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    Re: Planning Roadtrip for June in Middle/Western USA

    I have made reservations to go backpacking in the redwoods June 6 to the 10th. Just me and my cute little 5x7. If I survive the hike, I have another planned for the first week or so of July (but a...
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    Re: Any Lenses for 14 X 36"?

    I like the idea of cutting the film in half and making ~13" diameter circular images...perhaps using lenses with a little more coverage and using a mask to create the circle (reducing image quality...
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    Re: Korona 4x5 Quandary

    I have the same camera in inoperable condition (and missing the back altogether.) and what might be the original lens/shutter mounted on wood from a cigar box. A Bausch and Lomb Series D (from the...
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    Re: Korona 4x5 Quandary

    I assume "plate mags" means plate holders for camera instead of film holders. I can't see the images.

    You are off the thickness of the glass plate with your focusing. The GG and the plate holder...
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    I have seen backs that do two 5x7s (approx) on 8x10 -- might come in handy for something like this.,
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    Re: Hello from San Francisco!!

    Welcome to the forum, Joey!
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    Re: To all Linhof Kardan GT 8x10 owners

    Cool! And I like the configuration...part of which is the option of keeping the lens on it when packing it up..

    The other metal camera that Kodak made is the Master 8x10. More of the...
  8. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    No movements that I remember. The camera was pointed fairly level, but might have used back tilt to keep the redwoods pointed in the right direction. The camera had no indents so I would have...
  9. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Sounds very good to me.
    I have been photographing along the same stretch of creek with LF since 1979. Oh, I manage to get myself elsewhere, too. I found that photographing in places like Death...
  10. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    My opinion: In an infinite universe (for all practical purposes, considering one's lifespan), any limitations one puts on one's work (in my case, no cropping/burning/dodging) places no limitations...
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    The more one learns about and practices craft, the easier the art flows.
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    The exact shape of objects ('reality') is relatively unimportant in most cases in the natural landscape. I'll use back tilt to get leaning trees to line up nice and straight, or to get straight trees...
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    My opinion...it's all on the GG and don't much care if things change shape in the landscape.
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    Not all monorails are heavy. My 4x5 monorail is 1.75 pounds (800 grams).

    For some tastes it not as rigid enough, no indents...so not very precise for some (but very accurate -- what is on the GG...
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    Re: Nighttime is the right time!

    Here is a post card I printed of a lunar eclipse gone wrong (5x7 neg contacted onto post card paper). The post card was taped to my office door for a few years.

    Tri-X, 5x7, 28" (710mm) lens,...
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    And perhaps Holly Roberts...:cool:
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    Re: How to secure Sinar Norma Case for shipping

    I mailed off a Graphic View II off in its very nice case -- created a cardboard box around it...lots of tape. Not a lot of added weight and it arrived safely.

    We are getting to be an old crowd...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    West Coast Photography vs Surrealism. Film at 11.
  19. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Exactly -- it can be miserable, but we still enjoy it.

    As a climber put it..."No one climbs Everest for fun."
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    How about "photography can be down right miserable."
    Great experiences and memories, but times that were in no way, fun.
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    The average National Park visitors are in awe of LF cameras....they'll line up to be able to have a turn under the darkcloth. During my AIR in Zion NP, some of the most appreciative comments I got...
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    I think a lot has to do with how one approaches making images. Using only one lens per format for decades has trained me to make the most of my lens decisions prior to determining where the camera...
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    Yeah -- some folks seem to be sliding into sarcasm, but I'm going with what the OP asked for -- one's own beliefs/opinions about LF that are not popular with other LF'ers. 150mm on 4x5 is sweet.
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    Re: Washington Beaches

    Sounds like a good exploratory trip.

    Last time I was in that area I hitch-hiked through in 1976...spent 4th of July in Forks, WA. They would not let this hippy into the square dance hall,...
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    That's unpopular?! Certainly not with the "Every photograph is a self-portrait" crowd! (waving my hand amongst the redwoods)

    To a greater or lesser degree, what does every photograph of a female...
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    Ah, but composing is opening one's senses up to nature at its fullest, and every moment is divisive. Whoops, decisive. Where's Freud?
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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    I like to judge my placement of the plane of focus by watching the change in DoF on the GG as I close the aperture down -- tough to do when I use my 600mm!

    Your processing practices (single tray)...
  28. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    One warm December day, I decided to stay out and photograph the rising lunar eclipse in Saguaro National Park while wearing shorts and a light shirt. The wool cap I kept stashed in my camera bag, my...
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    Re: Wooden film holder arcing

    Put a piece of photo paper in each side and test for leaks. They might be fine. The light traps (felt) are robust in those. akeas' idea sounds like something easy to give a go.
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    As are focus cloths, meters in general, tripod heads, loupes, and lens shades. And usually the photographer...
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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Fun video! One finds methods of working with a process to fit the size and type of space one has to work in.

    Any lens longer than 600mm and you'll need longer arms!
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    You're welcome! :cool: My printing process (single transfer carbons) also reverses the image so I need to be aware of that when working with the image on the GG. I mentally flip the image around an...
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    I like this. If one says 150mm, others will say vanilla. Not a popular 4x5 focal length, but should be.
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    Re: My Show in Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Congrats!
    I might head up to Washington in June -- possibly head back south on 97. If it happens, I'll let you know!

    I took another look at your images -- those rocks in the ocean looked...
  35. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    With exceptions, of course. And I would prefer 'equaled' rather than 'matched'. The quality is as high, but different.

    If the OP's question was about one's most biased opinion, mine would be that...
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    Re: Cheap 4X5 Cameras are Everywhere

    I mailed off a beautiful Graphic View II to a member for the postage. It was given to me and it was a shame it was not being used.

    I learned 4x5 with rail cameras. A Graphic View, a Linhof and...
  37. Thread: Light leaks

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    Re: Light leaks

    Yes, I see. I have a 5x7 Eastman View No.2. I have the sliding block they were designed with that helps to balance them easier (and stiffens up the camera at the hinge).
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    Re: Light leaks

    Depending on the camera, it might be possible to move both the back and the front standard forward on the camera base. This moves the lens forward relative to the camera base and gets the base out of...
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    Re: Light leaks

    That is an image of the bed of your camera.

    The front of the bed of the camera extended into the image area -- must have been a wide-angle lens.
  40. Re: Wet Plate Ultra Detail compared with todays films, WHY THIS HAPPENS ?

    Actually this sounds similar to the images that can be created in single transfer carbon prints. My images have a raised relief, where the image is made of "greek columns" of pigmented gelatin. The...
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