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    Re: Creo iQsmart3 and Supreme II scan speed

    Any idea how long the IQSmart 3 takes to scan a 4x5 at 2000ppi?
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    Re: Creo iQsmart3 and Supreme II scan speed

    Sadly the Eversmart Supreme is $8500.00. That's a bit more than my budget allows.

    Re flare, I had read on other threads here that people don't have much of an issue with flare even with not...
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    Re: Creo iQsmart3 and Supreme II scan speed

    I want to revive this thread because I'm considering an IQSmart3. I currently have a LF scanning service that provides 50 or 100mp files to clients from 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10. I chose these resolutions...
  4. Re: Chamonix 810V Back Orientation Mistake?

    Well on closer inspection, the shots are all a bit out of focus. Not really enough to ruin them IMHO. I still think I loaded them the wrong way and they were just not flush with the focal point. I...
  5. Re: Chamonix 810V Back Orientation Mistake?

    Great news! All shots look perfect. Some real keepers. Not sure if I botched it or convinced myself I had, in either case, I'm still marking the back with a 'this way' indicator.
  6. Re: Chamonix 810V Back Orientation Mistake?

    Maybe so, but I think I'll now mark one end as the insert orientation. Problem pretty much solved. Still totally mourning for those shots though. Wah!
  7. Chamonix 810V Back Orientation Mistake?

    I just finished a portrait session where I shot 4 sheets of precious E100 in fading light so I was working fast. I realized when I got back I may have had the back oriented upside down (vertical...
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    Re: Lina Bessonova

    Her social media presence is great for analog. I wish more of the EU products were available in the US. You can get Adox stuff but always at a premium so it's hard to justify. Their new XTol clone...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    My 5x7 lens kit makes a very good 4x5 kit and transitions perfectly to 8x10. 120/8 Super Angulon which has a mountain of coverage, then all Caltar 180/5.6, 240/5.6, and 300/5.6. The performance of...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    I love my 57N. Just used it on a shoot last week. Very sturdy and light weight to boot.

    Plan on upgrading the stock ground glass, otherwise it's a stellar camera. The 4x5 reduction back is...
  11. Re: Scanner Options & Comparisons. Which to choose?

    I wanted an IQSmart3 for a while. There is still a grass is greener feeling even with my camera scan rig. But the cost is prohibitive relative to it's commercial applications.
  12. Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    I find that it's easier to make a super clean image on 4x5 for lots of obvious reason. The films we have now are so fine grained that a guy like John Sexton is basically correct, that for his style,...
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    Re: Digital Scanning vs. Flatbed Scanning?

    The 9000 is an excellent scanner and Digital ICE alone makes it a very attractive option. The downside will be more noise potential in shadow recovery and very-slow-scans!

    The problem is that you...
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    Re: 8x10 Polaroid / New55

    I have shot the new Polaroid B&W 8x10 stuff. It's fantastic assuming you have clean rollers and good technique. I have one framed in my office.

    Remarkably 10 sheets of Polaroid film is cheaper...
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    Re: Log live 8x10 Large format

    I don't think many photographers 'switch to 8x10' in the sense that they pick up the format and only use that. The fact is 8x10 is so impractical in many ways that it's more of a tool in the tool...
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    Re: Gibellini 8x10 Film Holders

    Yes, it's very strange. They go in and fit slightly loosely on either side. Then the 'knub' does not seat in the groove, so when you attempt to pull out the dark slide the holder simply comes out...
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    Re: Gibellini 8x10 Film Holders

    I can tell you that they don't fit in my Chamonix 810V.
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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Buy the raw materials to make D76H. Couldn't be easier to do and lasts a very long time.
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    Re: xtol alternative

    There is a PQ / ascorbic acid variant of D76 in the 3rd edition of the Darkroom Cookbook. Personally I am settling on D76H. I loved XTol, but I got sheets to process my dudes.
  20. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    If you know where to get control strips I'd love to know about it...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    I would defer to Sandy re his scanning advice generally but I use a S1R, 47mp or 189 with pixel shift. I usually downsample my pixel shifted scans to 100mp as I think it cleans up the file a bit and...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    The advantage of getting the 1:1 macro lens is that it'll be meant for doing this kind of work and thus be well suited to the task. A 24-70 zoom even at a middle aperture will IMHO be not high...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    NEVER EVER buy a Gibellini! There are a few threads here with horror stories including my own. Their designs look nice but they make incredibly shoddy products. My 8x10 had light leaks from day...
  24. Re: Using Chamonix 8x10 with heavy lenses

    I've used the Caltar/Rodenstock 360/6.8 and it sits well on the 810V. Very stable in fact. I probably would not try to combine an ultra-light camera with a heavy lens, but I don't really consider...
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    Re: Piezography: Talk me into/out of it

    I've always been satisfied with the Epson HD ink sets and ABW. Beautiful prints are made every day with that technology, it would take a lot to convince me to make the switch. Frankly I could make...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Hard to imagine a better 'all rounder' field camera system than those produced by Chamonix. For lenses, I gravitate toward late Caltars, because they're Rodenstock for less.

    For film holders,...
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    Re: Hip to be Square!

    This way you can print with black film borders.
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    Hip to be Square!

    I did not know this format was a thing, and in fact I only came across it when browsing the Chamonix website, but apparently they sell 8x8 film holders. These are just 8x10 holders with an 8x8 film...
  29. Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Not to buck trends here but personally I can't imagine a better value proposition than the Chamonix line up. The Linhofs are very nice, but they're also very heavy. Most LF shooters I know are not...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    It comes from shooting with a Schneider Tele-Xenar 180/2.8 on 6x6 in my Hy6 Mod 2. Just a joy to use, nice long reach. The compositions become simple, the DoF effects are lovely. I believe I was...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    Very cool, I'll look for the Nikkor set at some point. Seems like a good investment if I can get 720 on both my 8x10 and 5x7.
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    Going Long on 5x7

    To buttress the going wide post, I'm interested in a telephoto design for my 5x7 Chamonix. I've never used the T type lenses. Are there any that you can particularly recommend? I have a 300mm 5.6...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    I saw a BTS shot from one of the images. They were doing tethered capture. I think they were using a tech camera of some kind. One of the prints was made by Acorn Editions and a guy who runs an...
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    Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    Some bad HDR in those new pieces. Personally I think he should have stuck with large format.
  35. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    A 105 will also require a larger, heavy duty copy stand. The 70 makes the working distance a little easier, especially as the format gets big.

    I upgraded to a heavy duty Besler copy stand, and...
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    Re: scanning lantern slides

    I just scanned a bunch of these using my S1R set up with pixel shift. Correct me if I'm wrong but it sure seemed to me like these were dupes from some other original photographic process? Even for...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    After a ton of 'fussing', I have everything level and secure.

    Next step will be to use the alignment tool.
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    If I could fully wall mount it I might be able to get it a little more even but the problem is, it's just me. Once it's on the wall it's extremely difficult to feed in the counterweights. My...
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    Re: Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    I think that with the modification those little screws don't have much of an effect. I will try with shims.
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    Zone VI Alignment Tips!

    I am setting up my Zone VI (modified to 8x10) enlarger.

    Any tips and tricks for getting perfect alignment? I'm planning to use a Versalab alignment tool but before I get to that step I was...
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