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  1. Re: Any picture examples of color film with old lenses?

    What you'll likely find with an uncoated (pre-WWII) lens is a decrease in contrast- thus softer, more 'pastel' colors. And the flare that often comes with older lenses will add to the effect (unless...
  2. Re: Portra 160 or 400 for portraits ? Opinions and experiences

    I'll say use the 400. The color balance of the two films is similar (by design), and if shooting 8x10 you want all the speed you can get. At a 4x enlargement, grain will not be an issue.
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    Per the Kodak quote in Randy's post #16, perhaps the key words are "an extensive research program that these products cannot support". EK was desperate for cash in those days and were busy...
  4. Re: New HC110 Liquid Same as Old HC110 Syrup?

    And long ago, the HC-110 'syrup' was a dark brown from the factory. At some point (in the 1980s) the color changed to bright yellow. The working characteristics were unchanged (I was running a...
  5. Re: Has anyone on here made a book recently with Lulu?

    Good to hear your experience. I made a Blurb book in 2011; it was good enough for my purposes then. But my originals were 11x14 b/w prints copied with a crop-format DSLR... certainly would have...
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    Re: June Portraits

    Randy, that's the Avedon Stare in that portrait.
  7. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    I think that on this forum (as on many fora) you're seeing only a small part of what we, the members, photography actually is.
    Gear is easy and fun to talk about, technique the same. Yet many...
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    Re: Turner Reich Triple Conv. date..

    I'm not quite sure, but I believe Gundlach Optical survived into the mid-1950s. I should dig up my copy of Dr. Kingslake's history to see what he said. But if your lens is indeed coated, and the...
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    Re: Poco View camera evaluation

    Well, LF photography is not *that* complex, although some people like to think that it is. But I think you need some basic instruction... look for the book by Steve Simmons (I forget the exact title)...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    As a (very occasional) wet-plate beginner, I've relied on Mr. Sawyer's generosity and expertise to achieve my few successful plates. I'd not have gotten that far (or anywhere with wet-plate) without...
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    Re: Poco View camera evaluation

    A "6-1/2x8-1/2" lens? Possibly. It may give you darkened corners on 8x10 (not covering fully). It's still worth a try.
    An important logistical question; how many film holders do you have? Their...
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    Re: Linhof Technika 4x5 Timeline...

    The lens boards changed from the III's simple rectangle to the complex shape used since- now used by many cameras and generally known as the "Technika-style" board.
    Cameraquest.com has a couple of...
  13. Re: Preservation and maintainance of old stuff

    I have some Obenauf's, I've successfully treated my 30-year-old leather jacket with it. My sun-baked Brooks bicycle saddle, not so much, but I'm not giving up on that yet. When i had a Tachihara 4x5...
  14. Re: Preservation and maintainance of old stuff

    Lexol has worked well for me. Meant for leather-bound books, It's also popular among people whose cars have leather interiors.
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    Re: Jan Pietrzak’s passing.

    He was someone that I wish that I'd had a chance to meet. Condolences, Kirk.
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    looking good Alan. Perfectly straightforward rendition of a perfectly straightforward subject.
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    Re: Contact Dermatitis

    Find a dermatologist. I had two bouts with it- c.1985 and 1995, proper treatment cleared it up each time. I've been careful since then and have seen no recurrence.
    My problems were caused by metol-...
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    Re: Making Adox Poly Warmtone

    Never used this paper. But if its look was dependent on any amount of cadmium in the emulsion (as with the old Agfa Portriga-Rapid) you're probably going to be disappointed- cadmium ain't coming...
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    Re: Xenar 135mm f4.7 lens opinion

    The Xenar is, as stated above, a classic version of the Tessar design. Assuming good physical condition, it should perform very well. But they were made for a very long time; pre-WWII versions will...
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    Re: C 41 lab recommendation, please

    Edgar Praus: www.4photolab.com
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    Re: Moon lit scene with Txp 320

    Vaughn, the second part of those notes look like they were taken directly from the "Kodak Professional Photoguide" or their pocket version of same. The OP might do well to find a copy of one or the...
  22. Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    As a long-time 4x5 location shooter, my idea would be to look into a 120-size technical camera, a la the Horseman VH-R or a 2x3 Linhof Technika. If those turned out to be too heavy, I'd get two...
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    Re: ULF - 11x14 - Focal Length Lineup

    I'll suggest that it all depends upon your subject matter, whatever that may be.
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    An automotive group I belong to (Volvo 1800s) moved its existence to groups.io this year when Yahoo Groups shut down. Perhaps the collodion group could find a home there too, if it's not too late?
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    Re: post your trees!

    Nicely seen, well done, Laurent!
  26. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Ha. After visiting New Mexico (and meeting Mr. Gittings) back in '12, I thought that it would be an interesting place to live, but never thought it possible. Then in 2017 life (that is, my wife's...
  27. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    The best US state for landscape photography is the place that you like. I'll suggest that all 50 have much to offer if you keep your eyes open- even though there are some few I've never visited. ...
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    I could use a wooden tripod for my 4x5 Norma, and the Zone VI as well. I'll have to start saving money... I won't sell my steel-bodied 1938 National guitar (with its spun-aluminum resonator cone) to...
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    Re: Experience with Colenta Processors

    When I worked at Kodak I operated and did some maintenance on my department's Kreonite roller-transport C-41 (and RA-4) processors, for twenty years or so. I shot a fair amount of the C-41 film that...
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    Re: Help identifying lens board (C-1?)

    Sure looks like a C-1 board to me. Earlier (magnesium) ones were painted green, later (aluminum) ones were black. In the interests of accuracy, I don't know if the green lens boards are magnesium or...
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    Re: Lens coating removal question

    An optical engineer posts on this forum as Nodda Duma. Why don't you ask an expert?
  32. Re: Wollensak Serial Numbers: Request for Known Dates

    I'm sure you know that there was a long thread here, some years back, about trying to determine the serial numbers and ages of Wollensak lenses. And that the quest has never been completed... I don't...
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    Re: Ilford ULF annual film order

    During the "annual special order", you could order as little as one box from Ilford. Outside that period, you'd have to ask them. Obviously with the shutdown, everything is in flux. I just hope that...
  34. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    The lower contrast and (relatively) subdued color rendition of the Portra films will be a big help. Might as well shoot 400, you'll want all the speed you can get. I haven't shot any in ten years, so...
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    Re: Nikkor 360/500 on Linhof Technika?

    IIRC, Linhof offered a 360mm Schneider telephoto lens (Tele-Xenar?) for the Technika. I'lll suggest that the 360 Nikkor will be usable, but the 500 will be too long. My own experience with the...
  36. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    It's true, this forum is a wonderful place to follow our shared obsession. My sincere thanks to QT, the moderators, and all who keep the doors open!
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    Re: The New Marketplace Rules are Too Restrictive

    This site, and its forum, are about many more things than buying and selling gear. I've both bought and sold items here , but that's not why I show up so regularly.
    I'm here because I regularly see...
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    Both Dorothea Lange and Paul Strand would have been proud to make these portraits.
    Have you ever exhibited this work, or had it published anywhere?
    These pictures, the portraits and the others,...
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    Re: Fixer- sediment layer on bottom?

    Metallic sulfur will eventually precipitate out of any liquid fixer concentrate, making it unusable. This generally happens long after he expiration date (as in years). It's a while since I've used...
  40. Re: Coverage of Wollensak Velostigmat lenses

    I started my view camera work in 1981 with a battered Ansco 8x10 and an uncoated 12"/4.5 Velostigmat series II/Fuzz-O-Matic. I did run out of front rise once or twice... and it was certainly sharp...
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