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  1. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    OK, maybe I'll try them. I found 2 excellent condition ones a couple years ago, and promptly sold them thinking I wouldn't use them.
  2. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Still want to buy a couple of proper film holders (see WTB ad).
  3. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Going back between the first generation wide angles of the 1860s, and the anastigmats of the 1890s, there were a few more good ones. The R. D. Gray Extreme Wide Angle and the Morrison wides are very...
  4. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Um...the Protar V, from about 1891 I believe.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/4036/4579540808_409f21b089_o.jpg
  5. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    It was needed - I have a bunch of 4x5 film in the freezer, but only a Speed Graphic and I think a Korona in that size. I better shoot it more, my usual 5x7 and whole plate are getting too expensive.
  6. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Thanks both. I'll fiddle with it some more, and need some graflex film holders before I can shoot it. But will give it a try.
  7. Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Hi, I've avoided buying one of these for years, always wanting the 5x7 one. But this 4x5 was clean and 50 bucks, so I sprung for it.

    The shutter curtain is wrinkled, but seems to travel ok. ...
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    Re: Which Petzval Lens for 8x10 wet plate?

    Also check for magic lantern lenses, which sometimes sell for less. Used to be people didn't know the difference, but everyone should have caught on by now. They will work the same for wetplate as...
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    Re: An Exhibition of Very Early Photography

    ...of the middle east. They aren't that early in terms of photographs.
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    I think a good photographer can always find a nice LF shot in the desert SW, if you stay away from famous high traffic canyons. There are many slot canyons all around, you just have to find them. ...
  11. Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Good to know there is someone available, thanks for joining. Would you be able to make flanges accurately? We all need those, and the threads are all over the map and 100 years of different types.
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Now THAT I'd like to have. Or any 50mm-17mm LTM soft focus lens.
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    If you can read a date on the edge that would be great. So many lerebours have the serial numbers, but no way to tie them to a date.
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    Re: Where to buy used lenses, etc?

    My grandfather used to say they were "land poor". I think I am "lens poor".
  15. Thread: ROLL CALL

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    Re: ROLL CALL

    I quit doing roll call when I got out of the Navy, so I refuse to answer here. Wait...
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    Re: Amber Plexiglas for Wet Plate Dork Box?

    I remember me and you using your amber top dark box shooting wetplate in Tombstone. Didn't we determine it would fog the plates in direct sunlight? I'd put a couple layers and colors and try a few...
  17. Re: Avoiding harassment when shooting in the street

    Wait, some of you are going into back alleys in Phoenix after midnight to "photograph?" And others are trying to photograph known targets for terrorists like tunnels, alone? Others go to film the...
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    Re: Current state of instant film?

    There are several sizes of Instax film, up to medium format really. But no one makes a decent camera for the type, with a removable lens. Only little pink "hello kitty" type cameras and stupid LOMO...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Olympus 38/1.8 Pen F lens.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48152017781_31d57067fd_c.jpg
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    The classic Kon Tiki lounge in Tucson, aloha Friday with my family last night.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48152017986_dc5e9509ec_c.jpg
  21. Re: Eastman View No. 1 Acquired & Looking to Refurbish it but I'm A Newbie to Lg Form

    You can clean the ground glass with windex or such. You can find 5x7 film a little easier than wholeplate, which has to be special ordered. You basically put the film in the 5x7 sheath, then tilt...
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    Re: TASOPE - The Aurora School of Photoengraving

    I saw one of these recently, thought I'd post a pic of one.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48132841223_6c99bf0b15_c.jpg
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    Re: CC Harrison serial # 11,022 help

    You're on your way! Yeah, you over exposed. Try about 1/3 to 1/2 of that amount of time next time. Also, if you start with 8x10s you'll use a LOT of chemistry and aluminum and expire your silver...
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    Re: Basic Landscape Composition Formulas..

    Exactly what I was thinking. I glanced at that "formulas for landscapes" page and thought, "one can take just about ANY photograph, and overlay one of those many formats and say 'SEE! I'm using the...
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    Re: Want Lens Suggestion late 19th C.

    R. D. Gray also made good wide angles and extreme wide angles in the period. Morrison too.
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Olympus 28mm 3.5 adapted to Pen-F mount, then that is adapted to Fuji-x. Last weekend on Mt. Graham.

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    Re: Quick Question Tray Processing

    I am a seat of the pants guy. I don't use a stop bath, just a water bath to dilute any developer on the sheet. After a 10 second rinse in water, I go to fix, all in pitch dark. After 30 seconds in...
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    Re: CC Harrison serial # 11,022 help

    I should have mentioned coverage. That is what they called a "half plate" lens back in the wetplate era. A half plate is a little bigger than 4x5 inches. It will have about a 7" focal length,...
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    Re: CC Harrison serial # 11,022 help

    That's a nice one, you don't see many smaller CCH with the iris, which he invented. This late one was made after C.C. Harrison himself died, most probably. Both Anthony, American Optical, and...
  30. Re: Wide angle soft or diffuse focus lenses to cover 8x10?

    The Dallmeyer Rectilinear Wide Angle (not the Rapid Rectilinear) can be very soft wide open, if you remove the wheel or waterhouse stops.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    Nice one. My MK 1 calibrated eyeball says it's about an f5 now.
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    Re: Lubricant for lens thread

    I also use a little beeswax mixed with olive oil. But first I make sure to clean both the male and female parts' threads with lighter fluid.
  33. Re: Research need - John schuerholz brass Lens

    Update: The seller butchered the name, and had it all wrong. It's a John Scheidig & Co. lens, I updated the thread title. I just got it in the mail and saw the actual spelling. When you get the...
  34. John Scheidig brass Petzval Lens

    To the intrepid researchers on this site, I need some help. I took a chance on what looks like a small petzval. The pictures were very blurry and I have to trust the seller read the engraving...
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    Re: Old(er) lens cleaning best practices?

    Proper technique is more important than materials. I use more solvent and less pressure. I lay the lens so the surface is horizontal. Put 1-2 drops of cleaning fluid on the center. Do not let any...
  36. Re: (Talk me out of) offering people at scenic tourist site to have their LF photo ta

    As much as people like to learn about old wood cameras, they also don't want to pay for something that isn't available right then and there. But every location is different. Try it for a few weeks....
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    I know the glass would be selected for it's refractive indices. So perhaps there was a table, "for crown 1-3, use flint 7....for crown 4-6, use flint 8..." which would help them compensate and have...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    I can't remember if I ever commented on this, since discovering the tiny serial numbers. But Steven did. Maybe their purpose is to aid keeping the two rear lenses together for assembly. I believe...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Another interesting statistic to find is how many people get college degrees today, compared to in 2000, and in 1980. I bet there are a lot more, per capita. Why are the costs more again, if there...
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    Re: May Portrait 2019

    Wetplate with 1843 Ross petzval.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33955798718_a24cc9ab66_c.jpg
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