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  1. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    FWIW - I have a Fujinon 400T in Copal shutter. It's big, sort of awkward, but fits smaller cameras that use Technika boards. I had low expectations but it's definitely sharper than I expected, sharp...
  2. Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    I am very sad to hear of his passing. It's the end of an era. Thank you to the OP for preserving his story and bringing it to our attention as well.
  3. Re: Epson V800-Kami or substitute for wet mounting

    Scanning 5x7 BW film, I've had good success at very low cost and minimal mess, using the Epson fluid mount accessory for the V850, mylar from a local art supply store, a 4" hard artist roller from...
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    Re: Radioactive Lens Treatment

    VERY helpful - thank you. I have one of those 300mm R Clarons as well as a suspect Ektar or two from that time frame.
  5. Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Thank you!
  6. Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your help and I look forward to communicating with Mr. Nagaoka.
  7. Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    44 years ago, my wedding present from my new wife was a 4x5 Nagaoka. I still have and use that camera and it's still in wonderful condition. Since then, I have moved mostly to 5x7 and I would like...
  8. Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    The Rittreck is the lineal ancestor of the modern Wista metal field cameras, but metaphorically built by whoever built the battleship Yamato.

    The basic camera is an all-metal 5x7 outfit with...
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    Re: weight of Rittreck View

    The Rittreck body is the same size whether the standard 5x7 back is attached or the 4x5 reducing back. Same size, same weight regardless of which back is currently attached. I have no experience...
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    Re: weight of Rittreck View

    I just used my postage scale and weighed both of my Rittreck 5x7 kits with the factory 5x7 back and then also with the factory 4x5 back substituted for the 5x7 back. In both configurations, both...
  11. Re: Can anyone help identify this 5x7 Japanese camera?

    I had a suspicion that the extra height in the film holder area suggested that it was originally a plate-size camera. As centering a standard 5x7 film holder works OK without light leaks, I'll...
  12. Re: Can anyone help identify this 5x7 Japanese camera?

    Yes, the lens board is pushed upward into the channel and then a spring pushes the lens board downward to lock it in place

    One thing that I thought out of the ordinary was that the area where...
  13. Can anyone help identify this 5x7 Japanese camera?

    Can anyone help identify this 5x7 camera? I bought it used about 35 years and recently did a full functional restoration but have no idea who made it or anything about it. For some reason, the name...
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    Re: Custom Bellows UK Ordering Status

    Yes, they're up and running very well again. I ordered a custom set for an unnamed 5x7 Japanese wood camera with some photos and measurements and the custom job fit perfectly upon receipt. They...
  15. Re: Are the higher shutter speeds on large format lenses always off?

    FWIW - I just reviewed the late 2019 speed test data that I have for the 30 lenses in shutter that I have in various 4x5, 5x7, and 11x14 kits. I did these tests so that I could put together a set of...
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    Re: Chroma 4x5 camera - review

    The 105/8 Fujinon SW is a very nice and sharp lens, in my experience, and I very much like mine, but it is a large lens using 77mm filters and may be a bit awkward on a light field camera. It does...
  17. Re: Toyo 5x7 deluxe monorail bellows and lens question

    BH Photo Video in New York often has Ilford 5x7 BW film in stock. That's been the most reliable on-demand supplier that I've found.
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    Re: Cheap press-on filter thread adapter

    Great idea for older lenses. Thank you! Not elegant, but workable and cost-effective. The only potential problem is that I've found it difficult on occasion to find snuggly fitting lens caps for...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    Hello, Bernice:

    FWIW, although I have mentioned that modern Fujinon lenses have proven to be reliably good for me and relatively more affordable used, I am not a Fujinon evangelist as I also use...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    Hi, Dan: Thanks for the information about the 1.5 stop vignetting - I forgot the formula. As I shoot only BW at this time on LF and then scan, post-process, and digitally print, I haven't been...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    I'm currently only doing black and white ( 4x5 TMax 100 and 5x7 Delta 100) on LF and then scanning for digital post-processing and printing.

    That hybrid process allows me a fair degree of...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    Hi, Alan

    I checked the chart and it would appear that the series you compared are mismatched. The chart correctly shows the f/8 Fujinon SW wide angle lenses as 100 degrees coverage and the 90mm...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    i have not found that an f/8 lens is significantly more difficult to view on the ground glass, but size and bulky may be of greater operational importance to some. On a smaller wooden camera ( I have...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    The Fujinon f/8 lenses are 100 degree angle of coverage - the angle of coverage is inherent in the design of a particular lens. For a given angle of coverage, the diameter of the image circle...
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    Re: explain like I'm 5......... 90mm lenses

    Lots of good suggestions in this thread. I'll through in my own qualitative comments, FWIW, based upon my actual testing of the following 90mm UWA lenses that I have for different sets of 4x5 and...
  26. Re: Easy fix that makes a 4x5 Gowland-Calumet Pocket View less fiddly and easier to

    I agree, if knobs were substituted for Allen hex head bolts, then the Gowland/Calumet is not fiddly. That's the point of this thread.

    Some of the Allen hex heads on my Gowland/Calumet were...
  27. Easy fix that makes a 4x5 Gowland-Calumet Pocket View less fiddly and easier to use

    While the 4x5 Gowland Pocket View ( also sold under the Calumet brand) is among the smallest and lightest 4x5 monorails of which I'm aware, my stock camera came new from Calumet with mostly...
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    Re: Sturdy 4x5?

    FWIW in terms of sturdy 4x5 field cameras at a rational price, the US-made Meridian B is comparable to the MPP and some Wista field cameras. It's a solid late 1940s press camera style body, entirely...
  29. Re: 150mm lens suggestion for landscapes on a Cambo 45NX

    IMHO, at the normal working apertures for large format cameras ( usually f/22 to f/32), most modern first-tier lenses in the 150mm range from Nikon, Fujinon, Rodenstock and Schneider will be...
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    Re: 12" Goerz Dagor?

    Echoing comments about constant iterations in everything but the name Dagor, my experience with Dagors has been all over the map.

    I had an old uncoated 120mm German-made Dagor that I sold, much...
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    A 300mm Dagor works fine as a wide-angle on my 11x14 by f/32, as does my 305 G-Claron, as another poster has noted. The Fujinon 250mm/6.7 original W is claimed to have an 80 degree coverage and that...
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    Re: Useful LED digital light table

    Both of mine have continued to work fine. At $24, it's not a major risk.

    The actual user review summary from Amazon shows 78% five stars, another 9% four stars (that totals 87% ) 6% one star,...
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    Useful LED digital light table

    Light tables are really useful for viewing processed negatives under a magnifier, but traditional light tables were expensive and bulky. I recently found some A4 size 9"x12" LED "tracing tables" at...
  34. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Hi, Arne:

    Now that you mention it, I do recall seeing this very helpful set of test results some time back. My error and my apologies - I probably should have recalled it. I don't want to think...
  35. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Hi, Drew: I concur with everything you note in the above post. It's a matter of the right tool for the job. My starting point is high sharpness and good acutance in a relatively flare-free lens,...
  36. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    The reason that I took my personal results and started this thread was because I have noticed over the years that there's not much in the way of even basic comparative LF lens data on the web since...
  37. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Sorry, perhaps I mis-phrased, apparently, in responding to what I thought was a question about testing for "field curvature". I used standard flat test targets and did not separately test for field...
  38. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    Tested at 1:20, approximating my normal working distance and with flat field target perpendicular to lens axis. I was basically sorting out which lenses would work best for my own use and working...
  39. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    I measured visually perceived acutance and resolution directly on Delta 100 5x7 negatives on a light table with a loupe. I used sufficient ISO 12233 targets (modified to include some additional...
  40. Re: Some tests rank-ordering a variety of classic and modern LF lenses

    There were only two Tessar types, the Nikkor Qs, which are older single-coated pre-M variants in a factory Copal 3 mount. They are certainly usable optics but that lower ranking surprised me as...
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