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Thread: Age vs. Format

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    Quote Originally Posted by daleeman View Post
    Now I'm trying to just justify going only to my range finders.

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    We'll have enough limitations when we are dead.
    Check Craigslist for garage sales, and yard sales, for a jogging stroller,
    and take those damn cameras out for some fresh air !

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    That's the spirit!

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    I had brain surgery nine years ago, and now have no sense of balance. I also lost 40 lbs in two months and am not as strong as I was. I'm downsizing the gear, but not the format. Just bought some plastic Elan bodies to replace the heavier metal bodies I don't like carrying anymore. I'm also carrying fewer, smaller primes, and leaving the L zooms at home. But I just bought a Yashica Mat 124G, will be taking it for a walk in the morning with a new (to me) Elan 7NE. We'll see how that goes.
    Fred Latchaw
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    I am beginning to resent being referred to as 'half-fast'.
    Whatever that's supposed to mean.

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    I'm almost seventy four and am fortunate that I don't have any health problems I swim, and work out a the gym twice a week, that I'm convinced helps keep my strength up to lug the equipment about, I've never shot large format only medium and 35mm, but I'm pleased to say I 'm still able to carry as much weight as I used to when I was younger if I have to, but with age comes wisdom ( hopefully) and try these days not to carry everything but the kitchen stove in case I need it, and I try to fit the subjects I shoot with the gear I have with me.
    Ben

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    I can't believe I didn't check this thread out sooner. It was startes on the event of my 60th birthday, a time when it was all I could do to go from the chair to the bathroom. My health is much improved, but I still have days that I struggle with my health. I started packing my 4x5's in a modified golf tote, bag and two wheeled set-up, and enough room for my extra gear plus a Mamiya C-220 or 330, depending om my mood. I have pretty much stopped shooting 35mm, I love 6x6 and larger.
    Rick A
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    I have moved from mf rangefinders to 4x5 and 8x10. I love working with 8x10 film. I am hoping I can afford someday for Richard Ritter to make me a custom 7x14 camera .

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    At 73, last May, I traded in my 35mm gear and bought a Canon Digital P&S for family/casual/walk about shooting. I have become more interested in my 4X5 shooting and processing and donated my 35mm enlarger to a local high school. I feel I'm in a good place now. But... I haven't found a good way to to carry around the 8X10 Sinar P. It sets waiting for an adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Lee,I'm a staunch believer that simplicity helps vision; getting away from focusing too much on the camera, equipment, film, developers, etc, is a step closer to getting down to what truly matters - the prints.
    A man after my own heart (although less emphasis on the prints).

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    At 58, I seem to be going up in format size -- using an 11x14.

    But I am going on a solo backpack next week. Trying to decide on 4x5 (with out-dated Tech Pan) or 5x7 with TMax400 or FP4. The goal is small carbon prints of the redwoods. I am leaning towards the 5x7, but my back is trying to convince me to take the 4x5 (weighs 2.5 pounds with the lens) instead of the 5x7, which is a much heavier Eastman View #2. It has a very good argument -- it would be fun to play with the Tech Pan.
    Last edited by Vaughn; 09-08-2012 at 04:20 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Its great to see this thread has legs. I have not sold off the 4x5 equipment yet but am shooting with it less and less.

    Since my OP I have had to check my mother and father into a nursiing home and that gives me an erie look into the future for myself. Also some strong motivation too. Like tomorrow I will take the Nikon 300mm and the N90s out to a hill over an area I have seen deer in early in the AM. Hope to see some and send prints down for mom and dad to see. (dad would probably tell me to not use a Nikon but a 30-06 to shoot a deer)

    A lot changes with our bodies over time, I hope to keep adapting and still enjoying photography.

    Lee

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