He-he. When I got my first LF camera I loaded everything up went out, and spent the next hour or so trying to figure out how to get the lens on the lens board. On the MF gear you just line up the red dots and twist. I gave up, went home, and called dad for advice. Dad's aren't supposed to laugh at sons in need right? After great Guffawing I realized that was a stupid question.
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004
Jack Dykinga, in his book "Large Format Nature Photography", writes: "Still, it took me three years to feel semiconfident with my 4x5. I say semiconfident, because I still make mistakes, still forget to tighten a control knob or stop down a lens. I have even made expensive mistakes such as not checking a lens mount and watching that lens smash into jagged lava formations." So you must realize you're in excellent company. (BTW, he had previously been a photojounalist using Leicas and Nikons and was used to the speed and simplicity those machines afford)
Yes, the situation is likely I can be trapped into.
Years of extensive 35mm automation experience will certainly make getting used to totally different approach a bit more tough than it could be.
However, a half of such experience is already behind me - thatns to almost a year and half of medium format shooting. Albeit not as basic and simplicity of LF, but certainly lot less automation then 35mm...
BTW, another calrification needed:
I noticed on my lens the aperture ring is going past f/5.6 and f/64 marks, so that the aperture can be opened slightly wider then f/5.6 setting and closed tighter then f/64.
(the arc distance it can pass past f/64 is about the same as full stop).
Does that mean that the actual aperture can be set indeed, say about third-to-half stop wider then f/5.6 and up to about full stop smaller then f/64 (i.e. reaching f/90 or even f/128) ?
There are no “stupid” questions on this forum. Many many years ago, I was sent out on my first ever field assignment with a Speed Graphic which I had used around the studio but never in the field. I grabbed the camera, several negative holders, closed the camera and proceeded to the site.
On arrival on site, several Co, Wheels, escorted me to the location. Desiring to appear “cool”, I whipped out the camera and only then discovered that I had no idea how to open the darn thing! I fumbled about for a few seconds trying to appear busy preparing the shot while frantically searching for the catch or lever or whatever to open the case. For a while I thought I would have to phone my boss – not an option. (No cell phones in those days.)
Almost by chance, I pushed the little bump covered by the leatherette on the side near the top (Speed users will laugh here) and the front fell open. Whew!
also LOL...I got lucky. The guy I bought mine from gave me a 30 minute introduction to the Crown Graphic and LF photography - how to open the crown, how to load film holders, how to put the film holder into the camera, etc... all of this he communicated to me while we stood under a tree in the Maxtor corporate headquarters parking lot!