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    5X8 camera

    I am thinking of get a 5X8 camera, it can also use 5X7 and 4X5 back. I searched the forum and didn't find too much info about it. I don't think there are a lot of people shooting at this format, am I right?

    I guess this kind of camera would be a little bit bigger than 5X7 camera, but can anybody who used this kind of camera tell me exactly how big is it? Is it just a little bigger than 5X7 or it's close to the size of 8X10 camera?

    Another question would be the lens. I assume the lens used on 5X7 can be used on 5X8 but with more limit movement.

    Thanks in advance for comment and suggestions.

    PS. I only plan to do contact print with this format.

    Alex W.

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    The only 5x8 images I've seen come from an 8x10 with a splitter. Is there really a 5x8 camera?

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    There was an old Anthony and Scovil catalog on the web. It had a 5x8 in it. Of course this was 100 years ago -)

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    I've never come across a 5x8 camera either...

    Just learned something new. Thanks Nick.

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    That catalog must have had every size possible. Sort of like hat sizes -))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteymorange View Post
    The only 5x8 images I've seen come from an 8x10 with a splitter. Is there really a 5x8 camera?
    A lot of the very early American cameras came in 5x8. Rochester, Scovill, Anthony, etc all made them. Check out http://www.fiberq.com/cam/anth.htm There were lots of popular formats that are half of larger sizes: 8x10/2=5x8, 11x14/2=7x11, 14x17/2=7x17, 16x20/2=8x20, etc.

    Finding film for 5x8 now typically means cutting down 8x10 film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highpeak View Post
    I am thinking of get a 5X8 camera, it can also use 5X7 and 4X5 back. I searched the forum and didn't find too much info about it. I don't think there are a lot of people shooting at this format, am I right?

    I guess this kind of camera would be a little bit bigger than 5X7 camera, but can anybody who used this kind of camera tell me exactly how big is it? Is it just a little bigger than 5X7 or it's close to the size of 8X10 camera?

    Another question would be the lens. I assume the lens used on 5X7 can be used on 5X8 but with more limit movement.

    Thanks in advance for comment and suggestions.

    PS. I only plan to do contact print with this format.

    Alex W.
    5X8 would be a very rare format. Did you not mean 6.5 X 8.5? This is the old full plate camera and was once quite popular.

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    I don't think there ever was a 5x8 inch camera made for film, but there are a few different ones for plates. I guess they are comparatively rare and expensive. It would be possible to have someone make a new one of course, but you'd need holders and would have to cut down film for it. Unless you made some kind of holder for an 8x10 or masked off a holder for a 6.5x8.5 camera. Anything is possible, given time and/or money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan View Post
    I don't think there ever was a 5x8 inch camera made for film, but there are a few different ones for plates. I guess they are comparatively rare and expensive. It would be possible to have someone make a new one of course, but you'd need holders and would have to cut down film for it. Unless you made some kind of holder for an 8x10 or masked off a holder for a 6.5x8.5 camera. Anything is possible, given time and/or money...


    It's hard enough getting film for 7x5 – why make life really hard? What is so special about the format that couldn't be obtained much more easily by cropping a neg shot on 10x8 (or indeed 7x5).

    Perhaps we should have a new section for "Masochism"? Or do we have one already, albeit hiding behind the "Wet Plate" rubrik?



    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Kelham View Post
    It's hard enough getting film for 7x5 – why make life really hard? What is so special about the format that couldn't be obtained much more easily by cropping a neg shot on 10x8 (or indeed 7x5).

    Perhaps we should have a new section for "Masochism"? Or do we have one already, albeit hiding behind the "Wet Plate" rubrik?



    Richard
    I think 5x8 would be an interesting format to use. I like the proportions and it is reasonably simple to cut an 8x10 in half. Now, the prospect of making holders seems a little more daunting.

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