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    Goldi Locks and the LF Cameras

    I was interested if anyone else has had run into the same situation that I find myself in. I looked at 8X10...tooo big. I bought 4X5...tooo small. I'm thinking about 5X7...(just right?)

    I look around and am nervous about the film availability.

    So I will ask this group, what is the future of 5X7


    Thank You

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    Among my users, I have at least one of each of the sizes you mention.
    Film is not a concern for any of them so long as I think ahead. I order all of my film rather than depend on a local store, most of which are now digital only,to order it for me.
    In 5x7 I use Ilford and several films from JandC. I order in reasonably large quantities and store them in a refrigerator devoted to film, paper and chemicals which need refirgeration.
    [FONT=Comic Sans MS]Films NOT Dead - Just getting fixed![/FONT]

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    My glass cleaner is out. I expect a new shipment on Crystalex on Tuesday next. Once I have the cleaner and more meaningful view I will then tell you "beats the shit out of me" . At the moment all I can say is I do not know.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    Can't tell you the future of 5x7 any better than the future of any large format, but it is a VERY nice format to shoot, and there are a good variety of films for it so long as you want b/w. If you want to shoot color, well, there's about three transparency films and one color negative, two if you feel like dropping a mint and ordering direct from Japan. I just took a 5x7 on a very long-distance international road trip, and it worked out great.

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    Dan,
    8x10 too big? Are you serious?

    5x7 is a nice format. I shoot both 5x7 and 8x10 and I don't worry about film (B&W film anyway) In my convaluted way of looking at things 5x7 outshines
    4x5 (what 4x5 does have going for it is polaroid type 55 and of course lots of choices when it comes to color film) Theres lots of nice cheap old 4x5 cameras that accept 5x7 backs lilke my Agfa Ansco, so the leap to 5x7 is really quite painless for most of us with old wooden cameras---but 5x7 isn't
    8x10---not by a long shot IMHO. 5x7 will give you very nice contacts and a very pleasant perspective, especially for portraiture.
    ...But its not 8x10. If your passion is to shoot an 8x10, then I think you'll be happier in the long run getting an 8x10.

    Good Luck!

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    Dan,

    Do like I did... buy a 5x7 with a 4x5 reducing back. Then, buy an 8x10 as a back-up.

    You'll have ALL your bases covered!

    Anyway, there's plenty of film available and you won't need to worry about running out of the stuff.

    As well, there seems to be a resurgence of folks shooting 5x7.

    [BTW, you can also cut 8x10 film down to 5x7.]

    Anyway... check the following links from View Camera Magazine:

    http://www.viewcamera.com/pdf/2006/future.pdf
    http://www.viewcamera.com/pdf/2006/5...8filmtable.pdf

    To summarize, don't worry about the lack of film. Just buy a camera, buy some film, go out and shoot... and, above all, have fun!!!

    Cheers

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    Kodak 320TXP Tri-X, Ilford FP-4+ and HP-5+ all seem to be widely available in 5x7. Interest in 5x7 and large format in general seems to be growing (dramatically). It's purely speculation of course, but I'm betting that 5x7 film will be available for as long as we buy it. Only time will tell and all that rubish...why worry about it. Life is short. Enjoy it while you can.

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    Adding 13x18cm to the list of 5x7" films, there's suddenly a lot more films to choose from. Just don't try to fit them in the same holders...
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Hi Dan,

    The largest format that I shoot is 4 X 5. I use a Linhof Technikardan 45S. But, I am a transparency shooter and I do not shoot (or haven't shot in a very long time) any B&W. I have yet to try anything larger- 5 X 7 or 8 X 10. I like having and using preloaded Fuji QL (or Kodak Readyload) film. I do not have a dark room and I used to load my holders (regular and Mido) in a changing bag, but would get too much dust in them. The size and the cost of per sheet of color transparency film in larger formats and camera sizes tend to steer me away from them. This is in part due to having to carry the equipment too far from the vehicle and for the purpose of day (some long) hikes and backpacking (though short) trips. But, I start my equipment at the short end starting with my Leica R series SLRs, run through my medium format and end at the 4 x 5.

    Rich
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    You can fit a fair bit of film in the freezer -) My 5x7 also has a 4x5 back. Not just for shooting 4x5 film but for mounting rollfilm backs.

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