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    Re: Butane for developer preservation

    Since we're into explosives, let's not leave acetylene out of the possibilities. Just a tiny bit of that would increase the size of your apartment tremendously!
  2. Thread: White Rim Road

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    Re: White Rim Road

    The only problem I can think of would be driving it back to Denver from Chaco at highway speed.
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    Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    You should not expect to get the best results out of any Fujinon A lens when tested outside of it's optimum range -- 1:5 to 1:1. It's better to compare apples to apples.
  4. Re: Anybody used condenser lenses to build a taking lens?

    The biggest obstacle would be attaching it to a LF camera, in a useful way -- so small condensers would be the best option.

    But if you really want some cheap, USABLE lenses, try this:
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    Re: Fujinon 180mm. f/9 - Curious about some specs.

    Along the same line, much depends on your subject. I bought my 180mm A 9.0 for close-up work -- that's what it is optimized for. On my 4x5, I can only get to 1:1, but in most cases when I use the...
  6. Thread: White Rim Road

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    Re: White Rim Road

    I lot of people end up with rigs that are too big for some "jeep" trails. They assume big and powerful is better, when, in fact, in tight places something short and narrow wins over long and wide. ...
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    Re: Butane for developer preservation

    Instead of explosive gases, leave the BLOW-UPS to optical magnifications under the enlarger.

    For glass bottles -- which can't be compressed like plastic bottles can -- marbles are great. You can...
  8. Thread: White Rim Road

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    Re: White Rim Road

    And the Island in the Sky is only ONE of the THREE sections of the Park. The others are larger, and harder to get to because there are fewer roads, but every bit as spectacular -- and have fewer...
  9. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    Here's an even less expensive way:

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/close-up.htm
  10. Re: Hunting for that special 4x5, my first LF camera

    Just a quick look at EBAY right now shows THREE DOZEN Calumet 4x5 cameras starting at $100. You can't get any cheaper than that. Lenses can also be found for around the same price -- often much...
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    Re: Schneider 135mm APO coverage

    I only see one Fujinon 135mm on that list, but there were more than that -- with image circles from 206 to 228mm.

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/byfl.htm
  12. Thread: Fujinon W 360mm

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    Re: Fujinon W 360mm

    As far as I know, all of the 360mm lenses used Copal shutters -- the A models (f10) used Copal #1, and the rest (f6.3 & f6.5) used Copal #3. But that doesn't mean you won't find a 360mm in a Seiko!...
  13. Thread: Fujinon W 360mm

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    Re: Fujinon W 360mm

    It's better to use the original website (BELOW) -- as opposed to the ARCHIVE website -- since changes are made from time to time, and the archived version may not have all the...
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    Re: Fujinon 125mm f/5.6 W (old version)

    The SW 120mm f8 is harder to find but because it has a 100 degree angle of coverage it is large and heavy and usually not cheap! It should cost just a little less than the NSW 125mm f8 -- which is...
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    Re: Fujinon 125mm f/5.6 W (old version)

    You lucked out for sure. The last EBAY sale was $350 -- and that was the SW single-coated model, not the NSW version. I hope that makes your day!
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    Re: Fujinon 125mm f/5.6 W (old version)

    I had forgotten about the Fuji NSW 105mm. Thanks for mentioning it. It's a great lens, but it's large, heavy, f8, and would break MY bank -- and probably my back, too! It's larger, heavier, and...
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    Re: Fujinon 125mm f/5.6 W (old version)

    The cost floor tends to drop out below 120/125mm -- and so does the coverage floor.

    By that I mean as the focal length drops, for the image circle to stay the same, the price increases -- and...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Carry a 35mm camera and lens, along with all my 4x5 gear -- instead of a meter. I'll have to weigh that idea -- literally.
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    The LAST thing you want to think about is how to get the exposure correct!!!
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    Call me lucky, I just haven't run into that many instances where I've wanted to have large portions of a color picture being nothing but clear, blue sky that I want to polarize -- and I've spent a...
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    That's a very arbitrary focal length to choose, and only applies to a few subject, like some clear blue skies -- some of the time. I've used polarizers with fisheye lenses, with perfect results,...
  22. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    Sounds like a vote for a keychain 110.
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    Re: Polarisation Filter

    I agree with Bob. Much depends on how you meter -- incident vs reflectance. If you use a TTL meter you will see a change in the exposure as the PL is rotated. If there is a lot in the scene...
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    Re: Hello and happy new year from Lancashire, UK

    Here are a couple of ideas.

    If you can, open the lens on the camera and focus on a distant object -- like the horizon. Then measure the distance from the film plane (back of the camera) to the...
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    Re: Hello and happy new year from Lancashire, UK

    There are lots of people on this Forum -- not me! -- that are knowledgeable about older cameras and lenses, but when you can give us more details on the lens and camera, such as anything inscribed on...
  26. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    Just go to the Yosemite Visitor Center and buy a bunch of the 35mm slides that they sell.

    Then actually enjoy the experience of the Park!!!

    When you get home, scan the slides and tell...
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    Re: Hello and happy new year from Lancashire, UK

    Welcome to the group.
    That's a beauty, for sure!
    Were you intending to get into large format, or did this "piano" simply land on your head?
    What type of photography did you do in the past -- if...
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    Re: Bathroom Darkroom Ideas

    Here's the OMEGA I mentioned.

    222949

    Others made similar setups. Some were B&W and some COLOR too. You can get these for next to nothing -- if you can find them. I'd check out the DAYLAB...
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    Re: Bathroom Darkroom Ideas

    First "enlargers" in TWO groups:
    #1 small enlargers like those listed here: http://www.subclub.org/darkroom/enlarge.htm
    There are also "suitcase enlargers" (pretty obvious), and "PRESS enlargers"...
  30. Re: Question for chemistry--especially D-23--experts

    Just one more reason I mix my own. They are always available, always fresh, and per sheet, basically free.
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    I'm not familiar with the SP-445, and it's been a while since I used D-23, but if you are mixing D-23 yourself, it's as close to free as you can get. Since I only use about two ounces of developer...
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    Re: Film developing stuff I learned today

    That's why I use MIDO film holders. There is no way you can get TWO sheets of film in them. But that's not why I use them.

    And when I get them loaded -- which is a pain in the butt -- I crank up...
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    Re: Film developing stuff I learned today

    We ALL screw-up!!!!

    That's for SURE!!!

    We've been there, and we understand!!!

    My approach is to have a beer and turn up the music -- LOUD!!!!!

    I prefer Pink Floyd or Cream, but I've found...
  34. Re: Using a Neutral Density Filter on a Rear Lens Element

    Just one more reason to run a simple test.
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    I always TRY to remind myself -- "Trust, but TEST".
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    Re: Darkroom from zero: Chems disposal

    Much of what you use in the darkroom will not hurt the bacteria in a septic tank. For example, stop bath is mostly vinegar -- about 5% acetic acid. So a lot depends on how large your tank is, what...
  37. Thread: White Rim Road

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    Re: White Rim Road

    There are a couple of ways to get from Route 12 to Hanksville through Capitol Reef. The main road is Route 24 through the north section of the Park -- Tourist Central. The other heads east from...
  38. Re: Using a Neutral Density Filter on a Rear Lens Element

    Just about any question on this -- or any other forum -- is asking for trouble.

    My advise? Just run a couple of simple tests -- with X vs without X, with X vs Y, etc.

    I'd also advise that you...
  39. Thread: White Rim Road

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    Re: White Rim Road

    I drove down Utah Rt. 12 when it was still a dirt road. If I had to confess, I'd admit that it was what convinced me to go large format.
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    Re: Wide Lenses for 4x5 & 8x10: 90mm to 165mm

    Thanks for the info.

    It makes me glad I settled on 77mm filters as my standard long ago. These are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Not too many lenses go over that -- and I couldn't...
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