First shot from a Graflex Crown Graphic

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  1. Neil t3

    Neil t3 New Member Registered User

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    This was the first shot I took with a large format camera , in February last year .
    I was still on a bit of a learning curve with it then , used to 35mm and medium format , 5x4 was something I'd never shot or processed .
    Not just down to the new technique required but also learning the best way to expose the film .
    Although the film is claimed to be ISO 200 ( Fomapan 200 ) , anything above ISO 125 would result in very thin negative.
    Getting used to it now though .
    Developed in FD10 .
    Camera used was a Graflex Crown Graphic .

    These are the Tall ships moored at Albert Dock in Liverpool .
    We were a bit rushed when we were there but I was keen to take a shot on the camera and see how the film performed .

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    Tall Ships at Albert Dock by Neil Taylor, on Flickr
     
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    Ian Grant Active Member Registered User

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    Maybe not the right contrast and tonal range but you have to start somewhere :D

    I have and use a Crown Graphic but find the restricted range of movements is often very limiting. Mine's been mostly replaced by a Super Graphic, it lives at our apartment in Turkey and still occasionally gets used.

    Ian
     
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    Neil t3 New Member Registered User

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    Thank Ian .
    Being my first shot with this film and format I was just happy to pull something out of the developing tank that had something on !
    It was a very thin negative , but encouraging regardless .
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    1st Frame
    by Neil Taylor, on Flickr

    It also showed me that the film is better exposed as ISO 125 rather than ISO 200 .

    I'm planning on getting an Intrepid 5x4 this year , they are planning on doing a third version with a good few improvements over the current second version .
    It looks like it should be a good option for me , partly because of it's movements , and improvements , but also price and weight .
    I will be looking at other makes though , it's hard to resist the look of all that brass and hardwood , though I'm not sure my pictures would be improved !
     
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    Ian Grant Active Member Registered User

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    I've shot a lot of Foma 100 and 200 in 120, I did some testing and shoot both at half their box speeds. I've heard of people shooting Fomapan 200 at 80EI but 100 has always be OK for me.

    Ian
     
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    Hi Neil,

    I sympathise with you keen-ness to shoot, what is the dev method you've used, I.e. The tank?

    Robert
     
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    Neil t3 New Member Registered User

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    I've been using either a Jobo Developing Tank Reel, 2509N for the Fomapan film if I've only got six sheets to develop , or the Combiplan which also takes six sheets , but I have quite a few of the film holders ( shown above ) so I can do a few batches in one session without waiting for them to dry .
    There also much easier to load with film too .

    I've recently bought a Patterson Orbital developer for doing sheet film , 5x4 , 7x5 and 10x8 .
    I'll also be developing the Rollei Infrared film in it as it's slightly smaller and thinner than Ilford or Fomapan film and like to come out of the holders .
    The orbital developer should sort thst out .
     
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    FWIW, I shoot quite a bit of Fomapan 100 in both 5x4 and 10x8 and my tested film speed, with my cameras and light meter, worked out to EI80.
     
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    Thanks Alan , I'm not shure where Fomapan get's there box speeds from .
    I like the film and I like the price though .
    I've just got hold of three boxes of Fomapan 400 for less than the price of one box in 7x5 , I'll try the first shot at EI200 and see how it behaves .
    It's short dated , or already passed , but it seems to keep well anyway .
    I just need to cut some backing boards to hold the film in my FKD 13x18 plate holders .
     

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