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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    Have you ever seen an indication of misfocusing on your negatives? I guess if you’re 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 it’s not necessary. Pick the N of F model depending on...
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10’

    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 Duma’s efforts for making this available to us.
  5. Freezing FIlm - Provia 100, Tmax 100 & 400, Ektachrome E100, Velvia 50

    I don’t think there’s any special precautions. Just put the boxes in the freezer flat (not vertical) without anything heavy on top that could crush them.

    I’d not bag the boxes as you’re bringing...
  6. Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    Are you going to send to a lab for processing? If so I’d do box speed. In reality so as long as you use box speed or up to 1 stop slower you will be fine unless you’re pushing a huge dynamic range. ...
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    As long as you get the next box before you need to reload again, it doesn’t really matter whether you have 4 or 5 or any number holders, really. You basically always have enough sheets to load all...
  8. Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Yup the Fuji HRU may disappear soon ... or not... Fuji is so unpredictable...

    I guess when everything goes, as long as we can source bromides, nitrates, or dichromates we can at least keep...
  9. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Probably from their freezers... It hasn’t been available that I know of for a few months now.... very sad.
  10. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    I’m surprised people keep recommending wood tripods when OP is asking for light.

    I will keep saying the Leofoto is probably the best compromise between weight, stiffness and cost.

    The LS-323C...
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    Tent is the way to go.

    In a pinch if the bag is large enough you can Velcro the top center point and lift it (attaching yo something nearby) so as to create a mini tent. It will tend to shrink...
  12. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    If you don’t want to spend north of $1k in a gitzo/RRS solution, look at Leofoto. They come in different models for height/weight/compactness, are made of 10 layer carbon and are far more economical....
  13. What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    There’s this route...

    https://www.stonephotogear.com/filmstorage/4x5singlesleeve

    and then the eBay ones:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/254379569537

    (Those are 8x10 but there’s similar ones for...
  14. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    I use individual holder sleeves of different colors to specify the film type very clearly visually. Some vendors’ are reversible with different colors inside/out.

    I think that’s better than...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    Realistically for my taste the 720mm is a bit too prone to atmospheric effects impacting resolution in many conditions if used at infinity so I only use the 500mm. Also it’s hard to get the stability...
  16. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    If you’re only carrying 1 lens, almost any will do just fine and you won’t notice the weight difference.
    In that focal range you can pick any in this list and it will do fine:
    ...
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    Re: Shipping Container Camera

    The first question that popped in my mind when seeing the video (which is cool) is, who is paying for this? Because nothing that happens in the video, from building, to the crane lift, to the public...
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    Re: Suggestions for LF field camera

    I think the problem is that still life/macro and landscape are a bit at odds with each other. The first one wants a heavy stable monorail the second one a light wood foldable camera (other options...
  19. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    I find the Fuji 400mm a very good lens, and being a tele your below extension for infinity would be 10.4” which means a pretty stable configuration in the open. It’s also quite cheap relatively...
  20. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    I think the natural step would be to go to at least 400 or 450mm. I see no point in 360mm if you already have 300mm.

    The Fuji T 400mm (relative cheap, not too heavy) or the Nikkor M 450mm (more...
  21. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    I wouldn’t choose either. They’re 1.5 Kg lenses.
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Plenty of time to jump to 8x10, ULF, get into carbon printing and all those fun things... even WP if you really wanted ;-)
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    I hope y’all realize ours is a race against time. The WP crew are just slightly ahead of the 8x10 folks, somewhat more so than the 4x5 folks, and about on par with the ULF folks. Ok maybe it’s not...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Taking shots of lighting is something I will definitely use my 35mm gear for. I’ll bring the 200-500mm zoom and do it from a safer distance (nothing is 100% safe). They also sell you this trigger...
  25. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    You mean you use UV lighting for the subjects?
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    Re: Cordless telephone for darkroom

    Assuming you have a phone line you could try a rotary phone, they still make them. No lights!
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    210mm F5.6 Lens For 8x10

    Check this out:


    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenses/LF8x10in.html

    https://graflex.org/lenses/lens-spec.html

    Of course that’s at f22, smaller aperture will increase the image...
  28. Re: Cable release solutions for a recessed board?

    The Gepe flex extension that is back ordered ob B&H is the only long-term approach that I’ve found truly and really works and stands the test of time. Everything else stops working or gets broken or...
  29. Re: Excited and Stoked, 4x5 Black Edition Intrepid

    Life is short indeed. It’s also a matter of wallet. The mistakes you may make that I’m talking about are not related to composition or execution. You may simply load the film incorrectly. Double...
  30. Re: Excited and Stoked, 4x5 Black Edition Intrepid

    I love your excitement, reminds me of when I started ... ! It’s great!

    Just one comment, you may not want to start using your expensive velvia sheets. You’re bound to make some mistakes until you...
  31. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    I tend to agree that we're beating a dead horse and this thread should now be closed by the moderators.
  32. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    Sometimes we just read too fast. He wrote "Their aluminum prices are twice that for the same thickness in aluminum sheet, and around $15 /sq. ft. for aluminum plate."
    So he's comparing 3 items: FR4,...
  33. Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    Since you can at least get 4 boards from one square foot sheet, the cost difference is either $2.67 in FR4 or $5.35 in aluminum sheet or $3.75 for plate. None of that has a strong bearing on the...
  34. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    Go to eBay and buy a CNC aluminum lens board from Luland for like $13.99 free shipping.
    No issues, and will last forever.
  35. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    If you read the thread I posted you’ll see they’re aware and solved it by going from FR4 to Aluminum.

    I’ve done my fair share of PCBs in my early days and know quite well FR4 is not light...
  36. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    See here:


    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?158981-Lens-board-light-leak-lens-board-question/page2
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    They’re not aluminum????
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    You’re already using a Leofoto head, so you must know they also have very reasonably priced and solid CF tripods for your Gibellini. Would be a non costly way to upgrade your tripod for it if you...
  39. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    They look just like pictures taken with my Holga!

    /s

    If it’s not the lens it does look like some light leak... almost like the lens board is not totally light proof...?
  40. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Very nice. What do you think makes the skin take this almost metallic look?
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