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    Re: LVT questions

    Pere, thank you.

    I will skip food for a week and try out LVT soon.

    Kidding about not eating, but I cook all my own food and those prices are about a week of food.

    The last time I read about LVT the story was Banks use them for permanent records...

    Just in case...
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    I was thinking it was more expensive...

    Placing 4 images in a 8x10, 17,5 per image...

    Probably it's a choice for difficult negatives, to avoid masking...

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    Re: LVT questions

    I see it as a way to convert DSLR files to negs and print enlargements traditionally.

    ymmv
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    I see it as a way to convert DSLR files to negs and print enlargements traditionally.

    ymmv
    That's exactly what I want to do. I have done any necessary adjustments and retouching and can gang 8 medium-format images together on an 8x10 neg, leaving a bit of room for a greyscale ($10 per image that way). I'm about to try it out.

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    Good, but then you need to convert the prints to digi to show us here.

    It's a vicious trap, I tell you!






    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    That's exactly what I want to do. I have done any necessary adjustments and retouching and can gang 8 medium-format images together on an 8x10 neg, leaving a bit of room for a greyscale ($10 per image that way). I'm about to try it out.
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    Re: LVT questions

    Why am I skeptical? Never mind.

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    Re: LVT questions

    Hi Drew

    Don't be skeptical this process has been going on for 20 years... Salgado uses it for his enlarger prints , I have clients who use it.... In fact my process is much like this except I make the film to image size and contact the film.. It is an
    amazing technology for digital workers who want a wet print.


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    Please post ANY result, so few experts post proof of concept.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    That's exactly what I want to do. I have done any necessary adjustments and retouching and can gang 8 medium-format images together on an 8x10 neg, leaving a bit of room for a greyscale ($10 per image that way). I'm about to try it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob carnie View Post
    amazing technology for digital workers who want a wet print
    I guess it can also be suitable for negatives that are difficult to print: scan, edit, lvt negative, wet print...

    Like Hollywood studios !!!

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    Bob - citing Salgado hardly impresses me. I'm not being a critic of his esthetic or social value, but let's face it, photojournalism is almost by definition, technique-wise, the art of machine-gunning. There simply isn't time to make critically sharp images like viewing a ground glass with a loupe provides. As more and more people switch to small digital cameras for convenience, as well as to save the cost of film when taking gazzilions of shots, a service like this seems a realistic business model. And it allows the use of actual b&W darkroom papers instead of inkjet. And yes, I've been aware of it for quite awhile. I just don't see it as a qualitative substitute for shooting real large format film to begin with. Number crunching, like Pere enjoys, doesn't tell the full story. It always seems that this kind of thing is described on a non-level playing field (or, in your case, an uneven ice hockey rink) - very pricey involved digital techniques versus garden-variety film results which haven't been optimized. But you're trying to find shortcuts to color separation negatives; and with big sheets of pan film now either cost-prohibitive or outright extinct, hybrid technique is obviously the way forward for large contact work. But I'm stuck in a particular gear for awhile, and getting really good results with Fujiflex prints all-optical style.

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