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    I shoot 24exp film, and sometimes I purposely roll shorter for 1/2 frame - 12exp rolls, for example.

    I also print 1/2 frame in the darkroom, on small paper: mostly 12x16.5cm sometimes 13x18cm. I just turn the easel 90° and it works great.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    I read in a couple of places that it was the inability of mini labs to work with half frame that forced olympus to bring out a full 35mm frame slr. I think it was probably more to do with making simplified process for the workers of such labs and them refusing to do a 'non standard' size. For that matter I always fancied a square format 35mm based camera, it would be quite nice for portraits.

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    I think you're right that it was labs who were against half frame, certainly here in the UK with the exception of two or three who specialised many weren't really geared up to handle the format.

    Ian

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    Don't forget the Yashica Samurai for horizontal orientation half-frame.

    Not really suitable if you are looking for a small, pocketable half-frame.

    The zoom lenses give perfectly acceptable results.

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    And there is soviet horizontal half-frame Agat 18.
    http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?456868769

    Changing aperture is quite an exercise on this little beast. Have the one since high school. Maybe would be fun to put the roll thru

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    I have a tough time trying to finish 10 expourse on my RB67.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    The Bronica 645 RF and the standard version of the Linhof 220 are vertically oriented cameras. The design of the Linhof 220 with its pistol grip seems inspired by the RCA studio microphone of its era.
    The Fuji 645 rangefinders were vertically oriented as well. I loved using the Fuji GA645i for portraiture because of it.

    I have an Agfa 1/2 frame camera, but there's something wrong with the shutter, so I always get a type of flare in the film area that is exactly the shape of the four-blade aperture. Perfect travel camera. Took it to shoot snap shots in Stockholm, Sweden, and it's great when it's cold to not have to re-load the camera after 24 or 36 shots. 72 shots last forever.

    I can see why some would think it's a pain to print 72 pictures, and I agree, but in all I take the same amount of pictures, so why does it matter if I have 72 frames on one roll as opposed to two rolls? Seems practical to me, and with a film like Acros or TMax 100 the quality is still good enough to make nice prints. Or color film and scan to share with friends and family. Batch scans become easy when a film strip has more pictures.

    Nobody can tell for sure why the 1/2 frame format failed, but it's obvious they didn't sell enough to continue producing them.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    Well I suppose 645 is kind of half -frame as well Thomas compared to a 6x9 My little Zeiss Ikonta 531 is certainly very much smaller than my Ensign Selfix 820 and I'm looking forward to switching the lens cells so that it'll perform decently once again

    Ian

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    The Fuji 645 rangefinders were vertically oriented as well. I loved using the Fuji GA645i for portraiture because of it.

    I have an Agfa 1/2 frame camera, but there's something wrong with the shutter, so I always get a type of flare in the film area that is exactly the shape of the four-blade aperture. Perfect travel camera. Took it to shoot snap shots in Stockholm, Sweden, and it's great when it's cold to not have to re-load the camera after 24 or 36 shots. 72 shots last forever.

    I can see why some would think it's a pain to print 72 pictures, and I agree, but in all I take the same amount of pictures, so why does it matter if I have 72 frames on one roll as opposed to two rolls? Seems practical to me, and with a film like Acros or TMax 100 the quality is still good enough to make nice prints. Or color film and scan to share with friends and family. Batch scans become easy when a film strip has more pictures.

    Nobody can tell for sure why the 1/2 frame format failed, but it's obvious they didn't sell enough to continue producing them.

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    Most 1/2 frame cameras were dropped before the era of mini labs. A couple of oddballs popped up for a while and they too, went away.
    No format smaller than 24X36 survived too long, no matter how much Kodak wanted the market with it's odd cartridges wanted them to.I've got a slug of slides from the 60's shot with a Pen F and they're OK, not as sharp as full frame but much better than 110/APS and disc. Remember them?
    With 1/2 frame the expense for film was a bit less but you still had to pay for X # of prints.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    I have a Tessina which is slightly large for 1/2 frame. B&W if you are processing yourself is OK, as most was done by hand. Color is a problem as the automated machines won't handle it. It cost over $3 a print and that was about 15 years ago the last time I did color on it. So I think the processing costs with a lack of standardization did in the half frame.

    EDIT: Tessina stayed in production until 1996.

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