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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    Practice, practice, and more practice. Failures are teachers in disguise. It doesn't come easy in my experience. Keep detailed notes.
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    35mm, 120, and 4"x5" - 11"x14"

    Whole Plate, 8"x10", and 11"x14" - contact alternative (mostly) prints

    FX - 20'x30" metal prints

    Lith - 8"x10" and 11"x14" Portriga Rapid FB. Down to three 100...
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    Re: Refitting aperture blades help (please).

    Agree 100%. Was successful with a #5 ILEX years ago, but so with a lot smaller older Eastman Kodak shutter a few years ago. Two pieces of advice: 1. The blades are quite delicate. Practice on an...
  4. Re: Suggestions sought for exploring swamp habitats along Gulf Coast over to Florida.

    Have been viewing the Google map's satellite views more and more as I travel. Just last week discovered a frozen over pond and marsh that were about 20 feet from the side of the road but completely...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Cut mine with a few passes using a Plexiglass cutter/Scoring Tool and a straight edge.
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    Before I ordered a 4x5 folding viewer for my Chamonix camera, I made a black cardboard mockup of one. After using it a few times, opted for a Chamonix reflex finder. Subjectively for me its either a...
  7. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Reminds me of a friend back in the 1980s who had just about every camera and lens that Hasselblad ever offered at the time and a 4x5 Technika outfit with a Biogon, Planar, Xenotar, and more....
  8. Thread: Lina Bessonova

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    Re: Lina Bessonova

    Many years ago I had to dismantle a very large enlarger. Memory of its brand name I can't remember. Weight can easily be dealt with by using leverage and an extra set of hands. As I remember dealing...
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    Re: Need PayPal Help!!

    This is a long shot but... Recently I was trying to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine. Had to type my phone number and did as 123-456-7899. Got the message back that the phone number was not...
  10. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    FP-4+, HP-5+, Delta 3200, Bergger
    Rodinal, PYROCAT-HD in Glyco, Diafine, Tetenal Ultrafin, Arista Lith, Moersch ECO 4812, HC-110, Kodak Stop Bath, TF-5 Fixer, Permawash, Rapid Selenium toner,...
  11. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    For each of my formats I have a padded hard case and a padded backpack. They all carry the camera, 3-4 lenses, a few film holders, exposure meter, and a bunch of accessories. I always hated when I...
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    Re: Red "D" on Nikkor-W 300mm f5.6

    Per the specs in my Nikkor brochure, front rim to the back rim of the 300mm Nikkor-W should measure 94.5mm.

    On my 360mm Nikkor-W front to rear measurement is +.025mm from published factory spec of...
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    Re: Red "D" on Nikkor-W 300mm f5.6

    Around 40 years ago we ordered two view camera lenses which were to be used exclusively for close-up photography. The spacing of the front and rear elements were changed by the manufacture and the...
  14. Thread: Burke & James 5x7

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    Re: Burke & James 5x7

    Interesting... when I acquired my NOS 8x10 B&J Commercial view camera in the mid 1970s, that's the way it came packed to me. Until now I thought that that was the way it was sold, but now looking at...
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    Re: Chamonix accessories

    For me if the lens is shorter than 120-150mm, I use the reflex finder to quickly set up the shot but then switch to a dark cloth to view the corners and fine focus. For lenses 180mm or longer I use...
  16. Re: Weird Coverage with Wollensak 159mm Velostigmat ?

    My lens: 159mm f/12.5 Wollensak Anastigmat Extreme W. A. with purple partially circled "W" in a RAPAX shutter. I believe to be one of the last ones made. Actually found it as NOS (as far as I can...
  17. Thread: Burke & James 5x7

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    Re: Burke & James 5x7

    The camera is very easy to frefinish. Make sure that you use the correct sized screwdriver(s) to take it apart. I actually labeled each screw and the corresponding place/hole where it came out of....
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    One of our neighbors has a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper. Two others have Nissan type campers. The owner of the Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper regularly uses it on the backroads and beach camping...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    One time when we were driving our Rialta on one back road in New England, we came across a vehicle similar to the one pictured head on. They were stuck because their "Mad Max" motorhome was too wide...
  20. Re: Fujinon 90mm/f5.6 SWD rear element doesn't fit on a Wista 45SP - alternatives?

    Can you remove the rear elements, mount the shutter (lens) on your camera, then from the back of the camera, remove the back and re-screw in the rear elements to the back of the shutter? I've had to...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    A while back bought several boxes of assorted small screws off eBay. My experience... Some of the boxes of assorted steel wood screws were excellent and others subpar. Boxes of assorted brass screws...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    Problem lies with the user... me, and not with the compendium unit. Specifically an OEM Sinar compendium on the front of my Norma or my X and using a Sinar binocular reflex viewer. For whatever...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    Agree 100%, for me especially with wide angle lenses. Attached is what I have been using. Love using compendium units with long lenses, but have ruined too many negatives shot with compendium units...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    I have a 90mm Super-Angulon XL-110 which I believe is similar to your optic. Finally acquired a HORSEMAN front bellows unit that is large enough to be used with the SA XL. I hope to figure out how to...
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    Re: Are you shooting more than one format

    Digital: FX.
    Film: 6x6, 6x9, and 5x12 cm. 4x5, whole plate, 8x10, and 11x14 inches.
    The colder it gets out there the smaller the format I tend to use.
    Try to stick with shooting only one format...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Was in disagreement with another photographer who told me that the diagonal of an 8x10 negative from one corner of the film to the opposite corner is 329mm. The listed coverage of the 120mm he'd seen...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    Years ago when I got my 11x14 Chamonix, I put my 5.9" No. 5 Gray Periscope lens on it and was surprised that I couldn't get the lens to focus at infinity. Actually fabricated an adapter so that I...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    Possibly try moving the 2 horizontal knobs in the bed forward to allow the camera to close more? We have the exact same camera and as you can see mine easily accommodates the 65mm lens.
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    Personally, I use a NOBLEX PRO 6/150UX with its slow exposure module when I need it. The negatives fit into a custom carrier that I enlarged/machined for my 4x5 Durst enlarger. Largest prints I have...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    When I was in college in the early 1970s I was a part time postman and drove one almost daily. Drove them standing up with the gas being a lever/petal that was to the left of your right foot. To give...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    "it is not possible to Focus my 65mm Rodenstock to infinity"

    I am missing something obvious here. I also have and use a Chamonix 45N-2. My 65mm f/4 Nikkor-SW has no problem focusing at infinity...
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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    The only 20x24 I have ever shot was with a pinhole camera in a studio setting. But at one time I was shooting 14x17 and 11x14. Big difference I found was that with the 14x17, I pretty much (if not...
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    Coverage of Repro-Clarons vs G-Clarons

    Based on multiple posts and personal experience, I think that we all can agree that the coverage specs that Schneider published for their G-Clarons was very conservative to say the least. This has...
  34. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    IMO you can't go wrong with either a 150mm Schneider Repro-Claron (less coverage) or a 150mm G-Claron (more coverage). Even in a shutter they can be had for bargain prices, especially the...
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    Re: Backpack for 11x14 Camera

    For my Chamonix 11x14 I use a Granite Gear Traditional 3.5 Portage Pack 496184-05. I constructed an insert from fairly rigid foam floor mats that I got from Home Depot. My Granite Gear bag holds my...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x10 & 450mm lens?

    Over the past few years sold a lot of photo equipment that I either didn't use or rarely used towards acquiring a whole plate, an 8x10, and an 11x14 Chamonix. I "pulled that trigger' three times and...
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    Re: Flat Field Focus on LF Lenses?

    Years ago was involved in a long term project for a Historical house that was turned into a walk through Museum. Project was to shoot 4x5 Chromes of many original documents. Chromes were archivally...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Just remembered my 1971 VW type 2 bus. Had the weekender package. Except for the fog lamps it was stock on the outside with the original stock engine. Inside had a lot of practical renovations. Drove...
  39. Re: Tripod Head For 8x10? Arca Cube, Ries J250, Luland LD115, Acratech GXP

    I think most of us have gone through a succession of different tripod heads till finding one that we really liked... can sometimes be an expensive ritual. My first head for my 8x10 was a wooden tilt...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x10 & 450mm lens?

    Chamonix does offer an extension board for your 4x10 for $180.00, which I'm sure Hugo will advise.

    On a similar note I have a Chamonix whole plate camera with its maximum bellows extension listed...
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