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    Re: Hello from St. Louis

    Hello Neighbor Fred!

    I also live in the St. Louis area. I live in Brentwood and am just south of the St. Louis Galleria.

    I don't do any table top work except for eBay with a digital camera and...
  2. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Thanks, Bob!
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    I wouldn't mind having an Imagon for my Fujifilm Xt3!

    I doubt they made a lens close to the focal length of my Fujifilm 56mm APD. Of course if it had a Nikon or Canon mount, I could use a speed...
  4. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Thanks, Bernice!
  5. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Thanks. I learned something new.
  6. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    I'm talking about character. Look at Cooke, Dagors, Commercial Ektars, Heliars, Aero Ektars, Imagon's, Verito's, Kodak Portrait, Pinkham and Smith's, Petzval's and on and on.

    Most 35mm camera...
  7. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Even the digital crowd is discovering sharpness is overrated and are looking for lenses with character. They now make adapters to adapt old 35mm lenses to mirrorless cameras. Some of the most popular...
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    Re: Hello from Santa Cruz!

    Welcome to the forum, Sean. My stepson, his wife and kids live in San Jose. They go to the beach at Santa Cruz often. San Francisco of course is close too. You have a lot of interesting scenes to...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    After High School I attended a local community college for art. I took figure drawing 1, 2, and 3 where we drew nudes. One day in figure drawing 3, the instructor brought in a self portrait he had...
  10. Thread: Giday!

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    Re: Giday!

    Giday? I thought it was g'day. No worries, giday or g'day to you too! :)

    You are in the right place. There are a lot of knowledgeable, friendly people here. Welcome to the forum, Mate!
  11. Re: Can anyone recommend any backpacks/suitcases to transport my LF camera/lenses/gea

    I have back issues and can't get along with a backpack so I use this for my 8x10. When I want to carry more I have a cheap vinyl cooler I stack on top of it. I had a cheap bag with small wheels...
  12. Re: How To Test The Shutter On a Lens Intended for Use on a Graflex

    Use a shutter speed tester and then write the actual speeds on a piece of paper and tape it to the lens board. If the speeds are too far off then get it CLA'd.
  13. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    I hope the sink stopper works out for you. Either way, have a beer for Frank!
  14. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    No worries. They are only $3.00 a piece. Might have to get some myself! :cool:
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  15. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    If that doesn't work well, you could try a rubber sink stopper. Just cut with scissors to fit and then glue to the tripod head.
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    Yes, great photograph of one of my favorite writers! Great story too!

    https://karsh.org/photographs/ernest-hemingway/
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    At one time I owned a Caltar 210mm lens like Louis suggested in post #13. It was a rebadged Rodenstock Geronar. It was a great little lens and even folded up into my Crown Graphic. I've even seen...
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    8 1/2" (216mm) f/6.3

    10" (254mm) f/6.3

    12" (300mm) f/6.3

    14" (356mm) f/6.3


    https://www.surpluscameragear.com/kodak-commercial-ektar-lenses-free-download/
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    Re: 210mm or 240mm for Portraits?

    Like Brian says, 210 and 240 are pretty close. I also favor the Kodak Commercial Ektar but everyone is different.

    Read this!

    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/portrait-lenses/

    Also...
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    Re: New in North Texas

    Now you are going to take your first dive into the deep end! :cool: Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

    Welcome to the forum! We are glad to have you.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    I used a Berlebach tripod with the Tachihara 4x5 I had at the time. It had the leveling ball and no head. It worked for me until I found a great deal on a used Ries and fell in love with the leg...
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    Re: June Portraits

    Nice photo, Ari!

    Your daughter is going to be pretty like her mom when she grows up.
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    Re: Graflex Super Graphic problem

    A buddy of mine and his wife had a booth at an antique mall. He put a Super Speed Graphic up for sale there and an impatient customer did the same thing to his camera. The fellow said that he knew...
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    Re: Focal Length Confusionism

    Isn't there a node thread in the Image Sharing and Discussion section? :)
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    Re: Advice Chamonix vs. Gibellini on 8x10

    Shhhhh, Ari. Your wife might hear! ;)

    We all waste money on gear at one time or another. I figure it's a lot less money than what our wives spend on products. I barely have room in the shower for...
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    Re: Why not a rangefinder?

    Buy yourself a Crown Graphic. You can use the rangefinder for the included 135mm lens. It's a great focal length for shooting people (not portraits). You can also use a 90mm or a 210mm with it...
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    Re: question about stacking square filters

    No worries. We were designed to be sociable creatures. Too much alone time will make anyone nuts. That's why solitary confinement in prison is such a punishment. :)
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    Re: question about stacking square filters

    You would add the filter factor of the yellow filter to the filter factor of the green filter.

    I used to stack Cokin filters together back when I shot 35mm. The Cokin filter holder was made so...
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    Re: Used gear and availability

    From what I have heard, Arca was more popular in Europe and Sinar was more popular in the United States. I don't know where you live but it does affect availability of some cameras.

    As mentioned...
  30. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    I'd go with the 4x5. You will get shallow depth of field for your portraiture plus perspective controls for your religious architectural work. Plus the experience will be much different from your...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Hmmm! Hiking 2,000+ miles with a 4x5? You really must be Superman! Good luck on your journey and watch out for kryptonite. :cool:
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    Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    Just some info if this matters to you. You can get the 305mm Kodak portrait lens in a shutter or barrel. The 405mm only comes in a barrel.
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    They are less expensive. That's the only advantage that I see. Of course, sometimes you get what you paid for. :)
  34. Re: The Lens Ravings of a Quarantined Large Format Mind...

    It's all about the better bokeh that you get when shooting wide open with the Fuji. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Linhof vs Berlebach for Sinar Norma

    I once had a Berlebach tripod. It was great. I only sold it because I bought a Ries. I like the leg locks on the Ries. I've never owned a Linhof tripod.

    Anyway, I once contacted the Berlebach...
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    Re: Harris Tent Storage

    I bought a cardboard box from the local UPS store for under the bed storage. The box helps keep the dust off too. Just make sure you measure everything first.
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    Re: Old member, new project

    Welcome back, Tim.

    Explain the process to the people before shooting. It really helps if they know what to expect. If you are shooting a whole family on 8x10 then it can be quite challenging. It...
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    Re: 8x10 LF Lenses

    With 8x10, wide lenses with any coverage get really expensive. Long lenses get expensive too.

    I own a Fuji 250mm f/6.7, 14" (355.6mm) Kodak Commercial Ektar, and a 19" (482.6mm) Artar. It's nice...
  39. Re: Picking up my second LF camera in the Washington, DC suburbs

    Oh, a youngster! ;)

    The pictures that you show are of a Calumet CC-400. I've never owned one myself. I'd check this forum, KEH and eBay for lens boards. You may have the best luck on eBay. You...
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    A lot of guys do that with tripods. I admit that I was one of them when I bought my first 35mm camera tripod many years ago. I ended up replacing it and then giving it away to a friend who didn't...
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