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    Re: Quick release recommendations...

    I have been using a Kessler Crane Kwik Release Receiver with a Kessler Crane Kwik Utility Plate for my 11x14 Chamonix and this combination I find to be totally secure and stable.
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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Way back when I was backpacking, I used a (top loading) large Dana backpack. Camera equipment was carried in the middle of the pack so I only had to remove the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the contents to get...
  3. Re: Arca Swiss F-Line Metric vs Metric C Field for architceture

    An understatement in this member's opinion. A few years ago I picked up a disassembled 8x10 Arca-Swiss (Series 11 from the late 1970s as best I could determine at the time) camera for what I thought...
  4. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    My first 8x10 camera in the mid 1970s was a (quite bulky) Burke & James Commercial view. Hiked up many a gorge in the Finger Lakes region of New York with it even in the dead of winter. Backpacked...
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    Re: Push/Pull processing if Scanning Negative

    VIEWCAMERA magazine once published an article on the advantages of using Diafine to process negatives that were to be scanned. If someone has an index of the articles that appeared in the magazine,...
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    Re: Voigtlaender Apo Lanthar

    Years ago a friend of mine put together the ideal Technika outfit, in his opinion with a 75mm Biogon, 150mm f2.8 optic, 210mm Apo-Lanthar, and a few exotic optics (full set of Luminar lenses comes to...
  7. Thread: Loupe Question...

    by Greg
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    Re: Loupe Question...

    I have and use a:

    PENTAX 5.5X - large and sharp. For critical focusing it is amazingly way better than a 4X but I seem to always have wanted to have a bit more magnification.

    LINHOF 8X loupe -...
  8. Re: Schneider 150/265 Compur Missing Locating Screw

    I agree with Bernice, the pins are absolutely "Not needed". As for the retaining ring. Twice I found it cheaper to purchase a broken shutter that came with a retaining ring rather than have one...
  9. Re: Please help me identify the source of this light leak on my negatives.

    A few years ago when I finished construction of my darkroom, I seemingly randomly got fogged areas on some of my sheet film. At first I thought it was caused in-camera. In maybe one out of four...
  10. Re: Baltic or Finnish Baltic Birch for lens boards?

    For sawing holes in my OEM Sinar lens boards, I use a Craftsman 16" Scroll Saw that I picked up at a tag/garage sale for all of $15.00 as new in the original box. The blades I use are the narrowest...
  11. Re: Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm f5.6 v. Nikon Nikkor-SW 120mm f8

    Many years ago I was an avid ultralight backpacker. My camera of choice was either an Olympus XA-4 for shooting 35mm color or an Agfa Isolette for shooting 120 black & white. Back then I was very...
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    Longevity of stock TF-5 Archival Rapid Fix?

    Today I opened a gallon bottle of stock Photographers' Formulary TF-5 Archival Fixer to make a gallon bottle of working solution. The bottle is not dated by the manufacturer in any way. I do date...
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    Re: Goerz Dagor and fungus?

    I have my 14 inch f/7.7 Goerz Double Anastigmat Series III in a No 4 Acme in front of me now. It is marked "No 7". Educated guess is that a No 6 is a 12 inch Dagor, that is if Goerz numbered their...
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    Re: Photo Flo In Presoak OK for PMK?

    When I was a student at The Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1970s, I took a course in Photographic Sensitometry under Prof. Hollis Todd and Prof. Hill. The topic of using a Photo Flo...
  15. Re: Baltic or Finnish Baltic Birch for lens boards?

    FYI: For just making lensboards the following MicroLux® Mini Tilt Arbor Table Saw is obviously a total overkill

    https://www.micromark.com/mini-powertool/-saws/table-saws

    But... if you are...
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    Re: Using Hasselblad B60 (Proxar & Softar) on 4x5

    On a similar note, I have gotten great results from using lenses off folding 122, 620, 616, etc. cameras. The Kodak No. 3 Autographic model C folding camera is a great one to acquire. Its 122 film...
  17. Thread: X-ray film 10 x12

    by Greg
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    Re: X-ray film 10 x12

    Not really... I recommend using a Dahle rotary trimmer
    https://www.dahle.com/trimmers/rotary
    In my experience the smallest size trimmer that will cut your film is the easiest to use. I would...
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    Re: Dissassembly of an Antique Brass Lens

    I highly recommend:
    Blaster Corp 16-PB-DS Blaster Penetrating Catalyst
    A car restorer recommended it to me as being a superior alternative to common "penetrating oil"... I tried it and he was right.
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    Re: Do you get sentimental about your lenses?

    Maybe not exactly to describe the term as "sentimental" but more as the preferred optics that I use the most...

    FX: 85mm f/1.8 MF AIS Nikkor. Ironically an exceptional performer for shooting...
  20. Re: Goerz Doppel-Anastigmat Series III No. 1 Question

    I vaguely remember reading about another similarly machined/configured pre WWII lens. Idea was to separate the front and rear elements to achieve a soft-focus or diffusion effect, similar to a post...
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    Re: Thermometer for JOBO processor

    Bought another "Digital Refrigerator Thermometer LCD Display Thermostat" with battery and sending unit for under $9.00 from Amazon....
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    Re: Warm Paper Used By George Hurrell?

    I believe that the product was discontinued possibly 30 years ago. Fortunately they can still be found on eBay.
    Greg
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    Re: Warm Paper Used By George Hurrell?

    In lieu of Spotone, I'd suggest Grumbacher's GAMMA PHOTO RETOUCH SET. Lot dryer application and much easier to match tones.
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    Re: Lens for 14X36" film camera?

    I currently use a Leitz ELPRO VIa CU lens mounted in a Copal shutter on my 11x14. Sweet spot for me is to use ND filters to shoot 1/2 of the exposure (not total exposure time) with the lens "wide...
  25. Help with designing the installation of an Intellifaucet D250 mixing valve

    I just received my Intellifaucet D250 from HASS Manufacturing. I am trying to figure out how to design its installation.
    1. Everything will be mounted on a 2 foot high by 4 foot wide 3/4 plywood...
  26. Re: Nikkor W 180mm f5.6 Lens Question - The Red "D"

    I remember reading somewhere (possibly on a page in VIEWCAMERA magazine, definitely not on the Internet) that the red "D" indicated that the lens elements were spaced for optimum sharpness at 1:1....
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    Re: Replacement Bellows for 8x10 Sinar Norma

    The replacement bellows from Custom Bellows in the UK arrived today. I sent them the Sinar Norma frames and they sent me back the new replacement bellows securely and very neatly attached to the...
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    300mm Imagon lens info needed

    I just acquired a 300mm Rodenstock Imagon in a Copal No. 3 shutter. Initially I acquired the Imagon to only reuse its Copal No. 3 shutter, but now am second guessing myself after receiving the lens....
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    Re: Help to ID this lens.

    OP's follow up: per the measurement specs in my 1982 Fuji catalogue:
    The larger rear cell's dimensions match the rear cell of a 90mm f/8 EBC FUJINON NSWS.
    Smaller rear cell's dimensions do not...
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    Re: Help to ID this lens.

    Agree... I shot an 8x10 negative earlier today with the lens wide open. Was very difficult to even determine focus. On a Bokeh scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the mongrel lens as a 0.0. Will be...
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    Re: Help to ID this lens.

    Your post got me to gig up and take out my FUJI catalogue. Based on filter sizes and shapes: Larger set of elements probably the front elements of a 90 NSWS and smaller rear set of elements probably...
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    Re: Help to ID this lens.

    Rough measurements (didn't have a ruler with me at the time) put the max aperture between f/11-f/16. With no lens brand on the front elements, again makes me think "two rear elements from two wide...
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    Re: Wide angle lens on folded-up Master Technika

    Probably going on 20 years now so don't remember the exact details, but a friend had a Technika (? model) that he used with a (WA?) Dagor on it. The camera did close with the lens. Distinctly...
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    Help to ID this lens.

    As I was cleaning out a shelf of photo equipment and came across this lens hidden in the back. I vaguely remember buying it at a Garage/Tag sale years ago for only a few dollars. I'm sure that I put...
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    Re: Epson 4990 vs Nikon D850?

    Also have a D850 and 60mm AF MICRO NIKKOR and an Epson V750 PRO. Both gave me excellent images... I had thought that, till I tried my 65mm and 120mm Macro-NIKKORs (both lenses off a Nikon Multiphot)...
  36. Thread: Custom lens caps?

    by Greg
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    Re: Custom lens caps?

    Plastic caps from jars of food products are not to be overlooked. Four of my larger lenses host plastic coffee can tops. Each cap measures over 4 inches (101.6mm) in diameter and cost me essentially...
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    Re: Nikon Nikkor W 360mm

    Unfortunately I can only compare the 360mm Nikkor W to a 355mm f/9 G-Claron, and I just shoot with a "smaller format" 11x14 Chamonix without a fresnel. Both mounted in Sinar boards, the G-Claron...
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    Re: Help for best set of lenses

    My set of 4x5 lenses...

    65mm f/4 Nikkor-SW with no Center ND filter: I like the light falloff effect

    90mm f/5.6 Schneider Super-Angulon XL with Schneider IVa Center ND filter: great for extreme...
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    Re: Opposition wide angle 8x10 lens

    Could you please post an image of the lens? I have owned and used three similar brass optics over the years that were distributed and relabeled by "Photo Supply Houses". I was able to ID two of them...
  40. Re: Portable Solution to Make Overhead (90°) Photographs

    Weight hanging from the center column would be weight hanging from the fulcrum of the whole set up. Sandbagging the tripod leg opposite the camera is more effective... Think of a seesaw in a...
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