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  1. Re: Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 105mm f/2.8: OK for 4x5 at close range?

    Enlarging lenses are one usually inexpensive alternative to macro lenses designed for view cameras. The venerable Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 is considered by some others to serve well as a macro lens at...
  2. Re: Where are the great shots? Am I a cynicist or a realist?

    There are probably many more great photographs made public each year now than in any time over the past 170 years. It has merely become increasingly difficult to sort them out from the chaff. A site...
  3. Thread: Scarecrows

    by Jim Jones
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    Re: Scarecrows

    Atop a downtown building in my present home town is what from the ground appears to be a weather worn replica of a hawk posed for take-off. It makes a good perch for pigeons.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    One shot like that is reward enough for a day's shooting.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Dynamic use of such a wide-angle lens.
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    Re: Minimal chem for 8x10 dev

    Long ago I used a Heathkit Color Canoe for developing single sheets of 8x10 film and paper. It took about 2 ounces of mixed developer to properly cover the film or paper. The developer was discarded...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    It certainly is a fine capture of a great subject at exactly the right time.
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    Re: 8x10 Polariod Portrait Prices ???

    Depending on your location, the greatest value of your service might be its uniqueness. Decades ago Lou Charno operated a unique and successful portrait studio using a tri-color camera and dye...
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    Re: New Carleton Watkins Book

    When one of the finest books on photography first appears, we should grab it. It may be a good investment as well as a photographic treasure. When Time-Life offered signed copies of Ansel Adams'...
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    Re: New Carleton Watkins Book

    The images are indeed small, but well produced. The main value of the book is the well-documented information about Watkins and his milieu for those who want to learn about more than just the...
  11. Re: Carlton Watkins, Equipmwnt and In General...

    A new book is an affordable addition to any fan of Watkins,...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Interesting novelty.
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    Re: Redwood grid for Darkroom sink.

    A grill from a ceiling fluorescent light fixture might work well.
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    Re: Identify shutter cable release end

    Long ago many American cable releases had a short section of straight 5-44 threads. Your mystery release has longer and apparently slightly larger threads.
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    Re: A Question on Lens Boards & Shutters

    I routinely made lens boards for the LF cameras I've used. If you have modest woodworking or metal working skills, it is easy. Many lens boards have features that aren't really necessary. Analyzing...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I chose 5x7 long ago because it was more economical as many photographers downsized to 4x5. Then the darkroom and 5x7 Elwood enlarger burned up, and I joined the smaller camera crowd. Now most of my...
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    If you really need widely different camera formats, you need different tripods. Choose your cameras well, and choose your tripods even more carefully; they should outlast your cameras.
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    I believe a few of the Coloramas were captured on 35mm. Kodachrome was a great film!
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    Re: Late September 2019 Portraits

    Even better than the last portrait of this model.
  20. Re: Curious about creation of a custom filter adapter, what it would take

    "Reasonable cost" is the project killer of the home machinist's time is worth more than pennies per hour. Semi-skilled workers in basic machine shops overseas can afford to sell them postpaid...
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    Re: A new $50 adjustable iris?

    It looks sturdier than the noodle measuring tool that many home kitchens have, but hardly something I'd trust a good lens on. Also, can you see how difficult it might be to mount on a lens board?
  22. Re: What size paper do you print the most? What's the biggest print you've made?

    In a darkroom, most prints were 8x10 for ease of distribution, with some 11x14 and rare 16x20 for exhibiting. Most digital prints are 8.5x11 with some on 13x19 and few on 17x22 paper.
  23. Re: Need A Decent Lab Scale For A Decent Price

    Ammunition reloaders may be more concerned with accuracy than photographers. Sites like...
  24. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Glossy enamel might tolerate friction better than flat black. A wax coating might also help. There's negligible optical advantage in flat black dark slides.
  25. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    Plywood has the advantage that it can be stained and painted to block light. Stain might block less light than plywood with a pigment like carbon. Hobby shops may also sell thin plywood.
  26. Re: DIY Dark Slides, some thoughts and a question

    I wouldn't trust paint to adhere well enough when subjected to dark slide use. Also, applying it in uniform coats may be difficult for non-professionals. Perhaps an expert on today's paints will give...
  27. Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    The f/number is focal length/hole diameter as measured through the front elements of the lens.
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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Me too. Nicely framed, all too rare in lighthouse photography.
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    Re: Horseman 45FA / Horseman 45HF

    Most of those beautiful portraits could have been taken by the same photographer with the same lens and film with almost any of the cameras mentioned above. More important than brand or appearance...
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    Re: how to notch film holder

    Binary coding with narrow and wide notches in the flap is the most practical system where large numbers of film holders are numbered. Just six notches can code up to 32 holders on both sides.
  31. Re: questions for people who regularly shoot nudes

    In 1969 I had time to waste in San Francisco, and checked the adds in the Berkeley Barb for a model. There were about 50 ads for models, but only two were female; the others were men interested in...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Nice choice of subject and time, magnificent presentation.
  33. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    To me the photograph stands alone as well composed and well printed with no need to communicate any significant social or intellectual content. It looks much better than the little color image.
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    Re: Texture Screens for LF

    In a printing company we could copy halftone negatives through a thickness of the film base as long as the light source was small and fairly distant. Large light sources close to printing frames...
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    Re: Old Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

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    There were maybe 300 cars in the car show that included this Model A. I did a poor job of cloning out some of a post-war monstrosity behind the classic, and laid in a concrete block wall to...
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    Re: What have I done this time?

    That combination of lens and front shutter would cause vignetting. In addition to vignetting, using a diaphragm located at the wrong position along the optical axis can cause a lack of sharpness.
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    When improvising a 8x12' darkroom in a former chicken house, I used fiberglass batting insulation throughout. It was covered with cheap paneling on the outside walls, and the batts were left...
  38. Thread: Why Crop?

    by Jim Jones
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    Re: Why Crop?

    There are many more reasons for a reasonable photographer. I usually crop exhibition images to fit pre-cut window mats which are sized to fit standard frames which are selected to be easy to...
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    I usually crop since I cannot tell when capturing the image on film exactly how I may use it over the coming years. Sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise. For example, in the glory days of...
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    Re: Choirce for the Circle of Confusion?

    To make universal DOF tables we should consider all possible uses of all the interpretations of all the images of all the subjects we may photograph. That's quite a task. Better yet, study several...
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