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  1. Re: Will Ries J-200 (or J-250) head couple with Gitzo GT3541LS tripod?

    As David pointed out to pan the Ries head, the bolt attaching it to the platform of the legs is loosened and the whole head rotated. The Ries legs have a non-threaded hole going through the platform...
  2. Re: Ebony or Gandolfi, That is the question

    I have no experience with either in 8x10 size. Only a little experience with Ebony SV57U.

    Looking at a picture of a newer Gandolfi ( I think you...
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    Re: Help for best set of lenses

    If you like the 300mm field of view you may like the Fujinon T 400 f8. It has less that 260mm flange to focal plane at infinity. I believe your VX125 has 300mm of extension....
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    Re: purchasing a 4x5 field camera need info

    You might want to take a look at:

    If nothing else it shows pictures of many Wista models.
  5. Re: searching for lens board for Heliar 240 / Compound

    I had a flange (also for a Heliar 240mm) that had probably been modified to fit a Technika lens board. At least one edge of it had been chopped off. I put the lens on a Canham lens board (110x110)...
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    Re: Fujinon W 360mm

    Isn't the WS a Seiko shutter version of the W? (when they are otherwise the same)
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    Re: Mini Tripods Solutions for Macro 4x5?

    Bolex made some tripods that look like they were intended for close-ups. I've only seen pictures of them so I don't know how well the concept works....
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    Re: Toyo VX125 Problem

    I don't see anything that could come loose and prevent you from sliding the standards off of the rails after removing the end caps.

  9. Re: Light leak on a custom built 4x5 with a Schneider 47mm lens.

    I'm guessing that you haven't been able to see the light leak when looking at the ground glass.

    You might try wrapping the whole camera in a dark cloth preventing any light from hitting the...
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    Re: Trying Out An Arca D4 Tripod Head

    Thank you
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    Re: Trying Out An Arca D4 Tripod Head

    Didn't Arca Swiss start putting loctite on the screws or something a few years ago so that if you wanted to change the clamp it became a factory repair?

    I replaced the clamp on an old AS head but...
  12. Re: Old tripod, female thread on the ball head. How to connect to Linhof?

    I'm not as knowledgeable as others about the Linhof Technika III as other people on this list. I believe there are several different models. I think they all have a single 3/8 - 16 mounting hole...
  13. Re: Old tripod, female thread on the ball head. How to connect to Linhof?

    If your Linhof 3 camera is a Technica, I would just get a quick release clamp with a hole that you can put a screw through into the ballhead. RRS has made them, krosno65...
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    Re: 8x10 platform head options

    A fixed deflection giving say 0.01mm of movement at a distance of 0.5" from the point of rotation would also give 0.1mm of movement at a distance of 5" from the point of rotation.

    If the plate...
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    Re: 8x10 platform head options

    If you aren't using an RRS plate on the bottom of your camera, that might be part of the problem. Each manufacturer seems to have slightly different dimensions/shape.

    The problem also might be due...
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    Re: PC Sync Debounce

    I suspect even cheap remote flash triggers debounce. I haven't ever investigated though.

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    Re: New and need help

    You could get a Sinar F2 or perhaps a Sinar Norma in pretty nice condition for about $500, leaving roughly enough for a couple lenses. It would probably have all the movements you would want. Using a...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Doesn't the Horseman rotary film back push the film plane even further back from the lens than a simple roll film holder designed for a 4x5 camera?

    I've only seen pictures of them but it seemed...
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    Re: Arca Swiss Core 75 leveler fliplock

    I haven't used the Arca Swiss Core 75 leveler but the gearing looks similar to the Linhof 3D Micro Geared head....
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    The rule of thumb doesn't seem right to me. Maybe Dan Fromm can add some details.

    I rarely shoot 4x5 with an f-number less than f11. I rarely shoot a four-thirds digital with an f-number higher...
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    Re: what camera is this guy using?

    He said his gear was stolen. He was loaned the camera he used.
  22. Re: 5x7 B&J no longer focusing correctly - why?

    It somewhat looks like the right side is focused further back than the left side. Could there be something preventing your film holder from seating flush to the back on one end?
  23. Re: Chamonix 45N-1 Classic? Does 47mm minimum bellows draw allow movements?

    The spec'd image circle at f22 for the 47xl and 58xl is 166mm. For a 72xl it is 226mm.
  24. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    I also recommend the Canham MQC 5.7. The bellow allows very wide-angle lenses to be used but will also give you about a 24" extension. Canham has an adapter that will get you from their lens board...
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    Re: Wobbly Ries Tripod Head

    Looking at mine, I don't see many places where there could be a problem.
    1.) Check the hex head screw on the side near the front of the head that tightens the clamp around the axle which runs front...
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    Re: Tripod for Wista metal field camera

    I believe it was an earlier equivalent of the G1257 or the G1257 itself that I used for years. It is probably adequate for your use at least 95% time. I tried to use it on a very windy day with a...
  27. Re: Rodenstock Imagon 250mm with strange Compound shutter

    The shutter looks very similar to the shutter on a Zeiss Jena Tessa which has faint shutter speeds
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    Re: Locking the Arca Swiss z1-sp Plate

    I've seen two different types of Gitzo top plates. The one I posted the link to is for use without a center column. The previous picture showed the grub screw for preventing the head from rotating....
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    Re: Locking the Arca Swiss z1-sp Plate

    The newer 3 series Gitzo tripods have top plates which have a grub screw to prevent the head from rotating. I believe the 1348 is new enough that the new top plate would fit it....
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    Re: Locking the Arca Swiss z1-sp Plate

    I’ve used rubber cement (plenty of it) applied to the bottom of the head. It works for awhile but eventually fails. All traces of it can be removed when desired.

    I’ve used black finger nail polish...
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    Re: Best 1/4" to 3/8" adapter?

    If you get one with a large flange, you won't have to worry about it getting stuck in your tripod head.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    300mm / 6.3 = 47.6mm
    copal 1 hole = 41.6mm

    240mm / 6.3 = 38.1 mm
    240mm Komura ? (a new version of the kodak, 10" commercial?)

    300mm / 41.6 = 7.2 max f
    or 41.6mm x 5.6 = 233mm max for...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    Fujinon C 300mm f/8.5
    Fujinon A 300mm f9
    Nikkor M 300mm f/9
    Ronar 300mm f/9
    G Claron 300mm f/9

    other focal lengths (small, & light)
    Fujinon C 450mm f/12.5
    Fujinon A 360mm f/10
    G Claron...
  34. Re: Is the rail on a Arca Swiss camera, the same as RRS parts? Are they interchangea

    The AS camera rails have a geared track for focusing. The bottom of the rail fits into an AS clamp. None of the AS “clone” rails have the geared track for focusing.
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Canham MQC57 (or Canham traditional wood): 24" bellows but can be used easily with a 90mm SA XL or not as easily with a 72mm SA XL. At about 6 lbs. its weight is quite reasonable.

    Collapse the...
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    Re: Which quick release for Arca C1 Cube?

    The locking knob on my Arca Swiss D4 has about 7/16" between the top of the knob and the bottom of my camera. My finger will fit in-between with no extra space... so I can turn the knob but there is...
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    Re: Which quick release for Arca C1 Cube?

    With a flat bed camera, your room to turn a knob is limited. The lever lock clamps are very nice. As mentioned, some clamps are sensitive to the shape and dimensions of the plate they are clamping...
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    Re: Help understanding Telephoto lenses
    The Nikkor T lenses are heavier, a little harder to use with tilts, have more restrictions on shift, but are a good way to get a long focal length on...
  39. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    If you think you will be doing large format photography for a long time, mounting all of your lenses on Technika sized lens boards and then getting an adapter to match up to whichever camera(s) you...
  40. Re: Arca swiss quick release solution for master technika

    Get a rail that is long enough to go across the bed and put a stop at each end (

    I don't know how long the bed is but rails are available in almost...
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