Your Typical Print Size

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by RalphLambrecht, Jul 27, 2009.

What is your typically largest print size?

  1. smaller

    22 vote(s)
    9.6%
  2. 8x10

    71 vote(s)
    30.9%
  3. 11x14

    95 vote(s)
    41.3%
  4. 16x20

    29 vote(s)
    12.6%
  5. larger

    13 vote(s)
    5.7%
  1. RalphLambrecht

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    When doing your own darkroom work, what is the largest print size you normally make?

    When voting, please add the European sizes of 9.5x12 and 12x16 as a 11x14 vote.

    Thanks
     
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  2. eddym

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    From 35mm B&W negs, I'll go to 11x14 max; for 120 and 4x5, to 16x20. Can't print any bigger in my darkroom.
     
  3. RalphLambrecht

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    Great!

    but please vote!
     
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    I voted 11x14 because of the word "typical" in the question.

    I can do 16x20, but haven't in a long time.

    Matt
     
  5. Martin Aislabie

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    Ralph, I'm not sure what question you are asking

    What is the largest print size you normally make ?

    and/or

    What is the largest print size you occasionally make ?

    Martin
     
  6. RalphLambrecht

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    Matt

    Perfect, that is exactly how the question was intended! Thanks.
     
  7. RalphLambrecht

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    Martin

    What is the largest print size you normally make?
     
  8. eddym

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    I did! I wuz the first! :smile:
     
  9. MattKing

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    Ralph:

    Are you referring to our own darkroom work?

    If it is not too late, you might wish to edit your original post to read something like:

    "When doing your own darkroom work, what is the largest print size you normally make?"

    Matt
     
  10. RalphLambrecht

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    Done! Thanks for the hint.
     
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    I typically contact print, and now most often shoot 5x7, 6.5 x 8.5 or 5x12. So I voted "smaller". But when enlarging from 35mm/120, I usually worked 11x14-ish, sometimes going as big as 12x18/16x20.
     
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    11x14 I would do 16x20 but I do not have the trays. I could do 20x24 but the space would be tight in my wet darkroom.

    Steve
     
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    I voted 11x14 because I usually print on 9.5x12 paper, although I always print the image smaller than the actual paper size. I take it that's you meant -- actual paper size used when printing?

    The largest size I could print would be 11x14 anyway, due to limitations of tray sizes and wet darkroom space.
     
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  15. Jan Pietrzak

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    Ralph,

    Let me first say, that I have enjoyed your posts. But I think that you need to add a part to your list 'contact prints'. I work as big as 11x14 and as small as 2 1/4 in my work. So my vote is all of the above.

    Jan Pietrzak
     
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    I've been meaning to start a thread about print size too. The reason has to do with the all too forceful pressure to make larger, and larger prints to satisfy a current gallery imperative. (It also seems to help if your 'graph is in desaturated color and has a strong ironic element that's hard to miss.) I favor square prints on 11x14 paper (I responded to the poll, btw), so my most typical work is 10x10 inches.

    I'm not sure why you're taking this census, but I will be curious to see the ultimate outcome.
     
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    I make all sizes, but my print washer will only handle 11X14, so that's my normal max. If I need larger, I have to wash them in the sink. Only do that when really necessary.

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    11x14 is the largest print size my small darkroom can handle. I like the size and only for a few images do I sometimes wish I could make a 16x20.

    gene
     
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    My film prints are almost exclusivly 8x10 except for a few 11x14's I did in class. I bought a four blade easel on ebay, so I'll be able to do anything up to 11x14 in a few weeks (hopefully). I used to print 8x12's back when I had the kind of camera that we dont speak of (because I like the 2:3 format), but I sold it to help pay for darkroom stuff :smile:
     
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    I'm not very fond of 8x10 paper. I usually print on 5x7 or 11x14, both usually cut to the size of the negative rather than cropping.
     
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    Typical for me is whatever will fit onto 11x14 paper.

    For 35, I usually make them 8x12 full frame, and sometimes right up to the edge at 9x13.5.
     
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    Made a mistake voted 16 x20 ment 11x14(10x10 really).Can do 16x20.
     
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    11x14 is the largest I print now. My washer can only handle up to this size. But most of my work is on 8x10. I would love to get into 16x20 but I'd need trays and man is the paper expensive! $4.00 a sheet for my favorite, Ilford warmtone.
     
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    My favorite too, and my feelings exactly re: price! I don't understand why it is so much more expensive than regular MGIV. It's nearly twice as much!
     
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    i can print up to 16x20 but the largest print i regularly make is 11x14,
    or a 11x14 sheet with a large white border and 8x10 image in it.
    i also enjoy making very small prints on 8x10 paper, and if given the choice
    i would print small all the time.
     
  26. Wade D

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    I voted 8x10. All of my work prints from 35mm, 120 & 4x5 are printed to 8x10 for evaluation. If I like what I see I can go as large as 16x20 but rarely do so.
    8x10's & 11x14's fill up wall space fast enough.:wink: