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    Re: Greetings from Kansas

    SG license tags.:D


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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I'm still betting on a gas of some sort. Had to be something in the air to affect people and dog and drop them in their tracks.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Greetings from Kansas

    Where in KS? I used to live in Lenexa.


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    Re: What would you do with this?

    The square bellows makes me think 1890s.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Lightweight 6x9 Wide-Camera

    I could use something like that.:)


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    Re: Can someone please give me an overview

    This is "marketing" by the seller. Pretty much none of the cameras you see on ebay are from the wet plate era. Almost all were actually designed to mostly shoot film and maybe dry plates. I shoot...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    My guess is it was a gas of some sort. It dropped 3 people and an animal in their tracks simultaneously with no visible signs. Few things can do that. Gases like CO and CO2 have been known to...
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Looks like you're back on track.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    I've been doing wet plate for 2 years now. Some thoughts. First, I suggest sunning for at least two days. It takes awhile for the nasties to drop out. Second I suggest filtering through a coffee...
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    Re: Lens recommendation: Indoor, wide

    I use a Nikon 90mm f4.5 on my Chamonix 045n. I photo interiors of abandoned houses. Ioften use a Nikon 75mm too.


    Kent in SD
  11. Re: Voigtlander Bergheil 9x12 Shift Control Not Moving

    On my Zeiss Tropen Adoro I have to pull the knob out.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    I live in the Dakotas and know wind
    It's blown trains off the tracks here. First strategy is shoot behind a wind block such as my car, shrubs, boulders. Second is to not extend my tripod and...
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    Re: 8x10 platform head options

    I use the heavier Kodak 2D 8x10. When I need to lighten the weight I remove the tripod head and screw the camera directly to the tripod. A leveling base would probably make this a little easier.
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    Re: Dove head first into the abyss

    Focus loupe comes to mind. A cable release makes things easier.


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    Re: Strange Experience in Monument Valley

    Have just scratched this place off my November trip list.


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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    The best advice so far is to have someone send you a well done 8x10 neg and see what can be done with it. I have an Epson scanner and know it's nowhere near up to what you want. You'll need a very...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    I shoot 4x5, 8x10, and a Nikon D850 DSLR. I have some thoughts. Shooting an 8x10 is very expensive. I do about 95% wet plate with mine. How are you going to do the enlargement size you mentioned?...
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    Re: Getting back into 4x5 -- Need some Suggestions

    I think the first thing you need to determine is if you will always want to use a tripod or not.


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    Re: Getting back into 4x5 -- Need some Suggestions

    I have a Chamonix 045n and love it. However it's strengths (lens movements, wide range of lens lengths) are things you don't need for portraits. Plus you really can't use a Chamonix hand held. You...
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    Re: New rotary device for developing film

    It looks nice and the price is right. If I processed more film than I do I might well go for one.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Velvia 100 discontinued in the US

    Bureaucrats have long been out of control and live in a theoretical world. Glad I've shifted into wet plate. I can make my own chemicals from scratch. Screw Fuji, I'm done with them.


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    Re: Velvia 100 discontinued in the US

    That's just ridiculous.


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    Re: Which field camera for usage with 90mm lens

    A monorail camera has the most movements and usually more accessory options. Good for architecture and "product" shots. But they are a pain in the ass to hike with. Best for studio or location...
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    Re: Which field camera for usage with 90mm lens

    I routinely use a Nikon 90mm f4.5 on my Chamonix 045N with universal bellows. No problem at all. I even use a 75mm with that camera & bellows.


    Kent in SD
  25. Re: Americana-- Photos from the '50s by Charles Custer

    Depends on where you go. It's a big country. I've traveled quite a bit along the back highways of SK and MB and it didn't seem any different.


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    Re: Who is shooting 20x24 film nowadays?

    I've been curious why someone would not talk about whatever format they use.


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  27. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    You are really being pulled in two directions. A camera that's best for architecture would be a monorail because of it's massive movements. However, they are heavy, bulky, and less desirable to...
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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    Ah yes:

    "The ASA standard underwent a major revision in 1960 with ASA PH2.5-1960, when the method to determine film speed was refined and previously applied safety factors against under-exposure...
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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    If I remember right, the ASA rating was changed about 1960. I can't remember if the rating was doubled or halved though.


    Kent in SD
  30. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    Even though I have an 8x10, I find I've been using my 5x7 the most so far this year. I think the first question you should be asking yourself is how important color film is to you. There is no 5x7...
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    Re: Old lenses and optimal performance

    Most of those lenses were designed for portraits, so close focus performance would be the priority.

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    Re: Wet Plate Beginner's Questions Thread

    The dedicated holders are easier to clean, and that's important. If gunk builds up along the edges it tends to migrate back onto the next plate. This causes flaws. The dedicated holders are also...
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    Re: Wet Plate Beginner's Questions Thread

    I'll pass on the varnish questions but will discuss the holder. It sounds like you are trying to use a film holder. My thinking is this will gum up eventually and is not the way to go. What I...
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    Re: Processing black and white film in the field

    I do wet plate every weekend in a small dark tent I have in the back of my Subaru Forester. I could process b&w film too. In the dark I would load it into a Stearman Press 445 and from there it can...
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    Trinity Lutheran Church

    Kingsbury County, South Dakota

    Another retired church. This one is near the fading little town of Oldham, SD. 5x7 tin type. Camera was a Kodak 2D 8x10 with 5x7 back. Lens was a Darlot...
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    Re: LED light recommendations for dark box

    I use a pair of these. They're great!

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    Re: Wobbly Ries Tripod Head

    I would email Ries about it and see if they will fix it.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: techniques for emptying silver tank?

    I to have a Lund 8x10 tank. The pour spout lid is a no-brainer. It makes a tricky task very easy.


    Kent in SD
  39. Re: Transporting wet plate chemicals - car, and is 4WD/offroading possible?

    I'm an outdoor wet plater, two years experience now. I have some thoughts. First, when it's "dark & gloomy" there isn't all that much UV light to work with. You should try it at home in those...
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    Re: 2 sheets of film in the same holder?

    I've stuffed two sheets of FP4 into the same slot by mistake. It's a complete waste of film and I'm lucky it didn't screw up both.


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