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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Yep, as I used to say when doing training, "there are no stupid questions....only stupid people."
    In jest of course.
  2. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    The problem with oil is if you get some on the inside surface of the lens, now you have even more of a reason to get it apart to clean it. But may not be able to. A bigger problem is the oil may...
  3. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    You are going to have to be an explorer to discover how to get this apart I fear. Everything that was assembled, can be disassembled. The trick it to do it non-destructively. The outside ends next...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I have it on good authority that the term "three strikes, you're out law" was coined from the "three turns and it's out" TTH patented thread.

    Did you know Dallmeyer also had standardized threads...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I should get mine out and shoot some soft focus this winter.
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    Re: Your Oldest Lens

    I just got my oldest lens. A c1750s Dollond refracting telescope. He invented the Achromatic lens group that made most early portrait lenses possible. Very neat to look through glass from before...
  7. Re: Current sources for having a lens flange made?

    There is a machinist in Oregon that Milan used to recommend that makes good flanges. Can't recall his name right now. Also, any local machinist worth his salt can match a thread from a ring of...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    What content sells? Pretty women, pretty landscapes.
    Who buys it in bulk? I was at a hospital this year, and saw some very nice black and white landscapes by an AZ photographer. Then I went to a...
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    Largest wetplate demo and darkroom ever

    My friend Blake did a fantastic thing!
    https://petapixel.com/2019/10/01/photographer-turns-symphony-hall-into-the-worlds-largest-darkroom/
  10. Re: A Special Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Very nice, makes me want to head for the hills.
  11. Re: Stress of Buying Lenses - Sight Unseen / Reputation

    I found a guy a few years ago that said he had some old lenses, from a studio his dad ran. This guy was in his 60s. I asked what they were and got answers like "some were black, some were...
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    Re: Star Camera Company

    I have some knowledge of that company and the owner. He is slow. Like a lot of craftsmen, he works on his schedule, and sometimes (often) his promised delivery date will be exceeded by weeks or...
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    I got the slides back from the lab, and decided to rescan a few. Whew, much better than what they'd done:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48785798952_718028d30f_b.jpg
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    Ha! Yeah, but the leaded is hard to get. I use a pencil sharpener and dump some shavings into the tank every fill.
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    My other mule looks pretty good with it.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48754738096_caba11b8f3_c.jpg
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    Hey, great idea! All seriousness aside: I wasn't really that impressed, compared to Velvia.
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    You bunch of weenies. I order you to go order an order.
  18. Re: Stress of Buying Lenses - Sight Unseen / Reputation

    It is a gamble buying expensive optics, like expensive sports cars. You can't learn to use either in an "reasonable amount of time" that a seller would let you use it for. In a year, yes. In one...
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    New Ektachrome 35mm

    Anyone shooting it? I got a couple rolls, and just got one developed.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48759493058_0446eedb27_b.jpg
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Are you calling it "virgin" because it was never used? Or because no one ever bought any of them and they remained immaculate? I've thought a more appropriate name would have been "Ringling Bros....
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    Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    Lexol conditioner for leather. There are a few others you can use for fine leather, research saddlery. NOT Neatsfoot Oil unless you want a floppy, oily mess.

    For wood, there really isn't much...
  22. Re: Focusing range of Goerz Dagor 305mm 6.8 for portraits?

    Jim, why measure half way between the lens nodal and the ground glass? I always measure the entire distance.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Good deal Stephen! Fun learning and using these exotics.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    I resemble that remark.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48638205757_ae8569f459_b.jpg
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Evidently you and I are the only two on the LF forum who care about these. Strange how silent this forum has become since a few years ago. Like a library in a backwater town, I guess.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Thanks, they're good ones. It came yesterday, and the iris works. Everything looks good on it, ready to try.
  27. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    I let the design of my lens dictate my shots:

    Extreme Wide Angle - LF imitation "selfie" photos with round faces and big noses
    Fast Petzval - architectural shots of toilet functioning, to show...
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Today's the day it should arrive. After the usual UPS circuitous route back and forth across the continent a couple times (they have to justify their 6 day shipping time somehow) I should get it and...
  29. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    As a guy that got into LF and wetplate around 2006, I can say there was a price spike about 5 years ago, but it's going back down. Like a lot of fads, I've seen it a lot over my life - up fast, then...
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    Re: Darlot Rectilinears

    Darlot were innovators. They came up with a lot of interesting variations of technologies, if not outright patentable inventions. I went to the big Paris camera show twice, and it was amazing some...
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    Re: Darlot Rectilinears

    I also heard from Milan Z., a lens scholar, that the "earliest" lever stop Darlots were a different design than later. He said the first ones were more like a Harrison Globe. But I've never seen...
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    CC Harrison - with patent iris

    I've really slowed down my radial drive lens collecting from the Golden Era a few years ago. But have a late CC Harrison with the iris coming soon. Several recent threads made me think about what...
  33. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Somewhere I've got a better illustration, but this shows some of the subtle differences.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48593954117_a3eb1d5505_o.jpg
  34. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    OK, maybe I'll try them. I found 2 excellent condition ones a couple years ago, and promptly sold them thinking I wouldn't use them.
  35. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Still want to buy a couple of proper film holders (see WTB ad).
  36. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Going back between the first generation wide angles of the 1860s, and the anastigmats of the 1890s, there were a few more good ones. The R. D. Gray Extreme Wide Angle and the Morrison wides are very...
  37. Re: When did decent wide angles show up? [lens history question]

    Um...the Protar V, from about 1891 I believe.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/4036/4579540808_409f21b089_o.jpg
  38. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    It was needed - I have a bunch of 4x5 film in the freezer, but only a Speed Graphic and I think a Korona in that size. I better shoot it more, my usual 5x7 and whole plate are getting too expensive.
  39. Re: Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Thanks both. I'll fiddle with it some more, and need some graflex film holders before I can shoot it. But will give it a try.
  40. Auto Graflex - manual of arms and tips needed

    Hi, I've avoided buying one of these for years, always wanting the 5x7 one. But this 4x5 was clean and 50 bucks, so I sprung for it.

    The shutter curtain is wrinkled, but seems to travel ok. ...
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