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    Re: Strobes, Lighting, Metering, and Digital 'Polaroids'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    I use any trick I can think of

    I shoot primarily in my studio with lamps and/or strobes

    I match my DSLR lens focal length to my LF FL for same field of view

    Then shoot a DSLR test as close as possible to the LF taking lens ........very close

    but never forget to add a LF bellows factor to your DSLR numbers

    and most DSLR don't have f64

    and no DSLR will exactly match LF depth of view aka focus aka field except sometimes

    as my Darkroom is next to studio, sometimes I have ready to use trays with chems for very fast tests full size

    X-Ray is good for that

    Too
    I have found a new use for a neglected DSLR macro lens - digital proofing in the fashion that you described. And while it won't get down to f64, it gets to f32 - more than handy enough after adding a filter and factoring in bellows extension for any close up work.

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    Re: Strobes, Lighting, Metering, and Digital 'Polaroids'

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post

    If one can shoot digital and output a print to check, I'd wonder why then bother with the time-consuming complexity and uncertainty of film? Isn't digital better in the first place?
    why are you even on this site then?

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    Re: Strobes, Lighting, Metering, and Digital 'Polaroids'

    Seeking Macro Strobe advice, which hopefully can be used with both Tiny Format and AND Large Format AND outside and/or studio

    I used the Nikon SB200 in pairs long ago for industrial film macro

    I have 1 and 4 SB800, I will try them on LF macro soon

    However I may prefer a Ring Strobe for Large format

    Many here, some are expensive, also am looking at this monster

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    Re: Strobes, Lighting, Metering, and Digital 'Polaroids'

    You could look at the subject through a hole in white fabric, and bring in lights close on either side, similar to jewelry work. Gives you the chance to light brighter on one side than the other for modeling.

    I guess you could also do that with a ring light, if you put translucent fabric over part of the circular tube so the light had some directionality.

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    Re: Strobes, Lighting, Metering, and Digital 'Polaroids'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Seeking Macro Strobe advice, which hopefully can be used with both Tiny Format and AND Large Format AND outside and/or studio

    I used the Nikon SB200 in pairs long ago for industrial film macro

    I have 1 and 4 SB800, I will try them on LF macro soon

    However I may prefer a Ring Strobe for Large format

    Many here, some are expensive, also am looking at this monster
    The ringflash is attractive but I think the 6" depth would make it hard to get the camera lens close enough. What might be more flexible would be a fiber optic bundled light source. AmScope makes one with two bendable, gooseneck bundles that you could bend around your camera and adjust with whatever lighting ratio you wished. Literally much more flexible than a fixed position ring light. These are made for the microscope market. Try Googling it.

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