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  1. Re: Trying to decide on a 90mm Lens for 4x5

    For me, a Nikkor f/8 90mm is the right compromise between lightweight and coverage. If I need really light, I'll grab my 100mm WF Ektar.

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    Re: Multiple Test Zones on one Sheet

    I guess I'll jump in here with my method, which entails using a filmholder with a darkslide marked in fifths (i.e., so one can make five exposures on one sheet of film by inserting the darkslide...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Actually, the sheets in a box, and later in the filmholder, are in a state of quantum flux, neither portrait or landscape until the conscious mind of the photographer decides how to insert the...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Just for clarification: The British like to designate their cameras' aspect ratios with the long side first, e.g., 5x4 or 10x8. We North Americans and most of the rest of Europe like the small side...
  5. Re: Where is the image formed on the ground glass? (With and without fresnel) | image

    Try searching here and over on There's a lot of information to be gleaned, including ISO specifications for filmholders, etc., etc.

    As Pere points out, the image is formed on the...
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    Re: 8x10 Macro Photography lens Question

    Many "standard" lenses are just fine for macro photography at lower magnification ratios, say up to 1:1. Sure a macro lens will deliver superior results, but if you're contact printing 8x10, these...
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    Re: Water Spots Observation

    Seems to me that you finally got the right dilution of wetting agent to prevent water spots. There's absolutely nothing about distilled water per se that would cause more spots in comparison to tap...
  8. Re: Mounting #5 Shutter in linhof type board

    Wouldn't a simple spacer work? Something to keep the body of the shutter away from the lensboard by enough to be able to mount the board on the camera/adapter? Of course, the shutter-barrel threads...
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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Two thoughts.

    If you use your film up within a year or two, you only need to refrigerate, so a small refrigerator with no freezer compartment will do.

    If you need long term storage, maybe just...
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    Re: Mushrooms

    Your 150mm lens will work fine for close-ups. How close you can get will depend on your bellows, but even the most compact cameras usually have 300mm of bellows extension, which will get you 1:1,...
  11. Re: How to Develop Characteristic Curves in Large Format...Cheaply


    I got the impression that the OP was really interested in establishing E.I. and development times. If, indeed, the OP is interested in sensitometry and plotting curves, then a densitometer...
  12. Re: How to Develop Characteristic Curves in Large Format...Cheaply

    I'll suggest an alternative approach.

    Forget the densitometer. Sure, it's great to quantify your data, but given the variables in the whole system with real-world subjects compared to test...
  13. Re: Wista 45SP -- Focus Screen withOUT grid lines?

    Bob's your uncle and has the definitive answer here. The Wista OEM screens are among the best and brightest around.

    I just want to add that if you end up wanting to unload your gridded screen,...
  14. Re: First Post! - How Do I Measure My Bellows Extension To Calculate Bellows Exposure

    Pere has your answer, but allow me to simplify a bit.

    To get total bellows extension for standard lenses, just measure from the film position (ground glass) to the center of the lens (the front of...
  15. Re: First Post! - How Do I Measure My Bellows Extension To Calculate Bellows Exposure

    I printed out a mm scales onto label stock and cut and pasted them on the rails of my cameras. That said, I don't use them for measuring bellows extension. I've got a lightweight tape measure in my...
  16. Re: Lightest & Most Compact Tripod for Wista 45SP that is Also Reasonably Priced?

    For years I've used a lightweight Manfrotto 3205 and the 3-way 3025 head for my wooden Wistas (45D, 45SW). They are plenty sturdy for me. I carried the tripod strapped to my bicylcle and my camera...
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    Re: Making retouch ink less glossy

    I usually have the opposite problem and use gum Arabic for upping the gloss a bit :)

    I've retouched with both India ink and Japanese ink blocks for calligraphy. Both these seem to be less glossy...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    I found early on that I needed camera movements for the type of photography I wanted to do. Plus, I really like the quality of larger film.

    I do a lot of work outdoors, carrying my camera walking...
  19. Re: Observation on focal length and portrait drawing

    ... and the angle of objects near the lens but on the side of the field of view changes greatly with lens-to-subject distance. Hence, using your own definition, foreshortening is perspective of a...
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    Re: 203mm f7.7 lenses and shutters?

    I seem to remember hearing somewhere that Ektars were individually matched to their shutters, i.e., the spacing was adjusted to match the particular lens. So, do make sure the shutters are exactly...
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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    I was there in the late 90's and was rudely told that I could not photograph. I respect the Native point of view and traditions, but rudeness is not usually one of these (my wife is...
  22. Re: I take back every bad word I have said about Kodak...

    I use both TMY and TXP. I find the look of Tri-X really good for many subjects especially when I want more mid-tone separation compared to shadows, but still want the luminous soft-shadow look that...
  23. Re: Does it matter if do one water rinse

    Even alkaline fixers are buffered well enough to withstand the small carry-over of acid from the stop bath. Mix your stop bath as directed or a bit weaker and drain the print well before...
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    Re: Pyrocat-MC / Defective Product


    Just rinse the packets a couple of times and dump the contents into the mixing container before you top the volume up with water. I've been doing that for years...

    Another tip: when...
  25. Re: 8x10 Development in tray - How to know the time

    Resident Luddite here.

    I developed sheet film in open trays in my European "darkroom" (a windowless bathroom) for years using a cheapo digital cooking timer and a metronome. The cooking timer was...
  26. Re: What size paper do you print the most? What's the biggest print you've made?

    My portfolios are printed mostly on 11x14 paper (various aspect ratios). I like 16x20 on a 28x32 board really well for exhibitions and display in large enough rooms. I print detail subjects and some...
  27. Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?


    I didn't see you were in England... I guess QLM is a bit distant. There must be someone in the UK or EU that services light meters however. You should look for them. They'll be able to...
  28. Re: Using DOF Calculations Bestly for Print Size


    You're exactly right. One has to do test for one's own acceptable circle of confusion and do the math based on that. Using some one else's standards, especially the overly-optimistic ones...
  29. Re: Using DOF Calculations Bestly for Print Size


    After 30+ years of LF, I'm adept at using movements to position of the plane of sharp focus in order to optimize my aperture. I even wrote an article on the subject for the now-defunct View...
  30. Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Finally! (sigh...) Why do people overlook the obvious.
  31. Re: Using DOF Calculations Bestly for Print Size

    Y'all do realize that all this has been done and discussed in depth here: , don't you?

    FWIW, I'll gladly live with some diffraction and a smaller...
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    Re: Pyrocat-HD Sudden Death!


    ... and, finally, a good use for 35mm film :)
  33. Re: Any idea what's causing these light streaks

    The most likely cause is that you are pulling the spring back away from the camera body when pulling or inserting the darkslide, leaving a small crack for light to get in. This is a fairly common...
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    Re: Lightleak or development issue?

    Colin has explained the function of the flap superbly. If everything is correctly designed and in good working order, no light should pass the flap. The small light leaks in the very corners of...
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    Re: Lightleak or development issue?

    Since the rebate of the film is exposed, I believe that the light strike is happening when the film is out of the holder. The rebate rails cover the film and hide it from light strikes in-camera (or...
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    Re: Hello from NW Oregon

    I'd make the trip up to Portland (or wherever) to meet with a group if a meeting were arranged. I'm flexible as to schedule, so those with constraints should probably arrange things if there is...
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    Re: Hello from NW Oregon

    Welcome from yet another Oregonian (I'm a Eugenian now, after 30 years in Europe).

    Seems like we really need an Oregon LF coffee klatch or the like :)

    2Wheeler, are those two wheels a bicycle? ...
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    Re: Having trouble to get right exposure

    Bracket a couple of sheets, erring on the side of slight overexposure and you should be fine. Do try to use Vaughn's trick of using the right moment to get the lowest possible contrast. Base your...
  39. Re: Is this a leak in the film holder?

    Film-holder hinges are light-tight when closed, regardless of the taping. They are designed that way. Book-binding tape is excellent for the hinges, but plays no role in keeping light out.

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    Re: Having trouble to get right exposure

    You have more than one sheet of film with you, don't you? Expose several at different exposures (i.e., bracket!) and see which one gives you the results you desire. Keep notes and learn from the...
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