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    It's all for fun as I see it. I like doing things the corpse says we aren't allowed to anymore.

    I love street shooting with a Mamiya M645, a Brownie Hawkeye Flash or even an Instamatic 104.

    At my age it's doubtful anyone would look at me like a hipster.

    I have a 4x5 enlarger and some film, now I need a camera. Not likely to go larger than 4x5 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wblynch View Post
    It's all for fun as I see it. I like doing things the corpse says we aren't allowed to anymore.

    I love street shooting with a Mamiya M645, a Brownie Hawkeye Flash or even an Instamatic 104.

    At my age it's doubtful anyone would look at me like a hipster.

    I have a 4x5 enlarger and some film, now I need a camera. Not likely to go larger than 4x5 though.
    The problem with going larger than 4x5, as you kind of imply, is the difficulty of enlarging the negatives. 5x7 enlargers are fairly rare. 8x10 ones are the size of a small car and will often be given away if a) you're local, b) can manage to get the thing, and c) have a place to put it. Oh, and luck into it. The 8x10 conversions for the Beseler and Zone VI are not so big, but also not so common and usually much more expensive.

    True enough that 8x10 allows exhibition of contact prints, but without cropping (at least if you still want it to be at least 8x10) and this would ironically mean I could make superb prints from my 4x5 negatives that are four times the size of what I could make from 8x10 ones if I did go to 8x10, at least printing optically. Of course I could scan but again, you gain little going to 8x10 from 4x5 if you are going to scan anyway, unless you print%2

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    Quote Originally Posted by wblynch View Post
    It's all for fun as I see it. I like doing things the corpse says we aren't allowed to anymore.

    I love street shooting with a Mamiya M645
    Then you are a better street photographer than me.

    Whenever I use the M645 on the street, everyone (almost) stops what their doing and just stares at me and my big black camera.

    Not very interesting photos from that.

    But when I use the little 35mm Minolta 7sII, nobody reacts to it. It also has a very sharp lens and good shutter, so it's a small marvel of a camera. (I belive it was used on some US space flights, even).
    Last edited by Jaf-Photo; 05-08-2014 at 04:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I confess I am addicted to medium-format too... And I also have a fortune in 35 mm stuff... Phew!! I thought I was alone...

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    I started with medium format. Before MF, I had 35mm point and shoots. Then I was inspired by bright moonlight, and I got into photography. I still use my first MF camera, a Pentax 6x7 MLU.

    While 35mm is still the best selling format (for film), my personal preference is for MF and larger. Bigger is always better, when it's film. The cameras aren't that much larger than 35mm, especially comparing them to something like the gargantuan "professional" versions.

    I don't have a fortune in 35mm. OK, so I just bought a Leica M6, just to see what the fuss is about. I'm currently comparing it to my Nikon FM10 with its kit zoom lens. I expect to sell the Leica next year. Why? I just don't have a big hankering for 35mm. Not since I have MF. TLRs are light and not that large. I think the shutter on my Rollei is quieter than the Leica.

    Grain is another winner with MF. Even with Delta 3200, the grain just isn't that large. I've seen a 32x40 enlargement from a 6x7, and it was beautiful! MF is just such a nice, special size.

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    I was never satisfied with my black & white image quality until I stopped shooting b&W with 35mm and started using medium format.


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    I've grown more and more format-agnostic by the years. I've also learnt that the proof is in the pudding you actually make.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan View Post
    I've grown more and more format-agnostic by the years. I've also learnt that the proof is in the pudding you actually make.
    I'm like this too. All the formats I use provide good enough print quality up to about 20x24 or so for me to be 100% satisfied, so camera selection is more about how I intend to use it.

    The way I photograph and work with the content it is all about substance. Grain or lack of resolution doesn't affect the outcome in any negative or positive way for me. I do think, however, that if I am creating photographs for projects, I prefer all pictures in the series to have been treated the same way. If I start with the Hasselblad I finish with it, same with 35mm and I'm particular if I shoot Delta 3200 or TMax of course, or 5x7. Mixing formats makes for a dreadful experience in printing. I care about consistency, whether that means consistently grainy or smooth, if that makes sense.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan View Post
    I've grown more and more format-agnostic by the years. I've also learnt that the proof is in the pudding you actually make.
    I find the choice of format affects how I make pudding, though. It's probably not directly attributable to film real estate as such, but to a whole different gestalt of working; I just shoot medium format from a different mindset as compared to Kleinbildformat (and of course LF from a *really* different mindset, because the process requirements are so different).

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    -The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_

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    I don't hate.

    I like medium format and I like 6x6 square. A simple TLR is all you need. Lightweight, simple, fun and flexible.
    It gives you so many options.

    You can easily crop to portrait or landscape rectangular. Also, you could crop to the same size as a 35mm negative and have a very effective 'zoom'.

    Gotta love it!
    - Bill Lynch

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