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  1. Re: Which 8x10 mono rail camera should I get for my schneider kreuznach xenar 480mm

    480mm f4.5 Xenar? was made only in barrel, large. Excellent 8x10 portrait lens (full aperture to f11), been there-did this.

    Not just camera, this lens will need a shutter.

    Suggestion would be...
  2. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    Repro-Claron was Schneider's process lens offering. Think Schneider used thoriated glass making them very slightly radioactive. They were one of the under appreciate with suppressed market values for...
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    Once upon a LF wedding..

    It was the late 1980's when there was a market for high quality wedding images and similar. Back during those days, the vast majority of folks doing wedding pictures were Hasselblad or similar medium...
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    Window Light.

    Kodak 12" commercial Ektar.. 5x7 Sinar.
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    Kodak 12" Portrait Ektar.. 5x7 Sinar.
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    Bernice
  5. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    Keep in mind the great optical performance equalizer of f22...


    Bernice
  6. Re: COMPARISON: Fujinon W 250mm f6.7 & Fujinon A 240 f9

    If a large image circle is not needed consider one of the APO "process lens" Dialyte symmetrical lens designs. They are small, have remarkable optical performance and were made for decades in...
  7. Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Possible for that distributor to special order rollers or make something?

    Oh, consider sand bagging the light stand legs. This will add stability to the light stand with lighting unit. If one of...
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    Re: In praise of Sonnars

    Ludwig Bertele's "Sonnar" lens formulation was not a widely accepted view camera lens design for a long list of reasons.

    Zeiss did produce two versions for Linhof, 180mm f4.8 (6x9) and 250mm f5.6...
  9. Re: Always go for the light stand with the heaviest weight rating?

    Brand biased preference would be Matthews Studio Equipment. They have been supplying lighting stands and all sorts of lighting/grip stuff to the cinema industry for decades. Proven durability,...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    Seems supply is down, demand is up along with prices are up too. Not just the Nikkor 300mm f9 M, 300mm APO ronar in copal shutter and even APO artars have been affected by lower supply, high demand...
  11. Re: Kodak No.36 12" Anastigmat 4.5 shutter mounting question.

    Direct "screw in" from barrel to shutter will not happen. Not just threading, the lens cell spacing on these vintage lenses are often specific to the lens cell set. Having micrometer measured a...
  12. Re: Kodak No.36 12" Anastigmat 4.5 shutter mounting question.

    Compound# 5 shutters (would be needed for a 12" f4.5) are way under rated and appreciated. Long as the air cylinder is in GOOD condition, they work. X flash sync.

    Owned (to this day) a 12" f4.5...
  13. Re: Kodak No.36 12" Anastigmat 4.5 shutter mounting question.

    Might be more cost effective to find a 12" f4.5 Kodak Ektar in Ilex# 5 than to do the mount barrel lens into shutter thing..


    Bernice
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    APO artar, excellent for color or B&W. This design goes back decades with remarkable optical performance. In shutter or barrel version makes no significant difference at infinity to life size 1 to 1....
  15. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    Aperture used depends on what needs to be in focus. Couple this with a given lens that meets this requirement driven by the image goals.
    View camera movements applied has a significant influence on...
  16. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    IMO, skip any view camera or this imaging need. Get a Leitz-Wild M420 with the lighting system needed and 4x5 film adapter if wanting to do film.
    This image making system solved a LOT of problems...
  17. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    Few months ago used the 90mm f4.5 Grandagon to the limit of it's image circle due to camera position limits and what is possible with the 5x7 Sinar Norma.
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    Not ok with this at all. Another...
  18. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    IMO, better to be a bit spendy to get a lens in GOOD proper condition than a lens in lesser condition. This is often the better long term choice as the effort and resources involved with LF image...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Stopping down to some small f-stop does not assure object will be in apparent focus.

    If the entire image is in focus center-all four edges and corners with the lens at full aperture (modern f5.6...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Close up scan image of the building numbers, the parking meter possible, top edge of the building, LH and RH edges of the building?

    Bernice
  21. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    Picture of said Rodenstock Grandagon in question. Shutter's aperture scale and lens description on the front lens ring.
    This the lens in question?...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Reproduction ratio light loss is often compensated in the modern roll film camera (35mm, digital and similar) by the internal exposure system which automatically compensated for light loss due to...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Much a question of portrait style.

    Given a portrait ~sitter~ is sitting down for a portrait, this means time to set up lighting and related. This means tungsten lighting, no flash as experience...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    Putting all the "eggs" into the camera basket again.

    After each and every possible technological effort has been put into reducing the weight of the camera to .... 100grams... or less,
    The added...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    That would be a _still not wise_.
    There are those who would be tempted to push the limits by finding a way to install a 500mm f5.5 Tele Xenar in a compound#5 shutter on that 45N-1.
    Possible to...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    Lower weight = easier to move = less stable under applied energy ... like wind.
    Camera movement during exposure could be an issue.

    It's all a trade off.


    Bernice
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Get a proper light meter, use it to it's fullest abilities.

    Majority of LF view camera images are made using a tripod rendering the camera essentially fixed. Typical LF view camera subject is also...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    In tune with the current fashion of lowest weight LF view cameras. Similar to lens with the largest image circle for the smallest size and largest full aperture, pick two as all three is not gonna...
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    Re: What New Lab Meant to Us..

    Gasser was Foto hardware central. They had just about everything. Darkroom stuff downstairs, ground entrance level had 35mm stuff to the right, LF and etc on the left. Upstairs was rental, cinema...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    Typical 300mm f5.6 Plasmat in a Copal# 3 shutter is HUGE, weights almost 3 pounds or as much as the camera.. Ya really wanna do this?
    Next to this 300mm f5.6 Plasmat is a 300mm f9 APO ronar in a...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    4x5 with a 300mm f9 _ish lens should be bright enough on the ground glass due to the narrow angle of lens projection to focus and
    work with easily out outdoors.

    Given the camera has enough...
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    What New Lab Meant to Us..

    Happened across this story about The New Lab in San Francisco.. Reading this story brought back a flood of memories from that time, friends, place and much more.

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    "Then New Lab moved to...
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    What can the camera accommodate for a 300mm Lens?
    Does the camera have enough bellows and camera extension to accommodate a 300mm focal length lens?


    Bernice
  35. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Question is.. why is that type of distortion acceptable and widely accepted?

    Answer could be connected to why the market for images has changes SO much in today's data centric image sharing world....
  36. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Canon FD 85mm f1.2L & Canon M6 digital, portrait grabber outfit.
    Most often used aperture, f1.2 to f4.


    Bernice
  37. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Traditional yes, 240mm to 300mm is often used as head-shoulder portrait on 4x5. Backing up is always an option to achieve the framing as needed.
    More than just body shape rendition on film, it moves...
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    The Weston Gallery in Carmel, Photography West Gallery (say hello to Julia) are two different art galleries in Carmel do visit both, ask to look at prints that are not on display..

    Also in...
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    If possible visit the Weston Gallery in Carmel to see actual prints. Books are good, but not the same as prints in front of your eyes.
    https://www.westongallery.com/original-works-by/brett-weston
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  40. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Goes back to that comment about using a 480mm f4.5 Xenar for head-shoulder portraits. Using a 480mm on 8x10 gives enough space between sitter to camera and allows for more lighting options. The look...
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