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  1. Compensating exposure for bellows extension

    Forget the calculations...use the direct visual devices. The Calumet one previously described costs 7 or 8 bucks (as I recall). Sinar makes a clever combination grease pencil(for marking on the...
  2. Polaroid Type 55 reciprocity corrections?

    Polaroid has print tech sheets (hole punched, even) for all film types. I believe they're still available thur their 800 CS No. Ask them why it's not on the WEB site. too if you think of it
  3. accuracy of Polaroid tests for determining exposure

    Be careful that you don't assume that reciprocisty characteristics for two different films are the same...they're not. I establish the base exposure with Type 55, visually. Then I carry a tech...
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    How to attach cable release

    Calumet also sells a swivel adapter which allows you to use a reuular cable release on a resessed board. Works well
  5. accuracy of Polaroid tests for determining exposure

    ASA (ISO) ratings are not rigid scientific standards..rather subjective guidelines. (this is why zone system calibrations require that you 'set your own asa'). Also different film emulsions...
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    Experiences with Sinar F2?

    The Sinar F2 is a great camera...but never designed to be used as a 'field camera' in the strictest sense...i.e. hiking, climbing, etc. I use an F1 to shoot location work...architecture,...
  7. difference using dichroic vs variable contrast light head?

    Be careful using VC papers with these heads. Most VC papers are designed to be used with tungsten sources..
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    Transitioning to Digital Imaging

    I'm going to have my lab start experimenting with providing me with B&W output in the form of Lambda prints. They were skeptical at first, as this is a color process but when I pointed out that...
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    Transitioning to Digital Imaging

    Consider the IMACON Scanners..(as long as you have some money to spend) They are a hybrid technology which are supposed to produce drum scanner results without the hassels and huge expense..and...
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    Transitioning to Digital Imaging

    The weak link is (and will continue to be) the scanner. Unless you have $5,000 plus (minimum)to spend on the scanner (alone) to get the kind of quality you are probably expecting, you are going to...
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    Kodak Polymax Fine Art Paper

    I just recently tried several boxes of this paper and was very impressed. It is on a very solid stock (so it air dries on screens with a minimum of curling), h as an extremely long tonal range..very...
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    Trouble with Type 55 P/N

    I've developed a habit, when pulling the envelope to expose the film...of giving it a gentle, but decisive 'tug'..sort of a snap, which seems to prevent the problem you describe. I also feel for...
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    Polaroid film and reciprocity factor

    Polaroid puts out detailed spec sheets for each of their films which may be available thru a pro dealer. If not, by mail, or perhaps off their website. Use this information as a starting point...
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    film type for submital art

    Whichever type of film (Daylight or Tungsten) you use..make sure that your lights are correctly balanced; and that you can filter to correct for any slight variances. I suggest using a color meter...
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    film type for submital art

    For color transparancies I use either Fuji Astia, or Kodak Ektachrome 100 Plus. They are both ASA 100, E-6 process films. For B&W..you can use the same film. If your lighting is accurate, color...
  16. Choice Between Nikkor SW210mm f5.6 and Fujinon f5.6

    Any lens will flare regardless of how 'modern' or well coated it is under certain conditions (if pointed directly into the sun, etc) I've used both lenses and I doubt you will be able to tell the...
  17. Wide Angle Bellows Needed For 90mm lens on SinarF?

    You do need the bag bellows with the 90. It is possible to shoot straight on..as in copy work with a nommal bellows..but any movements will be much easier with the bag. I use it often with my 150...
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    Which Polaroid holder?

    Use whatever variant of the neg film for focus check. The grain of the print makes it pretty much useless for a magnified focus check. I just peel it and (carefully) put mu loupe on the back of...
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    seiko shutter performance

    I've used them for years in Bronica ETR's and found them extremly reliable
  20. architecture: slight converging verticals

    I wouldn't say it's "common practice", necessarialy...more an advanced technique. But the bottom line, of course,,is what looks best..and feels right. The prvious response is entirely...
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    Multiple exposures on carpet?

    You also can hang a weight from the inside center of your tripod. A water weight works very well for location shooting. Also..I'm in the process of having Steve Grimes change all my Copal 0...
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    Good air compressor? Any suggestions?

    Addendum...Now that I remember it...a while back I shot production stills for car commercials. The car prep guys ran all of their air tools..impact wrenches, etc off of cylinders of CO2..worked ...
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    Good air compressor? Any suggestions?

    Gary..thanks for the nitrogen tip...perfect..like a giant, industrial sized Dust-Off..Much better than any compressor
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    Cabin loupe

    The new Contax 2 1/4 that is being raved about is made by Yashica, too. Would I buy a Yashica camera?...I don't really know. Fortunately the designers were shortsighted enough to omit the leaf ...
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    Multiple exposures on carpet?

    Does your tripod have retractible spikes?? I've used these on carpet before with no damage to the carpet
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    Lens boards for old Kodak

    http://www.skgrimes.com/index.htm#nav
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    Good air compressor? Any suggestions?

    I have a small..(1.5 HP) compressor in my shop which is oil-free..made by Makita..and most of the similar ones I see advertised, and at Home Depot also seem to be oil-free...but I've never...
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    min distance/camera design

    Sinar
  29. On dust (or other nasty things on your film!)

    I routinely blow out the velvet light trap strips w compressed air..and/or vaccuum them woth a mini computer vac I bought. These work well. What I've found about dust is 1. It won't ever...
  30. Calculating Exposure Compensation for Very Wide Lens & Tilt

    What you're going to find is that with a lens that wide (for that format) the max camera movements you will be using will very tiny
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    Maintaining a Leather Bellows

    Or check with Steve Grimes@ http://www.skgrimes.com/index.htm#nav
  32. Focusing technique for very wide angle lenses

    Another thing...experience has dimmed my previous enthusiasm for super wide lenses. Even though they're super corrected for barrel distortion..etc...the perspective is innacurate..especially in...
  33. Focusing technique for very wide angle lenses

    The reciprosity charisteristics of Type 55 are available in a tech data sheet from Polaroid..But, as I recall, the different ASA seems to take care of that. The lighting proficency comes with...
  34. Focusing technique for very wide angle lenses

    I shoot a lot of interiors with those lenses as well as the 65. What I've found is this...they are wide enough to give a large amt of depth of field IF they are correctly focused. The cramped...
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    Omega D-2

    Yes, RC emulsions have apparently been boosted in contrast to allow for cold light printing. This is fine as all of my commercial printing is done with VC emulsions. Ilford and Kodak a few years...
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    Filter Factors

    Cokin filters, (I believe) are made in France..but get hold of the B&H Source book. They list suggested filter factors in the Cokin listings, as well as a host of other useful information. ...
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    Polaroid 405 Back

    Also..when using B&W Polaroid materialds for exposure testing be aware that the emulsions are rated differently for different types of light. I.E. Type 55 PN is rated @ ASA 50 for daylight and 32...
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    Polaroid 405 Back

    The 4x5 Polaroid back is the 545. Yes the film is pricy..but think of what it does. I use Type 55 PN for proofing. The negative, with an 8x loupe provides a very good critical focus check. (It...
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    Omega D-2

    It's largely a matter of personal choice...but negatives do need to be tailored differently (ideally) for the different light sources. The general feeling seems to be that a diffusion light ...
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    Hand held large format

    Sinar used to (maybe stil does) make a handheld. As I recall, it has a fixed 90mm (?)lens, and a neat single handle which projects down like an 8" monopod. I've only seen it advertised in...
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