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Thread: Moving to 4x5

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    There's a thread either here or the LFPF about the planned new processor, slightly upgraded version of the CPP2, price "under $3k" if I remember correctly, which probably means $2999 if they hit the price point. Pricey, but still.. the old one was about $2k new years ago, wasn't it?

    I'll see if I can find the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry Way View Post
    Wow, really? Amazing. And I thought the company and product line bit the dust. I wonder if they get going again if they will continue to supply parts for their previous incantations.
    Jobo parts, drums and any other Jobo gear is generally available, has and will be in the future, regardless of their plans to bring a new processor into production late this year or next year.

    There are a few resources in the US for parts and drums (as well as a plethora of used gear on ebay...) - check this out to name one:
    http://processorparts.blogspot.com/

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    A great learning tool for 4x5 is shooting Fujiroid. Get one of those pack type polaroid backs and invest some money in instant fuji film. Then go around willy nilly taking pictures of anything and everything for awhile and get the instant feedback. This will make you comfortable using the camera.
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    I shoot "Fujiroid" some. Be aware that the 4x5 Fuji instant films have been discontinued though some is still available. Plus the cost is about three times that of the 3.25x4.25. I find that size close enough to be very useful. The Polaroid 405 back is the one you want - not sure about an equivalent Fuji back but there probably is one.

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    I found this useful for me...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikOI1XLBxqA

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    In addition to AAs books, which got me started in LF years ago, come to think about it, I also found two other books useful: Leslie Stroebel's "View Camera Basics" and Steve Simmons "Using the View Camera". I also enjoyed browsing Jack Dykinga's "Large Format Nature Photography", though most of the key info is in the first two books.

    Needless to say, Ralph Lambrecht and Chris Woodhouse's "Way Beyond Monochrome" 2nd edition is a great compendium of all the other things one finds useful when using a view (or any other) camera. I go back to it all the time.

    Regarding the availability of Jobo equipment, new (not 2nd hand) Expert Drums, and CPA-2 and CPP-2 processors, with parts, can be bought in EU from http://www.fotolaborservice.de/, I corresponded with Klaus-Dieter Seynsche there for info about those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Look for the taller ones.
    And the narrower ones.

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    I've started processing my sheets in trays. Used to use a Paterson Orbital and then a Jobo CPA2. I can't imagine not using trays again.

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    I must have blew through 60 sheets of 4x5 before I employed most of the rigorous dust control tips offered here and cut out the BS and bought a 3010 Expert Drum for my previously unused & donated Jobo CPP2. Unless I am running a couple rolls of 35 or 120, I use the Jobo for everything. No dislodged Rollei IR, no streaks, no pitting, no BS.

    With good black and white 4x5 sheet film costing between $1-2 per sheet, I need 100% consistency and the only way I have gotten that is with an Expert Drum. But it was the nasty dust issues that had me seriously thinking of dumping the format. Ruthless control methods have helped out quite a bit and I now feel that I get the pro results I need.

    Mod54 has an updated version of their popular Paterson tank insert available that has improvements in regards to both loading and build quality. I have one left and while I think they are a great solution to those of us who have no way of tray souping, the problem I ran into was films with really thin base material like Rollei IR 400 coming dislodged and getting ruined. They also use 2-4X more chemistry than other methods.
    Last edited by PKM-25; 07-05-2012 at 11:39 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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