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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    By far the best microfiber cloths I've found are little dimpled ones made by 3M. I'll never ever go back to any kind of lens tissue. At some point, I'll test out the best manner to truly clean and...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Ordinary lens hoods are nearly worthless if you're using a wide-angle lens aimed toward the sun or other bright illumination. You want a fully adjustable shade which you can check the position of on...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    If I need fluid, ROR on a clean 3M microfiber cloth is my choice. If just blowing dust off, my compressed air lines are triple-filtered down to extremely small particulate sizes. And I only use...
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    Re: Jobodrum for prints

    Ditto. Drums make sense for color chemistry and RC papers, not for FB black and white work, if that's what you have in mind. Lots of brands are acceptable - for tiny 8x10's my favorite are the...
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    Re: How Many Pros use LF?

    The biggest money commercial studio photographer I'm aware of in this whole area still uses Sinar view cameras just like he has the last half century. Some differences of course, mostly 4x5 rather...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    Pizza rack bicycle, Tuco? That's one mean praying mantis giant insect instead! Surreal. Belongs in a Japanese B horror movie versus Godzilla.
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    Either velcro tabs or a couple or ordinary clothespins help tame a darkcloth in the wind. There are times the darkcloth operating as a cover actually reduces the impact of wind vibrations on the...
  8. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    I've never done that kind of thing, but have often had people of all ages ask permission to look under the darkcloth. I accommodate them. Around here they tend to be very polite as stay at a...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    I think the option for faux mildew dots is already a standard cell phone camera app. You can tell that the above photo is not a real antique because the lady is rolling her eyes ..."Ya gotta be...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Enlarging lens falloff equates to lighter corners, which nobody likes, unless you're talking about direct-positive paper like Cibachrome. But yes, there is that antique trick of using the same...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Well, I can literally stand on top the vacuum easel of my biggest enlarger without deflecting the plane. It's that well built. But most people don't use machined steel easels weighing several hundred...
  12. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Well, Yosemite is a pretty big place overall. You probably wouldn't be welcome driving the spike feet of a Ries tripod into the floor of the Ahwahnee Hotel, or brushing into someone climbing the...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    It's there, Luis. The practical effect diminshes at smaller f/stops. People who shoot wide-angle lenses a lot might not notice the falloff in the print because the falloff of their taking lens itself...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Yep. Don't even go there if you haven't practiced tilts first. Don't even come here if you haven't. We have plenty of flat farmland of our own, between the mountain ranges; and much of it is very...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    It's always been the same thread. If you don't think so, just get any old Sinar handbook and see how they describe the original topic - one of the best learner resources you can have, whether or not...
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    Latest news - Yosemite is going back to a mandatory reservation system for anyone wanting to enter to prevent covid-related overcrowding risk. It might start May 1st, but check their website for...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    The nice thing about the Sinar monorail system is that you've got all the options; and the same gear works well for architectural use, studio usage, and typical landscape applications. And it's...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Expect quite a bit of falloff, so you're either going to have to grind a diffuser thicker at the center than the edges, or burn in the corners proportionately during exposure. It also seems that...
  19. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    In the high country I have accidentally stumbled onto a few of AA's exact tripod positions, simply because it involved a wet meadow with a single conspicuous big flat rock as the only logical tripod...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Beautiful day yesterday, and I was out on a long open ridge with the Norma, carrying both b&w and color film, relatively simple near-to-far subject matter. Pretty much just front tilt control, no...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Sinar P and F cameras, and later certain other brands of monorails, had certain built-in methods of approximating depth of field in relation to tilts and swings, along with asymmetrical controls. I...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Unless you are using a precision vacuum or adhesive filmholder, f/22 might not compensate for even potential film sag, at least with 5x7 and larger formats. It's less of a factor with smaller 4x5...
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    Re: Source for light meter calibration?

    I've stumbled onto almost new "mint" Pentax meters for that kind of price. George charged $75- $100 for internal cleaning and recalibration. Not bad, since a couple of them accidentally got dunked in...
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    I grew up right across the San Joaquin River just to the south of Yosemite. We called it "the city". I can't recall taking more than six pictures in Yosemite Valley itself in my entire life; but at...
  25. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Don't neglect what lies outside the Park down in the foothills Mother Lode gold country. To me, it's even more photogenic than Yosemite Valley itself. With luck, some of the Spring bloom might be...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    I've always thought of the Canham 5X7 as the sweet point in his wooden camera lineup. But if price were no object, and I could juggle yet another format, I would bag an Ebony. More realistically, I...
  27. Re: Question for yellow filter users: #8, #12 or #15?

    Those are old Wratten gelatin filter numbers, and the selection of panchromatic films has itself changed. Sometimes in AA books you find the even older "K" classification of Wratten filters. I...
  28. Re: Getting the correct temperature while developing at home?

    Without an accessory tempering valve, on-demand water would potentially be way off. These kinds of tempering valves were once routine for darkroom sinks. They are still readily available either new...
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    Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    Just fine until you find little loose specks of it require you to spot your prints down the line. I rather use black primer, which sticks better, then a harder clear finish over that. The flatter the...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Mine too. My sarcastic comment about Kansas was based on a spoof topographic map I gave to a co-worker from Nebraska, next to Kansas. I would particularly like to visit the Sand Hills region, which...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Mile-long flat surfaces aren't in my wheelhouse, Michael. Around here contour maps are drawn in either 200ft or 500ft intervals, with the darker lines at thousand foot intervals, not in millimeters...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Well, I take a hard position, not for the sake of discounting other methods which apply well to others, but as an illustration that in certain cases like mine, movements are basically the name of the...
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    Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    Almost all matte paints are quite fragile. I have used matte varnishes atop black enamel; but that can be tricky too because everything needs to be relatively heat resistant over time, with...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Well, that explains our difference in orientation, Oren. I recommended getting a handle on movements FIRST because that is how I learned depth of field control using a view camera VERSUS conventional...
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    Re: Source for light meter calibration?

    There was another thread on this not long ago. There will always be a need for light meters and their calibration. The trickier question is how anyone can make a living doing it these days, or...
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    Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    There was a large anodizer in this area. Id just ask when they were going to do a big batch of basic black next, and if they could toss my little project in along with it, which made it quite...
  37. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    I'm recovering from 3 past months of miserable shoulder bursitis. Two days ago I picked up my commercial 4-cycle trimmer for the first time this season, and dealt with the back yard foliage, and...
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    Re: Paint your negative carrier in black

    Black anodizing is better. If you do use paint, make sure it won't flake or scuff off.
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    If I had to think through everything mentioned so far on this thread, it would appear the shortest distance between two points is a convoluted maze. Fortunately, that Stroebl book does include...
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    Re: Rail lubricant?

    Don't get lube on the bellows, especially if it contains silicone! Candle wax, vaseline ????? (%!!>><<@#@#@....!!!). Why not just go spear a cave bear and melt its fat, since at least making a...
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