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    shen-hao 4x5 and Kirk BH-3 head

    I've been using one for about 4 years with my Wista DX - no problems. It is a great ballhead.
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    Help needed, broken wood field

    Richard Ritter has done some work on my Wista DX and I highly recommend his services. I wouldn't hesitate to send my camera to him again (although, I hope it won't ever be necessary). ;-)
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    Can anyone tell me who made my Zone VI?

    I agree that your's is probably the Wista. I've been shooting with one for almost 7 years, and I've been quite happy with it. Mine also has "Wista" stamped into the wood of the focus rail. You have...
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    backpacking

    Count me in as an LF backpacker. These days, with a growing family and shrinking free time, I still try to get into the backcountry for at least 2 overnights per year, 2-4 nights each. LF in the...
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    Caltar Type S 135 mm/5.6

    Aender, FWIW, I've been shooting with a Caltar S 135mm f/5.6 for over 5 years and I've been quite pleased with its performance. It was one of my first LF lenses and is still my most used lens. I've...
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    New Zealand advice and locations

    You're in for a real treat! My wife and I honeymooned in NZ in '99 and
    absolutely fell in love with the place - great people and food - spectacular and
    diverse scenery. I've been trying to...
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    Thinking about locations---what fun!

    Thinking about and planning an outing to a new destination has always been part of the fun for me. The photo possibilities as well as the sense of adventure are just two of the things that lure me...
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    Lightweight tripod for 4x5?

    I'm another who uses the Gitzo 1228. I use the short column and a Kirk BH-3. I've been very happy using this with my Wista DX. If I were to be making the decision again, I'd sure take a closer look...
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    Wista Repair

    Joe, I can highly recommend Richard Ritter. He did some work on my Wista last year (focus rail needed some tuning and refinishing). He did a great job - timely and reasonable price. I would not...
  10. Thread: roll call

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    roll call

    Well, heck. Missed the summary... But I'm still here in the northern 'burbs' of Denver, Colorado. Much happier when I'm in the mountains. :-)
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    Fuji Quickload Holder II

    "the "lock" button is actually a little ink stamper for marking exposed film!!"

    That's a cool idea. But I always used the exposed stickers over the metal clip to ensure that it stays attached to...
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    Fall season-Colorado

    The Colorado Nature Photographers fourm is also an excellent source of information for the Colorado fall season.
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    Scanning Glass Plate Negatives

    As others have said, today's flatbed scanners are capable of doing a reasonable job. I have hundreds of family photos on glass plates from the turn of the century that have been handed down from my...
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    workshop- Denver

    The info from the mailer is below. It didn't list a price, but I'm sure you could just call...

    Intro/Intermediate Large Format Photography

    Friday April 29 7-10pm, Saturday April 30 9-5 and...
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    What 4x5 camera for the Fuji 450-C lens?

    I'm pretty sure Danny just wanted to offer an additional camera model that will accomodate the Fuji 450 C. I believe he was making a distinction between the SV45U2 and the SV45U, not saying that the...
  16. Thread: ROLL CALL

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    ROLL CALL

    Still mostly lurking, and learning, after all these years...
  17. Have any of you had laser vision correction?

    Annie, I had LASIK done about 3.5 years ago and my results are outstanding - 20/15 in my left eye (dominant) and 20/20 in my right. I started out with mild myopia and severe astigmatism. I have a...
  18. What Program Do You Use For Unsharp Masking?

    Just to add another option... I've been using Fred Miranda's Intellisharpen II for a few months and I'm quite happy with the results on 4x5 and 645 flatbed scans.
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    Store and Galleries in Denver

    Ditto on Michael's response... I'll just add that Mike's Camera in Boulder has a VERY small selection of LF gear. We're talkin' 1 or 2 cameras and a few lenses - not worth a special trip to Boulder,...
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    Going Wider tha 110

    Hey Scott, I think you'll like the angle of view difference between the 110 and 80. I have the Rodenstock Grandagon N 75mm f/6.8 that Frank refers to and like it VERY much. That wide angle is very...
  21. Where Will You Be Setting Up A Tripod This Year

    Hey! That lens selection will complement my 75, 135, 210 selection nicely! ;-)

    I've made the trip once in September (overnight), and once in mid October. But if you're planning on a summer...
  22. Where Will You Be Setting Up A Tripod This Year

    "it's about 2,000 miles round trip, so i'd like to give myself more than just one shot at good light!!"

    I hear ya. But it'll be the last 8 miles with LF and overnight gear packed on the back that...
  23. Where Will You Be Setting Up A Tripod This Year

    Its a very nice overnighter, though I've done it in one long brutal
    day (into the night) - 8 miles one-way, 2800 ft. elevation gain. A backcountry
    permit is required for overnight (in the...
  24. Where Will You Be Setting Up A Tripod This Year

    Hey Scott, Drop me a note if you want company on the Crater Lake trip. I need to get back up there. ;-)

    My other goals for this year:

    Winter, winter, winter! I never shoot enough during this...
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    Photo Vests While Backpacking...

    Hey Scott,

    I've owned a vest for years and rarely use it for just the reasons you stated. I do use it when I know that I'll be shooting from the car, but that doesn't seem to happen very much. I...
  26. Multi-Sheet Film Holders...Surely There's A Market

    "hey scott... good to see you one tuan's site! thanks for the link..."

    Been hanging around here for a looooong time - mostly lurk and try to soak up as much as I can. ;-)
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    shutter repair fee

    I'll heartily second the service and work of Flutot's. Friendly and first-rate!
  28. Multi-Sheet Film Holders...Surely There's A Market

    Scott, From our recent conversations, you know I'm of like mind. In regards
    to the Bag Mag, check out this
    <a target="_blank"...
  29. Reference's on Rick Heitman and toyo camera

    Same sentiments here. He's a frequent contributor on the CNP forum. He's always insightful, honest and humorous. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him.
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    Unusual but useful photo gear for LF?

    I'll second the Gnass rapid load file - ingenious, though not really
    weird. In the winter snows, I use ski pole baskets
    <a target="_blank"...
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    Folding field cameras

    As Frank said, most field cameras fold in a similar manner. I have a Wista wood field and fold it using the following steps.

    1. Roll the focusing rail to it's rear-most position, back into the bed...
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    Caltar-S II 5.6 / 135mm

    Thanks Kerry! That explains it. Mine is not in a shutter with dual scales. But it would be fun to figure out if this is actually a convertible lens. Do you know what the convertible focal length...
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    Caltar-S II 5.6 / 135mm

    Here's Schneider's page with the technical info Kerry listed. I have the
    earlier version, not the II, and not MC. Still, I've been very happy with the
    results for landscape (that's mostly what...
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    Polarizers and Grad ND Filters for 4x5?

    I use the Cokin P holder with my lenses (though I don't have the 90mm Super Angulon). I use the Cokin circular polarizer and it does not exhibit a color cast. I'm pleased with its quality, but have...
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    Kudos for Schneider Customer Service

    I want to express my appreciation to Schneider Optics Customer Service and share my experience with others here on the forum.

    I recently purchased a used Schneider Tele-Xenar 300mm f/5.5. I...
  36. Cokin P-what is widest angle lens you can use?

    I use the Cokin P with my Rodenstock 75/6.8 (58mm filter size). I've not had problems with vignetting. But I shoot mostly landscape and generally don't use a lot of movement - small tilts and...
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    Camera repair

    I'll just add my praise for Mr. Ritter. He not only fixed my Wista to better-than-new working condition, his price was very reasonable and less than I expected, the work was done in a timely manner,...
  38. Thread: LF groups

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    LF groups

    Hey Gary (and Eric), While not strictly LF, if nature is your thing, we've got quite a few LF folks, myself included, participating at colorado.naturephotographers.net. You're more than welcome to...
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    Take a Speed Graphic Skiing?

    Don't crash... :-) I say this in jest because 3 years ago I took a pretty tough spill in the backcountry with a 35 lb. pack including LF gear and broke my shoulder. Nothing like the sharp snap of the...
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    What have you "donated" to TSA?

    I too, understand the underlying reasons for the new rules. But the implementation can often make you smile and shake your head.

    I "donated" the 2.5" allen wrench, fitting my Kirk quick release...
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