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    A wise decision, Jim.

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    I'm super stoked at the thought of working with LF again-8x10 here I come! MF can be vg, but does need a pretty solid tripod to function at it's best. I feel that if I'm going to lug one of those around I might as well put the biggest camera I have on it [and contact prints have really grown on me]. So 8x10 for landscapes and still lifes/architecture but a Mamiya C330 with APX 400 for when I need to be a bit quicker off the mark [mainly child portraits] or XP2 for those landscapes where lugging the big rig really would be a big ask. The 4x5 will be for trannies and Polaroids and 35mm as a sketchbook [Trip and Pentax LX].
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    8x10 is an orphaned format. too small to contact print, and too ungainly to enlarge. i'd say get a medium format camera for enlarging (or 4x5), and a banquet or other ULF camera for decent sized contact prints.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rippo View Post
    8x10 is an orphaned format. too small to contact print, and too ungainly to enlarge. i'd say get a medium format camera for enlarging (or 4x5), and a banquet or other ULF camera for decent sized contact prints.


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    8x10 contact prints are exquisite.

    Nobody has ever told me they were too small, except a designer who specialized in decorating McMansions.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippo View Post
    8x10 is an orphaned format. too small to contact print, and too ungainly to enlarge. i'd say get a medium format camera for enlarging (or 4x5), and a banquet or other ULF camera for decent sized contact prints.


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    Matt........causing trouble........no, but just take a look at the wonderful 10x8 contact prints of Olivia Parker, the ones printed on Azo and selenium toned, then tell me they are too small?

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    I would love to make 10 x 8 contacts but at present lack the finance to do so. I use 6 x 6 (4.5) and 35mm and find that these suit my stye of photography.
    I think that you need to ask yourself the question as to what type of photography you want to specialise in. If studio work and landscape go for the 10 x 8. Just reportage, streetwork, limited size prints consider MF.
    I would agree that using film/ paper is the most useful way to gain experience so do so first with MF and move on later.
    But as some have pointed out LF equipment is getting scarce and expensive.
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    Sorry, on the other hand Bill Schwab seems to have had some particularly large prints made recently from his 6 x 6 's and they are quite successful. Hm...going to be a personal choice here but you are missing out on valuable photography time if you take too long to decide.
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    Well a Bronica SQ-A is winging it's way to my house as we speak. I'd like to get some more darkroom experience under my belt and then I'll revisit 8X10. It's definatly a question of when not if. Thanks for all the support and input.

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    JBrunner and Trevor: I was speaking slightly tongue in cheek there, although it's based on my personal preferences. I've found that making 8x10 prints on the enlarger is often not very satisfying. I don't need HUGE prints, but 11x14 or 16x20 (the latter from digital means) I like better. Especially something as detailed as a landscape...8x10 for me is a size to use for simple, 'iconic' subject matter, such as a headshot portrait, or a floral close-up, that sort of thing. When I print my kallitypes I've found the same to be true: I need slightly larger than 8x10 for landscapes.

    So if I were to contact-print actual negatives, rather than using inkjet negs (kallitype) or the enlarger (silver jelly), I'd need a ULF camera. 8x10 would be too small. And getting an 8x10 enlarger is not going to happen.

    Hence, medium format and 4x5 work well for me. 8x10 might be a format I'd skip on the way to insanity/ULF.

    I do realize many people enjoy 8x10 cameras, and I fully support that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter View Post
    I don't have an RH8 back (which I believe is 6x9) on my rb67, that would be a step down in quality from my existing 6x7 Mamiya backs. My RH8 back sits unused in some box somewhere.

    I have a Professional and a ProS body. I have not tried anywhere close to every lens / attitude combination, but I do know a 65mm lens with the Graphmatic in either horizontal or vertical position does not cut off any image area. I need to consult my shooting notes to see if I shot any of those images with my 50mm lens.


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    The RH8 (lever advance-not knob) is actually a true 6x8, or very close (not 6x9) and the difference in quality, when compared to 6x7 Mamiya backs, is insignificant. (Mamiya backs keep the film very flat, but so does the RH8-lever type). The film (image) is cut off by the camera. My point was that the RB67 Pro SD will not give you a true 6x8 image in horizontal (landscape) mode and I would suspect that the earlier models will not either. The lens focal length has little, or nothing, to do with it.
    Last edited by panastasia; 11-09-2007 at 12:33 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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