[rollei_list] Re: OT: Getting into 4x5 for the first time...

> Mark Rabiner wrote:
>> Usually people start off with a cheap Calumet ³student² camera.
>> Then they progress to a mid range better one. A Cambo or a Toyo.
> 
> On a whim, I started with a Toyo 45CX.  Lordy, that was an experience -
> jumping from Nikon/35mm to 4x5.  After hauling that around for about 4
> months, I upgraded/added by getting an additional 45AX.  My excuse was that
> since the lens boards were the same, why not go for a second view camera?
> Learned more than I ever thought I wanted to about exposure, composition,
> reciprocity failure, darkroom practices and chatting with the folks who
> think you're odd if you take photos while ducking under a black cloth.
> 
> The only two smart decisions I made was to stick to Rodenstock lenses and to
> be reasonable and shoot 6x6 if I needed something bigger/denser than 35mm.
> Which explains my 6008i system.
> 
> It's sad, no?  Nowadays, the extrinsic value of film cameras is dropping
> faster than the dollar while there is nothing wrong with the technology.  If
> only I had access to a reasonable priced digital 4x5 back, just to save me
> the burden of processing and scanning the chromes.
> 
> I think I hear my camera calling me...
> 
> j, a mere novice in any format bigger than 35mm.
> ---
> Jeffrey L. Bromberger
> jeffrey@xxxxxxxx
> 
> ---


I think even a committed 35mm photographer can gain a lot by going through a
sheet film period. Thinking one shot at a time.
Not shoot a roll and print one.
Did wonders for me I think.




Mark William Rabiner
markrabiner.com


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