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    I worry about things most people aren't aware of. Like film size. In the US it's 4x5 and 8x10. In the UK it's 5x4 and 10x8. I'm OK with that. There's proper English and what we speak in America. Descriptive terms can be different.

    In this forum we know the other guy (gal) is wrong in describing film size, but we are polite about it and get on with the photography.

    Now, can some one tell me why it's 5x7 film on both sides of the pond? Why not 7x5?

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    While you are at it, can you explain to me; if nothing sticks to teflon, how do they make it stick to the pan?

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    Clearly, over there they shoot verticals with 5x4 and 10x8, while we shoot horizontals, but everyone shoots horizontal with 5x7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Clearly, over there they shoot verticals with 5x4 and 10x8, while we shoot horizontals, but everyone shoots horizontal with 5x7.
    Huh?
    Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge
    While you are at it, can you explain to me; if nothing sticks to teflon, how do they make it stick to the pan?
    Teeny - really **tiny** screws - lots of them.
    Carpe erratum!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Sukach
    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge
    While you are at it, can you explain to me; if nothing sticks to teflon, how do they make it stick to the pan?
    Teeny - really **tiny** screws - lots of them.
    With nuts and self locking washers?...

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    now that the teflon question has been answered: why are women's prisons called penal colonies?
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
    now that the teflon question has been answered: why are women's prisons called penal colonies?
    :-| lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Clearly, over there they shoot verticals with 5x4 and 10x8, while we shoot horizontals, but everyone shoots horizontal with 5x7.
    To add to the confusion:

    On mainland Europe we (/they) use metric sizes. Instead of 4x5" it's 9x12cm, 5x7" is replaced by 13x18cm, 8x10" by 18x24cm and so on.

    Further confusion: A sheet of 13x18cm film measures almost exactly 5in x 7in, and so is a little bit larger than a sheet of 5x7" film. "A little bit" in this case means "just enough bigger that theyre not interchangable". But not enough that the difference is easily seen. You only notice when the film jams when you're trying to load it in the holder (13x18 in 5x7 holder), or drops out when you insert the dark slide after exposing the film (5x7 in 13x18 holder). I know this, because I've tried it both ways (Norway gets both sets of sizes)...

    A vertical conundrum: As you see, we always state the short dimension first. Yet nearly all the cameras I've seen that are old enough to have fixed backs (like my 1934 Voigtländer Bergheil 9x12 plate camera) are vertical.

    So we shoot verticals with 9x12, 13x18 etc., and the British shoot horizontals with their 5x4, 5x7 and 10x8's...
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