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  1. Re: Affordable 8x10: Any Other Game than Intrepid?

    Do not overlook the old Burk and James cameras as a budget camera. They are a bit clunky and were never considered to be high-end when new . . .but if it is in good shape, it will do naything you...
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    Re: 5x7 Film Holder Case?

    I like my 4x5 Cascade wrapper from PhotoBackpacker. If you csn find one in 5x7 snap it up.
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    Re: My 4x5 set up for Hiking

    Can we see the camera gear packed up with the otnere hiking gear? What pack will it all gointo?
  4. Re: Rayments Patent camera - who has one? - need some measures

    Here in the USA there are many outlets for craft grade hardwo lumber in large and small pieces, "Wood Crafter" ias one.

    Internationally, e-Bay often has listings for craft lumber. Take a look,...
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    Re: Focusing Cloth r

    Umm . . .you put it on over your head with your arms in the sleeves, black side out. Arrange you tripod mounted camera and rough focus (extend bellows). Now pull the waist band or the t-shirt over...
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    Re: DIY Custom Case Foam Cutting

    Found a couple of videos

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9gMqvd8LbI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l87JQLGRIPs
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    Re: How Do You Clean Your Lenses & Filters?

    Whatever works for you . . . My lenses never see fresh air when out of doors . . lens caps protect the filters . . . ..that seems to work for me.
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    Re: Focusing Cloth r

    No one has a heavy black T-shirt?
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    DIY Custom Case Foam Cutting

    Ran across this website and it looks interesting. They provide online tools to let you plan the cutouts for a foam insert for your case. Then they laser cut the insert and send it to you.
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  10. Re: How Large Can I Print a 4x5 Drum-Scanned Negative Before The Resolution Degrades?

    I have never done this, so this idea is total speculation:

    One way to get an idea of the possible resolution might be to shoot a resolution target and put the negative, or a part of a negative...
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    Re: How Do You Clean Your Lenses & Filters?

    Clean lenses?

    I don't do it. All my lenses wear a filter, skylight or haze, perminantly. Cap goes on before dismounting and the rear cap immediately after. Any cleaning happens to the filter.
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  12. Re: What camera to shoot with out in the field when using HEAVY lenses?

    I have a Wista DX45. I do not use "heavy " lenses.
  13. Re: Technika in a Domke F-2 or other shoulder bag?

    OK, "Porta Brace" is not something I have heard of before. What is that?
  14. Re: Technika in a Domke F-2 or other shoulder bag?

    AbriZzi: Don't over think this. Having read your Op, I realize that you are looking for the best bag, not the cheqapest bag. However finding what works best for you may not happen ritght awqay. ...
  15. Re: Consolidation of Darlot barrel and lens marking changes to help with dating?

    There may be another complicating dynamic at work.

    IN looking at brass lenses on e-Bay, I am seeing incomplete lenses and parts offered. It is my suspicion that there is a bit of mix-and-match...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    I now have back and joint issues.

    this bag is often moved around on a set of luggage wheels. . . .and not very far from the car. It is more compact than the ancient LowePro Trekker AW, but not as...
  17. Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Reminds me of the old joke:

    "I had a bad dream where I had died and my wife sold off all of may cameras/guns/fishing gear for what I had told her I'd paid for it all"
  18. Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Hi Randy . . .AND I wanted to use one or both of them. The owner was a true collector though, and couldn't imagine any scenario where light exposed film through them.

    My opportunity to get a few...
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    Re: Old(er) lens cleaning best practices?

    Back in the 1990s, when the old Houston Camera Show was big, I handled a lot of pre-War cameras and lenses. The uncoated lenses for Speed Graphics and others seemed to clean up OK by removing the...
  20. Re: Consolidation of Darlot barrel and lens marking changes to help with dating?

    Isn't there a reference book on These lenses out there?

    I found this one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Photographic-Lenses-France-Corrado-DAgostini/dp/8883414918

    Havent reqad it, so don't...
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    Re: Technique: leaf Shutter and strobe

    Thanks everyone: As always, the pool of talanty and knowledge here is truly wide and deep.

    All that info was there in my head, but I had to be reminded about how to sort it out.
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    Re: Ring size for Wollensak 15" f/5.6?

    Whir-Click: Thanks!
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    Technique: leaf Shutter and strobe

    Got myself a little confused, perhaps over-thinking something.

    So I want to do a strudio shot, table-top or portrait , and use strobes with my regular LF gear. Camera will be a Zone VI 4x5 and...
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    Re: bellows factor app

    Um. . .yeah. Just pre-figure the per-inch correction for your most used lenses or the metric equivilant. Do the math once.

    When shooting in the field with the creative juices flowing and the...
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    Ring size for Wollensak 15" f/5.6?

    I have a Wollensak 15" f/5.6 lens in a Alphax Synchro shutter. There is no mounting ring or flange. I have Klge-mounted it to a board with duct tape for now.

    SK Grimes quotes over $65 for a...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    This discussion of packs and what gear goes into them is interesting. How to get it all into a pack is also interesting. I do envy you guys with the physical ability to get out of the parking lot...
  27. Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Back in the 1990s, a group I belonged to toured a mamber's collection. He had converted a room over his garage into a display area for all his cameras. Glass display cases on three wals held...
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    Re: NOOB Question About Starter LF Cameras

    I think this nailes it. If you stay with LF photography you will own several cameras over the years. There is great advice in this thread. Choose to follow the recommendations that seem to fit...
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    Re: Atlas BackPacks for 4x5

    One approach is to adapt a serious hiking backpack for photography by using padded inserts. This gets you a pack designed for comfortable carry of some weight over rough ground. This was the...
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    Re: optimizing folding hood shade?

    I started out in LF with a series of Speed Graphics, back in the late 1980s when press cameras were plentiful on the used market.

    I tried to use the pop up folding hoods. This never worked well...
  31. Re: 3weeks with a 4x5 on vacation advise on practical things

    Back in 2011, we spent two weeks at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In Houston I asked for hand inspection of a fifty sheet box of Tri-X. I explained that it was unexposed high speed...
  32. Re: 3weeks with a 4x5 on vacation advise on practical things

    Pack for the airport security check point with the bag empty. Load it up with film and ice for ground travel. It is a case of doing what is possible when it can be done and adapting to...
  33. Re: 3weeks with a 4x5 on vacation advise on practical things

    An insulated lunch bag should keep film cooler. Zip-Loc bags inside each other with a bit of ice will help.

    Keep the kit simple to save weight; fewer lenses (one?) fewer film holders etc. I...
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    Re: 4x5 for road trip

    I see the TravelWides on e-Bay once in a while now. I have one ,with the 90mm Schneider 6.8 mounted, and it is both light . . .and a bit delicate. I am a little rough on equipment.

    Whatever...
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    Re: 4x5 for road trip

    Good stufrf on the Intense Screen.

    What is the potential issue with installing one in a Speed Graphic? Is it more complex than a simple drop-in?

    Now back to the OP: What is your current...
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    Re: 4x5 for road trip

    Whew . . .$300 and up for a medium format screen . . .what about a 4x5 or 8x10? Must be well over $500.

    Who inas this product for Large Formats?
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    Re: 4x5 for road trip

    I don't know anything about a Maxwell screen . . .what is the complication? The Graphic screen of course comes out with three tiny screws and metal clips. Maybe I should look into a Maxwell screen...
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    Re: bellows factor app

    My favorite lens in the field is marked 150mm (or 6 inches). Having worked it out ahead of time, for every inch of bellows extension beyond 6 inches I open up 1/3 stop.

    With my 210mm (8.25...
  39. Re: Determining aperture of antique brass lens?

    Steven: Sounds good. But I am confused about x/y . . .which is which?

    If: GG measurement of the known focal length is...………………….M1
    ` The marked focal length of the known lens in mm...
  40. Re: Determining aperture of antique brass lens?

    Mar5kings on the lens' aperture ring do not correspond with the current f-stop progression. I do not remember exactly what they are just now. The lens is being mounted by a technician. It will...
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