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    Quote Originally Posted by Gem Singer View Post
    I understand the difficulty obtaining color film for the 5x7 format.

    However, it's the ideal format for those of us that use B&W film and develop it ourselves.

    Color sheet film, whether transparency or negative, is expensive to purchase and process at a commercial lab (assuming that you can still find a lab that processes sheet film).

    Whenever I shoot color, I use 120 roll film or a digital camera.

    If you insist on shooting LF in color, use 4x5.
    for me, I have jobo 3005, I process b&w and e-6 myself. so process is not a big problem,
    Currently I scan 45, contact print 810. I guess that I can contact print 57 and scan 57.
    If I decide to build darkroom, I would likely get a 45 enlarger, although 57 enlarger is not too big, but there are much more 45 enlarger than 57 enlarger.

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    5x7 FP4+, PCHD, Azo in amidol

    This is my first scan and posted photo (am I digital now?) so I am not sure how it will come out but I thought I'd give it a try. I just put the mounted print on the platen and then cut out the image. I saved a little of the mount around the edges. Any suggestions on how to do this better will be appreciated

    I put the 8x10 down a little over a year ago and have been shooting 5x7 and since it is so portable (portability being a relative thing) I have done a ton of work. I am convinced that a 5x7 and contact printing may be the least expensive way to get into large format. 5x7 prints are just amazing.

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    Ken,

    Doesn't this thread belong in the new Image Sharing and Discussion Forum?
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Oops - You're certainly right !

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    coffeebeans, in espresso
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
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    5x7: What's not to love ? ..........


    I bought my first 5x7 in '92 and loved it.
    Everyone around me thought it was foolish.
    It is a format that just feels a little more natural to me than 4x5 does.
    It is nice to see the format get a little more respect now than it did in the "Hey Day" of film, at least here in North America, the Europeans realized the beauty of 5x7 long before, Christopher Broadbent is a perfect example.

    A friend of my dad's, who was a big portrait guy here in MTL and had always preferred 5x7 and 5x8 shot on an 8x0 camera with a reduction back, he claimed the negs were always better when using a reduction back then a 5x7 on a 5x7 camera. I would love to hear from the elders (or anyone with extensive experience with R.B.) who may have shot extensively with reduction backs, any truth to this?


    I have posted this before, but I could never scan 5x7 negs until very recently and have very few to show.


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    Quote Originally Posted by henrysamson View Post
    ... I am convinced that a 5x7 and contact printing may be the least expensive way to get into large format. 5x7 prints are just amazing.
    Now they tell me.

    Hank,

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    oh baby! great idea. i shoot 5x7 collodion images most often. oh boy!

    1st is a clear glass ambrotype (CGA)
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    I think I posted it before, but I like this one. Grizzly Falls in Sequoia National Forest. Camera: Improved Seneca Whole Plate with 5x7 reduction back. Lens: 450mm Fujinon C. Film: Arista.edu Ultra 200 @100, developed in Thornton 2 Bath. Scanned flat on the glass emulsion side down on an Epson 4870, then flipped.

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    2 oil cans

    I've really really enjoyed the 5X7 Speed that I had Fred Lustig restore this year. Put a soft focus lens up front and let the rest of the crap fall as it may.
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