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    small, medium & large formats?

    Hi,

    I have seen, although a while ago now, a thread about when small format becomes medium format, and when medium format becomes large format etc..

    I can't find the thread any more! Can someone please remind me/advise me on this?

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    Large format these days is taken to be 5x4 and larger, any thing over 10x8 becomes Ultra large format.

    Medium Format is now anything on 120 film 645 6x6 cx7, 6x9

    Small Format is 35mm, 126 &127 (very little film availabl), and that's about it.

    Subminiature - 16mm (again very little film available)

    Before WWII anything on 120/620 and smaller was known as Miniature formats.

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    Ian,

    Thanks for the info. I guess I sort of knew it anyway!

    In addition to what you've already said, where do other sizes between 120 & 5x4 - eg 1/4 plate fit in? I'm not sure whether to label them medium or large.

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    Generally speaking, "large format" refers to anything 4x5" up to 11x14", (and larger), which is "ultra large". "Medium format" is smaller than 4x5" but larger than 35mm. The 35mm format was called "miniature" for some time after its debut, because it is so much smaller than the sizes common at the time. The really small formats, such as those used in the "Minox"-type cameras are "sub-miniature".
    I don't know where in this hierarchy 127 film fits, because although it is larger than 35mm, it is not as large as what I normally think of as medium format.

    Medium format need not be 120 roll film. There are still people who shoot
    2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (6x9 cm) sheet film.

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    11x14 or the UK size 12x15 is taken to be ULF now as film is only available to special order, and the range is very limited.

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    Thanks to all your kind replies! This has made things a lot clearer.

    Thanks again,

    Marcus

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    And basicly the "plate sizes" can be put into the cathegory LF aswell.
    Half plate and Full plate used glass plates.
    Quarter plate could be put into MF, but not the MF we are used to with our Blad's, RB's and so on.
    Quarter plate used glass and negative's in special holders.

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    Quarter plate is very similar to 9x12, and 9x12 is definitely LF, modern 9x12 double dark-slides have the same outside dimensions as modern 5x4 holders, both fit International backs.

    It becomes a woolly area because many pre-War 9x12 cameras (mostly German) were substantially smaller and lighter than 5x4 cameras. 5x4 is 10x12.7 cm, so only a fraction larger than 9x12, here's an example:





    OK that's at the \extreme the on on the right is more typical



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Medium Format is now anything on 120 film 645 6x6 6x7, 6x9

    Small Format is 35mm, 126 &127 (very little film availabl), and that's about it.
    I would call 4x6 on 127-film medium format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ria View Post
    Medium format need not be 120 roll film. There are still people who shoot
    2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (6x9 cm) sheet film.
    Also, don’t forget 220 roll film.

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