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    Re: Focus Delimma

    The two options that come to mind are:

    A split filter, which is a plus diopter cut in half.

    The other involves tow separate shots on two sheets of film and some heroic work in Photoshop.
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    Re: Kodak Dry Plates

    Thank you T-C:

    Ten stops on one exposure? If I could do that it would be great, b ut sounds complicated in terms of physically manipulating the slide and working out the exposure sequence. I...
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    Re: Kodak Dry Plates

    There is developer information on the box. What I need is some idea of how sensitive (or insensitive) the plates are.
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    Re: Adventuring with LF and ULF

    About to have an adventure in orthopedic surgery:

    Having the left hip replaced in early May. Did the right hip in 2019 and needed the other one done then. Put that off till the next year . ....
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    Kodak Dry Plates

    I have gotten these dry plates by Kodak. They are vbintage 1990s, and I am guessing they had something to do wit6h masking for etching chips (?!).

    Anybody here have any experience? I am going to...
  6. AGFA Chronex medical film: What should I rate this?

    Got two boxes of this film. . . .about 200 sheets of 8x10 in total.

    This is a single side emulsion medical imaging film used in Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound to record from a CRT. In the past,...
  7. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Ok, and now a smart-@$$ suggestion made in fun . . .

    Before doing what Bernice suggests (and she has a great idea). . . . .

    Binge-watch one of the "Herders" TV shows one weekend.

    THEN do...
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    Re: What is my 4x5 area on the glass?

    Low-Tec and lots of moving parts:


    Be leave it or not, my intro to LF came in the 1990s through high-tech diagnostic imaging with computer driven nuclear medicine cameras. Every day I would work...
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    Re: Blowing up a Kodak 2D to 12x20

    Can't wait to see it with bellows and a lens!
  10. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    I can't argue with any of your points regarding the durability and rigidity ertc of heavier cameras.

    Yet at age 70 and with one hip replacement and the other scheduled for April, weight is a major...
  11. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    It looks like something expensive might be inside.
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    Re: What is my 4x5 area on the glass?

    I read the following after I wrote it and it sounds a bit condecending and premptory. What appears below is intended to be direct and voncise . . .and helpful. Again: Welcome to LF. Don't over...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Many years ago a workshop leader said something like . . ."The ground glass it truth." Meaning is i is not seen on th gg it will not be in the negative.

    Along with doing much of the five steps in...
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    Re: blowing up a Kodak 2D

    Having followed this along, I am less disturbed by how your project is moving on.

    I do have an aversion to irrevocably altering these older cameras. Not to criticize your effort in this; My...
  15. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    Today"

    I do not backpack anything anymore.

    My 4x5 kit is packed to grab-and-go in a LowePro "Magnum 35" shoulder bag. An 8x10 Kodak 2D is stored at home in a mid 1980s vintage LowePro...
  16. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    Years ago we planned a trip to the Grand Canyon. I didn't have a field or hiking kit then. It was all packed into a salesman's "Catalog Case" .

    Went to Good will and got a tough looking day bag....
  17. Re: Why does the ground glass lack four corners?

    Yeah . . .I had always just thought it was to let the air out.
  18. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    The Wista 45DX is pretty light. I have the Wista-made Zone VI version and its great as a light weight 4x5. Schneider 90mm /6.8 Angulon is nearly weightless. The 127mm lenses from the old Polaroid...
  19. Re: A question on Buying an Item in UK via e-Bay

    Thanks TC: No problems. . .good to hear. What about import duty and so on? Are there any additional expenses to be expected?
  20. A question on Buying an Item in UK via e-Bay

    I am looking at vintage and antique lenses on e-Bay. Several have caught my attention but they are in the UK. What complications will come up in importing one of them into the USA?

    Total...
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    Re: Focal Plane Shutter for LF?

    JP . . .Nicely done!
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    Re: Focal Plane Shutter for LF?

    Tin Can:

    Tech today is indeed awesome. The Smarter Every Day channel on YouTube has some incredible super slo-mo. Schelren slow motion of super sonic shock waves and other things.

    Another ...
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    Re: Focal Plane Shutter for LF?

    Thanks for that Dan. You are right on every count there.

    I have a new Packard Ideal on order with Jon there. It will be mounted behind a nice board with a nice little no-name Rectilinear on the...
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    Re: Focal Plane Shutter for LF?

    My first thought was to take a mostly gutted pre-anniversary Speed and adapt what is left to clip onto the back of a camera like a GG back.

    The next thought was to use the Speeed Grasphic's...
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    Focal Plane Shutter for LF?

    Over tyhe years, I have seen two accessory or add-on focal plane shutters designed for an 8x10 view cameras. These were roller blind type muchn like the later press cameras. I think Folmer and...
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    Re: Meet the WillMove camera concept

    ^^^

    I guess that is why 50 year old Grafmatics are still bought and sold on e-Bay.

    There was a sort of pack film substitute that fit Polaroid holders (can't revall the name) . . .a set of...
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    Sure, I agree with that.

    My 4x5 kit is packed to grab-and-go in a LowePro "Magnum 35" shoulder bag.. The lenses, on lens boards, are stored with a snap-on cap over a sky-lite filter along with an...
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    "Nother DIY : A closed cell foam yoga pad or sleeping mat can be cut up into convenient pieces and sleeved in sandwich bags to contain crumbs. /these make quick and cheap-ish temporary padded...
  29. Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    I have a Leatherman Wave model multitool in a belt pouch that has about whatever zi need to get some job done where ever I am. Not always the optimum tool, but it is there. Other multi work. Task...
  30. Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Large North facing windows and skylights I would guess should provide the light. Might not want any sort of film or solar filter on the glass. /think too about the glass itself; I don't know if UV...
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    I too use a BTZS hood for 4x5, but a traditional (home made) dark cloth for 8x10.
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    Welcome to LF!

    Lens Protection: Short term quick/cheap solutions till you get set up the way you want. Put the unmounted lens into a zip-loc bag and put that into a Crown Royal bag. Keep them...
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    Re: Meet the WillMove camera concept

    Three-D printed . . .Great!

    Now lets see someone do a Grafmatic re-boot in modern materials.
  34. Re: Are Daguerreotype Included in Wet Plate Threads

    I took a Dag workshop back in the early 2Ks led by Jerry Spagnoli.. He was great and it was fun, but I couldn't really discern the feint color tint of a properly coated plate.
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    Re: "Budget" ULF Landscape Rig?

    I have written this before but its still good.

    In the 1990s I knew a collector who had two huge ULF studio cameras displayed in his collection. At the time I had access to large sheets of film...
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    Re: "Budget" ULF Landscape Rig?

    Well my concept (and this is just an in my mind project) is meant to be minimalist; eliminating the Ground Glass spring back and film holder. The camera bopx is imagined to be bought at Hobby Lobby...
  37. Re: Roll film and Digital fixed lens camera habits-expectations imported into view ca

    As a biology major in college I often had lab classes that involved microscope work. That image is also inverted. This can be disconcerting at first, but with practice or experience up-side-down...
  38. Re: Roll film and Digital fixed lens camera habits-expectations imported into view ca

    There do seem to be a number of posts rellated to smart phone apps for lens selection and DOF etc. My earliest instruction in LF usage included the phrase, " The Ground Glass is truth."
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    Re: Petzval Formula DIY?

    That is pretty much what I had thought. The 35mm/mirrorless Ptzval from Lomo was an industrial project.

    The vintage lens are deceptively simple in construction. The glass and its grinding were...
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    Re: Best 4x5 camera to accommodate a 65mm lens?

    I have not used one in years but . . .

    A Speed Graphic has the ability to drop the front track and still focus the front standard while very close to the GG. I have done this with a 90mm, but...
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