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  1. Re: Cambo 4x5...how to know how wide you can go

    Bag bellows and recessed lens board will give you a bit more relief and flexibility.
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    Re: Hip to be Square!

    I really like square three... but not equipped to shoot 5x5 or 8x8. Enjoy!
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    Re: Omega Pro Lab Timer

    I have that timer and, aside the large size, love it. Buying a replacement should be easy. Seems they are often available for about $50. But have you seen this for a DIY option:
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    Re: Restoring 4x5 filmholders help

    I agree with Kevin. It would be much easier and cost-effective to buy some in better condition.
  5. Re: Brass Lens Front Element is loose / Need help

    That, quite possibly, is a rolled over edge that failed.
  6. Re: Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    Your description of the scene does not sound very challenging if I understood correctly and you are using some fill flash. A incident and flash metering will likely verify your scene balance much...
  7. Re: Rating for Kodak Portra 400 and 160 4x5 using “digiroid” method or light meter.

    400 and 160, respectively.
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    ... and if you opt for a changing bag, buy the biggest you can get. I’ve only once loaded Film holders in anyplace other a changing bag... since 1982. Never found it an inconvenience or difficult or...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    Well that’s a pleasant surprise!
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    You seem to have your troubles, Randy...

    The Paramount cords fit a bit tighter than Graflex cords did but they’ve worked for me. It’s not like Paramount just started thinking about this...

    But...
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    https://paramountcords.com/product/custom-cord/
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    Re: New To LF and To LFPF

    “Not to disagree with Brian above, but I” disagreed nonetheless. LOL No problem... all opinions are welcomed! :)

    BTW, I use my 3047 with Cambo SCN 4x5, which is pretty heavy, and a couple of...
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    Re: Flash Socket for Old Shutter?

    You need an appropriate cord. Bipost to whatever your flash requires (pc, etc). Have one made by Paramount. You may read or hear of people jury-rigging from an old electric razor cord... but that’s...
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    Re: New To LF and To LFPF

    I love a ball-head with MF but NEED a 3-way pan with LF. What works for me is a Bogen/Manfrotto 3047. Out of production but plentiful on eBay. Look for the later versions. Earlier versions likely...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    I wouldn’t bother even looking. Likely a waste of time.
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    I agree Vaughn, but in many “continuous processes”, there seem to be either real or imagined “aha moments” that some folks can identify. As you say so clearly... there is no single process. In fact,...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    It’s just a word. Could just as well be pre-compose and post-compose. Whatever word one wants to use, it seems unlikely that one would be successful in visual arts with just random image capture and...
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    Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I use the 285 in my rig (sideways picture earlier in thread). Only problem I have with that configuration is coverage. Flash is so high that parallax must be considered. Less of an issue when 284 set...
  19. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    Good info... so boiling water should work. Maybe the detractors just didn’t boil long enough or, as Dan suggests, was boiling a lens with something other than Canada Balsam.

    I also recall reading...
  20. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    Interestingly, I recall that the guy using the lightbulb also used his tongue to verify alignment of the lens elements when reassembling. He said tongue is better misalignment detector than fingers...
  21. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    Apparently I couldn’t either or I may have remembered details. I recall someone that used a 300 degree oven to get the lens hot enough to separate, and another who set the lens on a 75 watt...
  22. Re: Any tips on how to repair lenses with Balsam Separation?

    No experience here... but read internet in the past. I seem to recall that balsam melting temp was higher than the temp of boiling water. Might want to check that out. Good luck; sounds like you have...
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    Re: Overhead still lifes

    Lay the tripod on a table with The camera hanging over and weights on the legs.
  24. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    Once I was standing in a graveyard on an early winter morning, brand new Hasselblad in my hand. The ground was covered with snow and unbeknownst to me the pavement covered with ice. I became aware of...
  25. Re: Cable release solutions for a recessed board?

    On Cambo recessed boards I use a flexible extension. I leave them on the shutter for increased convenience. If they are backordered, shop around. I’ve found them to list stuff they don’t have too...
  26. Re: It happened to me! What Disasters or Near-misses have you had while Shooting?

    “Ker-clunk . . ker-klunk . . . . . . ker-klunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . ker-klunk . .

    the fading sounds becoming more and more distant in time.“

    I heard that! Early in my career I was...
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    Re: Advice for Handheld 4x5 and Flash Please..

    I still use flash bulbs, but this is one of my other flash configurations. 208395

    The adapter is a bit clunky as it’s made out of junk from the garage. Next iteration will be cleaner - probably...
  28. Re: Disasterous Consequences

    Did it look like that on the ground glass?
  29. Thread: Still Smokey

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    Re: Still Smokey

    Thanks. Appreciate the suggestion! I’ll find that site. The news just doesn’t give me what I want.
  30. Thread: Still Smokey

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    Re: Still Smokey

    I wish they’d stop with just the “complex” names and remind us of the county, nearest town, etc. The news seem to have an aversion to maps.

    Where I am we’ve had clear air for a couple of weeks...
  31. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    That’s fine. You do you. Just acknowledge that photography is not illegal.
  32. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Only partially factual. Attempts to restrict based on INTERPRETATION, INTIMIDATION, AND FEAR, implemented by policy and harassment but not illegal or criminal. That continues today...

    The...
  33. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    “ ... co-opted as an instrument...”

    ... USED as an instrument... and further developed for civilian co-opting. :)
  34. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    “ Is this article another "Everything-American-Is-Bad" thing?”
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    ... or trade up to a SuperGraphic.
  36. Re: I am back .. been off for 8 years photobymike

    Hi. Welcome. Nice to meet you.
  37. Re: NEWB Questions! Speed Graphic/Aero Ektar? Interesting portrait lenses in shutters

    P.S. let me also be perfectly honest... for high-quality portraiture I’m more often inclined to use a Hasselblad. :). The exception being if I’m thinking of contact printing in an alt process.

    I...
  38. Re: NEWB Questions! Speed Graphic/Aero Ektar? Interesting portrait lenses in shutters

    I’m almost the polar opposite of you... I’m experienced with LF but not a great photographer. :)

    I’m experienced with SG in many contexts, including using “character lenses” with the focal plane...
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    Vaughn said “ Once the darkslide is pulled, the image gets taken...unless I am very short on film.”

    I treat pulling a dark slide just like pulling the trigger of a gun... its an exceptionally...
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    Re: Shot abandonment

    Well, whenever I’ve “abandon a shot” it was because despite all hope and prior belief, the light wasn’t perfect, the composition looked great in my mind but not on the GG, and the stars weren’t...
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