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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Long ago I found a first edition of "The Place No One Knew". it was out of print at the time and I paid a lot for it. Revisiting it recently, I'd like to see the 2000 reissue. Color lithography has...
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    Re: press-on lens shade for 203mm Ektar?

    BrianShaw, thanks for mentioning FilterFind. Looks to be a very useful resource. And paulbarden, enjoy your 203/7.7 Ektar. It's a fine lens and I should have kept mine.
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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    It's a great thing to have this history documented. I hope that the author has registered his book with the Library of Congress, and has sent them a copy. If there were only 100 copies printed,...
  4. Re: Bellows on my Tachihara: how to tell leather from not leather

    My 4x5 Tachi, made in 1982, had very thin black goatskin bellows. There was no mistaking them for plastic. I treated them yearly with Lexol, and had no troubles in the ten years I owned that camera.
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    Re: Zone VI Camera Question

    I've used one of these (hard) since new in 1992. They are quite well built; the bellows are plastic and mine are still as new. The wide angle bellows will come apart where the bag meets the pleated...
  6. Re: extended red sensitivity panchromatic b/w

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? More separation in the glowing fire? But metalworking shops tend to be dark (if dramatic) and you're going to need a fast film. And some fill light too, if my...
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    Re: haze in negative

    Looks like flare from backlighting x damp air x condensation? on your lens. Don't know what you had in mind but it doesn't look bad.
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    Re: Self Publishing LF Photo Book

    I did well with Blurb in 2011. You can probably still see it (and buy a copy!) on their site.... its title is "A Closer Look", and my name of course.
  9. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    I make photographs because that's what I do. Personally and professionally for... 49/43 years and counting.
    I use a 4x5 camera and film because that method suits my image-making needs. After 40+...
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    Re: Rare lens maybe only exists in catalog

    18" Wide Field Ektar? I've seen and used a few low-production, specialized Kodak lenses, but never heard of that one. If it existed it would cover 20x24.
  11. Re: Schneider Symmar s150 F/5.6 Lens Coverage Assistance

    The 150/5.6 Symmar-S won't cover 8x10 at normal portrait distances. Put a 4x5 reducing back on your 8x10 and you should be fine.
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    Re: Are all plasmats convertible?

    I once had a Schneider brochure, introducing the Symmar-S lens line (c.1972). In it they explained that they had eliminated the convertible feature in order to improve performance of the whole lens....
  13. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    Well, once I get a small a/c unit for the darkroom, I'm going to make some tests and figure it out. I've been printing for forty years and my results are... anomalous... to say the least. Not...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    The short answer is that back movements control perspective, and front movements control depth-of-field.
    Most view cameras have a tilting back, very useful for getting verticals (in the picture)...
  15. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    This is odd, but... I've been printing with Ilford Multicontrast Classic and Adox MCC lately, and I can't get any color shift at all with KRST @1:20. Doesn't matter how long I leave the print in the...
  16. Re: Chicago Latitude June 2021 Artist in Residence: Rachel Fein-Smolinski

    Must be a hell of a big building to make a 10x10 Fotar disappear... I worked with several for 20 years at a previous job and they are enormous (and very capable machines).
    Jokes aside, I'll read the...
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    Re: Rare unknown film

    Kodak made many, many specialized graphic-arts films over the decades. As this box has been out-of-date for fifty years, I can't say that I'm familiar with it; my experience with EK's lab films...
  18. Re: Afascinating book on Life's photojournalism

    I've had a copy of "What They Saw" for probably 20 years now. Fascinating stories from a world quite different from today's.
    Anyone who follows this forum will find it worthwhile to own!
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    Re: CatLabs 80 ASA Film

    What's your film processing method? A post above here mentions "shorter" development times in FX-37... generally not a good idea for even development of sheet film. Of course I have no experience...
  20. Re: Any suggestions for packing away a D-II?

    I moved my D-II from Rochester NY to Alexandria VA in late '17, and then to Tucson (where I set it up). Then in early '19 I moved it across town, and set it up again in its permanent (I hope) home....
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    Re: Weekend Mystery Quiz

    I owned, and photographed extensively with, a 4x5 Tachi from 1982-92... and never used the scales. Much later, on the job, I worked with a Sinar F2 and occasionally needed its DoF calculator. I'm...
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    The Wratten #44 is a "minus-red" filter. When used with pan film in daylight, it will give you a tonal rendition like an ortho film. A blue filter, like a #47, will give more extreme effects.
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    Re: 300mm lens 4x5" landscape

    I've used a 300/9 Nikkor-M for landscapes for almost 30 years. Perhaps my favorite lens. It's worked well on featherweight Japanese folders, a Zone Vi 4x5, and a Sinar Norma. I plan to use it for as...
  24. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Let's go back 40 years or so, to when I was a portrait photographer. I worked for a large studio, and my assignments were high school senior portraits. I and my colleagues used 70mm long-roll...
  25. Re: Focal Lengths with movements for Tachihara 4x5

    I had a 4x5 Tachihara for ten years. I successfully used 90mm lenses (wide angle) and a 300/9 Nikkor-M (long). Mr. Noel's advice above is good.
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    I well recall the "Out of the Shadow" show at the Phillips Collection- it was spectacular. The book is a worthy companion to the show and the reproductions are good. The Lodima Press books have the...
  27. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    Thanks Oren, that's the one. When I got hired at Kodak in 1984 the English version of that brochure (along with a bunch of other ephemera) was in the desk they gave me. I still have some of those...
  28. Re: Matthew Genitempo: Jasper - Film Stock?

    It would be very difficult to tell just by looking at his (beautiful) images as jpegs on a monitor. If the photographer has a website or contact info, why not ask him?
  29. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    The first Schneider Symmars were f/6.8 designs; similar to a Dagor, I believe. Those were replaced by the "convertible" Symmars (as seen here) in the mid-1950s. I've used several of those lenses over...
  30. Re: Citric acid equivalent for acetic acid bath.

    Acetic acid (in whatever form) is stinky. I recently started using a citric acid stop bath; my dilutions are approximate, but it's worked fine so far. In addition to that, for several years I've used...
  31. Re: No dumb questions here...What have I purchased?

    Mr. Shiu is correct- you remove the front group of the 150mm Symmar to make it a 265mm lens. Opinions vary on the optical quality of the rear element alone, but you'll soon find out for yourself....
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    I admire the format and would enjoy making whole-plate contact prints. Perhaps someday when the right subject matter appears, I'll give it a try.
  33. Re: Equivalent of Massive Dev Chart for Paper Developers ?

    B/W photo paper generally develops to completion- camera films do not. That's why paper development times are relatively simple and standardized, while film development is not. True, you can alter...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Well, let's just say that each branch of Saguaro NP has its own photographic opportunities and challenges. If you visit Tucson, be sure to visit both... and then take the drive up Mt. Lemmon. No...
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    Re: How Many Pros use LF?

    Well, I'm drifting into retirement after 40+ years in the business... I haven't used an LF camera on assignment since around 2010 (architecture was the last stand for LF in the professional world). ...
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    If you mean the commonly available folding rubber lens hoods, yes. They're cheap and compact.
    I often use the dark slide to shade the lens when photographing outside, but I have quite a few...
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    Re: Shooting expired B&W film

    It's always a gamble. I've been using 4x5 TMX-100 that expired in 2005, kept frozen since new. It's performed well, with no fog issues. I had, from the same source, some TMY-400 that was too fogged...
  38. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    It's hard to be spontaneous with any view camera. I've shot a great deal of architecture (professionally and personally) and I've used several different 4x5s, from a featherweight Tachihara to a...
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    Re: Recent Work

    I like #s 3 and 5 especially.
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    Re: Shut away in an attic...

    Mark Osterman, now retired from the George Eastman Museum, is consulting on this (per his posts on FB). So it's safe to say that a truly knowledgable person is on the case.
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