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    Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Thanks. Bellows extend to 3xx mm and I use Nikkor M 300mm with maximum camera movements without any issues. I see similar effect with Super Symmar XL 110mm lens when applying 45mm rise, just way way...
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    Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Attaching some snapshots for illustration - hope even compression will allow to see what I mean. Center of the image (clock) is OK, and gradual resolution degradation towards the top. As I wrote, I...
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    Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    There is a lot of praising of Fuji A 180mm on the Internet. For its weight it's a gem for traveling and carrying around. I got one and it delivered immaculate images until I needed full 45mm rise on...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thank you for taking time and effort to write up and share such detailed explanation. At about 500 for a mint 4x5 outfit, Sinar F2 seems to be no brainer, even to just try it out and see how it goes...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Do you mean front or rear swing? I can hardly imagine architectural photography without horizontal perspective control (rear swing). But maybe it's just me, if somebody doesn't need it - that is...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thanks Bernice. I guess I get your point, though it seems not so easy to implement for somebody with my (rather low) level of home craftmanship skills, but maybe worth informing manufacturer for...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thank you, very interesting insights indeed.
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    That makes a lot of sense!

    To me it's not style or weight that is concerning (at 3+ kg that's still quite OK actually), it's more bulkiness/volume that Sinar F2 is taking. Though maybe it is not...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Haha, thanks for pointing that out. Maybe. Though 45N-2 has one knob for both front rise and tilt, which would likely be driving me nuts - possibly more than rear swing fiddling :)
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thanks. Do those gears tend to wear out to the extent that external rim get broken off?
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Since rear swing is for perspective control, when I need it I realize that usually it's not a tiny movement. For front tilt/swing though little movements are more common. Chamonix F2 has front tilt...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thank you All for sharing your ideas and experience. Good discussion and tips!

    I intentionally said in the beginning that I am happy user of Chamonix F2 camera. It's a gem for landscapes for...
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thank you, will check it out.
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Thanks, that is good to know. Does it also have zero position detent?
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    Re: Cameras with geared swing movement

    Yes, that is precisely the problem - loosening both knobs allows too much freedom of rear standard movement. In a way it does allow rotation around the center of rear frame because both knobs are...
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    Cameras with geared swing movement

    I am a happy user of Chamonix F2, however, in architecture genre both front and possibly even more so rear swings are important. Rear swing on F2 is awkward. It requires two hands and is kind of...
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Interesting, thanks Ulophot. Seems to make a lot of sense. I hit uneven development issues only on very rare occasions and could never correlate them. I'll pay more attention now, it could indeed be...
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    FINAL UPDATE: I used cleaning petrol to remove the glue traces. Tank finish is not solvent-resistent, so now the cleaned area is silky smooth :) Though that is not a big deal, because the finish got...
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    Re: SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Thanks folks for all your suggestions - didn't expect so many :) And thanks Tim for chiming in and even offering a replacement in case of damager, that's awesome!

    I ordered cleaning petrol here...
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    SP-445 sticker / glue removal

    Hi All,

    My SP-445 came with instruction sticker attached to it. The sticker itself seems to be essentially that sort of cheapest, ugliest stuff that gets damaged after 2-3 times of use and leaving...
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    Re: Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Thanks, seems to make perfect sense. Good composing tool, but to focus reliably loupe is hard to avoid. Then everyone decides for him/herself on whether it is worth carrying the extra weight / bulk.
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    Re: Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Very nice, thanks for sharing!

    As I am mainly shooting landscapes, I often find myself in a situation where I have to focus on tiniest branches of trees or other very small details, located all...
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    Re: Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Thanks for your replies. It sounds like it could be interesting accessory to try, though not a full replacement. I am familiar with right-left inversion from MF, and I actually like vertical...
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    Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Has anyone used Chamonix 4x5 Reflex-Viewfinder - any good?

    Price seems to be quite reasonable, but wondering if it really can serve as an adequate replacement for focusing with loupe under dark...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Before I bought Chamonix F2 as an entry to 4x5, I was aiming at Arca Swiss F-line too. After navigating scarce - I am in the EU - second hand offers that all had some caveats I came to a conclusion...
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