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  1. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    sperdynamite and Sandy,

    Thank you both for clarifying all this.

    Sandy, yes, I meant to ask if there are any current mirrorless/medium format digital options for scanning a 4x5...
  2. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Are there any current high-end mirrorless/digital medium format (Fuji GFX, Pentax 645z) camera and macro lens offerings that can rival drum scanning (without having to take, say, 10+ frames to stitch...
  3. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    How would you guys compare the scan of a 4x5 negative/transparency assembled with 4-6 stitched shots and made with a Sony a7R IV/Sigma 70mm ART Macro vs. a scan of the same 4x5 negative/transparency...
  4. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    How much better is a drum scanned 4x5 negative/transparency compared to one scanned with an Epson v850?

    Wouldn’t it be better to scan with a medium format Fujifilm GFX 50r (with a Fujifilm 120mm...
  5. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Hi all,

    For those who don't know, I'm currently scanning my 4x5 film negatives with a Sony a7R III (42mp, with pixel shift) and a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Art Macro lens. Here are some unfinished...
  6. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    Hey all,

    So I'm happy to report that, thanks to David Lindquist's selfless generosity, I have a genuine Linhof 45 Ground Glass. David was kind enough to send it to me without even asking for a...
  7. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    I'm asking here because I honestly can't afford blowing away so much money on film to test. My local photography stores are all closed, so I can't get individual film roles to try. I can only buy the...
  8. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    Would an image taken with 4x5 Portra 400 (taken at night in the style of Todd Hido) look worse if printed, say, 4 feet by 5 feet than an image taken by Portra 160 and blown to the same size?

    I've...
  9. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    Where does Ektar fit into all this? If I'm trying to get a similar image to Hido's aesthetic, would Ektar's colors be too outrageously saturated?
  10. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    I actually have that very book that you mention - "Todd Hido on Landscape, Interiors, and the Nude" from Aperture. I met him twice and he's signed not only that book for me, but also the new edition...
  11. Re: What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    Thanks for the example, Corran. I really like both of your shots.

    For the purposes of my project I was hoping to get a look like these by Todd Hido:
    203395 203396 203397 203398

    I’d like to...
  12. What color negative/transparency would you recommend for night photography?

    What color negative or transparency film would you guys recommend for night photography in foggy/cloudy weather?

    I canít decide between Portra 160, Portra 400, Ektar 100, and Provia 100. Iíve used...
  13. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    PMed you back! Many, many thanks!!!

    -Kristian
  14. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    Off of what Bob said, it sounds like I’d do well to just get the Linhof 45 Ground Glass and the Linhof Fresnel. Bob, if I go that route, do I have to “reset” the 4 little metal bars that originally...
  15. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    How do you feel about the current selection of 2-in-1 ground glass/fresnel combos that are available on, say, eBay?

    There’s a 2-in-1 ground glass/fresnel made by eTone on eBay. Would that be a...
  16. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    Bob, I apologize if this sounds like a ridiculous question, but would it work if I buy only the current Linhof Fresnel (to replace the Linhof Super Screen) and combine it with the Clear Grid Cover...
  17. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    To replace my Linhof Super Screen, do you guys think I’m better off with getting only a standard genuine Linhof ground glass vs. a generic ground glass/fresnel combo? I ask because, like David...
  18. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    Ah, I see. Damn, I really wish I had known about this earlier. I’ve been using the Linhof Super Screen with the grooves facing the lens. I did, indeed, notice some loss of sharpness on my negatives,...
  19. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    Any takers? I’m confused as to which way the circular grooves on the Linhof fresnel should face.

    Bob said that they should face the viewer, but under the mounting instructions on the Linhof...
  20. Re: Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    I'm confused. On the Linhof website it says to mount the 4x5 fresnel screen "with the grooves facing the lens." http://linhof.com/en/fresnelscheibe-4x5/

    Is that a mistake?
  21. Can you guys recommend any good replacement Ground Glass/Fresnel Lens for my 4x5?

    I bought a barely used Linhof Technikardan 45 (not the 45s, the later model) 4x5 camera, but the fresnel screen is a little scratched up and I'd like to replace it. The current screen on this camera...
  22. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    It turns out that I have the 90mm Sinar (Rodenstock) Sinaron W f/6.8 (not an f/8, as I had originally written).

    Any word on how good this lens is? Should I trade it in for a 90mm Rodenstock...
  23. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Also, can anyone tell me what the optimal f-stop range for each of my 5 lenses are, or how I can calculate it? While I want my images to be as sharp as possible from corner to corner, I want to also...
  24. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Hi Bernice,

    Thanks for your note! Yeah, I had a slight suspicion that my lens lineup isn’t really bad enough to warrant a significant change.

    I did also want to ask how do I calculate the most...
  25. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Bob,

    Do you think I should upgrade any of my lens lineup?
  26. Re: Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Ah, I forgot to mention that I’m shooting 4x5 (with the addition of a Horseman 6x12 medium format back and a Shen Hao 6x17 panoramic medium format back), specifically landscapes and architecture a la...
  27. Which of my 5 LF lenses are worth keeping or worth upgrading?

    Hi all,

    So, before I begin, I should mention that I shoot color, both negative and transparency (Kodak Ektar and Fuji Provia/Velvia, respectively), almost exclusively. Back last April, you guys...
  28. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Thank you for your advice and the link to this chart!!! I really appreciate it! I just printed it out.
  29. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    Unfortunately, I don't develop my own film. (I wish I did, but, being a student, I still don't have the means to.) I try to use the zone system and do understand it. I'm using color negatives and...
  30. Re: Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    I should have mentioned that I'm using color negatives and transparencies, Kodak Ektar (100 ISO) and Fuji Provia (100 ISO) and Velvia (50 ISO), respectively to be exact.
  31. Can anyone here help me understand how to use the Sekonic L-778 Dual Spot Meter?

    I have the instructions and read it a few times, but because itís a rather poor translation and somewhat vague, I still have really little idea of how to use it.

    Itís a dual spot meter, with 1...
  32. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    So...

    This arrangement is f*cking AMAZING. I compared my “digitized” scans (using my Sony a7R III/Sigma ART 70mm/2.8f MACRO/lightbox/copy stand) to an Imacon scan and the results blew me away and...
  33. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Alan,

    Ex-teachers should absolutely get a discount. Perhaps there's a discount for you if you can prove that you are/were a teacher. It's worth a look.
  34. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Alan,

    I got it with my student discount promotion. If you're a student, I highly recommend signing up for it.
  35. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Sandy,

    Thank you so, SO much for your post. Literally 20 minutes before I even saw your post, I bought the following items from bhphoto:

    1.) Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens (for Sony...
  36. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Do I even need ANR glass? What if I kept my negative elevated from the lightbox and mask it like this guy does? (Starts at 1 minute into this video):...
  37. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Sergey,

    I agree with you. I was really hoping someone would encourage me to seriously consider the Epson V850 with the "betterscanning.com variable height wet mount kit" and, like you said, call...
  38. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    I agree. I'm not going to make huge prints anytime soon; that's just a final goal. At this point, I simply want to scan my negatives digitally with my Sony a7R III, a Sigma ART 70mm/2.8 Macro lens,...
  39. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Sperdynamite,

    Thanks so much for this!

    Just two quick questions about the film holder, if I may, just so I get everything right:

    1.) Is there a particular recommended distance between the...
  40. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Should I just get the sturdy plastic 4x5 Holder and the Medium Format Holder for the Epson v850? (BOTH have ANR glass.) At $65 for both of these film holders, this seems like the least expensive...
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