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  1. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    You might throw the 240/9 G-Claron on your list--it's in a Copal #1, so it's a few ounces heavier than the Fuji 240/9, but you can usually find one at fairly reasonable prices. I haven't put my...
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    BTW, it slipped my mind at the time but the Adventure Tool Company down in Nederland might be worth stopping by--I could definitely see a custom padded case, maybe "up-armored" with HDPE sheets in...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Great work, Vladimir--I especially like the second in this set.:)
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    Re: post your trees!

    Very cool, I waded Factory Brook once but didn't string up a rod--unfortunately we managed to fetch up in Yankee-land during one of y'all's hottest summers on record.:) At any rate, definitely some...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Excellent, that's a pretty part of the world--my wife and I spent a summer at Cornell a few years back and I had a great time yomping about (though mostly with a flyrod in my hand.:)) Some great...
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    Part of the problem is that the kinds of pack systems under discussion are designed for compressible loads (dry bags or meat bags) or else rigid cases--I keep imagining you reefing-down on a...
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    Excellent, I hope you find a platform that works for you--I will say that you might run into issues carrying the camera horizontally if the compression straps deform the corners of the semi-rigid...
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    Excellent, does your new external frame have a packbag, or is it more of the freighter/loadhauler design? If the latter, a number of companies sell panels that support/compress awkward loads:...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Wonderful, that's very helpful--I was definitely curious about how far you had to stop down.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Excellent, in these parts it's often yellow trillium that you find nestled amongst the tree roots (probably as a result of ants moving last year's seeds.)

    Otherwise, I'm suspecting that DOF might...
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    WP has always made a lot sense to me as a contact print/hybrid option--certainly the form factor of the Chamonix is intriguing as well. That said, using a splitter with an 8x10 and getting two 5x8's...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    That's a wonderfully evocative photo--the foreground in the left corner is worth the price of admission, I think.:)
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Ha, Randy--speaking of dyes and Civil War trivia, the folks in your part of the world used to be called "Butternuts" because they used white walnut (Juglans cinrea) to dye their homespun linen. (The...
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    Nice choice, especially since the 1:2.5 aspect ratio really highlights the symmetry of the architecture. Given the tough lighting conditions, I might be interested in what a monochrome conversion...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That's very interesting about the 180/5.6--love the focal length, but had just about ruled it out for 8x10 based on published IC's. Do you think it's a case of G-claron syndrome, where stopped-down...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That's the fork in the path I reached once I decided on contact printing as my primary output, especially since a splitter gives you two 5x8/4x10's per sheet either to contact print or scan. (I also...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    Ha, I'm afraid my own lens bag is sadly bereft of wunderwaffen--the two lenses I use most for 5x7 are the Fuji 180/9 A and 240/9 G-claron, which should tell you where I'm coming from.:) The 115...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    Of course if you go with the Walker you could translate your 90/4.5 into an 110/5.6 SSXL and actually **make** money.;)

    At any rate, if you're new to the 5x7 format I think it's possible that...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Interesting, the tables I use are a bit more conservative: taking negative size into consideration, a 4mm extension difference calls for f/22 + 2/3 (without tilt). But like my mama always told us,...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Props for convening the Mortality and Morbidity Committee--very useful for a fellow newbie like myself!

    One of the things that struck me reading your description is that your far focus was on the...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That wouldn't be a problem--there's also a 4x5 reducing back, and many folks put the Canham 6x17 RFB on the 5x7 Graflock as well. For myself, the only reason I don't currently own one is its 320mm...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    If you're going to stay with that lens kit, it might be worth looking into the Walker Titan XL--probably a bit bulkier/heavier than the Chamonix options, but it has a good reputation as a rugged,...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Excellent, that's great info--especially like the effect on your skinny portrait orientation works.
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Very cool--I'm curious if you have a particular aesthetic when it comes to providing a white rebate around the print area, since some of the images seem offset within the frame. It's a neat effect,...
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    Re: Grass

    Barrow-wight Action Figure (TM) sold separately.:)
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    Re: Grass

    Indeed, (Section 6 of Leaves of Grass)--nothing like a bit of barbaric free verse yawping on a rainy day.:)

    At any rate, I'm digging the second picture especially--y'all do seem to have rather the...
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    Re: Grass

    A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
    How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.

    I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of...
  28. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Just to come at it from a different angle, I'd be curious as to what focal lengths the OP has to use in his architectural work. If he works mostly on the short end, then the Toyo VX125 might be...
  29. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Vaughn, have you ever checked out the Walker Titan XL line? They're a bit bellows-challenged like other non-folders, but they've always made a lot of sense to me, especially for us who go yomping...
  30. Re: A custom made bag example for arca swiss 8x10

    Excellent, that looks like an elegant solution.:) If you think there will be future iterations of this bag, you might consider "up-armoring" a bit on the sides and top (perhaps with HDPE frame sheet...
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    You mean the Shanghai "Continental" (if you're a John Wick fan).:) That's certainly a great subject--it was on the way from my hotel to the main gate of the university so I walked by it quite often....
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    Excellent, I think we ought to commission some LF work back toward the French Concession--think it needs to be Velvia 50, though.:)
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    Re: post your trees!

    Ha, "Luck is the residue of design," as Branch Rickey once said.:) Certainly an evocative photograph--I suspect it would have a number of different emotional valences depending on your...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Wonderful work here, and on the "Landscape" thread as well. I would be curious to know your metering/developing process in more detail--the upper left corner of this shot seems to be especially...
  35. Re: Arca Swiss 8x10 - The Ultimate Carry Solution

    By Dan McHale perhaps? If so, I'm definitely jealous--if I made my living through LF, I'd definitely pay a visit to the Predator Moose, especially since I'm a challenge to fit.:)
  36. Re: Arca Swiss 8x10 - The Ultimate Carry Solution

    Excellent, were you the yankee I was chatting with on the HPG Forum a few months back?:) If so, I'm glad your new camera container solved the deformation you were getting with the Lightware...
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Excellent, I'll start looking for some 5x12 shots then.:) FWIW, if you're looking for a bladder system, the Source "low profile" three-liter might be a good fit...I can usually find a place for mine...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Those are a couple of great photos from what looks to be some big country--nicely done.:)
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    Re: Sinar Norma 8x10 Telephoto Field 1

    Definitely like that plate and the dual clamp approach--overkill for my applications, but I'm always a bit nervous setting up when everything comes down to one collar being screwed-in securely.:)
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Ha, if it was good enough for Ralph Bakshi....:)

    At any rate, it seems as if we're following the same trail of breadcrumbs--I'll look forward to what you find works for you.
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