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    Re: Fuji 90mm f8 SW or Nikon 90mm f8 SW

    I have found the Nikkor SW 90mm f4.5 to be just so much easier to focus and use verses the f8 optics. No one has mentioned the 90mm f/5.6 Schneider Super-Angulon XL. I initially acquired mine to use...
  2. Re: Question Regarding 35mm/MF lenses for Macro on 4x5

    I'd try to acquire one or more of these books:

    CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOMACROGRAPHY Kodak N-12 publication

    The Manual of Close-Up Photography by Lester Lefkowitz

    PHOTOGRAPHY FOR...
  3. Re: Focus Stacking with 8x10 Large Format Film...Ben Horne

    I think that you are right on with your post. Many years ago I tried to do some focus stacking with my 4x5 Sinar Norma. I was shooting between 1:1 and 1:2. On the first few tries, I ran into the...
  4. Re: Focus Stacking with 8x10 Large Format Film...Ben Horne

    I don't think that focus stacking is related to camera movements. My take is that if he wanted everything in his image to be sharp, he would have to use f/128 or f/180, but then diffraction would...
  5. Thread: Congo Lenses

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    Re: Congo Lenses

    At one time I owned and used a 400mm or a 500mm (can't remember which) Tele-Congo lens on my 4x5. Congo rated either focal length OK to cover 5x7, but in my experience my lens sharply covered the 4x5...
  6. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    I think it all makes sense if Gibellini fabricates one camera to show off, and then others to be built one by one as orders are placed for them. At 20K per camera, makes total business sense to me....
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    Re: Lens boards for Wista 45D - same as Technica?

    Worth repeating here for Forum members to be on the lookout for Linhof board ripoffs. A few years ago I acquired a lens from a reputable dealer here in the USA that came mounted on a "Linhof" board....
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    Re: Jobo 3005 8x10 streaks on negative

    Tank: JOBO 2005
    Film: 5 sheets Ilford FP-4+
    Developer: 500ml Tetenal Ultrafin 1:19
    Rotation: on a Stark SST4 set in the middle of the "speed-time" dial. Approximately 2.5 alternating rotations...
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    Re: Welcome to The Machine

    Water powered Trip-Hammer Machine. Collins Axe Factory, Collinsville, Connecticut.
    Circa 1905 5x7 glass plate made by Charles Harrington.
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    Re: Rembrandt Portrait Lens

    My 8x10 B&J Rembrandt camera came with its original portrait lens as purchased from B&J. The lens was re-engraved with "Burke & James Rembrandt". Sorry, I don't remember its OEM brand. Stripped the...
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    Re: Carlwen negative carrier

    I have used them since the early 1980s. Back then my favorite one was one that printed several rows of 35mm negative frames to make an enlarged proof sheet. Carlwen claimed that their carriers...
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    Re: Unique/ lesser known portrait lenses

    Here are some candidates to be on the lookout for:
    200mm f/2.9 Dallmeyer Pentac
    200mm f/2.9 NOCO (Helar formula)
    a Graf lens
    200mm Pinkham & Smith Portrait
    210mm f/3.5 Rodenstock Portrait or...
  13. Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    I have owned and used both an 8x10 Phillips and an 8x10 Chamonix. While I loved using the Phillips, I sold it for an absolute premium price to a very, very happy buyer. Sold it for a good bit more...
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    Re: Lenses for landscape w 4x5 camera

    Without breaking the bank, I would choose the following starter duo:

    105mm f/8 Fujinon SW or 125mm f/5.6 Fujinon
    180mm or 210mm f/5.6 Fujinon-W

    If acquiring only one lens then it would be a...
  15. Re: How do I recognize lenses that will cover an 8X10 plate with no vignetting

    Real sleeper is a 200mm f/6.5 TAYLOR-HOBSON Cooke Series VIIB WIDE ANGLE ANASTIGMAT. "100 degrees at f/32. Classic WA gauss 4 element air spaced Cooke lens" per their vintage brochure. Covers 11x14...
  16. Thread: Lousy Dagor

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    Re: Lousy Dagor

    Have owned and used many Dagor formula lenses over the years. Two were superb optics: 240mm Goerz (Berlin) Dagor Series III and a 14" Goertz Double-Anastigmat. Both had seen better lives...
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    Re: Opinions about Epson 7880

    I acquired my EPSON STYLUS PRO 7800 probably 14 years ago. Since then I have run dozens of 100 foot rolls of paper through it. It was stored for about 5 years till last year when I wanted to start to...
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    Re: Shipping heavy stuff

    Google "heavy shippers" and the name of your city or state. Worked for me when I had to ship a Seal dry mounting press. The only catch was that I had to build a wooden crate on a pallet to ship it...
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    Mine had a drain. Wasn't OEM for sure. I always thought it was a replacement drain valve, but then I guess it was added on by the previous owner. Looked to be a simple thing to add on.
  20. Thread: Thin negs

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    Re: Thin negs

    Rodinal used at high dilutions can be easy to screw up... I had been using Rodinal at 1:50 with excellent repeatable results. Then started using a larger JOBO drum which took more chemistry. Did the...
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    Re: Can I Keep water in a JOBO?

    When I had my CPA-2, I would use double filtered softened well water. Drained and refilled the JOBO on the first of every month. Never had a problem with algae or any kind of buildup. I have heard of...
  22. Thread: Bellows glue

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    Re: Bellows glue

    Agree 100% from past experience. I used glue to temporarily fix the same thing that happen to MichaelGJ47. When I finally decided to get a replacement bellows, I went to remove the bellows from the...
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    Re: Strange balck blur spots on 4x5 320 Trix

    In the 1980s bought a 100 foot roll of 35mm film and bulk loaded several rolls. Shot, developed, and made proof prints. Everything looked OK, but when I went to enlarge the negatives, I discovered it...
  24. Re: Question for those who have 8x10 monorails...carrying....

    Addendum: I am currently figuring out how to modify my OEM vintage case to hold an 8x10 Sinar Norma on a shortened rail and thus fully ready to be mounted on a tripod head. Seems quite possible. Will...
  25. Re: Question for those who have 8x10 monorails...carrying....

    Sinar 8x10 Norma. Folded up upon itself and rests inside an old OEM Sinar case. Unfolding takes under 30 seconds. Folding the camera upon itself per Sinar's illustration (image attached) takes time...
  26. Re: Lightweight Tripod for Sinar Norma Inspired by Julius Shulman

    When I was a student at RIT in the 1970s, the Leitz Tiltall tripods were the most popular tripod to be signed out from the Cage (equipment sign out room) for 35mm to 4x5 formats. If I remember...
  27. Re: Bought a nice Linhof Master Technika Classic. Can I do the CLA myself to save mon

    On a similar note, last year I got some quotes from a machinist on creating/modifying some parts. Quoted prices were jaw dropping. In the end I acquired a Little Machine Shop Model 3990 HiTorque Mini...
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    Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    A bit of caution to be had here... X-ray scanner operators can turn up their scanner's power level at will negating that "ISO 800" threshold.
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    Re: Film on a Plane: Check It or Carry-On?

    From a friends experience, never store film in a lead bag. He forgot to mention that there was film inside the lead bag that he had with him. In the end each factory sealed box of sheet film was...
  30. Re: Nikkor-W 210mm old type 77mm filter ring has 37mm rise on 8x10"

    I have the version with 67mm front threads. Focused at infinity and stopped down does cover 8x10 but essentially with no rise. I assume the red ring (which mine does not have) was the last version...
  31. Thread: Peace Vans!

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    Re: Peace Vans!

    Probably some 25+ years ago I had a 1971 Weekender. Was put up FS from a used car dealer in Western Massachusetts and came with boxes of spare parts. If I recall I paid less than 2K for it delivered...
  32. Thread: Digital IR

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    Re: Digital IR

    Presently shoot with a Nikon Z6 converted to shoot IR. Usually I shoot three bracket images (+ & - 2 or more f stops) in RAW. Handheld no problem. PhotoMatix Pro 6 easily aligns them. Resulting image...
  33. Re: Scoville Albion Camera, sized 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 camera

    not the same camera but maybe some interesting info in this thread for you.....
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    Re: DIY 8x10 (or larger) Enlarger Chassis

    So true... Looked at a 5x7 ZONE VI enlarger to modify, but converting it to a whole plate would less of an adaption and more like major surgery. Have checked Craigslist and similar sites for years...
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Agree 100%. Present driver is an Acura RDX. 360 degree and backup cameras are great, no blind spots. Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure, and Adaptive Cruise Control are all turned off. I find them...
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    Re: Kodalith 2556 Type 3 4x5

    About 7 years ago resurrected some unopened boxers of 8x10 Kodalith 2566 with expiration dates of 1982 on them. Instead of throwing them out I ran a few test negatives in Rodinal and eventually got...
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    Re: DIY 8x10 (or larger) Enlarger Chassis

    For a show a few years back, I wanted to make some not too large enlargements from three of my 8x10 negatives. Had a spare Durst Laborator column and chassis. Column was mounted countertop high and...
  38. Re: Most affordable copy stand with geared height adjustment? (Rack and pinion?)

    Linhof copy stand... OK the current Linhof Technopro II Copy Stand goes for $5,454.95.

    But I am talking about the older Universal Accessory Stand (correct nomenclature Bob?) that has the same...
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    Re: Lens recommendation: Indoor, wide

    I second choosing a 90mm lens. A few years ago I was involved in a long term documentary project. My main lens was a 90mm f/4.5 Nikkor-SW. Wonderful lens with great coverage, but a few times I ran...
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    Re: Expired film, storted at room temp, for bin?

    Last year I found a box with bricks of 120 Ilford SFX 200, Agfa APX 100, and Ilford HP5 plus. All the rolls were dated around 2000. The box that I had put the bricks of film in was mislabeled, and I...
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