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    Why pros (commercial) left large format?

    I managed to grab all the 8x10 dark slides from a studio photgrapher who sold all his large format gear and switched to digital. While driving back i was wondering why he choosed 8x10 in the first place, when 4x5 could be much efficient and convenient in commercial environment. But How would he compare 8x10 to digital? Jumping from 35 or 120 to digital could make sense for a commercial man but how from 8x10. Would that be just an ego shooting on 8x10 now couldnt front the huge savings involved in digital. Was 8x10 there for quality or just a show off?

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    Comes down to what your client wants.

    There was a time when high end clients wanted 8x10, so we provided.

    Now the new generation of art directors want digital, and don't see the need for 8x10. So it gets dumped. Simple as economics.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinholemaster View Post
    Comes down to what your client wants.

    There was a time when high end clients wanted 8x10, so we provided.

    Now the new generation of art directors want digital, and don't see the need for 8x10. So it gets dumped. Simple as economics.
    Indeed this is true. The quality for product photography was stunning, and the transparencies could be more easily retouched because of their size. I knew a guy who was a transparency retouch artist. He could do amazing things with dye and bleach. He refused to learn Photoshop and last I heard, he's gone off to Sicily to paint.

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    If it was cost then 35 was always an option or 120 as is digital today.
    If it was quality then offcourse 8x10.

    I think it works both ways, not just the client or director but its down to the camera man too. We probably have always used LF or ULF without much requirement.

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    I just bought an 8x10 camera from an advertising photographer who now shoots everything with a Nikon D3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael W View Post
    I just bought an 8x10 camera from an advertising photographer who now shoots everything with a Nikon D3.
    Funny but atleast the 8x10 came to the right hands.

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    I bought some equipment from a professional photographer, last year.
    Normally, I would be extremely excited to be buying gear at a great price.
    But, that transaction made me feel very sad ...

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    As size goes up, the need for retouching and its difficulty involving dust, dirt and spots goes down. This is a very time consuming and costly process. It is relatively easy with digital using some digital spotting tools. This, I am sure, is a factor as is the increasing expense of LF and ULF camera materials and the increasing difficulty in getting a wide range of products.

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    I am getting older and a young art director insists that my Sinar is an antique camera. She calls it the "slow camera".
    Is not impressed with the Leaf Aptus back and all that resolution and control.
    Last I heard she was shooting products with the DSLR jockey up the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpwphoto View Post
    snip ---> She calls it the "slow camera". <---
    That pretty much sums it up...clients expect to see images RIGHT NOW. If you don't provide that, somebody else will.

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