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  1. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    Just some info if this matters to you. You can get the 305mm Kodak portrait lens in a shutter or barrel. The 405mm only comes in a barrel.
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    They are less expensive. That's the only advantage that I see. Of course, sometimes you get what you paid for. :)
  3. Re: The Lens Ravings of a Quarantined Large Format Mind...

    It's all about the better bokeh that you get when shooting wide open with the Fuji. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    I once had a Berlebach tripod. It was great. I only sold it because I bought a Ries. I like the leg locks on the Ries. I've never owned a Linhof tripod.

    Anyway, I once contacted the Berlebach...
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    Re: Harris Tent Storage

    I bought a cardboard box from the local UPS store for under the bed storage. The box helps keep the dust off too. Just make sure you measure everything first.
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    Re: Old member, new project

    Welcome back, Tim.

    Explain the process to the people before shooting. It really helps if they know what to expect. If you are shooting a whole family on 8x10 then it can be quite challenging. It...
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    Re: 8x10 LF Lenses

    With 8x10, wide lenses with any coverage get really expensive. Long lenses get expensive too.

    I own a Fuji 250mm f/6.7, 14" (355.6mm) Kodak Commercial Ektar, and a 19" (482.6mm) Artar. It's nice...
  8. Re: Picking up my second LF camera in the Washington, DC suburbs

    Oh, a youngster! ;)

    The pictures that you show are of a Calumet CC-400. I've never owned one myself. I'd check this forum, KEH and eBay for lens boards. You may have the best luck on eBay. You...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    A lot of guys do that with tripods. I admit that I was one of them when I bought my first 35mm camera tripod many years ago. I ended up replacing it and then giving it away to a friend who didn't...
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    Re: Hello from Chicago

    Welcome to the forum, Jim!

    My step-son and his wife live in Chicago. I also have a cousin who lives there. It's a great place for street shooting.

    Alan
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Or he could make a camera out of a turkey and his wife then beg him to buy a Deardorff instead! ;)
  12. Re: Picking up my second LF camera in the Washington, DC suburbs

    The later Calumet cameras used a larger lens board then the early 4x4 on the CC-400. They shared boards with the Cambo cameras. One company bought out the other. They also made a Cambo/Calumet...
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    Re: 4x5 Starter Lens

    I've got a Schneider 121mm Super Angulon that I paid about $175 for on eBay. It feels like a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera to me. It's a bit large but has huge coverage for 4x5. I've seen a number of...
  14. Re: Good choice for portraits and landscapes?

    The 14" Kodak Commercial Ektar was a favorite of Yousuf Karsh. He did all right with it! ;)

    https://karsh.org/overview/portraits/#thumbnails

    To add to lenses others have mentioned, look at...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Back when I shot a 35mm Contax one of my favorite lenses was my 25mm Zeiss. When I started with 4x5 I heard that you should take your favorite 35mm lenses and multiply them by 3 to get an...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Your mileage may vary. So true.

    Setting up quickly when the light is changing can be really important. I'm not quick anymore anyway so I don't worry about it. I just take my time and enjoy...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Oren, I used to buy, part out, and flip camera kits. I once sold an entry level Calumet 4x5 monorail that only weighed about 6 pounds. That's about the same as a Wista or Toyo 4x5 metal field camera....
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    Re: Hello From Wisconsin

    Cardinal fans are said to be the most dedicated fans in baseball but Packer fans are the most dedicated fans in sports! Well, at least here in the United States. :cool:
  19. Thread: 4x5 or 8x10

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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    ;)

    On the other hand, a person could go "whole hog" and shoot 16x20.
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    Re: Hello From Wisconsin

    Oh a cheese head! When I was young a couple of my friends and I visited Milwaukee and caught a Brewer's game. A bunch of fans were wearing these big yellow cheese hats. It was pretty cool! :cool:
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    Re: Hello from Spain

    Welcome to the forum, Dubby! My wife's ex husband married a women from Spain. He moved there from the U.S. and now lives with her in Madrid. He's not a photographer but he showed my wife and I a ton...
  22. Thread: 4x5 or 8x10

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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    I can see that. I prefer a more square or even square negative myself. Remember Hasselblad saying that square was the perfect format? :)
  23. Thread: 4x5 or 8x10

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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    If you intend to contact print then go 8x10.

    If you intend to make enlargements, realize that 8x10 enlargers can be huge and you need a tall ceiling to use one or rig up a way to print...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    I've seen old monorails go for as low as $50 on eBay. You can spend a couple hundred dollars and get a really nice one with a light tight bellows. I used to recommend a Cambo or Calumet but as...
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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    I don't doubt you one bit, Steve. It's just that tripods/heads are like cameras. Everyone has their own opinion of what they like. :)
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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    If you do end up getting another head or head and tripod then look at eBay and this forum. Tripods are a lot cheaper used over new.

    By the way, I like your name. My wife and I named our...
  27. Thread: My mistake

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    Re: My mistake

    Welcome to the forum, Ree! If you aren't making mistakes then you aren't doing anything! ;)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hySZSpBHgsY
  28. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    You made a great choice. The F2 is straight forward and easy to learn on plus you can do anything you want with it. It's also light weight for a monorail so easier to take out into the field. The "F"...
  29. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    Congratulations on your bargain. After you have if for a while, I think a lot of people here would appreciate a review. It may be a great answer for the newbies asking which camera to buy.
  30. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    Shhhhhh! :)
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    Re: Delurking from Virginia.

    Wow! I learned a new word today. Delurking. ;)

    You'll learn a lot on this forum! Welcome to the club!
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    I get your point. I ended up settling on 250mm as my widest lens for 8x10. If I want wider or I want to shoot color film, I've got a 4x5 reduction back for my camera. Even then, 90mm is as wide as I...
  33. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    You know that saying, buy your last tripod first? Get a Ries. If you are patient they come up used on eBay. I got good deals on both of mine.

    I've seen old Majestics go cheap. I've never used one...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    If you want a true 8x10 lenses with plenty of coverage then you will have to pony up. If you don't mind little to no room for movements and maybe darkened corners then there are lenses out there. I...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    I used a BTZS on the 4x5 Tachihara I used to own. It worked great. When I bought my 8x10 I purchased a Black Jacket because of what I read about them. The Black Jacket is really dark and a joy to use...
  36. Re: Is it worth it to use the Speed Graphic handheld from time to time?

    I agree. Sports photographers used Speed Graphics hand held back in the day. :cool:

    Personally, I can get better results handheld with a smaller and lighter medium format camera. Of course I have...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Bob, you better explain to Drew that you stretch the pantyhose over the lens. We don't want him wearing them. That would be an image that you can't get out of your head! ;)
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    Re: Lens for color

    Brian, I can send you some nose oil too. I've got way more than I need and I still keep making more of the stuff!
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    Re: Lens for color

    Drew, I already told you that I'd send you some nose oil if you need it. ;)

    For the OP, a little nose oil or petroleum jelly on a filter or soft filters can soften that portrait when you need it.
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    Re: Lens for color

    Why not a 210 if mainly for portraits? Later multicoated 210 lenses in modern shutters are dirt cheap. You could add a 135 for environmental portraits if you wish or just step back with the 210 if...
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