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John Kossik
Lives in Mill Creek, WA, USA
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Bald Eagles
Winter 2016
North Fork of the Nooksack River near Deming, WA USA
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 500mm F4 + Nikon TC-14B 1.4X Teleconverter AI-S
Kodak 100TMX
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John Kossik

DYI and Projects  - 
 
The creation of my panoramic camera (https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/Gfh92rHCrZN) using a large format lens starts reaching reality with the back of the camera printed. A few tries were needed but the final results below. Biggest change is that I had to settle for a 6x12 format instead of the original 6x17 format due to the limitations of the 3D printer I have.

Now have to add the backing plate and its associated pressure mechanism and then finish design and printing of the front bellows section.

Stay tuned, "Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel."
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He will use 120-film ofc, it's stated in the first post as well :) I've owned a Fuji G617 and it's pretty amazing to see the huge negatives. 
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6x17 Panorama Camera I am designing.
I will sometime this month be printing it on my 3D printer with carbon fiber infused PLA. Will be mounting a light 90mm large format lens in the front hole.
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Excellent, 6x17 panorama camera is my favorite. I made my 6x17 camera with aluminum alloy. You can visit my website. Www.mr-alvandi.com
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Oso Landslide
Oso, Washington, USA
Voigtlander Bessa 6.3 modified to take 120 film (yes, an over 85 year old camera)
The resolution possible on this rickety old camera amazes me. Of course my local camera shop's developing/scanning machine could not handle this 6 x 10.79 sized negative so they just scanned it in pieces and I had to patch it together on the computer.
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Got some good suggestions on how to determine the Flange Focal Distance for two large format lenses I bought for a 6x17 camera I am making (https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/USkXxQxgReW).  From these I was thinking about connecting these large format lenses to my SLR or DSLR and adjusting the distance of this lens from the image plane of the camera via a standard bellows.  But how to attach the large format lens to the end of the bellows?  Bellow an adapter I designed up to print on my 3D printer.  Hope to print it and test it later this week.
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Trouble shooting  - 
 
Two purchases this weekend.  These are to support the the panorama (6x12 to 6x17) camera I am building.  I am looking for some technical details on these lenses.  Obviously the focal length is printed right on them and the image circle is at least enough to cover a 4x5.  What I am really looking for is the Flange Back Distance required for infinity focus.  This is because the panorama camera will only be used for landscape shots all being at infinity focus.  Have not been able to find this yet, all I was able to find was one 1950's catalog (http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/wollensak_5.html) but this did not have any Flange Back Distance information.

If anyone has any information on where could get some of this data I would appreciated it.
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Simple collimator method with second camera
1 You need an SLR.
this camera you fixed on a table.
Point the SLR lens at infinity.
Exactly close against you place the other objective.
the middle off both lenses hafe face each other.
everything how an optical bench
2 Behind the tested lense comes a glass pane (approximately in focal length distance)
on the side to camera and test objective
you glue a smooth maidenhair (Women hair is thinner)
You look through the SLR ..
and shifts the glass plate gently (forward and backward)
can you hair perfectly sharpsee in the SLR
..... the distance between testet lens and hair
is precisely the infinity focus of the testet lens 
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Another interesting day at the annual PSPCS camera show and sale at the Kent Commons in Kent, WA, USA.  I actually joined the club last year and worked at their sales booth in the morning.  Was not really in the market for any photo gear but could not resist a brand new, never used Nikon MD-12 motor drive for $15 US.  Here it is mounted to my FM3a a bought a few months ago.  It is a little heavy but will be handy for wildlife shots with my longer lens manually advancing the film can off-center the subject.  

The second item is not of the photo realm but I could not resist for $25 (actually $5 after my $20 discount for working in the clubs booth).  The first integrated circuit transistor radio by Sony.  Came with box, charger, and earphone.  Just AM but once charged up I had not problem listening to the Seattle Mariner's came on the radio!
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I had several of them, back in the day, after the monsters for the F and F2, these were a godsend...
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John Kossik

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3in. Goerz Rectagon I got off Craigslist. It is going to be the first lens I mount on the panoramic camera I am building (https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/Pw5FYFL1tS9)
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As for this lens is is supposed to be very sharp and has a very wide angle view. The only problem I have found, along with the Graflex 135mm I have (https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/USkXxQxgReW) is with the shutter. Theses shutters work fine down to 1/25 but lower than that they stick. Must be something in the mechanics of the springs in the shutter. B and T work fine though. I was thinking of tearing it apart as I did on some of my old medium format folders but am leery of this. Perhaps I will tear apart the Graflex and leave the Goerz to a professional.
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Milltown Elev. 7
Milltown, WA, USA
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 50mm F1.2
Kodak 100TMX
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Why I hate digital
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Potentially deadly iPad selfie
Two feet further back and there is a 300 foot drop to the base of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 50mm f1.2
Fuji 100 Acros
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To the lab
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ANYONE SEEN 4" X 5" COLOR OR B&W?
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Introduction
Current equipment includes: Nikon D70, Nikon D300, Nikon FE, Nikon F4, Nikon FA, Mamiya RB67 Pro S, Minolta hi-matic 7sii, Argus C-3, Afga Record III, Voigtlander Bessa F/6.3, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B (532/16), Nikkor AF 17-70 F3.5-4.5, Nikkor AF 70-200 F2.8, NIkon AF 35-70 F2.8, Nikon AF 85mm F1.8, Nikon TC-14B Teleconverter, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Marco, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G, Nikkor ED 500mm 1:4P (with Wimberley Sidekick gimbal-type head), Nikkor 300mm f/4 IF-ED, Mamiya Sekor 90mm f3.8 , Mamiya KL 250mm f/4.5, Mamiya C 37mm f4.5, 45mm NIKKOR GN (pancake), Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-s, UV pinhole rig, Photoshop Elements 6, MacBook Pro, Manfrotto tripod/Giotto's Ball Head, Manfrotto 680B monopod, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Kata E-702 Rain Cover (I do live in Seattle after all), 1.4X to 8X Macro/photomicrography setup jig, and various camera bags.
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Originally from Detroit, but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years BS Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1983 You name a type of chemical processing plant, I've designed one. Quote: “Engineering was an interesting way to make a living till the MBA’s SUCKED all the fun out of it.”
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Thanks Redi National Pest Eliminators for coming out yesterday and solving the insect problem at our house. It was a great relief to us. Your inspector and technician were there the same day and were very professional. They really knew their stuff. Anybody studying Entomology at UW or WSU would learn a lot of practical knowledge about insects and their interaction with the places we live by simply spending a few days with these guys! If you ever have a pest problem Redi is the one to call, I know that I will.
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