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  1. Re: Moderate wide + shallow DOF lens recommendations?

    You might have a look at the Kodak Ektar 152/4.5 lens. A fine optic stopped down, and fast enough to have razor-thin DOF wide open.
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    Re: Zone VI Type II 8x10 VC Head Problem

    You might contact Richard Ritter, who was a key player at Zone VI. Find him at www.lg4mat.net
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    Re: Treshing Show

    well done, sir!
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    Re: Wave Capture Trials and Tribulations

    Try again tomorrow, John. "Can't catch fish if you don't go fishing".
  5. Re: Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm f5.6 v. Nikon Nikkor-SW 120mm f8

    I can understand Mr. Welker's conundrum. Long ago my "medium-wide" lens was a 135/6.3 Kodak Wide Field Ektar, a fine lens. Then I visited New York City and immediately ran out of coverage. So I went...
  6. Re: What Was the Process for Getting War Zone Photographs to Print Before Digital Cam

    From WWII through the end of the film era, in the West, a photojournalist would send their film (by official or unofficial means) back to a base area. There it would be processed, censored, edited,...
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    Re: Photographers using a Goerz Artar

    We had a 19" RD Artar in the cabinet when I worked for Kodak. We rarely needed it, but it was very sharp both for copying and (very occasionally) at distance. I think it was made in the early 1950s....
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    Re: Anybody Using a Plaubel Peco Jr.???

    These look like very interesting cameras. But in the 40+ years I've been shooting LF, I've never seen any of them and have only heard the name mentioned rarely. Did Plaubel ever market their camera...
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    Re: Photo Flo In Presoak OK for PMK?

    When processing sheet film in trays, a presoak in a 1% solution of Kodalk will keep the sheets of film from sticking together. That's been my practice for decades now.
    I don't know where the idea...
  10. Re: Centuries Old Photographs Show Our Immortal Love of Dogs

    But neither Niepce or Wedgwood are known to have photographed any dogs. And as Niepce's earliest known photograph took all day in sunlight to expose, any dog would have to have been sleeping...
    I...
  11. Re: Half Century Old Brown Plastic Bottles Still OK?

    If they're not leaking, or filthy inside, what do you have to worry about? Fixer won't oxidize and go bad like developers do when air gets in. Don't overthink this.
  12. Re: Do you get sentimental about your lenses?

    Well, I'm sentimentally attached to my 1948 135/6.3 Kodak Wide Field Ektar, owned since 1989. Haven't used it in a year or so, but it's ready to go.
    I guess that's also true of my 1959 Leitz 50/2...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    lassethomas, a beautiful photograph. Well done!
  14. Re: Goerz Doppel-Anastigmat Series III No. 1 Question

    Look on the front page of this site. There's good article about Goerz lenses that may be of help.
    IIRC C.P. Goerz changed the name from "Doppel-Anastigmat" to "Dagor" in the early 20th century. But...
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    Re: 4x5 Grafmatic film backs

    I learned about Grafmatics (and Tri-X filmpack) when studying with Norman McGrath in 1989. He spoke highly of them, so I had to try them. The magazines were old, my technique imperfect, and it was a...
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    Re: First 8x10 Exposures with Toyo Field

    A good start. Keep it up!
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    Re: New (to me) MF Digital

    Nice work, Jim. That sure looked like today!
  18. Re: 60 Rare Authentic Native American Photos You Must See Before You Die

    I'd look up the work of Adam Clark Vroman. There are at least two books of his fine photographs, one published by Aperture.
    There is a whole industry around the photographs of Edward Sheriff Curtis...
  19. Thread: Saltzman

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    Re: Saltzman

    Truly "industrial-strength".
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    Re: Help to ID this lens.

    And somewhere out there are the front groups of those two mysteries...
  21. Thread: Howdy!

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    Re: Howdy!

    Welcome! And don't be afraid to share your pictures, when you have them.
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    Re: Cambo SC v SCX

    Fred Picker (who made and sold the Zone VI folding field cameras) advocated for practicing your setup procedures a hundred? times without actually making a picture. So when you had to move fast you'd...
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    Re: TF-4 User For Years...Want To Try TF-5

    i've been using TF-5 for film and paper for a while now. It works very well, doesn't stink, and my FP4+ negatives developed in Pyrocat have a definite "imagewise" stain. I also use a citric acid stop...
  24. Re: Schneider Goerz Red Dot Artar Lens History?

    Here's how I understand it; Schneider purchased the Goerz name in the early 1970s. They kept the Artar lenses and discontinued their (very similar) Repro-Claron line. They also made various Dagors in...
  25. Re: Any advice on cutting your own museum glass?

    I've long used acrylic for glazing, for the obvious reasons; the weight and fragility of glass. There are several museum-quality, UV-protectant types.
  26. Re: Posting - message about "leave the page"?

    I've seen this. Probably due to a slow wi-fi; it doesn't happen when I am physically close to the router. My antique MacBook probably doesn't help, either.
  27. Re: New book on alternative printing from Christina Anderson

    Looks interesting.
    But be aware that the algorithm is watching all the time. Yesterday I clicked on the link, examined the book's description, and left the site.
    So far today in my FB feed, there...
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    Re: Greetings from the Maritime Alps

    Welcome aboard, sir!
  29. Re: Portable Solution to Make Overhead (90) Photographs

    If you want to shoot subjects directly overhead, perhaps a 45-degree prism might answer.
    In the before times, there were devices like the Spiratone "Circo-Mirro-Tach" that threaded into the filter...
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    Re: Southern Yosemite Highway 41 closed

    Three or four years ago I saw them testing the 747 tanker. It was noticeable overhead for its size (no commercial carriers fly 747s into Tucson), slow flight, and unusual flight patterns. Those are...
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    Re: Southern Yosemite Highway 41 closed

    I too wondered about using jetliners as air tankers. But the old veteran prop jobs are aging out, and some years ago the gov't outlawed the WW2 veteran aircraft after one crashed. People who know...
  32. Re: Carl Zeiss Tessar 18cm f/4.5 - Filter Size?

    Many, if not most, older LF lenses do not have their lens barrels made to fit the modern filter sizes. The threads on the inside of the barrel are only there to assemble the lens.
    Brian Shaw has...
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    Re: Hi from Wales, UK

    Welcome! I have only seen Wales from the other side of the Bristol Channel, 25 years ago. I'd like to visit there someday. Perhaps in the meantime you'll share some of your photographs?
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    Re: Shutter Help! Xenotar 135mm 3.5

    Three things-
    1) the leaf shutters for view cameras "almost never" are accurate at their highest marked speeds. If the top speed is important, the best you can do is get the shutter adjusted, and...
  35. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    Since Mr. Watkins' studio, containing most of his photographs (and presumably records) was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, you may have great difficulty finding much more information....
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    One wonders, as one does, what the Marine Corps wanted an 11x14 field camera for.
    And have any of the photographs made with those impressive cameras survived?
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Deepblue, very nice. Keep up the good work.
  38. Re: Bernd & Hilla Becher at the Metropolitan Museum

    I recall seeing a show of the Becher's work, probably at the George Eastman House, back in the '90s. letchhausen's idea about seeing their work as a whole is a good one. I find their work...
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    Re: All Those 45 Technikas...

    Well done, sir. I've always admired those cameras, and came close to owning one once. Maybe someday!
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    Re: Omega D3 Questions

    A long time ago (late 1980s) we had a D3 at work, along with several other types of Omegas. We were able to use the D3 with a medium length cone and a 135mm lens to enlarge 4x5 negatives. I do recall...
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