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  1. Re: And I only recently got into Medium Format...

    Don't buy too much stuff at once. Have fun with it first. It takes awhile to become spontaneous with your chosen equipment, and to find your own path, esthetically. I'm approaching 72, and our long...
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    Re: Cable release

    Cable releases wear out, as do the little threaded sockets on the shutters themselves. I alway carry spare cables, and keep others in reserve. Finding good ones is difficult; but I snatch em up when...
  3. Re: Equivalent of Massive Dev Chart for Paper Developers ?

    No point. Density is achieved visually relative to time/temp/dev concentration variables. And all that is interrelated to exact image color expectations prior to toning. What can be achieved...
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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    There are lots of past threads on this same topic you might want to peruse. In them, you'll notice my own opinion is that any device atop a tripod constituting a stem, like an elevated center column...
  5. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I left two center column in a big drawer somewhere, and have found no reason to look for them. Might as well be Pogo sticks.
  6. Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    My personal needs are somewhat different. Doing complex masking tasks, especially with color film, is much more precise and efficient when using 8x10 film. Cost of film that size is a different...
  7. Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Center column with MF, Neil? Well, I happen to use the P67 system especially for its excellent telephoto lenses. The combination with a 300EDIF is more difficult to stabilize than a typical 8x10. I...
  8. Re: New color sheet film processing service - Northern CA

    It's an unusual brief geologic ridge that almost resembles a linear Stonehenge when backlit, but is completely natural - old deep sea fine sediments poorly bonded, which shattered with uplift - quite...
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    Re: Problem with New Fujinon W 135mm f5.6

    It could be the cable release itself getting stuck due to a kink or tight lock. Have you tried it with a different cable release, or not at all?
  10. Re: New color sheet film processing service - Northern CA

    I drove thru Danville a couple days ago, getting a decent hike halfway up Mt Diablo with the Sinar Norma before the weather turns too hot; the week before too, to photograph the "Chinese Wall" using...
  11. Re: New color sheet film processing service - Northern CA

    There are also certain East Bay locations which deal with them, where film can be dropped and handled for a nominal surcharge. For me, that convenience is worth it. Even though the difference in...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Well, I had a Sinar in the pack the first overnight crosscountry ski trip I ever took - as a lousy beginner skier! Good thing snow makes for soft landings! It didn't take me long to learn that...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    I could have bought a lovely Dorff 4x5/5x7 Special reasonably many years ago, but was glad I invested in the Sinar system instead, for around the same price - way more versatile.
  14. New color sheet film processing service - Northern CA

    The Bay Area is back in the game. Underdog Film Lab in Oakland now offers both C41 and E6 processing up to 8x10. Best prices I've seen anywhere. Basically, the same folks that have shifted from one...
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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    You really do gotta get in your dream trip through our Great Basin area, Michael, if only to actually taste the water at Stovepipe Wells. You can't drink water just anywhere around salt flats,...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Best flavor of ice cream? Hard to tell unless you taste them all. And tastes differ.
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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    Well, I certainly wouldn't use the water at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley!
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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    You can generally wash film in well water if there's an appropriate line filter in place (preferably gently running water that gets continuously exchanged for ten minutes or so), and if you give a...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    By far the best microfiber cloths I've found are little dimpled ones made by 3M. I'll never ever go back to any kind of lens tissue. At some point, I'll test out the best manner to truly clean and...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Ordinary lens hoods are nearly worthless if you're using a wide-angle lens aimed toward the sun or other bright illumination. You want a fully adjustable shade which you can check the position of on...
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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    If I need fluid, ROR on a clean 3M microfiber cloth is my choice. If just blowing dust off, my compressed air lines are triple-filtered down to extremely small particulate sizes. And I only use...
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    Re: Jobodrum for prints

    Ditto. Drums make sense for color chemistry and RC papers, not for FB black and white work, if that's what you have in mind. Lots of brands are acceptable - for tiny 8x10's my favorite are the...
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    Re: How Many Pros use LF?

    The biggest money commercial studio photographer I'm aware of in this whole area still uses Sinar view cameras just like he has the last half century. Some differences of course, mostly 4x5 rather...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    Pizza rack bicycle, Tuco? That's one mean praying mantis giant insect instead! Surreal. Belongs in a Japanese B horror movie versus Godzilla.
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    Either velcro tabs or a couple or ordinary clothespins help tame a darkcloth in the wind. There are times the darkcloth operating as a cover actually reduces the impact of wind vibrations on the...
  26. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    I've never done that kind of thing, but have often had people of all ages ask permission to look under the darkcloth. I accommodate them. Around here they tend to be very polite as stay at a...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    I think the option for faux mildew dots is already a standard cell phone camera app. You can tell that the above photo is not a real antique because the lady is rolling her eyes ..."Ya gotta be...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Enlarging lens falloff equates to lighter corners, which nobody likes, unless you're talking about direct-positive paper like Cibachrome. But yes, there is that antique trick of using the same...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Well, I can literally stand on top the vacuum easel of my biggest enlarger without deflecting the plane. It's that well built. But most people don't use machined steel easels weighing several hundred...
  30. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Well, Yosemite is a pretty big place overall. You probably wouldn't be welcome driving the spike feet of a Ries tripod into the floor of the Ahwahnee Hotel, or brushing into someone climbing the...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    It's there, Luis. The practical effect diminshes at smaller f/stops. People who shoot wide-angle lenses a lot might not notice the falloff in the print because the falloff of their taking lens itself...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Yep. Don't even go there if you haven't practiced tilts first. Don't even come here if you haven't. We have plenty of flat farmland of our own, between the mountain ranges; and much of it is very...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    It's always been the same thread. If you don't think so, just get any old Sinar handbook and see how they describe the original topic - one of the best learner resources you can have, whether or not...
  34. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Latest news - Yosemite is going back to a mandatory reservation system for anyone wanting to enter to prevent covid-related overcrowding risk. It might start May 1st, but check their website for...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    The nice thing about the Sinar monorail system is that you've got all the options; and the same gear works well for architectural use, studio usage, and typical landscape applications. And it's...
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    Re: 240mm Componon-S on 8x10 enlarger

    Expect quite a bit of falloff, so you're either going to have to grind a diffuser thicker at the center than the edges, or burn in the corners proportionately during exposure. It also seems that...
  37. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    In the high country I have accidentally stumbled onto a few of AA's exact tripod positions, simply because it involved a wet meadow with a single conspicuous big flat rock as the only logical tripod...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Beautiful day yesterday, and I was out on a long open ridge with the Norma, carrying both b&w and color film, relatively simple near-to-far subject matter. Pretty much just front tilt control, no...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Sinar P and F cameras, and later certain other brands of monorails, had certain built-in methods of approximating depth of field in relation to tilts and swings, along with asymmetrical controls. I...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Unless you are using a precision vacuum or adhesive filmholder, f/22 might not compensate for even potential film sag, at least with 5x7 and larger formats. It's less of a factor with smaller 4x5...
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