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Back in Business by Scott, on Flickr
Back in Business by Scott, on Flickr
Too cold out to spray the board today, so that will wait for spring. My new roll of gaffer's tape arrived so I can retape the holders. Slides need some wax as well, but that will wait as I have no lines on any film yet. But I have a camera!
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Why I grind my own by Scott, on Flickr
I always make a new ground glass for large format acquisitions. Going to mount this puppy, lacquer the new lensboard black, then try to find some film.
Thanks for indulging me.
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For inside Russia, our post is incredibly efficient despite the poor conditions they work in.
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RobertWell... Phil's and Graham's didn't show up yet I got Phil's today!! Hurray!!
A very nice winter landscape with a lonely pine, indeed the material used to make the postcard is very pleasant but quite soft for a postcard, still it arrived!
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Wray Lustrar mounted! by Scott, on Flickr
I actually still had the drilling jig in the same place, but setting the circle cutter just right was a bear. The threads on the Wray Lustrar are fine and not very pitched. Not a lot of meat to cut with. Took about a dozen setups in plywood to get it right, but it's solid.
The Lustrar is a process lens, I think it's about 18" if I recall. Has a nice chunk out of the front element that seems to have no effect on images. It's a honkin' lens, that was gifted me years ago by a certain retired pirate. It will be the standard lens on this camera, as the only other lens I have that remotely covers is a 210 Sironar-N that's WAY wide on 8x10.
Ground glass tomorrow, need to wax the holders (I think I have 7 of them somehow), then decide on B/RA or Arista. Woot!
Statistics: Posted by scott — Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:31 pm
I only have a few dovetail saws. Looks like I need to start trolling eBay!
In the end, I decided against the stock fixed retainer arrangement on the Improved, opting for the much more forgiving (as far as making lensboards goes) strip and rotating tabs:
There. by Scott, on Flickr
I might file some curves on the brass at some point, but for now utilitarian works. All that's left is drill the board and grind the glass. I forgot how much fun this stuff is.
Think that's it for today - I've got stuff to do.
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Statistics: Posted by Brazile — Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:52 am
Hand sawing skills are not only useful, they're pretty easy to come by...just do it more! I don't own a tablesaw, and don't expect I ever will. In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a small circular saw that I use for breaking down large sheets of plywood, and not much else. But for something the size of a lens board, a hand saw is quicker, quieter, safer, and just as accurate with a bit of care. And marking the line first with a knife and following the cut with a couple swipes with a plane gets the edge as nice as I need. Highly recommended!
But I digress: that camera looks like it means business, is all. Looks a lot like the 5x7 version I picked up off of the LFPF a few years ago, which has probably been my most-used camera in the past couple years. The light is coming back, and you're an (almost, sorta) empty-nester. Do some shooting with it!
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