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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Aylmer Que., about a 15 minute drive to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

    finally taking up the challenge

    Hi one and all,

    I've retired from a 40 year freelancer career primarily as a photojournalist-sports-fashion shooter which meant shooting 35mm most of the time, occasionally 6x6 and very rarely 4x5. In fact I was incompetent with LF and embarrassed myself several times much to the distress of the clients.

    I was around LF a lot with a friendship beginning as a kid with Karsh and even spent some time in his darkroom. I even assisted his brother Malak and spent wondrous hours with my dad making his portrait prints with a Kodak Precision enlarger, I got to rock the trays learning to accept the odor of stale hypo.

    It's occurred to me the bar was set too high for my reach so my love of photography led me to an alternate path, and no regrets here, been there and done that sort of thing.

    LF needs patience which is not my strength and a wee voice is yelling at me to slow down and embrace what I've learned and apply it to 4x5. My hope this path will be open a new door to seeing.

    A rangefinder recalibrated and cleaned Crown Graphic could be my start. It comes with a 135 non premium lense and wondering if the rangefinder can be adjusted for a 210? Any suggestions would be appreciated. The rangefinder function is a low priority so it's no big deal as the ground glass is the way to go.



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    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Sheridan, Colorado

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    Welcome aboard. There are lots of knowledgeable shutterbugs on this Forum -- some more knowledgeable about old gear and some about newer stuff. Always keep in mind that LF, like any format, is as easy or as complicated as you want it to be or make it. And take any suggestions with a grain of salt. Any approach may be perfect for one person, but not his neighbor. My advise is try it out first, without spending too much time or money.

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    8x10, 5x7, 4x5, et al Leigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Maryland, USA

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    Hi Crombie, and Welcome Aboard.

    Yes, LF is a much slower more deliberative technique.
    Of course, my intro to LF was shooting basketball games available light.
    I guess you can call that deliberative (compared to what, I don't know).

    Enjoy the (a)vocation.

    - Leigh
    If you believe you can, or you believe you can't... you're right.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Hamilton, Canada

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    Welcome from Hamilton. Feel free to post any remembrances from Malak or his lesser known brother Joe.
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    Nope. The RF can't. It tops out somewhere I can't remember, around 175mm or so. 210 is a nice FL on 4x5, but given that you won't be able to use the RF, is there some other reason for a Crown Graphic (like that you already own it, for instance. :-) For one thing, depending on what 210 you get, you may not be able to close the camera with it in place, which is an inconvenience.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format:
    Mostly 35mm:
    You want digital, color, etc?:

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2010
    St. Louis, Mo.

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    I once had a Calter 210mm f/6.8 lens that was small enough that it would "just" fold up into a Crown Graphic. The Caltar was actually a rebadged Rodenstock Geronar. I've seen these lenses in both the Caltar and Rodenstock versions sell on Ebay for under $100. They make great portrait lenses on a Crown or Speed Graphic.

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: finally taking up the challenge

    Welcome aboard!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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