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There are plenty of darkbags still being made and sold new.

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Yes - and even this is not really a must IMO. I am using since several years now two larger sized black regular trash bags (one bag inside the other) as my "darkbag". Extra cost 0$ and works perfectly fine. 

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4x5 and 10x8 are alive and well here in rural Nova Scotia. It amuses me to think that my smallest negatives are 1/272 the area of my largest.

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4x5 and 10x8 are alive and well here in rural Nova Scotia. It amuses me to think that my smallest negatives are 1/272 the area of my largest.

Reminder - Leica owns Sinar.

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Just an update on my LF adventure. My Chamonix 8x10 is a fantastic piece of kit, I only have one lens, and for now I am going to stick to just that. Its grate for portraits, landscape and macro.............its the 360mm Kowa Graphic. I do want to buy the Chamonix 4x5 45F-1 as a travel LF camera but will wait until my darkroom is finished in Thailand. 

This morning I bought 3 more 8x10 film holders (I will now have a total of 30 film holders)...............only kidding I will have six film holders

:) that way when I go out for a day trip around Malaysia I will have with me 12 sheets of film.

I'm getting better at it, but I still need to SLOW down when I am getting ready to take a picture. I still make stupid mistakes like pulling the dark slide with the lens open or forgetting to turn the dark slide over after taking a picture then not knowing what sheet has been exposed or not.............stupid shit like that, but all in all I am getting better.

Metering with the Sekonic DR758 is a brezze. I normally take 6 spot meter reading of various shadow and highlights in the sceen and average that out, add any bellows factor (very little when using Ilford HP5 Plus) and take the shot. 

When I get home I like to process one sheet at a time in my makeshift darkroom, and just cant wait to turn the lights on to see the negative. After drying I then scan the neg and have a look at it in photoshop, I do whatever PP that is needed to get a nice pleasant picture and at that point decide if I want to make a contact print out of it. Ive made a few contact prints but I was using the wrong developer (I was using the same D76 that I used for the film) instead of using a multigrade developer..... I think that's what they call it. Anyway I have ordered 2 bottles of that so they should be waiting for me whan I get home along with two bxws of 25 sheets of HP5. 

In Ipoh there are a row of old semi derilic houses that I want to go and shoot, also an old tin mine dreger that if I can get access to I would like to shoot that as well. I always take my leica S with me when I go out with the Chamonix as its easy to put them both in the car. If I need to hike then I will just take one or the other but most of the time I'm just happy to drive and shoot drive and shoot.

Another shhot that I want to take is street photography kind of shots in the old cjhina town in KL, I can imaging getting set up in an old shop doorway with a nice backdrop and then wait for the punters to arrive, I could imagine I could get some very unique pictures that way

:)

As always pictures to follow

 

Neil

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Btw Neil, the 45F-1 had an upgrade to the 45F-2. There was a guy on youtube who reviewed the f-1 and pointed out that shift and tilt at the front are combined in one knob, which he found rather irritating. So in the f-2 front standard there are two knobs, one for tilt one for shift, neat. Price is the same, f-1 sold out.

This guy btw told in his review casually along the line that there's always going something wrong, he found. I do think though that practice makes perfect. This week I was making a 4x5 of a beautiful giant mushroom. This time I thought everything went perfect, until a very sympathetic elderly couple came by and talked to me about the beauty of it. That was right between two captures, one with aperture 16++ and one with 22++. So I forgot which side of the filmholder was already exposed.

So Neil don't go gentle into that ChinaTown, because people can get awfully nice and interested

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This morning I visited my friend Tony Lovell who is a wet plate specialist and uses several LF cameras e.g. 5x4, 8x10, 16x10, 20x16 and 20x24 .

 

This is Tony's refurbished Hunter Penrose 20x24 … note focusing screen grab handles. Tony made the focusing screen.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next weekend I'm planning to document a wet plate portrait session with my Leica C compact (used for above images) when a TLF member has volunteered to sit for some portraits.

 

 

Regards

 

dunk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That makes the Speed Graphic I was shooting with this morning look distinctly puny! 

 

Yeah, it puts us into the miniature format again!

But I look forward to him strapping it up for the field.

Edited by pico

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Yeah, it puts us into the miniature format again!

But I look forward to him strapping it up for the field.

 

 

 

Tony uses his LF cameras 'in the field' for landscape photography by mounting the cameras on a custom made car rooftop platform (Ansel Adams style) fixed to the roof of his Ford Mondeo Estate car … but I cannot post any pics as they were not taken with a Leica.

 

dunk 

Edited by dkCambridgeshire

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[...] but I cannot post any pics as they were not taken with a Leica.

 

dunk 

 

Is it not okay to post a link? Such information is so valuable.

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At the risk of having my post deleted, I would like to see our members' large format adventures.

 

Leica does own Sinar, no? Sinar is a brilliant system.

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At the risk of having my post deleted, I would like to see our members' large format adventures.

 

Leica does own Sinar, no? Sinar is a brilliant system.

 

We have permission for any film images to be posted in the I Like Film thread - anything from Minox, through half-frame, 35mm, medium format and onwards and upwards to 10x8. I don't think we have any ULF photos (yet).

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On the subject of large format, after some months of searching I finally managed to find an original 5x7 back for my Gundlach, now I just have to wait patiently for it to be delivered.

 

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At the risk of having my post deleted, I would like to see our members' large format adventures.

 

Leica does own Sinar, no? Sinar is a brilliant system.

 

 

We have permission for any film images to be posted in the I Like Film thread - anything from Minox, through half-frame, 35mm, medium format and onwards and upwards to 10x8. I don't think we have any ULF photos (yet).

 

 

 

I have asked Tony Lovell if I can post his images of the Mondeo car roof platform on the forum i.e. in this thread ; there is a Leica connection because he also uses a Leica process lens on the LF camera and is planning to modify a Leica Petzval type projection lens for use on the camera . Similar platform would be useful for a regular 135 FF format camera too e.g. for landscape imaging when you need to get the camera above a hedge or a wall. 

 

dunk 

Edited by dkCambridgeshire

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This morning I visited my friend Tony Lovell who is a wet plate specialist and uses several LF cameras e.g. 5x4, 8x10, 16x10, 20x16 and 20x24 .

 

This is Tony's refurbished Hunter Penrose 20x24 … note focusing screen grab handles. Tony made the focusing screen.  

 

 

AGL-Hunter-Penrose-2-PPD-FS-rslf.jpg

 

 

L1060984-ppdFS-rslf.jpg

 

 

Next weekend I'm planning to document a wet plate portrait session with my Leica C compact (used for above images) when a TLF member has volunteered to sit for some portraits.

 

Regards

 

dunk 

 

My Dad had and operated a very similar camera in the 1960's for lithography and process engraving - I think it sat on a fixed bed, rather than the trolley that Tony is using - to me, as a little boy, it was enormous (and I suppose really it still is..)...

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My Dad had and operated a very similar camera in the 1960's for lithography and process engraving - I think it sat on a fixed bed, rather than the trolley that Tony is using - to me, as a little boy, it was enormous (and I suppose really it still is..)...

 

 

That was the original intended use for the cameras 

 

http://www.hunterpenrose.co.uk/History.htm

 

http://www.hunterpenrose.co.uk/hp_camera.htm

 

dunk 

Edited by dkCambridgeshire

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That was a trip down memory lane, I used many Hunter Penrose products during my printing career in the UK.

 

 

That was the original intended use for the cameras 

 

http://www.hunterpenrose.co.uk/History.htm

 

http://www.hunterpenrose.co.uk/hp_camera.htm

 

dunk 

 

 

The HP 35x45 camera in Australia was damaged beyond repair by a flash flood several years ago 

 

Tony Lovell has given me permission to post his Ford Mondeo roof platform with LF camera photos .

 

Tony will shortly be using a modified Leitz 600mm f4.5 EPIS projector lens with this camera … he's just made the lens board for it 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

dunk 

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Tony uses his LF cameras 'in the field' for landscape photography by mounting the cameras on a custom made car rooftop platform (Ansel Adams style) fixed to the roof of his Ford Mondeo Estate car … but I cannot post any pics as they were not taken with a Leica.

 

dunk 

Non-Leica film images are acceptable in LUF's "I like film..." thread, Dunk.

Edit - Sorry - Repeat of Chris' post above.

Edited by EoinC

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