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  1. House Calls exhibit closes in Toronto on July 3, 2011

    After two extensions and a very successful 14 month run, the House Calls with my Camera exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is closing on July 3. This exhibit of 36 large format 4x5 B&W...
  2. social documentary 4x5 - broadcast of House Calls

    The term "forefathers" is not quite the right term as it includes giants such as Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, and Lewis Hine (among others).

    Bill raises a very good point about...
  3. social documentary 4x5 - broadcast of House Calls

    Thanks to all for your warm welcome and kind words.

    A special thanks to my friends Patricia in Ontario and Hans in Calgary for their interest and support.

    I posted this notice here because this...
  4. social documentary 4x5 - broadcast of House Calls

    I am a physician and large format photographer based in Toronto, Canada.

    I take care of house-bound frail elderly patients, and I have been documenting their plight with my 4X5 camera. I use a...
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    75mm Linhof Biogon on eBay.

    There is insufficient information about the lens in this particular eBay listing. "S U P E R!" and "The lens is in GREAT shape!" are vague and general descriptors which fail to give relevant and...
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    Sharp up close and wide open?

    I have shot razor sharp portraits with my 135mm Apo Sironar S at f8 with my Technika using only the rangefinder to focus. When using the rangefinder one does not use any movements, so one is using...
  7. pushing HP5 to 1600, microphen or DD-X?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I will try exposing some HP5 @ 1600 and some @ 3200 and see how they compare.

    I was raised to overexpose and undedevelop B&W film, developed in PYRO. The results are...
  8. pushing HP5 to 1600, microphen or DD-X?

    I shoot a hand held 4X5 camera, and there are times when one simply needs a higher film speed than 400.

    I have had good results pushing HP5 to 800 and developing it in microphen. Does anyone have...
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    Gnass Gear Cases

    Gnass actually does make a high quality 4X5 camera case, specifically for the Linhof Technicardan. My Master Technika fits into the space very well with a little room to spare. This camera case...
  10. cleaning and lubricating 4 X 5 Grafmatic holders?

    What is the best way to clean them?

    Thanks for the ongoing input.

    Regards,
  11. cleaning and lubricating 4 X 5 Grafmatic holders?

    I recently aquired some 4 X 5 Grafmatic holders.

    They are in good condition but could use a good cleaning and some lubrication. I have wiped all the surfaces with medical alcohol pads and then...
  12. 4 X 5 Grafmatics, are there different versions?

    Many Thanks to all who responded. I now have a more complete understanding of yet another obscure and arcane area of photography. Long live hand-held large format photography!

    Regards,
  13. 4 X 5 Grafmatics, are there different versions?

    I saw the following statement on a vendor's website:

    "4X5 GRAFMATICS There are 2 versions of Grafmatic filmholders, although they are not differentiated by model number, but by features and...
  14. Phillips Compact II and quick release plates for Arca Monoball

    The RRS B40 plate may be the correct choice as it uses two 3/8" screws. This would give excellent rigidity and protect against twisting. As described on the RRS website:

    "B40 Special style...
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    Lens Cap Replacements

    I have likewise ordered SK Grimes lenscaps from specs alone for my five LF lenses. All ten caps also fit like a glove. This proves that you can trust the specs of German lenses as well as the...
  16. In absence of a 8x10 Master Technika...

    Its good to see a 4X5 Technika user talk about the hand-held use of these wonderful cameras. Linhof is the only company in the world that still manufactures a 4X5 rangefinder camera that can be used...
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    Forte website?

    Eight Elm Photo in Toronto imports and distributes Forte products. Their web site has a lot of info: http://www.eightelmphoto.com/paper.htm

    The link that they provide for Forte takes you to a...
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    Linhof Master Technika 5x7???

    According to 'The Linhof Camera Story'the most recent 5X7 Technika was the Super Technika V 13x18cm/5x7", with coupled rangefinder, made from 1964 to 1986.
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    Grain in Platinum Printing

    When I first started making platinum prints it was January in Toronto and the indoor air was extremely dry. My prints suffered from a similar graining problem. Two months later I moved into a...
  20. Schneider Tele-Arton 250: is it a good lens?

    Apparently this lens has recently been revamped by Schneider, as one can see its cosmetic changes on their German website.
  21. Recommendations for compact lighting kit?

    I use a Broncolor Mobil system with two Mobilite heads for 4X5 location work. It is a high quality compact 1200 ws battery powered system. The heads are the size of pop cans, and everything is ...
  22. Schneider Tele-Arton 250: is it a good lens?

    It has also been pointed out to me that the 250 Tele-Arton is the longest lens offered for the 4X5 Aero-Technika, a system used for very exacting outcomes...
  23. Schneider Tele-Arton 250: is it a good lens?

    It has been pointed out to me that the 250 Tele-Arton S is a new offering for the Linhof 617 Technorama. This implies that it is a decent lens, or Linhof would not mate it to one of their top...
  24. Schneider Tele-Arton 250: is it a good lens?

    Though an old design for press cameras (just big enough image circle for 4X5), t his lens is still available new with multicoating. Ignoring the issue of limite d movements, how good is this lens?
  25. Linhof Master Technika- widest cammable lens 75 or 72mm?

    Which is the best and widest cammable lens on the Master Technika- 75 mm or 72mm (75mm f4.5 Grandagon-N vs. 72mm XL)? Will the bed be visible in the image when used hand held with rangefinder...
  26. Need Linhof User's Manual in English

    Not to mention the Technar!
  27. Kodak to Re-introduce a Variety of Emulsions in Sheets

    Bravo! A most imaginative hallucination indeed. May I suggest that you take a few of my tablets of risperidone, or as a traditionalist would you prefer a hand-coated sheet impregnated with...
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    Large Format increases our talent

    The assertion that all LF photography takes place on a tripod with an image carefully composed on the ground-glass ignores the magnificent tradition of hand-held large format photography (press...
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    Large Format increases our talent

    "Chance favors the prepared mind" is a statement attributed to the great French scientist Louis Pasteur on the process leading to scientific breakthroughs. It is not a St-Ansel original, but his...
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    Handheld LF, why?

    The current discussion on the 'Lost Art of Hand-held LF' photography (Feb. 2002) would be enriched by perusing some of the above points...
  31. More Doom and Gloom Chronic Depression?

    Don't be so negative- Ilford is strongly commited to large format B& W film. In fact they have expanded the availability of extra large film sizes for ultra large format users. They commonly...
  32. Linhof Technar is not dead, I've ordered mine!

    From further correspondence it is my understanding that Linhof WILL produce a small number of Technars in the coming months.

    My posting is not aimed at organizing another nine buyers. I am ...
  33. Linhof Technar is not dead, I've ordered mine!

    The Linhof Technar (see www.linhof.de)is a 4X5 hand-holdable wide angle camera w hich takes lenses in helical focusing mounts from 45/47/58/65/75/90 mm to 135 mm . It comes with an anatomical hand...
  34. Linhof Master Technika- widest cammable lens 75 or 72mm?

    Is it possible to cam a 72mm SA XL for a Linhof MT, or is 75mm (Grandagon-N f/4. 5 of course) the widest one can cam? Is there really any significant difference (ignoring price, size, and...
  35. Is 75mm Sufficiently Wider Than 90mm On 4X5?

    My widest lens is 90mm. Sometimes this is not wide enough for interior shooting . Is 75mm sufficiently wider than 90mm (i.e. is it really that much wider?) or should I consider one of the...
  36. Names of Famous Photographers That Use Linhof

    Linhof users past and present: Charles Sheeler, Eliot Porter, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Michel Comte, Shelby Lee Adams, Mary Ellen Mark, etc.
  37. Lens caps and front element protection what's the best ? - was Schneider 58XL vs. Rodenstock Apo Grandagon 55?

    The very best lens caps I have ever seen are machined from acetal (Delrin) by S.K. Grimes. For complete details see his website:

    www.skgrimes.com/caps/index.htm

    He machines these custom lens...
  38. Schneider 58XL vs. Rodenstock Apo Grandagon 55?

    For full details see:

    www.skgrimes.com/caps/index.htm

    These are the Linhofs of lens caps.
  39. Schneider 58XL vs. Rodenstock Apo Grandagon 55?

    For the record let me state that the three wonderful Rodenstock lenses (90mm f4.5 Grandagon, 135mm f5.6 Sironar-S, 210mm Sironar-S) that I bought new last year came with flimsy, thin, and...
  40. Technika-Flex attachment for Linhof 4X5 Technikas

    According to the 2000 edition of "The Linhof Camera Story" (pg. 139) the 'Technikaflex Attachement' was made for the Super Technika V 4X5 from 1961 to 1966.
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