Really like the new work Michael...thought I kept an eye on your site pretty often but have missed the new work. It's a good thing Clay's 5x12 was out of reach budget wise or I might be in BIG trouble. Instead, just made a splitter for the 8x10 (to make 4x10's)...so as far as ULF.....none, but if I could 7x17 or 5x12 (does it count as ULF?).
Next is to make a splitter board to convert the 8x10 to 6 1/8 x10 (but that's because I really like the 5x7 perspective). 10x12 now that would get me in trouble...
I considered purchasing the camera from Clay, but decided against it because I figured that I would always be pulling out the 7x17 if I had the ability to use a big camera, and if not, I'd probably be shooting 4x5 or smaller. If I didn't have the 7x17, the 5x12 would be a very appealing format to consider, to be sure.
Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I put those up a few weeks ago, and need to add more when time permits. I've got some 10x12's waiting to be finished, and then they will go up as well. I've been working frantically to get work together for Fotofest, but now that I'm done with that, I'll try to update the site soon.
8x20 Korona, with one S&S holder. I chose it because I love the size. 7x17 seems just a tad small on the wall. I'd love a 12x20, but living in a small, fifth floor, walk-up apartment, I'll stick to the 8x20. The camera is very light (and a little flimsy), and has only an 18" extension, but one look at the GG and I'm entranced. The S&S holder is even more attractive than the camera. It has the feel of fine furniture.
An 11x14 may be in my future. The 8x10 contact prints are beautiful, but the first time I saw an 11x14 portrait I was shattered. 8x10 seemed puny.
Originally Posted by Michael Mutmansky
I give you credit for introducing me to the 5x12 format. As soon as Keith Canham gets my camera finished, I'll be shooting with it. Though at the moment, I'm shooting with mostly 8x10.
I work with an 8x20 Wisner.
I moved up is size from 8x10 to a very loose Korona 8x20 back in '92. The camera was rough but I loved the format. At the same time I also tried an 11x14 Korona. I used 11x14 in the studio for a couple of years but had only taken outdoors a few times. I prefer the 8x10 over the 11x14. For me, the difference in the work involved using the 8x10 and the 11x14 outdoors was not proportional the print size increase.
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I use, in addition to my main camera of 8x10, a 20x24 that I built. It was cheaper than buying the Wisner model. I didn't measure my car first, though. That would have helped.
14"x17" Anthonty and Scovill circa 1900 for film. Kodak 8x10 Masterview and Korona 11x14 for wet plate collodion. Recently departed were a 7x17 Wisner and a 12x20 Lotus, which was the finest camera I've ever owned. After 15 years of shooting many of the formats larger than 8x10, I decided to limit my choices and concentrate on creating work that's a bit more cohesive. It was hard to part with the 7x17 and 12x20, but frankly it was kind of a relief when they were gone. Plus, with the skyrocketing price of ULF film, stocking up on so many sizes was just too pricey for me. These days I'd rather spend that money on collodion, anyway.
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14x17 Wisner, 11x14 Empire State, 7x17 Frankenjames.
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12x20 Folmer & Schwing in ULF. 2 film holders 2 lenses. FUN!
7X17 and 12X20, both by Canham. Home-made 20X24.
Favorite is the 7X17 for the aspect. 12X20 also lovely, grand format. 20X24, hard to work with alone, but contact prints from well-made negatives, breath-taking if viewed from about 12" to 18".
I am also very fond of the 5X7 format, and nearly always travel with my 5X7 Nagaoka outfit, which fits in a Tenba case with 4-5 lenses and 10 holders at less than 20 lbs.
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