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  1. Re: Help needed with Wollensak f:4, 11.5 inch Verito

    Packard shutter. Initially you will be put off by them because they are so simple, but it's my first choice for studio, with or without strobe sync. They are very fast to operate and completely...
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    Re: 210mm lens for 8x10?

    You could start by understanding the terminology and knowing that 350 and 420 aren't "angles of coverage". 420 degree angle equals a full turn and a quarter. That's wide and then some.
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    I think there's possibly a technical communications blockage here. I think what Alan is referring to is that the film AS A SUBJECT ITSELF has a slim dynamic range, even though it can capture a broad...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    If I understand Alan9940, I'm with him. I am going back to scan a lot of my old work, and discovering that scanning handles a much wider range of negs than I was comfortable printing in the past....
  5. Re: DSLR scanning impact on resulting image....

    The D7200, which I use for the same purpose, has a huge dynamic range--on the order of 11-12 stops, while negative's range is half that, so it's unavoidable that your untouched scans come out flat. ...
  6. Re: Repair rack and pinion lock for extension rail

    If it's as you describe, it sounds like a job for soldering. If that's the case, I'd try to get the parts out and let a jeweler handle it.
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    Re: Graflex RB Super D price

    Or give Randy the job of eating my camera sin so I'm absolved. :-)
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    Re: Graflex RB Super D price

    I'm going to have that person sell my estate!
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Some of you are making the unwarranted assumption that because the OP doesn't know 8x10 he doesn't know portrait.
  10. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Several years ago the Art Institute of Chicago had an exhibition of large prints by an Italian photographer. The prints were uniformly gorgeous and equivalent. According to the labels, about half...
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    Re: Burke and James 5x5 press camera bellows

    Your cheapest and easiest option may be to just buy another camera. I see them closing on Ebay for around $75.
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    Re: Measuring the light using a digital camera

    Sorry, should have said... been there, done that for my ultimate use, not for camera screen. Have a preset for it.
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    Re: I'd like to see them make . . . .

    I participate in a number of fora of different types and this one is The Best! By far. I attribute that to the advanced age of many of us.

    I'd like a low-profile leveling head that tilts more than...
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    Re: Canon Pixma Pro-10 -- Repair or replace

    My pro 100 clogged and since it had been virtually free, I opted for a new head. Then I tore down the old head to see what happened. The path from the cart to the jets is a long, winding, and thin...
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    Re: Measuring the light using a digital camera

    I shoot an image and look at the histogram, NOT the image, reshooting until the histogram is appropriate. Otherwise you are subject to the whims of screen rendition quirks and brightness vs local...
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    Re: Anyone use 5x7 x-ray film

    Peter, I forgot to mention that I develop by inspection. Develop the shadows.
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    Re: Anyone use 5x7 x-ray film

    I keep a tank filled with fix, make a batch of 1:7 D23 an hour ahead, and the middle tank is water. Around 10 min @ 70 degrees, constant agitation for 1 min, then 2 complete rise and tilts in...
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    Re: Anyone use 5x7 x-ray film

    I cut down from 8x10. It isn't hard at all under a red light.

    The biggest downside if xray film is that the emulsion is as soft as jello when wet. I develop with hangers and that solves everything.
  19. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    There are plenty of 35mm Tessars, but they are all on cheap cameras, mostly non-interchangable, with 1/10 ‐ 1/200 type shutters for home hobby shooters (Kodak Retina, Ansco Memo, etc.) With 35mm the...
  20. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    The thing about the run of the mill 4.5 Tessar is that they are sharpest in the center and get gradually unsharp as you move out. Combine that with a wide circle of illumination that lights the film...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I like 5 by 7 because the aspect ratio is close to 35 mm, which I really like a lot. And I like the size of the cameras and equipment. The film is big enough to see what's going on but the cameras...
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    Re: DIY Rigid Fresnel

    And if you don't have a table saw you can score the smooth side deeply and then snap the plastic, though it does take some force, then sand the edge to a nice finish.. The nice thing about the...
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    I use Kodak slide Carousel projection lenses as focus magnifiers, and slip them under the bellows when not being used on all of my cameras, including the 8x10 Intrepid. They are a perfect fit to...
  24. Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    Cartier-Bresson made his living doing environmental portraits before they were a thing, and his are wonderful.
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    Re: Convertible Cell Swapping Fun

    http://www.glennview.com
    Is this the person?l
  26. Re: My Lovely 302mm Wollensak. They don't make stuff like this anymore.

    These lenses are OK. That's why I have three (of the 302mm, including one SF in a shutter) and a bunch of other FL as well. Tessars are my faves.
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    Re: Shutter aperture mechanisms

    OP, if I am thinking correctly of your question, the "answer" is not that it is some sort of double-action mechanism, but that the contour of each aperture leaf changes along it's length so that the...
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    Sorry, I thought I'd responded. The tonal wood in pianos, guitars, violins, etc, is the spruce top. You can more or less consider the box wood to just be a filter. Other woods are used as tops for...
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    I just want to comment that all I said was that I did a direct comparison between two similar sized and weighted tripods, with the same head and plate, one metal and one wood. I would welcome others...
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    All wood is not the same and it's a serious mistake to believe that they are. You will not find any ash violins, guitars, violas, pianos, etc., and there's a reason for that. You will, however find,...
  31. Re: 4x5 full frame glass negative carrier for Omega D2

    I made a carrier for my D2V for printing enlarged 35mm proof sheets. It was two pieces of glass, hinged with tape at the back. The size was cut so that it would rest against the pins at the back for...
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    Re: Light Tripods: The Weak Link?

    Two comments:

    There seems to be a lot of confidence that the problem is the mounting platform. I disagree. I think the most likely spot for problems is the thinnest spot in the system the...
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    Re: Agfa Ansco 5x7

    The Ansco you linked to earlier has it. I would say 50% of Koronas do, also. Kodaks don't.
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    Re: Agfa Ansco 5x7

    Yes and the Korona tilt knob, which is on the top, behing the metal brace, can be hard to see in auction pix. But it is a must-have!
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    Re: Agfa Ansco 5x7

    That's not a terrible price, and the condition looks good, but the lack of a back is a small problem. You won't be able to get an original back--at least I have never seen one offered alone--but it's...
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    Re: Mike Disfarmer Studio Technique

    My books are all at my shop, but I believe that one of them says that he used one of the normal folding Kodak roll film cameras with a plate back on it. He didn't seem much like the kind to go in for...
  37. Re: Just starting, was curious the quality of my lens

    I don't know where you are coming from, but here's my experience: I was mostly 35mm when I started back into LF after a few decades off. In 35mm I like wide wides, 15mm, 21mm, and 28mm is my "normal"...
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    Re: Pixel P50 LED lights

    We have not this, but I did test these and they are equivalent:...
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    Re: Pixel P50 LED lights

    I'll be interested in the output / exposures. When we moved our shop, the new shop is completely lit with way too many high-output led lights with high color accuracy in large mushroom reflectors....
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    Re: Soft Focus Lens With Shutter for Zone VI 4x5

    Whoops! I forgot that the discussion was 4x5.... that same series of lenses has something shorter that's appropriate for 4x5, in a much smaller shutter.
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