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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    Poke all over with a fork to release steam and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes. Do not wrap in tinfoil!

    ...

    Oh wait, wrong forum! Sorry about that. :o
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    Re: Basic Landscape Composition Formulas..

    I've learned vastly more about composition from painters than from photographers. Painters have been at it for rather a lot longer than photographers. I've also noticed (as a gross generalization)...
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    Re: Retain highlights with Tmax 100

    This is an interesting site. Someone did a lot of work to create this.

    I use Tmax 400 and I've landed on XTol 1+1, but also tried HC-110 in Dilution B. Both of these combinations were testedat...
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    Re: Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    I didn't want to muddy the water in my original post, but that source I mentioned addresses this topic too for those who want a brief overview. Peterson distinguishes "Object Reproduction"...
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    Re: Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    12,903 MP of scanned information from a 4x5 negative is probably enough for me. 51,613 MP just seem like overkill. ;)
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    I am deeply envious of people who are part of a community of photographers who can actually get together over an evening and look at prints of each others' work. I have to think the conversations...
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    Re: Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    Thanks for adding your perspective on this topic Oren.

    You can rest easy that I'm not corrupting students with bogus math. ;) I enjoy these kinds of technical conversations because learning and...
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    Re: Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    I wanted to understand the point Oren was making, so I did some digging*. The results may be of interest to others, so I’ll share them here. I’m also curious if I’m correct in my understanding (so...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    I'm interested to see how that works out for you Steven, especially the backpack.
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    Re: Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    This link takes you to a story on the National Geographic blog. It's about digitizing "autochromes" (early colour photographs). Doug Peterson, who is the focus of the article, works for DT Cultural...
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    Camera scanning: conservator's perspective

    There are many threads on the forum about "DSLR scanning", also known as "Camera scanning". An active recent example is this one:...
  12. Re: How Large Can I Print a 4x5 Drum-Scanned Negative Before The Resolution Degrades?

    Why don't you make some test prints and see for yourself? Choose an area of your photograph where you would expect to be able to tell the difference between prints of your desired size made using...
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Just tried it. The author has done a good job of integrating his plugin with Lightroom. Unfortunately, you still need to make a separate TIFF copy if you want the sliders to go in the right...
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Indeed it does. In my current setup the input is 12 DNG files (I convert my Fuji RAF files to DNG with a third part developer, outside of Lightroom). Inside Lightroom, I stitch them together, and it...
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    This is a very important point Peter. It's noteworthy that DT Cultural Heritage (the company whose equipment is showcased in that post I linked to above) went with a camera-based system for...
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    Pere, the bit after the semi-colon in my sentence matters: "If you only need a good quality "scan" for electronic display, you can easily get away with 3 overlapping frames for one 4x5 negative; on...
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    Re: DSLR scanning vs Dedicated flatbed scanning.

    There are several massive threads on DSLR scanning on the forum that you should check out. Many people have been down this path and are reporting very good results with standard digital cameras like...
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    Re: 4x5 field camera with geared movements

    I really enjoy using it. I appreciate good design, and I'm a fan of simplicity -- in the sense of only making things as complicated as they need to be. I think the Toyo engineers struck a very nice...
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    Re: 4x5 field camera with geared movements

    I've owned and used two kinds of 4x5 field cameras and two kinds of rail cameras. I don't do studio work, but I do a lot of "field studio" shooting (up close, tight), so movements and flexibility...
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    Re: Fujinon 150 mm - how to tell coating?

    Lots of info here: http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/ This source tells you which versions are single- versus multi-coated. Vaughn's advice about where the lettering is matches what's in these sources....
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    Re: Remove banding for website display

    When you export from Lightroom you choose not only the file format, but also the dimensions, bit depth and colour space. A good place to start is ensuring that you have those all set correctly. For...
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    Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    I'm not saying you're wrong... But I could write a paragraph like the one you wrote here for lots of things! Making a world class French pastry crust just involves combining certain ingredients a...
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    Re: How Do You Clean Your Lenses & Filters?

    Do you mind telling me where your garbage can is Jac? I have no particular reason for asking... ;)
  24. Re: Buy used Toyo w/accessories or brand new Chamonix

    I visited your web site. You should treat yourself to a good camera! You'll clearly put it to good use.

    The thing about bellows is they are basically consumables. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to...
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    Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    I've done both, and I teach digital photography, so I have a good basis for comparison. In my experience, it's not difficult for someone who has the equipment to get to the stage of reliably making...
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    Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    I'm not saying you're wrong Randy... But you'd have to do a proper life cycle assessment to compare darkroom printing to printing on inkjets. There are lots of variables. I use refillable cartridges,...
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    Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    Scanning isn't easy, and making a good quality inkjet print isn't easy. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! ;) As with any technical activity, there's a steep learning curve, lots of different ways...
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    Re: Ilford FP4+ Emulsion Damage

    Is there any chance that you loaded two sheets onto the same side of one holder? I've done that... The result is of course that the emulsion side(s) can be glued together while in the tank, and thus...
  29. Re: Do you have any tips/techniques for Night Photography?

    So true! I used to work as a security guard when I was a student. I quickly discovered that humanity divided neatly into two groups. Group 1 was people who thought you were a police officer. Group 2...
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    Re: Dark shade on negative

    N. Riley's idea is highly probable, and you can check for yourself. Measure the width of the plastic bars on each side of the holder. If they correspond, that's your answer. Early on with this tank,...
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    Re: NOOB Question About Starter LF Cameras

    I had similar needs and went with a Toyo D45M. It was a serious pro camera in its day and it's not that heavy (a bit to a lot lighter than the later Toyo rail cameras). There's one for sale on the...
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    Re: Bag bellows on demand

    Just a quick follow-up on my experience with Jukie, the Hong Kong seller.

    I contacted him about the light leaks I experienced, and he responded immediately. Apparently they'd change some of the...
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    Re: Lubricant for lens thread

    I wouldn't use anything that can get into the lens, or on the glass (e.g., oil, grease). Some people use a bit of graphite but I'd avoid that too honestly.

    Have you used a blower and a brush to...
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    Re: optimizing folding hood shade?

    Pretty much useless was my conclusion too... I leave it on my camera because it doubles as a ground glass protector.
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    Re: Basic B&W Developing setup for 4x5

    I do not have a darkroom. I develop four sheets at a time in the Stearman SP-445. I load it in a standard change bag and process in full light. The system is economical and works very well. If you...
  36. Re: Anything special about Linhof film holders?

    I have the thin kind that prints a number on the negative. I paid dearly for them and am not thrilled.

    I like the number printing (although you do lose a bit of negative -- what's under the...
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    Re: Meridian 45B camera

    There's a short user review of your new camera here on the LFP site: https://www.largeformatphotography.info/meridian/meridian.html
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    Re: 90mm for 4x5: Calumet, Fujinon, or...?

    I have the Calumet Caltar-II N 90mm f/6.8. I like it a lot. I also have Fujinon lenses, and a Nikkor lens. They're all good. I'm not sure how much practical difference the 1/2 stop makes (f/8 versus...
  39. Re: Sinar Norma, "It's stuck.. I'll just add Hi Tech lube." Part II

    If you have the time Bernice, I'd enjoy reading a follow-up that maps out the specific steps and what lubricants to use. That kind of information is pure gold.
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    Re: Ilford FP4+ Developer Inquiry

    It's an excellent solution for people who don't have a darkroom at home. Tim (the creator) has a bunch of videos you should watch. In particular, watch the one about squeezing the tank before...
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