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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I vote for the 14” Commercial Ektar. They are spectacular for portraits and when used close to (or at) wide open, they isolate the subject from the background in spectacular fashion. The Ektar is...
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    Re: Exact Full Plate Image Dimensions?

    All references I have seen (people I know who are VERY familiar with the antique sizes) state that Whole Plate is 6.5" X 8.5", and so I expect you can be quite certain that is the exact size for a...
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    Re: February portraits

    Thank you very much Philip, I appreciate that. I do find portraiture difficult because (in part) juggling the technical issues AND the interaction aspect is very challenging for me. Some people seem...
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    Re: Still Life 2020

    Thank you very much!
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    Re: February portraits

    Thank you very much Peter!
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    Re: web page

    Beautiful work, well presented. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: February portraits

    A portrait I made this afternoon, using my B&J Watson with a new 10" Kodak Anastigmat f4.5 to test. (I suspect this is a reprography lens, since its just a barrel, sans shutter) This is a wet plate...
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    Re: Still Life 2020

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49539612212_fab7e44824_k.jpg

    From an 8x10 inch wet plate collodion glass negative. Made with a 12" Kodak Ektar lens at f6.3
    The exposure was 8 minutes.
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Don’t you mean “8.5” Kodak P&S lens”??
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    My take on it is this: if someone wants to “bump” an ad for something repeatedly and frequently to push the sale, then it gives me the chance to gather some data about that seller and their attitude...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Nothing wrong with that, now is there?!
    Coincidentally, today I received a 10” f4.5 Kodak Anastigmat barrel lens I paid $50 for. I had to take it apart to clean the glass surfaces, but it is pretty...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Thanks. I used some correction to make the vertical window frame lines vertical, yes. I've not used the Commercial Ektar, so I don't know how they compare. I suspect they aren't very different....
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49539612212_9d906118fb_b.jpg

    I don't use my 12" f4.5 Ektar lens enough!
    This is from an 8X10 inch wet plate collodion negative made with the Ektar lens on the...
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    Correct.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    Thank you Christopher, I’ve worked really hard at making clean collodion negatives, and I seem to be succeeding.
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    Thank you very much, Louis!
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    An 8x10 wet plate negative I did yesterday, using the Deardorff and the 12" Kodak Ektar f4.5 (not the Commercial Ektar). Exposure was 30 seconds at f6.8Collodion used was Quinn Jacobson's recipe for...
  18. Re: Intrepid 4x5 mk4 camera and wide angle lenses

    I use a Kodak Wide Field Ektar on my Intrepid 4x5 and it works nicely, but barely covers the format. No room for movements, but neither does it require a recessed board. It’s also remarkably tiny,...
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    Re: Rollei Ortho plus 25 - reciprocity

    Vangelis, I have searched and found no information whatsoever about reciprocity characteristics of this film. It seems most users have adopted reciprocity correction rates for slow Rollei films like...
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    The Intrepid bellows are 90% IR safe in my experience. I have a dark cloth that is woven aluminum on one side and wrapping the bellows with that eliminates the problem. those aluminum emergency...
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    Re: Post Some of Your First Photos

    My first camera was a Brownie Starflash as well! I printed this photo (circa 1967) of my brother and nephew in the family bathroom, with bath towels over the window to block out light. This is almost...
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49447724063_3aca53845a_h.jpg

    This image is from a wet plate collodion negative made this afternoon, on 4x5 glass, using Quinn's Negative Collodion and...
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    Josh, 6.5 X 8.5 is Whole Plate dimension. I don't know for a fact if the Seneca conforms to any standard for their plate holders, but if you find a Whole Plate holder branded Seneca, then its a good...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    I would definitely take him up on that offer if I were you!
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    Thanks for doing this exercise, Jim. Very informative to see the two lenses compared in this manner. If you didn't have the two to compare side by side, it'd be difficult to say one was superior to...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    Jimi, i do believe your last sentence is the truth. I’ve seen people make brilliant photographs with a magnifying glass as a lens, so imagination and willpower are the only limitations, really (and...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    Its not. Don't confuse my enthusiasm for Petzval lenses with some kind of insistence that they're the ONLY lenses for wet plate work. That wasn't the message I wanted to convey. But the combination...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    In my experience, working with a Petzval lens requires a rather different approach to constructing a photograph. The unique curved focal plane is its own animal and doesn't respond in quite the same...
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Thanks, Andrew!
    Yeah, my B&J Watson is in sad shape: corroded metal parts, the focus rail is loose and sloppy, and the bellows (which I expect are original) are as stiff as cardboard and full of...
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    Re: Incident Metering Question

    Ian, I would do what JP suggests, and then bracket in half stops as well. If you are working with 120 roll film, you can afford to bracket liberally - at least that's what I would do.
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    Extraordinary photos, Jim. They have presence like no other. If you were to shoot these same images with a Verito, would they look quite similar? How would they differ?
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    I don’t think you’re often going to find people shooting collodion at f64, with or without camera movements! The collodion isn’t just too slow for that unless you are working in blazing midday sun. ...
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Wet plate collodion negative (on glass), made with my sad old B&J Watson 5x7 and the Voigtlander Petzval. I used a home-made brass Waterhouse stop, which likely took the aperture from f3.2 to maybe...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    I hope my advice was useful. Glad you like that portrait, thanks very much. :-)

    Paul
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    Hi Anselmo.
    Thank you for that information. All I can tell you is that in early 2018 (in the USA) I bought quite a bit of stock of 8x10 Pancro 400 (which I really do like a lot) at $109 a box, so...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Regarding that last point, I would say that I have made wet plate collodion images using modern optics like a Schneider Symmar-S and found the contrast and sharpness renders as "too sharp" on...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    How much do you want to spend? IMO there is nothing quite as beautiful as a wet plate portrait made with a lens designed for the process - IE: a fairly long focal length Petzval, preferably f4 or...
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    The last time I bought a box of 8X10 Pancro 400 it was $124.95 USD and the new price on bigcartel you pointed to is $124.95 as well. How does this reflect the "significant price reductions"??
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Thank you very much, Peter. I appreciate it!
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49360062227_b47e0a35e2_b.jpg

    A new decade, a new silver bath!
    Today I got to make a few test plates with my new silver bath - the one I just retired was choked...
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