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  1. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    I agree, I'm not going to spend my money on cameras when there's so many beautiful lenses out there calling my name. Started out with a Deardorff 8x10, sold it, got an 1888 field camera that was a...
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    Re: where to look for used gear

    Wait another 2-3 weeks, you might start seeing a lot of bargains on ebay. If you have the means to buy, please do, because people will be selling so they can buy food and medicine.
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    Re: Time to get Serious about DIY

    I currently have enough film in all formats from 35mm to 16x20 that I can carry on as usual for at least 5 years at my current rate. And I have enough chemicals to mix my own B&W chemistry if need...
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    Re: Time to get Serious about DIY

    When the pandemic is finally under control, I don't think companies are going to just re-hire everyone and resume production like before, nor will consumers start buying again. We are already in a...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    This is something of an iconic image for Canadians. There were a whole series of these by several Group of Seven painters in the early to mid 20th century, the most famous by Tom Thomson but yours...
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    Re: Why are all of my photos soft?

    If you have a lens that will do it, try photographing a small part of your (back-lit) negative with the D800.
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    Re: Still life - DOF problem

    I've found LED flashlights work well when you have to do this stopped down or with an f16 lens indoors. The ones with 5-6 individual LEDs, if you can make out each individual LED on the ground glass...
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    Re: Still life - DOF problem

    So if you have one of those fancy cameras with scales and degree indicators you can just dial it all in, whereas I have to adjust rubber bands and chewing gum to make those adjustments.
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    Re: Still life - DOF problem

    Can you explain in simple terms how the calculator allows you to focus at some calculated point between the flowers and the frame without placing a target to focus on? I'm intrigued, that would be a...
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    Re: Still life - DOF problem

    Seems fairly straightforward to use an online DOF calculator for the exact numbers you need, and you'll have to use a tape measure and place a target where you figure out your focus has to be to get...
  11. Thread: Spot meter

    by Jody_S
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    Re: Spot meter

    Part of the issue may be that the analog Pentax V meter reads far into the infrared range. In fact I use mine to shoot infrared, I mount my filter on the front of the meter with step-up rings, take...
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    Re: Simple Lens Cap/Shutter for 6" Metrogon

    Does yours not have an internal diaphragm? If I recall mine is set by turning a little brass gear, and I had to open it and chisel out a stop protruding from the casting to get it to open fully.
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I paid $1000 3 years ago for my current Pontiac Montana. The parts that would most often make it not go are available from pretty much every car parts store and scrap yard in the country. This is...
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I have gone on expeditions and camped in both Ford Econolines an GMC 1500 pick-ups. The pick-up had better ground clearance and was easier to work on, the van was more comfortable inside. These...
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    Re: Cheap press-on filter thread adapter

    I have used step-up rings also, but I glue them onto LUC shutters.
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    Re: How to get into ULF?

    Indeed I am not saying I never will switch to portraits and still lifes. I have shifted once or twice before, and my joints are deteriorating faster than my doctor can replace them. My studio...
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    Re: How to get into ULF?

    How to get into ULF? Check your pockets and couch cushions to see if you have an extra $5K lying around. Otherwise I would recommend working out the kinks with 8x10 max, and only because you can...
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Can't imagine why. While most Americans see our culture as remarkably similar with but a few historical divergences. the reality is that our cultures are remarkably similar with very few divergences.
  19. Re: Identification of vintage Rochester Optical Co. Camera

    There were 2 variants of the Universal. My early 1st version has the rotating tripod ring and a 2-way spirit level on the top. Yours has a knob protruding from the bed about in the middle, not sure...
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    Re: February portraits

    Very interesting composition, not what we are used to seeing. Lovely,
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    I've just caught up with 3 years' worth of scanning, and I took the time to spot an image to make sure everything was ok. I realize I haven't posted any images here in quite some time, I have...
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    Re: help choosing portrait lens?

    If you can find (and afford) a Heliar in shutter, go for it, you won't be disappointed and if you are you can simply re-sell it whenever you want. Personally I prefer Tessar formulations for...
  23. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Interesting that all of your Tessars are in the bottom group, I would have expected modern coated Tessars to rank equally with coated Dagors, at f22-28.
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    Re: Drum scans in Montreal?

    I have a couple of HPs with similar specs to the Epsons, unfortunately they are also from the early '00s and I can't get the drivers to work with a 64-bit OS. That limits the size of my overall scan...
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    Re: I'd like to see them make . . . .

    A light-weight rolling camera case large enough for a bulky 8x10, holders, lenses and assorted crap, with big wheels for hauling over rocks and branches, rigid enough to sit on when closed.
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    Re: Drum scans in Montreal?

    Your side-by-side comparison has almost convinced me to buy Epson flatbed. Anyway, good to know you're out there, I've always wanted to try a drum scan of one of my negs.
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    Re: IR 760 filter - rating film speed

    I have shot Konica imagesetter film with filters up to 820nm, I used an old Pentax V spotmeter for exposure calculations. I simply held the filter up to the spotmeter and shot through it, then...
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    Re: Focus Shift For Infra-Red

    I have also never compensated, using the opaque IR filters and Konica imagesetter film. Never been an issue with normal landscapes, I imagine critical focusing on a portrait with a wide-open f3.6...
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    Re: Strategies in Cold - During and After Shoot

    Hip flask. Never really bothered doing anything for the gear.
  30. Re: Rodenstock Imagon 22cm/4 Kunstler Portratobjektiv

    I believe Rodenstock made an older (brass) version that was the inverse, the single element was in the rear. It was called 'hemi-anastigmat', I guess for 'half of an anastigmat'.
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    Re: Bellows Material

    An inexpensive changing bag (the kind that looks like a T-shirt with a zipper at the bottom) could easily be fashioned into a bag bellows. Something like the fiberglass supports from a small soft...
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    Re: Strange old camera

    From the fasteners used, I would hazard a guess that it was made sometime in the 1950s-60s.
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    It's pretty easy to understand that if you take an image with a 240mm lens at f22 on your 4x5, then mount the lens on your 8x10 and re-take the image still at f22, the resulting images will have the...
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    Re: Need Packard shutter solenoid mod

    That's a buzzer. I was thinking more of this:

    Newhouse Hardware CHM1 Door Bell Chime, White

    There are in fact 2 solenoids inside, in a shared plastic housing. A hacksaw would quickly tun that...
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    Re: Need Packard shutter solenoid mod

    It's occurred to me recently that old-style doorbells have an appropriate-size solenoid with spring return that would be strong enough for smaller Packards. They're made to run on 24VAC or DC, but...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: most used ULF formats

    I loved 11x14, and as a bonus it's not that hard finding lenses for that format. Unfortunately I can't carry it anymore, so I had to divest.
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    Re: Schneider-Kreuznach misprint

    Depends. Were you a millionaire before finding this lens?
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    I'm not 100% sure of the exact circumstances of this mistake. I have a home-made recessed lens board for my 65/5.6 SA and 75/5.6 Fujinon W to use on my B&J 4x5. Instead of just switching lens...
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    Re: Anyone use 5x7 x-ray film

    I have cut down 8x10 Fuji X-ray to both 4x5 and 5x7. PITA.
  40. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    I have camped alone in polar bear country in the Canadian far north (pre large format). I have also photographed in a number of cities at night. I felt safer in bear country. Obviously one needs...
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