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    Re: Velostigmat Series II; Info and Images

    Thank you, gentlemen! :)
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    In other large Petzval eBay action, a Ross No. 5, went for $6,300. (eBay item number:184748608832)

    Back in the soft focus realm, a Cooke PS 945 went for $5,202, (+$125 s&h). A rare phenomenon,...
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    Re: Velostigmat Series II; Info and Images

    Bump, because I finally got around to replacing all the old Photobucket links that they smeared their giant logo all over. Now uploaded and hosted by Flickr. Wonder how long they'll last...

    I...
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    Re: Portrait Lens 8x10, soft focus

    Considering what you already have, I'd say the Eidoscope or Verito. The Verito is the best buy at going rates, because it was so popular there are a lot of them still around. And there's a very...
  5. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Just a note that on the early ('40s-'50s) single-coated lenses, the coatings were somewhat soft. It's best to clean them only when needed, and special care should be taken when cleaning them.
  6. Re: Large and rather interesting Schneider Optik lens in large shroud or barrel???

    From the aperture mechanism, I'd guess it was taken from an old photocopy machine.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    A lovely portrait! I want to say Imagon...
  8. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Thank you, Bernice! It seems in theory the Xenar and the Ektar, both being single-coated f/4.5 Tessars, should behave the same. But theory and practice are two different things, as some retired...
  9. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Just nit-picking here, but the f/4.5 is a plain old Ektar. The f/6.3 is the Commercial Ektar. Personally, I'd rather have the f/4.5...
  10. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Bernice, do you find any discernable difference between the f/4.5 Ektar and the f/4.5 Xenar?
  11. Re: Suggest a 12" (300mm) lens for portrait work on 8x10?

    Just as a passing mention, the Tessars will mostly have the same look, with the variations being coatings and maximum aperture. So the Zeiss Tessars, Velostigmats, Raptars, Commercial Ektars,...
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    Re: RIP Will Dunniway

    Sad, sad news.
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    Re: Swapping Lens cells

    The focal length of the individual front cells may be different, meaning their individual magnifications also would be different, so yes, they have something to do with each other.
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    Re: Swapping Lens cells

    Forgive my lack of clarity, Dan. I wasn't suggesting making a hybrid lens. I was suggesting comparing the two different front cells' focal lengths, to see if they had the same magnifying power. If...
  15. Re: After all, why not? Why shouldn't I fall into THIS hole?

    Large format is (I think) the most honest form of photography. The camera is just a dark enclosed space, no microprocessors, no auto-exposure, no screen to chimp after each shot "just to be sure". ...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Vitaxes have doubled or more, though I don't think it's for their soft focus feature. Veritos were never that expensive, as there are so many of them, and they're just stellar for soft focus work. ...
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    Re: Swapping Lens cells

    If you're really worried, you can compare whether the two front cells have the same focal length, as a change in magnification would change the entrance pupil size and shift the aperture scale...
  18. Re: Anyone see the work of young photographer Bryan Schutmaat? Camera/Lens used?

    I think the highlights themselves are elongated, and out-of-focus enough that they become an unidentifiable oval blob.
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    Re: Kalosat lens, DIY

    Anyone have thoughts on whether a simple fused silica meniscus lens would suffer from chromatic aberration and (in blue sensitive processes) problems with focus shift between visible light and...
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    Re: "vintage" safe light

    Pretty cool, but I'd keep it away from any collodion processes...
  21. On the quality of 19th century lenses.

    Those of us who appreciate still use 19th century lenses, even in the 21st century, often marvel at the quality achieved by the old craftsmen. Considering the technological knowledge and expertise...
  22. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    And an 8x10 is the best camera compromise if you're walking a long ways?
  23. Re: Kodak Master View 8x10 / 5x7 film plane and GG question

    True. Does this forum have a corner I can go stand in? :( :( :(

    Although the springs would put more pressure on the film holder than on the back, I doubt that it would make a difference.
  24. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Another vote for the Ries. Quite a list of satisfied users: Ansel Adams, Edward, Brett, and Cole Weston, Paul Strand, Paul Caponigro, Michael Smith, Paula Chamlee, Tillman Crane...
  25. Re: Kodak Master View 8x10 / 5x7 film plane and GG question

    I have 5x7 and 8x10 backs for my KMV. Both are spot-on. As the backs are cast metal, I'd expect them to be very consistent.

    There's a velvet liner that the film holder seats against, and it's...
  26. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    When hiking in the woods, always carry a laser pointer to distract the cougars...
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    Re: Cougars

    I think we can all agree, the most important thing is to take out your cell phone and make a youtube video with breathless narration...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Excellently done, FrancisR!
  29. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Maybe she just wanted her tummy rubbed...
  30. Re: It starts with a late night impulse buy

    OH NOOO!!! That's how it starts. You're in trouble now...

    Welcome!
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    Re: 8x10 macro lens

    At small f/stops and long bellows extensions, you won't need a shutter. As Dan said, process or enlarging lenses are good economical choices.
  32. Re: What kind of lens bends an image without distortion?

    Also LSD or certain mushrooms. But they aren't lenses either. I think...
  33. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    For one thing, it wasn't specifically designed for 4x5. Exploration is its own reward.
  34. Re: Elmar 135mm: Will it cover 4x5? LSM to Copal adapter?

    If you don't have the money, a step-up ring should work. Both the Elmar and the Copal have pretty common thread sizes.

    Even if it doesn't cover, it may be fun to work "in the round" once in a...
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    It's not just what we look like in a photograph vs. in real life. It's how we look at people in real life vs. how we look at people in photographs.

    When I'm talking to someone, I look at them,...
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    Re: Soft Focus Lenses and Filters Usage

    For the emergence of softer imagery as an aesthetic in the photographic arts, read Peter Henry Emerson's 1889 Naturalistic Photography for Students of the Art.

    Commercially, soft focus became a...
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    Lovely! Window light?
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    Re: Something I couldn't explain

    The larger lens loses its exposure advantage when stopped down. F/8 through a Petzval = f/8 through a Rapid Rectilinear. Same exposure times for any given situation.
  39. Re: Is a macro lens as versatile as a digital macro

    First, be aware that a 240mm macro will take 480mm of bellows to focus at 1:1. People tend to use shorter lenses, say, 90-150mm for 4x5.

    If you're working at 1:1, process lenses and enlarger...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    My compliments as well! A lovely portrait, hope to see more...
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