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

    500 made, for Wards and Sears catalogs

    They each had 100 set up, being used constantly in one room, Chicago, NYC

    I almost got inside the big studio before condos

    Rumour was 100 came out of NYC when DIGI killed the Radio Star



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    DIGI killed the Radio Star
    Nice 'The Buggles' reference, Randy!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    To properly set up a camera on a tripod, the tripod itself should be level. Doing so simplifies situations such as you mention. I do it for EVERY shot so I'm always in practice,
    With the tripod level, most heads will allow it (the head) to be rotated thus placing the front of the camera to face the operator. Before rotating, note carefully the image along one of the edges Make the adjustment, try the shutter, rotate back to the front and even stopped down there is enough light on the ground glass to reset to original position. Load the film, remove the dark slide and fire the shutter.
    Jim Have you worked with those leveling bowls that allow you to level the camera with the bowl rather than having to mess around with the tripod legs? Are they worth it? I never can level the legs which require me to use the three way head if I pan the camera.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Ask Ansel Adams how he did it.
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    For shutter a Packard, lens stop by feel. Worked pretty well for me. Lassen Park, CA 1967

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Merg Ross View Post
    For shutter a Packard, lens stop by feel. Worked pretty well for me. Lassen Park, CA 1967

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    Looks pretty dicey to me. Glad you survived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Looks pretty dicey to me. Glad you survived.
    Young and foolhardy!

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

    Use your smart phone. This is what I use if I can’t see the lens.
    Another option is that Prontor professional shutters can be used behind cameras.

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    Maybe you can use a smart phone front camera to look at the f-stop adjustment numbers. Just use some kind of wrist strap so you don't drop the phone over the cliff.

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

    Gee, I just reach around and unmount the lens from the font standard. Then I set the aperture and shutter speed while holding it in my hand, close the preview, remount it and make the exposure. ...guess I'm too low-tech...

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

    you could probably diy a little clip or magnet of some sort that you attach to the edge of the shutter to block the aperture slider from going past where you want to stop the lens down to, so you can do it without looking kinda like a preset lens.

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

    A Prontor Professional shutter and a Prontor Aperture Control Arm: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jvxmiCm1BH7ioBsU6 will do that.

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