Advice on LF cameras

Discussion in 'Talk About Large Format Gear' started by Dom Palubiski, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Alan9940

    Alan9940 Active Member Registered User

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    The only thing I don't like about this setup, or any other LF camera that focuses only via the front standard, is that the sheer function of setting correct focus can change your composition; more critical when doing close-up work. Since I like to pay close attention to what's happening along the edges of my frame, I much prefer rear standard focus.
     
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    martin henson Admin Staff Member Registered User

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    Your not wrong mrB it’s in the worst possible place you could think of under a dark cloth with the loupe in another hand, bad design IMHO
     
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    Alan, thanks for mentioning Morley Baer. I had heard of him, but was totally unfamiliar with his work. So I looked him up. Wow! What wonderful photographs. Right up my street. Exquisite … Did he just do contact prints?
    Looks like he used a "standard" lens a lot, which is interesting in the context of this thread which is about using a full range of focal lengths.

    Alan
     
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    David M Well-Known Member Registered User

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    Alan,
    I'm sure you are right. I'd give the same advice to anyone else. I do happen to like cameras themselves, although I'm not any kind of collector. Involuntary accumulator, perhaps.
    The Intrepid works perfectly well, but a little extra convenience is always welcome. One thing I really would like them to do is to make the screw that holds the front standard a captive one. I'm sure there are Marks II, III and IV on the way.
     
  5. Alan9940

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    Yes, I believe he did only contact prints from his 10x8 negs. Yep, many of the most famous photogs--like AA, for instance--used the standard 300mm focal length quite a lot. I mentioned his name only in the context of the beautiful work that can be done with minimal equipment.
     
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    Yep, that sucker drives me bonkers! I'd, also, like it if the front standard moved a bit more smoothly; rise/fall and tilt.
     
  7. Alan Clark

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    Thanks again Alan. I have just ordered one of his books. Remembering Barns - California Plain.

    Alan
     
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    Not to spend your money... ;) But, one of my favorites of his is: Light Years, The Photographs of Morley Baer

    Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of his books IMO!
     
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    Thanks Alan. Will look it up. Some of his books seem very expensive. The one I ordered was very cheap!

    Alan
     
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    Yep, a brand new First Edition (what I have) is ridiculously expensive IMO. That said, I've seen used copies selling for around $35US; a beautiful book at this price, if in decent condition.

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    Alan, thanks for the tip. Abe books have one for $33.

    Alan
     
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    Dom Palubiski New Member Registered User

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    Morley Baer's work looks incredible. I'll see if I can find his book I think.

    I also think I agree with Alan and David. Might as well learn with what I have for now, but I think either the Arca Swiss or Chamonix may be my next step if I end up wanting a bit more.

    As my first post here I am very thankful for everyone advice and words, just so you all know.
     
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    Dom Palubiski New Member Registered User

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    I was wondering about the Shen Hao cameras too. I hear they are copies of an older more well know brand (but somehow forgotten which one) .Anyone have any experience with them at all?
     
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    No direct experience with Shen Hao myself, but you may find this useful:

     
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    Morley Baer's book of barn photographs came yesterday. Stunning!

    Alan
     
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