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  1. Re: How to mount a Schneider 180mm f/5.6 - 58 or 59mm threads?

    Of course, S. K. Grimes at can do this and do it well. They commonly adapt barrel lenses to shutters. It's worth giving them a call to get an idea of what it would cost and when...
  2. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    Large format photography is a long term, learning endeavor that requires patience and study. It doesn't happen overnight, and in my view, averaging meters and recommended development times will get...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    For me, the only important rear movements are swing, rise and shift.

    Swing is useful for optimizing horizontal Scheimpflug. This can be convenient for architecture, for example.

    True shift...
  4. Re: Unsharp Masking…Would I/Could I/Should I?

    Much of John Sexton's 2nd workshop, Fine Tuning the Expressive Black and White print, is about masking techniques, both for the negative and the print. It took me a while, but after the workshop, I...
  5. Re: Fuji GX 680 180mm f/3.2 in Seiko Shutter for 4x5 Experience

    Last year, I had occasion to purchase an EBay listed adapter that enables one to use Mamiya RB67 lenses on a large format camera. It's pretty clever. One can cock the shutter using the adapter,...
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    Re: D-76; Mixing Small Batch?

    What JP said.

    Mixing it in smaller quantities assumes that the various chemicals have been mixed homogeneously. That's OK when the different chemicals are liquid and are in solution. (Like...
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    Re: Paper cutting preferences

    To trim photographs as part of mounting, I found a used, earlier (yellow)16x20 Rototrim model that works great. I paid $150 for it.

    For cutting test sheets, I found a used, 11x14 rotary paper...
  8. Re: Does changing aperture move the focus point

    I will not tolerate focus shift. If I suspect that a lens has focus shift, it's going to get SOLD! And, longer Dagors are known to demonstrate this aberration. Life is complicated enough as it is;...
  9. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    My solution . . . avoid selenium.

    Even at 1:20, I don't like the effect that selenium toner has on an image. (I print with Ilford Warmtone.) It would be nice to get the limited archival...
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    Re: Filter dilemma for 82mm solution

    I thought through a similar dilemma and finally decided on 77mm as a standard. But at that time, I had a RB67 outfit, which uses 77mm filters. Otherwise, I might have gone with 82mm as my standard....
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    Re: Vintage Camera Repairs - anyone left?

    I don't know if they would take on a whole camera? (Possibly.) But, Dave at Advance Camera has glued bellows onto frames, and has cut lensboards for me.
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    Re: Oregon Public Broadcasting segment

    Very nice. I enjoyed watching this video. There's palpable drama in many of the photographs.

    Will you be offering workshops in this carbon process?
  13. Re: Now e-Bay wants my SSN and bank account info . . .???

    Check with EBay. The last four SSN digits are often used to verify identity for access to personal accounts. I would not give those out. Sounds bogus!
  14. Re: Two Arca Customizations for 8x10 & 4x5. (S.K. Grimes.)

    Some time ago, I purchased an all black, Oschwald era, Type A (Axis Tilt) 4x5 from KEH for a quite reasonable price. What caught my eye on this camera was the color. I had never seen one that was...
  15. Two Arca Customizations for 8x10 & 4x5. (S.K. Grimes.)

    I just received back from S.K. Grimes two customizations, one for an Arca Oschwald era 8x10, and a second for an Oschwald era Arca Swiss 4x5. I thought that both, and especially the 8x10...
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    Re: Art is Emotion

    I think that it's kind of ridiculous, because there's so much related to photography that can be politically related, and yet also be enlightening and insightful. A classic case of the tail wagging...
  17. Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    These negatives scream to be contact printed, and that's probably the way they were originally printed by the photographer. And, they will likely be beautiful printed in that manner. A competent...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    How effective might this be when used with a 150mm Apo Symmar? How sharp is it with the Topcor?
  19. Re: First and hopefully only lens for landscape?

    And just to be sure, you want the 250mm with lettering inside the rim that has maximum aperture f6.7.
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    It think that there's a middle ground. For example, one could begin their venture into LF by engaging with color photography. In this case, some basic instruction in meter use, and also in camera...
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    Re: 450 mm Nikkor-M vs. Symmar-S 480 mm

    These lenses are optimized for infinity focus. How about an Apo-Ronar, a Red-Dot-Artar, or something like that? They're optimized for studio use.
  22. Re: Looking for advice/guides on digital to film (not inkjet)

    Years ago, using an "Imagesetter" enabled one to print a digital negative that had sufficient quality and resolution to contact print silver gelatin photographs. I've seen some large examples of...
  23. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    What are you looking for in a lens? What other lenses do you have? I'm not sure about the Fuji A 240 f9, but the 240mm f6.7 is a single-coated lens. If you want multi-coating, look further. ...
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    Re: DIY Wehman Not for Profit

    In the late 90's, I saw a Kodak Master 8x10 camera at a swap meet to which this was done. Very creative and thorough. The camera was quite light-weight. I could have had the camera and both the...
  25. Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    You might consider strobes with a power pack, versus mono-lights.

    Anymore, they're dinosaurs, so they don't cost much. The heads are light-weight, so no heed for heavy light stands. They're...
  26. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    For me, definitely portraiture. I think that it all depend on one's own personality. I've done some nice portraits. But, I prefer photography where people are absent.
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    Re: Bogen/Manfrotto hex QR plates

    They are Bogen 3297 4"x4" plates. They've long been discontinued; but, they occasionally come up for sale or bid on EBay. They're an excellent option for flat bed cameras.

    I think a better...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    I've had my stint with 4x5 and smaller folding cameras, and I'm done with them.

    I began with a Linhof IV MF Technika. Nice camera, but some definite tradeoffs. I also had a Deardorff 5x7 camera...
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    Re: Current 4x5 enlarger options

    Craigslist is good, to avoid shipping costs. I just sold a Zone VI 5x7 enlarger, and it's a fairly heavy enlarger. But even for that sized enlarger, I was surprised to see that shipping costs are...
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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10”

    I just sold two, excellent, heavy-duty Gitzo tripods, one on this site for $290, and one on EBay for $350. Both were the same and rated with a 33 lbs capacity. They were both cosmetically in poor...
  31. Re: Higher fog in rotary development of fiber-based paper?

    Might the same be true of film when developed in a Jobo, versus tray development?
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    Re: Tired of my ground glass

    Arca Swiss has a really excellent viewfinder experience, where they place the Fresnel lens between the ground glass and the lens. Normally, this will throw off the focus by a small amount. So, they...
  33. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    For heavier cameras like most 8x10s, that's good advice.

    But for lightweight cameras, a center column can be useful. I've used my Feisol CF tripod with it's center-column installed for Arca...
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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    I'll bet it could be distilled. :)
  35. Re: Is the rail on a Arca Swiss camera, the same as RRS parts? Are they interchangea

    Are you saying that Osawald rails will work well with Type II Classic F rails (that accept extensions) and clamp based brackets? I have no experience with this, so I'm curious.
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I have about a pint container of Kodak lens cleaner of old I purchased decades ago that s still about 3/4 full. In cleaning, I first blow off the surface. Then I moisten a micro-fiber cloth meant...
  37. Re: Is the rail on a Arca Swiss camera, the same as RRS parts? Are they interchangea

    Even Arca Swiss rails vary quite a bit. I have some Type I rails, where the function carrier will easily travel back and forth on the rail. (Using the geared focusing knob, of course.) I have...
  38. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Luis mentioned the 300mm G-Claron. A little older lens is a 300mm Repro Claron. (I recently saw one for sale on eBay.) Also, a 12" Red Dot Artar. Single coated, but very sharp at those distances....
  39. Re: Finding #3 shutter for G-Claron 355mm f/9

    My 355mm G-Claron was originally barrel mounted. Purchased from Kerry Thalmann, he mounted the front and rear elements into a Copal 3 intended for a 210mm lens. I believe this means that, to obtain...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Which camera?
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