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    8x10 or 11x14

    I like to try to go to ULF. I wanted to get a 8x10 but my friend suggest 11x14... hmmm, any different?

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    Weight.

    The camera is a tool. What do you want to accomplish?

    If it's field work, maybe the 8x10 is better. It may be a little easier to enlarge as well.

    If it's portraits, perhaps the 11x14.
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    Well, 8x10 isn't really ULF... But, if it was me, I'd go for the 11x14. BUT, your film choices are greatly limited and it is much more difficult/expensive to buy film, filmholders, lenses, etc. Also, 11x14 is much less portable, if that's an issue.
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    Thanks, maybe I would like to talk about my interest. I like to do studio photography especially portrait and nude. Can anyone recommend the lens?

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    For those sharp shots the 355mm f/9 G-Claron
    If you need more compression then the 19" f/11 Red Dot Artar
    For fun and swirly times a 16" f/6.7 Petzval in shutter
    For LOTS of swirl and out-of-focusness a 9" verito on an 8x10
    --all from personal experience

    From what I have read I would look for a 300-480mm heliar as long as the camera can handle it. They have a very smooth, buttery character to them from the images I have seen made with said lenses.
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    Another really nice lens for 8x10 and 11x14 is the Kodak Commercial Ektar 14". I've also seen some very nice things done with a 480mm (19") Goerz Dogmar f5.5 (good luck finding one... they're rare and pricey). My avatar was taken with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonoAsia
    Thanks, maybe I would like to talk about my interest. I like to do studio photography especially portrait and nude. Can anyone recommend the lens?
    For this kind of work with the 11X14 I would stay away from process lenses with small apertures like the Artars and G-Clarons because this may make it difficult to focus and compose indoors. Instead, look for some of the large f/4.5 Tessar lenses, or even triplets, that were once made for ULF cameras and studio work. You will sometime find them labeled by inch, but just as often by format covered. I have, for example, a 19.5" Tessar that is labeled for the 14X17" format, and a lens like this would be ideal for your work.

    Don't worry about how sharp the lens is, because almost anything will be sharp enough for 11X14. But having a wide aperture to focus and compose would be really useful with indoor protrait work. Also, bear in mind that some of the really nice work in this format is done with the lens wide open, with just one or two of the eyes in sharp focus, and the rest of the scene allowed to soften. I find this very attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanking
    Also, bear in mind that some of the really nice work in this format is done with the lens wide open, with just one or two of the eyes in sharp focus, and the rest of the scene allowed to soften.
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    Oh, dear lord, I just can't help myself...

    Sandy, do you have any test shots where you have three or four eyes all in focus for us to compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
    Oh, dear lord, I just can't help myself...

    Sandy, do you have any test shots where you have three or four eyes all in focus for us to compare?

    Of course he does, if he's wearing his glasses and shooting at F22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
    Oh, dear lord, I just can't help myself...

    Sandy, do you have any test shots where you have three or four eyes all in focus for us to compare?

    A person could go nuts trying to decide which eye (s)!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MonoAsia
    I wanted to get a 8x10 but my friend suggest 11x14... hmmm, any different?
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