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    Quote Originally Posted by walter23 View Post
    Anything from 4x5 to 8x10 is LF (and the 6xX panoramic backs when used on a view camera can be considered LF as well). Anything larger is ULF. That's the absolute truth, the words and definitions are 100% unambiguous, and there is no element of interpretation possible.
    So, by your definition, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 sheet film, and 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 sheet film are not Large Format at all but medium-format, even though they are sheet-film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE View Post
    So, by your definition, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 sheet film, and 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 sheet film are not Large Format at all but medium-format, even though they are sheet-film?
    Hmm - actually, I'd buy that - though the 3.25x4.25 is pushing it a bit. However, I still find walter's definition to be a bit arbitrary. Seems to me that's it's just a personal opinion, not a definition.
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    Thanks Guys, interesting responses - some expected and some unexpected. Nice to hear what everyone else uses for a guide.
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    Im floored.

    every one of you has it all wrong. let me shed some light...

    4x5 - sub mini format
    5x7 - mini format
    8x10, 7x11, 10x12, 11x14 - small format
    4x10, 5x12, 7x17, 8x20 - anorexic format
    14x17, 12x20, 16x20 - medium format
    20x24 - large format

    its so simple.

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    Yeah, I'd think of 2x3" and 3x4" as medium format sheet film formats. 35mm is still miniature format, even if it's used in a monorail view camera--

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    I think the more appropriate measurement is by pain.

    Large format = moderate lower back pain when hiking more than 1 mile roundtrip.

    ULF = a crippling inablility to move the next morning after a 1 mile hike.

    Some days I shoot LF, some days it feels like ULF.

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    An interesting survey from Mamutphoto a while ago...

    Tiny (35mm and medium format) : 11 - 10%
    Small (4x5 to 8x10) : 66 - 60%
    Panoramic (5x12, 7x17, 8x20) : 11 - 10%
    Medium (11x14, 12x20) : 10 - 9.1%
    Large (14x17, 16x20) : 9 - 8.2%
    Mamut (18x22, 20x24) : 3 - 2.7%

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    On further reflection, ULF seems to begin at about the spot my wallet ends....

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    I think I once posted that "ULF" is what you say when you realize you've just bought a very large camera, and you realize you need more darkroom space, and more storage space for the negs and proofs, and you can't make small proof prints, and you need a bigger lightbox, and even your garbage can isn't big enough for the rejects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    On further reflection, ULF seems to begin at about the spot my wallet ends....
    That's more like my practical definition of ULF as well.

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