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  1. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    When it comes to getting the best out of a long focal lens used at full aperture (480mm f4.5) in barrel, this can be a serious challenge for any wood folder camera due to:

    Lack of precise and...
  2. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    View camera is essentially a light tight box that is flexi in the middle with a method of holding a image recording device (film, digital imager or _) at one end, lens support holder at the other end...
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    Re: Choice for new 210 lens for 4x5

    What are your print image goals?
    There have been many, many, many 210mm _ 8-1/2" focal length view camera lenses designed-produced for many decades.
    It is the print image goals that should...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Yesterdays view from a window.
    202018

    From earlier this year when the light is "just so".
    202019


    Bernice
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    Re: Still life - DOF problem

    Composition not gonna work for trying to hold focus front to back. Stopping down to f45 or using camera movements will not get front & back "in focus". In this case your best option is to move back,...
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    Re: Kenny Rogers RIP

    In Kenny's book, Your Friends and Mine his experience with John Sexton and moving to 8x10 was discussed in detail as part of the book's intro.

    Having used both Super Technika IV and Master...
  7. Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    Shameless plug here..

    5x7_13x18cm is often the ideal trade-off sheet film format. Too many only consider 4x5 or 8x10 for many Foto-mythical reasons.
    As for why 5x7_13x18cm, it's been...
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    Re: Kenny Rogers RIP

    Kenny Rodgers began doing LF some time in the 1970s' -80's seriously. Initially with a 4x5 camera, published a book titled:
    'Kenny Rodger's America'...
  9. Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    "Test" proves much of ZERO...

    Another single factor focused "test" that ignores the far greater whole of print making.
    BTW, this has ZERO to do with "Winning"...


    Bernice
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    Re: Better lens for my Crown Graphic?

    Depth of Field_Depth of Focus produces area in the image that appears to be in focus. A lens can focus the image to what is essentially a single point, unless the lens is focused at true infinity.
    ...
  11. Re: 75mm or 90mm based on the following....

    With 4x5, pick a 90mm lens that has enough image circle to meet the image making needs.

    ~Then go burn film.


    Analysis-Paralysis prevents the burning of film, production print images and...
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    Re: A tale of two meters

    Observations:

    *What was the "carefully set up test target"?

    *What was the light source used?


    Spot meters are calibrated and designed to read light reflected from a certified calibrated 18%...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    In both examples, the original information recorded in film_print has been lost. What is visually perceived is interpreted by an individuals mind. If what has been perceived then interpreted by the...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    The image recording media is ..... Film.

    Film has a light response curve that is not escapable regardless if the print is made via wet darkroom or scanned. Image to be recorded is much the same....
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    From the point of view of one who spent decades burning LOTS of color transparency film between the early 1980's to late 1990's...

    Higher contrast, Sharpest lens is NOT always desirable. It...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    What were the "test" methods used to determine the SW Nikkor 90mm f8 was the "sharpest" of the lot?

    *Camera used, film used, how was the film processed, subject & lighting conditions used,...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    Modest magnification loupe (4x to 7x) tilted at an angle towards the center of the lens while viewing the edge of the ground glass image. Fresnel lens will not help you here, it can make assessing...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    The possible rational for the SW Nikkor 90mm f8 being tops.... small size with a LARGE image circle.. that is about it.

    Tops completely depends on the image making needs. IMO, majority of modern...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    This happens on Coastside trails more often than most realize.. Notice the expression on this Lion. They typically don't want human contact in any way.
    Know when on these trails, YOU'RE in their...
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    Re: To loupe or not to loupe?

    Have the Horseman versus of this 7x loupe, been using this same loupe on the GG for decades. It's quite beat up and well used now, still works fine and remains the preferred GG loupe to this day.

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    Re: To loupe or not to loupe?

    The optical grooves on any Fresnel lens affect the ability to use any magnifier. This and a long list of reasons is why any Fresnel "brightness" improver can work against the photographer.

    Stopped...
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    Re: To loupe or not to loupe?

    IMO, Not possible to assess critical focus on the GG without a loupe.

    Basic mandatory view camera item.


    Bernice
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    And remains in alignment and stable for the entire duration of making a print. It printing a sheet of film placed in an enlarger "pops" moves, shifts, goes out of focus, or .... after being set up.....
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    Durst 138 or Durst 184 or Devere 50x floor standing version with an equally matching high quality head, condenser, color or similar. Using and living with a 'GOOD' floor standing enlarger can...
  25. Re: Sinar Macro Sinaron SE 180mm F/5.6 Question

    180mm Macro lens on camera, check focus at infinity by pointing camera & lens out into a far distant object then racking the camera & bellows out-in until the image on the ground glass comes into...
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    Re: Lenses for new 5x7 / 6x17 kit

    Hello David,

    Been at this 5x7_13x18cm film endeavor since the later 1980's.. Curious as to where these Dream Lens choices came from. I've used the 90mm XL,
    APO Sironar series, the modern Macro...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    The Emotion of FEAR is a very powerful primal drive for survival. Fact is, living and life with Mountain Lions in this area is a reality and Mountain Lions have lived in this area FAR longer than...
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    Re: Giving up the view camera---am I nuts?

    Agree with Drew on Avedon.. One of the reasons Avedon used strobe has to do with it's HARSH nature of lighting. It has been said, Avedon would have his sitters close their eyes, then open them just...
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    Re: Kodak vs. Rodenstock 135mm

    Neither are equal or better than each other, Rodenstock modern -vs- Kodak Ektar have distinct personalities. Desirability depends on image making needs and goals.

    There is a question of shutter....
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Mountain Lion aka Cougar encounters Coastside are not rare. Folks that keep goats and similar have lost farm animals to local mountain lions moderately often. Cougars tend to pick off the weak, old...
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    Camera is a 5x7 Sinar C2 (P2 rear, F2 front) with Sinar mechanical shutter, 10 3/4" dagor in barrel (circa 1930's). The tripod is a modified Dutch Hill surveyor's tripod with a Davis & Stanford...
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    From quite a few years ago:

    Guess the camera, tripod, lens, film format.
    200672


    Bernice
  33. Re: pros/cons of two different lenses at the same focal length?

    Short answer, no.

    Bellows length is much about lens distance to image recorder (film or _) required to focus a given lens to the object to be imaged.

    Note examples number one & two from this...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Fake Brand Name lenses.. Will they gain a following due to their image personality?

    This becomes a question of perception of what is desirable in the print-image.

    What makes a "quality"...
  35. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Tripod dollies with good wheels and brakes can work, difficulty with them is if the camera position needs to get up close with a position that demand the camera support to be under the still life...
  36. Re: Toyo 5x7 deluxe monorail bellows and lens question

    They look OK, long as they are not bent too bad (these appear good), have or make a new bellows for the camera.

    Clean up, lube and check out the camera mechanicals for proper operation....
  37. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Suggest getting a GOOD studio camera stand instead of any tripod for table top work as the GOOD ones (Foba, Linhof, Arkay and etc. Not one of those tiny rink-dinky pretend studio camera stands, those...
  38. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    "As for subjects, I am thinking maybe bowls of fruit, table ware, family heirlooms like antique Christmas decor pottery or individual ornaments, and even as small as the watch face in post #3"
    ...
  39. Re: Toyo 5x7 deluxe monorail bellows and lens question

    Long as the bellows frames are good, the bellows can be replaced. This will likely be made to order or DIY. Check with one of the bellows manufactures about getting a bellows made to order, delivery...
  40. Re: Is there adequately protective flight case that can protect an ULF camera checked

    Often not appreciated, wood is an excellent material for transport cases. Wood can be tough beyond belief, resilient and can moderate moisture to prevent mold (if the proper kind of wood is used),...
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