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    Re: 450 mm Nikkor-M vs. Symmar-S 480 mm

    Symmar S is actually an older design. It's not going to be quite as sharp, but nobody will begin to notice that minor distinction on any kind of enlargement from 8x10 format. What will be...
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    AA's old series is useful for its sample pictures and illustrations. The information has been periodically updated, but is inevitably obsolete in certain aspects. It's pretty simple if someone takes...
  3. Re: Looking for advice/guides on digital to film (not inkjet)

    Yes, what Oren just described would be the ticket if you want as much faithful detail as possible on a sheet of film. But you'd probably have to pay for a few practice runs just to understand how to...
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    Re: Film in freezer

    I never re-freeze film once it's thawed and the original packaging unsealed. Moisture can be sealed back inside too unless you are careful. I'm not in a dry climate, so bought a little freeze-dry...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    On a extended quickie loop trip necessary to sign some documents I visited "ground zero" of the monstrous Creek Fire last summer, and even camped there last night. From a distance everything looks...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    Update. We're now official in red flag conditions comparable to October - first time ever, by a country mile. Several spot fires have already broken out, one ironically caused by a man using his...
  7. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    Among Nikkors in that range I use the 200 M, not a W, for 4X5, which is a lot smaller to pack, and has excellent optics. But I sometimes substitute a 180 Fuji A in that general focal-length range. My...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    People who know about these things are those that have carried serious gear themselves for decades. REAL backpacks were once made that way. Now they're made in China. Even the way smaller shoulder...
  9. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    I've owned all three : 250/6.7, 240/9A, 250/9GC - all wonderful lenses. All cover 8x10 reasonably stopped down. The 250/6.7 obviously has a little bit brighter viewing wide open, is itself in a...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    Same thing with the Headless Horseman, John. Of course, his head got shot off by a blunderbuss instead of a shotgun, and he was toting a Horseman camera instead of a Dorff.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    300M Nikkors are easy to find at the moment, especially from Japanese dealers who list on EBay.
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    Re: wildfire season already

    An older fellow who had once been head photographer for the US Navy, and wanted to me to partner in his studio back East, had been shot down three times in choppers in Vietnam while on documentary...
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    Re: Color paper storage in refrigerator

    Well, I had to skip color printing the whole last year because I didn't want to have any kind of potential respiratory irritation added to covid risk plus what was far worse in that respect, our...
  14. Re: Availability of Fujichrome Velvia 50, 4x5 sheet film

    At least the processing options for E6 are becoming more price-competitive here on the West Coast, along with the revival of Ektachrome itself, which seems to be driving that. I don't worry about it...
  15. Re: Are Daguerreotype Included in Wet Plate Threads

    Ask the Mad Hatter, .... It's a "mercurial" craft.
  16. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    Good one. But I prefer ultimate DMax. That's easily achieved with test strips by leaving them in my little toaster oven too long.
  17. Re: Availability of Fujichrome Velvia 50, 4x5 sheet film

    Velvia 100F is a better product in my opinion because the sheet version is made on a far superior dimensionally-stable polyester base (versus acetate). But I know that there are some who prefer the...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    Your camera would have melted into a ball around our forest fires here, or more likely, been vaporized. The fire crews bulldoze breaks, clear brush, and sometimes set backfires several miles from the...
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    Re: Color paper storage in refrigerator

    Don't put it back in the refrigerator unless you know how to totally seal it nearly air-free. That's a condensation risk. If it's a small paper size, one of those freeze-dry kitchen bagging systems...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    I don't lay down packs on the dirt. If there's not a tree or rock nearby to rest it on, I simply use one of my trekking poles at an angle behind it as a support. But that works well because it is...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    But are there still 10,000 clamshell cameras still in use to prove that postulate?
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Do you mean 24X30 paper size or overall easel outside dimension?
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    Re: New De Vere 5108 Owner

    Lucky find ! But maybe it was there because chickens do darkroom work cheaper than humans. Or perhaps they contribute something special to the developer. Albumen prints perhaps? It looks beautiful.
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    Re: wildfire season already

    I never fought fires professionally. Back then, every able body was expected to pitch in some manner. That was called survival, just like community controls burns themselves, before those got...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    As a teenager, I survived an arson forest fire over 400,000 acres in size. Many of my classmates were homeless afterwards. Things were classified a little differently back then, according to single...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    Yeah, I saw the 30X40 prints of those back when they were first all displayed together at the local museum, including that classic "burning bush" one. Friends of mine printed them for him. A...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    They're particularly worried about the huge still unburned area between Shasta and the Siskiyou, which includes the Trinity Alps. What makes that area even worse is that there is an abundance of...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    All my own external frame packs have a large top section accessed from the top, and a separate zippered bottom section, plus a number of side pouches suitable for lenses and accessories. This...
  29. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    How can any one hue of dye perfectly match paper outcomes which are inherently varying? Dark tones in MGWT can trend downright blue-black if brought to full density potential, while lighter tones...
  30. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    I use the Marshall equivalents of Spot Tone. For all my FB MGWT needs, which include those toned with gold chloride, selenium, and sulfides (often split-toned), all I need is Neutral Black, Selenium...
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Saunders blades are easy re-square. Right now I'm assembling the masking blade system for my new 24X30 easel, or more accurately, taking a lunch break from doing that. I wanted to have on hand...
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    Any competent machinist could do it. You don't need a diemaker or someone with Durst background. But it might be simpler just to start over with a completely new punch and identically matching pin...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    I built my darkroom to code, even had the panel and wiring run to it done by the company industrial electrician (and yes, that business was classified as a heavy industry due to its integral mill...
  34. Thread: Editioning

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    Re: Editioning

    I saw that interview too. It's quite a delicate dance finding someone else who understands your own vision. I tend to refer to them as "hired guns" rather than ordinary labs services. There aren't...
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    Take your magnifying loupe and see if certain punch pins are dull or uneven on the end. Milvalo punches are now quite rare, and probably most won't be in great shape by now. Inserting shims might not...
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    Re: Editioning

    Interneg, I would NEVER want someone else printing my negs. I realize that there have been quite a few highly talented photographers who for various reasons have farmed their originals out to skilled...
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    Re: Editioning

    Sometimes it really does help if one simply doesn't have enough money to go around recklessly spending it! And there are times I have difficulty feeling sorry for the conspicuous consumption crowd...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Leave the practice of pushing to drug dealers. It only takes a tiny bit more patience to shoot a scene for 1/2 sec rather than 1/30th sec, for example. We outdoor LF photographers get quite good at...
  39. Re: A foolish idea? Creating a positive transparency from a negative

    I often do it. I use one of my enlargers as the highly predictable and precisely-timed light source, along with a pin-registered contact printing frame.
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    Re: Editioning

    I haven't spoken with Mark K. in a long time. He was making his living as an architectural photographer; printmaking was a sideline. But he gravitated to that understated image rendering which...
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