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    modified to Zone VI

    Martin,

    Go over to the Calumet site (www.calumetphotogaphic.com) and check out the Pentax ZVI spotmeter page. They have a description of the benefits of the modifications, and a testimonial of...
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    8X10 portrait lens

    Gil,

    My "best" 8x10 portrait lens is the 305 G-Claron. Why?...because it's the only one I own.

    Seriously, I like it because it provides a good perspective for the type of portrait I usually...
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    Print washers, your advice

    Andrea,

    I use the Zone VI printwasher. Printwashers are not things people buy and sell very often, consequently comparing the effectiveness of the various models is difficult. I chose the Zone...
  4. Is the Minolta Flashmeter IV /spot suitable for LF

    Peter,

    I'm in agreement with the others. I also own the Minolta IV and the Pentax spotmeter.

    The IV is an excellent incident and flash meter, and the little accessory reflected light disc...
  5. Which camera will fulfill a jack of all trades role

    Karl,

    In my opinion the Canham DLC would also pretty much satisfy all your stated needs. It's an extremely capable lightweight field camera and there's no reason it could not handle any type of...
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    focusing aid

    Jim,

    I bought a jeweler's loupe--just a simple eyeglass frame with a set of fold-down magnifying lenses that allow you to focus on and see tiny objects about six inches away from the lenses--for...
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    Palladio paper for Platinum printing

    Nathan,

    I used the Palladio palladium pre-coated papers for some time. I do not believe they make/made a platinum pre-coated paper.

    It was quite consistent and satisfactory. The tone was...
  8. using grad ND , polarizer and enhancer together ON nikon 75sw

    David, A word of caution:

    Using a circular polarizer on a lens this wide usually leads to gradually increasing and more severe polarizing effects as you approach the corners of the image,...
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    Folding an 8x10 Deardorff

    Brian,

    I have this problem with my 8x10 also. When folding your camera, try the following:

    -First, extend the front bed section a bit beyond the normal position, where it would usually be...
  10. Schneider 90mm f8 Super-Angulon in Copal #0 opinions!

    Doug,

    The 90mm Schneider f/8 SA MC is one of the best and most popular wide angle 4x5 lenses around. I love mine.

    It's not too wide, it's very easy to use, yet it provides the distinct LF...
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    Choice of 400-500mm lens for 4x5

    Steve,

    I use this 450 Fuji on my DLC. I completely agree with Paul and William: great, sharp little lens with huge coverage for even larger formats than 8x10.

    Don't let someone talk you into...
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    My first 8x10 lens

    Sorin,

    I have to agree with all the previous posters suggesting that you go with something in the 10 to 12" range. The 10" WF is as good as anything else in this range, and the choice of good...
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    90mm Lens On A Wisner Field Camera

    Bruce,

    The contortions described above should allow you to achieve infinity focus without the recessed lensboard. The shorter the WA lens, and the greater the compression limits of your 5x7,...
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    90mm Lens On A Wisner Field Camera

    Bruce,

    I'm very familiar with the Wisner 8x10 Traditional and the Zone VI 4x5, which is the same as a Wisner 4x5 Traditional. I've not worked with the 5x7, but I'm assuming the design is...
  15. Just bought a 4x5 and could use some help.

    Douglas,

    You have an excellent camera and lens. It's a great choice to get started in LF.

    Both Leslie Stroebel's and Steve Simmons' large format books are great. Simmons is a bit easier to...
  16. Converting condenser head to"cold light head" via flashed opal glass difusion

    Andre,

    Before anyone gets carried away with this "conversion", be advised it will not work. And it might even set your enlarger on fire if you use the same tranluscent, plexiglass diffusion...
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    Dry mounting

    Julio,

    The most complete source of dry mounting supplies, presses, tools, technical books, and instructional information can be found at Light Impressions. See their on-line catalogue/website...
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    Filter Ring Dings

    Michael,

    This is a very straightforward and simple repair. It hardly seems worth the trouble of sending it off to be done by a repairperson. It does require the specialized tool already...
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    Cambo accesories on Canham DLC 45

    Steve,

    I use one of the Cambo viewing hoods on my DLC. Some comments:

    It fits perfectly, attaching via the same two sliding tabs that hold the plexiglass groundglass protector. There's no...
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    Nikor 120SW for 8X10

    Tim,

    I agree with everything Steve writes. I have both the 120SW and 150SW.

    The 120SW is a largish and heavyish lens for 4x5, in a Copal "0" shutter, with 77mm front threaded and rear...
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    Backpack or pack frame for 7x17

    Michael,

    One of those traditional Cargo backpack frames, used traditionally by hunters and trappers for carrying large loads in the bush, are the best way to carry all this stuff. You can just...
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    Dusk control in the darkroom

    Doug,

    Some time back I started using one of the Sears air purifiers in my darkroom. Supposedly it completely filters the air in the entire room every few minutes, removing all airborne...
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    How not to photograph Delicate Arch

    I'm not condoning Fatali's stupid and over-zealous attempt to get just the right light. However, this act pales in comparison to the rest of the crap going on in Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce...
  24. Bogen Super Pro 3 way head for 8x10: a good choice?

    Emil,

    Another opinion on the 3057:

    I've used the 3057 head on a standard Zone VI tripod legset with 8x10 for years. It is a seriously heavy and solid combination. If you intend to go very...
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    Lee filter system & out in the field

    Raymond,

    Some of the most useful filters in the field, particularly with color transparency films, are the graduated density types. It just so happens that Lee produces a very well designed and...
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    G Claron Lens Coating

    Douglas,

    I use a 305mm G Claron, for 4x5 (and with roll film backs) and 8x10. I've shot the same scene with both the G Claron and other Schneider multicoated lenses, using 4x5 Velvia film, and...
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    Printing Pyro Negatives with POP

    Manuel,

    I used to proof-print negatives which were eventually intended for platinum/palladium use on Chicago Albumen POP. I'm not sure if this POP is still available, I have not done much of...
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    Inexpensive (relatively) 8x10 Lenses

    Brian,

    I could not agree more with Eric. Simplify your life. Learn to use your camera with the lens you have. A 12" lens with the 8x10 format is a great combination. There's very little you...
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    Best Priced Sheet Film?

    Gary,

    Try Freestylecamera.com. They sell Arista B&W film, which is about the least expensive stuff on the market. Reportedly it's made by Ilford, and the same as their FP4 and HP5. They also...
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    Monocular Reflex Viewer/Magnifier???

    Gary,

    Try Calumetphoto.com, they sell Cambo stuff. I got one for my DLC. Works great, especially with roll film backs. Really beats getting flapped to death by a darkcloth in a stiff wind....
  31. Can the front lens from a Kodak 250mm Wide Field be removed?

    William,

    I tried removing the front element from the shutter body once. It took so much effort that I finally gave up, fearing I would surely damage something. Perhaps S. Grimes can answer your...
  32. put your question to the wfpamembers@onelist.com

    Robert,

    I'll be sure to check out WFPA site. However, as far as the Large Format Forum is concerned, I cannot imagine where else you could find a more informed, experienced, intelligent,...
  33. Coverage of short focal length lens on 8x10 at close focusing

    Scott,

    It works very well. Just remember to allow for a substantial exposure increase due to the bellows extension and resulting light loss. Good luck, Sergio.
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    Help regarding Zone VI warranty

    Richard,

    Robert's quote is absolutely correct. I also have a bunch of the old Zone VI catalogues, and I even have my original paperwork/warranty, dating back to the early to mid-eighties. ...
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    Bellows gathering hardware

    David,

    Keith Canham seems to have solved this rather neatly. He uses a small piece of velcro attached (glued?) to the top of the bellows, several folds behind the lens, and a mating strip of...
  36. Older Arca vs. Horseman LE vs. Zone VI (all used)

    Jeff,

    If you tend to use WA lenses (shorter than 120mm, or so), I'd skip the Zone VI (or the Wisner Traditional). Using short lenses with these cameras requires a bed drop, and a combined...
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    Former Canham DLC Owners

    Since this is turning into a critique of the DLC, I thought I would mention the changes I'd like to see in future versions:

    1. The rear bellows' metal frame pops out of the rear standard ...
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    Former Canham DLC Owners

    Charles,

    I have only seen one or two used DLCs for sale in the past few years/months. I think this says a lot about a camera design.

    After using the DLC for almost two years, in a wide variety...
  39. Choice of meter/metering method for landscape/scenic work

    Chris,

    I agree with Trevor. I've been using a Pentax V spotmeter for nearly 15 years. I had it modified by Zone VI a few years after I got it.

    It's a great, basic spot meter, very accurate...
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    Too many Zones?

    Pete,

    Most Zone System followers use a spot meter, not an incident light meter. Additionally, Zone System controls come into play not in the initial camera exposure settings, but rather in the ...
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