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  1. Picking ideal lens and fl, for flat copy work

    You seem pretty set on the digitar, eh? Why bother asking if you've already made up your mind..?

    That said, why use a lens at all? You want to go from a digital file to a piece of 4x5 film. Why...
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    Why it's cool to be a LF photographer

    Awesome.

    So far I have only been harassed for lugging around my 4x5. But your post has renewed my faith that one day, something totally cool will happen because of it.

    Let us know when you get...
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    Your first lens

    First lens for 4x5:

    Got a 150/9 g-claron in a copal #0 shutter for $150. Good deal.
    I've since bought a bunch of other lenses, including a 150/5.6 Fujinon, but still use the g-claron since...
  4. When EV is lower than the spot meter can handle

    Ditto on the Gossen Luna Pro SBC. It's the most sensitive I've found. -4 EV is really all you could possibly need; any darker and your exposures would be over ~8 hours, in which case the sun would...
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    ringflash Weegee style on hand-held 4X5?

    Sorry to say, but the ringflash must be positioned around the lens, on axis. Otherwise it won't look like a 'ringflash' at all, it'll just look like any regular on-camera flash. Which, actually,...
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    fuji neopan 8x10

    Sorry man- Neopan 400 (Called "Neopan PRESTO" here in Japan) is only availible in 35mm and 120 rolls. No sheets of any kind.

    Neopan Acros (which, granted, is nothing like presto) is availble here...
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    TMX 100 in HC-110

    I'm not much of a developer-head or magic bullet chaser or whatever you want to call it; that is to say I generally don't fret too much about films and developers, but I didn't really like TMX in...
  8. Thread: Epiphany

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    Epiphany

    For me it was hanging out in the college library one day with nothing to do. I was already kindof into photography, and had fun with my Canon A-1, but had completely dismissed anything other than...
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    Night Exposures

    I use my cell phone quite a bit. I'll walk over to the place I want in focus, turn the screen on, then go back to the camera and try to focus on it. It's bright and has a lot of detail so it's easy...
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    Beginner Lens Question

    I just bought a Fujinon W 150/5.6 a few weeks ago. I payed 28,000 yen which is around $280. So $175 sounds like a real good deal as long as everything works nice.

    I had a 150/9 G-claron that I...
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    Marking 4x5 negatives

    All Fuji sheet film is sequentially numbered along the left edge (notch code facing up). There have been some posts about it. That might help you out. You would still have to keep track of your...
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    Food Photography

    Great article, like the rest of your site. One typo I noticed you might want to fix:

    "Not a good idea the lower angle you shoot from, the more height the food will appear to have."

    Keep on...
  13. Have Internet Forums Revitalized LF Phototography?

    I think the internet, specifically this site and photo.net, we're definetly a factor in me getting more involved in LF. They weren't what started it though; I already had been shooting when I...
  14. Thread: a survey

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    a survey

    I'll put in my stats here.

    2004 was when I started, so I had to build up from scratch more or less.



    New:

    Lowepro AW backpack $200ish
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    Professional Photography 101

    This is a really nice site! Thanks.

    Also, would you by any chance know Mark Perrott? From looking at your map his studio isn't very far from yours. I learned a lot from him in college in...
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    light metering

    Don't be too discouraged! I shoot quite a bit at EV -2 or so, and factoring in reciprocity is not all that hard.

    The meter I use is a "Gossen Luna pro SBC". It takes a 9V battery and I believe...
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    The wacko has gone wacko (scanners)

    Congrats on the camera! I have the same one. At least, I think I do. It's a horseman, and it's a monorail, but there are no markings indicating what model. At school we had LEs, and mine is a...
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    Full frame 4x5 on LPL 4500

    Hi everyone. I have a Saunders LPL 4500 VCCE enlarger. Normally I don't like leaving in film rebates, filing down the carriers and that kind of thing.

    However I have an idea where I'd need to be...
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    Commissionned new lenses, foolish ?

    I'll second the desire for a fast 4x5 lens, something like a 150/2.8 would fit in a copal 3 shutter. I think that would be a really fun lens to shoot with.

    The only "old" equivalent I guess would...
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    Fuji Acros Users Unite!

    The hole in the corner? No idea why they put it there, but every fuji sheet film I've seen has it. It's this small, circular hole in the sheet of film, next to the notch code.

    here is a link to...
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    Fuji Acros Users Unite!

    I buy 4x5 fuji Acros in sheets here in Japan. It's availible in 20 sheet boxes, which cost about 2200 yen, which is around $20. So, about $1/sheet. This works out to more than Kodak films like...
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    How to accurately time long exposures?

    "Remeber that to get a one stop increase in exposure, you have to increase the exposure time by 1.4."

    You mean by 2, right? One stop is... twice as much light? Or am I really missing...
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    photographs

    Yeah... I can totally appreciate that for some people, their "best pictues have been made without any preconcieved ideas in mind". But for me, that just never works. I've tried many times to just...
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    photographs

    That's quite a little question there, isn't it??

    Well gee... I guess there are lots of ways.

    For landscapes, I usually just walk around, for hours and hours, and try too "see" as hard as I can....
  25. New article by Jeff Conrad: Introduction to DOF

    This is a great paper. Though most of it I was already familiar with, it's nice to se it all presented well, and it's something I can send a link to for people struggling with it.

    I still stick...
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    Precarious Perches

    I'll second the decaying buildings one. Though I've never felt terribly endangered, there have been lots of times when I've thought my camera might not live to see another day. This photo for...
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    Problems with long exposures

    Thanks everyone. Good to know that it's a problem other people have had, so it's not just me.

    I will try letting the film settle for a few minues before exposing... after all, if I'm waiting...
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    Problems with long exposures

    Hi everyone.

    I've been recently doing some extended exposures at night with my 4x5 camera. It's a challenge of course to focus and compose and all that with the relatively slow lenses I have, but...
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    Future of LF E6

    Well I can't help tell you about the future (of course) but I can tell you about the present. Or rather, immediate past.

    Anecdotal, sure, but I dropped off my first batch of film at a Tokyo lab...
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    Richard Avedon Dies

    He was definetly one of the greatest, and an inspiration to me and many others I knew. His In the American West series changed how I looked at photography. While I've still yet to see one of his...
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    Enlarger lenses: 135 mm vs 150 mm

    If you're only printing 8x10, that's a 2X enlargement... you're not going to see any difference between the 135 and 150. It's sortof like with taking lenses -- at macro ranges, coverage goes up and...
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    Carrying a horseman monorail?

    I have an LE. I use a lowepro ... uh, trekker, AW something or other... at any rate, a big lowepro bag. It just fits. If you remove the bellows and rotate the standards so they line up with the...
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    Dropping Prices

    I don't mean to sound like I'm gloating (considering the post immediately above mine), but I got a LPL 4x5 VCCE enlarger for free a little over a year ago. A hospital was throwing it out.

    I used...
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    LF repair in Tokyo, Japan ... ?

    Thanks, I went to Gin-Ichi. They were nice and spoke some english too. I kindof expected the price to be really high, and I was not dissapointed.

    They had a lot of crazy lenses there that I'm...
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    Labs in Tokyo

    Anyone know of good reliable labs that can do 4x5 C-41 & scanning in the Tokyo area? Does Yodobashi or a place like that in Shinjuku do it? (it probably says on their web site but my Japanese isn't...
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    LF repair in Tokyo, Japan ... ?

    Hi everyone. I've used this forum a bit for the past year. Well, I just moved to Japan. It's been a pretty crazy few weeks.

    So, I brought all my camera equipment here. Unfortunately some of it...
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    LF photographers in Japan

    Hi

    I'm not in Japan now, but I'll be there next week, and I'll be living there for a year. I'm on the JET program and I'll be in Saitama, and I'm definetly bringing my Horseman monorail 4x5. I'm...
  38. Will 150mm G-Claron fold inside of Speed Graphic

    If a 150/9 g-claron won't fit, I can't imagine many lenses that will. My 150 claron is the smallest LF lens I've ever seen. The copal 0 shutter it is in kindof dwarfs it. 150/9 = 16.6, which is...
  39. Portrait lens for 4x5 for around $300 any suggestions

    I got a schnieder 300 f/9 Repro-Claron for about $200 on ebay. It was in a compur shutter... as far as I can tell, it's just as sharp as any other lens I have, which is to say, really sharp. Then...
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    Overcoming Photographer's Block

    Everyone's got their own ways to deal with this. Many times I've been pacing around, thinking, "what to shoot... what to shoot..."

    Here are some things you might try:

    Shoot at night. ...
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