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    Re: 210mm f/5.6 - Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    Don't forget Fujinon. Every bit as good. So, basically, any of the "big four" manufacturers will be adequate.
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    Re: Apo-Componon HM optimisation range

    They're only made up to 150, which would be the only true LF focal length. Most enlarger lenses (versus graphics lenses adapted for enlarging) are optimal sharpness about 1 to 2 stops down from...
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    That's my opinion too. It's easy to find some little place of your own with nobody else's footprints even in it. But I've also walked a major spectacular canyon for over a week without encountering...
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    Re: info on 4x5 Sinar copy camera?

    It's an interesting topic, but all of us have our heads in the Jurassic version of it. I had the paintings or whatever brought to me for sake of my own very carefully aligned copy station. It's...
  5. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    Interpolation. Sometimes it tries to pole-jump a ditch, sometimes something too wide to be unrealistic. I'm done with this thread. Too little knowledge of how dyes and inks and so forth actually...
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    Re: info on 4x5 Sinar copy camera?

    So what, Bob? How does that guarantee parallelism with the original to begin with? Maybe today one could use an extremely precise laser measuring device projecting the 4 corners of the original to...
  7. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    If there's such a thing as a "perfect" match anywhere in this kind of technology, Pere, then go patent it. You won't find it, and clearly don't understand anywhere near all the major variables of the...
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    Re: info on 4x5 Sinar copy camera?

    Minus the tilts & swings. I've only seen catalog pictures of it. Everybody I know used a regular Sinar P or even F. Why go looking for something less versatile which probably cost more due to its...
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    Re: Darkroom Ventilation advice, please

    Pulling air is far more efficient than pushing it. I use a big externally-mounted squirrel cage fan on the exterior of the building. This also isolates the noise. It has a variable power control...
  10. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    Here's just a small clue about something you're missing. The ideal narrowness or broadness of the bandwidth of RGB capture, individually, is not an nm fixed space, but potentially differs not only...
  11. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    I think you're oversimplifying this, Pere. I don't want to get personally involved with discussing specific scanners; but I do know a thing or two about color mapping and filters, and why it's...
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    There are websites dedicated to telling you where slot canyons can be found. Most of them you'll probably have all to yourself, but other than Antelope and Zion Narrows, most are more difficult to...
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    Re: Mitchell Peak

    Thanks. The article is in error. Mitchell Pk and Jennie Lks Wilderness are in the southern (not Central) Sierra west side. Heading uphill past the Grant Grove road in Sequoia, within about 4 mi there...
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    Re: 8x10 Film Choice Paralysis

    The rated speeds of both FP4 and Fomapan are overly optimistic. Add a deep contrast filter and you end up with some long exposures at the smaller f-stops typical of 8X10. HP5, on the other hand, and...
  15. Re: The Camera and Technique of Andreas Gursky (Then And Now)

    Quite a few images are just too digitally altered content-wise to interest me as a photographer per se. It's a slippery slope once people and objects start getting shifted around.
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    Looks like a Sinar F series, one of the relatively later ones. It was probably 5x7 from the get-go, and not a converted 4x5. The considerable ease and precision of shift was probably one reason he...
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    Re: Yellowstone in Winter

    Remember to bring along a red dark cloth if you want good closeup shots of bison bulls! Otherwise, I thought the little town just outside the park is where winter tours were mainly organized. There...
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    Re: Advice re tmax film developer for 45

    Almost all common developers work decently with TMX, with specific pros and cons of course. D76 is not entirely predictable unless you standardize on it either just mixed, same day, or let it plateau...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    I do know. I could write a book about these kinds of issues. Many imported products are made in the tens of thousands at a time, yet are NEVER inspected at either the point of manufacture or here....
  20. Re: Did Kodak color neg lose sharpness when it was reformulated to improve scanning?

    Thanks for the further clarification, Interneg. I use CAII, which is the standard cut sheet product here, then reprint select images on the much pricier Fujiflex medium. Big full gloss images are...
  21. Re: Did Kodak color neg lose sharpness when it was reformulated to improve scanning?

    Pere - the US market is different. Last I looked, type P commercial paper was available in multiple sheens and roll sizes. I don't know about cut sheet. There are all kinds of papers on Fuji's US...
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    Re: 8x10 Film Choice Paralysis

    I've used nearly all of em successfully. TMY400 is probably the most versatile, but also expensive. FP4 would be second on my list in terms of predictable versatility, but too slow for breezy days....
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    Pere, PD paper is different from P. Both are Crystal Archive and digitally optimized, but the PD is geared more to automated photofinishing. The P is dual-exposure: both optical enlargement and large...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    Yeah, hose it down and risk getting electrocuted. Or if there's plastic pipe supplying the water, maybe it got burned through already. Or maybe there's some nasty chemicals in use that water will...
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    Pere - the primary lineup of both Kodak and Fuji paper was reengineered with BOTH ongoing optical as well as laser printer usage in mind. A few specialty papers were not. Crystal Archive is a big...
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    Thanks for telling me that, Interneg. Flashing has side effects I don't particularly care for. I prefer unsharp masking when necessary. It's more work, but can be precisely targeted for either...
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    Yes, that's the typical cut sheet choice these days. Big width rolls are generally Super-C, similar but a somewhat thicker paper to resist creasing better.
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    Sorry I missed your intermediate post, Pere; but you're quite wrong about that. Please re-read both of my posts of today. Most RA4 papers are darkroom superb, better than ever, even though they are...
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    Pere, I did take the trouble to note a few of your posts on the parallel scanner thread, surmising how RA4 papers have been digitally optimized. Optical printing tends to be faster, though...
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    Sorry, don't want to offend your friends, Pere, but what they state is not only counter to my own experience, but to firm statements by the paper manufacturers themselves.... BUT I am aware of...
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    Re: Fire extinguisher recommendation

    If something has to be recalled, 90% of the time it means it was either false labeled or never genuinely inspected to begin with. Made in China pretty much says it all. So does where those kind of...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    One of my nephews was married in Mission San Juan Bautista, and the reception was in the big outdoor garden of Jardines. Friendly with affordable decent food. If you prefer to go broke instead, eat...
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    Pere, if you'd been printing these various flavors of Kodak CN film time to time over several decades like I have, you'd realize the significant steady improvement of these films in their respective...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Avoid staying in Salinas too if on 101. San Juan Batista is a friendly spot to stay on 101; not deluxe, but a fun little town next to the mission, and about 20 min from Monterey. San Antonio de Padua...
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    You're the one claiming they're less sharp, Pere. Nobody else. Vericolor was a long-running brand name for Kodak with a variety and evolution of its own, long-exposure (L), as well as short exposure...
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    There always have been and always will be certain flukes, Bob. There are certain remarkable fluorescent lichen colors very vivid to the eye but that come out blaah on E6 films. But the old extremely...
  37. Re: Did Kodak color neg lose sharpness when it was reformulated to improve scanning?

    Hi Pere. Consumer films had different requirements. They had to have a lot of latitude for exposure error, give decent skin tone, and were enlarged from small size to common snapshot print sizes. But...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    John - every one of those towns has its own harvest festival and beauty pageant. Miss artichoke, Miss Strawberry, etc. The gal who wins the Miss Garlic Festival in Gilroy can't get anyone to kiss...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Hard to go wrong on a trip like that. You'll have a wonderful time.
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    You're convoluting or complicating the topic with a lot of apples to oranges comparisons, Pere. If you want to compare nominal 100 speed films, use Ektar 100, which states right on the box,...
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