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  1. Re: Best long lenses usable with Linhof Master Technika

    Yes, we can be nitpicky. But the Fuji 400T was prized by everyone I know who used one for 4X5 distance applications. No, it's not in the league of a Fuji 360A/ f10, which is a completely different...
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    Re: Durst 138s lensboard question

    I'll have to look at my drawer of Durst odds n' ends to see if I have a Roding in there, and measure it. One problem is that the turret itself changed over time, with one series of rings slightly...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Steve - Normally October is the driest hottest month of the year here on the Bay. With the big industrial air cleaner running, I'd first wipe down the Formica countertop with a clean microfiber cloth...
  4. Re: Shooting mountain peaks with 4x5 and roll film. Foolish?

    Too bad for you younger folk. Gravity is more intense than in my youth. Scientific fact. There was a time I could routinely handle both high daily mileage even in extreme terrain and an 85 lb pack...
  5. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    Bernice - so what is your alternative? If you're worried about color film being abused for unrealistic results .... well, doing digi instead, or having ones fingers on a cornucopia of pushbutton...
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    Re: Durst 138s lensboard question

    "Vegatub 39" ... Sounds like something I saw on the cooking network, complete with cabbage shredding attachment.
  7. Re: Shooting mountain peaks with 4x5 and roll film. Foolish?

    Gosh. I've found a lot of front rise really valuable at time, especially close in to some big wall or high pinnacle, or to keep conifers in the foreground looking naturally vertical rather than all...
  8. Re: Shooting mountain peaks with 4x5 and roll film. Foolish?

    That's a bit too wide for me, Greg. I use the GW690ii and GW690iii instead, with the more "wide-normal" 90mm lens. The older one is nice for really rough stuff. Three years ago I used it for a...
  9. Re: Shooting mountain peaks with 4x5 and roll film. Foolish?

    What's a trail? Well, now 72, I think I'm going to have to figure that one out myself. Most of my life the whole point was to find some special area completely devoid of trails. But the older you...
  10. Re: Shooting mountain peaks with 4x5 and roll film. Foolish?

    Why foolish? I've often done it. Yes, I prefer full sized sheet film whenever possible; but sometimes that is not practical. For example, I sometimes use my Nikkor 300M and a 6x9 rollfilm back to...
  11. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    Well, making film is apparently art as well as science, and therefore dependent not only on well-tuned equipment but a continuity of informed film-craftsmen, so to speak. But given the fact that the...
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    Re: Durst 138s lensboard question

    Some 39mm thread rings have a distinct cone-like projection, but I can't recall right off the top of my head the specific Durst code for it. Otherwise, it would be easy for any machinist to make one.
  13. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    Kodak is doing a lot of fresh coating. That's an evident fact from both completely new products like E100 chrome film, and from successive new batch numbers on longstanding popular films like TMax.
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Humidifiers?.... Interesting thought, but sure not here on our coast! Just the opposite. One has to periodically check electrical contacts and wiring for symptoms of damp salt air corrosion. Good...
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    Re: Chamonix cameras in action in Tibet

    I'd surmise that wet plate was the chosen medium, and the whole point all along. Why would someone bring larger more tedious equipment to begin with for sake of contact prints when there are much...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    Heck, just plan on a little mounting first. A drymount press will heat things up fast enough! One more reason to have plenty of juice going into the darkroom. Mine even has its own subpanel, with...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    The radiator convection style ones work best, are relatively safe (much safer than ceramic), and don't have glowing strips or coils, no blowing of dust either, but take a little while to fully warm...
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    Re: Chamonix cameras in action in Tibet

    Thermos bottles? Hot chocolate emulsion?

    Those leftover glacial ice "pententes" sure look photographically tempting. My only objection is that the climber was using a Black Diamond made in PRC...
  19. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    Kodak is still making film, and even doing some investment to increase production. The marketing entity side of it is a little more involved, and not the old Kodak per se. The problem all along is...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    I've had SUPERB service from Ries over the years. These are difficult times due to pandemic issues, so give them a break. All kinds of manufacturers are having problems getting necessary components,...
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    Re: TAP Plastics/Acme Plastics experience?

    No - exactly the opposite, Michael. It's precisely what professional sign companies prefer for even delicate brittle plastics, as well as honeycomb aluminum panel specialists, an even fussier...
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    Re: Tmax 400 in D-76 correct dev time

    I'd avoid anything as hot as 75 F with TMY; there's a risk of edge frilling - I've seen it happen. I recommend full box speed of 400, and now routinely process TMY in PMK pyro. But D76 is easy to do...
  23. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    Digital shooting is a whole different ballgame. Nothing wrong with that, but it's not the same. The whole point with actual color film for me is that I can print it in my own darkroom facility to a...
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    Re: TAP Plastics/Acme Plastics experience?

    No, not Brother hobby cutters. 1/8 inch Styrene is hard and stiff, and not like soft vinyl. And for solvent welding you need clean square edge but preferably with a tiny bit of tooth; lasers are not...
  25. Re: Should Kodak/Fuji rethink color sheet film for room temp processing?

    "Real world use" simply means an appropriate tempering bath, tempering box, precise mixing valve, or thermoregulator - something PREDICTABLE of constantly sustained corrected temperature. The...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    There was a lovely segment on PBS last nite showing the remarkable poppy bloom in spring along the now infamous Hite Cove trail. That is probably the most accessible area in Sierra canyons to see...
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    Re: Chamonix cameras in action in Tibet

    Nobody got up to 23,500 feet. That's the altitude of the peaks they photographed. The only person I know of in history who actually got a now-antique style ULF camera over 23,000 was Vittoria Sella...
  28. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    Lisco & Fidelity are basically the same thing. There are some minor differences in both over the decades, with the later holders having less brittle darkslides than the earlier ones. It' all I've...
  29. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    Nope. He paid top dollar for new stuff from the dealer himself, who didn't give deals of things he had a monopoly on to anyone, because back then there were still plenty of interested customers...
  30. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    Yep. Jens needed a few legit artist endorsements in order to fleece the rest, as CB lived just a short distance away, maybe 5mi. What Jens really was after was mandatory equip maintenance contracts...
  31. Re: What Color Film are you using in your 8x10 to capture Fall Colors?

    Well, Charlie and certain other locals went to digital simply because DT was too much work, too expensive, and indeed had a much lower success rate. But when DT is on target, inkjet can't touch it. ...
  32. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    I suspect he'll retire. Where he came up with all his money to begin with, I don't know, and would never ask anyway. But not everyone starts out with a 90K enlarger and 11K lens - in fact it doesn't...
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    Re: Wide Lenses for 4x5 & 8x10: 90mm to 165mm

    The specific serial number span of the early defective 80 and 110 XL's has been published. I don't know the exact link; but it would be important to look up if contemplating buying one of these. I...
  34. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    I don't think he'd be the one. He's getting old, no doubt is having difficulty with bigger cameras like 8x10, and either unable or unwilling to transfer from Ciba once his remaining inventories of...
  35. Re: What Color Film are you using in your 8x10 to capture Fall Colors?

    The days of color film won't end as long as I'm alive myself. Yes it's getting awfully expensive in sheets, especially 8x10 (not bad in roll film version). But if a ten sheet box of 8x10 color chrome...
  36. Re: What Color Film are you using in your 8x10 to capture Fall Colors?

    Let me first of all state that my idea of "fall color" is not the stereotypical postcard one. Yes, here in California we have plenty of our own vivid yellows and reds, including classic aspen colors...
  37. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    Alan - It's hard to compare printable chromes from just web effective ones. Hopefully you'll start whittling on that stick soon. But it does appear you are getting comfortable with the restricted...
  38. Re: Velvia 50 4x5 and 8x10 and Fujicolor 160NS Professional 120 discontinued

    Sergey - If I was young today and could afford it (which I certainly couldn't have when I was actually young), I would have jumped at the opportunity now available to cross back and forth over the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    afxstudio - Yes, its a nice image; but I would have personally cropped a fair amount from the bottom to give a image more linearity, and to emphasize the upper portion - leading the eye to follow the...
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    Re: Discussion on Tripod Heads for 8x10

    Not all tripods will accept a half-ball mechanism. They have to be designed for that to begin with. I have a large Feisol CF tripod that will accept one, and it's fairly affordable if I ever chose...
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