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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    It was Ansel's writing as much as his photographs that first got me interested in photography.
  2. Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera, with options is a reality

    Sounds like fun Steve! Best of luck with it all. :-)

    And yes, lensboard size matters!
  3. Re: The Jazz Loft according to W. Eugene Smith

    Very cool. Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    Comparable to 90mm on 4x5?
    210mm (8 1/4") Dagor. f/6.3 gives you adequate light with which to focus. Often available in an Ilex #3 synchro shutter. Not the most modern, but they can be good. And not...
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Thanks Greg!
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Looks terrific Greg! Ditto the pool noodle.

    Searching "Rustoleum Restore" online, I see that there are a lot of products. Can you be specific about which you used? Did you use a primer?

    I also...
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Because they're there. Both are big coverage modern lenses with modern coatings in modern shutters. I had both until last summer I (somewhat regrettably) sold my Nikkor M-450. But, like Jim F, I can...
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    Re: help choosing portrait lens?

    For a lens mounted in a shutter, the aperture or iris is part of the shutter. For an idea about what makes a good portrait lens, take a look at the ongoing portrait thread on this forum. And don't...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    If you're building the camera, why not build the head, too? Maybe make one following the design of the old platform heads that look like a clapperboard from the side.
  10. Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    When I started in 4x5 a few years back, I chose to go with a 210 and 120mm combination. That seemed to best address the way I look at the world.
    But then, several years later my favorite image to...
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    Re: Tripod Suitable for Linhof 5x7

    For a while I had a 5x7 Technika camera and used it with a Ries J-100 tripod (or rather, an older equivalent) and a J-250 head. That was a very solid set-up; going larger or more robust will give you...
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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    The best part of Red Rock Canyon, I thought, were the wild burros. But I doubt they'd hold still for a sitting.
    NE of Vegas, going up Hwy 93 toward Alamo is interesting. The landscape looks almost...
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    Re: Need advice on ULF bellows

    And I don't mean to rain on the OP's parade.
    Or maybe I do...
    But success at the larger ULF formats is very demanding in so many ways.
    The progression is very non-linear. And there are so many...
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    Re: Need advice on ULF bellows

    It seems to me that there is something completely incongruous about this statement.

    Why don't you start with something smaller before going into the deep end?
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    Re: George Hurrell, Documentary

    That wasn't my point. But never mind.
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    Re: George Hurrell, Documentary

    Alas, not a word about lenses. Guess it's just geeks like us, er, uh... me, that care about such!
  17. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Without a doubt, the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts. Each is an architectural field day.
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    Re: More Saltzman

    That thing looks more like a prop that escaped from a Joel Peter Witkin set! :rolleyes:
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Format does not affect depth of field.
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Before committing to ULF consider negative storage. Sleeves in your preferred size may well require some searching. Likewise print storage is a consideration. As mentioned, tray size may be an issue,...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    Postscript to my earlier post - It is very curious to me that almost all of the images I have bought have been portraits. And that's because I've never considered myself drawn to portraiture. But I...
  22. Re: Largest wetplate demo and darkroom ever

    For some reason I was expecting a banjo.
    And I get a 'cello...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    Me? Interpretive (as a general category).
    I detest labels and literally cringe every time someone, upon hearing that I am a photographer, pipes up and asks, "So what do you photograph?... Landscapes...
  24. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    Take a look at http://re-inventedphotoequip.com/Home.html. Reinhold Schable can mount a Packard shutter so that it will mount on the front of your lens. That then gives you the option of using a...
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    Re: Seeking Gandolfi knowledge

    My best guess is that the knobs are a focus lock for the rear standard.

    Lovely camera, btw.
  26. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Michael,

    It looks like the cell for the front element is deep enough to provide fairly good purchase if you were to grab on to it. Have you tried a length of lamp cord as a "wrench"? This is the...
  27. Re: The Mystery of Dad's Nikkor-W 210m f5.6

    The difference between the lenses may simply have been a means to use up existing inventory before switching to the newer version. Off-the-shelf is always cheaper to produce.
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    Re: soft focus landscape

    Very nice work Stephane!
    I don't know how a Port-Land works... Is the diffusion variable?
    The diffusion level in your displayed photos seems to be right on. Terrific mood, but not disintegrated...
  29. Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    Some very good advice here. But I have to add that I have a mix of Sinar and Horseman boards. I've had no problems at all with with either.
    I'll also add that I really miss my Norma! ;)
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    Tha's why they're called "tri"-pods, Right?
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    Re: One Tripod to Rule Them All?

    For a long time I have been an advocate of Ries tripods for LF and ULF. But they are undeniably heavy. Even just walking with my 5x7 field camera and a Ries J100, that tripod wore me down quickly...
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    Re: Americana

    Hey! My old girlfriend!
    Oh, nope; she's wearing a tie!
    So hard to un-see!
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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    195219

    I've posted this elsewhere on this forum, but it seems to belong in this thread. This is the Town House, Strafford, VT. Built 1799. And yes, it is referred to as the Town House and not the...
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    Re: soft focus landscape

    Bryan - This is really nice. I've long been skeptical of soft focus for landscape. But you are helping to wear away my doubts. The mood here is very nice. But what wins me over is the gesture of the...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Yep.
  36. Re: Need A Decent Lab Scale For A Decent Price

    I just found my lab scale (nothing's where it's supposed to be - long story) -
    It's the MyWeigh brand, model 700 (700 is the capacity in grams). Claimed accuracy 0.1g. Reads in Grams, Ounces, 1/8...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    I tried to once, but it was too far away to see...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    To further muddy the waters (sorry!), I had always heard that the Super Angulon 121mm would barely cover 8x10, straight on, but that the Nikkor SW 120 f/8 will not quite cover.
    I have the former,...
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    Re: Nikkor M 450 F9 - Question

    Everybody's mileage varies. But for me, 450 on 8x10 is a bit long for H+S portraits. My choice is for something in the 12" - 14" range. And there are a LOT of choices in that range.
    And I'm speaking...
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    Re: I-70 Colorado and Utah

    I'm an eastern boy and am easily impressed by the West. I drove part of I-70 through Utah way back in nought-five and thought for sure that around the next bend I'd run into a herd of dinosaurs. It...
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