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    Re: Best cheap large format negative scanner

    My answer to your question is also my tip: Vuescan.

    Rick “who hasn’t had that scanner in operation in forever” Denney
  2. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    Why? Ansel Adams used the same method with a metronome. The person you responded to said “if no timer” and not everyone expects or needs results consistent with a high level of precision (noting the...
  3. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    The spot meter supports approaches like the Zone System, where you intentionally place the brightness of specific details of the scene into target tones on your print. There is a lot of craft that...
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    Re: post your trees!

    We were scheduled to spend a week with friends on that lake this year, pre-pandemic. Maybe next year.

    Rick “don’t want to run out of next years” Denney
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    About the time the clothes come off (removing the dark slide), stopping is...very difficult.

    But before that point, the desire switch is a fickle thing.

    Too perfect to attempt to preserve only...
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    Re: So long. Been less than great.

    It was me who asked him for prices. That’s been a requirement of the FS forum as long as I’ve been here, as best I can remember, anyway.
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    Re: Post your churches

    Please remember the threads in this forum are for large-format photos. I just moved a post with roll-film photos to a new thread by the same name in the “everything else” images forum.

    Rick...
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    I started this thread for those who have roll-film images of churches they want to show, that can’t be shown in the similarLF thread.

    Rick “who might have a few entries here” Denney
  9. Re: Tripod recommendation for 4X5 studio camera

    Ditto the Bogen/Manfrotto 3036 or 3051 legs. I used a 3047 head with a Cambo SC for years and never had an issue with it. These are cheap on the used market, and still maintainable.

    The 3046 legs...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    I’m more ignorant than you, having not done it even once. But I’m thinking any processes that involve photographer-applied emulsions applied right before exposure.

    But we will let that sort...
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    Sticky: New Forum--populate it!

    Rick “Yes, of course” Denney
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Moving this thread to the new Wet Plate sub-forum.

    Rick "carry on" Denney
  13. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    A film-based 35mm camera differs from a DSLR in two ways: It has far fewer features (yes, even an F2), and it uses film. It basically does the same thing as a DSLR, but with film. Granted, it's an...
  14. Thread: I tried

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    Re: I tried

    T'ain't nothin' wrong with asking for a new forum, or trying to figure out where a thread ought to go. But that was a different discussion than the topic in question, and we were trying to keep it...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Okay, guys--we've just created a new sub-forum for wet-plate photography. I will move this thread there, and reopen it. Have at it.

    I would suggest a discussion on what guidance-type threads could...
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    Sticky: New Forum--populate it!

    Based on feedback, we've added a new forum to support large-format wet-plate photography.

    Any wet-plate-related topic is welcome, but remember this is still a large-format forum, so please keep...
  17. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Okay, folks, don’t make it personal. We are all friends here, or we can at least act like we are.

    Rick “and let’s try to minimize going in circles” Denney
  18. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Vuescan had always done an okay job of inverting color negative scans for me. I use it for the Epson and for the Nikon.

    I do have scanner calibration targets and have attempted to build a scanner...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    If I’m just seeing what people are up to, I use “New Posts”. If I’m researching a problem or digging into a specific interest, I might go directly to a sub forum. Our structure supports both...
  20. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Once a scan can reproduce the grain of the film, down to its shape, there’s not much more to be mined. The more it can do this, the less, say, color depth matters.

    An Epson cannot do that....
  21. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Crap. I meant drum scanner.

    Rick “fingers not connected to brain” Denney
  22. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Okay, folks. Let's not make the lifeguard blow the whistle and require everyone to exit the pool.

    Now that I've done my moderator thing, let me return to my photographer thing.

    I have an Epson...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Okay, I think I agree to not restricting it to image-capture.

    Here's the risk of broadening it to all alt-processes: This is a large-format photography forum, not generally a chemical process...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Okay, this thread is branching--let's see if we can focus it. A few people are saying there is interest in a forum devoted to (my reading) DIY emulsions including wet-plate collodion.

    1. Are there...
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    Re: 65mm lens comparison

    I wonder if for most applications the differences between well-executed photos made using the various 8-element (f/4 or f/5.6) 65mm wides would be particularly noticeable. I have a 65mm f/5.6 Super...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    When you said "sharp soft", I immediately thought of the Softar. The Softar (the real one made by Zeiss) has bumps on a flat filter glass. The image formed through the flat parts is sharp, but the...
  27. Re: Ilex Paragon Anastigmat Series S 12 inch FL

    Isn't the f/6.3 a copy of the Kodak Commercial Ektar? [digs through old posts.] Yes--Calumet teamed up with Burke and James to hire Ilex to design a replacement for the recently discontinued...
  28. Re: Suggest Me Some Monitors For Photo Editing

    My BenQ is not super-uniform, but I have an idea of how to compensate for its variations. But the color is reasonable and it calibrates nicely, giving me enough similarity between screen and print to...
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    Re: Tray print washer question

    I have an Oriental vertical print washer from the old days, but it only goes to 11x14. For 16x20, I used the Ilford method. I didn't make prints that large all that often.

    I even have an old Arkay...
  30. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    Rick "Discernment is always useful :) " Denney
  31. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    And some of those answers are even correct.

    Rick ":cool:" Denney
  32. Re: Thinking about getting a Crown Graphic as a secondary 4x5 for hand-held shots

    A few years ago I needed a project and built a Top Rangefinder Speed Graphic with an additional Kalart side rangefinder that I salvaged from something else. It was a bit of a challenge, but it...
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    How do you set up your tripod?

    It’s not hard to find Bogen 3036/Manfrotto 075 legs for $100 or less on the used market. I think I only bought one of mine new, maybe in the late 80’s. (I bought the 3040/028 legs in 1975, maybe.)...
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    How do you set up your tripod?

    Promised pics.


    My Sinar P Expert Kit. Bought complete for $300 (no lenses):
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200506/5a306cf2025dd6026b4569a645bf473a.jpg

    3036 with Sinar head and tripod...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    I'll snap an iPhone picture at some point in the next couple of days and post it here.

    The Sinar adapter is fairly tall, actually. With the Sinar Tilt Head, it stands as tall as the big...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    Remember that convergence happens when the back is not vertical. You can leave the back zeroed and use front rise, or you can tilt the rail back and then tilt the back to vertical--as long as the...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    I do the same things when using my Pentax 67. A large hand pressing the camera down into the tripod eliminates the shake caused by the opening first shutter (I already use mirror pre-release).
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    My Bogen tripods have adjustable-length bracing struts from the legs to the bottom of the center post. That lets me adjust the column to be vertical (i.e., the platform is level) very quickly. For my...
  39. Re: Idea pitch: Electrochromic glass shutter, would it be possible?

    On the other hand, a lot of the vintage barrel lenses to which such a technology might be applied are also pretty poor in terms of resolution, and people use them for their other qualities.

    That...
  40. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    Thank you for bringing it up, Merg. I still feel like a relative newbie, having joined here a mere 11 years ago. Using large-format cameras is a rare treat for me these days, but I find that it...
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