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    Re: Lenses for new 5x7 / 6x17 kit

    Hello David,

    Been at this 5x7_13x18cm film endeavor since the later 1980's.. Curious as to where these Dream Lens choices came from. I've used the 90mm XL,
    APO Sironar series, the modern Macro...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    The Emotion of FEAR is a very powerful primal drive for survival. Fact is, living and life with Mountain Lions in this area is a reality and Mountain Lions have lived in this area FAR longer than...
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    Re: Giving up the view camera---am I nuts?

    Agree with Drew on Avedon.. One of the reasons Avedon used strobe has to do with it's HARSH nature of lighting. It has been said, Avedon would have his sitters close their eyes, then open them just...
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    Re: Kodak vs. Rodenstock 135mm

    Neither are equal or better than each other, Rodenstock modern -vs- Kodak Ektar have distinct personalities. Desirability depends on image making needs and goals.

    There is a question of shutter....
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Mountain Lion aka Cougar encounters Coastside are not rare. Folks that keep goats and similar have lost farm animals to local mountain lions moderately often. Cougars tend to pick off the weak, old...
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    Camera is a 5x7 Sinar C2 (P2 rear, F2 front) with Sinar mechanical shutter, 10 3/4" dagor in barrel (circa 1930's). The tripod is a modified Dutch Hill surveyor's tripod with a Davis & Stanford...
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    From quite a few years ago:

    Guess the camera, tripod, lens, film format.
    200672


    Bernice
  8. Re: pros/cons of two different lenses at the same focal length?

    Short answer, no.

    Bellows length is much about lens distance to image recorder (film or _) required to focus a given lens to the object to be imaged.

    Note examples number one & two from this...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Fake Brand Name lenses.. Will they gain a following due to their image personality?

    This becomes a question of perception of what is desirable in the print-image.

    What makes a "quality"...
  10. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Tripod dollies with good wheels and brakes can work, difficulty with them is if the camera position needs to get up close with a position that demand the camera support to be under the still life...
  11. Re: Toyo 5x7 deluxe monorail bellows and lens question

    They look OK, long as they are not bent too bad (these appear good), have or make a new bellows for the camera.

    Clean up, lube and check out the camera mechanicals for proper operation....
  12. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Suggest getting a GOOD studio camera stand instead of any tripod for table top work as the GOOD ones (Foba, Linhof, Arkay and etc. Not one of those tiny rink-dinky pretend studio camera stands, those...
  13. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    "As for subjects, I am thinking maybe bowls of fruit, table ware, family heirlooms like antique Christmas decor pottery or individual ornaments, and even as small as the watch face in post #3"
    ...
  14. Re: Toyo 5x7 deluxe monorail bellows and lens question

    Long as the bellows frames are good, the bellows can be replaced. This will likely be made to order or DIY. Check with one of the bellows manufactures about getting a bellows made to order, delivery...
  15. Re: Is there adequately protective flight case that can protect an ULF camera checked

    Often not appreciated, wood is an excellent material for transport cases. Wood can be tough beyond belief, resilient and can moderate moisture to prevent mold (if the proper kind of wood is used),...
  16. Re: Is there adequately protective flight case that can protect an ULF camera checked

    Pelican# 1510 is the largest FAA approved carry on case with wheels available. larger than this, it will be forced into checked baggage.
    The Pelican# 1510 is 19.75" x 11.00" x 7.60" bases on these...
  17. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Zero about changing mind. This is a curiosity question seeking opinions and views on this topic.

    ~The replies have been enlightening and interesting.


    Thanks to all that replied :)
    Bernice
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Lighting, Connection with your portrait sitter are often more important than lens-camera-image format size...etc.

    ~Much about the portrait sitters expression and content of the portrait image...
  19. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Visit to the Weston Gallery and other similar places and traditional prints made here says otherwise (IMO).

    https://www.bearimages.com/Bear_Images_Photographic,_Inc./Bear_Images_Welcome.html...
  20. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Question began some years ago during a visit to Bear Images in Palo Alto. They are a "pro" digital imaging speciality shop, dealer for Leaf, Phase One and various "pro" digital cameras and digital...
  21. Re: What am I doing wrong?! Mounting Copal 3

    That appears to be a spacer ring for the Copal# 3. For some cameras, it is needed to move the shutter body away from the lens board for added clearance. Some lens boards are small enough to where the...
  22. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Thanks for all the replies to this question.

    This question came to mind after reading about scanning sheet film with a scanner (any) or using a DSLR to digitize a film image by direct copy or...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    165mm f6.8 Angulon has a Schneider spec image circle of 300mm @ f16 (min for 8x10 is 312mm), too small for 8x10, might sort of cover at f45. Do use this lens on 5x7 with good results.

    Tiny lens...
  24. Re: Large Format Camera - Focusing architecture (in a hangar)

    Why a 240mm lens on 5x4 ?

    Greater the magnification aka longer focal length, more difficult to keep the entire image area in focus. In cases like this it might be better to back up, use a shorter...
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    Re: Question for sinar norma owners

    Excellent to hear another Sinar Norma got restored to good operating condition. These view cameras are such a joy and delight to use when they are in proper working order. IMO, there is nothing else...
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    Re: Question for sinar norma owners

    The focus locking collar is made in two parts, the threaded cone which clamps down on the split collet with the pinion gear (single piece of stainless steel) and the ring with handle. This ring has...
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    Re: Question for sinar norma owners

    Reminder to get the how to DIY clean, lube, adjust your Sinar Norma done. This parts break down might help for now.

    ~"DO NOT turn the focus mechanism flats with a wrench, you'll destroy the high...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    IMO, if you're going to do all that is involved with producing 8x10 film images, they better be as best as they could given what is involved to create these 8x10 film images.

    Yes, get the circular...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    Back in the 8x10 days (about two decades ago) the fave 8x10 wide angle were 200mm & 155mm Grandagon. These were GOOD, big-heavy and not budget lenses. Eventually the 155mm Grandagon went to a new...
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    312mm image circle is required to "just" cover 8x10 direct on center. IMO, 305mm image circle is too small for 8x10.

    Might be better served with a 210mm inside lettering Fujinon W instead of the...
  31. Re: Is it worth it to use the Speed Graphic handheld from time to time?

    Speed Graphic was specifically designed to be used hand held. These were THE press image making camera of their day. SG with a flash bulb "gun" and Graphmatic film pack were the mobile image making...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    IMO, five x five feet is HUGE, do a trial sizing with folded cloth (small flat bed sheet or similar) to figure out sizing, make the dark cloth as small as reasonable to work and the dark cloth does...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    Trip to the local fabric store, suggest using white satin outside (reflective, cooler on HOT days. Aluminized material will drive others near by wild), black cotton (lesser slippage) on the inside....
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    Re: Oriental Paper

    Note the choices of paper is diminished with increasing size.


    Bernice
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    Re: Sinar Binocular Magnifier

    These never worked for me. Magnification is too low, needs to be used with a bag bellows and awkward in many ways. These originally sold with a goggle attachment with an elastic strap. The idea was...
  36. Re: Tape for replacing film holder hinge flaps?

    If there is a light leak at the film holder flap, the film holder has a problem. The flap is constructed with baffling to stop light. They DO wear and can result in light leaks.
    This applies to both...
  37. Re: Tape for replacing film holder hinge flaps?

    Book binder tape:
    199879

    Apply the book binder tape to release paper, cut to size using the old tape from the film holder before apply the new tape to the film holder flap.


    Bernice
  38. Re: Please Help Identify "Type Y" Caltar Lens

    Lanthanum (low dispersion) optical glass became a LOT less special during the later 1950-1960's as Lanthanum optical glass became a standard optical glass catalog offering.

    While this was invented...
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    Film image evaluated with a "DSLR"...

    ~Why would this NOT be the limitation to evaluate "sharpness" of 4x5 sheet film image?~


    Bernice
  40. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Reminds one of what happened with ToyStory.. They almost lost the data base.
    https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-pixar-saved-toy-story-2/

    Difficulty with digital data files, they demand a...
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