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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thank you once again for your special insights, Merg. Downtown Sonoma, if it can be called a downtown, had earthquake damage to older buildings, but largely escaped the surrounding fires. But it...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Indirectly related. But is the relocation just another casualty of the entropy of downtown gentrification, or perhaps a pre-retirement option to less nervous terrain? Relocating is alway a risky...
  3. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Of course. But having done a lot of darkroom printing as well as having seen a lot of things that simply couldn't be post-corrected ala scan, etc, there is a commonality to the issue, the same...
  4. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Well, if you specialized in Cibachromes like I did, you'd discover that skating right at the edge of the ice rink when exposing the chrome might very well crash you into the wall when printing it. Do...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    B&H buys a volume of it at a time. When it runs out, they temporarily remove it from the listing, then reinstitute the listing once a fresh batch is expected soon. People who use films like this...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Hey, I did one use a bit of black hose over an enlarger lens to "correct" someone's complexion. Too small to fit me!
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    I've never had any problem getting either speed of TMax in 8x10. But like certain other commodities it can temporarily run out at certain dealers. I recommend getting on Keith Canham's list.
  8. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Kent, $300 and likely even more than that might seem like a lot for a filter, but people spend far more on high-end wide lenses, and you're only as good as your weakest link. And let's face it, the...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    OK, TMX 100 versus FP4. Either work well for large format originals; but I prefer TMax 100 with smaller film originals due to its finer grain. TMax can also be developed to a higher contrast if...
  10. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    No need for Nikon to make their own. For example, the Schneider 82mm CF works perfectly on the Nikkor 90SW. I assume that Fuji super-wides are very similar too. Neither makes XXL wides, so that's a...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thanks for that info, Merg. I've never seen any actual color prints of his, just the book. Of course, his b&w prints were exhibited quite a few places in that era and were very well done. Other than...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    I have a large book of his color images. While he is better known for his black and white shots and b&w printing skill, he was highly competent in color too, and in those images shows the same kind...
  13. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    With wooden tripods it's easy to attach supplementary cleats or use the adjustment knobs themselves to hang things from. But with my larger CF tripod which twist-locks the legs, I installed a 3/8-16...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    Yes, you're getting it. It's really simple in principle. You want your interpositive slightly overexposed but underdeveloped, so that all the tonality information will be on it. That is a lot easier...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    Yes, you're getting it. It's really simple in principle. You want your interpositive slightly overexposed but underdeveloped, so that all the tonality information will be on it. That is a lot easier...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    No reversal needed. It's a 2-step, 2-sheet of film process. A negative of a negative is a positive, or in this case termed an interpositive or diapositive. You first make this interpositive,...
  17. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Andrea - a custom shim or baseplate could be made to fit any previous head, but there are apparently match limitations as-is.
  18. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    The Zone VI models were just so-so wooden survey tripods which had the 5/8 thread replaced with a 3/8-16 turnknob underneath like you see standard on Ries etc tripods, or optionally a 1/4-20 turnbolt...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    If you try Aritsta Otho Litho (now generation four perhaps?) try HC-110 1:15 from stock 1:3. Less fog than certain other options. People get away with Lith film, but it's miserable for high-quality...
  20. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    Ries wooden tripods are a standard. Really durable. I will state that I once dropped one of my Ries off a cliff and one of the legs got split. It was easy to glue it back together using Gorilla...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    Bergger USA is now set up to sell direct. I don't know if this new product is in stock yet.
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    Hi, Tin Can. My father once made an entire greenhouse out of free old glass X-Ray plates. People didn't like going in there. But I do love that bulb shot of yours - a lot going on visually, plenty...
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    Re: Enlarged Film Negatives Process?

    Bergger is releasing a new large-sheet film for copy applications. I haven't studied it in detail, but the info is on their site. Some people use affordable lith film, but that's a somewhat...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Don't get me going. Reminds me of the discount wedding and "model photographers" who smeared vaseline over their TLR lenses.
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    Re: Viewing Lights in the Darkroom?

    I have serious viewing lights in an adjacent room where I do retouching too. I use very high-quality 5000K 98CRI color matching tubes from Germany. I think Just Normlicht offers something similar....
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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    It means a print worthy to be dressed up in a suit and tie and placed in a coffin, or in my case, the wastebasket.
  27. Re: Durst CLS 1840 Color Enlarger Rewire Question

    Oslolens - what you're describing is like replacing a Ferarri with a skateboard. These Durst head were very powerful and sophisticated devices. They can be tamed for more ordinary usage without...
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    I presume that's the new car dealership in Tonopah, Jim, and not the used car lot? Lovely lens rendering. Or is that the truck left over from your moonshine running days?
  29. Re: Black Masking Tape

    Mido used a very thin flexible black plastic strip, probably vinyl, which seems glued on with something like Barge Cement. I only use this type of holder intermittently, so don't know the long-term...
  30. Re: Black Masking Tape

    The problem with many of these cloth tapes is that they're of rather coarse fabric and can get stringey (loose strings, plus bits of adhesive getting where you don't want it). I have a big carton...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Ironically, I liked my old Symmar S 210 for color portraits quite a bit better than my newer plasmats, which are noticeably sharper and more contrasty, wonderful for landscape work, but a bit harsh...
  32. Re: Black Masking Tape

    Masking tape is for temporary usage only. It's harder nowadays to find real bookbinding tape, but, unlike gaffer's tape, ordinary duct tape, or masking tape, is designed for long-term reliability....
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    You've already artificially diminished it by speaking about dpi. That doesn't tell you what the film is actually doing, but the bottleneck during non-optical printing.
  34. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    We had people enforcing the rules at my workplace too. I was one of them. Then all the young guys breathed a sigh of relief when all us old grumps finally retired. I returned to visit a month later,...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Nikkor M's were specifically engineered for very accurate hue rendition. Being the apogee of tessar design and multicoated, having used them, I can concur that the only thing better was the MC Kern...
  36. Re: Archival Rating of The New Gen 5 Ilford RC Multigrade Deluxe Papers?

    Instead of quoting Quixote, I'd quote Dickens. B&W RC paper is like an orphan wandering the streets begging for a penny, with nobody listening.
  37. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    Insurance companies have extremely good reasons to shun co-ops and art colonies with equipment. There are plenty of horror stories; and I've seen more than my fair share of cripples.
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    An old hat test with plenty of flaws of its own. Once most of the variables get pinned down it's still a Godzilla vs Bambi contest. But I'll go with my own set of eyes looking at actual prints over...
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    Re: 300mm lens on Linhof Master Technika

    With either a 300M Nikkor or 300C Fuji you'll have an enormous amount of image circle wiggle room on 4x5 film, even at infinity. I have no personal experience with the Apo Ronar.
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    The difference is that native acutance on film can look a lot more authentic and nuanced than most digital "sharpening". PS edge sharpening reminds me more of overdone halo on unsharp film masking...
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