Your most orphaned format?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by EASmithV, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. EASmithV

    EASmithV Member

    Messages:
    1,925
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Location:
    Maryland
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    And by that, I especially mean, formats / cameras that you have everything you need to shoot, but don't.

    For instance, I rarely use my 2x3 press camera. I have the film, the holders, and everything else I could need... But I don't use it because 2x3 sheet film is so irritating to work with... There's no good way to process it...

    Don't even try to mention trays either... That's not a good way to process anything... hah.
     
  2. Dan Fromm

    Dan Fromm Member

    Messages:
    3,979
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Um, why not shoot roll film with your 2x3 gear? There are roll holders for 2x3 press cameras with spring backs. If you don't have one, you don't have everything you need to shoot ...
     
  3. wildbill

    wildbill Member

    Messages:
    2,827
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    35mm gear. I hate winding the film onto spools for processing and then once processed I have 36 negs to deal with. That's way to many at once to even attempt printing.
     
  4. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,970
    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Location:
    Ryde, Isle o
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    6 x 4.5cm. I haven't used my Bronica ETRS for years. I do think it's a nice format for 120 though.


    Steve.
     
  5. brian d

    brian d Member

    Messages:
    396
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Location:
    Indiana
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    6.5x9 is mine, I have a real nice little Ihagee kit but it rarely gets any use and when it does get any use its with a 120 adapter.
    Have you tried stainless steel hangers for 2x3 processing? I use them with regular 4x5 tanks and am happy with the results. In fact I like using the baby press camera's so much that I've been thinking about trying my hand at cutting down and processing color film
     
  6. BrianL

    BrianL Member

    Messages:
    547
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Location:
    Toronto ON C
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Polaroid pack film. A lot of orphaned cameras sitting around. Also, SX-70 film.
     
  7. Roger Cole

    Roger Cole Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,205
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Humm, I don't really have any. I have a 620 Kodak Duaflex my fiance got me but I'm not really into the Lomography thing, but I do get a roll of respooled 620 and play with it occasionally. I also have (one) 35mm point and shoot but that either goes with her on trips or is kept in the car for an "as needed any time" camera.

    I use my 35mm gear. I use my Yashica TLR and I just bought a Mamiya 645 Pro that I'm having fun playing with and expect to use. I certainly use my 4x5, although not as much as I might like because, well, it's an endeavor in its own right rather than something to take along while doing anything else.
     
  8. Marvin

    Marvin Member

    Messages:
    373
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Location:
    Hendersonvil
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I have two Minolta 16 Cameras and there is someone who cuts down the film and loads cartriges. You can still find these on ebay and film for them. In the day these were nice little pocket able cameras. Today I just use a N75 Nikon as my carry along camera.
    Marvin
     
  9. rawhead

    rawhead Member

    Messages:
    570
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    35mm. 36 exposures is a bitch to get through... and for such small images, too! Don't even get me started on my half-frame setup...
     
  10. David Brown

    David Brown Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,516
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    35mm
     
  11. DBP

    DBP Member

    Messages:
    1,895
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Location:
    Alexandria,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    4.5x6 cm plate, or maybe 9x12 plate.
     
  12. Roger Cole

    Roger Cole Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,205
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I like to load shorter rolls, like 20-24, from bulk. I don't like buying 24 exposure rolls because (when they're even available) they cost almost as much as 36, but they sure are more convenient most of the time.
     
  13. Jeff Kubach

    Jeff Kubach Member

    Messages:
    6,932
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Location:
    Richmond VA.
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    35mm also. Like 120 film (10expoures).

    Jeff
     
  14. Sponsored Ad
  15. zsas

    zsas Member

    Messages:
    1,962
    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Shooter:
    35mm RF
    +1
     
  16. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Subscriber

    Messages:
    17,521
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    Location:
    West Midland
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Half frame (18x24mm) and also 35mm in general, it's a film size I rarely use these days and even my 645's get very little use, instead I shoot mainly 5x4 which has been my main format for 26 years but now I also shoot some 10x8 and quite a bit of 6x6, and the odd 9x12 etc.

    Ian
     
  17. R.Gould

    R.Gould Member

    Messages:
    593
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2010
    Location:
    Jersey Chann
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I don't think I have a format that I don't use in my collection of equipment, but my least used is probably 645, I have a Bronica etr outfit that I use perhaps once a year, and a 645 folder that I use a bit more, plus a 6/6 645 dual format that only gets used on 6/6
    Richard
     
  18. Hikari

    Hikari Member

    Messages:
    188
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    35mm. I don't get along with the aspect ratio. I don't like the quality. I wish larger formats came in 36 frame rolls though.
     
  19. whlogan

    whlogan Member

    Messages:
    551
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2004
    Location:
    Hendersonvil
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    almost any 127 film camera... too hard to change some reels and load them up and process it.... used to be fun, though
    Logan
     
  20. CGW

    CGW Restricted Access

    Messages:
    2,797
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    35mm, sadly. Cheap acceptable quality dev/print service has morphed into pricey iffy quality dev/print service, thanks to collapsed demand. Have lots of C-41 film I'll probably never finish up. Shoot 120 mostly now.
     
  21. keithwms

    keithwms Member

    Messages:
    6,075
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Location:
    Charlottesvi
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Oh this is easy to answer, Eric: I have two fancy dSLRs and haven't used them in ages. Not sure when I will, actually. Thousands of dollars wasted, if you ask me :sad:

    All of my film cameras get attention fairly often. I don't buy anything to have it sit. Except the digitals, apparently...
     
  22. BrianShaw

    BrianShaw Member

    Messages:
    6,228
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    126 and 127 was orphaned a long, long time ago. Polaroid (both sheet and pack formats) a while ago. Polaroid slide abandoned before really getting started with it (what a disappointment... but that might not count in this thread since I no longer have the processing equipment). 620 -- actually re-rolled 120 -- abandoned recently but might come back to be an interest of mine.

    Other than that, I still shoot 35mm, MF and 4x5 as appropriate to the situation.
     
  23. robbalbrecht

    robbalbrecht Member

    Messages:
    78
    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Location:
    Los Osos, CA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    My most orphaned format? Digital. :cool:

    Since I started shooting film almost 5 years ago I haven't had any interest in shooting anything but 35mm and 120 film.
     
  24. BradleyK

    BradleyK Subscriber

    Messages:
    889
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Location:
    Burnaby, BC
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    6x4.5. I picked up a pair of A16 backs for the Hasselblads on a whim a couple of years ago and have rarely used them. While the 35mm transparencies paled beside the "super-slides," I still prefer the slightly larger square transparencies of the 6x6. I love the 6x6 format: the challenge of seeing/shooting/printing (full-frame) in an unconventional format (at least in the opinion of those who argue that pictures are either vertical or horizontal in orientation) were the primary reasons behind my decision to go with the Hasselblad system. Maybe, though, it's time to revisit the 6x4.5...:D
     
  25. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,970
    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Location:
    Ryde, Isle o
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    So do I. I wish I had saved up a bit more and bough an SQ instead of an ETRS.

    I'll swap an ETRS for your Hasselblad!!!


    Steve.
     
  26. Roger Cole

    Roger Cole Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,205
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Humm, just got my Mamiya 645 and reading all this. I admit I was thinking it would largely supplant both my Yashicamat and, once I had a few lenses, my 35mm, but I think it's too large to do either. The Yashica is far handier to carry around even including the light meter I have to carry (and my Luna Pro SBC is not a small meter) and likewise it's too big to fully replace the 35mm gear. But I'm still thinking I'll like it for the combination of interchangeable lenses, some automation (AE prims finder and winder grip) and medium format with interchangeable backs.