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  1. Re: Adams/Weston Exhibition @ Stanford University, CA

    At least for Adams, this is blatantly incorrect: Adams found his "style" long before 1930 in the Sierra Nevada and not New Mexico. He first came into the national conscious for Banner Peak -...
  2. Re: Backpack for Hiking with an 11x14 View Camera

    This pack might work as it is just a couple inches off in one interior dimension: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1077477-REG/lowepro_lp36777_pro_trekker_650_aw.html/specs. If there is a...
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    Re: New Carleton Watkins Book

    One thing that I have been puzzling over lately is how did Watkins and other 19th century photographers who worked in the mammoth format level their camera? Were the tripods of the day adjustable in...
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    Re: Getting the best out of Gold Toner

    According to my lab notes, the very first print on this page https://www.spiritsofsilver.com/galleries/black__white_gallery entitled Japanese Lantern Monument was printed either on Ilford MGWT and...
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    Re: Preferred Format, and why?

    This is what Kodak has to say about format:

    Page 4,Photography with Large-Format Cameras, Kodak Pub O-18 1977

    Thomas
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    It's the 645 Version Drew. The 67 version sells used for about 4x what I paid for the 645 which I was surprised to find that they were priced so low - especially in the condition it came in. ...
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Here is a backpack that I used for overnight trips for many years:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48727216943_19a5391ac8_z.jpg

    It's the Gregory Reality which was very popular among...
  8. Re: Would you be interested in a large scale QR platform

    This thread recounts how I resolved the torqueing problems that I was experiencing with the Toyo 810MII. Note that all problems were not completely resolved until I exchanged the Arca Swiss hex...
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    Re: New Carleton Watkins Book

    Incredibly I ordered my copy Sunday and it's already out for delivery today. Just in time too as I am half-way through Peter Palmquist's book: Carleton E. Watkins: Photographer of the American...
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    New Carleton Watkins Book

    https://www.amazon.com/Carleton-Watkins-Making-West-American/dp/0520287983/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WPYX6S8680OD&keywords=carleton+watkins&qid=1567361849&s=books&sprefix=Carleton+%2Caps%2C192&sr=1-1#customerR...
  11. Re: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell @ Oakland Museum, CA

    https://www.facebook.com/ggstereo/photos/gm.646542192510855/1245988905574509/?type=3&theater

    Thomas
  12. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Here is an 1865 advertisement with prices for Globe lenses:

    194687

    Carleton Watkins would have used the 16inch version for the mammoth plate which cost $275 in 1865 or about $4,330 in 2019...
  13. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Hmmm...One of the first, if not the first decent wide angle lens was the CC Harrison & Schnitzer Globe lens which appeared in the late 1850's IIRC. It represented a revolution in photographic lenses...
  14. Re: Jobo 2509n issue: rotates freely on center spindle

    Look at the bottom of the core (where it fits in the bottom of the tank). You should see 4 small protuberances that project at the 11, 2, 5, and 7 O'clock position. Now look at the bottom of the...
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    Re: In the Footsteps of Atget

    Plainly the wrong printing process for reproducing Atget's work. However it does validate Atget's opinion about the silver gelatin process - at least as far as his images were concerned.

    Atget's...
  16. Thread: Mitchell Peak

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    Mitchell Peak

    https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/In-the-central-Sierra-Mitchell-Peak-stands-out-14271811.php?t=44e967a8db

    Thomas
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    Re: Coating Pt/Pd prints: results to-date

    +1 on Renaissance Wax - it increases the prints DMax and gives it that shiny, wet look. Applying it with a soft cloth didn't work for me as the cloth picked up some of the prints emulsion. I...
  18. Re: 8x10 in Paris-Chamonix-Normandy-Dublin-Clonakilty

    Then I would recommend that you reconsider or better, print as both silver gelatin and albumin and see which is the best for the subjects. I mixed up a liter of traditional albumin a couple of years...
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    Re: Advice re tmax film developer for 45

    I started with D-76, used it for a couple of years, and then switched to Xtol which I use 1:1 like I did with D-76. I found Xtol to be superior to D-76. If you mix using distilled water and store...
  20. Re: 8x10 in Paris-Chamonix-Normandy-Dublin-Clonakilty

    Do you plan on printing those as albumin prints?

    Thomas
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    Re: how to store exposed 4x5 sheet film

    If you will be out backpacking then boxes are the thing. But if you will be touring by road and staying in hotels/motels, etc., then I would plan on developing as I go: just add a daylight tank or...
  22. Thread: Lens Haze...

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    Lens Haze...

    What is it and how do you get rid of it?

    Today I was dismayed to find a light brownish looking haze beginning to cover the lens element cloud-like when viewed with a flashlight. There was a more...
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    Yosemite Historic Names RESTORED!

    https://fox5sandiego.com/2019/07/15/yosemite-national-parks-iconic-names-restored/

    Thomas
  24. Re: Gimbal Head and Large Format Photography?

    Yesterday I went out with the 67 w/2x rear converter for an effective focal length of 800mm. However the wind was too strong - gusting to 40+mph so after 2 exposures I packed it up and spent some...
  25. Re: Gimbal Head and Large Format Photography?

    I also use the flip-up magnifier on my 67II as it provides for critical focusing. As far as I am aware, the focus on all Pentax telephotos go slightly beyond the infinity mark on the lens to allow...
  26. Re: Gimbal Head and Large Format Photography?

    Thanks for the offer Drew - I don't plan on doing any hiking with my set-up but perhaps we could meet one day for coffee at a Peets or Starbucks with our gear. I'll PM you my contact information and...
  27. Gimbal Head and Large Format Photography?

    For the past month I have been seriously considering a project requiring a telephoto lens with a medium format camera. For about half that time I envisioned using a 600mm SMC Takamur 67 lens on the...
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    Re: digital negs for LODIMA paper workshop

    Too bad they don't make a grade 3 paper: grade 2 is too soft for 8x10 contact printing and grade 4 is too hard. True you can soften grade 4 with Selectol Soft but why go through the hassle when...
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    Re: Sonora Pass is...

    Tioga Pass will open to unrestricted travel on Monday: https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article232038987.html

    Thomas
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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    With afterthought this may have happened with a salt print and not a kallitype. In any event once those dark stains appear they will not clear upon subsequent exposure and development. The exposed...
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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Adding citric acid to the silver nitrate solution acts as a preservative but dark spots begin appearing on the paper within 24 hours IIRC. An exposed but undeveloped sheet will keep much longer. ...
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    Re: Sonora Pass is...

    Well they "opened" Tioga Road yesterday but you can only caravan through it: ...
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    Re: 5x7 Film Holder Case?

    A couple of weeks back I had the good fortune of running into a batch of brand new (they were tagged as used in Ex condition but in reality they were never used) 5x7 Fidelity Elite holders. So I...
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    Printing TMAX 100 W/UV bulb?

    The 250 watt Halogen, 82 volt GE EVW bulb I had in the Beseler 45S head made its final blink and I replaced it with a UV producing Osram Halogen Photo Optic lamp with the same specification as the...
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    Re: tray developing: which timer?

    Although I generally rotary process or process 35mm by hand inversion, I have tray processed film. When I do I set the trays up in a Rubbermaid chemical resistant cart which I use for processing...
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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Beseler 45 MXT with dichro 45S color head; Beseler CII XL with condenser head. All lenses are Nikon except a 180mm Schneider Companon-S. Easels from 4x5 through and including 20x24.

    Thomas
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    Re: Getting rid of tiny white spots

    IIRC white spots on negatives can be caused by using an acid stop. Anyway, a white spot on a negative results in a black spot on the print which is impossible to spot-out without using a razor blade...
  38. Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    I never saw this and larger cameras have been made but during the 1860's "Louis E. Walker was 'constantly busy' copying drawing and maps for the Office of the Architect and other federal departments....
  39. Re: Jobo Expert Drum versus 2500 drum + 2509N Reel

    I've used the 2509N reels in a 2500 drum for years without any problems except with hand inversion method beginning about a year or so after I bought the reels new. It seems that photoflo built up...
  40. Re: What camera to shoot with out in the field when using HEAVY lenses?

    I regularly use a 14" Wollensak Veritar which is a front loading lens on my Toyo 810MII field camera without any problem at all - just make sure that the tilt locks are firmly set.

    Thomas
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