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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    I rarely stop down past f22. I don't use tilt as that's not original to the era. I do use front rise because I photo a lot of buildings. The image circle on the 19th C lenses i use generally...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    I'd personally rather watch 12 hours of the Kardashians.:D As for lens, I now shoot 8x10 wet plate and own several 12 inch lenses: Peerless rapid rectilinear, Wollensak Velostigmat, Nikon 300mm M...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    I have simplified my work flow to avoid as many problems as possible. I normally carry three speeds with me: (1) FP4+ ISO 125 (2) HP5+ ISO 400 (3) Lane dry plates ISO 2. I have four or five...
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    Re: Gossen Luna Pro F....need help!

    Make sure it's a fresh battery.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Gossen Luna Pro F....need help!

    On a cloudless sunny day between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm, set the ISO to 125. Point it to the southern sky. Reading should be f16 and 1/125s. As for your tests, remember this is an incident...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    I use an inch long piece of colored tape. For FP4+ I use blue tape with a big black "F" written on it. For HP5+ I use a piece of green tape with a big black "H" written on it. For Ektar 100 I have...
  7. Thread: Lens for color

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    Re: Lens for color

    Probably not, but I most shoot negative film for color.


    Kent in SD
  8. Thread: Lens for color

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    Re: Lens for color

    Both are pretty close on a 4x5. I use 90-135-180mm. For color I suggest a newer lens with multicoating.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: F stop markings on lens board

    No. Most lenses have the scale on the top and bottom of the barrel. If I have to I simply take the lens out and set it, then replace. Lenses often shift around a little on the board so I don't...
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    Pretty impressive.


    Kent in SD
  11. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    It's a good choice. You can double check it against Sunny 16 or a reading of a neutral gray subject taken with your DSLR.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting my own development ?

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1488476-REG/stearman_press_445100_sp_445_4x5_developing_tank.html/?ap=y&ap=y&smp=y&smp=y&lsft=BI%3A514&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl_7qnrn-5gIVEtvACh0x8A1REAQYASABEgLmdPD_...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I got mine a few days ago. It's built really well. I guess I could use it to process the 4x5 sheets I shot yesterday but I'm waiting on getting my 8x10 Kodak 2D. Could shoot some 5x7 today too I...
  14. Re: Eastman View No. 1 Acquired & Looking to Refurbish it but I'm A Newbie to Lg Form

    Yes, I think it's a Franken Kamera.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting my own development ?

    Stearman Press sp-445. Very easy to do black and white. Can do C41 by placing tank in a water bath such as a kitchen sink.


    Kent in SD
  16. Re: 150mm lens suggestion for landscapes on a Cambo 45NX

    I've posted quite a few here, and all over the place. Here's some links. Keep in mind I use a bunch of different cameras, everything from ancient medium format (Brownie, Cocarette, Rolleiflex,...
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    Re: Lens Filters for 4x5

    I use the same sized filters that same way, or simply hold one against the lens with my hand. My filters are in, order used: orange, red, polarizer, green, and a set of ND. Thinking of getting a...
  18. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    The last time I was there I took a stroll at night with my Nikon DSLR. I got some nice shots at night; no one else was anywhere around.


    Kent in SD
  19. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    I have a Minolta IVf that I use for my LF cameras and other vintage cameras. It's a good meter. I use it for incident and flash. I think Adam could get something cheaper just to meter ambient...
  20. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    You can't help but have a great time!


    Kent in SD
  21. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    The black & white film has a lot of latitude, so a good reading from a DSLR will be very close if not spot on.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: help choosing portrait lens?

    My favorites, in order: 150mm heliar, 240mm Dagor, 165mm Tessar. On 5x7 it's 300mm Velostigmat. All uncoated of course. The Velostigmat is a very underrated portrait lens and performs a lot t...
  23. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Those are very handy, especially if you normally need glasses. Lots of good suqgestions already above.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Cambo 45NX Assembly

    Annie seems to be "standard" in every camera photo I take. She has to make sure everything is all right and mouse free.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Those seem to be very close in focal length. Why would someone have two fairly expensive lenses so close together?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Store Fronts

    Main Street,
    Waubay, SD

    Chamonix 045n, FP4+, Nikkor 90mm f4.5



    Kent in SD
  27. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Most lenses will work if reversed but are awkward to use. Have done in a pinch.


    Kent in SD
  28. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    I've settled on x4 to x6 as a good range. It's easy to overspend but I avoid the cheap plastic ones.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

    If you like the one you have and it works, you're good. One thing I've learned about cable releases is the cheap ones come apart pretty quickly. I only buy the best now and come to think about...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Roughly compared to a Nikon 35mm camera, for medium format (645) add ~50% to the 35mm lens (e.g. Nikon 50mm is rough equivalent to a 75mm MF.) For 4x5 you triple the 35mm focal length (e.g. Nikon...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Yes. I do this all-the-time. It's why I bought into 4x5 in the first place, and have the Nikon 24mm PC-E for my Nikon D850. Front rise is easily my most used movement. As for very wide angle...
  32. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    Geepers, the guy was just trying to be helpful. How would he have any idea what your current health status is? The only clue you gave was you had recently beat a serious illness. As for being...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    As long as you don't expose any film to light, you won't ruin any film. Also, I don't really trust the black wrapper to be light proof either.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Yes, looks good except be sure to retape the film box together. I store in the refrigerator.

    6. TMax is a bit more contrasty, Ilford FP4+ and HP5 is a softer look, more like the older Kodak...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Totally agree. Changing tents are a big pain in the ass. I avoid them if at all possible, and haven't used one in two years. Find an interior room with no windows. I use a bathroom just outside...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    One crucial step left out. Between 13 and 14 you need to write in, in big red letters, "CLOSE THE DAMN VIEWING SHUTTER!!! This is the shutter that you open so you can see through the lens to...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    I've found dark cloth to be more of a pain than a help. They get in the way, the wind blows them around. I was out photo'ing country churches yesterday and simply used a black jacket. I have a...
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    Re: Cambo 45NX Assembly

    They don't have Annie helping.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Cambo 45NX Assembly

    Second set of photos. Main thing is to pay attention to the lock position on the standards. Depress the silver button and slide either to the left or right to unlock bellows or ground glass, or...
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    Cambo 45NX Assembly

    This seems to be a popular beginner's camera so I thought I'd post some illustrations on how to assemble it for future reference. I generally start by attaching the bellows first to reduce the risk...
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