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    So my friend got an Eastman 8x10 a while back and set it aside. Fascinated, I decided to try it out before he converted it to use in wet process or some other strange thing. (You gotta know Hans to appreciate all the old process fun he has.)

    The first problem was the beautiful, pristine Schneider lens. It had no shutter. I was first thinking to shoot it stopped down and use a hat as a shutter. The I spied a really nice Schneider lens on a Linhoff board and decided I could rig it up to one of the empty lens boards. A lot of duct tape and some mild swearing and that looked pretty serviceable.

    All the boards, except for the one I used, had a push pin kind of fixture mounted in the board. I'm guessing this was to operate some kind of shutter that sat inside the camera, behind the lens. Where? I'll never know and there was nothing in the case to act as a shutter. I also taped up two holes in the bottom of the front standard that seemed purposed to the same end.

    If anyone knows about how these lenses worked, let me know. I can't find anything on the web.

    I cleaned up two film holders and loaded 4 sheets of film. This was not a simple task as my changing bag is really too small for this and I did damage some film. I also loaded one sheet improperly and it fell into the camera when I pulled the dark slide. I'll load the rest of the film in a darkroom. As you can see here, one holder has a light leak so I'll have to find that and get some tape on it before I load more film.

    My first shot was in a wooded area and I'll upload and discuss that shot later. This one was in full sun and, I think, came out pretty well.

    f/32 @ 1/30 sec
    Rodinal 1:25 tray developed for 6 mins
    Scanned at 1200 dpi in 8 slices and stitched in Photoshop

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    1. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      Pere Casals You got to this before I finished the caption. )

    2. pcasals_mng 25 months ago | reply

      Tim L Lowe

      Yes... I was that impressed when I saw the tags.

      Also I see that right now you also develop in tray ; )

    3. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      Pere Casals Actually Pyrex cake pans. ;)

    4. pcasals_mng 25 months ago | reply

      One interesting thing it's the 500mm conversion...

      Just unscrew the front cell. Then to make it work sharper in corners it has to be stopped beyond to /22
      Also it is important that when the lens is in 500mm configuration you should focus with the lens stopped to the aperture it will be shot, as it has focus shift, if you change the diafragm setting you need to focus again, only when it is converted, working only rear cell.

      For this reason focussing with the 500mm option is difficult, you have to stop to 22 at least and focus then, so dark image in GG, you have to place the cloth very light tight.

      People were saying the conversion was so bad, but the main problem is focus shift, people did not focus with the converted lens stopped.

      I've the 150, the 360, and 2 of the 210 of this series, I acquired the second 210 to make an LF stereo camera that I'm to build.

    5. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      I have a S-K 180/315mm (Copal 1 shutter) and it's my favorite lens. Super sharp at both focal lengths. At 315mm wide open it is f/12 and a little less forgiving for critical focus as it's a bit dim. But over all, it is easy to use and a great lens.

    6. DelioTO 25 months ago | reply

      Stuff to get addicted on; nice very nice.

    7. pcasals_mng 25 months ago | reply

      Tim L Lowe

      I found that for 8x10 a paper safe could be convenient

      I've to admit that the Pyrex cake pans are great !!!

      Even the cakes can be later better because exquisite Rodinal flavour... ; )

    8. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      Pere Casals I always splash a little Rodinal behind my ears before I go out shooting. ;)

    9. Theolde 25 months ago | reply

      looks like great fun - that light leak came out as a quite artistic starburst in the corner

    10. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      Ingemar Ljungdahl Um... Well, photographer fun. I'll write more about the experience later.

      Yes, I cropped past the edge of the frame to show that the leak is in the film holder and not in the ancient camera and bellows.

    11. bc50099 25 months ago | reply

      Nice job Tim. Can you show how you rigged the board and lens? I'm curious if this approach can be used for other lenses out there.

    12. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      bc50099 I'll get a picture on here as soon as I can.

    13. bc50099 25 months ago | reply

      Tim L Lowe Thanks. Always interested in learning.

    14. hagee 25 months ago | reply

      It seems, true adventure in photography can only be found with large format cameras, from bringing them back into working contition to hauling them along with an adequate tripod.

      Great work!

    15. rich lewis 25 months ago | reply

      splendid shot

    16. Tim L Lowe 25 months ago | reply

      Hans Grill And the hauling factor with a 4x5 is trivial compared to an 8x10. ;)

    17. le cabri 25 months ago | reply

      Great work. Keep them coming

    18. Andy Gant 25 months ago | reply

      Great image
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    19. phildimarino 25 months ago | reply

      all pro . super and eye catching

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