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    6x9 vs. 4x5 In todays digital world?

    I'm excited to see how well the new Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro (4800 dpi, 4.8 dmax) with ICE3 will compare with the best drum scanners. If so, then switching to 6x9 would make lots of sense.
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    Axial Tilt vs. Base Tilt Pro's and Con's

    The advantage of using axis vs base tilt is rather small in my opinion. Typically, I figure out how much tilt I need by focusing in/out as I slowly increase the amount of tilt.
  3. In the Field Storage Containers for Exposed 4x5 QuickLoads

    If you have enough of them, they are very stiff and won't bend. I put around 20 per large ZipLoc bag.
  4. Wooden Field Cameras and Long Focal Lengths

    Yes Bob, I've e-mailed Ron prior to posting here. The main weight concern is whether the friction-lock on the "geared" front-rise can handle the weight. Also, at what subject distance do you...
  5. Wooden Field Cameras and Long Focal Lengths

    I have a Wisner Pocket Expedition and want to expand to longer focal lengths. B efore getting a 500 Nikon T and maybe , I want to hear some experiences people h ave had with wooden field cameras and...
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    multi frame panorama

    Sean, I respect your opinion much, but serious parallax problems may arise if you shift the front standard. You are free to shift the rear standard only. Even then, any transformations done by...
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    Arca Swiss - Discovery or Metric?

    Forgot completely that the Discovery is a monorail as well, sorry. Bill, if the metric is so good, why still keep the DLC? Thanks.
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    Arca Swiss - Discovery or Metric?

    If you are still trying to decide between a Discovery or a Metric, you might consider looking at other brands as well. A AS Metric will be pretty hard to carry around ...
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    Using a Wisner 4x5 Pocket Edition

    Actually, the Wisner PE is very wide angle friendly mainly due to top rear focus and Deardorff type front rise which allows you raise the lensboard without actually raising the front standard and...
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    Using a Wisner 4x5 Pocket Edition

    The rear standard is zeroed (no tilt) by simly putting tightening loosing knob into the "notches" on the diagonal "supports". If you look carefully on the right side of the metal pieces on the...
  11. Thread: IPIX

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    IPIX

    Now Prof. Helmut is a genius, and that explains his free software at:

    http://www.fh-furtwangen.de/~dersch/

    it's not easy to use, but offers the ultimate in flexibility, so it seems. I have...
  12. Thread: IPIX

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    IPIX

    Seems like the big boy of image mosaicing seems to be www.enroute.com

    Their PowerStitch program is claimed to output up to 260Mb with rectilinear correction up 120 degrees. It seems too good to...
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    LF resolution compared to smaller formats?

    Danny, if you shoot f/32 or f/45 using your 35 and 6x7 equipment, would they be sharper??? I think you may just be diffraction limited. Congratulations on getting you Wisner PE - I have one too ...
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    which modern 4x5 field camera to buy

    Yes Bob, metal is good. But I happen to be and still convinced by Ron Wisner's sales pitch which may indeed sound like nonsense to many people.

    http://www.wisner.com/Page3.html

    WHY WOODEN...
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    Home made focussing system

    Julian, I always wished I had your skill in putting things together. Congratulations - that is a really neat system that is very much deserving of further tweaking/optimization.
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    How to make your own light painting sysyem

    I took look at the Cuda web site (Cuda being one of the brands you had in mind). Do you really need such good collimation? How big is the area you are trying to paint? What kind of precision do...
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    How to make your own light painting sysyem

    What kind of light painting system exactly do you have in mind that costs that much? Just curious.
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    Unusual Yet General Technique Question

    Most likely, you won't be able to gain DOF by tilting unless the trees are very short.
  19. Technikardan 45s or Canham DLC - Which To Buy?

    I was in exactly your position a year ago trying to decide between the Technikardan, DLC, Arca Swiss, and Wisner Pocket Expedition. I ended up getting the Wisner and have been very happy with it...
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    which modern 4x5 field camera to buy

    I suppose your main concern (bomb proof) is moisture? Well in that case, that would exactly be the reason to get a wooden instead of metal camera. I have used a Wisner Pocket Expedition for...
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    head for wooden tripod and Tachihara

    The Bogen minigeared head is probably the best head under $200.
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    wooden tripods

    I've always wondered how a manufacturer determines the maximum weight a tripod will handle. Does someone know what standards Ries, Gitzo, and Bogen use?
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    wooden tripods

    BTW, do the Berlebach tripods allow the legs to be independently lock at any angle (0 to 90 degrees)? I've found this to be a very useful feature of the Ries especially when shooting on uneven...
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    Newbie Q: rear tilt vs. front tilt

    Yeah, isn't the rear geared axis-tilt on the Wisners awesome! Better yet, you can focus simultaneously with the other hand.
  25. New to LF - dumb questions? but I don't know

    LF can be simplified significantly, if you just start out with Fuji Quickloads ... If you don't have a darkroom, how have you been loading your film holders? in a portable tent?
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    Dark corners of screen with 75mm lens

    Contact Bill Maxwell at Maxwell Precision Optics. You can find info by going to the focussing screens subject archive and following the thread by Howard Slavitt "I Found a Great Focussing Screen"...
  27. Rodenstock Depth of Field / Tilt/ etc/ calculator gizmo?

    That's a good point Sean.
  28. Rodenstock Depth of Field / Tilt/ etc/ calculator gizmo?

    Larry, YES! Why didn't I think about that?!
  29. Rodenstock Depth of Field / Tilt/ etc/ calculator gizmo?

    I have seen a lot of levels at many stores including the large Tru-Value HD store across my home. Interesting that you have found a cheap 2" level that reads to one degree accurately!!! I must be...
  30. Rodenstock Depth of Field / Tilt/ etc/ calculator gizmo?

    5 degrees of tilt is not negligible in many cases. However, I definitely cannot estimate the 5 degrees ... Do you know of a cheap and small level I can buy that will read to within 1 degree ...
  31. Tripod for Arca-Swiss Discovery (already asked on photo.net)

    I think I recommended the H600 in the regular photo.net. Yes, the J600 has a 4" (I think) base which is way too wide for most heads (unless you get the Ries heads).
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    great little tool

    How do you know if the the lens and film planes have zero swing relative to each other using this tool?
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    exposure of dark evergreen trees?

    Alec, perhaps you meant that the leaves absorbs ambient light energy? Please clarify.
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    exposure of dark evergreen trees?

    Alec, I'm not sure what you mean - your explanation seems to be contradictory to Bill's observations.
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    Best scanner for 4x5 negatives

    J Normal, yes, the Microtek Scanmaker 5 sells for $2200 at B&H, however, the ScanMaker 4 sells for only $700 and has 600x1200 optical resolution and DMax of 3.4 which is probably adequate for...
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    Best scanner for 4x5 negatives

    I think the Microtek scanners (www.microtek.com) fits your requirements properly at a reasonable cost ~$1000. My concern with 4x5 wouldn't be DPI, but rather Dmax.
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    long lens for landscape

    Unless you shoot in very windy conditions or you don't have enough bellows draw, it wouldn't make much sense to consider the telephoto which comes with numerous disadvantages.
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    using fill flash with view camera

    Bill, I doubt that the 540EZ has a guide number 190. It is 177 ft fully zoomed to ~100 mm focal length.
  39. Avoiding Vignetting with Lens of Limited Coverage

    Back tilts will cause not just less, but rather absolutely no vignetting if there is no vignetting in the zero position.
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    Image circle confusion / Graflock backs

    Andreas, you'll have to crop the 4x5" if you use lenses with such small image circles that are "meant" for 6x12 cm as Bob points out.
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