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  1. Re: FLM CP38-L4 series 2 tripod with HB100 half ball

    We'll have padded bags soon, just dealing with the tripod upgrades first.
    We're now on our third production run, and we keep adding small but important improvements.
    For instance, a reviewer noted...
  2. Re: FLM CP38-L4 series 2 tripod with HB100 half ball

    Randy, yes, we'll be discussing several improvements with the factory this coming week, and hopefully it won't be long in implementing these changes.
    Glad you like the tripod!
  3. Re: FLM CP38-L4 series 2 tripod with HB100 half ball

    I'm the distributor for FLM, and I also use a levelling ball for all my LF work; the ball head is taken out only when a shot requires placement of the camera more than 15˚ up or down.
    The half...
  4. Re: Handheld 4x5 shooting with a wista rf and on-camera flash.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some photos, Adrian.
    I'd also like to know, in due time, if you think the results were worth the effort, or if you couldn't get very similar results from a Pentax 67,...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    To add to the chorus, and my first comment, the 3005 is the most fool-proof way of developing 8x10 sheet film.
    In addition to trays, I've also tried the "cheap Jobo" method of using a print drum...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    Some people like tray processing, I never warmed to it.
    If you're not going to use trays, save yourself time and money and bite the bullet. Get a Jobo 3005.
    It's an expensive purchase at first, but...
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Pretty damn awesome, Colin; excellent approach.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Yeah, the Giottos pretty much negates a lot of the potential sales to amateurs.
    I’d think she has some good corporate and industrial clients, mostly in Germany/Austria, that keep her going.
    But...
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Yes, she did, and I also refused.
    They're excellent products, but a tough sell at those Austrian prices when most people are content to use a bit of compressed air.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Yes, I got a couple of sensor-cleaning kits, one for FF another for APS-C sized sensors.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Also wanted to add that I used a very good microfibre cloth, made by Green Clean (Austria): https://green-clean.at/produkt/silky-wipe-25-x-25-cm-washable/?lang=en
    They gave me a few samples at a...
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Nope, turns out is was fog/haze after all; came off right away with lens cleaner, followed by a distilled water rinse.
    Whew.
    Thanks, all.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    How would that be done? I've never polished a lens before.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Here's a photo of the fog; some might call it haze, but it's a filmy coating and I'd like to proceed with caution before any attempt at cleaning.

    197485
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Thanks, Greg; we'll see if it comes to that. It's definitely a beater lens, so I wouldn't hesitate to use the strong stuff if needed.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Drew, it's the latter; the fog has been there since I bought the lens, but I've not bothered to remove the element until now.
    If a simple cleaning (distilled water, lens cleaner, lens wipe) doesn't...
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Thanks, Peter.
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    Re: Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    Thanks, Doremus.
    I use distilled water on my scanner glass, I figured I'd start with that.
    If it doesn't work well enough, I just found a bottle of Kodak lens cleaner fluid ca.1990. and will try...
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    Cleaning A Lens of Fog

    I have a cheap 100mm lens here I'd like to do some macro with, but the inside of the rear element is well-fogged.
    I can disassemble the lens and clean the foggy side of the lens, but I'm wondering...
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    Re: Drum Scanning recommendation

    Tom, have a read through the first few replies in this thread; it made me laugh.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Very strong and evocative light and composition; well done.
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    Re: Toyo 810M Resource/Fan Page

    Doubtful, I've only seen the 4x5 reducing back.
    But it wouldn't be hard to make your own, if you have the 4x5 reducing back, a WP back, and an angle grinder.
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    Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    Monorail is the best to learn with, nothing beats it as a first camera. Even the song says so...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSoa1b-yBUY

    Pair it with a 135mm or 150mm lens in a working...
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    Re: Thoughts About Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s ?

    Bob makes it sound like a wonderful can-do-anything camera, and he's right.
    It's a unique, precise and versatile camera to use, with very few drawbacks.
  25. Re: Lightest & Most Compact Tripod for Wista 45SP that is Also Reasonably Priced?

    Spend a little more and get something great that will last you years:
    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?153270-New-FLM-Series-II-Tripods
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    Re: Recommendations for shipping flash equipment

    Those "Fragile" stickers are to shipping company employees what the red cape is to a Spanish bull.
    It's shipping code for "kick me, drop me, crush me."
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    Re: Recommendations for shipping flash equipment

    Try YRC freight.
    I had to arrange shipping a Creo scanner and computer, both crated, from southern New Jersey up to Ogdensburg NY.
    Not a huge distance, but a delicate operation and potentially very...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Just wanted to thank everyone here who bought a tripod, and also let you all know that we are in production again.
    More tripods are on the way and special pricing will remain in effect for one more...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    My apologies, a minor correction in the specs for the S4 tripod.
    It reaches 53.5 inches in height, or 136 cm.
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Delivery is now confirmed for first week of September for all orders, and "thank you" to everybody here who took us up on the new tripods.
    There will be a few tripods remaining, so the special...
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    Re: New Cooke XVa Lens Questions

    I bought mine (in a new Copal 3) from Clive Russ, one of the distributors of Cooke lenses; he's also a guy who has a deep knowledge and understanding of certain lenses and their particular...
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    Re: 150mm WA lens for 8x10 recommendations

    More stuff to consider:
    The Schneider XL is 1.6 pounds, the Nikon 150SW is 2.3 pounds. Or Europeanly-speaking, the Schneider weighs ~350g less than the Nikon.
    The Nikon narrowly edges the Schneider...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Looking at the photo of that Bogen brings back vivid memories of sore shoulders and displaced vertebrae.
    Yes, modern gear is a lot lighter and just as capable.
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    I rarely use a ball head with LF cameras anymore, unless I need to position the camera more than 15˚ off-axis. That very rarely happens.
    Randy's set-up is ideal: study tripod with a large, wide base...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Thanks, Johnny. Here's the updated link.

    Mark Morris reviews the Series II tripods:

    https://youtu.be/TcUkYD-lOw0
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Correct, the CP38-L4 II is an updated Berlin; it also uses 38mm tubes, but the spiked feet are now universal 3/8".
    The method for changing accessories (flat plate to half-bowl, for example) is now...
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    Re: New FLM Series II Tripods

    Hi Randy,
    Good questions, thanks for asking.

    What do the rubber feet look like?
    Are the spikes storable inside the lower leg?
    How do the spikes fit with rubber feet?
    Here is a photo of the...
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    New FLM Series II Tripods

    Posted with moderator approval.

    Greetings, everybody!

    I've been away for a while, taking a break from photography and honing my carpentry skills. But I still represent FLM ball heads and...
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    Re: Toyo 810M Resource/Fan Page

    Glad to hear it, Peter; that's why we create these kinds of threads, to help others.
    Very happy it worked out well, and that Rudy is still doing solid work.
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    Re: Toyo 810M Resource/Fan Page

    When I ordered new bellows from ecbuyonline, I asked for, and received, new frames already mounted to the bellows.
    The frames cost extra, of course, but it saved me from having to ship my existing...
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