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    Help choosing camera!

    I need some advice regarding choosing equipment. I currently have a Pacemaker Speed Graphic with the Aero-Ektar 178/2.5 and it's a wonderful combination. But I rarely use it, I think it's to heavy to bulk around with.

    I will use the camera for mostly landscapes and nature, but maybe also some architecture. And I got really interested in a panoramic camera (6x17) but I also like the 4x5 format. How is it to use a 6x17 adaptor on a 4x5 camera? Do you get good results comparing to a dedicated panoramic camera? I will use the camera on a tripod. Now I'm trying to figure out witch camera I should choose and what (lets say 3) lenses to get and I'm hoping YOU can help me

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    I answered you somewhere

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    How much you wanna spend?

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    In today's increasingly digital world film for panorama cameras will become harder to find. We have already seen this for 8x10. Just something else to ocnsider.
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    Film for panoramic cameras is just ordinary 120 for the 617 and similar cameras and ordinary 35mm for the X-Pan.

    And didn't Kodak recently offer Ektar 100 in 5x4 and 8x10 sizes?


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    If you're not looking to spend much keep the speed graphic and get some new lenses a 6x17 back.

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    Thanks for the advice! But if I'm going to use a 6x17 back, isn't it better to buy a 5x7 camera and buy a 6x17 and 4x5 back to that one? Won't I have trouble to focus to infinity?

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    The 6x17 backs for 5x4 cameras usually have a ground glass adaptor which extends past the back. It has to do that otherwise the camera's body would cast a shadow on the sides of the film. I don't know about 6x17 roll film holders for 5x7 cameras.

    http://www.kgcphoto.com/Reviews_&_Tu..._6x17_back.htm


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    Why not make a mask for the 4x5 ground glass so you can view a panoramic format then print from those negs in the same fashion? Just an affordable idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    Why not make a mask for the 4x5 ground glass so you can view a panoramic format then print from those negs in the same fashion? Just an affordable idea.
    I can have 6x12 out of 4x5 but not 6x17cm, for some like me i want to have panos as 6x17 or 6x24, 6x12 is not that much panoramic result to my opinion, maybe will try 4x12cm and see.

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