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  1. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Just saw this on Freestyle's website - Gibellini's new 3D printed 4X5... $599 - which looks to be strong competition for the Interepid / Chroma crowd....
  2. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    LocalHero: Very active LF community in Brit-land. Check out Andrew Bartram (LFPPodcast), Steve of Chroma, the Intrepid and so many others. There are a bunch of dealers over there you might inquire...
  3. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    FWIW, I've gone the other direction. I picked up an ArcaSwiss F Field 4X5 monorail as quicker to set up than a Chamonix 45F2. You have this precision thing covered in your 45S. Weight pick up in a...
  4. Re: Scanner Options & Comparisons. Which to choose?

    Second Joshua's comments with exclamation points.

    Used a Nikon LS8000 for years. Solid, SLOW, but won't work with sheet film. Ask me about the cost of keeping an old scanner running. I'd prefer...
  5. Re: X or X/ Y Axis Manual Stages for stitching while camera scanning?

    Thinking about it. Not sure where to find a geared table. Geared with servo motors - that would be the holy grail. Otherwise if you put the table on a couple of sliders and gave it the equivalent of...
  6. Re: Arca Swiss Bellow Frames

    Seen some on eBay from Hong Kong. Haven't tried them. HAVE tried the Hong Kong procured ArcaSwiss lens boards and they work fine. So I'd be curious, but careful.
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    Rob: Thanks for all of that. Let me ask a follow up if I may. Are you using stitching to do panos (I think), or stitching to put together small sections of a DSLR scanned negative into one "scan" of...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    Rob: Curious what "stitching software" you're using. I've never tried this, but sure sounds like a way to go - if there's a way to automate the process. I'm using a (now old) Nikon D750 with 24MP,...
  9. Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    If I may inquire as a inkprinter looking at contact prints, how many print larger than your camera neg using digital negatives these days? Seems like the low hanging fruit for folks like me who don't...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Sun works. Think I've also read about a simple overhead light working well. My first angle was trying to find a local darkroom via conversation with the "local artist in residence" LF photographer...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Tin Can: Absolut a Mundo. If you click through, they talk about heat buildup issues and using open aluminum frames to deal with that. Also mention that they're planning to offer units commercially......
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    As a dude who once wrote, drew and "produced" an animated short film as a teen, contact pins may seem unnecessary, but unless your art involves "fuzzy" as part of an "aura of immediacy" - and there...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    martiansea: Thanks for the overview and advice. And the stenopeika... I'd just figured to focus on US made 'cause of shipping costs, but that looks to be an ergonomic unit as well with the access...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Tin Can: That's a honking big piece of hardware, but looks to be in great shape! (some on ebay need some major cleanup) Good find!

    All: I'm seeing mostly woodframes. These are new made items I've...
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Corran: I have to say, "Ditto to the acrylic", but there's also the rigidity issue it might have to solve. Where are you finding P99 Acrylic? Anywhere special?
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    John: Thanks! What size would you describe as "really large" ? And.... how common is it that folks inadvertently smash the glass? Fixable?
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    Contact Print Equip

    Am beginning to slowly think about adding alt processes with a contact print frame. S-l-o-w-l-y starting in this direction 'cause I've been a confirmed and happy inkjet printer. So this is a complete...
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    Re: Dark cloth

    I guess I'm finnicky. I tried a bunch of those things, and didn't like them. The one that stuck... comes from:https://www.wandererphotogear.com/

    I use one of their ultralights BECAUSE it folds up...
  19. Re: What image browsing program do you use?

    I tried PM years back and though it was "nice", I stuck with Capture One. That was back in my digital-only days. Today, I'm reconfiguring. Kind of a mind to simply use a directory tree of folders and...
  20. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Film: FP4 and HP5 (others in the fridge to try: Bergger Panchro, Shanghai, and Rollei InfraRed)
    Developer: D23 (boxed in reserve: ID11 and Perceptol)
    Stop: Water
    Fixer: TF5
  21. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Thanks for these comments. I haven't been too worried about this, but figure there were some small changes I can and should make. I'm carrying 4 lenses now that I have a pack big enough, and the...
  22. Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Question 1: How do you store your lenses? Do you adjust the aperture systematically open or closed? Do you close the preview? Do you keep yours on the lens board? Do you keep a cable release attached...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    I think the toughest part of this is knowing how your eye will respond to the overlay.. and will it work for you, for me or whoever. I'd assume the rest of the process and mechanics are sound. It's...
  24. Re: Bellow extension expsosure help!

    My thanks to Geoff Bowker for his spreadsheet! Very nice even in an iPHONE app era. Copied and adjusted for my lenses and way of shooting (1/3 F-Stop adjustments).
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    Re: D 23 Users

    Tend to agree with Joe O'Hara that the differences between negatives - no matter what they're developed in - tend to be quite small. Maybe not indistinguishable, but small enough that focusing on one...
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    Re: D 23 Users

    Agree with Michael R here. Read over the material OP linked, and Finch raves about replenishment. But in my small mind, his description of replenishment just sounds too squishy. I'm fine with squishy...
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    Re: D 23 Users

    I've found D23 an excellent developer, and it is my main go to. Here's two links that are helpful:

    Tim Layton's discourse. Keep digging you'll find his time/temp combo useful as I did:...
  28. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Thanks to Ken Lee's blog - one of the most practical sites out there btw, I converted from collecting filters one lens at a time to becoming a convinced user of step-up rings so I can use one set of...
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    Re: threading the needle

    I'm surprised by the opera lovers. Constantly. Sadly, some say opera lovers are born and not made. Personally I'm of the latter (tending more to prefer music less ostentatious in its presentation......
  30. Re: Query regarding Puck's "wither wanderest thou (LF) spirit?"

    Got it. Not surprised.
  31. Re: Query regarding Puck's "wither wanderest thou (LF) spirit?"

    Really? Okay in very few words: Where do we find stats on the relative health (or lack thereof) of LF shooting - film/ digital and/or hybrid, who's doing it and what they're doing with it, and the...
  32. Query regarding Puck's "wither wanderest thou (LF) spirit?"

    Not sure where to post this as "The Lounge" is a closed group and therefore restricted from wider access (at least for a day or two). As a relative young-un in terms of experience shooting LF, I'm...
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    Re: Greetings from D.C.

    Welcome indeed! Last year we talked briefly about organizing a Washington-area LF get-together, but that got Covidized. Hoping that with upcoming immunizations we'll be able to schedule one this...
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    Re: Fujinon T 400mm F/8

    They say the lens to have is the Fuji C 450mm for weight in that focal length. Pricey, but light weight and coverage galore.

    Like Mark, I have a folder and a Fuji T 400mm and the weight does tend...
  35. Re: Are you shooting more than one format

    FWIW, 4X5 for creative stuff; 6X6 MF on a TLR "for fun"; and 35mm as my sketchbook. But of course there's the iPhone, the DSLR for scanning and when you have to have "it" with no "do-overs" or...
  36. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    Good info. Thanks! I bought the 240A for a small, portable lens with a good rep, and like the lens. One of the articles I've seen did recommend it for portraits, but didn't discuss the bokeh - if...
  37. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    Dan: BECAUSE I already had a Fuji 240 A for other purposes and perhaps didn't need to spend the dough. Simple as that. But yes I can do the same 2X math and I get your point. THank you.
  38. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    Good question. Similarly, I just plowed along thinking in the 35mm / digital frame of mind and a year or so ago bought a 180mm Rodenstock Sinar Macro Sinaron 5.6 I haven't had the time or project to...
  39. Re: Which brand of 4x5 filmholder is best?

    Love Chamonix film holders in 4X5, too. Very well made and give a sense of precision. You have to buy them new at fair price, but my preferred.
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    Re: Is There a Plan for Future

    fotofpw: I get it. My dad and I shared model trains. After he passed along, the fun was gone, the sparkle, the joy in it. I still love trains of all sizes all the way to full size, but not doing them...
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