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    Out of curiosity I looked up Whitehorse weather. I was going to suggest you get out today and shoot something since it looked like your last "warm" day for awhile (maybe months). I think the predicted high was 10 degrees, I assume Celsius. But then I went to your Flickr pages and saw you and your friends riding your bikes in 40 below weather! I think you can handle cold weather 4X5 shooting just fine. It will be interesting to see how the camera likes it. Once when I was much younger I did a shot at -10F. I set up and focused, then removed the lens and board and slipped them in an inside pocket to keep the shutter warm until I was ready to shoot (I was waiting for a train to come through). It looks like you have a lot of interesting subject matter in your area to use 4X5 on, especially the old mining equipment. Have fun!

    Len

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    Hi Len,

    It's about -20 C this morning and heading down towards -30 C later this week, you must have seen a strange forecast. These are some of my favourite times to shoot as you get interesting phenomena like ice fog and sun dogs. Plus at this time of year it's pretty much 'golden hour' for the entire day, all 4-5 hours of it.

    I'm used to shooting cameras in the extreme cold, my biggest concern is that the bellows or one of the control knobs will crack.

    Regards,
    Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    You poor bastard.
    I just want to point out that you are at least partially responsible for this. I watched all of your videos on youtube.

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    I am just watching the ending of an auction where an older model, used Jobo multitank and 4x5 reel sold for 120% of the new model retail price. Are these things really that rare?

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    You think that 4x5 contact is nice, wait till you get a 5x7 camera then an 8x10.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Depends on the tank but the market drives the price. As long as people are willing to pay 2-3 times the cost of a new model the prices will remain high.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    My mistake on the temperature. I went back and looked here: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/CAXX0540 and the site gives it in degrees F, not C. Either way, it is cold. I went to the Spokane WA area forecast and saw highs this week in the low 40s F with rain and realized how warm that is by comparison.

    I suspect there is information online about LF shooting in sub-freezing conditions. The bellows may be something to be careful of. You might need to leave the focus racked out to the lens focal length so the bellows only needs to flex slightly when you fine focus. It probably depends on the bellows material. Keeping the shutter as warm as possible so it doesn't slow down from the cold is probably the main thing. I don't know if there is any chance of light leaks when removing the darkslide from the light trap material not springing closed. You'll just have to experiment and have fun.

    Len

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson View Post
    My mistake on the temperature. I went back and looked here: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/CAXX0540 and the site gives it in degrees F, not C. Either way, it is cold. I went to the Spokane WA area forecast and saw highs this week in the low 40s F with rain and realized how warm that is by comparison.

    I suspect there is information online about LF shooting in sub-freezing conditions. The bellows may be something to be careful of. You might need to leave the focus racked out to the lens focal length so the bellows only needs to flex slightly when you fine focus. It probably depends on the bellows material. Keeping the shutter as warm as possible so it doesn't slow down from the cold is probably the main thing. I don't know if there is any chance of light leaks when removing the darkslide from the light trap material not springing closed. You'll just have to experiment and have fun.

    Len
    Here's my limited practical experience with cold, down to about 0f. No problems with bellows or camera mechanics, aside from cold fingers. No obvious problems with shutters, though most of my exposures are long or bulb.

    Problems that I have had are fog on the gg and lens elements, and static. No lightning bolts, rather an affinity for every free particle to attach to various things including film and dark slides. Also dropping things in snow can be a royal pain.

    All in all I have found it doable, if even more meticuloudly plodding than normal LF.

    Here's my favorite acronym that I say to myself:

    FAST

    Focus- image focused and camera locked

    Aperture- aperture set

    Shutter- shutter closed

    Tach- shutter speed set and cocked.

    Only after my FAST check is complete do I pull the slide. This stupid little thing has saved me a lot of blown sheets.

    Ask me later how to go out and shoot empty holders all day.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post

    Ask me later how to go out and shoot empty holders all day.
    This one's easy. It is a good way to save on film though. You get the chick magnet action of using the camera without the hassle of processing.

    LF Chick Magnet Action

    Set up
    Look thoughtfully at the scene (and for hot photo chicks)
    Wait for hot photo chick to come ask to look under your dark cloth
    Join her under the dark cloth
    Load film holder into camera while getting her number or room number
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    You think that 4x5 contact is nice, wait till you get a 5x7 camera then an 8x10.
    Then a 36x24

    http://www.picturecorrect.com/news/w...uring-america/

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