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    Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Kermit.
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    Bernice
  2. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    MTF curve looks very questionable, red -vs- green lines appears to be reversed. And.. notice the curve is well falling off at 21mm distance from center.. Again, this lens might illuminate 4x5 which...
  3. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    Circle of illumination or circle of designed in optical performance? At what aperture? How much camera movement?

    Lens ability to produce illumination for a given film size does not mean or define...
  4. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    IMOV, there is a limit to what lenses and all that Foto related hardware can possibly do for any image.

    This discussion begins to head into the age old photography divide where some image makers...
  5. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    Question becomes.. why bother with the Elmar 135mm to 4x5?
    What possible advantage could this lens have over other lenses that are specifically designed for 4x5?

    Bernice
  6. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Majority of lenses are in barrel. No shutter to be concerned with. Sticky aperture rings that are sticky when the lens has ben choose get the attention needed to resolve this problem.

    After the...
  7. Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    At head-shoulder imaging distances the 12" portrait Ektar is ok on 8x10. At distances greater than typical head-shoulder taking distances to infinity, the image results will be different.

    IMO,...
  8. Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    Strictly related to focal length for head-shoulder portraits on 8x10.. 12" is IMO too short.

    Min of 14" is needed. That 2" difference in focal length does not appear to be that much on paper.. on...
  9. Re: Kodak 305mm F4.8 Portrait lens on 8x10

    What are your image goals with 8x10 and Portrait Ektar?

    History to what is likely the Kodak recommendation comes from the time when studio portrait photography with sorta-focus (soft focus) was...
  10. Re: Longest focal length telephoto lens with bellows draw under 300 mm

    Second tripod or similar should not be needed with 12" or so of bellows and camera extension if the camera can be balanced at its point of support and the camera has eight rigidity-stability as...
  11. Re: Schneider Symmar XL 150mm f5.6 VS Nikor SW 150 f8

    Having owned and used the 150mm f8 SW Nikkor & 155mm f6.8 Rodenstock Grandagon in the past (late 80's to 90's) petered the 8x10 images from the Grandagon. Yet both could benefit from a center filter...
  12. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Yes, if the filter or step ring is stuck. Device like a tie-wrap when used properly can work as a strap wrench applying aprox equal force on the circular filter/step ring to aid in removal. Adding a...
  13. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Aluminum has a fond tendency to gall. Add to this problem, the common anodized aluminum is porous with a hard-rough surface that is also fond of seizing onto what it is threaded on. Adding more to...
  14. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    All of the non-LF lenses get a lens protector-UV filter as the way these lenses and cameras are used is different than a view camera.
    That said, It remains a good idea to leave a lens protector-UV...
  15. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Or modify this camera to allow a LOT more bellows and camera extension that does not involve using an extender lens cone.

    Or get another camera that has no real limits on camera extension or...
  16. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Simply add enough bellows and camera extension with your current lens being used.. then position the camera set up and lens as needed.

    ~Easily fill the entire plate. Camera is the real issue here,...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Heh.. Got one of those "wok" Norman 200B series reflectors too. Norman made a series of reflectors and add on for the 200B series like the flash bulb riser to widen the angle of light. This would be...
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    Re: Fujinon T 400mm F/8

    Who are "They" ?

    IMO, Fujinon C is good, but not better than lenses of similar design and vintage of production.


    Bernice
  19. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Yes. This is a good starting point for soft box size. Of the soft boxes used back in the day, Broncolor light boxes are GOOD. The other light box that worked GOOD, Plume Wafer with the inner diffuser...
  20. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Been there done this... will be curious as to the results..

    Strobe heads and their light source is not small. Keep in mind these strobe heads are designed for much larger subjects. Alternative is...
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    Re: Fujinon T 400mm F/8

    Another example of camera limiting what is needed lens wise to achieve image goals.


    Bernice
  22. Re: Looking for 5x7 macro lens recommendation

    Not just lens or focal length. Using a camera with limited bellows and extension of aprox 14" and lenses in aprox 100mm (4") to 180mm (7") focal length will put the camera-lens aprox 150mm (~6") to...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Get a reasonable 3.5 digit digital volt meter. These can be had for not a lot these days ($10-$20). Check the battery voltage with the DVM. Fully charged "12Volt" lead acid battery will read about...
  24. Re: Wet Print Evaluation Issues - Age Related? Help!

    "white" LEDs typically do not have broad spectrum since the "white" light they produce comes from Red-Green-Blue narrower spectrum LEDs combined with phosphors to produce what is perceived as white...
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    Re: Lenshood for Large Format Lenses

    For outdoor "natural light" images, shading the lens using the dark slide or similar works good. Nothing fancy, just functional as lugging more stuff around is not really needed in this case.

    For...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    With all the 200B talk, decided to dig out the 200B that was in storage. Not been used in many years. Battery is beyond knackered. The adhesive used to hold the battery pack together failed allowing...
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    Re: Used Norman 200b

    Norman 200B, they remain one of the better built, durable and repairable "portable" strobe units made. These were from a time when market demands supported strobe units built this way at a $.
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    Re: Log live 8x10 Large format

    Long ago LF was most often for working photographers trying to make a living with higher quality images. Long ago there was a significant market for high quality and artistic images. Many were driven...
  29. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    ALL of the f5.6 Plasmats from the big four (Fujinon, Rodenstock, Nikon, Schneider) are far more similar than different. There are slight differences, but essentially more the same than different.
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    That would be a 180mm Dagor, not gonna cover 8x10.

    Do not believe the marketing "literature" as that is from a time when over rating the image circle was a very effective marketing deception.
    The...
  31. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    Not a lot wrong with the 240mm Fujinon A if it meets what you need. Should be fine at infinity and to life size 1 to 1. Your Toyo has enough bellows to work at life size making the other challenges...
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    8 1/4" Dagor, just covers 8x10.. stopped down good past f22 at that. The 6.5" wide angle Dagor does cover 8x10 and it is small.

    Brings up again the difficulty with 8x10 and wide angle lenses. IMO,...
  33. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    With either a 150mm or 240mm lens distortion at "macro" reproduction ratios are a non-issue If the lens used is an APO process lens (dialyte formula, APO artar, APO ronar, APO nikkor and similar)....
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    Re: Which brand of 4x5 filmholder is best?

    Another vote for Toyo film holders... they are simply GOOD.


    Bernice
  35. Re: Ilford Multicontrast Classic FB/selenium toner

    Depends on how much color change is desired in the finished print. Do keep in mind bring dry down change before selenium toning.

    One way to deal with this is to make the finished print dry....
  36. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    One of the oddity accessories Sinar made that might prompt the question, why was it ever made?

    Some time ago, the question was posted about using a view camera as part of a video production...
  37. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    Likely different for folks entering LF today than it was back in the early 1980's when my first Sinar F outfit happened. Back then film was mostly it, 4x5 color transparencies were the road to...
  38. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    The 5x7 arca came from Kerry. After the try, that 5x7 arca found another home as the original 5x7 arca. All the modified parts got removed and are still here some where in a box.

    What is nice...
  39. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    Yes, the only exception that worked out really GOOD was installing the Sinar front frame onto a Toyo 810M. This allowed using the sinar shutter between the bellows and front frame with no...
  40. Re: Arca-swiss f classic - query about format conversion from 4x5 to 5x7

    neil poulsen

    From the photos, it looks like you were attempting to mount the Sinar shutter onto the rear of the front standard. But, you speak of mounting the Sinar shutter onto the front of the...
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