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  1. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    The non-forum part of this site has lots of good articles. Some are 20 years old, but the cameras and lenses you'll be looking at are at least that old, so it won't matter. Here's a good start:...
  2. Re: Seeking Clever Idea For My 8x10 Camera & Vintage Lenses

    I have two of the Gelsnap holders, one came with an ND kit of 3 filters: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/162552-REG/LEE_Filters_GSND_Solid_Neutral_Density_Polyester.html (Amazon has it in...
  3. Re: First Post! - How Do I Measure My Bellows Extension To Calculate Bellows Exposure

    Welcome to the forum! Here's what has worked for me regarding bellows extension.

    Looking here: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Wista_45

    I see the photo is of your model, the SP. Rather than trying...
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    Re: How was a Kodak Colorama made?

    This article says they were from a variety of cameras, but mentions an 8x20" for at least the early ones: https://medium.com/@Kodak/larger-than-life-kodaks-iconic-colorama-eecc5ba0193f

    Negatives,...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    For a significant percentage of students (anyone whose parents make $125K/year or less), tuition is $0 now. Under $65K and tuition, room and board are covered. Stanford has always had need-blind...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Sam McDonald Park in San Mateo County has good redwoods, including a few old growth, and hardly anyone visits, but it's likely quite out of the way, unless the OP wants to take a very leisurely...
  7. Re: An anecdote for those new to LF

    Here's the manual: https://www.largeformatphotography.info/TachiharaManual.pdf
    You release the levers referenced as #24 to move the front standard back, then reset them once you have the standard at...
  8. Re: An anecdote for those new to LF

    I purchased a Tachihara new with a 120/5.6 APO-Symmar and it worked just fine. You have to pre-set the distance from the front standard to the rear, if I remember correctly (it's been years since I...
  9. Re: 8x10 in Paris-Chamonix-Normandy-Dublin-Clonakilty

    This sounds like a great idea! Assuming you and/or your family will bring along more compact (and probably digital) cameras to take photos to remember your visit, why not make photos that mean more...
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    Re: Extension Lens Board

    When I was using a Tachihara with ~12" of bellows, I chose the Fujinon-C 300/8.5 (282.3mm FFD) over the Nikkor-M 300/9 (290.0mm FFD) for that extra 7mm of "built in extension board" over the...
  11. Re: Advice on 1st lens for LF (new member here)

    Yes, and since it's on a real Sinar board, instead of a copy, you could get a few bucks for the lensboard, so it's really a good deal. It has a black ring copal shutter, so it's not as old as a lens...
  12. Re: Advice on 1st lens for LF (new member here)

    If the lens is tiny, it might work, depending on how far back the rear elements extend. I have a Nikkor-M 200/8 that barely extends past the retaining ring that I can easily leave on when closing. I...
  13. Re: New to Large format - need help about telephoto lenses!

    Thanks to the Web Archive, you can still get to this very useful page from Ebony Camera: https://web.archive.org/web/20161215002237/http://www.ebonycamera.com:80/articles/lenses.html
    It lists the...
  14. Re: Where to get citric acid in Ontario, Canada ?

    Although shipping to Canada may be prohibitively expensive, here's what a US-based textile company charges for citric acid: https://www.dharmatrading.com/chemicals/citric-acid-powder.html
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    Re: nikkor t ed 360/500/720 and 600/800/1200

    The 2007 B&H Professional Photo Sourcebook is available online, and has a lot of really good useful LF information (all sourcebooks can be found here:...
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    Re: First lens for 4x5

    There are lots of 210/5.6 plasmats available used from the "big four" lens manufacturers: Fuji, Nikon, Rodenstock and Schneider. Look for a clean lens with a good shutter. If you'd prefer...
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    Re: Very light 4x5 camera with 125mm lens

    It's no longer made, and if available used might not be below 2000 euro, but the Ebony SW45 would do the job very nicely. 46-190mm min/max bellows extension, 1.5kg, all front movements, rear rise,...
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    Re: Post your (intimate) woodland scenes

    Wildlife photography with LF? Sure, as long as that wildlife is a slug!

    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2883/32720528314_d536def614.jpg
    03-19-17-006 by Drew Saunders, on Flickr
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    Re: Pricktorialism

    Yes, we met at Tim's a few years ago. I was 49 and 9 months when my colon cancer made itself known in April 2017, but a huge tumor like mine (T4a for those who follow those things) would have taken...
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    Re: Pricktorialism

    Thanks!

    Hopefully I've gone from have cancer to had cancer, but it'll be another 2 years of scans etc. before I get the "cancer free" sticker. Everyone: get your colonoscopy! Get one now! (Well,...
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    Re: Pricktorialism

    After a 16 month hiatus (short answer: Cancer sucks! Long answer: Cancer really really sucks, and chemo is a pain!), I'm able to shoot with my Ebony again, so I took the Imagon and a 135 Symmar to...
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    Re: Wanderlust 4X5 Travelwide

    Thanks, and I should be able to haul out the Ebony soon too!
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    Re: Wanderlust 4X5 Travelwide

    Thanks!
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    Re: Wanderlust 4X5 Travelwide

    Thanks to the joys of cancer and chemo, I've not been shooting much LF. Chemo is over (cancer free, by the way) but I still had the infusion port in my chest, which lined up exactly with the straps...
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    Re: Fujinon L series

    Mine is in the Copal 3S, so I was going on memory for the other shutter's name. Probably should have looked it up. It fit just fine in a regular C3 drilled lensboard. From what I've seen, the Shanel...
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    Re: Fujinon L series

    The Fujinar lenses are also Tessar designs, and Fuji made a 25cm f/4.5. It's f/4.5 in the Shamal shutter, and f/4.7 in a Copal 3 shutter, which is probably easier to find and definitely easier to...
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    Re: Lightroom or alternative

    Just tried Pixelmator, which is also available for a short term free trial (http://www.pixelmator.com/mac/free-trial/). It handled my 200MB greyscale LF scan pretty well, perhaps even faster than...
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    Re: Lightroom or alternative

    I'm using older versions of Photoshop (CS4) and Lightroom (4), so started testing some of the alternatives before I decide if I want to go with the subscription model or not. Here's what I found:
    ...
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    Re: Measuring of Bellows for Exposure

    You should, in theory, measure to the film plane, but that's often difficult. I find it easier to focus the lens at infinity (or a building that's pretty far away, which is close enough to infinity...
  30. Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    The Epson Perfection 3200 Photo will also scan 4x5, and was provided with a 4x5 holder, as well as 35mm and medium format. You could go through each scanner here and figure out which ones could scan...
  31. Re: Rodenstock Imagon Tiefenbildner 250mm h=5.8, some questions.

    Cameraeccentric has two scans of old Imagon documents: http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/imagon_1.html and http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/imagon_2.html

    Your shutter most likely...
  32. Re: This is the neatest IKEA gadget. (chem mixing)

    Somebody had to look the thing up in the current catalog:
    PRODUKT
    Milk-frother, black
    $2.79
    Article Number: 303.011.67
    For US customers: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30301167/...
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    Re: How many of you were taught (in LF) ?

    Long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was an undergrad at Stanford, I took several photo classes. Not enough for a studio art major, and there were no undergraduate minors degrees back...
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    Re: Hektor 300mm f2.8

    I have a 200/2.5 Hektor from an old Leica Pradovit 35mm slide projector, so they definitely went beyond 175mm for the f/2.5 Hektors. I have held it up to my Ebony to confirm it would cover at...
  35. Re: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

    B&H produced a "Professional Photo Sourcebook" in 2007 that's a wealth of information about the cameras available then. Fortunately, quite a few view cameras, field or monorail, haven't really...
  36. Re: How to calculate required bellows extension?

    Fortunately, the Ebony web site is still up, so this page is still available: http://www.ebonycamera.com/articles/lenses.html Hopefully it'll be available for a long time.
    It has the flange focal...
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    Re: Flowers Anyone?

    Wow! I use cheap construction felt from Joanne's for my backdrop, and a variety of Ikea and other cheap lamps. I think my whole setup costs less than one of your C stands! I might be able to rig up a...
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    Re: Post Your Waterfalls

    Recent rains have made the little cascades for Purisima creek at Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP quite active:

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2922/33435144031_c9828551cb_b.jpg
    03-19-17-002 by Drew...
  39. Thread: Bridges

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    Re: Bridges

    Footbridge, Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, California:

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2807/32720530224_0dc265f00f_b.jpg
    03-19-17-001 by Drew Saunders, on Flickr
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    Re: post your trees!

    Stumps are trees, aren't they? Well, they used to be at least.

    I even got some wildlife in this one!:
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2883/32720528314_d536def614_b.jpg
    03-19-17-006 by Drew...
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