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    Re: Focusing on Ground Glass??

    If you want a cheap loupe to start with, try an electronics store (Maplins in the UK has a 6x loupe for 8, or about $12) or even a haberdashery. Look for something called a "linen tester" -...
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    Re: lusting over some lenses

    Not necessarily. If the lens has been properly stored, well away from darkroom chemicals, there could be a fair bit of the good stuff left. Alternatively, it may have been pickled in vintage brandy -...
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    Re: Is KEH good for LF lenses?

    My experience with Keh seems to be the usual one - their ratings are reliable (except that BGN goods can be a bit pot-luck, which they make clear in their rating guide), and their service is...
  4. Re: Which camera to choose... For portrait, landscape, close ups, wet plate and digit

    Depends on your price range (which you didn't specify). Keh Camera currently lists a Toyo 45C at $199, which will certainly give you the Graflok back (as well as full movements).
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    Re: starting again...

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    I once owned a Toyo 45C mono rail 5x4 about 25yrs ago...

    Peter, I think one question you could ask yourself is: What didn't I like about the Toyo 45C when I did have it?...
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    Re: Is KEH good for LF lenses?

    Agree up to a point - serious and truthful critique is important in any photographer's development; and perhaps there isn't enough of it even on this forum.

    However, I have to say that I...
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    Re: Is KEH good for LF lenses?

    Surely it would still be LF if you shot non-film with a LF camera? (Actually, given the way Kodak are going with their range of emulsions, I think maybe their R&D people are working on this concept...
  8. Re: Lightest and most compact tripod for minimal 4x5 kit

    Have you considered a 2-way (video) head? E.g. the Manfrotto 700RC2 - rated max load 2.5kg, weight 0.52kg (and there are no doubt plenty of others out there). If you want absolute maximum weight...
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    Re: Is KEH good for LF lenses?

    Myself, I plan to leave the bellows off my Omega 45C entirely. Another weight-saving trick vinny doesn't mention is to only load your film-holders on one side.

    Sorry, off thread. I've dealt with...
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    Re: Show off your camera!

    People tell me they are no good even as doorstops. However, they work well as paperweights around the office - good conversation-openers at job interviews...
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    Re: Show off your camera!

    goamules (#1529)

    Lovely collection! This is steampunk GAS with a vengeance. I particularly like the one in the middle of the middle shelf - looks like a stereoscopic pair, but hey, anyone up for a...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    My normal tripod broke and really wanted this shot to be low... (StoneNYC, post 1942)

    As a matter of interest, what broke on the tripod? That is, what was its weak point?
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Somewhere in the Glasshouse Mountains?
  14. Re: Advice on how to price my 11x14 Ambrotypes and Ferrotypes

    These are just my thoughts, based on several years in a small chemical company; I don't have any experience of the photography or art businesses.

    One basis for initially setting prices: work out...
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    Re: Stiff rotating back on Toyo 45C

    Update: problem fixed, with help from Jac and (at last) from the guys at Toyo US.

    Toyo recommended silicone lubricant, but didn't say exactly where to put it (except "on moving parts"). Yeah,...
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    Re: Hi from Torquay, UK

    Thanks for the good words, Andrew.

    My initial lens selection was based on my 35mm habits - using a 24mm and 50mm for much of the time, plus a 135mm and 200mm occasionally - so I figured I should...
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    Re: Good lupe for under 100?

    I found a Waltex brand linen tester at Maplins in the UK (why is an electronics store carrying this?) for 7.99 (about US$13) - cast alloy, Chinese made, may be available in other stores/chains too....
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    Re: Finally...my perfect 10x8 bag!

    In the UK a film holder is a film holder. It, uh, holds film. The dark slide is the plastic or metal sheet which goes over the film by sliding into the film holder (and keeps it dark, I guess); it's...
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    Re: Hi from Torquay, UK

    Thanks, Ed. Actually I'm pretty well off for books (Simmons, Adams, the Kodak book, plus more general titles). In another life I was a librarian, so I've always had the habit of reading up on a...
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    Re: Hi from Torquay, UK

    Hi, Pete, and thanks for the advice. (Now he tells me!) No, actually I've read quite a lot, particularly on this forum, about adventures with older lenses and cameras - and to be frank, I'm not that...
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    Re: Hi from Torquay, UK

    Another county heard from! So Basil's fame has spread as far as Maine too - I'm impressed, Will.
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    Re: Hi from Torquay, UK

    I did mention the war by accident, but I think I got away with it.

    Thanks for the welcome, Andrew - and I'm delighted to find that a British comedy classic has made it as far as BC!
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    Hi from Torquay, UK

    Hello to the LF world. I've been taking pictures in SF (small format - 35mm) for a long time, and more recently in MF (Mamiya RB67) too. Now retired, I have indulged myself (my credit card hates me!)...
  24. Re: Looking for a reasonable price of my camera for insurance

    Your first port of call is probably your insurance company or broker. Your policy will tell you whether they are looking at "market value" (which seems to be what you are actually asking about) or...
  25. Re: sinar large format camera with lots of goodies..my new toy!

    Jeez, amazing stuff! And to think I've just started into LF because I want to go simple and fully manual! I wish you all the best with the new toy - but I reckon the advice already given above is...
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    Re: Stiff rotating back on Toyo 45C

    Got you.

    There is an "intermediate locking lever" below the screen (not to the right); it's black plastic, whereas the Toyo manual shows it as shiny silver, which is why I hadn't even found it...
  27. Re: Must-haves? An Essential Reading List Thread

    Should this thread be called Craig's List?

    Almost everything here is good. However, I'd caution anyone who picks up Barthes or Sontag unawares: these two are cultural theorists with some very...
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    Re: One (LF) camera, one lens?

    No experience yet in LF (just starting), but I fully agree that "constraint augments creativity." That's exactly why I so much enjoy writing sonnets. BUT I also write in other forms (including free...
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    Stiff rotating back on Toyo 45C

    I've just bought a Toyo 45C monorail camera - still at the "playing with my new toy" stage, no film shot yet - and I find that its rotating back is extremely stiff to move. No sticking or grittiness...
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