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  1. Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    I think all of us at some point have done that (pining for the camera of someone famous... how many Cartier-Bresson wannabes are there out there running around with Leica IIIf's?). So cut the guy...
  2. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    My thinking/feeling on this has been evolving. I used to be an absolute purist about no digital anything. To be fair, in the early days of digital imaging (1990s/early 2000s) when digital prints had...
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    Re: Bostick & Sullivan kits

    The general guideline is expose as normal, but over-develop by 20%. But that also depends on what developer you're using for your film. That's what I do with my FP4+ in Pyrocat HD 1:1:100. I give the...
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    Re: Bostick & Sullivan kits

    I'll add in the recommendation to start with the Palladium/NA2 kit because palladium is a much more forgiving material than platinum. If you want the cold tone of platinum, there are a number of ways...
  5. Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    In the Tampa area, Ybor City is a neighborhood that has undergone restoration back to the turn of the 20th century look and feel when it was home to dozens of cigar factories and a hangout for Cuban...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    There are photos that I like that are not "good". I like them for a whole host of reasons - it could be that it triggers a treasured memory of someone no longer living, or a past event that brought...
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    Re: Paper for both Kallitype and Platinum?

    I have decent central air and I run a dehumidifier in my basement where my darkroom is. I can keep the humidity in my work space to around 50%. I have to run a humidifier in the winter though.
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    Re: Paper for both Kallitype and Platinum?

    Another vote for Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag. It's the best general-purpose printing paper out there for alt processes. I love some other papers for specialized use - I really like St. Armand Frobisher...
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    Re: Drying Clips

    Jobo film clips - they make ones with a twisted flat bit of metal coming out the top to fit over a wire (or the grid inside a Jobo Mistral drying cabinet) and a single steel tooth. You can position...
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    Re: Epson scan v Vuescan v SilverFast 9

    I use Silverfast AI. I tried the EpsonScan software and was unhappy with the results - I find I get a lot more control out of SilverFast AI than I get with the Epson scanning software. I wanted to...
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    Re: Greetings from Maryland!

    Welcome from a Washingtonian and ex-Baltimorean (did my time at Johns Hopkins for my undergrad, then stuck around Baltimore for another five years afterward). So many things to photograph there, and...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

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    Self-portrait at the Iglesia de San Martin, from the intersection of Calle Juan Bravo and Calle Jose Canalejas. An architectural hodge-podge, with Romanesque design predominating and...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

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    What is perhaps the world's oldest extant No Parking sign, in Segovia, Spain. It says, in effect, "Carriages left in this plaza will be subject to a fine of 5 pesetas". I believe the sign...
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    Re: Looking for a budget 360mm for portraits?

    Back to the original question, if you're still looking for a lens, a Commercial Ektar in barrel is still a good option. They're not cheap cheap, but they're a LOT less expensive than a 14" Commercial...
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    Re: Servicing a tripod head

    Well, after I mounted the head on a tripod and tried using it, it was very smooth with what feels like the right amount of tension. So there is no need, at this time anyway, to take it apart any...
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    Servicing a tripod head

    So, I got this Gitzo 1371 head in like-new condition, for a price I couldn't pass up. The reason it was cheap is that the major tilt/level controls are really really stiff. I suspect it is old...
  17. Re: Help ID-ing a Fredericksburg area, LF 4x5 BW documentary photographer

    Are you thinking of Frank Lee Ruggles?
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    Re: Sinar Alpina/A1 mounting block

    I had them in the past, but I'm very much over them now. I had an otherwise very nice Bogen three-way pan/tilt head that took the hex plates. I have no problem whatever to switching to an Arca-style...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I have a number of lenses that I've acquired, either by design or by accident, that are meant for 5x7. So the Norma 5x7 was a natural acquisition, since when combined with the Sinar shutter, I can...
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    Sinar Alpina/A1 mounting block

    Does anyone know if there ever was some kind of mounting block for a Sinar A1/Alpina beyond the really annoying little piece of aluminum that slides around inside the rail with the 1/4-20 and 3/8-16...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I got lucky on my Norma- it was a 5x7 that I picked up for $300. The reason it went so cheap was the photos weren't good and made the bellows look like they might be moldy. In fact it was just dusty...
  22. Re: Photographer's Formulary 8x10 Contact Print Frame

    I have one of the old Formulary 'knuckle-breaker' frames kicking around somewhere. I hate it as I'm always afraid this time will be the time the locking tab snaps down on one of my fingers while...
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    Re: Gitzo 1570m issues

    If you stick to the 1570m, you could try getting one of those rubber jar opener mats and cutting a piece the shape of the head platform, to put between the camera and head. When cinched down, that...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I would not recommend an Intrepid to anyone but someone for who price is the only deciding factor. I'd even recommend something like a Calumet Cadet or a vintage Graphic View II in stead (and I...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Which Pelican case do you use, if you know the model #? I would like something like that to be able to transport my Norma easily.
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    Re: Majestic Heads - Parts or Service?

    I ended up finding a second Majestic head with the bigger platform for 2/3 the price of the first one, so I added it to my arsenal. Now I need to get an adapter post so I can use it on regular...
  27. Re: RIP Frank Lee Ruggles, former NPS Eminent Photographer

    I think I met him in person at Dominion Camera in Falls Church one day. We talked at length about his Pentax 645Z digital camera. He was a very kind and generous soul. I recently connected with him...
  28. Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    They are both the same camera, actually. The difference was that you left the fixed lens plate in place to use the 65 (or the optional pinhole) and with a 65 it became a permanent zone-focus setup...
  29. Re: Retaining ring for Wollensak 8x10 Rapid Symmetrical lens

    Given the age and size of the lens, it's more likely to be a flange than a retaining ring. The difference being the flange would be mounted with screws to the front of a (most often) wooden lens...
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    Re: Majestic Heads - Parts or Service?

    Apologies for reviving an old thread, but... anyone have any ideas where I could get a different size top plate for a Majestic head? I've got a head with the 4x5"-ish top plate, but I'd like to get...
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    I need to save up some extra beans and get Keith Canham to make me a whole plate reducing back for my 8x10. And then get someone to rehab a bunch of my vintage wp holders. If I still had my studio,...
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    Re: Rome on a Budget

    When I stayed in Rome, I got a great little apartment over in Trastevere through VRBO. For you, I would NOT recommend the specific apartment I had, given that it was on the 5th floor of a 5 story...
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    Re: Who Uses 5x12?

    I'm still using mine, albeit not as much lately. I do have a plan to go out soon and shoot some with it, but there's a lens I need CLA'd first that I want to use with it (lucky score on a 190...
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    Re: tank for 5x12

    Another vote for the Jobo 3005 drum. I've used mine with 5x12 for years and never had a problem, at least not on Ilford FP4+.
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I got a Cooke Series II f4.5 10.5" along with a Voigtlander 11.5" f3.5 in an estate sale for $198 for the pair. The insanely low price was due to them both being incredibly dusty and looking...
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    Re: Wanderlust Travelwide distance markings

    Do you have any spare pinholes?
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Yeah- they're a bit dodgy when focusing unless you're in bright daylight, but they're TINY and very lightweight, and extremely wide-angle. In the wide-angle end of things, also look at a 190mm Kodak...
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    Re: Hi from Spain

    Bienvendios al foro. Espero ver tus fotos.
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    Re: Show Me Your Night Shots!

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    Testing out my Cooke Series II 10.5" f/4.5 in the rain. 2.5" exposure at f5.6, Ilford FP4+, Pyrocat HD.
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    Re: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC

    Allcon:

    I will have an updated invite sent in PM/email by this weekend.
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