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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Numerous times, I've had my Sinar monorail with a long extension rail propped up on some little ledge, leaning over anything from 500 ft to several thousand feet of empty space. Even with both me and it roped to something more solid, how did I set the lens before the shot? - peeing my pants at the same time!

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    I thought about it but Iím still afraid I would bump the aperture mounting the lens from behind the camera.

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    I have been practicing with marking the head’s panning position and then spinning the camera around on the tripod and back - I think it will work ok. I just have to remember to do it when needed!

    Or… maybe a drone will help, my son has a little Mavic Mini I can use?

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    A telescoping inspection mirror can help you at least see what your settings are. Include a parachute for yourself when in doubt.

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    When I've been in tight situations where it was impossible to walk in front of the camera to change the aperture, I would remove the lens, make the adjustment, then re-attach the lens. I also use a little mirror from the dollar store.

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Quote Originally Posted by gdi View Post
    I have been practicing with marking the headís panning position and then spinning the camera around on the tripod and back - I think it will work ok. ...
    I do this from time-to-time, but only when I know that I'm going to leave a little "breathing room" around my image for cropping. That way, any mistake in returning the pan head to its original position will be inconsequential. My tripod heads have a 360į marked scale on the pan movement with an index mark, so I just have to remember which mark to return to.

    In most situations, I just reach around, unmount the lens, set the aperture and shutter speed, close the preview and cock the shutter and then remount it.

    Doremus

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Then there was the time my son held the back of my belt as I leaned over the cliff.

    I was using a rangefinder so all I had to do was compose and shoot. The focus, f/stop and shutter speed were already set.

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Guys-

    Just go to Amazon and order a cheap $3.99 stainless steel dental inspection mirror!

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFujicaman View Post
    Guys-

    Just go to Amazon and order a cheap $3.99 stainless steel dental inspection mirror!
    A mirror won't set the aperture and shutter speed or cock the shutter for you. You still have to either unmount the lens, set everything, cock the shutter and remount the lens, or rotate the camera around and back. With a bit of practice, either of these two methods works just fine.

    In my experience, it's fairly easy to remount the lensboard plus lens on the camera from behind without changing the settings (especially easy if the lens is in a recessed board) unless you've got lots of bellows extension and just can't reach. In that case, rotating the camera around after carefully noting its original position works well.

    Sure, you can use the mirror to check if everything is set correctly, but I don't usually find that that is necessary.

    Doremus

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    Re: Probably a dumb question - how to see or adjust LF aperture from behind the came

    Quote Originally Posted by Doremus Scudder View Post
    A mirror won't set the aperture and shutter speed or cock the shutter for you. You still have to either unmount the lens, set everything, cock the shutter and remount the lens, or rotate the camera around and back. With a bit of practice, either of these two methods works just fine.

    In my experience, it's fairly easy to remount the lensboard plus lens on the camera from behind without changing the settings (especially easy if the lens is in a recessed board) unless you've got lots of bellows extension and just can't reach. In that case, rotating the camera around after carefully noting its original position works well.

    Sure, you can use the mirror to check if everything is set correctly, but I don't usually find that that is necessary.

    Doremus
    It seems with all that jostling, the focus or movements may slip.

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