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  1. Re: Show Your Compendium Shade on a Field Camera Thread...

    Bob nailed it. I often had to deal with not only direct sun, but brilliant reflections down below off water or ice at the same time. So adjustable compendiums are the best option. I have both the Lee...
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    Re: Liquid electrical tape for bellows repair

    This is vinyl-based, so itself will slowly degrade or lose its flexibility with UV exposure and weather. I prefer the longevity of black silicones; but they have their own downside in being...
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    Re: Lens element sources and specs?

    For the right price you can get almost anything optical made, and on schedule. Just make sure you already have the design specifics, and bring along your NASA, NSA, DEA, or other national government...
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    Interesting, Brian. Where I afterwards worked, and even that ex-NASA engineer himself did next, the biggest practical joker was the man in charge of the shop. You didn't want to mess with him. He...
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    Re: Music as analogy for LF photography

    I came to the conclusion long ago that certain responses to ordered pattern and rhythm are instinctive to our species, but differ in response somewhat, to that degree it might be visually versus...
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    Re: Fujinon lenses - EBC coating & Shutters

    Just like coated filters, condensation risk differs with the specific type of coating. In my own experience, some multi-coatings are superior in terms of condensation resistance than single coating,...
  7. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    What was really interested with respect to the specific lens under question (180 Fuji A) was how a quite accomplished nature/landscape photographer just up the hill from me was fishing around for a...
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    Re: Fujinon lenses - EBC coating & Shutters

    Oh, don't bring up dagors. That dang MC 14 inch Kern I once had was just soooo contrasty with only four air/glass interfaces (plus multicoating), it was actually over the top and a liability when...
  9. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Michael - lack of full "apo" correction in lenses when using panchromatic film, and that lens' capacity for resolution, can often be improved by using a contrast filter which blocks some of the stray...
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    Re: Fujinon lenses - EBC coating & Shutters

    Not all their multicoated lenses have EBC stated on them. Another indicator is outside lettering on the front lens element, versus lettering within the exterior rim. And of course, multicoated lenses...
  11. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Should I guess the all too predictable snapback to one of my threads? Nope. Same ole, same ole, no doubt. I've heard it all before, whatever. One can believe whoever they wish. If someone has a...
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    The trouble with cyanoacrylate superglues and fast thin epoxies too, is that you might be able to later loosen up things again if necessary with a solvent like acetone, or you might not be able to....
  13. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    How long will your focus rack and bellows extend? That gives you a fair estimate of the longest focal length lens you can use at infinity. There are some additional tricks like racking things out a...
  14. Re: Your experience with Perceptol and Microphen, compared to ID-11 - Some questions

    Well, is the point of scanning just to review progress in a preliminary sense, and down the line make actual darkroom prints, or not? The OP is ambiguous about that, and it makes a huge difference....
  15. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    Arista EDU and Foma 400 are the same thing. Arista is just the private label house brand of Freestyle in LA, which is no doubt where B&H special orders its Arista film from when its requested. I've...
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    Shhhh .... I'd hate for my wife to read all this and start snooping around for evidence of toothpicks glued into the table I built which is supporting this computer station. Let's just call it a...
  17. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Hi Greg and xkaes. It's interesting how many classic old macro/micro accessories like Multiphot and 4X5 Polaroid holders for Zeiss trinocular microscopes (convertible to standard sheet film) have...
  18. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Thanks, but, well, uh, er ... I'm kinda nostalgic for my ole days with a fully equipped Zeiss research microscope setup, way more than I could afford myself in those college days; but I spent about 3...
  19. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    I'm salivating, but actual microphotography is not in my equipment budget quite yet.
  20. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Michael - the 300 is the only Fuji A I don't have. But since I have a 360, I figure I don't need it. The 300 is the missing element to my Fuji C series as well; but since I have a Nikkor M 300, no...
  21. Re: Rodenstock Geronar 210mm, f6.8 lens evaluation

    Well, a 300M has just a tiny amount of surplus coverage for 8x10 before corners start to show issues. But it is an exceptionally well color-corrected lens and of very high contrast, a truly nice 4x5...
  22. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    No, Michael. Just stating some basic facts potentially useful to others. The same largely applies to late shutter-mounted G-Clarons. It's hard to do better on any report card. Yes, if you choose to...
  23. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Yes, they're close range optimized, but also equally good at infinity, and everywhere in between. But that does give them a distinct edge over general purpose plasmats, which aren't as good really...
  24. Re: Rodenstock Geronar 210mm, f6.8 lens evaluation

    I can only find hard specifications (actual graphs, that is) in my own literature pile for the 150 Geronar, which pretty much crashes at f/22 anywhere beyond the strict diagonal of 4x5. A 210 will...
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    JB Weld ?????? That's permanent ! "Gorilla" makes a variety of glues (I was just wearing one of their branded baseball caps dropping off a C41 processing batch); none are really appropriate for...
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    Re: Gluing camera screws

    Yes, you want the right kind of Loctite, removable (blue) yet also low viscosity for small screws, and a selection still exists. You just have to go to an actual industrial website like McMaster Carr...
  27. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Helios - at f/22 loss of sharpness is ZILCH with the 180. If you were running out of rise, stopping down even further to f/32 would have improved the resolution of the nether region of the usable...
  28. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Geronars were classified as low-budget student grade lenses. If you want top end lenses especially petite, besides the Fuji 180 A, I'd look into the 210 G-Claron and especially the Nikkor 200/f8 M,...
  29. Re: Your experience with Perceptol and Microphen, compared to ID-11 - Some questions

    Perceptol is an interesting chameleon which behaves much differently at 1:3 than 1:1. With ordinary 1:1 or 1:2 applications, it is apt to lower speed somewhat compared to D76 or ID11, and will...
  30. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Yeah, I certainly agree with everything you just stated, Bernice. Fuji A's are best stopped down f/16 or lower. I tend to use the 180 itself most at f/16 to f/22 for 6X9 roll film purposes, and...
  31. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Sorry, you're way way too late to rain on my parade, Bernice.... already taken hundreds of shots with mine, and enlarged some into 30X40 Cibachromes. I use 240 and 360 A's even more that the 180, but...
  32. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Whatever was last posted, I'm sure it's a direct contradiction to anything I just posted - entirely predictable. Actual fact is something else entirely, as the high endorsement of this particular...
  33. Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    The Fuji 180A is a tiny optically superb lens all the way from near macro to infinity, and with ample surplus coverage for 4x5 usage, but potentially usable for 5X7 film too. It is 45mm long. I keep...
  34. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    Plus 2 would represent a very low contrast scene to begin with; so that kind of thing would fit into the native scale of TechPan decently, given proper development. But you have to keep in mind that...
  35. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    Back when TMax films were being developed as a potential silver bullet film intended to replace several previous product applications, including those of Super-XX, Plus-X Pan, and Tri-X, there was a...
  36. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    I always got a kick out of that old Kodak "4x5 Image quality from 35mm film" Ad. Guess if you got ahold of an exceptional 35mm lens and compared it to a miserably funky 4X5 one, with a warped film...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Well, I can explain it all really simply. 10X8 and 5X4 are just 8x10 and 4X5 accidentally turned sideways crossing the International Date Line.
  38. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    I've probably used far more square inches of it than you ever have, nolidan, and in far more ways. I'm not getting silly, just pointing out a realistic limitation already long known and admitted by...
  39. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    nolindan - thanks for posting those; but that sure doesn't look like a high contrast setting to me, so those don't disprove anything I stated. Now get out in high altitude where shimmering ice and...
  40. Re: Tech Pan 8x10 in a Jobo - Looking for Info

    Its variable hig gamma potential is nice for boosting the contrast of color neg film when making interpositives, prior to making internegatives on ordinary pan film like TMX or FP4 in turn form...
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