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    Request clarification of large format.

    I am not entirely clear as to what constitutes "large format" photography for this group. The forum usage guidelines state that for the purposes of this forum "large format" is defined as being essentially 4x5, or larger, sheet film.

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    "We do, however, allow what would otherwise be considered "medium format" sizes, IF exposed in a view camera (e.g. with a roll-film adapter), technical, or old-style press camera (e.g. the various Graphic cameras)."

    Question, is a medium format digital back used on a technical or press camera considered "large format" for this forum? And if so, how is "medium format" defined? By the actual size of the sensor, or by the size of the image file created?

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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    As discussed many times before -- LF here is defined more by the camera than it is by film size and type. If the camera is a view camera, then the resulting image is LF...with some some other cameras "grandfathered in" such a press cameras and P&S cameras using sheet film...and some smaller than 4x5 formats when used in view cameras.

    So, I believe the answer to the first question would be 'Yes". The answer to the second question is "Who cares? If it is not on a LF camera, it does not create a LF image."
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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    Sandy, I assume you wants an opinion from the moderators?
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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    Sandy, I assume you wants an opinion from the moderators?
    Correct, I am not advocating any position but would like a clarification as to guidelines from the moderators.

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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    "Large Format" is a state of mind, not a film size.
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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_1856 View Post
    "Large Format" is a state of mind, not a film size.
    Agree completely though that is damn hard to moderate
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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    I think our definition is a frustrating to those of us who shoot 2-1/4 X 3-3/4 Sheet film in a 2 X 3 View camera. I think of it as LF and the forum does not.

    I can live with it, but I refuse to use 2X3 Sheet back on a bigger box. Seems silly to me.

    And yes I know we have Lounge Tiny Format, which I seldom even look at.

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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    I think you are wrong Randy...........at least I think you would have been wrong when I was a moderator.

    "We do, however, allow what would otherwise be considered "medium format" sizes, IF exposed in a view camera (e.g. with a roll-film adapter), technical, or old-style press camera (e.g. the various Graphic cameras)."
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    Re: Request clarification of large format.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    I think our definition is a frustrating to those of us who shoot 2-1/4 X 3-3/4 Sheet film in a 2 X 3 View camera. I think of it as LF and the forum does not.

    I can live with it, but I refuse to use 2X3 Sheet back on a bigger box. Seems silly to me.

    And yes I know we have Lounge Tiny Format, which I seldom even look at.
    I shoot 2ish x 3ish fuji-roids on my 8x10 camera for testing..cracks me up when I do though

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