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    Time To Consider Fuji or Nikon

    Currently the Yen is 133 to the dollar. A few years back, it hit about 145. If the trend continues, and you have a lot of gear to purchase, it might justify a trip to japan! BTW, does anyone...
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    How To Make/Buy Pure Grey Paint?

    Thats OK Ellis, even you are allowed a mistake once in awhile :-). It sounds like Erik is on the right path... someone seems to have pre made such a paint. It takes the guess work out. I would...
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    How To Make/Buy Pure Grey Paint?

    John, I am using it for grey point calibration for scanning. I want a reference point of something in my image that has equal RGB values. I tried the "match a chip method"....but I am unsure if...
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    How To Make/Buy Pure Grey Paint?

    Erik, I was very intereted in that paint, but could not find that article on the link you provided?
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    How To Make/Buy Pure Grey Paint?

    Does anyone know a method, or where I can buy pure grey paint? Preferably aroun d 12-25% in reflectivity? When I mean pure grey, I am referring to equal amount s of RG&B vlues. Is such a product...
  6. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    Tuan wrote... I just don't see the weight of the batteries beating that of film. Batteries don't seem to follow Moore's law.

    This is very true, and its something I have overlooked in my ...
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    prints from trannies in los vegas

    Best darkroom prints in Vegas is Allens on Industrial Rd.
  8. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    james, those backs I discussed above were 6x6 backs... they were matching 30x40" prints from 4x5...that was the mystery phenomenoa of digital files from digital cameras vs. digital files from...
  9. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    Jorge, very sorry for the name typo.....
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    Web Site Revamp

    Your website was great before, now even better! Great work!
  11. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    Jose... How about carrying lap top, batteries, batteries for scanning back, cables to connect both? Does that sound any better? No, not really, hence why I mentioned the fact these current ...
  12. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    Howard, but keep in mind, although he does an excellent job of cherry picking the shots to suit his long shutter speeds... you won't see many traditional shots, such as waterfalls, etc. Well, at...
  13. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    Peter, once digital exceeds film in every way, image resolution, color fidelity, exposure times, size and bulk.... then I think it boils down to economics. For landscape shooters that use a one...
  14. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    I agree with Glen. Although these scanning backs can record with equal detail as film, the subject matter is very limited as exposure times are in the 30 minute range... Most of us landscape...
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    Film Sale and Processing in Las Vegas

    Nevada Merchandising has the biggest selection...they are located next door to Alans Photo lab who processes E6. Directly behind the Mirage on Industrial Blvd. Also there is Caseys camera on...
  16. Depth of Focus ... related to focal length or not?

    Huw, thanks for being man enough to step up. That's kind of rare on many of these lists, it usually just creates more flames. I certainly can relate to the "state of mind" you were in when you ...
  17. Depth of Focus ... related to focal length or not?

    Huw, thank you for the insult. Sorry your answer did not register with me before I made the post. I understand what you are saying and it makes perfect sense, I was mistaken, but don't feel I...
  18. Depth of Focus ... related to focal length or not?

    Bob, Noshir asked a very good question above. You did not answer his question, but have been around long enough to maybe know the answer. Can you elaborate on this?

    Almost everyone can see...
  19. Depth of Focus ... related to focal length or not?

    Just making it perfectly clear since people have commented incorrectly after Bob's correct response. There is two issues here, Depth of Field and Depth of Focus. Depth of Field is what everyone ...
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    Dry mounting

    There was a very intersting article about 2 years ago in framing Magazine. It was all about longevity of framed prints. What I found interesting was that these "acid free" backboards and mats...
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    panorama on 8x10

    Nick, I use the Super symar 150 XL quite often on the 8x10. Plenty of coverage. I use it for full frame, as well as with a half dark slide (4x10) and the images are amazing...that lens is a gem...
  22. Computer Attributes for Digital/Photoshop Manipulation

    Neil... I work with big files and can offer some insight...

    First you have to deal with Mac vs. PC... I don't want to start a war here, so my comments will be breif...both will work fine, there...
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    5x7 instead of 8x10?

    Stephen, I too have considered consoladating my 4x5 and 810 systems into one. What really got me interested in this arrangement was Keith Canhams 5x7 metal MQ. The beauty in my eyes, you can...
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    Long lenses for 8x10?

    I use the Fuji 600 C, Nikor 800T and 1200T. I agree with the comments above...except, when there is no wind, the Nikors have produced some exceptionaly sharp images for me. But many times I ...
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    Correct Exposure

    Daniel, well said....but the disturbing part is the fact most people think their spot meters are calibrated to 18% grey, not 13%. 1/2 a stop is a lot to be off. It seems more logical in todays...
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    Correct Exposure

    Keep in mind, if its a Sekonic spot meter, (and possibly others) they are calibrated to 13% grey, not 18%. That means you have to reduce the amount of light by 1/2 stop to accomodate for this...
  27. Exposure latitude color neg. vs. color chrome film.

    Steve, thank you, you are still the color negative guru!

    > I can rely on some detail in Zone II and Zone IX on the color negative film I am using now.

    OK, so with this film, you estimate 7...
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    Calibrating 6 x 7 On 4 x 5

    I would take the bellows off the camera, attach the RFB, make a template that fits the 4x5 opening, and cut out the 6x7 opening. Mark top, botom left, right ,etc... Assuming the 4x5 film...
  29. Exposure latitude color neg. vs. color chrome film.

    Chris, the pdf file was too blurry to read? Anyway, I tried to devise a test once to accomplish this... I set up white towels, grey towels and black towels. I used towels so I could evaluate how...
  30. Exposure latitude color neg. vs. color chrome film.

    Has anyone ever performed testing to objectively demonstrate how much more expos ure latitude negative film has vs. chrome film? If you read published data, it suggests on average 1-2 stops more. ...
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    Electronic Shutters

    Good point Pete! I never considered checking the shutter speeds at every apt. My results above were achieved using a working apt., like f22.
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    Electronic Shutters

    I have to agree with Rob... new copal shutters are amazingly accurate. I have tested my 10 LF lenses all with copal shutters, not only were they all within +/-2% of the stated shutter speed, they ...
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    Bellows Extension calculation

    Don, you are totally right. I should have noted this simplified method is "almost exact" but not truly exact as you point out. In the end, you are usually dealing with a difference of .1 stops, ...
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    Bellows Extension calculation

    Johnathan... a couple of tips. Put a lens on, focus to infinity. Measure the distance between the two lens standards. (I measure from outside of each standard, just be consistent) This is your...
  35. Toyo 45AII (folder) or Ebony RSW45 (non-folding)

    Both cameras would serve you well. However, if you set up and break down a lot...the Ebony will make your life so much easier... the clam shell design is very protective, but you pay the price in...
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    Help w/ internegative vs. Cibachrome

    Chris, some great advise above. But one extra thing I want to add to this since you claim this is your first shot at color LF work. A 4x5 or 8x10 chrome on a light box provides an image quality...
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    Anyone Also Using 6x7?

    The Pentax is truly a good camera system, great selection of lenses...and if you use filters a lot, the SLR feature is a plus. Negative is its size and bulk. If you want a "point and shoot" 6x7 ...
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    Dark cloth questions

    Not sure if its worth all that trouble, you can buy one from Darkroom Innovations in AZ, made specily to fit your camera for about $55? Not sure if you knew this, or wanted a homemade one.
  39. Pre-exposure of film using flashing card

    Kevin has the right idea. Get two pieces of 5x5" diffuser material, the same stuff they put on top of light boxes. make a 1/4" gap between them with some fine balsa wood around the edges. The...
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    Glicee & other digital printers

    Johnathan, your right, you can get some really blank stares from service bureuas when you press them for this information. The tend to know less than actual digital printers who do nothing but...
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