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jimgalli
10-30-2007, 10:56 AM
My first ever NEW camera! Thanks to a lot of excellent help from Hugo, I had the folks at Chamonix build me a 5X14 camera! 2.8 : 1 ratio.

The story and first 10 or so pictures are HERE. (http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/Chamonix_5X14.html)

http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/Chamonix_5X14.html

Sorry, I didn't get pics of the Chamonix itself yet, but will follow up with those. But there are about 9 or 10 pictures made with the new format to get an idea of just how wide 2.8 : 1 is. You might have to re-size your viewing screen :D:D

Pretty tough to get a real feel for these with 90kb jpegs. They have a surprising presence when printed and matted. MORE than I originally expected.

Go have a look and let me know what you thought.

rwyoung
10-30-2007, 11:03 AM
Neato!

DougGrosjean
10-30-2007, 11:06 AM
Very nice.

Would love to see the camera, though.

keeds
10-30-2007, 11:41 AM
wow, fan flippin tastic

John Bartley
10-30-2007, 11:49 AM
Nice photos as always Jim. The ratio is very appealing as it appears that it makes you do your sky and foreground cropping on site instead of in the darkroom? I also would like to see a photo of the camera.

cheers eh?

colrehogan
10-30-2007, 12:13 PM
Nice, Jim. I see your selection of lenses is fairly close to mine for 5x12. My most used lenses are 210 Graphic Kowa, 240 Docter and 450 Nikkor-M. I also use a 355 G-Claron and my trusty 203 mm Kodak f/7.7.

jimgalli
10-30-2007, 12:57 PM
Nice, Jim. I see your selection of lenses is fairly close to mine for 5x12. My most used lenses are 210 Graphic Kowa, 240 Docter and 450 Nikkor-M. I also use a 355 G-Claron and my trusty 203 mm Kodak f/7.7.

Very surprised to hear the little 203 f7.7 will cover 5X12. I figured 5X7 would be a stretch for that lens. I'll probably massage my lens choices a bit.

BarryWilkinson
10-30-2007, 01:05 PM
Very interesting format Jim. Please post more when you have them.

Barry

JBrunner
10-30-2007, 01:07 PM
Congrats on the camera, Jim. I find some of the door/window shots simply wonderful. Where can I buy a Galli print? I'd like to get "Cribs, Goldfield NV" (270 G-Claron), and there is one portrait of yours in particular that my mom wants. :)

gbenaim
10-30-2007, 01:34 PM
That looks like too much fun, Jim. Take a look at Lois Conner's 7x17 stuff for some really excellent panoramic work, if you haven't already. The cheap film is definitely enticing.

jimgalli
10-30-2007, 01:37 PM
Congrats on the camera, Jim. I find some of the door/window shots simply wonderful. Where can I buy a Galli print? I'd like to get "Cribs, Goldfield NV" (270 G-Claron), and there is one portrait of yours in particular that my mom wants. :)

You've got a mom JB? I hope it's not one of the ones that was in VC mag. Those have gotten REALLY expensive :D:D

mark
10-30-2007, 02:29 PM
Must be some dirty pictures. The fire wall at work has your site blocked as ADULT CONTENT. :):):)

I guess I will have to wait until the kids are asleep to check out the site. I just love out filter system.

David A. Goldfarb
10-30-2007, 02:38 PM
Very neat format, Jim!

keithwms
10-30-2007, 02:49 PM
Sweeeet!

I was a bit surprised to realize that there isn't really any other format with that ratio in LF; 617 is of course fairly successful in MF. Visually it is obviously quite special. Very good decision.

colrehogan
10-30-2007, 07:29 PM
Very surprised to hear the little 203 f7.7 will cover 5X12. I figured 5X7 would be a stretch for that lens. I'll probably massage my lens choices a bit.

Truly, it doesn't. I use it stopped down all the way to f/45 (on 8x10 & 5x12) and it has two soft corners and two slightly cut off corners. However, it has a look that I like. :D

jimgalli
10-30-2007, 09:12 PM
For some photos of the camera click on the URL... (http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/ChamCam514PIX.html)

http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/Camera0.jpg

http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/Chamonix5X14/ChamCam514PIX.html

scootermm
10-30-2007, 09:23 PM
oh... :) .... it even includes your name on it.

nice touch.

Long and thin .... I always heard that girth was a good thing...
:)

very exciting and like the images you posted Jim.

photomc
10-30-2007, 09:33 PM
oh Man!! Jim, that is a sweet looking camera - what does weigh in at? Maybe we should talk them into making some 7x11 cameras/holders - ;)
Thanks for sharing the pic of the camera.

toyotadesigner
11-03-2007, 01:36 PM
Maybe a dumb question, but why not 6x17 or even 6x18, a real 1:3 format?

Dave Wooten
11-03-2007, 01:50 PM
Maybe a dumb question, but why not 6x17 or even 6x18, a real 1:3 format?


I have heard 2nd hand from the tiny green people, that Mr Galli has the planet's largest supply of film for the camera....in an underground bunker in the Rachel Nevada area, which is easily accessed via underground highway from the outskirts of Tonopah Nevada and accessed only by citizens with special G ratings and security level 4 and higher government personnel......:D