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  1. So, IS black & white photography on its way out?

    Kodak has already killed High Speed Infrared due to lack of interest.
  2. Which is the best LF and lenses to photograph rare books and manuscripts??

    An Apo-Ronar at 1:1
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    Weddings with LF

    I own several Graphics, and nearly all my photography (for fee) is wedding work. My Graphics come along on the job, but *only* as a life support system for my 4x5 Polaroid back.

    In short, I...
  4. Thread: 5x Loupe

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    5x Loupe

    Isn't there something to be said for diopter loupes as they allow you to focus "beyond" the contact point and directly at the ground glass plane?

    I've used an ancient 8x Agfa loupe for a zillion...
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    Rodenstock or Schneider Considerations

    I have a brand new Apo Sironar-S 210 running on my Crown Graphic, and am amazed at the results. My working apertures are f16 ~ f32, and the results are razor sharp. The side mounted Kalart RF...
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    Nikon LF lens specs

    Hey!

    Your Nikkor LF page is a first-rate site! Very nicely done. Looks like you have put more recent work into Nikkor LF than Nikon has.
  7. Center filter for s/w Fujinon and Nikkor lenses

    I use a Rodenstock 67mm CF on my Nikkor-SW 75mm lens. For my purposes, the falloff evident with the 75mm and shorter focal lengths requires the CF.

    Check out...
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    Long exposures in daylight

    Trevor, I was thinking about the Hoya ND400 which is a 9-stop ND filter.

    Which of the ND filters you mentioned is a "favorite"? I would imagine that all are very expensive, so I'm only...
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    What size hole for Acme #4 shutter

    I show a hole size of 2.604" or 66.14mm for an Ilex #4 shutter.
  10. Dropping the Dime- Rodenstock 90mm f/4.5 Grandagon-N

    What about a Nikkor-SW 90/8.0 with a 235mm image circle, and a whole lot smaller and less expensive?

    I believe the Nikkor is the only slower (f/6.8 or slower) lens that competes with the faster,...
  11. Thread: HOBO

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    HOBO

    One of my pet (back-burner) projects is to convert a wrecked Crown Graphic body into a HOBO for use with the 47XL lens. Fixing the focus at 4.4 feet will provide the hyperfocal point for f/11. ...
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    Confused by circle of confusion

    Here is a DOF calculator on the Net that uses different COC values by film size:

    http://www10.geocities.com/SiliconValley/7116/jv_dofc.html
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    rodenstock grandagon-N 75mm (f6.8)

    I have bought 2 Rodenstocks from Robert White, and recommend RW very highly. But... if you are in the US, do yourself a favor and check with Badger Graphics first for Rodenstock lenses.
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  14. How in the H LL do YOU shoot sharp large format portraits?

    I started using a Crown Graphic for exactly this purpose. You can keep a film holder in the back with the dark slide removed and ready to go. Check the focus with the range finder, then frame the...
  15. Thread: HOBO

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    HOBO

    What is your impression of the quality of the camera body? I think the HOBO concept has excellent potential, especially in the 4x5 format with the Schneider 47XL.
  16. Close focusing on Speed graphic , which lens?

    My Crown Graphic has 323mm of bellows draw. This means you can focus a 162mm lens to 1:1 with this amount of bellows. The G-Clarons, Apo Ronars, Artars, and others of this ilk will be excellent...
  17. Schneider Super Angulon 65mm F8 lens for Graflex

    The f/8 version of the Super Angulon is marginal on 4x5 at the very best. Wide open, the lens only covers an image circle of 133mm. This is far short of the 153mm diagonal of 4x5 film at...
  18. Best 210mm lens for table top and landscape

    I disagree with choosing the G-Claron. The MTF charts indicate rapid image deterioration at 60% of the image circle. Contrast falls below 30% at working aperture (f/22) and is MUCH worse at...
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    Apo-Ronars still in production

    Bob,

    I don't want to be a dick about this, but it sure does appear there is a serious disconnect with providing factual information about the status of the Apo Ronar lens line. If this is...
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    DOF and range finders

    This web site offers interactive DOF calculations for various film sizes:

    http://www10.geocities.com/SiliconValley/7116/jv_dofc.html
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    Nikkor Process lens

    The Nikkor 260mm process lens won't work on your Crown Graphic. I own one, and it does not have enough bellows draw to hit 1:1 (520mm required). I measure 323mm maximum bellows draw on my Crown,...
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    ARCA-SWISS, so many choices need advice.

    You can also save lots of $$$ buying Nikon, Schneider, and Rodentstock lenses from Robert White in the UK. Buy Fuji lense from Badger Graphics in the US.
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    Legal Question: photography of public art

    What nobody has touched on yet, is the tremendous cost of defending yourself against a lawsuit. Sometimes the only way to win, is to not play.
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    Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 300

    "Since Rodenstock has ISO 9001 certification they are in no position to promote lenses for applications they were not designed for."

    Hmmm... these words don't seem to ring true with those in the ...
  25. Everything to Know About Packard Shutters

    My previous message was to use the P67 45mm lens on the 4x5 format. The image circle provided by this lens appears to be at least 110mm, as it nearly covers the entire width of the Sinar ground...
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    Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 300

    I have it on good authority that Apo Ronars in shutter are multicoated for at least the last 18 years. Evidently the barrel lenses are single coated. My AR in shutter was manufactured in 1996, ...
  27. Everything to Know About Packard Shutters

    The Packard looks like an ideal experimenter's shutter. I have an idea about using a Pentax 6x7 45mm ultra-wide on the 4x5 format. The lens mount can be fabricated from a Pentax rear lens cap...
  28. Everything to Know About Packard Shutters

    I'm searching for vigorous discussion from anybody who has experience or knowled ge about Packard shutters. How to mount them, where to find them, how they oper ate, the functions they provide.
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    Grafloc and Graflex back?

    I believe the graflok back entire assembly might replace the obsolte graflex back. My opinion about cutting and reshaping is that you will wind up with nothing that works correctly.

    Entire...
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    Lens to pair with 135 on Graphic

    I own several Crown Graphics and can testify that a 75mm wide angle works well on this camera. Mine is the Nikkor-SW 75mm and is equivalent to a 22mm wide angle on the 35mm format. On the long-...
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    Gran View 4x5

    I think the HOBO is a far better deal than the GranView, and certainly less expensive. The fixed focus mounting is simply not a problem in most cases.
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    New IR film - Maco IR820C

    I too have been waiting to hear about this film. It shows on the B&H web site, but is always out of stock.

    All the Kodak IR in sheet film will be gone by the end of the year.
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    Nikor stainless tank for 4x5

    I've owned one of these tanks for many years. The 12 sheets of 4x5 is equivalent to 3 sheets of 8x10 in surface area. For a developer such as HC-110, Kodak recommends no more than 2.5 8x10 sheets...
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    Proper Cleaning Method for Modern Lenses

    Thanks for all the replies. From what I gather, no lens should be dry-wiped due to danger of micro scratching the glass or coatings.

    It sounds like the method is to first blow off any chunks...
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    Which 300mm lens to buy?

    Bob,

    A follow-on to one of your previous posts. Today I tried Ken Hansen as you suggested for a quote on an Apo-Sironar-S 210mm in Copal. The quote came back $400 more expensive than elsewhere...
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    Rodenstock Rotelar 270mm telephoto lens

    See the Telephoto Portrait Lenses for 4x5 thread on this forum about this subject.

    I have no knowledge about the Rotelar 270mm lens, and wonder if this lens was designed for the smaller formats,...
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    Readyload vs Polaroid film holder

    The SK Grimes website shows how to field service the Polaroid 545 holder.

    I own the older style 545 holder and appreciate its lack of plastic parts. Fortunately, I know this one's heritage, and...
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    Proper Cleaning Method for Modern Lenses

    Lenses should be cleaned as infrequently as possible. When it is required, I wo uld like to know in detail, the right way to clean a lens, and how to be rid of the film left by the Kodak Lens...
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    Lens/filter size

    The Apo-Ronar 240mm would be the sharpest of the bunch, but the flange focus for both the Fuji and the Apo-Ronar are too long for the Crown Graphic to retain rangefinder focusing. The 240s are...
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    210/6.1 Schneider Xenar

    The MTF chart on the 210 Xenar indicates the image quality will start to go soft rapidly around the 60% point, which is an image circle of about 149mm at f/22. Inside the 60% circle, the image...
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