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  1. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    Pretty much just a matter of how much weight you want to schlep around. If you were shooting ULF or even 8 x 10 I suspect the weight differential wouldn't be that significant for your pack mules,but...
  2. Re: A source of valuable data on French lens makers and their products.

    Business models are always subject to change. They were quite pleasant when I contacted them and sent me PDF's of the sold out publications I was interested, in so I'd be more inclined to think they...
  3. Re: Nikkor-T 360mm / 500mm / 720m: 500mm at full aperture with 4x5 film, how good?

    Amen
  4. Re: Nikkor-T 360mm / 500mm / 720m: 500mm at full aperture with 4x5 film, how good?

    I've been pretty favorably impressed by Fujinon lenses of all stripes. I use a 250mm for LF and I have a Fuji GX680 with six lenses. Just for fun I ran a series of tests comparing the Zeiss lenses on...
  5. Re: Nikkor-T 360mm / 500mm / 720m: 500mm at full aperture with 4x5 film, how good?

    I have the 3 FL set and the lenses are surprisingly sharp at every aperture I've used. Don't specifically remember if I shot wide open, but It's an excellent set. I use them all on 5 x 7 and the 360...
  6. Re: A source of valuable data on French lens makers and their products.

    I emailed them to ask about the Darlot edition and they said it's sold out but they would put me on the list for the next batch.
  7. Re: B&H unable to ship PQ Universal (again)

    Things are a mess at B&H. I ordered a 3D printer and it shows as backordered with no arrival date - and it's been this way for a month or more. I guess shipping anything anywhere right now is a...
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    Re: Christmas in the Big City

    https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/texas/articles/a-look-inside-dallas-underground-tunnels/

    Of course if you like shopping and eating tunnels, Tokyo (my home for six year last century)...
  9. Re: Epson V850 Perfection ,Will it scan 8x10 Film ?

    5 x 7 can be scanned with the high res lens in the 750 so I suspect it will be the same story in the 800/850. I was wet mounting 5 x 7 with the so-called mounting station until I got my IQsmart-2
  10. Re: The betterscanning.com business status thread

    At age 80
    The woods were lovely, dark and deep
    And promises I forgot to keep
    Miles I've gone, it's time to sleep
    More miles I've gone. I'm half asleep
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    Re: Copal No 1 Shutter Stopped Firing

    Carol Miller Flutot's camera repair does great work on shutters.
  12. Thread: Fog season

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    Re: Fog season

    I worked in Poughkeepsie NY for a year in the mid 60's. The office was on a cliff overlooking the Hudson river. Some chilly Fall mornings there would be a lot of dense fog from the river. It was just...
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    Re: Stiff Majestic gear head - how to fix it?

    I have one of the super duty Majestic Tripods and I love the head. Works just fine with the 8 x 10 Kardan Bi although I normally use it with smaller stuff like my Fuji GX680. I think it's the only 6...
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    Re: Anyone ever repaires an iris clamp?

    I found the problem. Partially dis-assembled the clamp and I could see that a long tome ago someone else much have had the same problem because there were a couple of teeth missing from the ring gear...
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    Anyone ever repaires an iris clamp?

    I opened the clamp a bit too far and the opening "key" seems to have gotten disengaged from the iris itself so now it's completely open and the key just sort of spins around but the clamp doesn't...
  16. Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    I've had really good luck sending my lenses to Carol at Flutot's Camera Repair. They used to be in the LA area but I think they moved to Palm Desert. I'll check tomorrow. She does really good work...
  17. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Glad you found something you like. I have a raft of tripods and they all have plusses and minuses. I use one of the "Three legged thing" tripods (I think its the Leo) and it's OK - works well for the...
  18. Re: Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent - Sticky

    I have 10 - 12 years on a Harrison tent and it's fine - I leave it set up most of the time. I have plenty of space to hide it under one of my wife's full size grand pianos. (Yes, she has more than...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    I use the Nikkor 360/500/720 set. I've always been in the "avoid the tele" camp - until I tried the Nikkor. Outstanding sharpness and contrast. My only quibble is that the 720 is f/16. It works well...
  20. Re: My Howtek HiResolve8000 got tough with me

    +1 on wishes for a speedy recovery. I had a new knee a few years back and for some reason (ie a lot of metal in the back where they wanted to put the nerve block) I didn't get the block - it was not...
  21. Re: Scanning 8x10 method Epson v850 super resolution lens

    Well, if you only use the middle 5 or so inches of the negative I guess that will work, but you might want to think about cutting 8 x 10 down to two 4 x 10 pieces and using a 4 x 10 film holder. You...
  22. Re: Scanning 8x10 method Epson v850 super resolution lens

    Are you stitching two scans? If not how can you use the higher resolution lens for 8 x 10 when it only covers a band a little under 6 inches wide.
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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    It's a marvelous size. I often print to WP from other formats just because I like the feel of the prints in this size. I do have one WP camera and it's easier to deal with than 8 x 10.
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    Re: Going Wide on 5x7

    I use an f90mm Super Angulon with a center filter for 5 x 7. Works fine.
  25. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    I have the Nikon 360/500/720 set and I'm completely satisfied with the sharpness. My only complaint is that focusing an f/16 lens (the 720) is a bit hard on my 80 year old eyes. I use the 360 and 500...
  26. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    I once tried to make screen printing "plates" by separation. I still suffer from the induced insanity. IIRC I was using a lith film of some kind. I really had no idea WTF I was doing but it was fun...
  27. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I use a center filter on my 90mm Super Angulon. But then again I mainly use it on 5 x 7. I use it on 4 x 5 as well because - well, it's already on the lens.
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    Re: IQSmart3 Driver Error

    +1 for Michael - I got my IQsmart 2 from him and he's been a great help.
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    Re: Remove Ektar 127mm from a lens board

    I think I might try some paint stripper - carefully!!!. I'd probably use an artist brush or q-tip to just run a little around the edge of the flange and maybe a bit in the holes in the flange, Then...
  30. Re: Comparison of Howtek 8000 Resolve to Epson V850

    I have a 17 inch Epson P800 so the widest I would usually print is 16". I've done 16 x 20 -ish prints from 120 film that look fine. I don't usually print super large though - some 11 X 14 and a few...
  31. Re: Comparison of Howtek 8000 Resolve to Epson V850

    I think the term "Gold Standard" in this case is irrelevant. What's important is what you think you need to get the kind of results you want with a workflow you're willing to commit to.

    For a lot...
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    Re: cable shutter release, Speed Graphic...

    I had the same issue - finally got a short extension (3" IIRC) and JB welded it into the shutter. Still working fine after 5 - 6 years.
  33. Re: What's considered "high altitude" when it comes to UV filters?

    How high is high? Good question. Tucson is around 2700 feet, which in and of itself isn't so high, but the amount of water vapor in the air can be really low - I think it's the skin capital center of...
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    Re: Help in ID'ing Japanese 5X7 Wood Camera

    Pictures would help a lot - is anything on the camera written in Japanese? If so I could probably figure it out.
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    Re: Film, scanning or development issues?

    You should put them on the wall. At our ages it can't possibly hurt anything - whoops, maybe something WOULD hurt.
  36. Re: New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Gets Even Better

    I'm just being a grump. I tried cloning over my grumpiness with the clone stamp, and fixing it with the healing tool, but I can't seem to save it...


    Maybe a few hours of meditation in your Wet...
  37. Re: Howtek 8000 Drum vs. Epson V850 flatbed scanners

    Once upon a time this used to be a great subject area - I learned a lot. Now it just makes me tired and sorry I bothered to look.
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    Re: Graflex Super Graphic problem

    Glad you got it figured out. I've never had that happen - yet! On the other hand I don't usually let other folks mess with my cameras. I can break enough stuff by myself. Anyhow, glad to know the...
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    Re: Graflex Super Graphic problem

    I'm looking at mine right now, but I don't know what you mean by the "sliding release arms"- do you have a photo??? Do you mean the back that has the ground glass in it and the flip open viewing...
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    Re: looking for repair of a Studio Shutter

    There's Carol at Flutot's in LA. I've had a few shutters repaired and she does good work.
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