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    Why do you shoot LF?

    So, why do you shoot LF? Is it just the neg size or is it the DOF? Is it the slowness of the process even when compared to manual MF. If it's the big size, how big do you print? I'm really tempted to try it, but not really sure why.

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    The neg size, perspective control, DOF control and mainly, it slows me down.
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    Quite a few of us here in Victoria shooting LF/ULF. Can't speak for all of us, but I'd be happy to give you a hand working this out if you need it!!

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    I do it because it is fun and interesting....and the big negatives are easier to print....and believe it or not, it is cheaper than shooting small format.
    Last edited by BradS; 01-03-2013 at 10:05 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I shoot LF simply because I like the way the available lenses render the image.
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    The same as what Mainecoonmaniac & LJH said.

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    For me, the combination of the larger film and some vintage lens can generate some unique visual character that is different from MF, 35mm, or digital. For example, some portraits with Aero Ektar in 4x5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastw View Post
    Why do you shoot LF?
    Ever seen a large or ultra-large format contact print?

    Not a slightly wavy one made under a sheet of glass held down by gravity. But one clamped down by 2,000+ pounds of air pressure in a vacuum contact printing easel?

    You would know...



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    i use large format because it is a requirement for some of the work that i do.
    it is primarily because of perspective control and because the negative is large enough
    to view a contact print as a proof.
    but that is what i tell people, the real reason i do it is because it is fun.

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