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Large format?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by hippy john, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. hippy john

    hippy john

    Jun 2, 2003
    Does anyone here shoot large format photography? I am very interested in getting into it, and was wondering about general information i.e. good names in gear, film holders, types of film, shutters, things like that. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    It's been 25+ years for me since I used sheet film, so I won't be of much help anymore, but just out of curiosity, is it a specific business need that forces you to go that route, or is it hobby?

  3. hippy john

    hippy john

    Jun 2, 2003
    Oh its just hobby. I saw one in an antique shop and the shutter looks good, glass is clean, ground glass is smooth and not chipped/broken. Zeis lense and all that nice stuff. I saw what some of those things can do with images online after some research and was blown away. They are incredible! Just thought I might try my hand at that for a bit and see what I can do. Thanks for your time!
  4. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    Do an online search for it and you will find users who love large format. Every image in Arizona Highways magazine is large or medium format. They have done a very few 35mm submissions and will not accept digital, since the image quality is not the same as large/medium format films.
  5. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    The bulk of my portraits are shot on LF cameras. Check out WWW.APUG.ORG and

    I shoot Toyo 4X5 and 8X10 cameras and my wife uses a Wista 4X5.

    Film still rules. Digital is for those afraid of the darkroom.

    P.S. Feel free to PM me with any questions. With many studios going digital this is a great time to pickup LF gear at pennies on the dollar.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2008