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  1. Re: Alignment workflow (architechture)

    It's not that hard. The trick is to look for parallel lines at the sides of the image first. Note that you need pairs of lines at the extremes of the image. Just using one line to square to will...
  2. Re: Simple Q for LF newby: Lens shade (trad 35mm type) vs. Compendium Lens Hood

    The problem with fixed lens hoods on LF is twofold: First, if you get one that is the right size for the focal length lens you are using, then any camera movement at all is going to cause vignetting....
  3. Re: What camera shops to visit in Vienna?

    The first on your list should be Westlicht, Westbahnstraße 40. Close by is United Camera (formerly Orator). You'll have to look up the address; I can't remember it offhand, but it's close by...
  4. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    Keep notes shooting and bracket on the side of overexposure a stop for the first shot or two. When you find the best E.I. for your plates, you can adjust your meter accordingly.

    Any modern lens...
  5. Re: Using VC Filters in Super Chromega E Dichroic II

    By gum, I just checked my Chromega heads and, sure enough, there's enough room under the mixing boxes on both the Chromega D and the Chromega E for one to slide a filter in.

    That said, you have...
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    Re: Post your signs

    Love the last three Don!
  7. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter (Zone VI Holster)

    PS = Pentax Spotmeter?
    P = Pentax?
    PD = Pentax Digital?
    (So S or SS would be Soligor or Soligor Spotmeter, for which Zone VI also made holsters?)

    Just guessing.
  8. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    With the still-life objects you describe, you may not be working as close as you think. Here are a couple of general observations to mull over:

    For just "close-up" work and not "macro," you may...
  9. Re: Using VC Filters in Super Chromega E Dichroic II

    You can add the Ilford below-the-lens filter holder if you really want to use separate filters. I don't think there's any provision for inserting filters on the Chromega E.

    IM-HO, you should...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    Drew,

    I know, I know... Hence the smiley face. It's something I tell my students all the time after they figure out that I've simplified something in order to give them a basic understanding. I...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    That about sums it up :)
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    I do this all the time (and recommended it to the OP in my above posts...), but you have to keep in mind that the film's spectral response is not the same as the meter's. So, especially with the...
  13. Re: Fumbling towards a correct exposure for Dry Plates

    The ISO scale goes in approximate third-stop increments. Here's the list from 100 down (I've indicated whole stops going down from ISO 100 in bold), just count the total difference between extremes...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    Alan,

    You've uncovered the heart of the problem here. The manufacturers lie about filter factors! :)

    Really, like most things, the closer you look at this topic, the more complex it becomes. ...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    Worked for me for years. And, you don't need a Wratten ND filter or anything expensive if it's too bright. A sheet of typing paper does the job admirably in a pinch. Plus you can get translucent...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    Corran and Kiwi,

    I guess I shouldn't be so offhand with my remarks :) It's just that I see so many instances of badly-used GND filters that I have an allergic reaction whenever I see another...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    A color contrast filter from yellow-red will darken blue skies. In extreme cases up to 3-4 stops when using a red filter and with a really saturated blue sky (often too much for my taste). A yellow...
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    Given that you want to use VC paper, you'll likely want a way to use contrast filters. That kind of rules out the bare bulb, etc. Here are a few ideas:

    Kodak bullet safelight w/ 15W or 7W bulb. ...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    Read and digest this: https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/C1x9LZAkTES.pdf It's the B+W Filter Handbook. Note that the numbers in parentheses after their filter number are the Wratten...
  20. Re: Large Format Camera - Focusing architecture (in a hangar)

    Since you're studying, you should definitely study the article on the LF home page about selecting the right f-stop: https://www.largeformatphotography.info/fstop.html . The article on focusing on...
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    Re: Which paper finish for landscape

    I'm in the air-dried glossy fiber-base paper-finish camp too. I use the Foma 111 mentioned above and like it, both in graded and VC. Adox MC-110 is nice too. Fiber-base glossy when not ferrotyped...
  22. Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    Any objection to a used Pentax digital spot meter? They are simple, easy to use with the Zone System and reliable. They aren't made anymore, but there is a good used market for them. Unless you...
  23. Re: Gossen vs Sekonic (quality issues?)

    Any objection to a used Pentax digital spot meter? They are simple, easy to use with the Zone System and reliable. They aren't made anymore, but there is a good used market for them. Unless you...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    Photos of the correct installation anyone?
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    Re: Adapter board question

    Finding some photos of other adapter boards shouldn't be a problem. I'd think the biggest problem would be sourcing good slide locks.
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    FWIW, the above-the-lens filter on the older Beselers may have been convenient, but that is not the optimum placement for a filter. I never use mine. Nor is below the lens for that matter (although...
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    Re: Kodak 2D Light Leaks

    A photo of the misalignment problem (gap) between holder and seat/back would be worth a thousand words...

    There are a lot of 2D owners out there who can diagnose your problem at a glance.
    ...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    I don't understand the gap you're speaking of... If it is due to the warp, then a bit of woodworking/machining seems to be in order. But if the filmholders aren't covering the opening for some...
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    Re: Processing Troubles

    There may be nothing wrong with your processing... If you have a light leak and the scanner is somehow adjusting for that extra density, what we're seeing is no indication of what's really on the...
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    My swing-away filter holder on the 45MX also appears round and there is a round hole in the bottom of the holder, but there is no round frame for the filter, just supports on each side. 6x6cm square...
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    Here's pic of the classic 45MCRX. Note the little handle above and to the left of the lens stage. It is the drawer for 6x6cm filters and slides in just above the rear element of the lens.
    ...
  32. Re: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 developing help

    When all else fails, read the instructions.

    All the products you mention have instructions packaged with them and also easily findable on the Internet. Don't trust hearsay, get your info from the...
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    Re: Filtering Large Lenses

    It's just fine to hand-hold a filter in front of the lens as long as you don't introduce vibration, etc. I've done it many times, with both glass and gel filters. However, you need to be sure your...
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    You guys must have a different filter-holder than I do. I have a 45MCRX (with the tapered bellows) with an above-the-lens filter holder that takes 6x6cm filter (2 1/4-inch squares), no curved end. ...
  35. Re: Harman Direct Positive Paper Question

    Uh.... a positive print of a negative is... A negative! (i.e., no reversal of tones)

    Note that normal photo paper is actually a negative material: it reverses the tones on the negative to make a...
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    Re: Post your signs

    Don,

    Great body of work! I love them all.

    Doremus
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    If you've got the below-the-lens swing-away filter holder, they take square 2 1/4-inch filters. The corners just stick out and leave some room for handling.

    If you have the above-the-lens...
  38. Re: Negative negatives - using SP445 Tank

    Another good possibility that hadn't occurred to me. Do check this too!
  39. Re: How to tell if metol (in powder form) has gone bad

    If the Metol powder is only light brown, it should work fine. Of course, the test would be to mix some D-23 and develop a small piece of film (leader or the like) in daylight to see if the developer...
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    Re: Post your signs

    Signs, Beatty, NV
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