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04-06-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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What Happens To Tax Refund Checks...

A box showed up at my house yesterday...

Ummm...A Box From China!?



And Inside, a Bundle Wrapped in Oiled Paper!?



And Inside the Oiled Paper, Something Wrapped In Cloth!?



And inside the Cloth Wrap, Something Made of Teak and Carbon Fiber!?



Sproing! It Expands!



Dressed and Ready For Business...



...And that, my friend is a Chamonix 045N-2! High tech, low tech, definitely SLOW tech! And definitely not Pentax...I have decided to develop my photography in a little bit different direction...not as a replacement for what I have been doing with digital and 35mm film, but as a rounding out of the skill set and the tool box.


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Gorgeous! Look forward to your images soon.
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Very very cool Steve! I l@@k forward to the images

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Yes, it is pretty. I have been practicing without film and getting to know a few of the camera's quirks. So far I have discovered:
  • The carbon fiber ground glass cover is very cool and very difficult to fit onto the camera
  • I need to get some stronger reading glasses before I can use the accessory "folding viewer"
  • The ground glass "lift-off" is inadequate to allow "slide-in" use of a Toyo 120 roll film holder. Damn! That forces removal of the ground glass before the roll film holder can be mounted.
  • Linhof Super Rollex roll film holders are very nice and worth the extra bucks
  • Bromwell sells very nice lens boards
  • I need to get a better loupe
  • Ball heads really suck when your camera has nothing to hold on to
  • My $15 Bogen 3028 pan-tilt head rocks for use with the Chamonix
  • I need to mark a 6x7 mask on the ground glass. The etched marks it came with are too faint for real world use.
  • It is really easy to forget to remove the dark slide when using the roll-film back
  • Ditto about putting it back in
  • Did I mention that it is also easy to forget to switch the shutter off preview mode before pulling the dark slide?
  • Low camera angles are painful for a tall guy like me
  • I know nothing about how to use the camera's movements...
The big challenge now, aside from the steep learning curve, is to find a way to digitize the 120 and 4x5 negatives. I would get a Epson V700, but I am out money for this project


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Very very cool Steve! I l@@k forward to the images
I am thinking that it would be just the thing for some stealthy, from-the-hip, street photography


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Steve, sweet. That baby looks really compact. Now the fun begins!
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Gorgeous camera -- definitely more field friendly than my Sinar! Now get a Manfrotto 410 head for it and you'll be a happy camper

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Gorgeous camera -- definitely more field friendly than my Sinar! Now get a Manfrotto 410 head for it and you'll be a happy camper
Yes, the Manfrotto 410 would be nice...maybe as a Christmas gift to myself...

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Steve, good thing you spent ''your'' money on what you want...



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/05/irs-chief-buy-health-insurance-or-lose-your-tax-refund/#ixzz0kR4mLkna
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Yes, it is pretty. I have been practicing without film and getting to know a few of the camera's quirks. So far I have discovered:
  • Bromwell sells very nice lens boards
  • Did I mention that it is also easy to forget to switch the shutter off preview mode before pulling the dark slide?
  • I know nothing about how to use the camera's movements...
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If you have some wood working tools, you can build your own lens boards.

Ha, forgetting to close the shutter before the shot is one of the number-one errors in a list of 101 ways to screw up a LF shot.

You can find online tips for using camera movements and on this thread in the Large Format Group on flickr you get a cheat sheet to carry with you in the field the poster put together. The most used movements, IMHO, is tilting and/or raising the front standard.
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Yes...pretty bummed about the whole health care thing...I currently buy a high deductible "emergency" policy and expect that my rates will go up with the new government managed approach...


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Yes, the Manfrotto 410 would be nice...maybe as a Christmas gift to myself...

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Well worth it, IMO. I have one for mounting my AstroTrac rig and it's a SOLID piece of gear. Hard to appreciate how nice geared heads are until you get your hands on one.
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If you have some wood working tools, you can build your own lens boards.
I thought about doing that, but chose the route of least resistance. I am going to cut a 6x7 mask for the ground glass however. Chamonix has provision to mount something like that against the ground glass.

QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Ha, forgetting to close the shutter before the shot is one of the number-one errors in a list of 101 ways to screw up a LF shot.



QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
You can find online tips for using camera movements and on this thread in the Large Format Group on flickr you get a cheat sheet to carry with you in the field the poster put together. The most used movements, IMHO, is tilting and/or raising the front standard.
Thanks for the link. The cheat sheet will come in handy. With time, I will hopefully also master some of the finer points. An example would be the tilts on the front versus back standards. The front is axial tilt while the back is base tilt. There is supposed to be a difference in what each does. I will just have to figure it out...


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Yes...pretty bummed about the whole health care thing...I currently buy a high deductible "emergency" policy and expect that my rates will go up with the new government managed approach...


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I hear you. You know what my battle is, so I am very concerned!
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