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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    New Zealand
    Multi Format
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant
    I made this post because there seems to be a snobbery around using larger format cameras, and this isn't exclusively a large format forum.

    Photography is not ultimately about the format used, but it is about the images produced. Craft is far more important whatever camera, film etc you use to achieve the resultant images.
    I agree with you Ian. Some photographers do look down their noses a bit at formats that are not similar to their own. I guess there are many here guilty of doing the same to digital photographers. Before the eggs are thrown ... I'm Not one by the way (digi photographer or snob that is).

    It's quite a challenge to produce images that are different/noticeable/good, and stand apart from the work of other photographers. So film (or lack of it!) format is another string in the bow.
    And if the camera is very big, very expensive or rare, the materials equally so, the methods employed difficult and 'pure', then that might give some the feeling of exclusivity they are seeking.
    I think it's up to the other Artists (without using the term lightly) to show the value of their type of work. Step up to the mark, talk about it develop it and get a following!
    Last edited by John McCallum; 10-13-2004 at 04:43 PM. Click to view previous post history.

  2. #22

    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Multi Format
    Quote Originally Posted by Sjixxxy
    The only time that I've ever spotted a Leica "In the wild" was a guy who I kept crossing paths with one day who was using it to shoot all his touristy stuff. Does that count?
    LOL Yes we will give you a confirmed sighting on that one

  3. #23
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    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    8x10 Format
    I have a whole pile of big negs that serve as conclusive proof that bigger isn't automatically better!

    I decided to go LF as a hobby - my job has me sitting in front of a computer, often running DP software. I wanted to go low-tech with my photography, which for me meant building an 8xi10 camera and contact printing. I had no delusions that a bigger neg automatically made my photos better.

    I've since added a baby to the household (well, I guess my wife did the heavy lifting there), and so, addicted to the big neg, I recently picked up a 4x5 SLR.

    Even though it lets you see what's going on right up to the instant of exposure, it's still not the ideal camera for capturing fast kid action. I'll get faster with it, and enjoy the heck out of it, but it's not necessarily ideal for some shooting situations.

    Case in point - yesterday I was taking pictures of the baby. I had the back rotated to "portrait," and she started crawling. One of the dogs (who both usually make a hasty exit once she's on the move) came over to see what she was up to. I got the shot, but it would have been better with the back rotated to "landscape." With 35mm, I could have just rotated the camera in the blink an eye.

    Still, I'm having fun with 4xi5 kid shots, and will get better with it. But it's not for every situation.

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    Last edited by Max; 10-13-2004 at 03:23 PM. Click to view previous post history.

  4. #24

    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Northern suburb of Atlanta, GA USA
    4x5 Format
    I think it would be kindof difficult to track a flying bird on a gimble head with a 4x5 mounted with a lens long enough. 35mm +600mm lens works just fine for that.

    I also don't see many tripods used by the pros at pro sporting events. Monopods instead, and balancing a 4x5 would be tough except maybe a press style camera.

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