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    It was not long time ago when i did my first 4x5 shots as well, i had 2 issues, one with a black frame or border appeared about 15% on one shot on the top, and the second was that i double exposed 1 sheet and i thought i exposed 2 sheets that were loaded with 1 holder [both sides], so i learnt very well, but what i am happy with is that with all those mistakes i've got shots at the end except one sheet that didn't expose, then i did shoot one more sheet and developed by myself to be the first ever sheet to be my home developed one and got a shot with some scratches, all these making me happy to have a good start rather than nothing at all, now i got the BTZS and i am waiting something for my LF camera to start shoot more seriously soon i hope.

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    Ah the good old days when Polaroid type 55 (or any type) was affordable and available. Checking exposures and checking focus and checking composition, there was no learning tool like Polaroid. I used to always shoot a polaroid no matter where or what. I even had a 4x5 back for my 8x10 especially for shooting polaroids. Of course that won't help with loading backwards and bad processing.
    the best tray for processing 4x5 film is a Pyrex glass bread loaf pan. Forget the tacos and burritos.
    Dennis

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    im a photography student, we use 4x5, trust me..... trust me... this happens to everyone. I have watched people do 30 minute exposures only to realize the darkslide was never pulled. I have gotten blank sheets back from the lab on a few occasions as well even though I thought Id shot everything. People also worst of all forget to factor bellows when doing macro, and in that case you end up 4 - 6 stops under, not mentioning reciprocity which they also usually forget so add a few more stops. The list goes on. It took me 5 shoots to get a sharp negative, dont ask why cause I dont know, was thinking my lens or something was a dud then one day bam, started getting tack sharp results and realised why 4x5 is so good, even in a bad epson scanner the detail is amazing.

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    I can see I'm not alone but I"ve been doing this for two years now and just last week I (1)shot the side of the the holder that I had already shot (On a trip to the Everglades no less) (2) realized I did so and that I ought to grab the holder again and try the shot again (3)Of course I now had a filmholder with two white sides showing and, while I thought I knew which one I had just exposed, I ended up with three shots on one negative and a blank negative.

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    Great learning & reading all of your experiences here. Tomorrow I'll be shooting my first sheets of 4x5 through a Horseman L, loaded a couple of holders just now for the first time and it went well (I think). From this thread I now know what not to do. Of course, there's a high chance I'll do them anyway! Wish me luck!

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    That is really a funny story!

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