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  1. Re: Can I put a Polaroid viewer on a Graflex Graphic View I?

    Twice in the 1990s i adapted reflex viewers from Polaroid MP-4 copy camerasd to a Grafloc back. I used it to do regular view camera work with an old speed graphic. Really helped in very low angle...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Archeologists can make a career out of dating the first fermented beverages. I cited the Egyptians because there is documentation of their process carved in stone. My wonder is that a pot-still can...
  3. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    I am sorry . . .What are we talking about? What dies the term, "tailboard camera" mean in the context of this thread?

    I am satisfied that my Kodak 2D is "sturdy enough" for the photography that I...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Off topic but a relevant tangent:

    Fermented beverages are at least as old as the pyramids. There are hieroglyphics describing bread making and beer brewing . . .both involving fermentation. So...
  5. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    The tailboard cameras that I have seen do not fold up in any way. With the front and rear standards collapsed together, the camera seems to be as storage unfriendly as it is open. Admittedly this...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    What is the earliest lens . . .1400s-1500s?

    The Egyptians made glass in the Bronze Age (pre-1100 BC). Could they have made relatively colorless glass? What about bubbles? Could the Romans?
    ...
  7. Re: Synchro-compur shutter in need of repair

    I have all my shutters serviced by Mike at Professional Camera Repair in Houston.

    www.professionalcamerarepair.com
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    Re: Film holder shoulder bag

    Back to pants: The second hand clothing outlets (Goodwill) could supply cargo pocket pants. The sew-it-up film holder pouch/bag would then have a secure place for other small items.

    Macreme? ...
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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Nicely done.

    Space is at a premium? Why not build one from nice wood (Mahogany, Walnut, Cocobolo) and use it as a coffee table when at home?
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    Re: Shipping Container Camera

    I have seen this done before.

    Sometimes the whole container is the camera.

    There was a thread here a few years ago where they built the whole trailer to look like a field camera with...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Calculus, Genetics and the periodic Chart to name a few other concepts that were "discovered" roughly in parallel without mutual consultation. But so many "inventions" were only figured out well...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    TC: You may have misread the part about Iodine. The discovey was an accident, not a disaster.

    There is an old joke about a fat lady and a fan. . . .
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    If I w3ere writing a Sci-Fi time travel novel, I might try to work in the making of a Daguerreotype somewhere.

    Perhaps ancient Greece, first century Rome or during the early Crusades . . . .
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    And now for Sulfuric Acid. again from Wikipedia.

    "The study of vitriol, a category of glassy minerals from which the acid can be derived, began in ancient times. Sumerians had a list of types of...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    From Wikipedia:



    "In 1811, iodine was discovered by French chemist Bernard Courtois,[5][6] who was born to a manufacturer of saltpetre (an essential component of gunpowder). At the time of the...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    LEns technology oes back to the 1500s and Galileo of course.
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    How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Now this is just really useful or productive, but it coughtmy imagination in the erly dark this morning:

    Given what is now known about various photographic processes: How early could some form of...
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    Re: Need Empty 4x5 Film Boxes

    ^^^

    That post, while fun for me, is not really helpful to the OP.

    A strategy that has worked for me in the past:

    Open a sealed box (darkroom or changing bag) and open the plastic/foiled...
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    Re: Need Empty 4x5 Film Boxes

    It used to be easy to get empty film boxers. I could get what I needed in about any size at the local lab that processed my film. Now every lab is closed. /this is a bit surprising as I live in...
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    Re: Favorite Focusing Loupe?

    Many types of focusing aids can be made to work. If something works for you, go for it.

    Aftter doing different things, I have gone to a loupe that can be adjusted for my ground glass, to focus...
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    Re: 8x10 film holder case

    F/64 has film holder pouches for their LF dedicated backpacks.

    Anybody using them?
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    Re: Overhead still lifes

    BTW: the correct spelling is "Circo-Miro-tach" I think. These things were designed for use in 35mm photography and advertised showing "sneaky" sideways shooting at the beach.

    I don't think it...
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    Re: Favorite Focusing Loupe?

    The glasses were convenient in some ways, but I was "chicken-necking" under the Dark Cloth. Not always sure I was in focus for the image on the front surface of the GG.

    The Optivisoe worked OK...
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    Re: Overhead still lifes

    I have done a few overhead table-top set ups. I went to e-bay and found a Spiratone right angle attacvhment, "Circo-Mirrotaqvh" I think it is called.
  25. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    For minor separation, I have wrapped the dismounted lens cell or element in a dish towel and put it into an oven at the lowest setting (20F to 150F but no higher) for an hour or so, but starting...
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    Re: Favorite Focusing Loupe?

    I have used qa pair of really strong prescription reading glasses.

    I have used a strong sert of jeweler's Optivisor magnifying heafd set.

    Now I use a Rodenstock 6x photographer's loupe...
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    Re: 8x10 film holder case

    Anybody else using the Cascade wrap from P:hotobackpavker?
  28. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    OK, and now a prank:

    In the mid 1990s the Houston Camera Show was going strong. I belonged to the local club that sponsored/promoted the show and had a table. At the height of action on Sat...
  29. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    A friend of mine told me a story of over-packing and attempting to physically carry a lot of gear down into a valley in the3 Big Bend park in Texas. Just prior to descending on a multi mile hike,...
  30. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    A truly talented community: Seems that nobody here has fallen off the North Rim of The Grand Canyon while tking a selfie with a cell phone.
  31. It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    I'll go first.

    In the early 2Ks the Houston Came3rqa Show was still a viable but shrinking venue for photo gear . . .and a great three day experience. On separate occasions I picked up, first a...
  32. Re: Thinking out loud, why doesn't someone just 3d print a triple LF box?

    I have4 not6 looked, so this is just a guess . . .

    Are there nesting box sets not available from Clear Bags or some other container supplier? I would think some art supply company would have...
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    You mqake a good point.

    No one has yet invented a real electronic rifle or digital pistol!
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    Sure quys, but what about all the known makers of branded or marked cameras? That would be a start.
  35. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Surveillance?


    Weren't these cartographic or survey expeditions? Jackson and other photographers were one type of specialist along with artists and surveyors. They were guided my indigenous...
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    I guess the twomain observations that came to me were:

    The listing of truly collectable cameras are good overviews; Kodak and Leica for instance.

    In the past, there were HUGE numbers of cameras...
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    Re: McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    Tin Can: "Photographic Memory"

    Not strictly a pun, but a good one never-the-less!!
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    Re: 8x10 film holder case

    I got a PhotoBackpacker "Cascade" 8x10 accordion wrap for Christmas one year. I have never used it as I haqve not done any 8x10 photography in the field for several years. Give that a look. They...
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    McKeowen's and all those cameras.

    I was looking up something in my copy of Mckeowen's 2001 guide yesterday. I couldn't find what I was looking for but was (somehow for the first time) surprised by the huge number of run of the mill...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    I have not read most of the eight pages of this thread, so I may be redundent of just ignorent here . . . .But


    There are whiole books on this suff. Adems wrote three of them.

    Steve Simmons...
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