Just wanted to say hi. I'm Steve from Seattle. I just bought (about a month ago) my 1st LF camera off ebay. Its an Omega View 45D with a Rodenstock 210/5.6 lens. I got to print by first 4x5 neg (other than contact) last night and I was blown away. Shooting Tri-X, and enlarged to 11x14, not even a hint of grain and the tonality was supurb. I'm pumped!!!!
Anyone else here going to Per's Memorial Day LF Workshop at Redwood NP. If so I'll see you there.
Welcome aboard. It is nice to observe the excitement over your first large format efforts. You will find the group here a helpful and wonderful group of folks. Additionally they are well versed and informative. Good luck to you. Talk with you later.
I remember my first LF enlargement. It ruined me completely. I tried to get off gently with 6x6 - forget 35mm - I was just hooked. Everytime I enlarge "cute little films" I say to myself - gee - for all the effort, I could have used my 4x5 and had a spectacular print. So now my Zeiss lenses for 35mm are -just for 4x6 and 5x7 prints. I rarely take a 6x6 negative past a 11x14 print. For the time in the darkroom - it might as well be a serious negative - BIG. I still use each camera for what it is well suited; the 35 is for small enlargements of family, friends and events. The Rollei is for fine art of people and places that the 4x5 won't go. For stuff I want to hang in gallerys, I use the 4x5. Now we need to introduce you to some new chemistry that isn't real fine on cute little film but really maximizes 4x5 negatives in tonal range ..... PMK. Unless of course you already discovered it. 4x5 is a gateway drug you know - You will be tempted to try alternate printing processes as well. - good luck - Frank
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Actually I just ordered a WD2D+ kit from Photographers' Formulary (I'm re-building their website for them into a real e-commerce site). Based on my deal with them, I'm sure I'll be trying the "alternate" printing route someday. I still love my 35mm (its great for taking pics of the grandkids) but the 4x5 has re-energized my photography.