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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Welcome! I'm in Granada Hills.
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    Re: 8x10 LF Lenses

    In lens selection, much depends on your style and sensibility. If you are at all interested in soft focus photography, I would suggest that you look no further than the Tri Tran Signature...
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    Great! I would like to shoot with you. Will send my deets by PM.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    It's also known as "The Bridge to Nowhere" and was once a popular place for bungee jumping because of the remote location and near 10 mile (RT) hike to get there. Please understand that bungee...
  5. Re: What kind of lens has aperture scale in mm?

    The Tri Tran Signature Pictorialist Lens is a casket system with meniscus lens elements available in focal lengths from 9" to 30". To address this issue, the aperture scale is marked in Roman...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: most used ULF formats

    Wow. It is interesting to see the strong interest in the 11x14 format. I became heavily invested in the format with a nice Wisner camera, and many film holders, a few lenses too. But I found that...
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    Here are a couple of carbon transfer prints made at Yosemite with the Tri Tran Signature Lens. They were shot in Yosemite and printed in Ansel Adams' Darkroom as part of a workshop with Vaughn...
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    First, a scan of a negative (8x10 Shanghai 100) made using the Tri Tran Signature lens. Backlit aspens in a grove just outside of Lee Vining. I look forward to printing this image.

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  9. Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    I researched several articles describing glass grinding and settled on the process described by Dick Dokas. I got a couple bags of Aluminum Oxide from willbell in 3 and 5 microns. That's been...
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    Re: New Zealand, S Island, west coast

    The most fearsome thing I've witnessed in the Redwoods (other than bigfoot) were the Dreaded Banana Slugs. They move fast and have enormous fangs for their size and have an insatiable appetite. Did...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    This is a Tri Tran Signature Pictorial Lens. It is the first new true soft-focus lens produced in close to a century. I am lucky to have just received mine. There is much discussion of this lens...
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    Absolutely! The lens looks great on the camera, but it looks even better through the camera!!!
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Loving my Ebony 810 RW camera!!! Apparently it had a colorful history, but I think it has a few good pictures yet to produce. I got it in incomplete condition and my good friend Jim Fitzgerald...
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    Here are a couple pictures of the TT Signature Lens System I received. As you can see, I ordered a few elements in a range of sizes to cover several formats. I could not be happier with it!!!
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    Not sure when my next visit will be but I will be sure to set up a meeting to show you the lens -- if you haven't already purchased one.
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    No worries. Just wanted to report on current airport situation, but can see how I left the story hanging. I am home in California now after a very quick trip.

    Certainly Vietnam would be a nice...
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    Re: Radioactive Lenses at Airports

    Of course I do not want to discuss specific security protocols. It was quickly determined that I did not represent any kind of threat whatsoever and I was given time to repack my bags then wished a...
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    Re: Airport Film Hand Check

    No Mystery about the film. I took it to Vietnam to give to photographers there to use. A non-
    tax transaction may have occurred.
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    Re: Radioactive Lenses at Airports

    For anyone wanting to travel with a great soft-focus portrait lens which is not highly radioactive, might I suggest the Tri Tran Signature Pictorial Lens. ...
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    Airport Film Hand Check

    Certainly this subject has been discussed to death. So why not a little more?

    I just took some film from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City via Beijing. This is what I found.

    I was Carrying 3...
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    Radioactive Lenses at Airports

    Transiting through the Capital Airport in Beijing, China on my flight from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City, I had the wonderful experience of meeting the Chinese anti-terror police. I had a lens,...
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    After picking mine (and many others) up at the factory, the first thing I did was take it to the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre 三影堂摄影艺术中心 in Beijing for show and tell in the pomegranate garden....
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    I was very happy to get mine (it has my name on it!). A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Tri Tran for pouring his heart and soul into making this dream a reality! ...
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    Re: No One Making New Lenses?

    Yes. Tri Tran has recently introduced an all new line of soft-focus meniscus lenses. They come in a range of sizes from 9" to 30". Each one is handmade and finished to the highest standard. 9” is...
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    Re: Yesterday in Yosemite Valley---a report

    Today in Yosemite -- April 28 2019: The Dogwoods are in bloom. Quite full and persistent, especially in the western end of the valley. as many buds still on trees.
    The falls remain...
  26. Re: Suggestions for a LFP trip in Prague-Linz-Salzburg- Vienna

    Yes! in Vienna be sure to hit up Figlmller's for the definitive schnitzel. It is that good.
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    FWIW, I tried several combinations and my camera was always shaky. Worse, I found that tripod heads with a single bolt that never tighten down enough to prevent the camera from twisting and gouging...
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    24" Struss Lens?

    Has anyone seen, owned, used or heard other references to a Struss lens larger than 21"? This article clearly indicates that a 24" Struss Lens was used for a lens comparison test in 1916. Perhaps...
  29. Re: 7th Annual Large and Ultra Large Format Meet and Greet

    Count me in!
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    Re: 12" Velostigmat II uncorking help please

    I got mine off with a rubber lens filter wrench like this: From Amazon...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    My new darkroom -- finally ready to develop some big negatives!
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  32. Re: 4th Annual LF Gathering Alabama Hills, CA: May 4-6 2018

    Thanks Daniel for setting up a memorable trip!
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  33. Re: 4th Annual LF Gathering Alabama Hills, CA: May 4-6 2018

    I'm looking forward to this! Thanks Daniel for setting this up.
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    Re: Calder

    Vaughn,
    Words fail me. As you've turned to this community in your darkest hour, Know that Calder and you will be in our hearts and prayers.
  35. Re: What lens will work for a 35x35 inch ULF mammoth wet plate camera?

    You might want to contact Kurt Moser. He does a lot of ULF wetplate work in the Dolomites and has just completed building a camera of a similar size to the one you describe. He has the Apo-Nikkor...
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    Re: Another 14 x 17 Camera Build

    Let me tell you it took a lot of persuading to get Jim to do all this. I am very happy to have participated in the design and build of the first Black Mamba. The sanding really was the best part of...
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    Re: Looking for Bellows Maker

    I just ordered a 14x17 bellows from Custom Bellows in Birmingham England. They were kind of fast - I ordered them on Sunday, got a notice that they were completed with an invoice on Monday and had a...
  38. Re: 4th annual meet and greet! It's that time again!

    Really wish I could be with all of you tomorrow. I had planned on it and was looking forward to it. But life happens and I am in Utah to be with family. Enjoy the event for me.
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    There is a Chinese saying that one is "waiting for the second rabbit." the proverb goes that a farmer was out tending his field when he saw a rabbit running full speed from a fox. The rabbit turned...
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    Re: Sequoia NP Outing

    I once drove up to Mineral King on a hot day in a Ford Expedition with no air conditioning or ventilation fan. That was a mistake. It was already hot and miserable by the time I got to Three...
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