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    Claudio Santambrogio
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    5x7 was my entry point to contact printing - and after I got an "ex-Galli" 5x7 Charten camera, it became my preferred option for shooting out on a hike: the camera is thinner and about as heavy as my 4x5, so there is no reason not to lug that one around: cherry wood, 21.5 x 21.5 x 5.5 cm, 1.6kg! As a matter of fact, this last summer I was three months in the high arctic with only this camera.


    More images from that trip at my site and at Flickr.

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I have been shooting 5x7 for about 9 years, and I love it. Initially, I was thinking about switching to 8x10, but I found a website that posted an extreme cropped enlargement of beer bottle in a room. The fellow made that cropped beer bottle photograph starting from 35mm all the way up to 8x10 including the Canon 16 mgp. There were many surprise in that suite of images, but the biggest one for me was that there was very little difference between 8x10 and 5x7.

    All of my 4x5 lenses worked with my 5x7. With the 5x7 I can use smaller lenses, have less restricted depth of field problems, and have lighter and more portable lenses than an 8x10. So I switched to 5x7 and never looked back.

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I'm a relatively newcomer to 5x7 but have found that it is my ideal format. I use a Walker 5x7 XL Wide and shoot 5x7/13x18cms as well as 120 roll with a Canham 6x17 film back.

    I've tried 5x4 as well as 10x8 but found that 5x7 fitted my style of photography much better. Finding film in the UK is a bit of a bummer! Thankfully I shoot black and white so Ilford FP4 Plus is fine!

    I develop 2 sheets of 5x7 at a time in Paterson Orbital Processor (in 200ml of solution) and scan with an Epson V700 (and Betterscanning station); printing is done with an Epson 3800 and K3 inkset.

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    All metric sizes to 24x30 Ole Tjugen's Avatar
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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I'll chime in with my old favourite, shot on 13x18cm EPP with a Linhof Technika III using a 165mm f:6.8 Schneider Angulon lens.

    Most of you have seen it before.


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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I like it also now that I have a light Anba Ikea. This is 210 Sironar.

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I too am convinced that 5x7 (13x18 for me) is the ideal format. Once converted, I have used it for all practical work for 20-odd years. As I mentioned elswhere, there was a prejudice against 5x7 which grew from 8x10 snobbery in advertising. It seems to have the right form factor - not too floppy and yet not too small.

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    "I'll chime in with my old favourite..."

    I was hoping you would

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    Here's one from Bergamo Italy (2009). 5X7 Wisner/180 Nikkor W.

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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    It's my favorite format for portraiture.





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    Re: In Praise of 5x7... Post'em !

    I like the ratio of the 5x7. I really need to shoot more 5x7 and help keep film in the supply chain. This was shot with my Shen Hao 5x7 it is a bit on the heavy side that is why I'm looking for a 5x7 Anba-Ikeda. Ilford FP4, Symmar-s 210.
    Thanks for looking and any critiques.

    Merry Christmas, Richard

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