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    Thomas Air Compressor

    I’m using one of those Viair pumps that cruisers use for the air suspensions on their cars as the compressor for the air suspension on my old GMC motorhome. It’s worked reliably for a decade in dirty...
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    Re: A quick comparison of three 135mm 4x5 lenses

    For me, a 135 would be a normal lens for a folding camera with few or no movements.

    For any camera I use with movements, I had a 121 SA before I had a 150, and I’ve never used a 135. But it’s a...
  3. Re: Why is "The Lounge" subforum blocked if you're not logged in?

    The purpose of the lounge is the same as the for-sale forum: a service to registered members, who want a place for off-topic activities.

    For everyone else, the forum is about large format...
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    Re: Kirk Tuck commenting on 4x5 video blog

    There’s as much bile in this thread as in any of the blogs and videos being discussed.

    Let’s set a higher standard.

    Rick “Drew has this right: make photos” Denney
  5. “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Adams said something related in the FilmAmerica biography of him. He said that color has a lot of scenery value, but that it can’t be manipulated as deeply can black and white without becoming...
  6. Thread: Lens for 4x5

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    Re: Lens for 4x5

    The slow speed is usually the regulator that is sticky because it uses an escapement. I’ve never had a shutter with a high-speed governor that didn’t work passably that had a slow shutter that didn’t...
  7. Thread: Lens for 4x5

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    Re: Lens for 4x5

    The Symmar is a standard “normal” plasmat-type lens for 4x5 of excellent quality. The Linhof versions were those that passed Linhof’s extra test step, and I consider them reliably good examples of...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Glad you “came around.”

    Rick “lol” Denney
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    All the complaints were addressed—where to buy, where to get information, how to find parts, where to get service and what it might cost.

    We also don’t need to assume the OP has no skills or...
  10. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    Alinder also said more about Virginia and her role in his life (and his role in hers). I haven’t re-read it in years, but thought it the most three-dimensional treatment.

    And now I have to hunt...
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    Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I’d rather have a 40-year-old Sinar for a few hundred dollars than a brand new field folder for $1000 or more, if my goal was to shoot interiors with short lenses.

    By the way, I paid $300 for my...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I align myself fully with Bernice’s comments.

    The first camera I used with a 90mm lens of enough coverage to allow movements was a Cambo SC (in Calumet trim). I needed a recessed lens board and a...
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    Re: They say to start with 4x5, but...

    With 6x12, the challenge is film flatness even more than with sheet film. I like my results, but my prints are not measured in many feet.

    Rick “theory may not meet practice because of film...
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    They say to start with 4x5, but...

    Coupla points. One I didn’t see stated yet and the other has been said but I’m not sure you are hearing it.

    The one I didn’t see is that the diffraction you asked about in the initial post isn’t...
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    Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    One of my favorite photo books that I bought when Porter couldn’t get respect, and therefore paid pennies for it, remaindered at a bookstore.

    Later, I bought the commemorative edition that came...
  16. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    Dan, I’ve had my 90/5.6 SA just about stood on edge, right at the limit of tilt/swing, on enough occasions to appreciate that extra 20 mm of coverage. It’s just too tempting to me to use the short...
  17. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    You’d rather have the faster lens anyway. 90mm is rather wide on 4x5 and the faster design has enough more coverage to make you glad you sprung for it. Same for the f/5.6 Schneider Super Angulon.
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    Re: Buy/Sell forums

    Also make sure to click the “keep me logged on” box when you log in.

    Rick “to set the necessary cookie for some pages” Denney
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    https://www.rickdenney.com/scratch/Alaska2018/IMG_0020.JPG

    Hike to Mt. Marathon Bowl, Seward, AK, 2028. Pentax 645Z.

    Rick “haven’t posted photos in too long” Denney
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    I print for the wall at nominal 16x20, the biggest print I could ever make, either in the darkroom or on my desktop. Going larger than that requires an order of magnitude more money.

    I print a...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    I probably do—I know a couple of folks in ‘Stralia that have GMCs.

    PM me the names of your friends and we will compare notes.

    How about this vehicle? Remove the antenna mount and the...
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    Re: Post your churches

    Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, from a past life.

    https://www.rickdenney.com/missions_in_4x5/missionconcepcinsouthtower1993.jpg

    Cambo 4x5, Schneider 121/8, as I recall.

    Rick “has it...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    This will go just about anywhere—my current Ford Expedition EL with a hatch tent. I use the mattress from my GMC Motorhome. Fine for one, comfortable for two if they love each other. Four-wheel drive...
  24. Re: Shooting overhead (90 degree angle) with Sinar F1?

    I used an F/F2 pointed straight down to make this photo. I used a bit of rise on the front standard to move the field of view far enough to avoid the tripod legs. The tripod was a big Manfrotto (3036...
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    Re: Is There a Plan for Future

    As Oren has stated, the site is routinely and properly backed up, and lives in a server that follows fully redundancy principles. We’ve had a number of crashes and corruptions and hardware failures...
  26. Re: How do you see and appreciate a large format Portrait?

    Portraits are like Yosemite. Photographs of famous people tend to dominate, for the same reason that photographs of Yosemite do.

    We think of a portrait as capturing something important that is...
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    Re: Certificate Expired

    We are working on it. By we, I mean Ralph and Tom, and maybe QT. Certificate issues are a pain to deal with.

    Rick "with too little expertise on that topic to be helpful" Denney
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    That is cool.

    Rick “love the relaxed color” Denney
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    Thanks.

    Rick “who really just stopped there to use their public restroom—at that stage of my prostate cancer (not yet actually discovered), I needed a loo about every 14 minutes” Denney
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    Re: Review of new Ansel Adams book!

    Looks like a good purchase—and I had some Amazon dollars to spend.

    Rick “on the way” Denney
  31. Re: Excited and Stoked, 4x5 Black Edition Intrepid

    Rick “no” Denney
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    https://www.rickdenney.com/scratch/Alaska2018/IMG_0157.JPG
    Russian Orthodox Church, Eklutna, Alaska, in 2018 before it was damaged by the recent earthquake. Pentax 645z, 45-85 zoom.

    Rick...
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    Re: Post your churches (medium format)

    Neil, this thread is specifically in the subforum set aside for people who want to show their work from smaller cameras. That’s why it’s called “everything else”, as opposed to “large format”.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Most of the pics you see are under a brilliant blue sky. I feel lucky to have been there on a snowy day. (I was there again a couple of years later, and it was all much more typical).

    Also along...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Catching up on photos I made in Yellowstone in 2015. I was there on business and drove through Yellowstone the last day it was open that year, when it was cold, rainy, and frozen. A couple of days...
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    Re: Best cheap large format negative scanner

    My answer to your question is also my tip: Vuescan.

    Rick “who hasn’t had that scanner in operation in forever” Denney
  37. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    Why? Ansel Adams used the same method with a metronome. The person you responded to said “if no timer” and not everyone expects or needs results consistent with a high level of precision (noting the...
  38. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    The spot meter supports approaches like the Zone System, where you intentionally place the brightness of specific details of the scene into target tones on your print. There is a lot of craft that...
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    Re: post your trees!

    We were scheduled to spend a week with friends on that lake this year, pre-pandemic. Maybe next year.

    Rick “don’t want to run out of next years” Denney
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    About the time the clothes come off (removing the dark slide), stopping is...very difficult.

    But before that point, the desire switch is a fickle thing.

    Too perfect to attempt to preserve only...
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