Currently I have been using a 4x5 camera and in my quest for greater clarity I h ave been considering moving to a larger format. The natural progression would be to go to 8x10. Unfortunately, 8x10 has a bunch of draw backs such as restricte d DOF, very expensive to outfit, very expensive to operate, and very heavy.
As a compromise I am considering a 5x7. With the 5x7 I can use most of my curre nt lenses (with less movement), and the Wisner 5x7 Pocket camera only weighs 4.5 lbs. I hope to get a 4x5 reducing back when lots of coverage is needed and hav e my 4x10 back standard modified so that it is interchangable with the 5x7 back for panoramics.
So here is my question. To use a 5x7 with color negative film, I plan on cutti ng 8x10 film to 5x7 - two sheets per 8x10 sheet. Has any body had any experien ce doing this? Have you had any problems with dust due to extensive handling? What other problems have you had? And last, for those who have a 5x7, can you give me any advice about your experiences with this format?
Thanks for any help.