whatever. And the...
  35. Re: Ever see One of These? Packard Shutter Regulator

    All good points.
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    Re: Huge Lens Shutter & Adaptors

    Does this one work?
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    Re: Huge Lens Shutter & Adaptors

    Ran across this the other day . . .looks interesting.

    Has anyone ever seen one of these? It seems to be an air pressure regulator for controlling the effective speed of s Pakard-Ideal type of...
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    DW: Sounds like you have a systen that works for you. Is that for an 8x10 outfit? I haven't done any serious backpacking myself since the late 1970s, but do remember the Kelty external frame...
  39. Re: Ever see One of These? Packard Shutter Regulator

    I had a Co2 pellet gun when I was a kid. A couple of pumps stored compressed air for the shot. I wonder if something like that could ever have worked for Packard type shutters. A few quick...
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    Re: Blowing up a Kodak 2D to 12x20

    Great! Now just how will you carry it around . . .or store it?
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