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thronobulax

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Once you have shot 7x5 you will probably prefer it to 5x4 ... I do
I would have loved to have made that jump - I have a number of lenses that will cover all the way up to 8x10. The problem is that I silver print and finding an enlarger for these larger formats is painfully expensive ...
 

Marley

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I would have loved to have made that jump - I have a number of lenses that will cover all the way up to 8x10. The problem is that I silver print and finding an enlarger for these larger formats is painfully expensive ...
I can see that's an issue. I chose to go the digital route after negative as living in a flat in London it's impractical to have a darkroom.
 

lharby

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Well I love the format (in terms of size and aspect ratio) but I tend to shoot colour and I have only seen 5x7 in b/w. Also I don't know where I can get 5x7 processed (I use Peak Imaging who will do 4x5 and 8x10). So that is a bit of a dilemma.
 

Marley

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Well I love the format (in terms of size and aspect ratio) but I tend to shoot colour and I have only seen 5x7 in b/w. Also I don't know where I can get 5x7 processed (I use Peak Imaging who will do 4x5 and 8x10). So that is a bit of a dilemma.
Colour 5x7 is available from the US via the Kodak special order scheme: Portra 160 and 400, Ektar 100 and Ektachrome 100. Of course that would involve a once a year bulk buy, and it really needs a group of 5x7 photographers to band together to make that viable.
I process my B&W at home which is a hell of a lot easier in the Stearman Press 10x8 tank than by any other means I've tried. For colour I shoot with my RB67 or digitally.
 

Ian Grant

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Traditionally we never used 7x5 here in the UK that makes finding second hand DDS near imposible, and there were no 7x5 hangers for labs. Well into the 1960's we still used Half plate and Wholeplate formats here, and Continental Europe 13x18cm. My first LF camer 1972/3 was a Whole plate De Vere monorail with additional HAlf plate and 5x4 backs, by then Half plate and Whole plate film had largely disappeared.

.It was the advent of the Internet and particularly Ebay that really opened up the possibilities here of shooting 7x5 prices of LF cameras of all formats from the US were significantly cheaper than those here in the UK or Continental Europe. I paid £600 for a 10x8 Agfa Ansco Commercial View, with a 12" Dagor lens, cased with 4 spare lens boards, compendium hood, 3 DDS, and a dark cloth. Later that year I bought a Devere 5108 (10"x8") with 4 or 5 lenses, timer and large Beard easel for anothe £600. That was 2004 at the point where most commercial photogrphers had switched to digital, pro labs were closing and there was a wide range of LF cameras and enlargers on Ebay, there would be 20 or 30 De Vere 504's and usually a couple of 5108's.

Now prices have risen quite substantially and there's fewer bargains ariound, but they are there just harder to find :D

Ian
 

Marley

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Traditionally we never used 7x5 here in the UK that makes finding second hand DDS near imposible, and there were no 7x5 hangers for labs. Well into the 1960's we still used Half plate and Wholeplate formats here, and Continental Europe 13x18cm. My first LF camer 1972/3 was a Whole plate De Vere monorail with additional HAlf plate and 5x4 backs, by then Half plate and Whole plate film had largely disappeared.

.It was the advent of the Internet and particularly Ebay that really opened up the possibilities here of shooting 7x5 prices of LF cameras of all formats from the US were significantly cheaper than those here in the UK or Continental Europe. I paid £600 for a 10x8 Agfa Ansco Commercial View, with a 12" Dagor lens, cased with 4 spare lens boards, compendium hood, 3 DDS, and a dark cloth. Later that year I bought a Devere 5108 (10"x8") with 4 or 5 lenses, timer and large Beard easel for anothe £600. That was 2004 at the point where most commercial photogrphers had switched to digital, pro labs were closing and there was a wide range of LF cameras and enlargers on Ebay, there would be 20 or 30 De Vere 504's and usually a couple of 5108's.

Now prices have risen quite substantially and there's fewer bargains ariound, but they are there just harder to find :D

Ian
I think with Intrepid Cameras doing 'quite nicely thankyou' with their 5x7, the interest can only grow in the UK.
 
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