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    I know some think it's "trendy" right now, but who cares! If you've got Aero-Ektar images (of any FL) post 'em! I'd like to see what you all are shooting.

    Here's a shot from tonight. Random street performer.
    Aero-Ektar 7" @ f/2.5 with Tri-X 320, pushed to 3200 in straight XTOL:

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    Taken up the street from my house a few weeks ago.

    Provia 100F 4x5 Quickload (expired 1998). Speed Graphic, 2 sec. @ f/2.5

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    Ektachrome E100S 4x5 (expired 1999). Exposure info unknown.

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    178mm aero ektar reclaimed fp100 neg

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    They were trendy in 2006 ;-p

    All handheld and rangefinder, guess-focused....

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    I thought they were still trendy? Or am I behind the times? I really like the second portrait Frank.

    (I'm not sure anything large format can be considered "trendy" in today's world! My photographer friends think I'm nuts.)

    Here's another, same as before. Handheld at 1/50 in a dim coffee shop:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    All handheld and rangefinder, guess-focused....
    Frank, now I'm confused about your cautionary tales concerning rangefinder focusing with this lens! All of these are very nice, especially the second one. Did you go through many sheets of film and bracket focus for each of these?
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    I could hit focus maybe one out of four on average, I would usually shoot six sheets of a subject and often blow them all subtly.

    With a tripod mounted camera and a little stern direction, I can usually get five or six out of six in focus.

    Of course, shooting handheld is thought to be more spontaneous. With a heavy Speed Graphic and the associated operations necessary for loading a film holder and adjusting settings I don't think it is so spontaneous... a tripod mounted camera allows you to relax somewhat, and concentrate on your subject rather than worrying about camera movement inbetween focusing and shooting. I rather be talking and engaged with the person than to be all nervous watching my equipment.

    A nice roll-film or digital camera is definitely more spontaneous and that's a large reason for their popularity. Why fight it? Go with each format's strength. So I now see large-format portraiture as something slowed down and more carefully considered. I try to shoot after exploring people with a smaller camera, then only shoot a couple of sheets as a large format portrait. By the time I get to the large format film, I already know what I want and don't need to experiment. This saves a lot of time/money/aggravation.

    But to some people it is just a matter of getting an Aero-Ektar or a Verito or some other piece of equipment. Using toys is just as valid as anything else as long as you actually shoot. Knock yourself out and enjoy the ride.

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