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    Microtek ScanMaker 1000XL PRO?

    Hi Ted: Thanks for your reply. Re-reading my posting I feel that my tone could have been more in keeping with the person I was directing my answer to, a real gentleman and experienced photographer,...
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    Microtek ScanMaker 1000XL PRO?

    Ted: You say the 1000XL it is not a replacement for the 9800XL because that scanner stays on the line. If Mikrotek was to say that the 9800 XL is obsolete that would automatically devalue the...
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    Microtek ScanMaker 1000XL PRO?

    Hi: Microtek is notorious for Excellent engineering, bad marketing and service. I guess that this is a far better mix than great marketing good service and bad engineering. This time however their...
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    Looking for a scanner mounting fluid

    Hi Stephen: Your approach is sound. Wet mounting will not only deliver a flat image plane but will avoid the pitfalls of dry film enlarging. These pitfalls always existed but no attention was ever...
  5. Tripod with extrememly low minimum-height?

    The Bembo does what other tripods dare not attempt. The Uni-Lok version is similarly designed but sturdier. For doing the impossible and getting the camera into the strangest positions you ever...
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    epson 4990 scanner

    John: Silverfast 6Ai is also in my experience great software. It enables you to extract maximum information before you edit in Photoshop for after all, Photoshop can only work on what is in the...
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    Canoscan 9950F Am I nuts?

    Kirk: A bit late but perhaps not too late: Yes, film curvature is an inherent problem with flatbeds because in dry scanning the film is not secured to a uniform plane. Accordingly the plane of...
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    Shooting recommendations in Norway?

    TIA: What to photograph in NORWAY? Everything. Just remember, you will see a landscape and you will think to yourself this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Wait, 10 minutes down the...
  9. ArtixScan 1800f vs ArtixScan 2500f Scanners

    Any comparison of the Falcon or any other drum scanner against the 1800f is not really correct in as much as the drum scanners benefit from wet mounting, and the Microtek 1800f when used with the...
  10. another question on a microtek 1800 f

    Brian: In a recent comparison of scanners, the Microtek i900 was featured against several Epson scanners, all of which produced better images than the i900. The 1800f is something else of course and...
  11. Scanner comparison: Epson 4990 scanner added

    Leigh: This scanner comparison is a great idea. Congratulations on an excellent plan and execution.
    Here I wanted to point out that drum scanner scans were all made using wet mounting techniques....
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    scanning large format

    Ken raises a valid and very important point as to the differences in the mounting methods, Drum scanners use wet-mounting and I also agree that you can indeed see the quality difference by viewing a...
  13. For the Picky: Quickloads vs. Regular Holders re Sharpness

    Dan: There are other considerations besides the film holders: First, film does not lie perfectly flat on the septum but will curl to various degrees depending on the change in relative humidity, thus...
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    Film shifting in holders

    Michael, you got it! Film can navigate a little within the holder and the gaps between the lips and the septum are often too large and out of spec, meaning that the film can readily move in 3D. One...
  15. Film preservation: Deep freezing versus refrigerating?

    Hi Paul: the only thing aginst very long time freezing is cosmic rays. Evidently, your experience tells us that they have not had any effect. Deep freezers running at -10 to -15 Deg. C are much...
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    Lenses for Linhof Technikardan

    One thing I never understood about the TK45 is why people complain about the difficulty in closing. I do not own a TK45 but I did own the very large Kardan GL, whose bellows were easy as pie to...
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    Changing Linhof "Ground glass"

    Varkan: Never put the Fresnel on the side of the ground glass that looks to the lens. It will shift the focus. Follow Bob's advice, that should solve the problem.
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    What is a "Plasmat"

    Arne: great posting, thanks! (and I thought I knew the answer, ha!).
  19. For the chemist types… can you explain?

    James: Please read the labels again and this time carefully. You have two different chemicals: One is Sodium BisulFATE which lowers pH (it is very acidic). The other is Sodium BisulFIDE and it should...
  20. Rotating polarizer on Lee system - any?

    Alex: Many users seem unaware of the fact that the Lee adapter ring has an internal thread that can take up a polarizer. The internal thread is of the same diameter as the external male thread. This...
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    New Epson Scanner...

    David: Imacon may not come with a new scanner for <$1000 but Microtek is coming out with a flat bed scanner that is glassless for trannies for which it claims a 4.2 DMAx. Scanners manufacturers are...
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    Moving on from 35mm - to MF or LF?

    Marko: film size is straight arithmetic and so is equipment weight. You do not need our advise for that. The main issue I do not think has to do with arithmetic but the art of photography. LF...
  23. 5x7 facts considering Super-Symmar 80XL

    Paul: At a 212 mm image circle and 20 L/mm the MTFs for this lens are only 20 and 5, quite low to resolve well 20 L/mm detail in the subject. This is the point where according to Schneider, the IC...
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    Large Format Macro Lenses

    John: Your main concern, IMHO is not the macro but your rear wheel drive vehicle. In snow and ice those things can be deadly. I am in Canada and we do have to live with the white stuff.

    As for...
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    View Camera Movement Diagrams

    Sam: The ultimate source for the information you ask is found in

    http://www.trenholm.org/hmmerk/VuCamTxt.pdf

    At first it might be a little complex but any time you spend on Merklinger will pay...
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    Scanner

    Jay: The 3200 did not turn out to be the quantum jump from the 2450 that the marketing hyped resolution numbers promised, so it may be naive to think the 4800 will be better, -no matter how much...
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    Paul Schilliger website

    Tuan: Thanks for the book list. Among those in the list are Jack Dykinga's nature photography. Jack has earned much acclaim, what seems to have gone unnoticed is that his style is so much copy cat...
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    Paul Schilliger website

    I always thought that Paul's images belong in art museums and in between the pages of beautiful books of photographs. Switzerland must be proud to count among its sons a talented artist such as...
  29. 3200 Epson Pro Scanner versus the Non Pro Version for LF

    Neil: The first thing to do when considering the E3200 is forgetting. Forget the resolution claimed, it is as true as the tooth fairy. With 4X5 results can be tolerable but I fail to be impressed...
  30. Is Apo Ronar suitable for 3D up close?

    The Apo Ronar is a great all round lens. Extremely sharp at close up distances, and to boot with ZERO distortion it you are interested in forensic photography. For landscapes it is also a very...
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    How much computer power for scanning?

    You ask about power for the scanner but the real issue is what you must do downstream with the scan. Need big memory? Yes, of course, the bigger the better. My computer has 1.5 GB, several drives so...
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    Mounting, Framing Without Gass.....??

    Jon: Please do not do that. Elmer's is polyvinyl acetate, a material that yellows with age and is far from having archival qualities. Additionally, it releases acetic acid, harldly what you want in...
  33. Attaching shades, etc., to Linhof front standard

    Michael: I'd place a 1/2 drop of light oil on the hole and the prongs and then try inserting the prongs. The are supposed to go in with a little push, no knobs.
  34. In absence of a 8x10 Master Technika...

    Bob's right! ..and the GT is also a heavy brute. Bon voyage!
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    Nikon dumping film cameras?

    If true, that would spell trouble for a company that has allowed its arch rival Canon take the lead in the digiworld. Nikon is the company that attempted making the small format CCD a permanent...
  36. How to facilitate holders insertion on old Linhof?

    Paul: The repair process will involve several steps. First, the pits on the metal must be filled, at least in areas exposed to friction; this can be done with a metal-filled epoxy. After filling,...
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    Super Symmar XL 80

    Henry: Thanks for your repy. David Muench once told me he focuses without a loupe so I tried it and found, again, that not everything David can do I can do. Back to the loupe.
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    Super Symmar XL 80

    Henry: Appreciate your excellent and most helpful contribution. Your excellennt photographs are worth a thousand words illustrating what the two lenses can do, ...in good hands. The slight fall-off...
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    Removed threads section?

    Neil: you are cool, objective, fair and do a great job, for which thanks. Witold however makes a good point. An explanation following every removal should be followed with an explanation. Doing this...
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    Linhof super screen.

    Karo: A flat plane for the viewing screen is absolutely essential. Plastic can never ever be as flat or stay as flat as glass. To think otherwise is just wishful thinking.
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