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    Thanks Everyone:

    I think I am going to enjoy what I have and shoot lots of film. It's the only way I will learn.

    Shalom.
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    Shalom my friends.

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    Eric,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Redard
    Thanks Everyone:

    I think I am going to enjoy what I have and shoot lots of film. It's the only way I will learn.

    Shalom.
    Eric
    I think you will notice rigth away if it fits you. I love the square format, as a matter of fact I am thinking of asking Jim Chinn to make me an insert for his holders with a square format, something like 12x12, dont know, but square I found very easy to compose and shoot. Hope you like it.

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    you can always crop the shot

    Eric,
    I like the square its equal on all sides, meaning that you will never
    worry if you're going to shoot vedrtical or horizonal...you can crop to either
    or leave as is. There is really nothing like Zeiss lenses.
    cheers
    Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge
    I think you will notice rigth away if it fits you. I love the square format, as a matter of fact I am thinking of asking Jim Chinn to make me an insert for his holders with a square format, something like 12x12, dont know, but square I found very easy to compose and shoot. Hope you like it.
    You know that would make some really nice work, different ... kinda like the round work Kerik did on 8x10. Jim may be opening up a whole new market for all of us, just think a 12x12, 16x16. Seems like there were a lot more UL formats at the turn of the last century...would be cool to see more again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127
    The most rational argument I've seen for 6x7 is that a lot of pro's are shooting for magazines and stock libraries (which ultimatly end up in magazines and the like). In these cases the rectangular format (ideally 6x9 but 6x7 is more practical) allows more of the negative to be used in the final image. 6x6 would need to be cropped to fit a magazine page.

    Ian
    Many magazine editors like the square neg as they can crop it any way they want, giving more options for final page layout. No doubt there are editors who prefer the rectangular formats, but I doubt either would turn away a good photo.
    Just because you have a 6x6, doesn't mean you can't have a 6x7, or 6x4.5, or 4x5 or 8x20 or...

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    I shoot an old Rollei 6x6cm and I too have difficulty in "seeing square". One aid that works for me is a small device I made from a piece of thin clear acrylic and two pieces of mat board that crops my groundglass to the "long" 8x12 format. When I'm feeling ambivalent about what format will reflect what I'm seeing I just drop the thing onto the finder and see whether it makes the image pop in a different way.

    Or I just say "screw it", shoot square and crop in the darkroom!

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    I shoot a Mamiya TLR AND a Bronica ETRsi.

    Honestly, I just crop in the viewfinder and waste paper if I have to.
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    That's my usual shortcut too, but sometimes I really want to "see" the image, not merely pre-visualize it.

    I think I still have an old piece of black/white matte board cut into the traditional rectangular proportions that I made after reading Adams for the first time.

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    There is a point to that. I did get my ETRsi because I didn't want to figure things out when it came to images best served by a rectangular format.
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