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    Press photographer gear in the 40's and 50's?

    Quote Originally Posted by mhcfires View Post
    The streets of LA in '50s combined with the stiff suspension of the cars was sufficient for agitation, especially if you hit the streetcar tracks.



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    O.K, loved the quality of street paving suggestions. I used Rodinal 1 to 100 usually on the road. I had never developed 4X5's in a dunk tank until I worked for the newspaper. At home I tray developed with continous erratic agitation. And yes, crossing the street car tracks helped agitation, I'm sure. I only developed Super Plenachrome that way, and then only when trying to make the next edition on time. In the newspaper darkroom I had to learn how to develop in the tanks.

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    I love stuff like this.

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    When I was a teenager, A.B. Miller used to tell me about shooting the delta floods for The Jackson Daily News with a 5x7 Graflex. "The only Goddamned thing I liked about that camera was you could fold it up and sit on it."
    Last edited by Jim Rice; 04-20-2013 at 08:42 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    He was just a tad on the crusty side. :P

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    Press photographers had the novel concept of using their feet to get closer to a subject. There was usually no time to fiddle with changing lenses even if one were available.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    A Speed Graphic 4x5 w/127 and film holders (sometimes we had filmpacks) was standard US Army issue in Germany in 1968. Olive-drab, of course.
    I'm surprised by that. I thought it would have been a warehouse item by then.

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    In the good old days...

    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    I'm surprised by that. I thought it would have been a warehouse item by then.
    There was a long standing requirement that military procurements had to come from companies manufacturing in the US.
    Dave

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    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    There was a long standing requirement that military procurements had to come from companies manufacturing in the US.
    That's still true, that's why most police and military vehicles are US branded, which is why certain factories have to be in the US, to cover the "what if we go to war and they stop supplying parts" concern.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    There was a long standing requirement that military procurements had to come from companies manufacturing in the US.
    I have a US Navy Photographer's Mate manual from, I believe, the 60s. It covered standard issue cameras, their use, and general technique (a pretty good reference btw). I don't have it handy but as I recall the cameras covered were:
    Graphic View
    Speed Graphic
    Mamiya TLR (I don't remember which specific model)
    Leica M (again, I don't remember which specific model)

    But definitely not all US made. Although I suppose it's possible the the imported found a way to have these assembled in the US to satisfy the letter of the law.
    "Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer

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