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    making shutter blades?

    Right, I'm trying to get a synchro-compur #00 back to work. This was a bad buy on a fair. Lens was clear and neat, shutter locked (nothing rare) and low priced. Ok, so the shutter had been wet, rust...
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    Re: Lens element sources and specs?

    I haven't followed this from the beginning or read all the related threads. But when you have formulas that describe a design, you can use them in several ways.

    Mostly this seems to be interpreted...
  3. Re: How many film holders do you bring for a day out?

    Like many others I work in multiples of 6 sheets. So mostly 6 holders. All the same film or 2 types.

    I do tend to buy boxes of 25 sheets and then load the complete box in holders, mark the holder...
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    Re: How not to drill a lens board

    +1! You really need a mill with a flycutter or a lathe.
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    Or far more patience than I have.
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    Re: Bolts in an Envelope

    This works until you meet a JIS thread. Which is metric in diameter and pitch but not in thread form. I haven't found a source for small JIS bolts so far.
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    Re: Bolts in an Envelope

    They very likely sell you a new camera because they have no idea, let alone tools and pieces to repair a camera that is older than they are.
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    Re: Expired Certificate Error

    Same here. According to firefox (on linux) I have to update my clock of the pc. I don't think that NTP works that way :D At least Firefox let me continue, Vivaldi (my default browser) or the Android...
  8. Re: Question about Lenses and focal lengths... in German

    "freier Öffnung" is the "free opening", that which is free to pass light. So apperture is correct I'd say.

    "verhält" in this case is as in a mathematical "ratio/proportion of 2 to 3".
  9. Re: my humble and honest review of Vist 8x10 camera

    Looks an intriguing camera. I like the way it folds, it is different from other cameras and folds up very compact. On the other hand I have similar tripod adapters and they look so tiny and the...
  10. Re: DIY 5x7 fix focus LF Camera Light Leak / Reflection ?

    To be honest, I'm not sure at all it comes from those screws. But it is very easy to slap a bit of matte paint over those screws and wooden slats and see if that cures it.
  11. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    I fear that reality isn't agreeing with you, some lenses are designed so that the last corrections are software inside the camera. The camera has a profile of the lens on board. ...
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    You looked at pellicle mirrors? No blackout at all with them. Will be hard to find in large size but can be made. OTOH your mirror will not have to be as large as 4x5 as it sits closer to the lens....
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    If you don't have any problems taking the time between 2 shots, then what is wrong with a rangefinder? It would be even better as the delay between deciding to take the shot and taking it is smaller....
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    Again a single focal length system. And the OP wants to be able to change lenses while not having to fiddle with changing cams, reading different scales etc. When using "long" lenses he wants an SLR,...
  15. Re: What happened to "The World's Most Complete Fujinon Large Format Lens List"?

    Why would you go to the archive when the site is up and running? Probably your browser just refuses to show http sites. This is probably just a setting in your browser.
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    I do get your point. But I remain unconvinced. You'll still have to take the mirror box along, be able to store it when not in use and make a well aligned and light tight connection between all. All...
  17. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    I think this is a very important point to consider.
  18. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    I'm used to hauling around a 645ProTL with reflex finder and motor drive, 2 backs, 3-4 lenses and a lightmeter for the holidays. In 4x5 use a Wista and I feel the Wista is heavier. Don't stare too...
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    Re: TAP Plastics/Acme Plastics experience?

    Wouldn't you be better of by looking at a company providing laser cutting? Tolerance is lower than what you quote. The one I used previously (not for plastic) does styrene, PP, PE and plexi. They...
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    Re: Inexpensive 4x5 field cameras

    I agree with you. But while cameras are relatively simple, shutters are likely going to an issue. They wear out and making new ones isn't as easy as making a new camera.
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    Re: Inexpensive 4x5 field cameras

    Nice location and execution, but I really don't understand the obsession with the idea of having to use a long shutter time when photographing water so it doesn't look at all like water flowing.
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    Re: Inexpensive 4x5 field cameras

    It's the film that gets you in the end. When the cost of film approaches more than 1 (insert currency), up to 6-7 before development, then it doesn't take long to spend the price of several cameras.
  23. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    Now I put a Wista branded lens board with a center hole in it:
    https://www.quirinus.one/forum_foto/toestellen/offset_05.jpg
    And the ground glass looks like this:...
  24. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    Back home, I remade the photos to show it very clearly. Kumar explained it already but I promised the photos so I'll post them anyway.

    Setup was the Wista on a tripod and a self-leveling laser...
  25. Thread: Building a 4x5

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    Re: Building a 4x5

    You do'n have to apologise at all. Most of us have multiple projects, life gets in the way or you just have to start again because something that looked simple and staightforward is anything but.
  26. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    I'm not at home right now and they are not on the ftp since I changed provider. I'll post them again when I'm home.
  27. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    Sorry Kumar but I have measured this on my Wista and only with a centered lensboard sits the lens in the middle of the film. I have posted those photo's already here somewhere.
  28. Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    You can find both. An offset lenshole on a Wista means it is offcenter of the negative. A centered lensboard makes the lens sit in the center.

    With the offset lensboard you get directly a shift...
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    Re: Lenses for landscape w 4x5 camera

    If I look at what I use, then it is the CM-W 125mm. Next the SWD 75mm then the CM-W 250mm. But I do use the 90mm or 150mm from time to time.

    The diagonal equivalence might be nice to know, but I...
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    Re: Piece fell out from my Grafmatic

    You really should put it back as this is a light seal.
  31. Thread: Building a 4x5

    by Havoc
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    A large front standard gives more options in lenses. But at the same time it will make it harder to get large movements with the type of camera you want to make.
  32. Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    You think you're going to be as good as he is when using the same camera and lens?
  33. Re: Compur shutter with no threads at the back side?

    Looks like a bajonet mount.
  34. Re: I Built an 8×10 Paper Negative Box Camera… and It Works!.........not me

    If those photos are with the Fuji GX lens, then I'm surprised it covers that well.
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    Re: What would you do with this?

    Use it?
  36. Re: How did they blacken the metal stops & caps of the Daguerre era lenses?

    Lots of options here. One from a 1936 lab manual: https://aip.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1063/1.1752115 Selenium dioxide is another one and you can find that around in ready-made products (poisonous!).
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    Re: Building a 7x5 camera from scratch

    And they look great! Very crisp and regular. Think I'm going to follow this as wel.
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    Stay at home. I'm not that daft getting out is weather that isn't balmy. Think I have a cat as ancester somewhere in the family tree...
  39. Re: Has anyone designed and built their own camera bag?

    I have been tempted to design one and have it made by someone that makes bags out of old sails. But I have never got around to it...



    I have a couple that take my Wista 45. One is a old large...
  40. Re: 'Journey' in trying to build a 1850 sliding box camera

    Very nice woodworking here. And doing it from recycled wood as well is an extra challenge.

    Teak was used but more for "tropical" camera's from what I remember visiting the Ernemann museum.
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