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    Re: Help Identifying Brass Lens

    Petzvals have two separate elements at the rear, while RRs have two elements cemented together. Any trace of cement failure around the rear edges means RR. Beyond that, you may have to disassemble...
  2. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    My first 8x10 (back in 1977?) was a 2D, and I still have it and use it! But over the decades, I've stumbled into a few more, and they all have their place. It's a great basic camera for people who...
  3. Re: Help needed with Wollensak f:4, 11.5 inch Verito

    Packard shutters are pretty common on eBay, but as many are pretty old, condition is a factor to consider. But they're also pretty easy to fix if you're handy at that sort of thing. Just make sure...
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    Re: Kenny Rogers RIP

    I saw a few days ago that Dolly Parton wants to be on the cover of Playboy for her 75th birthday. Too bad Kenny couldn't be around for one last photo shoot... :(
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    Re: I'm curious: HP5 Neg came out in color

    I'm curious too. Does the negative show color? I tend to suspect it's a scanning artifact...
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    Re: Another digital versus analog showdown

    I tried shooting wet plates in a medium format digital camera once. It made the sensor really sticky...
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    Re: Urgent need help to develop my film

    Step One: Go shoot a few negatives to practice on the first time...
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    Re: Century 8A?

    McMaster-Carr.
  9. Re: Ansel's Adams & Co Minex De Luxe Tropical Mahogany Camera

    This reinforces my theory that Ansel Adams was a time traveler. It seems rather obvious that he was using that old '47 Pontiac wagon as a Tardis...
  10. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    I'd use a small f/stop. Shooting straight down a long hallway, the top, bottom, and both sides of the frame will be nearer, while the center of the frame is farther, and there aren't any movements...
  11. Re: Ansel's Adams & Co Minex De Luxe Tropical Mahogany Camera

    Circa 1911, London. Pretty sure Ansel had his own English camera company in full production when he was 9.

    BTW, Edward Weston did make the Weston Meter. Different Edward Weston, though...
  12. Re: Explain like I'm 5.......... GG thicknesses

    Ah, that sounds like a different issue unique to that camera and a repairman who made a dumb mistake. Just don't adjust the screws that the frosted side of the gg rests on.
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    Re: 209mm f/4.5 Raptar Copy Lenses

    Whir-Click's catalog illustration shows a Tessar design in a normal order... :confused:
  14. Re: Explain like I'm 5.......... GG thicknesses

    Why is that, Bob? The focal plane remains in the same place, and the inner surface of the thinner gg rests on the same plane as the thicker gg... :confused:
  15. Re: Explain like I'm 5.......... GG thicknesses

    You're right, the thickness doesn't matter. What matters is that the ground plane is in the right place, so make sure your spare gg seats correctly. Also, if it's much thicker, be sure the clips...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Oh, there's no hope for you now... :rolleyes:
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    NOOO!!! Give up now, before it's too late! Or risk being plunged into the Lake of Eternal Collodion Doom!
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Yeah, at the risk of offending the "No Evaluations" Gods, I'd say it's a pretty fair deal. The shutter alone goes for $200+. But the value is in what it can do in capable hands. The challenge...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    I also have "an Acutar 14.75 inch lens in Ilex 5, multicoated". I made this 6x8-inch tintype with it yesterday. Which will have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what you do with yours.

    Which is...
  20. Re: Westen Photographic Historical Society annual Show and Sale

    Do you mean Bread, Bath & Beyond?
  21. Re: Westen Photographic Historical Society annual Show and Sale

    Playing with the collodion yesterday, getting ready for the show. With a 14.5-inch Ilex-Caltar coated Tessar lens. A bit contrasty, so will go with something older and uncoated at the show...
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    Re: 8x10 Portrait Lenses

    Pretty much what Dan just said. I have a 14-inch Commercial Ektar and a 14 1/2-inch Ilex Caltar. All things considered, I think the Ilex is 1/2-inch better...
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    Re: Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera

    Just a note that those who enjoy the life and work of Elsa Dorfman might also be interested in Editta Sherman.
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  24. Re: Optical diagrams of Pinkham and Smith lens?

    The Verito and Veritar weren't "of the Periscopic (two single meniscus elements) type." Both had a cemented achromatic doublet at the rear and a single meniscus up front.

    P&S went through several...
  25. Re: pros/cons of two different lenses at the same focal length?

    Technically, it would work, but the image at 360mm would be waaay out of focus. If you were at a very small aperture, that would bring it back into near-focus somewhat-if-you-aren't-too-fussy, and...
  26. Re: Westen Photographic Historical Society annual Show and Sale

    I'm at this show every year doing free tintype portraits, and KEH hasn't been a problem for us. Small dealers know that the private buyers attending the show will pay a lot more than KEH. Instead,...
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    Re: Confused by lens math

    That's the culprit. The Copal 3 has a smaller maximum aperture than the lens' original shutter, so your f/5 measurement is right. the good news is after using the Verito a while, most people seem...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    It should be pointed out that at Saint Ansel's suggestion, John Schaeffer updated the books to their latest incarnation, a two-volume set. It's been used as the text in a lot of college photo...
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    Such curves, indeed a lovely image! A little more torture, please! :)

    It would be nice to thing such images would survive us and not disappear into the ether when we depart and miss our...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Exquisite, Jim!
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    I've been slowly rebuilding the pixie thread, replacing the Photobucket links with Flickr links, but still have a few to go. It kinda took the wind out of my sails when Photobucket went from "free...
  32. Re: Tape for replacing film holder hinge flaps?

    Well, they're made of wood, for one thing. But I've never seen any film holders made from overalls...
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    And as always, lovely images, Jim! A true pleasure to see your work again!
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    Re: Post y'ur Pinkham & Smith Pics!

    The Verito came in around 1913, and stuck around through the late 30s at least, and continued as the Veritar through the late 50's. By comparison, P&S was a flash in the pan, going through a number...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    Not as a rule, but I've had mine do yoga poses before...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    Not synonymous with, but certainly appropriate for.
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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    But they don't shoot like Ansel no more...
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    Re: Tilt/shift etc when doing wet plates

    I use both large and small apertures, from f/3.5-ish to f/32-ish, and often use movements. As a rule, the more open the lens, the more important it is to have movements to push that shallow depth of...
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Then a 14 to 16 inch lens. As fast as you can afford. An f/4.5 Tessar would probably be the most cost efficient, although you might consider some of the projection lenses (Beseler, Buhl...)
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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    For what it's worth, "formal" in art-speak just means having to do with form.
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