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    Large format photography with Nikon D800

    This is for real. A Nikon D800 mounted on the back of a 4x5 camera:

    http://nikonrumors.com/2012/07/30/gu...e-holder.aspx/

    partial quote from the article:
    "Itís really quite simple. What you need is a large format camera, a suitable lens and a digital camera body instead of a film holder. In this case itís an Arca Swiss 4x5/9x12 rail camera, an Yamasaki Congo 180 mm/4.5 lens and a Nikon D800:"

    Worth a look. Actually looks kinda fun
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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    There are several forum members who've done this and talked about it at length here. Sorry, it's not new. There are several companies making the parts.
    waste of time.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    Great way use a dodgey Congo ;-p

    Yeah Calumet/Cambo made stuff to do this 15 years ago. It's impractical unless you need a long lens. 1/10th of a degree tilt on that small a sensor is going to look like a mile, there is too much slop in most 4x5 cameras.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    way back, in the 70s, some companies offered a kind of mini-viewcamera for 35mm SLRs. The thing was basically a very fancy macro-bellows contraption and looked a lot like the L-standard Horsemans, offering FULL movements (swing, tilt, shift, rise) front and back (some even geared). A 75mm lens already allowed focusing to infinity. I still have one; but in truth, it's little more than a cool looking gizmo of limited use.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    Veeeeery old news. I've tried it a couple of times like maybe 10 and 6 years ago? And it is not worth the effort past a quick novelty-no wide lenses-sensor box quickly cuts off image with movements-the best dslr lenses are better in most cases than the LF ones at that sensor size-older vc lenses (non "digital") have worse CA than modern lenses designed to deal with it blah blah blah.......at one point Calumet came to my class to do a demo of the latest example of this technique (Sinar). It was a joke.

    It destroys the handiness of a DSLR AND the large image capture advantage of a 4x5.
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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    I read a lot about people 'Polaroid' proofing with digital cameras and using digital cameras for exposure meters, so I figure that kind of setup is pretty common.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    "Polaroid proofing" with a Digital camera (quite common) usually refers to using an equivalent lens on your DSLR as per your LF camera and using that to check lighting and exposure-not sticking your DSLR on the back of your VC where you will get a small sample of your VCs field of view.
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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    I made one, it only took five minutes on a slow saturday. I used it to practice my Galli Shutter, also to compare lenses. I don't think it is a *complete* waste of time.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    "Polaroid proofing" with a Digital camera (quite common) usually refers to using an equivalent lens on your DSLR as per your LF camera and using that to check lighting and exposure-not sticking your DSLR on the back of your VC where you will get a small sample of your VCs field of view.
    Doesn't seem like that would get one very far in terms of exact exposure as the method is not using the view camera's point-of view, lens, shutter, aperture or bellows extension. Just wondering.

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    Re: Large format photography with Nikon D800

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    Doesn't seem like that would get one very far in terms of exact exposure as the method is not using the view camera's point-of view, lens, shutter, aperture or bellows extension. Just wondering.
    f22 and iso 100 is f22 and iso 100, use the iso dial or exp compensation for any bellows factor. not a big deal. Not sure how attaching a heavy camera to the back of your heavy camera, changing the bellows to a bag bellows to accomodate the ultra short lens needed to to get the same field of view, moving the standards around to focus the tiny 24mmx36mm sensor, then switching it all back to shoot a piece of film would get one very far either.

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