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  1. Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    That’s a very generous friend. You are truly blessed.
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

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    Chuck
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    Re: Shutter repair

    Compur shutters really need to be lubricated per spec... otherwise they run terrible, if at all. Especially the smaller sizes.
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    LOL. Mirrors indeed lie. I look into them and have no idea who that old man is that looks back. I donít feel nearly as old as that lying mirror and lying driverís license says I am!
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    ... and with regards to non-portrait soft focus... I like pictorialism.
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    I took a beautiful pic of my beloved wife recently. Used a Softar1. She wants me to use a Softar2 in the future. LOL.

    I have no idea what she sees when she looks at me but I’m eligible for a...
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    In some circles there is little to discuss. Ask any woman, and most men, over 50 who have had their portrait taken.
  8. Re: Switching lenses. Any disadvantage with downsizing the filter thread size?

    Adam... don’t bother changing. Stick with what you have unless you are absolutely convinced it isn’t giving you the result you want.
  9. Re: Copal 3S lens board vs Copal 3 lens board

    Just use the ring or flange that came with the shutter. The size difference is negligible.
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    Re: CLA for old shutter

    Have you talked to Steve Choi? Steveís Camera Repair.

    That overhaul should not be a challenge for any reasonably competent camera repair shop unless something is broken.
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    Re: Up Off The Mat...Again?

    Self-promotion is difficult and others sometimes mistake it for something it isn’t. But it’s important to getting ahead (or keeping even) in many life pursuits. I’ve always been proud of professional...
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    Re: Mel Pierce Camera.....What Do you Know

    The storefront on Hollywood Blvd indeed closed up a while back. It was a great store.

    The Figueroa address was a “mailing address”. It’s not a great part of town so I’m not going to offer to...
  13. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    bingo
  14. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    LOL... who knows who has more money... nothing I care to compare. :)

    The secret is being frugal and having a well-curated small assortment of cameras and lenses.
  15. Re: how do I use the same lenses for different cameras?

    lol... am I the only one who just bought multiple lenses and use dedicated boards?
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    Re: Is There a Plan for Future

    Please refrain from political commentary. Thank you. ��
  17. Re: Is it a linear progression between 90mm and 150mm?

    LOL... more lenses will likely lead to more missed shots.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    +2... I had Paramount make a bi-post to Vivitar cord. Fewer interfaces increases reliability.
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    Re: Crown Graphic 4x5 Flash Question

    Note: Some “flashes” may have a proprietary connector rather than the standard PC. Make sure both the flash and cable are compatible. Paramount can build virtually anything you need.
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    Alcohol or ammonia-based window cleaner, followed up with scrupulously clean microfiber cloth.
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    Re: Gitzo 1570M repair

    Not a Gitzo head, but I recently overhauled a Bogen/Manfrotto 3047 with similar symptoms. It was a 30 minute project and the head was good-as-new after a good cleaning, re-grease with damping grease,...
  22. Re: SP-445 agitation test results challenging

    I do similar to Alan but not full inversion. Rock “slowly” narrow-side to left until near sideways, return to upright, continued to right until near sideways, return to center. Repeat a second time....
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    ... and that is likely true even adding a recessed lens board to the bag bellows buy.
  24. Re: Pentax Digital Spot Meter battery/storage

    I remove batteries unless planning on using a meter in the foreseeable future. Better safe than sorry.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Do tell...
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    Re: Ball or Pan-tilt head for 8x10?

    I tried a ball head with a 4x5... once. Too hard to control. 3-axis head is best for anything bigger than MF.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Why not just “bedazzle” whatever lenses you now have with sequins and glitter?
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    Re: 2021 Self Portraits

    I’m without words... interesting!
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    Same here... except the meter is a Sekonic.
  30. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    Not a bad plan you have. I generally have all old shutters overhauled when I get them to ensure reliability, but have also successfully gone the route you are going.

    Perhaps it’s because it’s a...
  31. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    That’s quite a high quote. If I were you, I’d ask someone else for a quote.
  32. Re: Worth fixing a Schneider Kreuznach xenar 210mm in compound shutter

    Call around for prices, but plan on $100 - $150 or so.

    It is well worth it. You’ll likely be very pleased with that Xenar lens. Other opinions are sure to follow. :)

    For me, fresnel has never...
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    Re: Shooting The Christmas Star . . .How?

    Where I live the greatest impediment to a long exposure is aircraft who frequently traverse the sky at that time of the evening.
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    Re: Shooting The Christmas Star . . .How?

    I used an iPhone. Enough to say I have a picture but not a very good one.

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  35. Re: Don't sell to "Delaware" without looking at the address

    The scams cancel and it becomes a legitimate sale.
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    Re: Copal No 1 Shutter Stopped Firing

    Chances are highe that a good old fashioned shutter overhaul is in order...
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    Re: Copal No 1 Shutter Stopped Firing

    It may feel like a third (center) position but I think it’s not really.
  38. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    The300 I’m loving for portraits... 12 inch Kodak Commercial Ekar. But it’s in aHUGEshutter that might be an issue for a lighter camera.
  39. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Good clarification...

    No, it’s not worth it. :). I have same range of lenses and found a 300 or so more worth getting.
  40. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Like Bob said... to do closer portraits good you really need a longer focal length lens. If you like the results you are getting with the 135, get same/similar 210. They are quite affordable. If they...
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