Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by bmac, May 21, 2003.
The Clowns in Brown delivered my new cam today. Photos attached. I can't wait to try it out!
please excue the dot.com clutter on my desk
And the front. Looks like a 6 3/4 " lensboard.
Hey Brian, Looks like a sweet deal. The lens board (if it is 6 3/4 in.) may required the services of a carpenter. Could be made out of 5/32 baltic birch plywood. Fairly simple actually. Good luck.
That thing scares me to death! Now I know how the 35mm people look at the 4x5 camera! Holy COW! I'll try that when I feel I have outgrown the 4x5. I will be anticipating seeing the great work you will do with it!! Frank
C'mon Frank, it's not THAT big. Biggest camera I ever played with was big enogh to hide behind. Clydesdale Process Camera. Of course I only saw it moved once when we migrated to a new building. Also when I would shoot portraits with it the subject always had a terrible squint due to the 4000 watts of halogen lighting.
It is interesting to me how my view of camera format changes. When I moved from medium format to 4X5 it seemed like a big step. Then from 4X5 to 8X10 the large camera seemed huge. Now the 12X20 makes the 8X10 seem like medium format once did. My 4X5 seems like a toy. What was it that someone said about "the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys"?
LOL! It was a little different for me. Started with 35mm, then went to 6x7, then 4x5. I knew the second I processed my first 4x5 that I needed something bigger. I think the 8x10 will last a while
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One of my best friends is a woodworker. We'll be making a few lensboards soon.
I am still laughing here ..
Well - I'll say before some one else does
.... it is not the size of the camera that counts .... it is what .... (never mind)
..... actually I discovered, when I went to 4x5, that size DOES matter. But I am not EVEN ready for negs that don't fit im my JOBO or my enlarger. Besides, at 20x24prints - the 4x5neg looks pretty good - even with TRI X. And I only print up to 16x20 usually.
Looking forward to seeing what you produce with it, Brian. Good light to you!
You know, when I first tried 4x5", I wasn't too impressed with it, but felt an immediate affinity for 8x10". I only came around to 4x5" recently when I wanted something small and light that could be handheld or set up quickly on a tripod, but that uses sheet film and has movements. 35mm is mainly just for the birds now (with my 600/4.5 lens) and copy photography when I need 35mm slides. 6x6 is for when I want an SLR.
well I've been playing with a Box Brownie and it's 6x9cm negs look huge to me (compared to me 645 and 35mm stuff) I do play with 5x7 and 8x10 pinhole cameras, but they aren't the same as aproper camera neg! I can feel the tug of a large negative coming...
I too Frank think it looks huge lol But something I'd like to try for contact printing alone. But agree as well that enlarging and printing is something I enjoy and wouldn't want to give up. Besides, I just moved up from 25yrs of using 35mm to 4x5 and these negatives look large now. But can easily see what David is talking about...everything is so relative! lol
Good Luck, it looks fantastic Bryan!
Brian, Sure looks like fun! I've been with my 8x10 almost five years now and once you get comfortable with them it'll feel like putting on your favorite slippers each time you get behind it. When you compare 4x5 negs to 8x10 you'll wonder why anyone would go through the trouble of lugging a 4x5 around for such a tiny negative! Be careful, its an addiction: I just got my banquet camera a few weeks ago!---------Cheers!
Brian, I have been thinking around the 10x8 format for a bit now chiefly for alt.process printing. Your pics could give me a kick start !
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me too! I'm into it for a little over $500 including the convertable lens, and 5 cut film holders. Not bad for a few hours work on Ebay
What a nice-looking camera!
Unlike some others here, my progression was 35mm - 6x4.5 - 5x7" - 4x5", and now branched into 6x6 and 6x9 as well (old folders...). My 4x5" monorail is the small portable LF camera, but only compared to the 5x7 Technika.
I'm not ready for 8x10". Yet. My enlarger only takes up to 5x7", which is also big enough for decent contact prints.
But I'm sure I'll get bitten too. Eventually.
I am glad to see it got to you in good shape. The lensboards are no problem. When it comes to chutting and trimming, a big piece of wood is easier to work on than a teeny tiny one. Now take it out and start shooting
Is my type glowing green with envy? Looks nice, and if I could afford it I would be into 8x10, but for now 4x5 will have to do. Once the bigger negative progression starts, it is hard to resists the next larger format.
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