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March 16, 2017
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As many of you know, I shoot a lot of film.  A lot.  Mostly 645 medium format, but also 6×6, and 35mm (and lots of Instax).  The next logical step is large format.

So I have been tire kicking for a while and found a 4×5 large format camera, with a great lens on it.  Saving up for it now. 

Right now I am trying to get a handle on all of the expenses I am going to need to fork out, and was wondering if there are other large format photographers out there, to note if I am missing anything.

I already develop my own black and white negatives (slide film I send out to Montreal, and colour I take to a local lab). 

Aside from the camera/lens/lensboard and tripod/head I will need:

Film holders

Tank and film holder to develop my own black & white

dark cloth for the view screen to keep light out

film plate to hold the 4×5 film on the scanner (my current scanner cannot do 4×5 on ites own, so I will have to scan it in strips and stitch together after)…there is a local 3d printing shop that can print the plates

 

Not sure if there is anything else I would need.

Any ideas?

March 23, 2017
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WOHO Brian! That is awesome. I use to shoot large format when I was taking photography classes in collage. We did it for product photography class, which was the most difficult class anyway in terms of light set up and they made us to use 4×5 cameras. We were praying every time we would pick up our developed film sheets with our assignments. 

This is picture of me photographing a tiny black flashlight. To top it off it was a macro shot. 
I need to refresh my memory too see what else you might need. 

I actually have one 4×5 at home, I never used, as well as 4×5 film still in my fridge (I have been keeping it there for year, lol, if case they would discontinue it). I will need to take it out one day and give it a try. 

 

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March 24, 2017
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You should definitely give it a try 🙂

I am very excited about trying a new medium for film photography.  Although I don’t have a fancy light meter like the one you have in the picture.  I was just going to use the spot meter of my Canon 6D for my light metering.

From watching a lot (i mean 30 or more hours) of videos on youtube regarding large format photography it is so much work but the reward can be great.

I should have it around the end of April, beginning of May, and will post a picture of the setup, and then of course a scan of my very first 4×5 shot.

March 24, 2017
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Looking forward to see what you can come up with, Brian!

March 25, 2017
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Yes, it sounds like an exciting adventure. 
As Oksana, I’m greatly looking forward to seeing your progress.

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