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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    The horizon is pretty reliable. I use it often when outside.

    I have often seen bulls-eye levels and other configurations of bubble level in counter displays at my ACE hardware store . . . often...
  2. Re: Lens Nimenclature and lens Designe: Raptar vs Paragon

    Thanks everyone. I always wondered.
  3. Re: How to Find the Desired Lens from Sellers

    This sounds like a difficult and complicated way to eventually get a lens that is, shall we say, "sub-optimal". You may find thiss DIY effort rewarding, but in the end it is my opinion that the...
  4. Re: STILL LIFE - Lens Thoughts & Recommendations

    I have had great still-life results with my 210mm Caltar II N and a 150mm Fujinon. Both are wide open at f/5.6.

    Once, a long time ago now, I put a 75mm Oscillo Paragon at 1:1 on an 8x10. These...
  5. Lens Nimenclature and lens Designe: Raptar vs Paragon

    Simply put: Is there a difference in lens design between lenses labeled "Raptar" and "Paragon"?
  6. Re: Stuck screws and lens threads - what I (re-)discovered camera

    A number of years ago (mid-1990s I think) I got ten or so oscilloscope cameras from a salvage company. They cost me around $5 each back then. Each one had a 75mm f/1.9 lens in a leaf shutter. ...
  7. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    This is an interesting thread. I have never given it much thought I guess, balancing the parameters of exposure among the light available and the nature of the composition. When shooting moving...
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    In my OP I tried to express the idea that a LF new commer would find it helpful to read a basic text to introduce them to the fundamental aspects of this creative process before accessing the pool of...
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    Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    We are welcoming many newcomers to large format photography on this board lately. This is wonderful. New blood in traditional view camera photography keeps us all fresh. Many of us here are now...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    I understand that the OP is working outdoors. I have in the past, shot table-tops and still life compositions indoors using strobes. Some times the bellows extension was pretty long and the...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Maybe a few test shots or just dry focusing set ups on a vacant foot ball field would help. Looking for edge/corner coverage or fall off and curvature of field. Then a few tries working with front...
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    Re: Silver Maintenance

    Back in the late 1970s, I worked in a oil industry related cement testing lab for Gulf Oil. One of the things we did was to left a smidge (metric notation is "Smidgon") of white precipitate in the...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    OK . . ok . . .I take it back about the skids.

    Just because something can be done does not make it a good idea.

    No skids or sleds in the wilderness areas.

    Anyway, I am a few days away from...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    Re; Golf Bag Pull Cart.

    If you take the wheels off and put on some kind of skids it would be compliant with Wilderness Area regulations as a sled I think!
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    I have used a jogging stroler in the past. Worked Ok in shooting around our home neighborhood BUT . . . .

    It was difficult to store at home and let no room in the trunk for luggage.

    Later on...
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    As late as maybe 2010 there was a genuine surplus store in downtown Galveston called "Col. Bubbie's". They had Warsaw Pact surplus, Arctic mittens and US Navy bed pans . . . .whatever. And the...
  17. Re: Ever see One of These? Packard Shutter Regulator

    All good points.
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    Re: Huge Lens Shutter & Adaptors

    Does this one work?
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    Re: Huge Lens Shutter & Adaptors

    Ran across this the other day . . .looks interesting.

    Has anyone ever seen one of these? It seems to be an air pressure regulator for controlling the effective speed of s Pakard-Ideal type of...
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    DW: Sounds like you have a systen that works for you. Is that for an 8x10 outfit? I haven't done any serious backpacking myself since the late 1970s, but do remember the Kelty external frame...
  21. Re: Ever see One of These? Packard Shutter Regulator

    I had a Co2 pellet gun when I was a kid. A couple of pumps stored compressed air for the shot. I wonder if something like that could ever have worked for Packard type shutters. A few quick...
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    Re: Blowing up a Kodak 2D to 12x20

    Great! Now just how will you carry it around . . .or store it?
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    Re: Backpack for 8x10

    When I first began with LF, the budget for photo gear was not a shoe-string but a frayed thread. I had a pre-Anniversary Speed Graphic that was a total beater, and one lens. . . .film holders,...
  24. Ever see One of These? Packard Shutter Regulator

    Has anyone ever seen one of these? It seems to be an air pressure regulator for controlling the effective speed of s Pakard-Ideal type of pneumatic shutter.
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    I had a jogging stroller a few years ago for my 8x10 kit. It worked fine but storage was a problem (for me) and getting it into the trunk was also an issue (no space for other things).

    Another...
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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    I bought a used Burlbach years ago. This set of wooden legs has a leveling center column. I have found that mounting my 8x10 Kodak 2D directly to this center column 9 so no ball head) saves weight...
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    Re: Carrying the 12x20

    A camera of this size and its associated support gear is worth protecting. Have you considered a hard shell case from Pelican or one of the other companies? Additionally, there are companies that...
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Oh for the "Good-Ol'-Days" of the Camera Shows. I went to the Houston Camera "Show twice a year for 15-20 years, Usually bought some LF film from the expired film guy that came down from Chicago. A...
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    Re: Blowing up a Kodak 2D to 12x20

    150 years from now, this camera may drive some collector crazy trying to figure out what it really is!
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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    A Dark Box: is is to replace the classic/traditional little tent used by wet plate shooters of old?

    A great idea and looks like it will work as a traveling work space for wet plate.

    You could...
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    Re: 4X5 FOOT Simple Camera

    TC: sounds like you have a plan. . .go for it!

    Little tent and wet plates . . .actually, I was thinking of the camera-in-a-trailer concept, where the interior of the camera was a room sized space
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    I think that 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 was a format called "Whole Plate" in the glass plate era. I know that dry plates are avsilable in that size, but I'm not sure that sheet film or holders are.

    Anybody?
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    "Best" cvamera?

    I have always rthought that the best camera to shoot with was the one you have when shooting.

    I mean . . .what is the "best" car to own? Fastest? Cheapest. Most long-lived? ...
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    Re: PRONUNCIATION of Camera names?

    Aphasia
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    Re: Blowing up a Kodak 2D to 12x20

    I love thqat you re-used and repurposed the 2D hardware.
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    Re: 4X5 FOOT Simple Camera

    So if wet plate: Coat and process while you are actually inside the camera body?

    That could be made to work if the camera-built-into-trailer concept is used.

    Back into scenic overlooks and...
  37. Re: AGFA Chronex medical film: What should I rate this?

    I used to rate Ektascan at ISO 200 and developed it in the automatics roller transport gear in the darkroom of the hospital I worked doing Nuclear Medicine imaging in the 1990s. That gear was...
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    Re: PRONUNCIATION of Camera names?

    "Standard" pronunciation of non-colloquial English words varies from Canada, USA, UK (and within the UK) Australia and New Zeland. Even the notation for defining a format differs; 4x5 in the USA...
  39. Re: AGFA Chronex medical film: What should I rate this?

    No experience with this?
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    Re: Kodak Dry Plates

    I will be testing at a sea shore lodcation in much the way recomended by Tin-Can. Don't think I can get ten steps on one plate though. I'll try 4 steps; ISOs 12, 25, 50 and 100. Have a spare dark...
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