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    Custom Camera Makers

    I'm considering having a stereo tailboard made, similar to an 1880s Scovill. Is anyone still making something like this?


    Kent in SD
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    Re: What Camera is this?

    The camera is definitely American, from first part of 19th C. The shutter is a Thornton Pickard and is British. Camera back can definitely change from vertical to horizontal. That's what the two...
  3. Re: Is it Legally Permissible to Photograph Modern Headstones in a Cemetery?

    I do it often, and even with wet plate. But, I live in a very rural area where things are pretty laid back.


    Kent in SD
  4. Re: Traveling across oceans with a Mahogany camera

    I had a little trouble a year ago. I play the recorder, wooden flutes popular in the 17th & early 18th C. I bought one from Netherlands that was rosewood. Seller had trouble shipping it and...
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    Re: Unique/ lesser known portrait lenses

    Assuming 4x5, my two favorites are 240mm Dagor and 210mm Heliar. I love Heliars so much I have a 150mm for 4x5 (groups) and 360mm 8x10. The Heliar 360mm is from 1900, the Dagor from 1908, and the...
  6. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    If I had a $20,000 camera it would probably rarely even see the sunshine. It would be the camera I baby the most.;)


    Kent in SD
  7. Re: Does a new luxury 8x10 camera make sense in 2021?

    Add a red "Leica" dot and they have a winner.;)


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Welcome to The Machine

    Looks good in b&w.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Menno, South Dakota
    Menno Pioneer Power Show
    I've never had much interest in studio photography such as portraits. For me the point of photography is it's an excuse to roam.🙂 When out roaming the...
  10. Re: So stores/ebay sell 4x5 GG protectors but not 8x10?

    My assistant, Annie the Cat, is ready for the job.:D All of this did get me thinking. I'm strictly an outdoor photographer, often in some dicey environments. I've been simply carrying my Kodak 2D...
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    Re: Pop-up darkroom...

    I'm interested but always will wait for reviews from actual users. As for "too hot to use for wet plate," that's exactly what I want one for. Too hot? Geepers, usually I'm using a 12v heater to...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I've mostly used my SP810 to process 5x7 film and a few dry plates. Haven't had any issues. Also have used it for 4x5 with no problem, even though having the SP445. Have done maybe a dozen 8x10...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    There are very few things that could affect them so quickly, and having an animal involved should narrow it down. They may never figure this one out as some chemicals break down quickly.


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    Re: Greetings from Kansas

    SG license tags.:D


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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I'm still betting on a gas of some sort. Had to be something in the air to affect people and dog and drop them in their tracks.


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    Re: Greetings from Kansas

    Where in KS? I used to live in Lenexa.


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    Re: What would you do with this?

    The square bellows makes me think 1890s.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Can someone please give me an overview

    This is "marketing" by the seller. Pretty much none of the cameras you see on ebay are from the wet plate era. Almost all were actually designed to mostly shoot film and maybe dry plates. I shoot...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    My guess is it was a gas of some sort. It dropped 3 people and an animal in their tracks simultaneously with no visible signs. Few things can do that. Gases like CO and CO2 have been known to...
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Looks like you're back on track.


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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    I've been doing wet plate for 2 years now. Some thoughts. First, I suggest sunning for at least two days. It takes awhile for the nasties to drop out. Second I suggest filtering through a coffee...
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    Re: Lens recommendation: Indoor, wide

    I use a Nikon 90mm f4.5 on my Chamonix 045n. I photo interiors of abandoned houses. Ioften use a Nikon 75mm too.


    Kent in SD
  23. Re: Voigtlander Bergheil 9x12 Shift Control Not Moving

    On my Zeiss Tropen Adoro I have to pull the knob out.


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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    I live in the Dakotas and know wind
    It's blown trains off the tracks here. First strategy is shoot behind a wind block such as my car, shrubs, boulders. Second is to not extend my tripod and...
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    Re: 8x10 platform head options

    I use the heavier Kodak 2D 8x10. When I need to lighten the weight I remove the tripod head and screw the camera directly to the tripod. A leveling base would probably make this a little easier.
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    Re: Dove head first into the abyss

    Focus loupe comes to mind. A cable release makes things easier.


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    Re: Strange Experience in Monument Valley

    Have just scratched this place off my November trip list.


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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    The best advice so far is to have someone send you a well done 8x10 neg and see what can be done with it. I have an Epson scanner and know it's nowhere near up to what you want. You'll need a very...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    I shoot 4x5, 8x10, and a Nikon D850 DSLR. I have some thoughts. Shooting an 8x10 is very expensive. I do about 95% wet plate with mine. How are you going to do the enlargement size you mentioned?...
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    Re: Getting back into 4x5 -- Need some Suggestions

    I think the first thing you need to determine is if you will always want to use a tripod or not.


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    Re: Getting back into 4x5 -- Need some Suggestions

    I have a Chamonix 045n and love it. However it's strengths (lens movements, wide range of lens lengths) are things you don't need for portraits. Plus you really can't use a Chamonix hand held. You...
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    Re: New rotary device for developing film

    It looks nice and the price is right. If I processed more film than I do I might well go for one.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Velvia 100 discontinued in the US

    Bureaucrats have long been out of control and live in a theoretical world. Glad I've shifted into wet plate. I can make my own chemicals from scratch. Screw Fuji, I'm done with them.


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    Re: Velvia 100 discontinued in the US

    That's just ridiculous.


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    Re: Which field camera for usage with 90mm lens

    A monorail camera has the most movements and usually more accessory options. Good for architecture and "product" shots. But they are a pain in the ass to hike with. Best for studio or location...
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    Re: Which field camera for usage with 90mm lens

    I routinely use a Nikon 90mm f4.5 on my Chamonix 045N with universal bellows. No problem at all. I even use a 75mm with that camera & bellows.


    Kent in SD
  37. Re: Americana-- Photos from the '50s by Charles Custer

    Depends on where you go. It's a big country. I've traveled quite a bit along the back highways of SK and MB and it didn't seem any different.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    I've been curious why someone would not talk about whatever format they use.


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  39. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    You are really being pulled in two directions. A camera that's best for architecture would be a monorail because of it's massive movements. However, they are heavy, bulky, and less desirable to...
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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    Ah yes:

    "The ASA standard underwent a major revision in 1960 with ASA PH2.5-1960, when the method to determine film speed was refined and previously applied safety factors against under-exposure...
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