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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    Hope you don't mind a massive utility bill if dehumidifiers are running full time.
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    Re: Glue For Bellows

    Trichloro has been banned from use for a long time. It killed just too many people. No joke. I don't know how anyone is acquiring it unless from a chem supply house. It was sold as movie film...
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    Re: Effective Drypacks

    Get a machinery cover. These need to breathe. You apparently realize that. Underneath you can put a little portable desiccant container like Dri-Out. Some of these have built-in fans; but the powder...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Most actual fatalities in North America have occurred on Vancouver Island, BC along a major trail. But even there, the statistical odds of an interaction with a cat are very very low. Two joggers...
  5. Re: "By Request of Mark Osterman in Memorium of Ron Mowrey"

    Oh no. I had many conversations with him over the years. He had a very interesting career and a lot of knowlege, and active right to the end, it seems.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Everyone was infuriated when that cat was unnecessarily shot. Now they're routinely tranquilizer darted, radio-collared, and relocated to remoter areas. One was even captured napping on someone's...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    When hiking on brushy trails in lion habitat it's a good idea to keep small children or conspicuously weak elderly people nearby; but getting paranoid about this topic is absurd. They were all...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    It was on the news again just a few minutes ago. The little girl is OK. The lion hasn't been caught. If they do tree one with hounds, they'll use a DNA test to see if it's the culprit or not. All...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    They're everywhere around here. It's a rare treat to see one, but wildlife night cameras routinely spot em. There have been 18 documented mtn lion attacks in Calif. in the last hundred years, with...
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    A lot depends on whether you're working commercially representing an architect or builder, or doing personal work. I violate all kinds of rules with the latter, but not with the former unless they...
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    Re: Nikkor Q 300mm f9

    View cameras lenses are easy to shade. Just depends on the condition and asking price; lots of M 300's come up for sale, not many Q's. Sometimes I prefer the slightly lower contrast of a...
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    Re: Single Travel

    Cartel pot operations are actually prolific in the lower brushy areas of Sequoia NP and adjacent Natl Forest land, and have been found even in Yosemite NP. They're rife in the Shasta area. But these...
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    Re: Nikkor Q 300mm f9

    The Q was the single-coated predecessor to the final multi-coated M. I've never tried it because I have the M.
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    Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    Never assume a building (even new) is level, square, or plumb; many are not. Never assume film is resting square and truly flat in your holder; it probably isn't. Never assume little toy levels are...
  15. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    There are certain basics. Low budget, high budget aren't the issue. What does matter is having the information on the film to begin with. And in this case, all three exposures need to be balanced in...
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    What if a person actually sees some qualitative potential in this? A half-baked approach means they're just going to have to start all over at some point. A lot of time and money will just be wasted...
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    There's nothing armchair quarterback about it if someone actually knows what they're talking about. For decades people spent entire careers doing color separations. Off-brand film is going to cost...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    I've never thought of his how-to manuals as exactly inspiring writing, but he certainly could produce poetic phrases as well as poetic images when he was determined to do so. Sorta an esthete of a...
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    Precisely the opposite - I'm giving firm clues how to make it EASIER using correct tools. Sure you can fix a bicycle with a pipe wrench; but that's how you strip bolts too. Even PS curve correction...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Still too complicated. How the heck do you know what paper you even like till you've done some printing already? I work with multiple papers, multiple kinds of films, several developers, multiple...
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    Are you implying that it is just fine for Haha results? That would be logical. Sure you can do that. You can drive around with three flat tires on a car too, but it won't be very efficient. I...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    My own prints are quite different. They tend to look extremely sharp. But actually there are subtle differences between what is in fact in acute focus, and what is slightly not, deliberately leading...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Yep, the whole point of learning all the rules to begin with is that it becomes the basis to thoughtfully break every one of them afterwards, but not necessarily all at the same time. I could kick...
  24. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Just some odd n' ends on Ebay, not the necessary filter turret itself. No sense paying for any of that. You can get something equivalent new from Edmund or rig one up yourself. But that's just if...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Nobody is ignoring the physics. But a lot of people ignore that it's a pair of eyes that are final arbiter of such things. What are you trying to achieve? If you want a 30X40 inch print, that's...
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    Like I just stated, we're talking about two entirely different things. Anyone who has looked at the results of an accomplished printmaker knows the difference. I'm kinda stuck in another gear at the...
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    I think you'd discover a staggering qualitative difference between what optimized film protocol can do and simply winging it and trying to bully it in PS afterwards. Neither approach is necessarily...
  28. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    It's not so easy to get balanced exposures; the filters differ. You either have to fiddle with the aperture and risk differences of depth of field between exposures, or risk getting into recip...
  29. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    No different that packing a Sinar or any other monorail system, which I've commented on so many times before that there's no sense elaborating here.
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    Digi and film are quite different in this respect, with an appropriate film having much greater linearity. But it takes a LOT more than a few sheets of film to learn the ropes.
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    It takes quite a bit of work up front, and a lot of time making densitometer plots, to learn how to do truly balanced separation negatives. Then, unless you're just winging it for fun (which some...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    One more argument just to throw ALL of our lenses and film away and convert to Photoshop. Who needs anything real anymore?
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    No. But it is appropriate to use such a lens with falsely branded film.
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Well, there were seemingly some incidental lenses here and there, for sure. But I was operating in construction supplies distribution where tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    What if it had been labeled, "Rodenschlok, Gemanie", Bob? Would you bother to ask if there was any connection?
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Of course it's fake if even the lettering is fake. At the very least, it was being deceptively marketed at the time. If they just wanted to clean up and resell the real thing, why not do it the same...
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    Re: Marble caverns

    Enjoy your trip. It sounds like a wonderful destination. It's been nearly 30 now since I equipped a family member with camera gear for his first direct ascent of the face of Cerro Escudo in Paine -...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    I see cheap printing on that thing that reminds me exactly of a mere simple generic step ring that proved worthless, and even the black anodizing was fake and rubbed off; the threads didn't fit. In...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    They just call it Fakeritis. Not all that much worse than arthritis.
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    Re: Marble caverns

    Sounds fun. I think something like a Sinar Handy equipped with a 6X12 roll film back might be an interesting option in this case. I'd be more likely to research if there are places with a little...
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