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  1. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    Today's better DSLR cameras make using older 35mm film cameras mostly a fetish. I used Leicas since 1953 and Nikon SLRs and large format most of that time, and am not merely speaking of theory. Such...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    After many decades of using Leica and Nikon 35mm cameras and a variety of press and view cameras, it seems to me that digital equipment has overwhelming advantages for a 2000 mile hike like the OP...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Intriguing.
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    Re: Clothes iron as tacking iron?

    I used a clothes iron for many years as a tacking iron. Be careful in setting the temperature. Protect the front of the photo with a sheet of ordinary paper.
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    Re: Elwood enlarger

    Tin Can -- To extend the life of a 500 Watt lamp in the Elwood for framing and focusing and even for exposing, place a 12 Volt auto lamp that normally consumes about 5 Watts of power in series with...
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    Re: Pinhole cameras

    Greg -- You may find this link useful: https://jimdoty.com/learn/lenses/usaf_test/usaf_test.html.
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    Re: Human sized camera

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    . . . Of course it will work, your aperture will be small so exposure will be long. With pinhole you have the blurr confusion circle around the hole size, suposing...
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    Re: Pinhole cameras

    An interesting phenomena occurs when a pinhole diameter is near the crossover size for minimum diffraction limited and geometry limited image blur. At that point, diffraction actually enhances...
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    Re: Pinhole cameras

    Designing pinhole cameras involves compromises. The Harman Titan is optimized for the sharpest practical 4x5 pinhole images. This means wide angle coverage which is not ideal for many subjects. 4x5...
  10. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    Dan is right. Checking between-the-lens shutter speeds is best done with an oscilloscope. This can also be used for checking sync timing and shutter bounce.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Certainly different, but even more distracting than the more familiar minimal border seen in sheet film images.
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    Re: 4x5 Starter Lens

    Huub gives fine advice. The Technika needs lenses with wide coverage to make the most use of the front movements. For most landscapes and portraits, one usually needs little or no movements, and...
  13. Thread: 4x5 or 8x10

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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    I agree that starting with 4x5 is best. Of course it depends on one's ultimate goal in image quality and characteristics, but 4x5 satisfies the needs of many of us at a much lower cost than 8x10....
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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Don't start with the ideal camera. Only you can know what is ideal for you, and that is learned through your own experience. My second view camera was a flatbed Burke & James, and I used it more than...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    zhyuch, I agree with Ulophot. A fine photo.
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    Re: March Portraits

    Jeffsweet -- Both are strong portraits. Sometimes it is better to break a few rules to make the best photo,
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    Re: Computer Technology

    Ah, those space age motherboards! From 1956 to 1959 I was one of a few repairmen on a one-of-a-kind computer, contemporary with Univac 1 & 2, that had no printed boards. Everything was hard-wired. We...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Notches to indicate binary numbers filed in the edge of the loading flap can be keyed to external labels. Like many old system it still works well today.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Natenaaron -- If they are like a few photographers I know, those gadgets on the cameras are flashes so they can brighten up the shadows on distant rock formations.
  20. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Steve, for display as art, consider flipping it horizontally.
  21. Re: Polaroid Instant - Retain B&W (Prevent Sepia)

    This is the 21st century. Any image that one wishes to preserve should be scanned for a back-up, and that back-up file preserved with evolving technology.
  22. Re: Controversy over Mural Photo in North Dakota

    "It was all about the art. It was not about the controversy." Great art has been achieved by many generations of wet plate photography. This image doesn't compare with them.
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    Most photographers can adapt to whatever 4x5 enlarger they use often. Most of my 4x5 B&W enlarging was done on old Elwood and DeJur enlargers. Appropriate newer enlargers are far better for color...
  24. Thread: 6x17 Images

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    Re: 6x17 Images

    It certainly is!
  25. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    This would be a fine picture even without the cat, but the cat gives it special meaning.
  26. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    Kodak Photo-Flo reduces surface tension in the final film wash so the water doesn't bead up and dry slow with the possibility of residue on the film due to contaminates in the water. I used it for...
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    Re: February portraits

    Lovely!
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    Re: Scanning a negative as a document

    Many years ago I improvised a light source to mount above a negative on a cheap document scanner, but could never could get decent scans. Perhaps it would have worked better if I had disabled the...
  29. Re: Check Your Ground Glass ~ Film Holders for Registration! Simple, Important and F

    . .. . and allow for the refractive index of the ground glass.
  30. Re: Kodak Eastman View 2D: Extension Rail fitting?

    The pins on my 2-D from 1943-1944 are brass .25 diameter and spaced 5.503 center to center. Probably the 5.5 center to center spacing is the intended standard, and any change to match the holes to...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    I certainly agree with Eric. Way Beyond Monochrome is one of the most inspirational and informative book I own in a large library.
  32. Re: Folmer & Schwing R.B. Cycle Graphic 6.5" x 8.5"

    The booklet, A Survey of Graflex, by Richard P. Paine (1981), lists the 6.5x8.5 Revolving Back Cycle Graphic as being made from 1907-1922. The 6.5x8.5 body only was $49 and with a Graphic RR, $62. No...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Even the early editions of various AA books are interesting. They are more like AA himself speaking than are the later editions.
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    Re: Nudes tiny format

    Norman -- It is refreshing to see a nude as good photography rather than a celebration of feminine beauty.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Wow!
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    If the aperture sequence is 4, 8, 15, 32, 64, 128, it is the old U. S system where 4=f/8, 8=f/11, 16=f/16, 32=f/22, etc. This system made more sense in the days before practical light meters where...
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    Re: Graflex Pacemaker Speed Flash Sync

    The 10th edition of Graphic Graflex Photography covers the top rangefinder Pacemaker series (Crown and Speed Graphic). You'll need the 11th edition for complete coverage of the later top rangefinder...
  38. Re: Seeking Large Format B&W Negative Repair Tips

    Before doing anything to the negative, make a quality scan so you at least have that as backup. I use Bill Burk's technique as mentioned in post #5. A very fine tipped water color brush or spotting...
  39. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Huge digital files scanned from large format negatives can duplicate view camera movements in Photoshop. The edited file can be archived in a long life digital print.
  40. Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    PhotoFlo is used in the final film wash to help the water stream off of the film while it is hanging to dry. I use a pre-wash of plain water before the film developer. Some others do not. The SP-445...
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