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  1. Which 4x5 B&W films capable of N+/-2 or greater?

    I have found T-Max emulsions quite soft and scratch easily if great care is not taken when processed in a tray. I also don't see as much of a value shift as I would like at N+1 and N+2 with the...
  2. bush pressman? super graphic? waste of time?

    I have owned several Busch cameras over the years, but they can't even come close to the versatility of a good field camera with back movements, and a large lensboard that will accept a #3 or maybe...
  3. Tracking LF Negatives Developed By Labs

    One way to identify images in small lots of film sent to a lab is to notch the corners of the film. I use a small fingernail clipper made for a baby so as not to cut too deeply into the film. ...
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    Extra-Large-Format on Monorail

    I am very interested in this question, because it was one that I asked myself about a year ago. I enjoy Panoramic images, and have a strong desire to use a 8x20 camera to make platinum images from....
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    printing-out-paper

    Kodak AZO is not a printing out paper. You still must develope the paper in a developer such as dektol, stoping and fixing are also required. AZO is a very slow paper, best suited to contact...
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    processing 4x5

    I use both the Tmax and the Tmax RS developers, and have found that results are about the same for each. Tmax developer is a one solution developer when mixed with water is used for roll films (it...
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    Polarizer for wide-angle lens

    I had a similar problem, which was solved by making a slip on filter holder for an 82mm filter which could then be pushed very close to the rim of the lens. I made the "slip on" filter holder by...
  8. Best 2x3 view camera for travel/field use?

    I have been a long time user of the Galvin 2x3. I think one of the main advanta ges of this camera over some of the other 2x3's mentioned is that the camera acc epts both Graphlex and Mamiya RB roll...
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    which wood tripod

    Zone six makes a fine wooden tripod. Pricey though, around $300.00, legs only. You can also adapt a wooden surveyor's tripod, this is the one I like the best. The draw back is that it does not...
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    Soligor Digital Spot Meter

    I own an older digital Soligor Spot meter and have found it to be a very good me ter. However, I have also found that I prefer a non-digital meter for Zone Syst em work, which I do 70% of the time. ...
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    wood or aluminum?

    I own both wooden and metal tripods, but by far the tripods that get the most us e in the field are my wooden tripods. They are lighter than the metal ones, and will transmit less vibration to the...
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    7"x17" Holders

    I am on the look out for 7x17 banquet camera holders. I have heard a rumor that somebody was making them again. Does anybody have any ideas?
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    data input to sinar

    I believe that Sinar, or a third party manufacture makes a back that you write y our info on special strip of acetate, which is then slipped into a channel in th e camera back, this puts your info...
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    Glass 4x5 carriers for Omega D

    If you don't want to pay the $100.00 plus for a new Omega glass carrier, and are handy with a glass cutter, you can make one without much trouble. The main thi ng you are going to need is...
  15. Is a Super Graphic a good 1st LF camera?

    The Super Speed Graphic (SSG) could be a great LF camera to start off with, howe ver you need to look at the type of LF photography you are interested in. The S SG does not have full movements,...
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    Carbon Fiber Tripods

    I have on occasion played with the carbon fiber Gitzo we have in our studio. It is unbelievably light and very stiff. I would have thought that the legs would bow a bit, it feels so spindly. I put...
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    shutter inaccuracies

    Terry, Many older shutters such as those you have will begin to "stick". This is a pro cess that takes place over time, first affecting the slower speeds then the fast er ones. You may not event be...
  18. advice on buying this camera... Calumet 405?

    The 400 series cameras are very basic view cameras from the 60's and 70's. The 405 is usually black, with a revolving back (which is nice) the long bellows mea n a really long and combersome rail to...
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    Anyone building their own 4x10's?

    Wayne, Convertng an 8x10 to 4x10 is no problem, if you have some basic woodworking skil ls. Especially if your bellows are in good shape. A while back, I converted an old Kodak 8x10 flatbed camera to...
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    grafmatic film holder

    Hello,

    I shoot with two Grafmatic film holders. I have not noticed any loss of sharpne ss in general. However, if the septums (film holders) become bent they can jam the slider, and produce...
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    Frozen Wooden Cameras

    I have had a slight problem with the controls freezing up on my Kodak 8x10 Wood Field when working in cold climate conditions. However this seems not to be a f ault of the wooden aspect of the...
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    Which lightmeter?

    Might I suggest a Gossen Luna Pro, these can often be picked up used at a reason able price. They are very sensitive, giving reading up to 8 hours. I use mine for determining the exposure at night...
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    Cambo SC production range, portability

    I belive that the SC went into production in the late 80's. The SC is not a light camera by any means. It has a large rail that does not collapse,(it does release) which makes it a very bulky camera...
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    Cambo SC production range, portability

    The Calumet SC (CAMBO SC) was discontinued from production about two years or so ago. The Cambo cameras, are of excellent quality. The SC is an upper middle o f the road view camera, very modular...
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    Making a Bellows

    Jeff, Rob Rothman was correct, View Camera Magazine did print a how-to article on bell ows making. It was in the July/Aug 1996 issue. If you cant find a copy at your local library, you can down...
  26. Any comments on a New Vue camera? (Brand Name)

    Thomas, I had a brief encounter with a New Vu a while back. The camera has 2 rails and weighs a ton! The movements are not ample, but would suit most people. The cam era is built like a tank, but...
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    Which speed graphic

    Sorry Chris, I ment to say that KEH has several Busch cameras under $200.00
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    Which speed graphic

    Chris, I recomend that you check out the Graphlex web site www.graphlex.org, they have answers to most any graphlex question. This said, however, my personal favorite 4x5 press camera of the Graflex...
  29. Use of large format enlarging lens on camera

    Mike, You could use a 300mm enlarging lens on a 5x7 view camera, but finding a shutter that you could mount the lens into might be a problem. Most of the 300mm enlar ging lenses that I have seen use...
  30. Schneider 65mm f/8 Super Angulon (chrome barrel)

    I have used this lens regularly in the past on 4x5, and I have always found it t o be one of my favorite lenses. However, it will just barely cover 4x5 full fra me. You will have very little in the...
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    building a large format view camera

    I know that this may sound a little strange, but have you considered refinishing an old view camera before jumping in to building one from scratch? A view came ra is a very simple camera, but I have...
  32. Wide Angle Lens for Super Speed Graphic

    Sheldon, I am making the asupmtion that you are speaking of a 4x5 Super Speed Graphic. T o get the equivalent of a 24mm lens in 4x5 you would need something like a 65mm Schneider Angulon or a...
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    6x17 lens fall off

    Pete, I shoot a lot of 6x17, and have switched from a 90mm to a 135mm lens for the ver y reason that you are asking about. You can use a center graduated filter with a 90mm, this will help a lot,...
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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    I have built several large format cameras including an 8x10. I found that an ea sy way to determin the proper ground glass position is to use and actual 8x10 holder for y our camera's sring back...
  35. 6x9 Rollfilm holders for 2x3 Horseman-what's best?

    I believe that the 6x9 horseman field cameras had a "Grafloc" type back, or that adapters to "grafloc" are available. If this is so,you can use Graflex RH series 120/220 backs. To use this back you...
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