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  1. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Hi,
    Of course this was just my personal opinion and taste. I don’t mean to be the police of what others are doing with their cameras, what an exhausting job that would be!!

    I just think in all...
  2. Re: Best 75mm / 90mm lens?......totally kidding, but not really...read on pls

    Someone smart will probably expand or explain this better, but there is a difference between retrofocus wide angles for SLRs and wide angles for view cameras.

    On a 4x5 view camera, a 75mm lens...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    And and off the top of my head so do the Chamonix F cameras, Ebony U cameras, and the Sinar P...
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    Re: DSLR Film Scanning

    Your lens would be fine, it’s just that you’d get a bigger file if you could get closer and stitch several shots.

    Unless your dslr has very low resolution, 1:1 is overkill for 4x5.
    When...
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    Re: Cannot Over Expose?

    I find that Tyler Shields challenges some of my notions of Art, success, aesthetics...

    On the one hand, his pictures often appeal to me. Beautiful people, cleanly lit, what’s not to like?

    On...
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    Re: Presence in 8x10 photography

    I have a few of Andrew Moore’s books.
    Of course the reproduction in even a fancy coffee table book could never hood a candle to an exhibition print...

    My 2c is that Moore’s look is a...
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    Re: F Stops For Portraits Questions

    I have resolved to artificially light my 4x5 portraits. I’d rather be free to use a “slow” lens of the right focal length than limit myself to a short lens because it’s faster.
    When the setup time...
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    Re: F Stops For Portraits Questions

    150 is not my favourite lens for portraits, for the reasons listed by BS above, but I do use that lens on kids.
    I have found that kids -and overweight adults- are less affected by the exaggeration...
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    Re: F Stops For Portraits Questions

    Assuming you mean 4x5, the math isn’t too far off.

    My easy and oversimplified rule of thumb is this :
    4x5 is 2x the focal length and aperture compared to 6x7
    6x7 is 2x the focal length and...
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    Re: Smaller Fomat Nudes

    Brilliant!!
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    Re: December 2020 Portraits

    He got fidgety while I was setting up the camera, adjusting my lights etc... it’s brilliant though because I would’ve never come up with it myself... I’d have ended up with another portrait where...
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    December 2020 Portraits

    Couldn’t find a monthly portait thread (to my surprise!).
    Apologies if I missed it.

    Here’s a seasonal one to start off the 2020 Christmas portraits.
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    Nikkor W 150mm @ f/8 - HP5 rated...
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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    Has anyone suggested the TOHO (not Toyo!!) 4x5 monorails?
  14. Re: Linhof MT vs. Technikardan 45s for urban landscapes and architecture

    There is a major difference : the Linhof doesn’t have frame lines.
    While you can use the viewfinder on a M6 for both focusing and framing, on a MT it would take an extra viewfinder with adequate...
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    Thank you for the precision Bob but again, I am not into the soft focus look, and OP stated that they “wasn’t sold on it” either, so perfectly imitating the effect of a SF lens -and wether or not it...
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    I’ve never done it, nor do I know anyone who has, but my understanding is that only the lens is needed to make a cam. Basically what a technician wants is to know the exact flange distance of your...
  17. Re: 135mm f5.6 - Symmar-S MC or Apo-Sironar S for portraits?

    Im late to the party but I would advise to get the apo Sironar-S ;)
    The price is good, and you’d be at ease knowing you own the best lens.
    Let’s face it, now you doubted your Symmar once, the seed...
  18. Re: Minor issue with Chamonix 45F2 bellows/front standard

    Went to check my 45N2
    The same happens when compressing the bellows, the two standards don’t align perfectly:
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    But once the camera is set up, the two standards are quite parallel: ...
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    Re: DOF, Lighting, Compositn or all three?

    The painters of yesteryear rarely (if ever) painted the backgrounds with the same amount of detail as they did the main subjects.
    In early recordings, the soloist was made to stand closer to the...
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    Re: To buy or not to buy

    Hi, I assume you mean “does the method work when there’s no real black, grey or white point in the image?”
    I’m not a landscape guy, and I rarely photograph in very difficult light. ��
    My personal...
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    Re: To buy or not to buy an Epson 850

    Of those 3 formats, 4x5 is the easiest to “scan” with a dslr.
    Sheet film is usually much flatter than roll film, and being the biggest format, the reproduction factor isn’t so big, and the depth of...
  22. Alec Soth & Dave King (The Bad Plus) online.

    I came across this cool stocking stuffer idea :

    https://thegreatnorthernfestival.veeps.com/stream/events/17a86e5761d6

    LF photographer Alec Soth and jazz composer/drummer Dave King are having a...
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    Re: To buy or not to buy

    I own a V850 with silverfast ai.
    It’s been packed away for about 6 weeks now in prevision of a move.
    In the meanwhile I digitise (6x6 and 4x5) with a digital camera and a light table.
    I do not...
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    Re: LF Portraits of Fast Food Workers

    He is quoted in the article saying it takes him 45min to set up a shot.
    I would assume he uses flash, otherwise his setup wouldn’t take so long?
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    I’m not normally an architecture photographer, but I’ve been looking for something that I could print very big over my new desk.

    Today I got lucky and sneaked into a 19 storeys apartment block at...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    Don’t beat yourself up for not doing enough. This year is traumatic, and even just keep on keeping on without losing too much of your sanity is an achievement in itself.

    I read somewhere that the...
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    Re: Economical Continuous Lighting

    LED is good, but to work with high f/stops and slow film there is no substitute for flash.
    LED are usually intended for video, where shutter speeds are usually in the 1/25-1/60s range.

    To...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Love the attitude of your model Sean!

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    Iman, shot with a Hassy, Sonnar 180mm lens on Delta 400 film.
    Souped in Fx39ii.
  29. Re: Yuletide Gift: When asked... do you list anything photography related?

    A nice Milwaukee pocket level,
    A leatherman or similar multi-tool,
    A nice pouch to keep exposed rolls (if one shoots roll film),
    A leather camera strap,
    A Stormy Kromer cap,
    One of those new...
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    Re: Chamonix vs. Xxxxx?

    I’m quite happy with my Chamonix N2 which has a bit more basic movements than the F2. It’s also cheaper and more common used.
    I replaced the ground glass for a plain one off ebay. Kept the fresnel...
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    Re: Director's viewfinder APP

    I use an app called FOCAL
    https://apps.apple.com/no/app/focal-viewfinder/id963973362
    I assume they have an android version.

    You can customise sensor/film size of the camera you’re emulating. ...
  32. Re: Centre filters for UWA lens - rear element instead of front

    Thank you for the correction. English isn’t my first language. ^.^
  33. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    Thanks for the replies.

    I really wanted to hear that this design is a great idea, because turning that back focus screw on my Chamonix is a pita when setting up for a portrait on 4x5.

    But...
  34. Re: Centre filters for UWA lens - rear element instead of front

    A camera that has no ground glass, prism, rangefinder or any other focusing system besides a distance scale on the lens.
    You estimate (or mesure with tape or laser) the subject distance and set...
  35. Re: Centre filters for UWA lens - rear element instead of front

    Main problem I can think of is darkened image to compose and focus. But if you’re using a zone focusing camera then why not.
  36. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    Just to be clear, the camera I’ve seen does fold :
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    You push the rear standard all the way against the front standard, and then the rail/bed folds up.
    That’s the part of the design that...
  37. Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    Looking for a new 8x10 camera I stumbled upon this :
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    https://www.stenopeika.com/prodotto/stenopeika-tailboard-camera-configuration/

    I’m interested/intrigued by the design ; easier to...
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    Re: Scanned Negative Shows Zone V

    Sounds to me like your scanner is doing an auto exposure?
  39. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    This is interesting because to me this is what is so interesting about Avedon.
    He photographed people like we collect insects. Separated from context, all brought into an identical (thus...
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    Re: Ground glass questions

    I ordered a GG from France on eBay :
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4x5-Ground-Glass-10-2x12-7cm-HANDMADE-custom-sizes-and-thickness-available-/254191295742?pageci=1c079047-3edc-4ffe-82ee-1675b5a09566
    ...
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