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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    An old hat test with plenty of flaws of its own. Once most of the variables get pinned down it's still a Godzilla vs Bambi contest. But I'll go with my own set of eyes looking at actual prints over...
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    Re: 300mm lens on Linhof Master Technika

    With either a 300M Nikkor or 300C Fuji you'll have an enormous amount of image circle wiggle room on 4x5 film, even at infinity. I have no personal experience with the Apo Ronar.
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    The difference is that native acutance on film can look a lot more authentic and nuanced than most digital "sharpening". PS edge sharpening reminds me more of overdone halo on unsharp film masking...
  4. Re: Checking dev time for Tmax 400 / TMY2 in PMK

    Sadly, all my old notes about PMK drum times apply to the original TMax 400 and not the current TMY-2, and there is some difference even tray-wise. But I used a rotary processor capable of...
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    Indeed. I've seen many wonderful 19th Century prints of images taken with relatively primitive lenses.
  6. Re: Archival Rating of The New Gen 5 Ilford RC Multigrade Deluxe Papers?

    I print on plastic quite a bit. Decades of Cibachrome work, with hundreds of them still looking like they mere made yesterday, and now Fujiflex. Those are on extremely stable polyester, just like...
  7. Re: Archival Rating of The New Gen 5 Ilford RC Multigrade Deluxe Papers?

    "New" and "archival rating" are antonyms. No track record! The same goes for all inkjet media. Extrapolating very brief torture test results might or might not give a realistic clue. It has nothing...
  8. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    I could have had any number of big industrial lathes and milling machine cheap when the shipyards closed around here. But all the necessary supplementary tooling would have been quite expensive. You...
  9. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    In other words, have about a thousand bucks set aside for anything new, and leave bargain hunting for used options. And that's for miniature gear. Precision drill presses start around $2000. Cheap...
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    Re: 300mm lens on Linhof Master Technika

    Any of the 300's mentioned so far would be excellent.
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    I'd forget that sensors even exist. They have next to nothing to do with LF film detail.
  12. Re: Checking dev time for Tmax 400 / TMY2 in PMK

    I use 14min for N @ 20C, shuffled every 30 sec for trays, but no longer use drums due to excessive oxidation (PMK is not the best choice of pyro for drum usage, though I believe Bob C. does it that...
  13. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    Another one to look at is the Jet Hobby Milling Machine.
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    One more reason to ignore what Picker said.
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    Re: How sharp can I expect from 4X5

    Yes, distinctly better IF you have your other pertinent variables dialed in, including focal plane flatness, focus itself, etc. Remember, comparing LPMM or even MTF is not the rule, but the degree of...
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Sometimes that means spelling out in advance what they might not themselves be aware of until a range of options is spelled out; but then it's inevitable that everyone lists their own favorite this...
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Well, I can't read someone else's mind, Oren. Until someone has been on the road awhile and knows what they like or not, I suspect there's a lot of "what if the grass is greener on the other side of...
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Oren, even though I have a number of lenses in this general focal length range, I still covet one of the Fuji L's, either the 300 or the 420 (preferable to me for its bigger image circle and tighter...
  19. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    You might be the first person on this forum whom Jens didn't burn at some point or another. I know it's disrespectful to speak ill of the dead, and that's not my point anyway. He was an excellent...
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    Re: US Navy Over-Sink Drying Rack

    Do you wash your socks in D76 or pyro ? Maybe that's been the staining secret to pyro all along. Wash the sox first, then develop the film.
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    I'd be worried about vibrations with a Wista configured in that manner.
  22. Thread: Sturdy 4x5?

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    Re: Sturdy 4x5?

    It's all relative. Being an older thread, it is all a hypothetical discussion by now. One might have to potentially decide between studio and more portable usage, between monorail and flatbed...
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    Just make sure your wiring is up to that task. Nobody needs another Chernobyl.
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    Re: Lens for color

    16X20 is nothing for a 4x5 lens to keep up with. I often made very precise 30X40 inch Cibachromes from 4x5 transparencies taken with a rather garden-variety 210 Symmar S. I later did it even better...
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    I classify ballheads as "wobbleheads". All of your probably know by now that I don't use any kind of head with view cameras, bolting them directly to the tripod top platform itself, and adjusting...
  26. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Yes, if you identify the specific bulb contact profile, and select an equivalent bulb of lesser wattage, but of the same voltage and burn position. Again, checking with a specialty online bulb house...
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    Re: Lens for color

    MC is not necessarily related to color rendering; sometimes it has been used to fine-tune that kind of property; but many single-coated lenses are just as good in terms of hue reproduction. Nearly...
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    It's a thick element tessar which held high repute with portrait photographers. I'd love to have one myself. But it will be heavy, so I hope your 8x10 has a very stiff front standard.
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    2000 watts of halogen is a LOT of heat. An effective exhaust system should be a high priority. Reminds me why I replaced my 2000W Durst head with my own design which runs cooler. Of course, 2000W is...
  30. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Any supplementary system should PULL air out and away from the housing, to be vented outside and thus prevent temp buildup of ambient air around the colorhead. Recommended. Equip lasts longer, risk...
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    Duplicate post
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    I don't get the notion of novelty. I bought the very first CF tripod model offered : A Gitzo 3-ply Reporter; modified it to a platform top and threw away the useless center column. It fits in a...
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    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Dorothy Norman, 1933

    I was instantly struck by both the composition and the facial expression, especially the eyes. A very very simple no-nonsense pose, but outright packed with sophistication: shadows, drawer-front...
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    Re: Benro Pan Tilt Head - Real?

    Depends on the alloy. Machining per se doesn't tell you one way or another. A machined focus gear made out of common brass stock might wear out in a year; the same thing in the correct bronze alloy...
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    Re: Benro Pan Tilt Head - Real?

    Regardless, the distinction in quality boils down to diecast alloys, which involve making expensive dies first, and therefore are inherently more expensive products to sell,
    versus lesser-quality...
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    Re: contact prints

    Since I don't contact print anything bigger than 8x10, I just use my Condit 8x10 masking frame, which already has thick AN glass, and is certainly a premium quality item.
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    Re: contact prints

    I prefer thick anti-Newton glass just like in an enlarger carrier, but thicker. Don't know if anyone makes that anymore; but something close could be homemade from float glass. Frosted picture...
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    Re: Coating Carleton Watkins

    Actually it's buffered alkaline board purported to be bad for albumen. Non-buffered board is recommended. I've got some very old albumens that have been attached to regular vintage acidic cardboard...
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    Re: Coating Carleton Watkins

    John K. is more familiar with some of the old trails on that side of the Valley than I am. But I had to climb up a talus pile to get to that particular spot. There was also a different wagon road...
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    Efficient cooling is essential to any colorhead.
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