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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    A ball head is great because it provides full control of the orientation. The flexibility is great. A leveling base is a ďcastratedĒ version that limits it to 20 deg or whatever the limit is. Many...
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    Re: Switch from Epson to Canon printer?

    I went the opposite route but that was driven by the fact that I wanted to use QTR for alt-processes......
  3. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Now that we get into the the weeds, let me repeat here what has already been discussed in this very forum a few times before:

    ďcos^4 is the basic limiting physics, cos^2 from inverse distance...
  4. Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Itís all a matter of personal taste and no two photographers have the same aesthetic but at least for landscape and portrait photography there is not a lot of useful information in the corners...
  5. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    The fall off follows a cos^4, no need to waste a negative to confirm that IMO. All you need to know is the angular FOV of your lens, diagonally.
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    I use a REI Ruckpack 65L for my 8x10 and I think it would be good for you. Itís not a top loader so itís very practical. You can carry a tripod on the side or the front (which centers the weight...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Thereís no downside provided the areas are still within the linear range of the film, otherwise if too dark it will become a nasty gray or show some color shift because the original color has shifted...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Yeah Iím also waiting for the Admin to activate my account... until then thereís no way to explore anything....
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    So in short I think you would agree that you should not be too concerned about making getting a cf a top priority. Keep shooting and then see if at some point you hit a point where you see by...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Itís a matter of taste but for these type of pictures that you posted, I really donít see the need for a CF.

    The fact that you added vignetting to one of them is actually telling, isnít it, that...
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    Re: Does anyone use GND filters on B&W film?

    Very ingenious!
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    Does anyone use GND filters on B&W film?

    Absolutely. My most used gnd is a 2 stop graded (hard). Even if b&w has more latitude I find it better to tame it to get the best out of it in post processing. But if itís not a sky (or the scene...
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    Re: Suggestions For Wide Angle Lens on 8x10

    The Fuji A 240mm?
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    Do you keep a checklist?

    I keep the meter always in a waist pouch, so I only have one. I have two sets of filter holders and adapters, one in the 4x5 bag and the other in the 8x10 bag. The filters are in a single pouch that...
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    What size 8x10 lens to match..

    By the way if youíre mind is not already set on a particular brand/model, I find that Zero Image pinhole cameras are very high quality and priced reasonably.
    The have a modular approach where you...
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    What size 8x10 lens to match..

    If I go by achieving 89deg diagonal then it is roughly a 22 mm in full frame (35mm). Thatís like 165mm in 8x10 (to achieve 89deg diagonaló the ratio is different so the comparison is not exact; for...
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    Beautiful! Congrats on your self gift :-)

    Now you just need an 8x20 to go along ... :-)
  18. Re: Epson V850 Perfection ,Will it scan 8x10 Film ?

    To add to gratís knowledgeable response, comparing is tricky because with the holder the adjustment of the height can make quite a difference, and also the film wonít be as flat as it can be on the...
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    Re: The art of printmaking

    The books Jim listed are all great. Iíd add also ďthe elements of black and white printingĒ by Carson Graves.
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    Re: LACP New Fine ART Class

    Yes! Letís get a master in iPhone Photo Art!

    /s
  21. Epson V850 Perfection ,Will it scan 8x10 Film ?

    It will definitely scan 8x10 and will yield likely more than enough resolution and Dmax for most objectives. A single shot with a D800 wonít even come close unless you use multiple shots to scan...
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    Re: Night Vision for focusing?

    Better find something that will hold it steady. Like taped to a tripod leg or some place in the camera.
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    Re: Correcting Focus When Stacking Filters

    This doesnít make sense other than the filter stack degrading the quality due to its impact to the MTF (aberrations, etc.) because theyíre not ďperfectĒ. Otherwise, if you placed a perfect glass in...
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    I disagree itís a myth. Iíd instead say it isnít a huge difference for the very experienced photographer that has mastered the tool, but it is a huge difference for the newcomer to 8x10 (newcomer as...
  25. Banding problems with digital copy camera and fluorescent light source

    The reason for the issue has already been explained. As you mention, a longer exposure with ND filters may integrate enough to reduce it significantly assuming the flickering is a ďzero meanĒ random...
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    Presence in 8x10 photography

    I feel you. For me, the consideration is almost the opposite one, ie. should I sell the 4x5s I have? I havenít used them in 1 year.

    The truth is that I just enjoy 8x10. The smile you get when you...
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    Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Thatís what I do as well, I scan at 48bit (color)/16 bit (b&w), which gives you plenty of latitude for adjusting later provided you donít clip anything.

    In terms of post-processing you have it...
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    Re: Metering Technique...any problems here?

    One thing so far needs to be said: those less concerned with going up to zone X and beyond are doing printing in a dark room. The same approach wonít yield as good results if youíre scanning. In that...
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    Re: Internal Bellows Reflections

    We just need bellows made with this stuff:


    http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2019/back-black-new-blackest-material/
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    Metering Technique...any problems here?

    Thereís different ways to achieve the same result. Whether you average and then make sure your scenes stays within a certain range around there, or exposing directly for the shadows on zone 3 is...
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    Re: use expired developer

    Itís either ok or gone bad. You could do a quick test but if those shots are critical I wouldnít risk it.

    This question was addressed a while back. Opinions are like colors.
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    Epson V800 Height Above Glass

    I donít have an answer but what I can say is that I got tired of this ó adjusting levels periodically with the betterscanning solution, etc (because the adjustments arenít permanent, they change over...
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    Re: yosemite update

    This is such a fallacy. With the past bills, there have been far more tax dollars going to support the people that lost their jobs than paying govt employees that could not perform any function. Most...
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    4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    Lots of options. Personally Iíd go with a Fuji A 240mm. Plenty of coverage for even 8x10 in case you upgrade in the future, sharp, light, not expensive.
    The Nikkor-wís are also good options, and a...
  35. Re: Fuji HR-U X-ray Film, 510 Pyro & Albumen Printing

    Thank you for the detailed report. I have a stack of HR-U to start playing with, and this is very useful and informative.
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Have you ever seen an indication of misfocusing on your negatives? I guess if youíre really worried you could tape a small laser range meter and measure any potential shifts when following your...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    The Chamonix is the best option for a lightweight camera in its price range. You can improve the ground glass by using a Maxwell fresnel but itís not necessary. Pick the N of F model depending on...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10í

    Best combo for hiking is the Fuji C 300, 450 and 600 mm, and a Fuji W 180mm (the old one that covers 8x10).
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    I got my 4x5 ones too. Great finish and quality. About the same price as color slide film. I have no complaints, and really appreciate Nodda Dumaís efforts for making this available to us.
  40. Freezing FIlm - Provia 100, Tmax 100 & 400, Ektachrome E100, Velvia 50

    I donít think thereís any special precautions. Just put the boxes in the freezer flat (not vertical) without anything heavy on top that could crush them.

    Iíd not bag the boxes as youíre bringing...
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