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  1. Re: Online Reference for overview of Darlot Lenses?

    Thanks Dan.


    Related but tangent question:

    How should I care for this lens' brass finish? I know what to do for my modern LF lenses and how to store a vintageknife or firearm. what is the...
  2. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    I used to have a 1980s era Canon AE-!. It worked fine and I took care of it and used it. At some time in the late 1990s, I took it in to a reliable technician for a CLA prior to a trip somewhere...
  3. Online Reference for overview of Darlot Lenses?

    I will soon get,along (with some other stuff, a smallish brass lens, marked Darlot No. 2

    I don't know much about these old brass lenses except that the old Petzval formula is now trendy for the...
  4. Re: Large Format Field Camera connected to modern flash

    Thank You for that. The pool of knowledge and experience on these forums is both wide and deep.
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    Re: Used gear and availability

    it ie with bitter-sweet memory that I recall the old days of the Houston Camera Show. At its peak in the mid to late 1990s, there were over 250 tables of photographic. Wish I knew then what I know...
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    Re: Used gear and availability

    I think there is a demoraphic/generational aspect6 involved. Production of new LF gear is reduced because no one is shooting LF commercially any more. That limits availability.


    Professional LF...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    I did a week on the AT during spring break in the early 1970s when in collage. Worked a summer at a resort in the Rockies around then too. Climbed Long's Peak twice that summer. Then life happened...
  8. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    Umm . . .I am using an 8x10 camera hat is within a decade of being 100 years old. I have a period lens for it. The lenses I use with it for shooting are 1980s vintage but if I chose to spend the...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    And now an alternative thought on backpacking with LF:

    Packing-in all the gear for LF work for a long trek in the deep-wild may not be practical without pack animals . . .OK.

    But on a 2,00...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Thank God I only sell small items.

    Years ago, before e-Bay went public and became so sophisticated, I sold an odd-ball camera.

    I got this Fairchild airgraft (reconnaissance) camera that took...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    I haven't read the whole thread so this may be redundant.

    Inmy youth I did some long-trek backpacking. On that kind of trip weight is a paramount consideration. Shaving ounces everywhere is the...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    I had listed an item several days before posting here. With all this good advice here, I would now like to pull that one item and discontinue the offering.

    But I couldn't figure that out. There...
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    Re: E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    Wow!

    Many thanks to everyone. I have read akll the pros and cons. I appreciatre the financial advice regarding separating accounts.

    I will be selling off some odd gear, most of it well under...
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    E-Bay and PayPal: What should I know?

    I am looking at selling off some of my stuff. some is photo gear some is other stuff. This will not be an ongoing business with any serious volume, just personnel stuff.

    I have put a few things...
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    Re: Missing exposure equation

    Winnie-The-Poo sometimes referred to himself as " . . .a bear of very little brain . . " then made some simple or common sense evaluation of a situation. I often feel the same way about myself, or...
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    Re: Would this make a good loupe?

    Years ago I got my Optomitrist to make me a set of prescription reading glasses that were super strong for reading glasses. Working distance was around 4" . . .that strong. Worked Ok but I have...
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    Re: Afghan Box camera Build

    I like the simplicity of the concept and the relativ immediacy of the paper neg/pos internal developing. I can imagine this with a brass lens on the front and a Packard Ideal shutter inside.
    ...
  18. Re: Adapting 8x10 holder to 18x24 - possible?

    I have done the tape thing with 4d5 holders.

    Works in a pinch but is not a long term solution iMO.

    Would a plastic flim sheath insert be a viable 3D printer project?
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    Re: How to start working on a shutter?

    First off: I thought I wanted to do some woprk on one of my shutters once. I checked on YouTube and found a few how-to videos. After watching, I re-evaluated my tools and skill set and did not...
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    YouPic? What is this?

    got an e-mail from YouPic this AM wanting me to "Click Here" to find out how to join . . .

    What is this? Why would I want to join?

    Anybody know anything about this outfit before I just click...
  21. Re: Adapters: Petzval to Leaf Shutter and LF to mirrorless . . .?

    A good idea for the barrel lenses I guess.
  22. Adapters: Petzval to Leaf Shutter and LF to mirrorless . . .?

    Kicking around a few p[otential projects I my head:

    1. getting a cross-over adapter made to let me screw an old brass lens into a lef shutter. Ok, there may be other more traditional solutions,...
  23. Re: A new focal plane meter? DLG Electronics

    At one time I had a sinar six based probe system and didn't like it. About ten years ago I pieced together a focal plane metering system with a Sinar probe, the cassette probe holder and my...
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    Re: looking for repair of a Studio Shutter

    Try Professional Camera Repair in Houston:

    www.professionalcamerarepair.com
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    Re: Petzval vs. Projection Petzval

    I am not a lens guru. Many here know sdpecifics out to several decimal places . . .w3hich I respect and admire.

    Here is my understanding: The projection lenses will not have a provision for...
  26. Re: 75mm-3inch f/1.9 Oscilloscope Lenses: Market is up . . .whats up with that?

    I have four of these lenses; "Oscillo-Paragopn", 3" f1.9. Two are in Ilex shutters and two are in barrel mount with iris. I have a shop-made ring and a shop-made flange.

    I bought them in the...
  27. Re: Thinking about getting a Crown Graphic as a secondary 4x5 for hand-held shots

    Not sure I understand any hesitation to getting another camera . . .Crown Graphic or other.

    A photographer shouldn't need a defensible reason for acquiring another shooting outfit.

    Crown...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    Ever try hanging a weight from the bottom of the tripod center post? Anything from a bag of stones or sand, a jug of water . . .or even the camera bag can work. some tripods already have a hook...
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    Re: Gear inventory

    Why not a spread sheet?
  30. Re: Idea pitch: Electrochromic glass shutter, would it be possible?

    If someone ever does perfect an electronically controlled glass shutter it could be quite a thing.

    for LF applications, this could be a front mounted arrangement.

    The real application might be...
  31. Re: Idea pitch: Electrochromic glass shutter, would it be possible?

    This problem was addressed in the early days of photograp;hy. Back then the solutions were things like the Packard-Ideal shutters and the Thornton roller blind shutters.

    Interestingly, both types...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    I have developed a suite of age-related aches and pains that discourage me from bending and squatting. I tend to shoot from as close to a standing position as possible. There have been times when a...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    Not sure why we are talking about this . . . .but OK.

    My 4x5 outfit is somewhat light weight: Wista-made Zone VI on a little Velbon CF tripod. The Camera is about at the upper limit for the...
  34. Re: Trying to Source Gear Rack for 8x10 Kodak 2D

    Sometimes parts for 2Ds are offered on e-Bay. If you can come up with a front rail or the center portion of the bed, you might be able to work with that.

    A complete rear extension rail is too...
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    Re: Organizing Film Holders

    I do the same, mostly to separate color from B&W.
  36. Re: Large Format Field Camera connected to modern flash

    Someone here can probably give you a definitive answer. I will give you my understanding and experience with this aspect o LF imaging.

    Some models of the Graflex cameras have a flash syncvh on...
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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Dust indeed. Everything in LF is "open"; the sheet of film is exposed to the interior volume of the camera at every exposure, oftenfor quite a bit of time. Eaxh sheet of film is manually handled ...
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    Another TravelWide Hack . . .well maybe

    I have not done this, but somehow got to thinking of possible projects and this poped up:

    As designed, lens selectionfor the TravelWide is limited to either a 65mm at infinity and a variety of...
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    Re: Polaroid RF Cam OK for 135mm?

    I had thoughtthat using a longer focal length had to do with moving the focal plane back in accomplishing the conversion. I would think that the cam would need to be changed for any focal length...
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    Re: Macro Photography Setup Calculator

    The intellectual involvement,pre-planning iand seting up is part of the attraction of LF photography for me, but I don't dwell on it to the point that the shot is never taken.

    In the end, you have...
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