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  1. Re: Schneider Corp. of America (Kern) Gold Dot Dagor 14" f/8 (355/8)

    Years ago I tested the latest Swiss Kern versions of the 14" Gold Dot Dagor and 14" Blue Dot Trigor on 11x14, both purchased concurrently (test both, sent one back) from Lens and Repro in the mid...
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    Re: Meter & f-stop discrepancy

    jeeesh..."half stops and a tweak" works fine for me - and is about all this old brain can manage!
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    Re: Leaving Kodak for Ilford paper developer

    ...another Moersch 4812 user here for the reasons Otto mentions above - plus its great for working in large, open trays...and when it does eventually die - it goes fast! Also make some use of...
  4. Re: Metering for the shadows with an incident light meter

    Ideally...if you can place your incident light meter within the shadow you want to meter (dome facing your lens), and then take a reflected reading off of your highest (important) highlight value,...
  5. Re: Large printing paper... e.g. 40x50" available anywhere?

    Carsten...you'd mentioned that your darkroom can handle large sized...so the above suggestion for Amazon indicates a misunderstanding about media (not all that uncommon these days!).

    I cut my...
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    Re: DIY 14X17" Camera with crazy ideas

    Hmmm...if you are thinking auto focus - would there be a way to also incorporate "auto tilt/swing?"

    This could incorporate a movable auto focus sensor (thinking of a wand which you'd insert into...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Brian...fantastic! That live oak photo is almost scary...like a huge wave about to crash down on my head! Nice use of a super-wide!

    I do have a question about the 12x20 image. If I'm guessing...
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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate Co. 5x7 View Camera?

    I would only be competing were my aim to create and place a similar product on the market myself.

    Hmmm...then again:

    But to the extent that I am occasionally successful in creating something...
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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate Co. 5x7 View Camera?

    Tim, sorry that I cannot help you with any camera info (maybe Jason Lane would know?)...but about those DIY dry plates - whose receipe are you following...and what ISO's are you aiming for? Just...
  10. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    At the end of the day, at least for "personal work," and in the realm of learning one's craft...I think consistency is the most important thing. Shutter speed accuracy makes no difference...so long...
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    ....that would depend on the cheese!
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    Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    I'm completely with Neil on this one...I will only use selenium (or any other toner for that matter) if I absolutely feel that it actually helps a given image to achieve what I want it to visually. ...
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Whatever you use just make sure it doesn't leave a sharp, downward-turned edge on every other sheet of film - because if you are a tray shuffler then you might get some serious scratches. Just...
  14. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    I must say that I've had real problems in the past with trying to sell gear "the old fashioned way," by only accepting personal checks or money orders, adding that the funds must clear my bank prior...
  15. Thread: Sculpture

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    Re: Sculpture

    William said it so eloquently...while I'm just sitting here - stunned and drooling. Basically I'm just blown away by this image...thank you!
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    A mistake which I continue to make on a regular basis is to forget to bring my watch (which I typically do not wear) along to count seconds for my exposures. The upside of this is that I've now...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    So sorry to read Jim G's quote above...I really miss his (truly great!) presence here.
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    Re: nice new lens, but sticky shutter

    Giving a sticky shutter a bit of exercise can usually get things working OK in the warmer months...but up here in Vermont, the stickiness will typically return once more as the weather turns colder. ...
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    Re: Retaining ring stuck on Horseman board

    Maybe start with boiling water...and try your retaining ring wrench - and if no go...try using something like a rubber jar-top gripper and do your best to use equal force around the circumference of...
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    Re: Flowers Anyone?

    These tomatillos (still life with cabbage leaves) are not flowers...but they sure look like flowers! :confused: (5x7, 210mm, Pyrocat-HD, Multigrade Classic):

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  21. Re: Advice needed - Cleaning smudged groundglass

    Great job! Its amazing how a truly clean ground glass can be so inspiring!
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    Would love to do a few licks on that D-28!

    I started playing in 1970...and purchased a Martin D12-20 at House of Guitars in Rochester, NY, in 1972, after spending a day there playing a bunch of...
  23. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    Do keep in mind a couple of variables.

    One - Apparent diffraction for a given aperture varies with focal length...so that your (theoretical) "ideal" aperture with, say, a 150mm lens might indeed...
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Have a good friend who owns and uses Kienzle enargers - nice stuff!

    ...and about accounting for paper thickness while focussing - I do have a paper-thickness's worth of tape on my focussing finder...
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Have loads of easels accumulated over the years (gotta have that yard sale!)...but the one's I actually use now are my two Saunders (11x14, 16x20), and larger (30x40 and 40x60) ones which I DIY out...
  26. Thread: Editioning

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    Re: Editioning

    I have an acquaintance who creates editions of one...at which point his many collectors fall over themselves to purchase it. Brilliant! Especially as he now does this digitally, and typically will...
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    Re: Show off your ULF camera

    Likewise...would love to see that 11x14 in action! Very intrigued by the front standard...am finding the front standard base a bit confusing in the photo - but looks like stored/collapsed...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    Assuming that you are the only person using your darkroom...you can split that 220 circuit into two 120's...and dedicate one of those to just your enlarger bench. In other words...no other uses for...
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    Re: To owners of 600mm Fujinon C lens

    AFAIK, the amount of (measurable, if not always visible) diffraction decreases at a given aperture as focal length increases, and does so in proportion to focal length. This also means that...
  30. Re: Advice needed - Cleaning smudged groundglass

    looks like moisture between a (plastic) fresnel and cover glass.

    Do note proper orientation as you disassemble!

    Glass you can clean with warm water and dish soap. Rinse warm...dry with hair...
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Soon after becoming intrigued by whole plate - I measured the coverage of my 5x7 Heiland LED VC head, and while slightly oversized (as it should be) for 5x7, it really would not work for WP...and I...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    ...great way to mitigate bellows-induced flare! :cool:
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    Re: Cable release

    I leave a cable release on each lens permanently...wrapping it around the front element for storage. This way, I won't lose it...plus I'm not constantly installing/removing it, so am minimizing wear...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Linhof Technikas are undeniably wonderful...but if more than one 5x7...then (if needing the "best") they should be different to meet different needs - otherwise, that's just a collection (IMHO).
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    Re: Lina Bessonova

    Young folks passionate to carry forward the film and darkroom based traditions of us old fogeys will also be much more adept (than us) at passing our baton to a younger generation. For this we...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Depends. Sometimes...this is best:
    (have modified one of these to 5x7)

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    And other times...this is best:

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I've found, over the years...that all lens tissues are not equal. I'd depended on Kodak paper until it got hard to find. I then tried a few "no name" papers...and all were too "hard," behaving more...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Ha! As a guest at a wedding years ago I noticed that the photographer would take occasional breaks to clean his lenses - with the back of his necktie! When I approached him about this...he...
  39. Poll: Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Last weed smoked in the summer of 1982...with a son (now deceased) of one of the greatest (I think the greatest) photographers ever. Will not share his name as I've not been in touch with his...
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    Re: Kodak Dry Plates

    I do believe that Wynn Bullock used a bit of ortho while working in forested areas...and while his exposures were quite long, they could be quite stunning, tonality-wise (especially in areas with...
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