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    Re: Linhof Technika III 5x7 restoration

    Really like this thread. Probably 15 years ago I found a 5x7 Linhof very similar to yours in a multi-dealer antique store in western Massachusetts. It was dusty and dirty and needed to be totally...
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    Re: Pinhole Photography in 8x10?

    11x14" big brother/sister to the 8x10 pinhole camera I posted earlier. Still in the process of shooting with different pinholes to find the optimum one. I use sheets of 4x5" film taped to the inside...
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    Re: Pinhole Photography in 8x10?

    Basically a thin wooden box with a Burke & James wooden 8x10 back. Went through probably six different pinholes till I found the optimum one in a thin brass sheet with the back side and inside of the...
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    Re: Decoding Jobo Gear.

    Haven't processed prints in JOBO drums for probably 20+ years. Did go back to my darkroom notes and found:
    2840 Drum 180ml (JOBO recommended 120ml)
    2870 Drum 150ml (JOBO recommended 100ml)
    Was...
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    Re: Decoding Jobo Gear.

    I'd seriously advise you to acquire a few older JOBO catalogues, then you will have references to go by to decode JOBO items.

    I and others use JOPO "print" tubes to process film with no problems....
  6. Re: ART/ARCHITECTURE; Chuck Close Rediscovers the Art in an Old Method

    Years ago visited a fellow photographer in NYC who was doing alternative processes, mostly daguerreotypes, in his very, very small lower NYC apartment. I was shocked that he had no proprietary...
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Around 1980, my boss had a Linhof outfit with 3 of these lenses (less the 150mm Schneider Xenotar at the time, but I believe that he bought this same lens later on) and a 210mm Apo-Lanthar. Whole...
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    I use the same procedures that astronomers use to clean their telescope mirrors. One can be found at
    https://www.galactic-hunter.com/post/how-to-clean-your-telescope-s-mirrors
    many other sites...
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    For backpacking my 120 panoramic camera equipment (NOBLEX PRO 6/150UX, Motweiller P.90, Fuji GSW69111, and extras) I use a ThinkTank Airport Ultralight V2.5. Might be tight fit though because the...
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    Re: Gitzo 1570M repair

    I have two Gitzo. tripods which I acquired in the late 1970s. Both served me well till a few years ago (both are no lightweights for sure). After 40+ years of use they were in need of repair. I...
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Does the scanner work?
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    Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter battery/storage

    Before putting the battery inside the meter, I clean it and its chamber with alcohol swabs. Battery is only held and inserted by hands with cotton gloves on them. Years ago was told that natural...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    For me it was a Rialta. Good resource of info at:
    https://www.poptopheaven.com/about_rialta.asp

    Pluses: All the luxuries: range, oven, frig, bath, AC, etc. Based on the front end of a VW Eurovan...
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I'll assume that your B&J is the wooden Commercial view and not the Grover rail view camera

    Gitzo G 1575 M Professional Ball Joint Head/Off Centre Ball Head: A nightmare to work with because of...
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    Re: f/5.6 or slower 300mm for 8x10?

    One greatly overlooked optic for 8x10 is the 12 inch f/4.5 Wollensak Velostigmat in a Betax No. 5. Have been using one since the early 1970s on my 8x10. Lens actually isn't all that large and the max...
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    "Fancy lenses" conjures up in my mind memories of lenses that I have come across but in the end couldn't afford to acquire them:
    Set of "mint" 150mm, 210mm, and 300mm Voigtlander-TECHNIKA-Apo...
  17. Re: Sinar to Linhof Lensboard Adapter with Heavy Lenses

    Beware of rip off ones. Years ago bought one on eBay from that was shipped from China. Took weeks to get here (Connecticut), the Linhof board locking mechanism was loose and completely inadequate,...
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    Re: Using Chamonix 8x10 with heavy lenses

    Sometimes when I use my 360mm f/5.6 NIKKOR-W and all the time when I use my 600mm f/11.5 S KangRinpoche, I also employ a monopod that has a small clamp attached to its top (I normally use as a...
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    Re: Using Chamonix 8x10 with heavy lenses

    Largest lens that I use on my Chamonix 810V is a 360mm f/5.6 NIKKOR-W. Lens and lens board weigh 3lb 6+oz (1.548 Kg). Lens is a bit front heavy. No problem.
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    120 format: am looking straight on through a prism at a small magnified GG.
    4x5: Looking through a 90 degree reflex finder at a GG with an upright image.
    Whole Plate & 8x10: Looking at an upside...
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    Re: Chamonix Reflex-Viewfinder 4x5

    Have been using a Chamonix 4x5 Reflex-Viewfinder for probably 3 to 4 years. 90% of the time opt for the reflex finder over a dark cloth. Attaching it securely to the back of the camera took some time...
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    Re: Large Print Process - Long Post! (w/pix!)

    Agree... We had to use brushes because rocking the tray was difficult. Emptying out the tray was also very awkward.
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    Re: Large Print Process - Long Post! (w/pix!)

    When we made large prints in my class, we used 3 36" Heavy-Duty Aluminum and Brush Door Sweeps made by Frost King with added handles at each end. Each one was dedicated for the Dev, SB, and Fix....
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    Sticky: Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    When I was employed by the State as a professional photographer, even though I didn't use my equipment on the job I had to take out an extra policy on my photo equipment because my title was...
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    Re: Fog season

    Here in New England if there's a good bit of snow on the ground and the air a tad bit on the warm side, a low level of advection fog forms. Out West is referred to as pogonip. Imagine driving around...
  26. Re: Show Your Compendium Shade on a Field Camera Thread...

    Sinar bellows lenshood mask 2 (533.21) mounted on the the frame of a Sinar Norma auxiliary standard. Initially wanted to adapt a HORSEMAN bellows lenshood to the front standard of my Chamonix. As you...
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    Re: Schneider Xenotar 150mm f2.8 lens problem

    T = "time"
    B= "bulb" (I believe)
    When set on T, Press the shutter release to open up the shutter, press it again to close the shutter. I'm totally guessing but if the shutter is open, you have to...
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    Re: Feature Limited Compur Shutters

    Much prefer to just increase the range that the pin can travel/move in, verses removing the pin altogether. Years ago removed the pin, and it allowed the iris to open up more. Unfortunately one time...
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    Re: Feature Limited Compur Shutters

    I've had shutters that the curved open "hole" that the aperture pin traveled along in limited the widest and smallest apertures. On one of these shutters. I increased the size of the curved "hole"...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Years ago visited Joshua Tree National Park (camping & hiking) and Red Rock Canyon (hiking). 95% of the images that were taken in both places were with wide angle lenses. About a year later I visited...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Whole Plate Chamonix
    Lens depends on what I plan on shooting. Choose from the following:
    90mm Super Angulon XL with central ND filter
    210mm Fujinon W
    330mm IA Raptar which converts to 20" and...
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    Re: Folmer & Schwing 7x17 Serial #

    Look very closely at the wooded parts, especially on the bottom of the camera near the tripod mount. Have seen a few old cameras that the date of manufacture was (very) lightly stamped into the wood....
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    circa 1990s Chrome looking down from a top a bluff on Block Island, Rhode Island
    4x5 Sinar Norma probably with a 600mm lens
  34. Re: Need advice getting started with a Sinar P outfit

    Strongly suggest getting 3 OEM Sinar publications:
    1. "sinar code" this 27 page publication lists all the parts and accessories along with their numerical codes.
    2. "The systematic system" this 20...
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    Putting together lenses from scratch

    Over the years have collected a lot of various glass lens elements. Now seems to be the ideal time to put together some of these elements and create a few usable lenses... hopefully a Petzval optic,...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Have owned and used a Wisner many years before acquiring a Chamonix. Personally much prefer the Chamonix that I now use. Don't have both now to compare side by side, but the Chamonix seems to be a...
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    Consider a Wollensak 9 1/2inch f/4.5 Velostigmat Series II soft focus (adjustable front element(s?)) lens in Betax No.4. Can be had for a reasonable price, and my experiences with Betax shutters is...
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    Re: Heliar 420mm F4.5 Barrel Lens Disassemble

    For stuck aluminum threads Mouse Milk Oil works great.
    Wrap a heating pad around the lens and warm it up a bit, NOT HOT, just warm the aluminum up a bit.
    Use a little, just a few drops, and let it...
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    Re: Preferences for 150-165mm lenses in 8x10?

    5.9” No. 5 Gray Periscope in a COPAL 3. Covers 11x14 with some movements possible. Covering 8x10 is using the sweet spot of this optic.
  40. Re: Need help to identify brass lenses and LF camera

    Very good point to bring up. Over the years have picked up 3 brass "Petzval" lenses off eBay. 2 were just listed as "brass lenses". Thanks to the vade mecum, I was able to ID them as actually being...
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