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  1. J

    Medium Format Pets

    Matt, Sheesh, how could you? In your next post(s) of Soup, we fully expect there to be appropriately sized bags for him to inhabit. John
  2. J

    Growing concern over availability of XCD (older style) and New V lenses

    Gentlemen: Enough already. Please. Can you all just stop? Thank you. John
  3. J

    Your favourite “bang for the buck” lenses

    Granted, too late now since you've moved the lens on, but this sounds like possible field curvature? My understanding is that proper shimming can help mitigate such effects, so shimming *might* have worked after all. My SK 60XL was just a bit soft at the edges when shifted, and this cleaned up...
  4. J

    IQ5 rumors

    I propose we leave it to Soup and his master @MGrayson (or is it the other way around) to inform us of the Nyquist limit dictated by his fur and therefore the number of pixels (or rather pixel pitch) required to resolve them sans moiré. :ROFLMAO: John
  5. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Apparitions by John Ngai, on Flickr 907x-CFV100c | XCD 3.2/90 | f/5.6 | 1/60s | ISO100 From the base of the 256 foot (78 m) tall Falls Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in Tennessee. At my vantage point there was a fine mist enveloping me (and the camera) as a light breeze gently whipped the...
  6. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Cascade by John Ngai, on Flickr 907x-CFV100c | Zeiss 5.6/250 Superachromat | 1/20s I spent the day recently with a good friend, touring some of the waterfalls in central Tennessee. It was refreshing to get out and explore new photo opportunities. The little Hasselblad is turning out to be great...
  7. J

    Computer to handle IQ180 files

    I would echo others' suggestion to go for an M2 or M3 chip Mac with as much RAM as you can afford. I've been processing my IQ4 150 files, including some pretty massive stitched images (14,000 x 20,000 pixels) on my first generation M1 Macbook Pro with only 16 Gb RAM. It's a little slow when...
  8. J

    IQ5 rumors

    We might be saying the same thing here. My point is that when shooting at apertures (physically) smaller than f/4, the smaller pixel pitch of this theoretical sensor won’t buy you any additional resolution over the current generation sensor. Of course, what you intend to do with those pixels...
  9. J

    IQ5 rumors

    Good point about staying closer to the lens’s center and therefore sweet spot. However this also means a bigger enlargement factor when printing which is the primary reason why I tend to favor the larger overall sensor or film format. I’d be interested to know the crossover point where for any...
  10. J

    IQ5 rumors

    Fair enough. And yes, of course the images will look just fine, as they do when I use my legacy Hasselblad-Zeiss lenses on the IQ4 150 (the corollary to: increased sensor resolution will not make the image from a given lens look worse). Don't get me wrong, I never met an extra megapixel I didn't...
  11. J

    IQ5 rumors

    There's also the reality of physics: Unless you shoot at f/4, in terms of absolute resolving power you won't see much if any difference between the new sensor and the current IQ4 150 given that the 2.78 micron pixel pitch puts you right at Nyquist frequency (Airy disc @ f/4 = 5.3 microns). For...
  12. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Thanks, Paul. It took a bit of shimming but I'm really coming to love my copy of the SK60XL. I have @4x5Australian to thank for it! John
  13. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    McWay Falls by John Ngai, on Flickr WRS1250 | IQ4 150 | SK60XL | f/11 | 2-image vertical stitch Part 3 of my Big Sur excursion - we made it down to McWay Falls, our turn-around point approximately 37 miles or 60 km south of Carmel on the coast highway. The mid-afternoon sky was bald and...
  14. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Big Sur Coastline by John Ngai, on Flickr WRS1250 | IQ4 150 | SK 60XL | f/11 | 4m00s, Automated Frame Average Part 2 of my recent photographic mini-adventure: on Saturday as we made our way south along the coast of the Monterey Peninsula, we happened upon this quintessential Big Sur vista...
  15. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Thanks, Matt. I'm 99.9% certain that I used a 3-stop grad ND filter to tame the light at the horizon (it was blinding, I was having trouble seeing anything behind the camera). It's hard for me to judge yellow vs orange in the unprocessed raw file but the L*ab values on the horizon just above the...
  16. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    Sea Stacks @ Sunset by John Ngai, on Flickr WRS 1250 | IQ4 150 | SK 60XL | f/16 | 3-image horizontal stitch | 6.000s, Automated Frame Average It's been around 6 months since I've gone out for what might pass as a serious shoot (that pesky day job keeps getting in the way), so it was nice to...
  17. J

    907x with manual adapters

    Fair enough. Since I already had a nice collection of old Hassy lenses this was a relatively easy way for me to get myself into the world of shift and tilt while I screwed up the courage to ask permission from the boss to spend piles of $$ on a tech cam kit. I found that when I still had it...
  18. J

    907x with manual adapters

    Movements were less than precise but that never stopped me from having some great fun and making some nice images with the Flexbody + IQ160, what I used to refer to as my "low tech tech cam solution" and a gateway to the current tech cam inferno that I find myself in. Some of the legacy...
  19. J

    Fun with MF images 2024

    In my own experience, the nature of electronic communication makes nuance and intention difficult to divine in certain if not many circumstances. So, while this may not have been the intent behind the original message ("I'm sorry. The obvious masking detracts from the image."), it's perhaps not...
  20. J

    Question on Long Telephoto for Hasselblad X2D

    Lol, no, at least not yet. And whassamatta, is Soup making you keep your distance these days (he seems to be giving you the stink eye in some of your more recent posts)?
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