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    I've often wondered whether a 4/3 version of 135 (24mm x 32mm) would have been a success - I like its equivalent on 120 (4.5 x 6cm) as well as 6x7.
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    I often had the impression that the formats 24x36mm and 6x9cm were chosen because they put a really big image on an otherwise restricted format. Sure there are panorama cameras that put greater images on the film, but these two formats strike me as stretches to maximize the possibilities.

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    i am fond of 15x7 ...

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    I love circles. Of course the original Kodak made circular pictures and a few photographers have made it part of their work, like Emmet Gowen. Tough to compose in a circle, interesting challenge. These days I like 2:3 (6x9) a lot.

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    I have often found that I prefer the 2:3 format as opposed to the 4:5 ratio, but have found myself framing to 4:5 because of the standard paper stocks. Of late I have found myself leaning back towards 2:3 AND 1:1

    So, do I have a preference? No!

    (BTW, I always crop - always. I tend to shoot a bit wider then what I intend for the final print if I can.)

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    I like 2:3 for 35mm, square for 120 and 4:5 for 4"x5" [uh, like DUH] myself.

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    Before digital, most of what I shot was either 35mm SLR 3:2 or 6x7 medium format. With 35mm of course you'd order prints unless you were shooting chromes for slide show. So then the print crop became 3 1/2x5", 4x6", 5x7", 8x10" or some other variant to match standard paper sizes. I printed my 6x7mm on 16x20". So none of the print formats match the film sizes except 4x6" for 35mm. It's like the paper and film manufacturers live in different worlds. Now add to that 4:3 computer screens, 16:9 HDTV screens and a person can really go nuts.

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    I really love 35mm pictures printed uncropped on 5x7 paper.

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    For the most part of the previous year, I have been printing the full 35mm or 6x6 frame. Composing inside of the viewfinder rather than cropping and I am very comfortable with it now. Its easier to get the shot you want first and not worrying with playing around with so many cropping combinations in the darkroom. So I have left it as that, right to the edge. Clean, simple, and unadulterated besides slight dodge and burns.

    Its a nice format inherently, I just hate the paper formats. So much waste could be saved if paper formats aligned well with negatives.

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