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    No longer a ULF virgin!

    Finally my Walnut 8x20 is officially done! I got the bellows installed on Saturday October 13th in the morning. I picked them up from Jim at Western Bellow about 3 weeks late. It was just in time for the trip to the Per Vloquartz Owens Valley workshop. I exposed six sheets of Berrger 200 as the trial run. If everything works out I should have some great negs and prints. I must say that I was like a kid in a candy store when I pulled the dark slide and exposed that first sheet. I'm going to develop the negs one at a time in trays in Pyrocat HD. Any suggestions on starting times would be appreciated. I shot it at 80. I have some minor issues to deal with on the camera but it generally performed very well even in the wind. I used my 14" Rodenstock Gerogon and my Ilex Paragon Process lenses and they both cover well. The Gerogon wide open and the Ilex I needed to stop down. I will attach some shots of the camera.
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    I had to resize some shots so I could load them. I have a very slooow computer. These are taken at 11,000 feet in the Bristlecone pine forest in the White mountains.

    Jim
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    Jim, that bellows looks really great, why did you decide to go with Western Bellows? How many holders do you have? It looks like you are in for the time of your life with that great looking camera.

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    Curt
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Congratulations on the lost virginity ;-)

    The camera looks great, I hope you make many great images with it.

    Greetings,
    G

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    I have 4 holders for this system. I went with Western bellows because they are in California and I could pick it up. You need to stay on top of Jim so it gets done on time. The bellows is very nice. The format is very addictive.

    Jim

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    Gorgeous camera Jim. I see Kodak 2D in it's lineage. I see the light at 11,000 feet is brutal as ever. You really need cloud cover up there. Looking forward to seeing some pics
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Jim, yes the 2-D gave its parts willingly in the cause. The light at that altitude was brutal but it was great at sunset. Just hope everything was locked down for the shot. If at all possible I'll try to get to Tonopah next month so you can take a closer look.

    Jim

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    Congratulations! Enjoy the larger format while I lament my baby 8x10 and 7x17 contact prints - see my website for j7x17 and 8x10 contact prints....

    I have always been tempted by the 8x20 - - -

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    Congratulations, Jim!

    It's beautiful camera! Did you really make a trip to the White Mountains without Dan and me? We need to shoot that sand dunes together.

    Hugo

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    Congrats Jim. Lovley photos of yourself and the camera; as intrepid a ULF'er as I've seen!
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