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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    [QUOTE=John Earley;1595574]Although I would love a Canham or Chamonix I settled on a like new B&J Commercial View 5x7. It has a 21in bellows, full movements and under 8lbs. I added a lens board...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Me too!
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Efficient lens hoods were an important accessory in the days of uncoated lenses, but multi-coating has reduced, although sometimes not eliminated, the need for hoods. As suggested in post #3 above, a...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardoffuser -- Good bokeh and great model.
  5. Re: Why does the ground glass lack four corners?

    There's no mechanical vignetting if you look at the corners of the film gate through the lens and see no restriction of the aperture by the lens mount.
  6. Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    In 1972 when I returned from years overseas where large cameras were impractical, 5x7 had an economic advantage over 4x5. Film was more expensive, but cameras and enlargers were not. Then, when the...
  7. Re: Scanner Options & Comparisons. Which to choose?

    Alan -- If you can get good scans at 2000 ppi negative scan from a flatbed scanner, that's not quite enough for a quality book printed at more than 200 dpi. However, you can make a large darkroom...
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    Re: Four Liter Jugs ?

    Chemicals stored in clear containers kept in a dark cabinet should last as long as in dark containers. This can save money, too.
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    Screw-in lens caps provide better protection than snap-in caps. Safety trumps convenience for expensive lenses.
  10. Re: Newbie Question - Should I develop film myself or send it to a lab?

    You can spend lots of money preparing to develop film efficiently, or improvise almost everything you need to produce the same quality LF negatives. Google "Edward Weston's darkroom" to see how a...
  11. Re: Drying and flattening larger fiber and RC paper

    Kornscharfsteller -- Dry unmounted fiber prints that are stored face-to-face and back-to-back, perhaps under moderate weight, will flatten over time.
  12. Re: My negatives are backwards....Shanghai 8x10 Film.

    When handling unnotched film in the dark, I slightly wet my lips and put a corner of the film between them. The difference between the emulsion and the back can be felt. This might not work with some...
  13. Re: My negatives are backwards....Shanghai 8x10 Film.

    When handling unnotched film in the dark, I slightly wet my lips and put a corner of the film between them. The difference between the emulsion and the back can be felt. This might not work with some...
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    When photographing for stitched panoramas, if there are elements in the subject that are both close to and far from the camera, the camera should be rotated around its entrance pupil. This is fairly...
  15. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    According to Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck in Leica: A History Illustrating Every Model and Accessory, the first 135mm lens for Leica 35mm cameras was the f4.5 Elmar, originally designed in the early...
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    Re: What image browsing program do you use?

    Back when I shot a lot of 35mm film, a serial number was assigned to each roll. A skimpy catalog was written with the subjects on each roll and the date. A computer word search pointed to each roll...
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    Re: What image browsing program do you use?

    Yes, indeed! It is also faster than programs for many little routine tasks.
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    Re: threading the needle

    Wagner wrote some magnificent orchestral music, but to hear a few minutes of it in context, one must endure hours of Teutonic yowling.
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    Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Some of the better folding Kodaks from the 1920s up were fitted with f/7.7 Kodak Anastigmats in various focal lengths (to later become the Kodak Ektar f/7.7 203mm.). These were four element four...
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    Re: threading the needle

    h2oman -- I might never noticed the possibilities of that scene, but you did, and produced a photograph that invites a closer look. Congratulations!
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    Re: threading the needle

    h2oman -- Pursue your own vision unless you need to profit by following the profitable trends of others. When you have a photo that really pleases you, post it. It may please and inspire us. If you...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    I'm certainly no export on the subject, but believe if a darkroom is fairly airtight, it is better to suck air into it through filters and exhaust from over the sink as done by previous posters. My...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Unusual, but nice!
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    Re: Pinhole Technique and ULF

    In pinhole photography, the choice of pinhole diameter can be surprisingly critical. At best, a pinhole can separate line pairs of the Air Force resolution chart with a spacing of less than the...
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    Re: Pinhole Photography in 8x10?

    Wide angle LF pinhole negatives make good contact prints. A pinhole is a lot cheaper than a good wide angle lens. It may not form as sharp a image as a lens, but sometimes that is good. A lack of...
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    Re: Pinhole Photography in 8x10?

    The camera is long gone. Pringle cans aren't the most durable camera bodies! A tripod socket was mounted in the bottom of the can. In this picture, the top of the can was aimed at a point about 1/2...
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    Re: Pinhole Photography in 8x10?

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    The film was against the inside of a Pringles potato chip can, and the pinhole was centered in the cap. Since the exposure was much greater near the pinhole, the 10 to 100 second exposure was...
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    Re: Forum Growth.....or not?

    My only 8x10 has been stowed away in a closet for over 10 years, unused. Despite that, this is my first come-to photo site. Most of the discussions pertaining to large format are also applicable to...
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    Re: Forum Growth.....or not?

    Yes. I've seen several fine little photographic forums disappear as members gradually drop out. However, we don't want it to become bloated with non-constructive blather.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Me too. One of the finest dune photos I've ever seen.
  31. Re: How do you see and appreciate a large format Portrait?

    In 1959 Karsh published Portraits of Greatness, a giant step forward in reproduction of fine photographs. Karsh closely monitored the publication to ensure the best possible quality. The printing was...
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    Re: Fences & Stone Walls - Post yours !

    Thank YOU for posting such a beautiful photograph!
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    Re: post your trees!

    diversey, I agree. It is a fine capture of an intriguing subject.
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    Much of my photography in recent years has been pro bono sports for a local school. That produces an occasional photo that makes it well worth while. With sports moving indoors, it could be an...
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    Re: The Standard 1.0 4x5 camera?

    If I had to buy another 4x5 view cameras, I'd trust a Graphic View or perhaps a Burke & James, despite their being 70 or more years old. The older view cameras are a few lbs heavier, but are well...
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    Re: Epson V800 Height Above Glass

    Keep in mind the effect that any transparent material between the film and the scanner glass alters the focus.
  37. Re: Diffraction. When does it really matter with LF?

    There are many rules for optimum apertures, but my favorite is: stop down until the iris appears to be about 1/4 inch in diameter when viewed through the front lens cell. This applies equally well to...
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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    I shifted to digital before ever using my MPP, but for some photographers it seems like a practical competitor to the Linhof.
  39. Thread: DIY easel

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    Re: DIY easel

    Try painting the system yellow or amber to make the image more visible and to reduce reflections from the baseboard.
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    Re: Help with enlarger transportation

    I transported an almost fully assembled 5x7 Elwood enlarger 65 miles securely strapped to a solid platform atop a '73 Volkswagen bug. Only the lamp housing, negative carrier, and lens got to ride...
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