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Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:10 am

Currently owning a bunch if Nikon gear (D200, F5 with plenty of 2.8 and 1.8 lenses) along with a Mamiya 6X6 .. I'm thinking about going to Large Format with a Linhof 4"x6" .... anybody have any experience and might want to give me some advice?
Hard to learn .... ? WIll use it for architecture and "art" mostly ... hat is considered a 20mm (at35mm equivalent) at LF?
The large setup won't allow for aviation action shots, but imagine a rampshot in 4"x6" Smile

Thanks guys!

Mario
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RE: Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:28 am

Quoting LH526 (Thread starter):
want to give me some advice?

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RE: Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:31 am

Mario,
in my view it all depends on what would you use that for...When I bought my 30D I was hesitant also about the 5D (which is full format). At the end I ended up with the 30D and am acutally very happy with it. Full format have some disadvantages for us, aviation photogs. Of course if you're going to use it for portraits, landascapes and so on, then it would give its best.

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RE: Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 2:00 am

Mario
I have only taken a handful of photographs using a real large format camera and I found the slow thoughtful way of working (the best English word is ponderous) a great experience and a great educator.
You ask if it is hard to learn..Oh yes, very hard with all the lens and film plane movements and very, very rewarding when you get it right. Still life and architecture are its main uses
The camera is only part of the equation and you have to think of how to enlarge the negatives or transparencies and if it is simply your intention to scan them for internet use, I wouldn't bother. For really large prints, nothing can beat it.
I would love to get back into the darkroom and do some real photography again and I would move the way you are going into larger format for REAL quality, probably only black and white, though I would probably stop at 645 or 6 x 6 as I do still have a colour enlarger and suitable cameras
JeffM also, in his usual brief manner, also as usual, makes a very valid point and I would simply add to his comment....and learn how to use it, incident light or the zone system.
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RE: Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:08 am

Thanks for all your help .... I forgot that aviation is not the main aim for the Linhof, my other field is architecture phototography, so the LF camera will be primarily used for this purpose.

Mario
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RE: Going Large Format ... Linhof

Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:41 am

Quoting LIPH (Reply 2):
Full format have some disadvantages for us, aviation photogs. Of course if you're going to use it for portraits, landascapes and so on, then it would give its best.

He's not talking about a digital camera, he's talking about a film camera that uses large sheets of cut film to yield huge, high quality images.

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 3):

I have only taken a handful of photographs using a real large format camera and I found the slow thoughtful way of working (the best English word is ponderous) a great experience and a great educator.

I would have said "contemplative" instead of ponderous...  Wink

Funny you posted this today because I've been thinking about a 4x5 or 5x7 camera a lot lately. I have MF gear but no lenses wide enough for serious architectural work, nor any tilt/shift capability.

A lot of pro labs can develop and print large format images, but so many people are dumping enlargers and other darkroom equipment these days that you could supply an entire large format darkroom for well under $1,000. D&P in a darkroom takes a lot longer than it does in PS, but it's far more relaxing and I still love the site of an image appearing in a developer bath....

This site is a Canadian guy who decided to turn his LF camera passion into a bit of a business. I don't think he carries Linhoff, but has some cool stuff, a newsletter and links. http://www.bigcameraworkshops.com

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