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Old 09-01-2007, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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While I've converted over to the dark side and gone digital, I still have my good ol' Nikon F4s and a good supply of film. While digital is the norm these days, I still remember and hold fondly the days of high school and college where there was nothing like the smell of hypo in the morning. Nothing like learning and then applying the Zone System. Watching the image come up in the developer, which seemed extra cold and slow in the winter. I could be stuck in the dark ages with thoughts like these, but there's just something about holding an 8x10 in my hands that I spent an hour getting perfect. Well, I'd love to hear anybody ele's thoughts on the archaic days of film and/or darkrooms. I'm not trying to start a debate of which is better, just a stroll down memory lane for most of us.

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Re: To remeince - film
Old 09-01-2007, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I recently acquired an 8x10 view camera, so imagine holding a piece of film in your hand that's 8x10. And don't get me started on what looking at an 8x10 chrome on a light table is like. Contact printing Ilfochromes are fun too.

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Old 09-01-2007, 05:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am one of the few, if not the only photographer who hated darkroom work. I love to shoot, but I always prefered to send my stuff out for processing. For many years I used and maintained a black & white darkroom in my home out of neccessity, but every minute I was in there was tedium.

So as you might guess, I have embraced digital technology and have never looked back.
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Ok Chip, I gotta ask, where do find film for an 8x10 camera? I don't see much 4x5 film anymore, and 120 is getting hard to find.

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Ok Chip, I gotta ask, where do find film for an 8x10 camera? I don't see much 4x5 film anymore, and 120 is getting hard to find.
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There are a lot of establishments online. B&H, Adorama, and Calumet all stock large format film. I usually deal with the first two because they are geographically close to me, within the 1 day transit time for UPS ground. But Calumet also stocks film in 11x14, 4x10, 14x17, and other rare sizes. I actually have a harder time finding 5x7 film than 8x10. For 5x7 I usually use Badger Graphic in Wisconsin.

There's been a large format resurgence in the last few years. There are more sizes and types of large format film available now that there was 10 years ago. And now is a great time to be looking for a large format enlarger. You can get a 4x5 enlarger, lens, and color head for a few hundred dollars as everyone continues the march into digital - something like $.15 or $.20 on the dollar.

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Yea, chromes on a light table in any format above 645 will knock your lights out.
I still do miss my 4x5 studio camera. kDid some good stuff with that thing. And you could very easily develope and print b&w from those things. Colour I sent off to the lab to develope and then printed them in my dark room. lots of time spent in their.
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I've been missing shooting film this quarter at school. I've only shot four rolls this time, when usually I've shot a lot more than that. Just this time around things have been so hectic I wouldn't have been able to work as quickly as I've needed to with film. I gotta say though, I still like the quality of my film better though.

I haven't shot large format chromes yet. Got the film and the 4x5 camera, just haven't gotten around to doing it yet. Over the break I'm gonna play though.
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Yes large format is wonderful. I use both 8x10 and 4x5 cameras, although I must admit I do get a few strange looks from time to time. The 4x5 is used predominantly for colour, but gets used if I want to enlarge some black and white.
The 8x10 is great for black and white portraits. There is nothing like an 8x10 contact print in my opinion.
Film is not a problem as long as you dont expect to walk in to your local camera store and buy it, I import all of mine to Australia from either B&H or Adorama with no problems.
Digital is great too, just not my thing. I like the old cameras and the quality of image they can produce.
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