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    Re: I Wish They Would Make . . .

    Faced with similar difficulties my 'solution' for my 8x10 kit was a rolling tool box that is sturdy enough for me to sit on, and a 2nd tray-type box that attaches to the top of the 1st. The 1st has...
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    I bought one of these for trimming and pruning around the yard... surprisingly useful. Very portable. I have yet to bring it on one of my swamp tours.

    4 Inch Chainsaw Rechargeable
  3. Re: Film Developing Rant and CineStill DF96 Monobath - Am I Lazy?

    Currently sitting on about 100 sheets of undeveloped film, I can relate.
  4. Re: What is a A. J. Thompson & Co Petzval lens about?

    From: Looking for info on petzval lens


    So on the strength of these threads, I recently purchased 2 rather large (approx. 18" f6) A.T. Thomson & Co petzvals from the famous auction site. They...
  5. Re: What do I need to do to use a R.O.&C. Co Telephoto Cycle Poco D ?

    No. If you look at what happens when you insert a film holder, it goes between the glass and the camera, the glass is not in the path of the photograph. It is there only to help you compose and...
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    Re: Zone VI Type II power switch

    If the power switch is that red square thing in the top right. that should be a standard part available through many online electronics places, and the repair shouldn't be complicated. Best to...
  7. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    We have been conditioned over our entire lifetimes now by the gear manufacturers to always be looking for that magic bullet, that if we just fork over another $1-5K or whatever for this latest,...
  8. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    Well my passport photo certainly is. So was my latest MRI. I prefer thinking of photography as storytelling though. Sometimes that story involves reproducing a view of something with the greatest...
  9. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    I'm not trying to reproduce reality. I'm trying to show how I see the world. If all I wanted was the above, I would have given up LF years ago, because digital now has a clear advantage.
  10. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    Do you happen to have a twin brother?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXp1CQA8YDw&t=70s&ab_channel=RodneyNorman
  11. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    This man has found the secret of life.
  12. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    Step 1- Buy a dSLR or mirrorless state-of-the-art 40+ MP camera and lens for $6-12K
    Step 2- Buy a $24 ring light off Amazon
    Step 3- Using camera on full auto, take selfie using your remote control...
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    Re: Violence? First Road Trip to the USA

    LOL

    You literally will not find a kinder, more helpful bunch of people anywhere on the Internet, except for similarly-focused forums populated by similarly old men sharing a hobby. Your initial...
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    Re: Violence? First Road Trip to the USA

    Leaning towards 'troll'.
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    Re: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 135mm f4.5

    My first Xenar 135/4.7 was sharper than the 150 Symmar-S I replaced it with, and I very much regret selling it. I've had 2 or 3 since, but I never fully tested them, and I have a couple of clones,...
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    Re: Violence? First Road Trip to the USA

    USA is somewhat dangerous for trans people, especially if you don't act/look 'normal'. Several are murdered every year, I'm sure you know the stats. This is obviously not a uniquely American...
  17. Thread: Protar Lenses.

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    Re: Protar Lenses.

    I wonder if the hit-and-miss quality on the TRs is because nearly all suffered from balsam failure and if the lens is clear, it's most likely because someone has re-cemented it. Usually without the...
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    Re: Are there any fast Dialyte ~10" lenses

    I have just opened the lens to have a look, it is not a dialyt, it's a 6/4 plasmat (not sure how I missed that faint reflection). Coated. Completely unsuitable for your purpose, unfortunately. I...
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    Re: Are there any fast Dialyte ~10" lenses

    I edited my post above to add the following:

    Edit: I found the lens, 8 strong reflections, Fujinon-Xerox 260/5.6, no aperture, threading over entire barrel with 2 locking rings. Mine is in rather...
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    Re: Are there any fast Dialyte ~10" lenses

    I wonder if you should be looking at photocopier lenses, I seem to recall taking apart a fast Fuji that was a dialyt.

    Edit: I found the lens, 8 strong reflections, Fujinon-Xerox 260/5.6, no...
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    Re: Vintage Portrait lens for 4x5 view camera

    If you're looking for sharp images in the tradition of the great portraitists, I'm going to recommend the Commercial Ektar just for tradition's sake.
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    Re: looking for Dalmeyer RR

    There are very few antique brass lenses that cover this format, they are many thousands of dollars ($6-8-10K +) if you are lucky enough to find one, they are in museums and a few private collections....
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    Re: looking for Dalmeyer RR

    A lot of us are looking for that lens. Sounds like what you actually need is a Wollaston meniscus.
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    Re: Cambo 470 Wide not quite sharp

    The moon makes an excellent target that's close enough to infinity if you don't have a collimator. The helicoid is almost certainly adjustable, and it's very possible someone played with it or that...
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    Re: New Tax Laws eBay PayPal & more

    Doesn't make sense. The only way I could claim the loss of the $800 I originally paid for that CD player is if I am running a business, not if I'm selling my personal gear. If I'm selling personal...
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    Re: New Tax Laws eBay PayPal & more

    I can't comment about the IRS in USA, but I do know how CRA works here in Canada. Our banks all report deposits to the CRA monthly, to the nearest dollar. EBay reports total sales, I don't know if...
  27. Re: Does extending the center column accomplish the same thing as front rise?

    You can do this with any enlarger AFAIK by tilting the easel. You can also use whatever is at hand and curve the paper, for example to correct perspective with an ultra wide angle looking head on at...
  28. Thread: Hang it Dang it

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    Re: Hang it Dang it

    Why does this only work with the cameraenlarger mounted on a North wall?
  29. Re: Does extending the center column accomplish the same thing as front rise?

    Raising the camera does correct perspective in the same way that using rise can, but 1) it changes the angle of view (so you'll lose foreground in a landscape, for instance), and 2) to get the same...
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    Re: NEW 8X10 Camera Found on eBay

    I'm honestly tempted, just for the weight and size. If I can make an 1888 ROC Universal work, I'm pretty sure I could use this.
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    Re: Broken film package from Kodak?

    I guess the emulsion itself is present and intact, otherwise the film wouldn't come out black. So that rules out a manufacturing defect, it means the sheets were exposed to light at some point. ...
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    Re: Packard shutter hole sizing

    Simple trigonometry. You need the angle of view, distance from the rear element to the Packard shutter blades, and size of the opening of both lens and shutter.
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    Re: Packard shutter hole sizing

    The shutter will mechanically vignette the image if it is the same size as the rear element and it is placed behind the lens. Whether that will matter or not depends on the coverage of the lens and...
  34. Re: Best Developer For 4x5 Hard Rubber 1/2 Gallon Tanks

    When I was using the FR tank or similar, I would use extreme dilutions of HC-110 or similar, something like 1:100, and used stand development, sometimes semi-stand (1 agitation). It was the only way...
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    Re: Repair missing broken tenon

    I have a project camera somewhere in the pile that has exactly this problem, someone ripped off the front standard, ripping away the outer top part of both rails in the process, and just for good...
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    Re: Is Horseman Camera Misleading Us Re Movements?

    I happen to have a Horseman L Pro on hand and I can see how a product photographer would save time using the variable axis rear tilt to adjust perspective without refocusing all the time. I,...
  37. Re: 355mm G-Claron verses 14" GOERZ WA Process Blue Dot TRIGOR

    Life is short. If you want to try the Trigor, buy one. If you don't like it, sell it.
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    The weak points are the two ends of the extension cord, the connections often heat to the point of making the plastic malleable, and of course couches. Many a house fire has been started by a couch...
  39. Re: Opinion: Would a 90mm f8 or f6.8 lens be too dark for dawn and dusk landscape?

    Depends on your eyesight. I've had no issue focusing f16 lenses indoors in abandoned buildings, but I have exceptionally good night vision. Some people seem to need the f4.5 of some LF plasmats to...
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    Re: Portable electric room heater

    A common misconception that dates to the marketing campaign of the original cube ceramic heaters. Yes they were marginally more efficient than baseboard heaters, but that savings was 100% due to the...
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