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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Seascape. Not sure if I posted this already. Linhof V 4x5, Schneider 180mm lens at f/16, ND1000 filter, 3-min exposure on Ilford FP4.
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  2. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    I'm a big fan of Gossen, particularly the Digisix or Sixtomat.
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    First photo taken with the 1930s Zeiss Tessar 150mm f/3.5 at full aperture with a 4-stop ND filter. Lovely low-contrast, soft, but sharp lens.

    Thank you all for the recommendations!
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Thanks, Garrett! Your image of the chair is pretty extreme. :o Below are two pictures I took with a single-coated Schneider 150/265 convertible and rear group removed at full aperture. Maybe not the...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Also, I bought a cheap 52mm filter, removed the glass, put it "inverted" over lens (perfect fit!) and secured the filter ring with electrical tape to the lens barrel. Now the lens has a filter thread...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    I drilled a 57mm hole with a step drill bit. Wasn't easy and I wouldn't recommend using a step drill bit, but I made it work. Its a bit off-center but I can use the camera movements to correct that....
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    Re: Servicing a lens

    Bob, you mentioned Pro Camera in DC a few times, but I can't find any info on them (and having lived in DC for 16 years, I have never heard of them). Can you please enlighten me? Thanks!
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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    If I were in your situation, I'd buy something like this.
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    LED Litepanels?
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    Lens Shutter Test?

    Sorry if this has been discussed to death already ... but I want to find a reliable & easy method to test my shutter speeds. I download an app for my iPhone that uses the widely discussed audio test,...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Yes, I bought one on Amazon that goes to 2 3/8" = 60mm. The 2 1/16 size (= 56mm) should work with a bit of sanding.
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    Re: 1935 Linhof ,,NORMA'' ???

    I'm originally from Germany (but in the U.S. for 21 years now).

    "Norma" just means "the norm" (something usual), then there is the "standard", and the more technical Technika. Adding an "a" is...
  13. Re: F-stop Mountain Series Lotus Backpack Review

    Yes, the Loka is great, too, and very similar. I liked the colors of the Lotus better.

    Are you using the f-stop ICUs?
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    Re: 3D Printing a lens bard adapter?

    The Ebay user "inireshop" has tons of 3D-printed lens boards in his Ebay store. Maybe get in touch with him/her?
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    Re: Metering technique for J Lane Dry Plates

    Maybe its just me, but I have never spot-metered anything, only incident since I started photography in the 1980s. I rarely use a meter anyway, "sunny 16" is perfect.
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    Oh, and if you are interested how I carry the film holders, I use black lunch bags which have the prefect size for 4x5 film holders, and are waterproof, light tight, and only cost $13.-. I strap two...
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    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50222876911_f3d7fe2119_c.jpgIMG_4144

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50222228548_1062c05b7a.jpgIMG_5692
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  18. F-stop Mountain Series Lotus Backpack Review

    I thought I’ll give you my impressions of the F-stop Mountain Series Lotus backpack that I have been using for a few months now.

    I bought it when it was on sale at B&H for $190.-, which was an...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    I found someone who sold me a 3D-printed lens board for $10, so I use that for testing. Is drilling a hole with a step-drill bit OK?
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Based on your recommendations, I bought a 1937 uncoated Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f/3.5 lens in a Compur shutter that was recently CLA-ed. Shutter speeds sound good.

    Also bought a blank lens...
  21. Thread: External HDD

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    Re: External HDD

    Don't forget to make two backups and store one in a different location.
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    Re: Website structure views?

    Wix lets you create websites very easily and you can change the layout in minutes.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50206721248_b49db5baa6_h.jpgCoveys_Landing_1_2_2000pix
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Good points, Bernice, much appreciated.
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    I like your <1920s f/4.5 Tessar recommendation and will buy one to test it. They are rather cheap ($100-ish) and if I slap a ND filter in front of it, I can easily get 1-sec exposure time at f/4.5...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    I tested "abusing" lenses by removing the rear groups from symmetrical lenses and liked the outcome quite a bit. This was a quick test and can still be improved substantially by using the camera's...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Hi Bernice --



    I have visited exhibits, museum shows, galleries, studied photography books and artists monographs, light & composition, developed and printed myself for my entire life and I...
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    Great suggestion!
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    Teach me about Lens Design

    Hi all --

    After having exclusively shot b&w film on 135 and 120 film since the 1980s, I recently got into LF photography and love it! Got me a nice Linhof Technika 4x5 and a couple of lenses. My...
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    Re: who do you use to publish your books?

    Burb has an unpredictable color shift for monochrome photos that you cannot anticipate.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Not sure whether this counts as a tree:
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50095048512_b467e73227_b.jpgHouse_2000pix
  32. Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    Linhof Technikas are really fine pieces of equipment, especially the Master Technika 3000 without the useless (to me) rangefinder. If I had the spare $, I'd get me one. Inspired by your post, I took...
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    What are you gonna measure? Angular distances between stars? They have been measured with space telescopes to within miliarcsec already. Not really sure what you trying to achieve for "research" here.
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    Re: Large format Astrophotography

    Very cool and not easy with the reciprocity response of film. Maybe try some hypersensitivity techniques? Astronomers have used that technique for decades with stunning results. Next stop: color...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Linhof Technika V with Schneider 180/5.6 on Ilford FP-4, developed in Ilford DD-X:
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50190162851_ba41416538_b.jpgHanging-Tree_2_2_2000pix
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    Re: who do you use to publish your books?

    My biggest gripe with Blurb was that all the b&W photos has a greenish color hue and were not true b&w.
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    Re: who do you use to publish your books?

    I published two books:

    One with Burb. The print quality was awful and I will never use them again.

    For my second book I created a PDF "teaser" of my photos, description, etc, and pitched it all...
  38. Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    I couldn't disagree more. I find it amazing that a company that was founded in 1887 is still producing high-precision, hand-machined cameras in the same building as 133 years ago. What an...
  39. Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    Linhof are not luxury products. They are utilitarian, professional products like forklifts, nothing like a Ferrari. If someone needs a forklift, they will buy one. They don't even look cool on your...
  40. Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    You see the exact same discussions on the rangefinder forum whether it makes sense to buy a new Leica M-A for $5,200 when Ebay is full of used film M bodies for a fraction of the price. For some it...
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