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    BEST sheet film holders ?

    i personally like the new kodak readyload single sheet holder :-)
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    Film Flatness - when does it matter?

    to answer the question in your header, film flatness only matters when you are exposing the film and when you are printing a negative :- ) i have put 1000s of negatives through my camera using the...
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    RC vs. Fiber based papers

    there really isnt any contest between the archival life of RC vs fiber-base papers. rc is viable for 60 years or so, whereas a properly processed fiber-base print is archival for over 500 years. ...
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    slide exposure

    since my CT printing is all digital now, i expose CTs the same way i expose my b/w negs. i meter the brightest and darkest areas i care about retaining detail, expose half-way between them, and...
  5. Which Polaroid Film for Exposure Proofing ASA 100 Chromes?

    i used to use polaroid for exposure checks, but found that it was much cheaper and easier to just bracket my CT exposures, and not worry about it. there are applications where this can be handy,...
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    Nikkor 135mm/5.6 question

    working in the field of architecture, i find that the 135 is a very useable focal length, and mine gets a ton of use (though certainly not as much as the 90mm). i had a 150 nikkor for a while, but...
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    Ilford FP4 - Reciprocity

    doing HABS/HAER work, i have often found myself in some pretty ridiculous exposure situations, in the middle of abandoned tunnels, dark buildings, bridge abutment housings, unlighted machinery...
  8. Recessed Lens Board and the #$%!!#Cable Release

    bob - i went to your website looking for the item, since i have never been fully satisfied with the short metal flex adapters i have used for years (the metal sheathing tends to fray easily), but...
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    Ansel Adams At 100. Reviews?

    while i have thoroughly enjoyed several of mr szarkowski's previous books, i just cant imagine that the world needed another book about ansel adams.
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    Dry Mount Procedure

    i would just comment that the library of congress does not consider any method of dry mounting to be archival. all of the materials which we prepare for exhibition purposes for HABS/HAER are...
  11. super-symmar XL110mm & architectural work

    i have no doubt that the 110 is an excellent lens, but my experiences lead me to feel that i would not be able to substitute a 110 for my existing 90sw nikkor, since it is all too often that even...
  12. Linhof Super Technika or Hasselblad 500 C

    i agree with bob - both of those are likely quite old, and i would be very careful, especially with the hassy. hasselblads have SO MANY moving parts, it is problematic to find a C that is in...
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    Picking a monorail camera.

    i have been using a cambo/calumet 45NX with a reflex viewer for almost 20 years for HABS/HAER architectural work. the cambo system has a wide range of affordable accessories that are easy to find...
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    Student 4x5 camera

    i dont think you can beat a good used cambo/calumet 45NX. my apprentice just picked one up for $500. she got a schneider 135/5.6 for $250, and a bogen 3021 w/3047 head for $150. the older crown...
  15. Can you recommend some Main Streets for me to shoot?

    sandy - please take a look at my last book, "oregon main street" (by james norman, pub by OHS (oregon historical society) press, available at amazon.com, powells books, etc), which may give you...
  16. High End 20 X 30 prints from chromes? Who? Which?

    for the LF CTs that i submit to the library of congress, i have completely converted over to digital prints. i have found that scanning the CT and making a digital print on crystal archive (FUJI),...
  17. Liability Concerns About Photographing Buildings

    sandy - two of the books i have had published by the oregon historical society included large numbers of photographs of private residences and commercial buildings. the lawyers for OHS assured me ...
  18. Can I use the new Readyload packets with old R.L. holder?

    as i have been told, yes, you can use the old holder with the new single sheet packets. however, it is probably best ot upgrade your holder as soon as you can since the new holder is supposedly an...
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    quickloads at airport

    hand check works fine - they usually want to open the box if it is not sealed, but that doesnt hurt anything. i had to hand carry 23 boxes of readyloads the last time i went on an out of state job...
  20. HABS/HAER Help!

    i do HABS/HAER recordation for a living. if you email me your fax number, i can fax you the standards. the process to prepare these materials for submittal to NPS i quite involved, and i have a...
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    Searching in the dark!

    dont know what kind of camera youre using, but i gave up on dark cloths many years ago as too slow and awkward for my needs. i use, and highly recommend, reflex viewfinders - mine is a cambo and...
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    Lubricating Camera Parts

    i have alwasy used WD40 on a cloth to just wipe things down, and then wipe off any residue with a clean cotton cloth. however, a young lady posted on here a few months back on this same topic, and...
  23. Press camera for architectural photography

    you can do lots of good work with a decent press-type camera. i have a 1948 crown graphic that i use with a rodenstock 135mm 5.6 when i need to be in a position where i cannot use a tripod. yes,...
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    Who has the finer film grain ?

    frankly, bruce, with the films you mention, the issue is really not grain structure, it is color saturation and depth. each of those films are very fine films, and it really depends on which film ...
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    19th Century Photography/Lenses

    dave - thanks for posting that. i am always interested in that kind of information. i was particularly intrigued by his discussion (pg 166) of the "expose for the shadows, develop for the...
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    Nikon SW 90 F8 - why not?

    i have used the nikon sw90/8 for several years for HABS/HAER work. it is an excellent lens. the schneider and rodenstock are also excellent lenses. you cannot go wrong with any of them. at this ...
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    Cambo SCX - Only for Studio

    i use the cambo 45nx, which i believe is very similar to the scx. it has been my primary field camera for HABS/HAER work over 15 years, and i have found it to be an extremely rugged and durable...
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    Looking for readyload film...

    try B&H photo at 1-800-606-6969 or http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ - and buy more than one box at a time :-) i try to keep between 10 and 20 boxes on hand all the time.
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    View Camera Case

    i cant stand huge heavy cases, and never found a single hard case that i liked. the lightware and similar cases, as i remember, cost a small fortune, though i am sure they are nice. however, one...
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    View Camera Magazine suggestions?

    i would like to see a focus on the HABS/HAER photographers, jet lowe and jack bouchard. i would also like to see a series of intensive articles on significant historic photographers - edouard...
  31. Is Calumet Cadet best option on a budget?

    i can offer a very strong recommendation for the cambo/calumet 45NX. i have used one professionally for over 18 years now (i shoot HABS/HAER work for a living). i bought mine to do architectural...
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    Accurate Timing of Long Exposures

    i like the old eugene smith exposure method - you lick your finger and hold it up in the air to see which way the exposure is coming from, and then you expose the film untils it feels right. i...
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    Who is/was Lee Wilshire?

    hmmm - i think he was an accountant from amarillo texas. or maybe he was the guy selling the camera on ebay... it wouldnt have said "lee witkin's" personal camera, would it?
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    b/w film in readyload packets?

    thanks ellis - and as i understand it, i can continue to use my current readyload holder with the new single-sheet packets, correct?
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    b/w film in readyload packets?

    is there any news about future availability of b/w film in readyloads? i have h eard conflicting reports about whether kodak will be offering t-max in the new r eadyload packets. does anybody know...
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    best 4x5 monorail?

    mostly for field use for architecture. i have been using a cambo (calumet) 45NX for over 15 years with nary a glitch, and am not unsatisfied, but i am at a pla ce where i can afford whatever camera...
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    WOOOOOW!!!

    welcome to large format! i think most of us feel that same way - as soon as we moved up from smaller formats to large, it just seems like, even though we all know that smaller formats have their...
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    anybody using albumen paper?

    do any of you use albumen paper? i understand there is an outfit in chicago tha t produces it commercially. in lieu of actually using albumen paper, does anybo dy know how to acheive that same kind...
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    Handheld LF, why?

    pete - i guess i am not sure what you are trying to say. i am telling you that i do this occasionally as part of the work i do for HABS/HAER, and i do not have that much trouble hand-holding my...
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    Handheld LF, why?

    there are several occasions where i must use a handheld 4x5 to do my job. to get certain views for my HABS/HAER work, i sometimes must get into fairly precarious positions, often in places where...
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