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    Bad lens suggestions for an 8x10.

    I'm not sure why we need to have 'bad' lens for certain photography, or "Diana" cameras. Why not get the the best image you can on the neg, and then make the 'corrections' in the darkroom? You...
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    Wollensak Verito questions

    I just got a Verito "Defused Focus" lens. I very much want to use this lens for some Retro type portrait work. But this lens is very used. In fact a former u ser removed (!) the blades from the...
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    Grafmatic Film Back

    I use Grafmatics all the time. I love them. I know what you mean about the obvious answer to the question of dust spots. There is quite a bit of light trap material in the Grafmatic... are you...
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    Fair price for Kodak Master View 8X10?

    I have what is probably a permanent lust for one of these cameras. I'd like to replace the Kodak 2-D that I use. However, the price is a bit high.

    There was one on eBay today (5/5) that was at...
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    Speed/Crown Graphic w/ Flash & Polaroid Back

    I did a play opening with the Speed Graphic. The play "State Fair" is set in the 40's so I did the gig as sort of a "Weegee" kind of guy. Lots of fun. Graphmatics are a major plus. I used a...
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    8x10 lens questions

    I've been using the Kodak Ektar f7.7 203mm lens on 8x10 and it works very well. I was told that it would not cover 8x10, but it does, and makes a nice longer lens for the 4x5.
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    which lense board for crown graphic?

    You can get Crown Graphic boards quite a few places. Check out Stephen Shuharts ad in Shutterbug, or MidWest Photo Exchange in Columbus OH (also a Shutterbug a d). You get the blank board and send...
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    Using barrel lens without shutter

    Once you get out of the 'mounted in shutter' world, the cost of lens go down big -time. I worried about the lens cap deal... shaking the camera as I put it on e tc. etc. I got a PCV pipe cap that...
  9. fed up with eBay: where to buy a complete rig cheap?

    My vote goes with Mr. Kennedy. If you are bidding LESS than you are willing to pay, you will probably lose on eBay. I've found that the best way to deal with proxy bidding is to bid what I am...
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    LENS BOARD FOR AN EASTMAN 2

    I got one at Midwest Camera Exchange. They advertise in Shutterbug. It was a 4 inch wooden board that was pretty close to the right size. A little work with a file and it was just fine.
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    Graflex Optar 135mm f4.7

    I have both the Optar 135 and the Schneider 135. There is a difference in contr ast and a little bit in sharpness, but IMHO, the price difference isn't worth it . If you have a good Optar, enjoy...
  12. Vertical composition with Speed/Crown graphics?

    Sorry...you gotta turn the whole camera, thats why there's a tripod screw on the side of the body. In order to have a rotating back, the bellows with have to b e square. Using a Speed Graphic for...
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    Ortho film revisited

    I have some of this film in 8x10 format. I called Kodak with many of the same q uestions that you have. Basically it is NOT the same kind of film that Adams ta lked about in his books. The film...
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    Plaubel - Pico Profia

    Try Universal Bellows in Freeport, N.Y. 516.767.7387
  15. Thread: Darkroom light

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    Darkroom light

    I have them in my darkroom. My daughter put up glowing stars all over the ceili ng. (she felt sorry that I had to stay in the dark so much). Yea, it was a real ly shock to see them the first time! ...
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    visualization versus previsualization

    I find that when I have a 35mm camera, I tend to shoot at anything that is margi nally interesting. With the 4x5 and 8x10 if I try to photograph the same kind o f thing... I lose interest before I...
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    DustOnNegatives

    Make sure the inside of the camera is clean. Removing the dark slide can charge the film with a little bit of static electricity and cause the dust to be attra cted to the film. Some people load the...
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    Pentax Spot meters

    I know this is a little off the subject of this post, but I was wondering what to do about the battery in my Pentax Spotmeter. It is an older analog style (there is a picture of it in the Ansel...
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