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RE: lith film, bergger film, cyanotype
As the "focal length" of a pinhole decreases the fall-off for a flat film
plane increases. Its like using a lens with not enough coverage.
If one makes a circular backed camera there is no fall-off. If the back
is a perfect arc then the focal length of the camera matches the radius of
I the arc is perfect then there is no fall-off. All flat back pinhole
cameras suffer from some degree of fall off. If the focal length is
long-enough it is not noticable. As the focal length decreases fall-off
becomes more apparent unless the back is curved.
These cameras give an ange of view approaching 180 degrees.
I love round back wide angle pinhole cameras. I've used 4X10 to 12X18.
Plans for more in the works . . . 12x 48 :)
On Wed, 15 May 2002, Joachim Oppenheimer wrote:
> Please explain how a curved film plane can receive even exposure from a
> point (pinhole or lens, for that matter). Each point of the film is at a
> different distance from the pinhole so that the light fall-off differs
> accordingly. I would appreciate your take on this. Thanks in advance,
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 10:06 PM
> > To: Alt Photo List
> > Subject: lith film, bergger film, cyanotype
> > Hi all!
> > I've been experimenting with different lith films in a
> > pinhole camera,
> > and different developers. I have used Arista APH and APHS (no
> > difference I
> > can tell...) in Howard Efner's nifty 4"x10" pinhole camera, with
> > an exposure
> > of about 48 secs Sunny 16. It is an f269 camera. He made it so that the
> > innards of the camera curve the film plane in a semicircle so exposure
> > is even. Fun stuff (hopefully he will manufacture said
> > camera and sell it; the one he is letting me use is his prototype).
> > A couple things I've found. One is that it sure doesn't seem
> > that lith
> > film experiences reciprocity failure at those long exposure times.
> > I used it at ISO 6 and 10; both work, but ISO 6 and development in
> > Dektol 1:10 for 2.5 min as per someone's recommendation on this list works
> > well. at ISO 10 in Dektol 1:6 for 1.5 min it also works fine.
> > Pinholes are
> > now minimal without the weak acetic acid stop bath, just using water.
> > I've been testing the negs out with some old cyanotype
> > solution--it is
> > Mike Ware's stuff, 3 yr old, goes on a bright chartreuse green but exposes
> > well and in about 5 minutes in full sun. I tried it on kid finish Cranes
> > and it was terrible; bled and washed out. On Platinotype it is
> > really nice.
> > I tested the solution to make sure it was working up to snuff by comparing
> > it to an old exposure neg that I had worked out 3 yr ago and it was just a
> > tad lower in contrast and that is all, after sitting in my cupboard 3 yr.
> > I just got a packet of Bergger BPF 18 in the mail to test against the
> > lith film and I will report back the results. It is a continuous tone,
> > ortho film. I do not know the ISO of it--anyone on the list find
> > one out in
> > using this film? John Horowy (sp) doesn't quite know either. He
> > told me to
> > try it at a paper ISO so I will try it at 6, too, but it is
> > expensive enough
> > to not want to waste--about $2.40 an 8x10 with shipping. Arista APH and
> > APHS are, of course, pennies a sheet. Anyone have development times and in
> > what, or any experience at all with this film?
> > Chris
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