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  1. Polaroid going bankrupt: materials for LF ?

    The Polaroid website has a "letter to customers" posted.

    It says in part:

    "Going forward, Polaroid intends to continue to manufacture, market and distribute our core instant imaging products,...
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    Epson 1680 Selective Focus

    Matt,

    In Silverfast (v5.5 on my system) the focus depth can be set independent from reflective vs. transparency. Look at the icons along the left side of the preview window. The icon to set...
  3. What's the 'best' paper to use with the Epson 1280?

    Whatever paper you choose, do yourself a big favor and buy a high quality ICC color profile for that printer/inkset/paper combination. I've found a quality profile makes a huge difference, and the...
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    film scanning

    re: "Where might one procure Kami oil? Can't find it on B&H's site."

    As mentioned, the importer will sell directly, but I believe he wants you to buy a case of his products (you can mix and...
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    Flatbed vs drum scan

    Matt,

    The 1680 has two focus points - 0 mm above the flatbed and 2.5mm above the flatbed. You can choose either focus point from within SilverFast on their vertical icon-based toolbar.

    The...
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    Flatbed vs drum scan

    I've tried the Kami on Epson 1680 technique that Howard was talking about (although I haven't seen the discussion on Yahoo groups yet). IMHO, it has more benefit for scanning MF material than LF. ...
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    Conventional Wisdom on Color Meters

    As previously mentioned, warming open shade is a good idea, but a color temp meter still can't tell you the specific filter needed for this given how different films will render a scene. Spending...
  8. Best lens for tabletop/product photography?

    210mm is very common for tabletop/product. I've know some who prefer a 180mm instead for a slightly wider feel of being more into the scene. From a DOF perspective, the previous reply is correct,...
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    300mm lens choice for 8x10

    About a year ago I tested several 300mm lenses for 4x5 use. Since I shoot architecture, the quality of the image at the extreme of the image circle mattered to me. I tried the Fujinon 300C, and...
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    Researching Digital...

    You might want to take a look at John Paul Caponigro's website. Although he isn't (primarily) a LF shooter, he has a backend digital process for producing his output, and talks a bit about the...
  11. How do you load 665 pack film into Arca Polaroid holder

    Peter,

    One more note - I tested this on a F-Metric. Don't know if the same applies to the F.
  12. How do you load 665 pack film into Arca Polaroid holder

    Peter,

    I guess memory didn't serve me on my previous description. The 405 holder *almost* fits in landscape direction (only misses by a very small amount), and doesn't fit at all (and isn't...
  13. How do you load 665 pack film into Arca Polaroid holder

    For pack film on the Arca, try the Arca Swiss model 623000 Polaroid back. If I remember, the standard non-Arca 405 Polaroid back interferes with the camera when placed in landscape orientation,...
  14. Bosscreen + Fresnel adaptable on Toyo VX-125?

    Paul,

    On the Toyo is the fresnel on the lens or eye side of the GG? If it's on the eye side, a properly shimmed Boss screen should be able to replace your GG. If memory serves me, a fresnel on...
  15. What's It Going To Take To Get Better Print Film For Our 4x5's

    Pete,

    Interesting idea. Given minilabs are going digital anyway, having a maskless color negative material would make sense. I've heard that Kodak has some kind of new color negative film...
  16. What's It Going To Take To Get Better Print Film For Our 4x5's

    Albert,

    Your asking for "a fine grain, high contrast and saturation print film". I would second that, along with good scanability as a criteria. I'm just curious, which print film that exists...
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    Epson 1680 Pro

    Matt,

    My experience with it isn't vast enough to give solid answers to all of your questions.

    1. Is the performance adequate for large prints? I don't know yet. In my case, I've gotten...
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    Epson 1680 Pro

    I've been using the 1680 for about 3 weeks now. Nice scanner. See some of my comments in a previous topic ("Circle of Scanner Confusion...").

    Scanner spec's are almost worthless, so don't...
  19. Surise / Sunset / Moon rise / sunset software or website?

    I use the Multiyear Interactive Computer Almanac (MICA) computer program put out by the USNO. It's not a pretty program (DOS), but it gives you all the information on sky position for the sun and...
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    Circle of Scanner Confusion...

    I also found a local supplier (Boston area) for Kami SMF 2001. It's D. M. Products in Rockland, MA (south of Boston).
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    wirst watch for darkroom

    The Robic SC-707 is a very versatile stop watch which includes the ability for a beep at various intervals (can set 5 different sequential intervals which can repeat if desired). I sometimes use ...
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    Darkcloth discovery

    Does the recent Supreme Court ruling have any impact on the legality of using a motorized golf cart for professional large format photography?
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    Circle of Scanner Confusion...

    Mike,

    Your message is very interesting. I often wondered about using Kami mounting fluid on a flatbed, but never had access to KMF, nor the guts to put fluid on my own flat bed. It usually...
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    Circle of Scanner Confusion...

    I had the ArtixScan 1100 Howard mentioned above. The unit had some HW problems where it wouldn't always startup and do anything, but sometimes would work fine. I did manage to do several 4x5 1000...
  25. Robert White Camera (UK) and import duties

    You can call customs in your locale, and get one of the import specialists to give you what it "should" be. This is not to say this is what you'll end up with. I've written before on what I...
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    Accurate Timing of Long Exposures

    I'll also cast my vote for the metronome. About a year ago I tested myself with the calumet shutter timer, and compared the metronome vs. a stopwatch. I was more accurate and consistent with the...
  27. 300 for 4x5 : rodenstock apo ronar vs nikkorM300

    A while ago I tried to evaluate the same 300mm lenses. I was able to get access to a Fuji-C, Fuji-A, and Nikkor-M (and wished to see a Ronar, but couldn't find one locally). I competely agree...
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    Self cocking shutter

    Horseman and others have electronic shutters for view camera lenses. They are very expensive, but could probably do what you want.

    If you check previous posts about this same/similar subject you...
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    Buying Arca Swiss overseas vs. US

    Terms and conditions on exchange rates for credit card purchases vary from bank to bank. Many use Citibank for their international clearing, and I didn't find them to have the best deal out there....
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    Arca Swiss ORBIX

    David,

    They did mention a ballpark, but I don't remember. It was enough that I felt my plain Orbix would continue to serve my needs well enough.
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    Buying Arca Swiss overseas vs. US

    Although RW's service and professionalism is high, his use of UPS for international shipments in my mind is a BIG negative. I've only ordered from RW once, and UPS customs brokerage completely...
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    Arca Swiss ORBIX

    They showed the geared Orbix at PhotoExpo East last fall. Has a nice feel. The downside - $$$$$. If memory serves me, they said the new geared mechanism makes use of much of the mechanics of the...
  33. focusing--binocular vs ground glass lupe

    I believe the binocular viewer has ~2x magnification. If a 2x loupe works for you, then the viewer should be all you need. My eyes need more help than 2x.
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    Using a scanner as densitometer

    The concept described seems related to how some vendors of color management software use a standard scanner for building printer device profiles (e.g. Monaco EzColor). I guess in this case, the ...
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    Harrison/Shadow Box changing tent

    Calumet
  36. Schneider 72mm XL fits Linhof/Wista recessed board?

    I'm with Geoffrey on the ergonomic aspects of using Copal 0 based lenses on recessed Linhof lensboards. I don't use needle nose pliers, but I will use a pen or something else to push the aperture ...
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    Lee Filter Holder on 90mm

    I use a Schneider SA-90mm 5.6 with the Lee wide angle adapter, and haven't had any issues through the full range of movement. I'm not sure if a standard adapter would also work. As the previous...
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    Color meter Broncolor/Minolta/Gossen

    Just an off-the-wall idea (a bit futuristic)...

    If your going to be using the color meter in places where you'd always have a computer (notebook) available, you could use one of the newer hand...
  39. Any LF systems particularly well suited to architectural?

    I second the Arca Swiss F line for architectural work. If you have extra $, the metric version is very nice particularly the geared rise and shift. The design allows lenses to at least 47mm to...
  40. Any ARCHIVABLE LF ink jet printers that can equal darkroom print?

    Although it's not a wide format printer, does anyone have any comments regarding the image quality, stability, gamut and color quality of dye sub printers such as the Olympus P-400?
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