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primarily refers to photography equipment and techniques based around negatives sized 4"x5" and larger

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Cannot get true blacks with my enlarger

I just got my first enlarger and I am quite new in the darkroom. I just bought a second hand Durst Laborator 1200 with the VLS 501 head. It seems to be working properly but I cannot get any print to ...
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Trying to blow up hi resolution photos 12" 38" 300dpi

I am trying to figure out the right scanner to buy. I make lampshades out of hi resolution photography and printthem out on a backlit film. I am trying to do a much larger lampshade then I have done ...
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Is aperture the same on different format of lenses?

I have just acquired a large format lens (a Schneider-Kreuznach Angulon 1:6,8/90) for the first time, coming from 35mm and medium format, and I am a bit puzzled by its aperture. I want to make sure I ...
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using 32bit TIFF or 16bit RAW for post-processing

What are the advantages of using a 32bit TIFF over using a 16bit raw file?
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Why am I getting occasional cloud-like artifacts on my 4x5 film shots?

Not always, just from time to time, I'm discovering these cloud-like artifacts on my 4x5 film shots. They are present on the film itself; it's not scanning artifacts. Artifacts can be present on ...
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Should I expect a new-to-me large-format shutter to require maintenance?

I recently bought my first large format lens, a Fuji 180mm with Copal No. 1 Press Shutter, for about $180. The lens is great, but the timing mechanism of the shutter can be heard seizing up for speeds ...
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Rodenstock Sironar N Compatibility

Is the Rodenstock Sironar N 240mm F5.6 MC compatible with LF 4X5 camera ? Should I have any concerns ?
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Will a small format lens focus correctly in a large format camera?

I hope to make a low budget 8x10 large format camera. Lenses are expensive. So will a small format lens focus on the relatively distant image plane within an 8x10? I have just bought a Soviet large ...
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Ilford HP 5+ 4x5

A student of mine developed her 4x5 film. We are trying to figure out why each negative has a relatively consistent pattern on each negative? Any thoughts? My guess is agitation when developing. A ...
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Storing pinhole photos in the field

A Christmas quandary. I picked up one of those pinhole kits for my daughter (she isn't reading this) which includes a pack of paper, some photo chemistry, etc. etc. The paper needs to be loaded into ...
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How does Alan Burke shoot panoramic landscapes with his 4x5 LF camera?

I have a little bit of a desire to research how this professional photographer uses a 4x5 to shoot a panoramic landscape... Alex Burke What is his method for producing these wide format prints from ...
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Instant film for a 4x5 large format camera?

I have a 4x5 camera and a Polaroid 545 film holder. Can someone tell me if any kind of instant film (Polaroid or any other brand) compatible with the 545 film holder is still produced today and where ...
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How can I do 4x5 rise/fall movements with super wide angle lenses?

I'm looking for super wide angle lenses, ideally 50mm and below. I'm only interested about decent rise/fall movements because I do mostly architecture, and I'd like to be very close to the subject. ...
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What is produced by twisting the bellows?

While researching Sinar Norma cameras, I found this picture: It seems that the photographer who was using the large format camera was twisting the bellows of the camera using the flexibility of the ...
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What kind of lenses with a "slightly different diffraction behaviour" were used in "large format photography in the 1980s"?

Referring to an interview with a lens expert (Krolop&Gerst Objektivreihe 17/32), discussing diffraction limits. "Es gibt ein paar Spezialobjektive die haben ein bisschen anderes Beugungsverhalten,...
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Very long exposure with large format camera

I'm interested about long exposure (around 5min exposure) photography with large format film cameras. Apart from reciprocity failure, it seems to me that the biggest issue is stability against wind....
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Uneven tank development

I've had a similar problem before with tray development, but I've since moved an hour away and switched to tank development. Tank development seemed to fix the problem for the past >100 negatives ...
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Copal Shutter FStop Label Replacement?

I recently received a lens in a Copal #0 shutter that is missing the fstop label. It looks like that label is made of metal and screwed in, so I should be able to just get a new label and put it on. ...
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Replacement lens-board ring name and sourcing

I've been having a hard time buying a good large format lens from eBay. I'm on my third order and the lens looks great, but it's missing the small ring that tightens the lens to the lens board. I'd ...
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How to keep sheet negatives clean in storage?

I currently store my 4x5 negatives in archival sheets with 4x5 pockets, like this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/43007-REG/Print_File_PF454B100_Archival_Storage_Page_for.html I store ...
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What are the differences among the various Rodenstock Sironar lenses?

I am hoping to buy a used 210mm Rodenstock Sironar N, which I understand is the same as an Apo-Sironar N. But I see a Rodenstock Sironar for sale on eBay, with no letter following. Where does that ...
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Is 2 1/4 x 3 1/4sheet film still availiable, or will I have to purchase 4x5 and cut it down?

I'm thinking of purchasing a Baby Speed Graphics Press Camera, it's smaller than the Speed Graphics and takes 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 film. I have a 4x5 camera but it's a big monorail camera that weighs a lot, ...
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Techniques for shooting large format from a plane?

I haven't been able to imagine a good system for a small prop plane if the camera has a bellows and you need a slower shutter speed. (Imagine a 4x5). I think I could rig up a harness system and keep ...
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Does the difference in the color of the Schneider-Kreuznach logo on these large-format lenses indicate any other differences?

What is the difference between the two lenses pictured below? They are both same brand, same focal length, etc.... The only thing is the color of the Schneider font on them is different. Is one of ...
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

I would like to expose some B/W chemical photopaper directly in a large format camera to obtain paper negatives. What is the maximum effective resolution I could obtain on said paper? assuming a ...
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Sheet negative holders - How to ensure a negative is level?

I have about 20 4x5 negative holders, Fidelity Elite and Riteway models. I have realized recently that there is about 2mm of play in the negative's positioning along the 4" axis inside the holder, ...
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Omega D2 enlarger - Is it really for 4x5 negatives?

So I bought an Omega D2 enlarger for making 8x10 prints out of my 4x5 negatives at home. I have had two unsolved issues with it that make me question whether it is really suitable for 4x5 printing. ...
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Why doesn't digital Large-Format exist?

In the digital age of photography, we can see a range of digital camera sensors sizes in use, from 1/3.2" in small phones, up to Medium format sensors that are 53.4 x 40.0mm in size or more! Why has ...
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How do I shoot expired film?

I purchased some 75 sheets of 4x5 Tri-X that expired in 1981. It has an ISO of 320. The owner said it wasn't refrigerated but it was kept in a somewhat cold place (attic?). I've read that you're ...
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Is it safe to keep my camera in the hot car? [duplicate]

I'd like to keep my large format camera in the car during the day at work, along with filters, adapters, tripod, etc. The car sits outside and I'm sure the temperature soars to over 120F some days ...
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How does the position of my camera affect how the shutter performs?

I have a Speed Graphic Pacemaker. I suppose that everything works fine, except for the focal plane shutter at the back. All the speeds seem to be accurate when the camera is sitting normally, but when ...
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How would I be able to properly calibrate the Kalart Rangefinder on a Speed Graphic?

The Kalart Rangefinder on my Speed Graphic was out of sync and I tried recalbrating it. However, on this camera it appears that there are two ways to adjust the position of the lens. There appears to ...
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Can alignment of the bed rails of a Speed Graphic be repaired?

I own a Speed Graphic (not sure how old but anyways) that is in almost perfect condition (from a working point of view) the focal plane shutter works at all speeds, nothing is really damaged, etc, ...
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How to store exposed sheet film

Suppose I wanted several containers to store exposed 4x5 negatives, but I didn't have enough empty negative boxes. What could I easily buy or make that I could safely store exposed negatives in?
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What is the black silt in bottom of my film developer?

I'm new to developing sheet film and I've just noticed that a fine black silt is accumulating in the bottom of my developing tray. My only guess is that it may be residue from the antihalation layer. ...
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What mm equivalent is my Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5 1/2 inch lens?

I just purchased an old large format Speed Graphic camera. It came with a Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5½ inch lens on a Compur shutter. I was wondering what equivalent mm focal length of this lens ...
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Can I make a DIY developing tank from an opaque Tetrapak milk container?

I'm starting to home-develop ! I already have the daylight tank and the reels for medium format, but here I'd like to develop 4x5 emulsion films. What do I have at home that is light-tight and has the ...
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Can I shoot color film on any large format lens and camera?

It seems like the camera and lens shouldn't matter, but I've been wrong before. Can cameras like the Graflex Speed Graphic or Tachihara 4x5 field camera, and lenses like the Ektar 127mm shoot color ...
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Can I use a 300mm lens on a Graflex Speed Graphic?

I have a Graflex Speed Graphic (4x5). I'm interested in using the Nikon Nikkor M 300mm lens for landscape photography, so mostly focusing at infinity but sometimes closer. I haven't found a clear ...
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Is there any demand for medium or large format film photography?

Is there any appetite for medium or large format film camera photos? Is there film available for these cameras? I see the occasional camera and lenses available and am intrigued as I have never used ...
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B&W Negative Tray Developing: Uneven Development

Shooting on an old Graphlex Speed Graphic 4x5 using tray development I am having consistent problems with uneven development, noticeable especially in the skies. Update: I get perfectly even ...
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Graphlex 4x5 Lens Hood and Filters - How Do They Mount?

Ebay has many listings for Graphlex Lens Hoods, but they seem to be screw-ons. One of my lenses has threads that would work for this, but the old standard Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 lens has no threads. ...
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How are large print (20x30) photos captured?

I've just noticed that formats like 20" by 30" have peculiar dimensions and large pixel sizes. How are these achieved? Does the photographer stitch multiple full-res photos? If so, is there a panning ...
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Larget format release cable jam

Any suggestions for a large format lens (Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7) that jams with an external release cable. It seems to work perfectly with the build in trigger but when I use an external release ...
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Is there a reason to use folding bellows instead of my bag bellows for a range of lenses?

I have a 4x5 monorail camera and a range of lenses from 75mm to 210mm. I have normal folding bellows, and bag bellows, the latter is necessary for the wide angle lens. However, the bag bellows has ...
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Why is my large format lens so much smaller (in length) than my 35mm-format lens?

In general I have found that as the focal length of 35mm (or APS-C) lenses increases, the physical length of the lens increases as well. However, my large format lens is much thinner than other 35mm ...
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Is my film ruined? Turned on light with film in bag

I realize the only way to get a definite answer to this question is to develop and find out, however I am inquiring more along the lines of the light-proofness of film holding bags. I was loading ...
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How do I activate the shutter on a Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar for Linhof?

I can not get the shutter of the Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar to open. I tried to explain what I know in this picutre: Anyone any idea? I'm afraid I don't have a manual for the lens and haven'...
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Quilted/Tiled Image Sensor: How do you eliminate stripes of missing photos in huge quilted sensors?

Background: This question is largely inspired by one of the answers in: What limits the size of digital imaging sensors? So the answer mentions uber-large image sensors that are made by "quilting" or ...
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Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film?

Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film? I am retired. previously owned three pro. Photography studios looking to get back into work again. Need help locating materials.
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