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  1. Re: Kit recommendations for a complete beginner

    *"portraiture and landscapes"

    *"Weight isn't hugely important. I can deal with considerable inconvenience - as long as I can get the results."

    *"I would need to be able to get some tilt. My...
  2. Re: Removing film from Jobo Expert Drum 3005

    Fill the Jobo film drum cylinders for each sheet of film full of water, then very carefully lift the sheet of film into the cylinder full of water by using the edge seam of the cylinder to aid moving...
  3. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    Ig Nacio;1521202
    Hello Bernice,

    Thank you for your message : ) !!!

    ~Reply

    The camera needs to be portable;
    as compact as possible; and as
    light as possible. I can't carry a
  4. Re: How to decide for a set of three lenses for a Linhof Technika IV

    IMO, mistake to decide and choose a LF camera first then decide on lenses. LF is not the same as smaller format camera where a given brand restricts or limits lens choices to what that given brand...
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    Re: Foam for lens case

    Big NO on any foam used for precision optics. Foam degrades and outgassed with corrosives chemicals. Degrading foam does an excellent job over time to slowly digest the item stored in a foam padded...
  6. Re: Focusing range of Goerz Dagor 305mm 6.8 for portraits?

    Hint on 8x10 portraits, Kodak made their 16" Portrait Ektar for 8x10, consider why the folks at Kodak decided on 16" focal length or head/shoulder and similar 8x10 portraits.

    2" difference in...
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    Re: 4x5 Camera

    Consider the prints to be made first, then lenses required achieve them, the post exposed film process to achieve the print in mind, camera comes last as it should be the print in mind that drives...
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    Re: ARRI Orbiter

    ARRI has been in the cinema lighting business for a while. They work.

    As for cost, when a major cinema production cost is double digit millions, cost of any lighting is not that significant, just...
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    Re: Problems with sun flare

    Cast a shadow on the lens using the dark slide. Assure the dark slide is not in the lens angle of view. This can be effective at reducing or stopping lens flare due to strong sun light hitting the...
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    Sinar lens boards that have the cast in Sinar Logo. IMO, these are the ones to use.


    Bernice
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    Endless repeat from me about tonality and the subtle qualities of what a GOOD print can be. IMO, WAY too much emphasis is place by Foto folks about "Sharpness"_"Contrast" while less is mentioned...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    "HW I believe so.

    ~I think that tonal rendition is often more important than sharpness.~

    I found that when I started doing the high key photographs, for example, they would tend to block up...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    BTW, a Durst 138 works well for 35mm to 13x18cm. Sizable enlarger with a film holder that is very functional and easy to use even at 35mm. Floor space wise, the Durst 138 is similar to a table top...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    Working backwards from finished print size, given the preference of about 10"x14" or about 14"x20" B&W prints enlarged no more than 3X. Then consider the enlarger size and all related darkroom stuff...
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    Re: Horseman lens boards for Sinar Norma

    Check the condition of the compliant foam at the bottom of the grove (aka light trap) where the lens board sits. This compliant material has likely never been replaced and is hard as a rock allowing...
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    Re: Looking at two lense for 4x5 to 8x10

    Contrasty is deceptive, it can and often delivers a perception of increased "shapes" trading off contrast rendition and "micro-contrast" for a visually hard hitting image. This is one of the reasons...
  17. Re: Focusing range of Goerz Dagor 305mm 6.8 for portraits?

    1 : 1 or "life size" double the focal length. Example:

    12" Dagor would need about 24" of bellows to image 1 : 1 or life size and there will be two f-stops of light loss.

    Keep in mind if your...
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    Re: Focal Length and Cinematography

    Story time...

    Friend worked in the video design group at Ampex. The entire group of video engineers were absolutely obsessed with getting the video image as accurate, stable, spot on color and...
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    Re: Sinar F2 rail holder twisting

    That plastic bushing is Knackered.... if your Sinar rotates even a tiny fraction of a mm, that plastic bushing is done. Replace it or increase the size of the slot.

    Over three decades of using a...
  20. Re: High Magnification Loupe for Ground Glass?

    How does one know or can absolutely verify film in film holder distance is within a few thousands of an inch identical to the ground glass center to all edges involved?

    Then there is the film...
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    Re: Focal Length and Cinematography

    Kubrick used this converted 12-240mm Angeniuex in Barry London and ... He was quite fond of this creation, optically more than adequate.

    More recently, these folks did the same for Canon DSLR...
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    Re: Focal Length and Cinematography

    More examples..
    https://www.cinema5d.com/understanding-focal-length-and-how-to-let-it-improve-your-work/

    IMO, more than a few image makers do not fully understand how to use and fully exploit the...
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    Re: Focal Length and Cinematography

    Good examples and explanation of how lens "focal" lengths should be used.

    ~Opening scene from Clockwork Orange~ Note how a wide focal length range zoom is used by Stanley Kubrick.~...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Schneider 150mm SSXL is a good lens. Owned since it's introduction in the late 1990's and it remains a choice when needed.
    What wide angle lens with 100 degrees or more angle of view does not have...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Contrary to what some will say about the 110mm SSXL covering 8x10, it really does not, been there tried this and the light fall off is not good at all. This goes back to circle of illumination -vs-...
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    Re: Nikkor M 450 F9 - Question

    Really the only way... get stuff and try it.

    Bernice
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    Re: Nikkor M 450 F9 - Question

    8x10 is not the same a 4x5, significantly larger with a different set of problems-challenges.

    With a 450mm lens and 560mm of available bellows, head and shoulder portraits could be a problem of...
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    Re: Sinar Pan/Tilt Head question

    Presumption that holes have screws.. example of Cognitive Bias.


    Bernice
  29. Re: What size paper do you print the most? What's the biggest print you've made?

    In the past when a LOT of printing was done, 11x14, some 8x10 and few 16x20.

    They were cut down to fit 5x7_13x18cm during the printing process resulting in the 11x14 paper becoming closer to 10x14...
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    Re: Sinar Pan/Tilt Head question

    Those six holes are not for screws, they are for an anti-rotation 2mm pin that sets the lock handle position. The tilt works by clamping the top and bottom casting together with a M10x1.00 screw and...
  31. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    OK fine, for Westerners, Gray Poupon, Easterners prefer Wasabi.. Soft with bite.


    Bernice
  32. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    Neither Mustard or Vaseline will stay put, clear finger nail polish works and stays put once dry.


    Bernice
  33. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    ***Core to this problem, if the audience does not appreciate, value or believe what is being offered is of value to them the offering dies***

    Goes back to the number of number of folks who's...
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    Re: Sinar Pan/Tilt Head question

    That side disc is the primary structure that locks tilt. Never seen on that has cracked like this. A cracked disc like this would result in a no tilt lock.
    Unless you're able to source a direct...
  35. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    Question is, how does one gain the ability to discern these visual differences, how to place value on them and why does any of this make any significant difference?


    Bernice
  36. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    You're not going to be able to tell squat from the audio track of a youtube video played back in absurdly inadequate 'puter speakers in a room that is absolutely questionable and much more.

    The...
  37. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    Yet those Italian ones are often used as a point of reference, point of standard, why?

    Not all Strads are created equal, nor do sound the same in varied ways. One story about Jousha Bell's Strad:...
  38. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    Double blind testing is not a good way to testing yet extremely accepted by the "industry".

    Core problem is how individuals develop their point of reference, their ability to listen and what they...
  39. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    ~Except that first part of the reply was not directed at John...

    Honestly, number of followers means about zero. Just means one has gained the ability to cultivate a following. nothing more,...
  40. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    Similar observation, yet unable to convince more than a few soft focus lens-print folks this is true and very real.
    IMO, soft focus, ideal print is contact print.


    Bernice
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