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    Why does everyone seem to think my 4x5 is a movie camera?

    I'd say about half the people who have approached me out of curiosity while using my 4x5 have asked a question under the presumption that I'm making a video. Most recently, in the latest blizzard, some young kids in an Audi doing donuts in the middle of the street thought I was making some "Fast and Furious" film about them.

    It gets tiring having to explain what your camera is and what you're doing to every curious george who comes up to you. Ugh. Besides, what movie camera looks ANYTHING like a monorail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfratt View Post
    Besides, what movie camera looks ANYTHING like a monorail?
    Most professional size movie cameras I have seen have a bellows type lens shade on the front which rivals a 5x4 camera's bellows for size so I think there is some comparison to be made by those not used to seeing such things.

    http://rafcamera.com/images/manuals/kinor-35h.jpg


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    For the same reason why bystanders think my Mamiya C330F when used at eye level with a prism is either a cine or video camera, ignorance !
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    My Mamiya RB67 gets it too. The human ability to categorize things is interesting at times.
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    I can understand how it looks so unrecognizeable to a good portion of the population, but I find it somewhat amusing. I only wish that I'd get $5 for each time someone would ask me that question (both with my MF and LF cameras).

    What's funnier to me, is that they even ask "what are you doing?"... when it's so obvious what I'm doing! (My camera is pointed at something... I'm focusing... maybe even clicked and wound a few times... what more do you need??)

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    It has happened to me also; it must be a common mistake of the uninformed.

    But what is far more amusing to me is when the occasional bystander will ask to look in the ground glass and then exclaim, "it's upside down!" To which I, of course, reply, "it is?"


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    With a monorail at least you don´t get the eternal "how old is it"-question that you get when using a field camera.
    But if you want a change in questions use a field camera instead (equally annoying though).

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    Cause they are idiots wanting to be on TV.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    I got the same question in Coney Island last summer photographing Lola Staar's Dreamland Roller Rink.
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    Ask 'em to stand in front of it, smile, do something silly and you'll post it on Youtube.
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