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  1. Re: 305 G-Claron As W.A. 11x14 Enlarger Lens?

    Not exactly what you're planning on or even the same size negative, but I used the 305 G-Claron for years enlarging 8x10 negatives. Any faults in the prints were due to other weaknesses in the chain,...
  2. Re: Will Ries J-200 (or J-250) head couple with Gitzo GT3541LS tripod?

    Assuming the Gitzo has a standard 3/8" mounting bolt for the head, the Ries head should be fine.
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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Great video! Even though I shoot a lot of 8x10, I can't even begin to imagine dealing with this size film!
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    Re: Seeking advice on 120mm lenses

    Yes, I asked about that very lens in my original post hoping to get some feedback specifically about it as well as other suggestions.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Seeking advice on 120mm lenses

    I know exactly what you mean, John. I've owned and used the 120mm SA for 40 years and it's a favorite! This lens is a "pry from my dead hands" type thing for sure.
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    Re: Seeking advice on 120mm lenses

    My typical subjects are general landscape and outdoor scenes. I've shot LF for 40+ years and try to be very careful with technique. My Fuji 125mm is the older single coated lens with inside lettering.
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    Re: Seeking advice on 120mm lenses

    I have a 90mm Schneider Angulon that I've used occasionally on 4x5, but the corners are pretty soft. If it was just a bit of the corners it wouldn't bother me, but the soft area cuts a pretty wide...
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    Seeking advice on 120mm lenses

    I currently own a Fuji W 125/5.6 and a Schneider Super Angulon 120/8 and I'm looking for a 120mm lens that's sharper than the Fuji and smaller/lighter than the Super Angulon. I'm not saying that the...
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    Re: modern 360mm lens for 11x14

    Somebody already mentioned the Schneider Symmar-S 360mm. Its a big 'un with a front element the size of a small dinner plate, but it's a great lens. I've used it on my 8x10 for 40+ years and I'm...
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    Re: Mounting gels behind the lens, 4x5

    I don't use gels behind the lens anymore, but back when I did, I made a simple Z thingy out of some sheet steel with a depth slightly more than the rear lens element, glued it to the back of the lens...
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    Re: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

    I wondered about with my new Titan 4x5...great fun! I've owned a 120 pinhole for years, but this is my first LF pinhole.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    @newtorf, Not to steal the words of John Sexton, but I love the quiet light in your Oak Tree image.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I'm one of the folks who have removed the number wheel. Many times, I tend to compose fairly tightly to the edge and I found I needed an unfavorable crop to remove the number. It was no problem when...
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    Re: Massive Dev Chart with Rotary?

    Try it both ways. I do pre-wash my film and I still reduce development time by about 10 - 15%.
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    Re: Massive Dev Chart with Rotary?

    Unless the MDC development time specially notes that it's a rotary time, then I usually drop about 15% off as a starting point. I know others who stick with the inversion time. Testing will tell the...
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    Re: Anybody here using Shanghai 220?

    I've used quite a bit of Shanghai 120 and really like the results in undiluted D-23. I'm planning on ordering some 220 for use in my Pentax 67II.
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    Re: Schneider-itis: The Perennial Problem

    Most of my Schneider and Fuji LF lenses are "infected" with the "-itis." Never worried about it as I've never noticed it affecting image quality. If shooting B&W, you could simply develop the film a...
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    Re: Keeping or tossing prints?

    I tear them in half and toss 'em. I have too many prints in storage now! ;)
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    Re: 5-liter Graduates for Mixing Chemistry

    Like Fred L, I mix large quantities of chemistry in paint buckets using a paddle-style stirrer in a drill. Once mixed, it goes into either 2 or 5 gal containers with floating lids.
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    Re: can't get sharp photos with an LF camera

    Assuming that no sharpening was applied during scanning, on my monitor and to my old eyes your results look exactly like what I'd expect from a flatbed scan. And, honestly I don't see much difference...
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    Re: can't get sharp photos with an LF camera

    Am I understanding correctly that the fresnel is between the gg and the lens? I was taught that a fresnel should be behind the normal gg because the fresnel has a focal length which can introduce...
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    Re: Older vs newer Fujinon 90mm f8's

    I would also add that Fuji lens markings can be incorrect. For example, I have a sample of the SW 90mm that my research leads me to believe it's actually an NSW. Therefore, things can get somewhat...
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    Re: Densitometer Reading Question

    Based on the way I work, I'd suggest increasing development time by about 25%, depending on the film. If you're using TMax stock, that much increase may not be necessary. When I get a reading such as...
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    Re: Densitometer Reading Question

    The point of zeroing out the densitometer on a clear area of developed film is to remove the base + fog density. And, by definition, a clear piece of developed film is Zone 0.
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    Re: Densitometer Reading Question

    IanB,

    Yes, I would recommend to zero out your densitometer on a piece of developed Zone 0 film before reading for either Zone I or Zone VIII. I use an entire frame or sheet, processed as I...
  26. Re: Which Microsoft Windows 10 (or 11?) Computer for Adobe?

    Personally, I would consider 16GB of memory to be barely adequate for most photographers working today; especially with the higher megapixel sensors and certainly for any LF photographer...
  27. Re: How Many Are Truly Traditional or Latest Film Followers

    I still shoot dry plates and would still be shooting Kodak Super-XX if it was still available. But then, me and dirt have a lot in common! ;)
  28. Re: Which Microsoft Windows 10 (or 11?) Computer for Adobe?

    Whatever you buy, I'd recommend at least 32GB memory (64GB if you can afford it) and a higher-end graphics card, again with as much memory on it as you can afford. A lot of software relies heavily on...
  29. Re: Is fiber paper worth the additional cost for selling prints compared to rc paper?

    I don't sell my prints, but I much prefer the aesthetic look of air-dried glossy fiber paper over any RC surface.
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    Re: contact printing

    One issue I ran into when testing LED bulbs for contact printing is that they don't power on / off instantly. Certainly could have been the bulbs I tried, but it's something you might want to pay...
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    Re: contact printing

    Yep, but the downside is that you need brighter illumination. I use a 250 watt flood about 4 feet above my work table.
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    Re: contact printing

    The simplest way is to lay a sheet of glass over the neg/paper sandwich and expose using a hanging light fixture. If you search a bit on YouTube, I'm sure you'll find videos covering contact printing.
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    Re: ARISTA 4X5 is Made by Whom?

    If it's Arista.EDU we're talking about, the notch code tells me it's Foma. Don't know who makes their Ortho Lith film.
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    Re: Optical Printing??

    For color (not that I do much of that), I scan and post-process / print on the desktop. For B&W, I do both scan/print and print in a darkroom. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with either...
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    Re: Looking for Monitor That Calibrates Well

    I've been running an NEC MultiSync PA241W (24 inch) for years and I've been very happy with it. One major aspect that I like about these monitors is their built-in hardware calibration which IMO is...
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    Re: ISO New Printer - Suggestions?

    I totally agree with everything Sal said about the Pro-100! All my final prints are on the Hahnemuhle paper mentioned and IMO they are very nice. I've never run a single sheet of matte paper through...
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    Re: ISO New Printer - Suggestions?

    Amen! Not that I own an Epson LF printer nowadays, but I do have an R2880 that I've owned for many years. Several years ago I did have a 3880, but that died a horrible death after only about 3 years....
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    Re: Austin Granger Interview

    Wonderful interview and lovely images! To my mind, your images always hint at subtle compelling stories and, for the most part, I generally feel a quiet inner peace when viewing them. Not saying...
  39. Re: After market protective plexiglas ground glass cover

    That looks exactly like the one Keith Canham sells.
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    Re: Selling All 8x10 Gear & It Feels Good!

    Since 8x10 has been my favorite format since the early '80's, at nearly 70 I parred down my camera outfit. Back in the day, I lugged my 8x10 Deardorff, Schneider 360/6.8 Symmar-S, Schneider 480/11...
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