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    Before I go crazy and buy some film and upload photos.... do you lot count quarterplate as large format??

    The auction site bargain got me a Ensign "Special" Reflex. I really like the feel of this little beast.


    Also, to the 1/4P users: do you use sheaths in the plate holders, or do you risk sheet film without anything behind it?

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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    I was taught that anything larger than 2 1/4 (medium format) was large format.
    This means that my Deardorff V8 with a Linhof Super Rollex 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 back on the 4 x 5 reducing back is a medium format camera.

    Will they be nice photos?
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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    The lens has a lot of "cleaning marks" like someone used sandpaper to clean it, so they will be soft and a bit flared. I hope the pictures will look nice though.

    Although it definitely is medium format, I will use the rollfilm adapter to test the camera I think!

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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    I think she is asking what is cool to post in the main forums of this site, not what your personal definition is.

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    For the purposes of this forum, we define "large format" as being essentially 4x5, or larger, sheet film. 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: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    I remember reading that when I signed up, about 4 x 5 or larger. Hence my mention of the Deardorff. Personally, I've seen some truly stunning work on this site. I wouldn't want to miss something due to a minor quibble anent film size.
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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    Another forum I visit occasionally defines LF as "more than 100 cm^2". That keeps 4x5", 9x12cm and 6x17cm well within the limits, and all smaller formats well outside.

    The more rounded rules here seems to allow me to mention my 6x4.5cm Voigtländer Bergheil here, which I will - as soon as I can dig out the digitoy to take some pictures of it. Oh and by the way - does anyone know of a source of 6x4.5cm photographic plates??

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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    She?!

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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    She?!
    Uh - oh.

    "Ashley" is often a girl's name, here in the once provinces.
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    Ash is male, no question about that.

    I recently had to step into another discussion on another site, to explain that "Andrea" is often female, unless the person in question is Italian in which case it's almost 100% certain to be a man.

    And another case springs to mind, where the English language's lack of a non-gendered possessive pronoun caused some confusion...

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    Re: Is Quarter-Plate large format enough??

    My apologies. I knew that. I've been pouring over files all day and am a bit warped.
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