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  1. Re: Is it a linear progression between 90mm and 150mm?

    The difference between 114mm and 120mm is negligible. There's a reason the big lens manufacturers all made 90mm, 120mm, and 150mm lenses, this is what photographers wanted. And your 120mm lens...
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    Re: Too good to be true?

    I wonder if you could do contact printing, assuming your tablet is large enough? Photograph the negative, work out an alignment system, adjust contrast as desired, then it would be powerful enough...
  3. Thread: It is Majestic!

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    Re: It is Majestic!

    My Scovill Adams studio 8x10 came with their 'Elite' studio stand, which is just a tilting platform adjustable from 32" tp 48". Not as pretty as the Kodak stands with the big cast hardware, but it...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Also happy to see you posting again. And you of all people should be able to make images without a collection of exotic lenses. Though I'm sure it hurt to see them go.
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    Re: Merry Christmas to All!

    Seasons' greetings to everyone and I sincerely hope 2021 is better.
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    Re: Night Vision for focusing?

    I carry dollar store flashlights in my kit at night. I place 2 or 3 in spots that need to be in focus, aimed at the camera, and when I can distinguish the individual LEDs in each flashlight I know...
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    Re: What to build next?

    No need to re-invent the wheel. 1930s focal plane shutters are excellent, they only need a reliable timing mechanism for longer shutter speeds. Hence the electronically-controlled solenoids I...
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    Re: What to build next?

    If I were going to build something interesting, it would be an 8x10 focal plane shutter, electronic speed control using solenoids to release 1st and 2nd curtains, loosely modeled after the Barnack...
  9. Thread: Barrel lens

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    Re: Barrel lens

    There is no advantage I'm aware of to using barrel lenses. We use barrel lenses because a lot of very interesting lenses don't come in shutters, particularly the larger ones, and for the other...
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    Re: Seeking Advice For 11x14 Lens

    I just looked it up and found my lens in a list. I have the original 300mm with 86mm filter ring, inside writing, in Copal 3s. You are correct, the listed image circle is still 420mm. However the...
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    Re: Seeking Advice For 11x14 Lens

    I have the one with inside lettering, it covers. But it's also an odd filter size that's not in any of the lists.
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    Re: Seeking Advice For 11x14 Lens

    My first 11x14 lens was a Fujinon-W 300mm f5.6. Cost was the major factor, plus I wanted a modern shutter with flash sync.
  13. Re: Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    Don't know where you're from, but if you're looking for aged, dimensionally stable ash wood, I suggest using old hockey sticks. Hardwood flooring will often twist and buckle when it gets humid,...
  14. Re: Lightening the non-load: Dispose of Metz Mecablitz SCA300 or keep?

    There is a cord that plugs directly into a PC socket on your lf lenses, if you don't have one look at fleabay for a cheap one. I used it handheld for portraits, to mimic the old magnesium powder...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    That would explain it. The needs of a process lens are different from a taking lens, different enough to make manufacture of a symmetrical lens a little tricky. So they did likely start with the...
  16. Re: Lightening the non-load: Dispose of Metz Mecablitz SCA300 or keep?

    I've used a pair of metz 400-somethings on location as those were the best battery-powered flashes I had, I've also used a 60-CT4 as fill flash for outdoor portraits. They are fine flashes, they do...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    I tried out a couple of new lenses on 4x5 at the very beginning, but I haven't even developed them yet. In my defense, we had a death in the family (FiL), and I had to clean up their house, tend the...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    I thought the Symmars converted to Plasmats much sooner? They're rare as hen's teeth, but fleabay almost always has dagor-type G-Clarons. And Schneider obviously knew photographers loved dagor...
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    Re: Economical Continuous Lighting

    LEDs have come a long way in the last 10 years. If using commercial or household LEDs for color photography, there are 2 specs to watch: CRI and R9. Any LED with a CRI >90 should be ok for color...
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    Re: Recognizing dagor type G-Clarons

    After looking over Dan's list (thanks!) I wonder if the switch to plasmat type was due to the cost of manufacturing. A dagor requires 3 (usually) equally-sized elements that need to be ground to...
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    Re: Certificate Expired

    Once again, thank you to the people who do the hard work of keeping the forum running.

    And one of the things I like about LF is that nothing is ever urgent.
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    Re: Help with Carl Zeiss lens please!

    This is a fine lens for 4x5 black & white photography, which will produce beautiful soft images wide-open, ideal for portraits and soft landscapes, and will be nearly as sharp as any modern lens once...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    I 2nd or 3rd or whatever the G-Claron. If I had to limit myself to 1 single lens for 8x10 it would be the 240 G-Claron in a decent shutter.
  24. Re: Do I need a contrast or ND Lens Filter for Verito 18 F4?

    If you wait til dusk, you get better light and much easier exposure timing outdoors.
  25. Re: Tips and Tricks for cleaning and storing old brass lenses

    I have a repurposed china cabinet for lenses. Nothing fancy, I just pack all the lenses in there as high as I can stack them. I have 2 or 3 moisture control cans in there, basically the same stuff...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    That was a blast from the past. I still have the 1st edition of that book. I spent a few nights struggling with the chapter on pointers.
  27. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    The condition of the individual lens you use will matter more than the name on the front. One of the best lenses I've ever used was a Xenar 135/4.7, which I regrettably sold for a more modern...
  28. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Of all the reasons to dismiss Avedon, that has to be the weakest.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Given how ephemeral even 'archival' photographs are today, I think we should be asking: Is this the first time photography has been invented?
  30. Re: why are there no "modern" super fast LF lenses?

    I tried mounting a 300mm f2 projection lens on a studio camera. I lost interest after looking at the ground glass.
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    Re: Nice photo auction / show at Swanns

    Well if those were on display at a museum I would certainly make the trip. Of course it was sadly lacking any Vivian Maier photos, so not really that serious a collection... :p
  32. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    I'm honestly surprised we don't have this problem more often with the aluminum barrels of lenses and aluminum threads on shutters. Sometimes they are so welded together they simply will never come...
  33. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    I've had better luck with MEK paint/furniture stripper than heat for separating lens elements, whether Canada balsam or modern UV-cure glue. Also re-assemble with UV-cure glue instead of balsam,...
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    Re: 210mm F5.6 Lens For 8x10

    The best option, IMHO, in terms of price and image quality, as well as backpack-ability, is the old (dagor design) Schneider G-Claron 210/9. No it's not f5.6, but it's a better lens, and often...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Love this one. Tells a whole story.
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    Re: Show Me Your Night Shots!

    Lovely
  37. Re: Part of vintage lens or vintage car or something else?

    Front end of a large magic lantern?
  38. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    I completely agree with this and see no reason to avoid FR4 as being somehow risky or failure-prone. It's easy to throw words like that around until you're the one responsible for making a product to...
  39. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    I've fallen through ice twice while photographing, both times in swamps fortunately with no current to speak of. 1st time in the 90s with a Canon & 500mm lens, 2nd time 7 or 8 years ago with my 8x10...
  40. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    Assuming you only pull the dark slide just before taking a shot, and put it back in immediately after, that's a big light leak that should be quite easy to find by doing a light test. Nodda Duma...
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