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  1. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    It's going to happen eventually, Mark, no matter which camera comes next.



    No geared rise needed Robert. In fact focusing is the only geared movement I'd really appreciate having.
    It doesn't...
  2. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    That’s for sure, Robert, even though my wife is very understanding.
    She also helps me a lot with work, so she knows some of the “dilemmas” with various cameras that I work with.
    I do work with...
  3. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    As I said earlier, I have a friend who owns both the Misura and the Metric. I asked him which camera would be more capable of carrying a 3+ pound lens, here's his reply:

    The heaviest lens I have...
  4. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Thanks guys.
    I do have a full Sinar 4x5 and 8x10 kit in the basement, I just don't use it, and don't want to use it.
    The way I see it, I'm playing with architectural photography, I'm a hobbyist in...
  5. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Thank you, Mark, I will definitely look into it more closely.

    The Misura has rear fall/rise and shift, but it has 100mm of front rise to make up for that.
    Given what and how I shoot, this suits...
  6. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Thanks, Peter. Good to know.
    I've been on this Misura kick for a while, and spoke with another forum member who owns one and loves it.
    It's an F-line 8x10, but lighter and with a few less movements...
  7. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Re: 8x10 Camera Musing

    Thank you
  8. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Re: 8x10 Camera Musing

    Thanks, Mark.
    You're right, I do wonder about this Arca business a lot, mostly because I've tried almost everything else out there and eventually sold it.
    Over time, tastes and preferences change,...
  9. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Re: 8x10 Camera Musing

    Yes! I like this post! :)
    Kiwi, do you own one? If so, what do you think the front standard can handle? A 2- or 3-pound lens? More?
  10. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Re: 8x10 Camera Musing

    Considered the Calumet also, Jim, and there's lots there to recommend.
    Ultimately, if I go that heavy, I'd choose the 810M.
    Thanks!
  11. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Thanks, Peter and Kumar.

    Not arguing with either of you, but I'm trying to find one camera that can do what I'd need.
    I'd like to do my portraits, duck out for an occasional building/urban shot,...
  12. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Thanks, guys.

    Andrew, I've owned the 810G as well, hard to carry around, but it's such an awesome camera.
    It would be a great candidate but for the difficulty in carting it around. I think if I...
  13. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    Saw one, Mark, and at a good price, too. But I hemmed and hawed and missed out on it.
    That would be a very good camera for many things.
    I've owned one before, but returned it because it was, well,...
  14. Thread: 8x10 Camera Musing

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    8x10 Camera Musing

    Hey everyone,
    Currently using a Kodak 2D 8x10, and it's gotten a lot of respect here because it's sturdy and does the job without advertising it.
    Being a wood camera, it lacks any real precision,...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Randy. Don’t think too much!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Indeed. Thanks, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Here are scans in the order I shot them, CZJ Tessar 250mm on 4x5 plates.
    I've heard many times that beginners usually over-expose, but I underexposed.
    Collodion pours were pretty good, I think, my...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I worked out of the back of my hatchback, which is probably too bright, but that's what I have to do.
    The bike lamp is inside the box, but I should probably get a couple more.
    Thanks, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Finally got outside and shot some plates today. The heat outside is intense, feels hotter than the advertised 97F.
    I kept my chemicals in a cooler with an ice pack, this caused the collodion to form...
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    There are also some thin-profile soft box options. I used to use only Wafer soft boxes. They were - and still are - very expensive, but also top-quality. They're also half as deep as other pro soft...
  21. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    You wasted a Frank Zappa coaster on that? Hope you have more!
  22. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I've had bad experiences buying camera gear from Italy (see: Gibellini), so thanks, Paul. You helped me dodge a possible bullet.
    Thanks for your own list, Kent.
    Seems like Jody Ake is no longer...
  23. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Rats! These looked promising.
    In any case, there's no rush, I have yet to shoot a 4x5 plate. Plenty of time to contact Lund and anyone else.
    Thanks, Paul.
  24. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Thanks for that. I believe Lund still uses the wheel lock, yes.
    I was also looking at the Stenopeika holder for occasional full 8x10 plates, with a 6x8 insert for more regular use.
    I'll have a look...
  25. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Paul, is there a holder you’ recommend instead?
    For later on, I was considering a Lund holder with a 6x8 insert.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Of course!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Hey! Thought I'd post a brief update, and I hope that others starting out are getting close to producing some plates as well.
    The last few items I needed finally arrived: 4x5 aluminum plates and the...
  28. Re: New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Gets Even Better

    Yeah, "The Simpsons" is no longer a parody, it's just a mirror.
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    I watched a Topshit Photography video where he said that the collodion and silver make for a nearly grainless image.
    Something about using molecules instead of film grain, or something to that...
  30. Thread: June Portraits

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    Re: June Portraits

    What a great photo. Depth, composition and a standout lens all work together very well here.
  31. Re: New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Gets Even Better

    Have you tried Lightroom?
  32. Re: Exploring offering of black glass for ambrotypes, silver gelatin ambrotype kits.

    I'd be interested in black glass for collodion use as well, depending on price of course.
    Keep us posted, and thanks for this, Jason.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    I've found that I rarely need a head with 4x5 or 8x10. Instead I use the tripod with a levelling half-ball, which gives me 15˚ of movement, more than enough for 99% of my shooting.
    I simply attached...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Cheers, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Of course, understood.

    By the way, it's been proven that a newbie can't land a plane, but a newbie (like Quinn and others) has figured out wet plate alone.

    I had a local instructor lined up for...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Garrett,
    Not everything is spelled out in Quinn's book. I like to be sure about what I'm doing so as to develop good habits going forward.
    Yes, I set up this thread to ask questions, for others to...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Noted, thanks fellas.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I assume it's ok, but thought to ask anyway: if I don't have glass handy, but I do have acrylic, can I use that instead to excite the silver bath?
    Any drawbacks?
    Thanks
  39. Thread: June Portraits

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    Re: June Portraits

    Thank you, Eric!
  40. Thread: Focusing A Petzval

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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    Thanks, Drew and Mark.
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