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    Re: The New Marketplace Rules are Too Restrictive

    Over-moderation / cronyism is what happened to this place. It slowly becomes an "us vs. them" mentality. Mods vs. plebs.

    Mark my words, you'll see more rules, bans, lock-downs of site features,...
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    Re: The New Marketplace Rules are Too Restrictive

    I will add my two cents: it's a pain to NOT be able to edit your for sale posts when things sell.

    For example, I post three lenses for sale. Two of them sell. But all three are still listed, in...
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    Re: Aperture and size matters

    In this context, the original poster is talking about wall size prints and maximizing resolution of said prints, not contact prints and 2x enlargements.
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    Re: Aperture and size matters

    f/64 is for old lenses where optics are so poor, peak performance really is at f/64, even with the diffraction. f/64 is also for people who don't/can't use movements and need everything sharp front...
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    Re: has it all been done before

    Even this conversation has been done before.

    "There's nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9. circa 200 BC
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    Re: DPL users/owners of Howtek/Aztek scanners

    My first suspicion would be that it's the SCSI/USB converter, if everything still works via SCSI on your old Mac. (unless you're using the usb converter on the mac too)

    If your Windows 10 PC has...
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    Re: DPL users/owners of Howtek/Aztek scanners

    Here's a tip for you guys. I started getting pretty frequent banding in my Howtek 4500 scans, and couldn't figure out why. The banding lines were running in the direction of drum rotation. I...
  8. Re: Currently available developing tanks for daylight 4x5 B&W developing?

    If you've already got a Patterson Tank, then it's pretty much a no-brainer to get a Mod54. Assuming it will fit in your particular tank anyway.
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    Re: Is photography a form of "hoarding"?

    Interesting. Seeing a group of photographers has sometimes reminded me of a group of hunters with their guns. In either case, often older, out of shape white males for whom a wild, animalistic hunt...
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    Re: 4X5 rangefinder from China

    It looks like they also sell a 4x5 pinhole model and a 4x5 fixed-focal length model at 58 degrees, basically a wanderlust clone.

    Interesting stuff.
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    Re: 4x5 developing tanks?

    Bob, it's obvious that you are a Combiplan fan. We're just trying to correct the record on some of your statements on the other tanks. We are not criticizing Combiplan, which is a great product.
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    Re: 4x5 developing tanks?

    Some clarification here... the Combiplan is good but it's not that different in how it's used versus other daylight tanks like Nikor, Patterson/Mod54, BW King, Yankee, FR, Jobo 2500 etc.

    1) These...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Very nice! Makes me want to go back to Zion again.
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    Re: 4x5 developing tanks?

    There are tons of options. They all have their pros and cons. The only ones that are really difficult are the old bakelite Yankee (and similar) tanks, which can process 12 sheets, but it's pretty...
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    Re: Recommendations on a good first 4x5 camera

    Compare those to a wood Nagoka 4x5. Weighs 1180g, measures 200 x 175 x 65 mm.
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    Re: Recommendations on a good first 4x5 camera

    Most brands of Japanese and Chinese field cameras take the Linhof-Technika style lens boards - e.g. Nagaoka, Ikeda Anba, Tachihara, ShenHao, Wista, and Ebony 4x5's.

    Deardorf, Wisner, and Zone VI...
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    Re: Recommendations on a good first 4x5 camera

    Oh interesting, haven't run into that one. It looks pretty neat though, cool rail: http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/toho.htm
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    Re: Recommendations on a good first 4x5 camera

    I started with a Sinar F monorail. Then I bought a Nagaoka (japanese wood folding 4x5). I use the Nagaoka for 90% of my 4x5 photos. A wooden folding field 4x5 is really the best "all arounder" for...
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    Re: Super fast 4x5 lens comparison by Bognacki

    I'm actually surprised how good most of these look, considering they are pretty old designs being shot wide open. The depth of field is narrow but what's in it is decently sharp, considering.
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    Re: Anybody recognise this rail clamp?

    Definitely not a Sinar clamp, for what it's worth.
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    Re: Fastish lens options - 200mm to 250mm

    Buhl made a lot of projector lenses that in the 8-9" range that vary from f/2.5-4. No aperture or shutter of course. For example, this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191846304172

    I don't know...
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    Re: Atomic X film - a brief review

    Well, one bit of advice for this film. The sheets are a little narrower, about 0.75mm, on the short dimension compared to my Ilford films. They are the same length though. This means you have to...
  23. Thread: f64

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    Re: f64

    It is sad that people still believe the "diffraction is the great equalizer" myth. It has been proven many times to be empirically false.

    A lens that has fewer optical aberrations will appear...
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    Re: First Meter advice

    ^ yep.

    I made my own sticker for my Pentax Spotmeter V (analog version), similar to this image below. You can also buy stickers on eBay, I believe for both the analog and digital versions.
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    Re: WTB listings show up in unified view

    "unified view" shows everything in the main forum listing. it excludes the 'community' forums, such as for sale, wanted, the lounge, etc. i agree that the title is not very descriptive of what it...
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    Re: First Meter advice

    You can also check and adjust the baseline calibration of the meter pretty easily.

    See page 23 of the owners manual, which is available here:...
  27. Re: Scanning Color Negatives With Expanded Dynamic Range & Contrast (via DSLR & Scann

    I agree with Peter - in most cases it doesn't matter. And as onnect17 said, there is a difference between linear and log mode. Unfortunately, not a lot of programs offer log histograms or curves.
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    Re: First Meter advice

    Well you can get them other places but a pharmacy is almost guaranteed to have them. I use three Duracell 303/357 1.5V batteries, stacked, in my Pentax Spotmeter V. Conveniently, they are typically...
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    Re: First Meter advice

    Another option would be the Pentax Spotmeter V, which is the analog version of of the Pentax Digital Spotmeter. If you search eBay for just "Pentax Spotmeter" you will see them with an analog dial...
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    Re: 210 lens question.

    Caltar lenses were manufactured for Calumet by various manufacturers.

    The Caltar-S 210 is going to be a multicoated Schneider Symmar-S (probably not the older convertible Symmar design, where you...
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    Re: Personal project : People Of HSCT

    I am very glad to hear that Sergei - I meany no offense at all; my experience is with late-stage bone cancer patients getting transplants from other donors where rejection is a major risk... the...
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    Re: Personal project : People Of HSCT

    An extremely dangerous stem-cell transplant procedure used to treat terminal/untreatable illnesses. In order for the transplant to succeed, it often requires knocking down the patient's immune...
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    Re: Questions from a newbie

    More or less, a 90 and a 135 will get you a 24mm and 35mm angle of view. Some would say a 75 and 120 are closer though.

    It depends on how you convert the 3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm to the 5:4...
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    Re: Atomic X film - a brief review

    Oh interesting. I didn't know they made the quickloads in more types now. Yeah, those do seem pretty high priced for what they are.
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    Re: Atomic X film - a brief review

    Atomic X is regular 4x5 sheet film, 25 sheets per box for $29.95.

    It is NOT the polaroid-style New55 film: ...
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    Re: Questions from a newbie

    Any of the modern Fidelity, Lisco, etc. The older designs with metal handles are good, but heavier. I like Fidelity Elite's myself - bought a big batch of them on eBay. They have a white bar on...
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    Re: Atomic X film - a brief review

    Well, I ordered my two boxes of Atomic X on Saturday, and got them on Wednesday. Pretty quick shipping for across the country. Got 12 sheets loaded in film holders last night.

    My Atomic X came...
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    Re: Tripod for Field 4x5

    Likewise, I have used a Manfrotto 055 for years, the carbon fiber 3-section version, for all types of photography. It is a nice balance of affordable (esp. used market), usable, light, and stable.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Yeah I have found the same thing - it's an optical illusion. Everything lines up perfectly in Lightroom, but then once the grid is gone, the building looks top-heavy. So I either correct only about...
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    Re: lens test question

    Unless you want to use the lens for very close images, testing it via an enlarger will only tell you how well it performs at those distances.

    My normal test when I get a new lens is to go out and...
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