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  1. Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    I've been very fond of the Verito since I first learned about it about 20 years ago..It is versatile because it is a convertible lens. Remove the front group and you have a soft focus lens about 1.5x...
  2. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I'm fond of my own story about a time back in about 1984 when I walked out the door of my apartment and was struck by the arrangement of trash cans next to the driveway. I went back in, grabbed the...
  3. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    State of Financial Readiness.

    But seriously, as I read over all the responses, I was reminded of the fact that since retiring in 2014, I have taken jobs three times that have caused me to move...
  4. Re: 25th Anniversary of the Large Format Photography Forum

    What Merg said!
    A big round of thanks to everyone: founders, moderators and the many members without whom, of course, there would be no forum.
    Peace and good health,
    ~W
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    Re: Restoring my "new" Agfa Ansco 8x10.

    Refinishing the camera with the knobs in place should be OK since the metal knobs should be resistant to the finish applied.
    But another thought.
    Are the cross-axles (focusing shafts) affixed to...
  6. Re: Trying to Source Gear Rack for 8x10 Kodak 2D

    Ari,

    If I understand you correctly, the root problem you are trying to solve is that you do not have enough extension. Is that correct?

    I know that sounds dumb to ask. But between reading two...
  7. Re: Route 66 in the 1950's (also an obituary)

    "The images use something called one-point perspective: the composition that makes faraway objects appear to recede."
    WTH is that?? Sounds like regular old perspective to me...
    But I never went to...
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    Re: 4x5 or 8x10

    5x7.
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    Re: Interesting you tube travelogues

    I quite enjoy this guy's walks/rambles. A bit tedious at times, but the scenery is usually stunning and he's quite informative.
    I'm more than a bit envious, actually, and can only hope that I might...
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    Re: 8x10 on a Bicycle?

    Ah, youth!
  11. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Thanks for sharing your insights Jim.

    Mine is an Agfa 8x10, an earlier one that uses the 7 1/2" lens boards. Amazingly, it still has a beautiful finish. These cameras, like the 2D, are workhorses...
  12. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    You must learn to wait and allow your destination to come to you.
    :)
  13. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    I have a soft spot in my heart for VW Type II. Had several. Even a Eurovan Camper conversion (with kitchenette). It was great until the transmission started acting up. It was a CPO and VW didn't want...
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    Re: Glue For Bellows

    Pliobond is what I've used for years for attaching bellows. It works. Clamp your work well and let it rest, in clamps, overnight. I've used it for bellows from sub-4x5 to 12x20.
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    It was Ansel's writing as much as his photographs that first got me interested in photography.
  16. Re: Chamonix 5x12" camera, with options is a reality

    Sounds like fun Steve! Best of luck with it all. :-)

    And yes, lensboard size matters!
  17. Re: The Jazz Loft according to W. Eugene Smith

    Very cool. Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Budget wide angle lens for 8x10

    Comparable to 90mm on 4x5?
    210mm (8 1/4") Dagor. f/6.3 gives you adequate light with which to focus. Often available in an Ilex #3 synchro shutter. Not the most modern, but they can be good. And not...
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Thanks Greg!
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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Looks terrific Greg! Ditto the pool noodle.

    Searching "Rustoleum Restore" online, I see that there are a lot of products. Can you be specific about which you used? Did you use a primer?

    I also...
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Because they're there. Both are big coverage modern lenses with modern coatings in modern shutters. I had both until last summer I (somewhat regrettably) sold my Nikkor M-450. But, like Jim F, I can...
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    Re: help choosing portrait lens?

    For a lens mounted in a shutter, the aperture or iris is part of the shutter. For an idea about what makes a good portrait lens, take a look at the ongoing portrait thread on this forum. And don't...
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    Re: Tripod Head Needed for 8X10

    If you're building the camera, why not build the head, too? Maybe make one following the design of the old platform heads that look like a clapperboard from the side.
  24. Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    When I started in 4x5 a few years back, I chose to go with a 210 and 120mm combination. That seemed to best address the way I look at the world.
    But then, several years later my favorite image to...
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    Re: Tripod Suitable for Linhof 5x7

    For a while I had a 5x7 Technika camera and used it with a Ries J-100 tripod (or rather, an older equivalent) and a J-250 head. That was a very solid set-up; going larger or more robust will give you...
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    Re: Las Vegas and Environs

    The best part of Red Rock Canyon, I thought, were the wild burros. But I doubt they'd hold still for a sitting.
    NE of Vegas, going up Hwy 93 toward Alamo is interesting. The landscape looks almost...
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    Re: Need advice on ULF bellows

    And I don't mean to rain on the OP's parade.
    Or maybe I do...
    But success at the larger ULF formats is very demanding in so many ways.
    The progression is very non-linear. And there are so many...
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    Re: Need advice on ULF bellows

    It seems to me that there is something completely incongruous about this statement.

    Why don't you start with something smaller before going into the deep end?
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    Re: George Hurrell, Documentary

    That wasn't my point. But never mind.
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    Re: George Hurrell, Documentary

    Alas, not a word about lenses. Guess it's just geeks like us, er, uh... me, that care about such!
  31. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Without a doubt, the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts. Each is an architectural field day.
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    Re: More Saltzman

    That thing looks more like a prop that escaped from a Joel Peter Witkin set! :rolleyes:
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Format does not affect depth of field.
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    Re: Starting with ULF

    Before committing to ULF consider negative storage. Sleeves in your preferred size may well require some searching. Likewise print storage is a consideration. As mentioned, tray size may be an issue,...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    Postscript to my earlier post - It is very curious to me that almost all of the images I have bought have been portraits. And that's because I've never considered myself drawn to portraiture. But I...
  36. Re: Largest wetplate demo and darkroom ever

    For some reason I was expecting a banjo.
    And I get a 'cello...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    Me? Interpretive (as a general category).
    I detest labels and literally cringe every time someone, upon hearing that I am a photographer, pipes up and asks, "So what do you photograph?... Landscapes...
  38. Re: Seeking Advice For Shutter on Vintage Lenses

    Take a look at http://re-inventedphotoequip.com/Home.html. Reinhold Schable can mount a Packard shutter so that it will mount on the front of your lens. That then gives you the option of using a...
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    Re: Seeking Gandolfi knowledge

    My best guess is that the knobs are a focus lock for the rear standard.

    Lovely camera, btw.
  40. Re: Removing a 21" Kodak Ektanon from a Prism

    Michael,

    It looks like the cell for the front element is deep enough to provide fairly good purchase if you were to grab on to it. Have you tried a length of lamp cord as a "wrench"? This is the...
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