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  1. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    As a rule, I never use anything smarter than me.
  2. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Agreed. Raw resolution is only one factor, but often still an important one, and it's the one that impresses most people, perhaps because it's the one that can be expressed by a simple number. For...
  3. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Waiting for the resolution tests of Verito vs. Plasticca vs. Pinkham & Smith...
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    Re: Easy Testing Used LF Lenses?

    Personally, I'd shoot a paper negative.
  5. Re: Which shutter-speed is park-position when not in use?

    The lowest tension on the spring is at "T" or "B", uncocked. I prefer "T", ready for focusing.
  6. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    The difference being?

    I think if an f/stop is the ratio of focal length to aperture diameter as measured through the entrance pupil, that would be both the actual and the effective f/stop. But...
  7. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    It's calculating your actual f/stop, not compensating for an incorrect f/stop.
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    Re: I'd like to see them make . . . .

    Or maybe a meter with a fold-out corkscrew.

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System...

    Minor White had the Zen System...

    I could try the Zin System...
  9. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    One of the basics of photography: the f/stop is determined by dividing the focal length by the aperture's diameter as measured through the front element, (aka "entrance pupil").

    When pjd mentioned...
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    Re: I'd like to see them make . . . .

    I want to invent a spot-meter with an integral bottle-opener. You know, something practical we can all use...
  11. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    And that's what makes it a "Signature Pictorialist" lens! Silly photographers, always wanting well-corrected lenses... :rolleyes:
  12. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    I think I remember reading about the Roman Pictorialists in Newhall's The History of Photography...
  13. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    I figured you'd know it already, Pere, but some here may not. Your comment was just the perfect lead-in to my point.
  14. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    That would be the trick when using it with the casket set as mentioned by pjd. Different front cells would render slightly different sized effective apertures from the same raw aperture.
  15. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    The only math skill required would be simple division, and you'd only need to be in the ballpark for practical purposes.

    I've run across a few old lenses that had little marks on the aperture...
  16. Re: Can you diagnose this patchy look of the lens?

    By the serial number, it's a late 1940s/early 1950s lens. Coatings of that time were softer and less well-bonded to the glass, so were more susceptible to mechanical and environmental damage. The...
  17. Re: Can you diagnose this patchy look of the lens?

    Could be damage to the AR coating, which won't clean off but won't affect the image much, if at all.
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    Re: Lens Not Focusing, What is the Cause?

    I'd start by checking the focal length of the front and rear elements separately. The lens being a fairly symmetrical Plasmat, each should focus at about 240mm. (Tell me if I'm wrong, folks;...
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    Re: Multicoating on a lens

    It's the internal air-glass surfaces that are most critical. Missing some coating on the front element means a bit of light will reflect back outwards into the world, have very little effect. On...
  20. Re: Dallmeyer or Vitax diffuse focus in action?

    Contrast can be controlled much more in the negative's exposure/development and in printing than by choice of lens, so don't go by that. The Dallmeyer and Vitax are the same design, same number of...
  21. Re: Dallmeyer or Vitax diffuse focus in action?

    Dallmeyer's original intention with the "soft focus" feature was to increase depth of field, not give a softer image. It kinda did, sort of, in a way... But the by-product of having a softer image...
  22. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    "For 99.9% of my work I use a 4x5 view camera." John Sexton

    http://www.photovisionmagazine.com/articles/sexton.html
  23. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Sexton's work tends to be 4x5 and enlarged, so there's a whole 'nother lens involved. Just to muddy the waters...
  24. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Yup, wasted half an hour of my time... :)
  25. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    There were several types of new glass, including new variations of crown glass created by Otto Schott for Zeiss around 1887 through to 1893 that made anastigmats possible. (The old crown and flint...
  26. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Yes, they more or less the same or there are noticeable differences...
  27. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    The bigger differences come in speeds, dates, and coatings, or lack thereof. In my observations, the super-fast f/3.5s aren't as sharp as the f/8s, even at equivalent f/stops, with others falling in...
  28. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Agreed, but I've seen it done. :(
  29. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Yup, that's the one I was posting about.
  30. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Sodium or ammonium thiosulfate are toxic to plants. I have a two-year-old bare spot in my back yard where a student dumped a pint or less of fixer.
  31. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Looks pretty close to me. Just very flat lighting in the shade on a very fair complexion.

    Hoping he didn't do wet plates of an environmental activist in an environmentally sensitive area, then...
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    Re: Bellows and lensing question

    To put it simpler, get a modern lens with the same focal length as your Petzval. It will focus in the same place. It's a focal length thing. Focal lengths just do that. You know, focus at a...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I think if you varied the spacing between the front elements (as Wollensak did with their f/4.5 Tessar), and used it with the anachromatic rear element, you could open up a tear in the space-time...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    The Boyer Opale is an interesting lens, one of the few to use chromatic aberration rather than spherical aberration to achieve its softness. I've been told it is a Tessar with the glass types in the...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    Most lenses have just under a quarter-inch of threading for the flange. For Cooke's three turns, that's about a 13 tpi thread. (A 12 tpi thread would be exactly a quarter-inch of threads.) That...
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    Re: 8x10 Macro Photography lens Question

    For 1:1, I'd recommend a process lens. Those are optimized for around 1:1, and often close down to very small stops, which is helpful with the reduced depth of field at close focusing distances. ...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    13 threads per inch is 13 threads per inch, regardless of the diameter. Cookes used a course thread that threaded on with three turns, every lens, every size! They also chamfered the start of the...
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    Re: 8x10 Macro Photography lens Question

    Weston's Pepper No. 30 is about twice life-size, and was made with a run-of-the-mill 210mm Zeiss Tessar, and I've never heard anyone complain about its quality...
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    Re: 8x10 Macro Photography lens Question

    It would be helpful for the OP to let us know the magnification. As Pere noted, 1:1 is different from 1:5. And very different from 5:1.
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    Congratulations! As there's nothing behind the mounting threads to grab onto on these, you need a flange or an iris mount. You could try making a tight-tolerance lensboard hole that you can thread...
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