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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    Suggestion, place FAR more concern with lighting, pose and being able to capture an expressive moment with your portrait sitter than obsessing over 210mm or 240mm lens and which lens brand, type and...
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    IMO, Tessar/Plasmat. Dagor and .... ALL must be evaluated individually by the image maker to see if the results meet their image making goals. Some of these view camera lenses have been around for...
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    The "W" designation is irrelevant for your needs, only spec that is important is specified focal length.


    Bernice
  4. Re: longest focal length possible on Sinar norma w/ 6 inch rail?

    Sinar 6 inch rail makes the Sinar into essentially a wide angle camera. This is often done to make the Sinar more portable or easier to pack.
    Better way is to cut down the standard rail and carry...
  5. Re: A Peak Inside Intrepid's Large Format Camera Factory

    Not a lot wrong with wood as a material used for building a camera. Depending on the wood used, it can be remarkably strong, resilient to damage, tough, lightweight and dimensionally stable. These...
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    Re: Sinar Norma CLA, Europe?

    This previous discussion might help:

    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?156434-Question-for-sinar-norma-owners&highlight=sinar+norma+focus+gear

    ~Which reminds me of...
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    Re: Linhof Technica 5x7

    Nice camera, been there, done this..

    Very enjoyable camera to use. Has a nice precise and solid feel to it. Brings back good memories of using a very similar Technica years ago.


    :)
    Bernice
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    LF is a very different world today than it once was.

    If you're trying to put food on your table, roof over your head, and those dependent on you for support, tolerance for an iffy product become...
  9. Re: Help me pick a couple of lenses for Sinar Norma please please

    Noted that environmental portrait is the image-print goal. Typically environmental portraits would involve a medium wide focal length lens. In the world of 4x5, typical medium wide focal length would...
  10. Re: Do I need to worry about really heavy lenses causing damage?

    Toyo 810M remains one of my Fav 8x10 folder cameras for a long list of reasons. It is quite capable of supporting a BIG lens and remain stable, precise with good safety for the lens being used. There...
  11. Re: Do I need to worry about really heavy lenses causing damage?

    IMO and this is a perpetual plug... Sinar as a system. Interchangeable like Lego to meet the needs of virtually any image goals and lenses required.

    In the case of BIG lenses, Sinar P does good....
  12. Re: Critical height placement of ground glass

    If one is interested in producing in focus images on film based on the focused image on the ground glass, the diffusion side of the ground glass MUST be at the same mechanical dimension as the film...
  13. Re: Do I need to worry about really heavy lenses causing damage?

    Goes back to deciding on the lenses needed to meet the finished image goals before deciding on any camera.

    Seems too many are driven to choose a camera then decide to or find a lens they want to...
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    Re: Fastest 11x14 barrel lens

    Schneider 480mm f4.5 Xenar, image circle 580mm @ f22.
    https://www.pacificrimcamera.com/rl/00832/00832.pdf

    Size comparison, 480mm, 360mm, 210mm. All are used with Sinar shutter.
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  15. Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    No love for wood cameras here.

    Edit, having owned more than one Dorf and others... never wood again. Simply lacks precision. Friend ordered a Chamonix before they were officially imported to the...
  16. Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    Of all the foldable 8x10 cameras owned-used over the decades, best of them all is the Toyo 810M with a Sinar front frame. Sinar frame allowed using a Sinar shutter between the front standard and...
  17. Re: Portraits: Fujinon SFS lenses vs. Fujinon 240 A + Soft Focus filter

    At this point, don't worry about the focal length, far more important is to USE this Fuji SF to gain experience. After burning LOTs of film and image making, then the tuning process begins.
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  18. Re: Portraits: Fujinon SFS lenses vs. Fujinon 240 A + Soft Focus filter

    180mm focal length is a bit short for 4x5 portrait work, the 180mm was intended to be used on 6x7 to 6x9 roll film head-shoulder and similar portraits. The 250mm is preferred for 4x5 portrait work....
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    Re: Xenar 135mm f4.7 lens opinion

    What were the image expectations from this combo of lens-film/paper-processed film/paper?

    If the Xenar is in good optical condition, it will easily equal a modern lens in resolution, it will NOT...
  20. Re: recommendations on 8x10 one/tele lenses.

    If your max bellows extension is 600mm, you're limited to tele design view camera lenses. IMO, the 600mm Fujinon is over rated and due to this mythical desirability, it's market $ is more than it...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Along with what the finished print_image would be.

    Image making system -vs- print_image are inseparable. Again, they are elements or facets of the much greater whole of any image crafting system....
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    PLENTY... 4x5 press cameras of the past. They were THE news print image making tool.
    As previously mentioned, this need was the origins of the entire series of "Graphic" and Technika and ... series...
  23. Re: Portraits: Fujinon SFS lenses vs. Fujinon 240 A + Soft Focus filter

    Keep in mind, quality of light has a HUGE effect on sorta focus lenses.

    For studio portraits, consider using hot lights for better control of the interaction between the directional lighting on...
  24. Re: Portraits: Fujinon SFS lenses vs. Fujinon 240 A + Soft Focus filter

    Reminded of why no real love for the Fujinon SF, disc inside or no disc. There is a distinct harshness to the softness of the Fuji SF, visible even on web transmitted data.


    Bernice
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    It's all a set of trade-offs, partly goes back the the "Decisive Moment" or "Carefully crafted image from one's creativity". Current digital (C_phones included) or roll film cameras do well at...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Roll film camera system meets these needs better than a sheet film camera.. Or a digital camera or similar imaging systems could fit better too.

    Now, what about the print or finished image goals?...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Now back to the original discussion..

    Point being and point pressed Bob and based on your experience with a variety of imaging systems...

    Print or image goals define the imaging system...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Not at all.

    Example, If the print or image goal is high resolution map making or Reconnoissance, would a consumer grade 35mm camera and lens be appropriate to meet these goals of high resolution...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Which is directly related to the finished print goals.
    Camera is only one facet of a FAR more complex system to print/image making


    Bernice.
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    The 4x5 rangefinder has been done. It was THE media press image making camera before 35mm took over that image making goal. It is also why the 4x5 graphmatic film holder was made, to allow burning...
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    Re: Question about JOBO expert drums

    Except those Hissing Lawns....


    Bernice
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    Re: Question about JOBO expert drums

    Been doing this leave the film slightly above the cylinder during the loading process for decades. First few times using these Jobo drums, did not leave the film edge out of the cylinder, caused much...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Yesterday's walk, part 2.

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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    From yesterday's walk:

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  35. Re: Many paper developers back-ordered or special order with long delivery lead

    Consider mixing developer and related B&W chemistry from basic powdered chemicals.

    Powdered chemistry last longer than mixed, not difficult to do and lower cost over time and quantity used.
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  36. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    The basic view camera is essentially a light tight flexi box with a lens on one end and light recording device holder on the other end. If a lens in barrel is used, lens could be mostly reliable too....
  37. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    Needs to be a definition of ~Detail~ as there are many, many, many aspects to what detail can mean and what any viewer might value.


    Bernice
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    Re: Question about JOBO expert drums

    Essentially yes, that sponge thingieee could be OK as a paper towel into cylinder pusher to move the residual fluids inside the cylinder around some what. Other than that, it is not a very useful...
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    Re: Question about JOBO expert drums

    That sponge dryer thingieee sorta-kinda moves the water around. Does not really dry the drum cylinders. Applying a paper towel with the sponge thingieee can help aid in drying. Still, it takes a...
  40. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    Ignore the 35mm -vs- 4x5 idea.

    Begin with what are your print image goals? This seemingly simple question is key and primary to camera-lens and a long list of other choices that must be made. If...
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