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seezee
7-Sep-2018, 09:54
World's largest non-stationary camera (https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/worlds-biggest-camera)?

Dan Fromm
7-Sep-2018, 11:58
This question was asked very recently. See http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?147932-What-is-the-large-format-camera-that-you-have-seen-ever

It looks pretty stationary to me.

Bernice Loui
7-Sep-2018, 12:10
Bigger is not better.


"I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."

- George Bernard Shaw

Tin Can
7-Sep-2018, 12:42
World's largest non-stationary camera (https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/worlds-biggest-camera)?

That's the best documentation of that big thing, I have seen.

I made a porthole in my last darkroom which accessed the street I lived on. A big lens made a neat camera obscura. I used the Reinhold 790 mm.

I have a darkroom cargo trailer, maybe it needs a hole in the wall!

Mark Sampson
7-Sep-2018, 14:52
One question is- what happened to the original 8-foot long print? And the 54"x96" glass-plate negative?
One can assume that the enormous camera was scrapped sooner or later. But the photo of the camera and crew has a lens obviously retouched in. What could it have been, and where is it today? In Mark Sawyer's collection?

Jac@stafford.net
7-Sep-2018, 15:59
Note the entirely faked lens.

FrancisF
7-Sep-2018, 16:06
The Boston Camera should certainly be considered in this discussion

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Camera

3 tons. 6096mm lens

Tin Can
7-Sep-2018, 16:21
Winner!

FrancisF
7-Sep-2018, 17:37
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seezee
7-Sep-2018, 18:08
One question is- what happened to the original 8-foot long print? And the 54"x96" glass-plate negative?
One can assume that the enormous camera was scrapped sooner or later. But the photo of the camera and crew has a lens obviously retouched in. What could it have been, and where is it today? In Mark Sawyer's collection?
Yes, I noticed the retouching. Common practice in those days as it continues to be.

Light Guru
7-Sep-2018, 18:42
https://petapixel.com/2011/05/20/worlds-largest-camera-big-enough-to-hold-an-airplane/

Id take a selfie with this one.


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Mark Sampson
7-Sep-2018, 20:56
But your later work with the hangar-cam would be boring...

I have actually printed negatives from the 'Boston Camera'. A couple of images were sent to us when I was at Kodak. We had no information about the camera but did some speculating... it seems that we weren't too far off.
The contact prints were sharp, to be sure, but I doubt that the few negs we saw had the 'golf-ball' resolution mentioned in the article. They were extremely impressive; panoramic oblique aerial views that must have had the horizon 100 miles away, perhaps, still clear. Especially impressive when we found out, later, that they dated from 1956.

Randy
8-Sep-2018, 03:56
I guess mine is pretty big, though I have never shot any film with it - perhaps one day...?
And technically it is "non-stationary" since it is the bathroom of my "mobile" home. The lens has a F/L of 54", mounted in a sheet of plywood covering the window.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5cudmlbifv3id87/_DCS0114a.jpg?dl=1

Cor
10-Sep-2018, 04:54
World's largest non-stationary camera (https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/worlds-biggest-camera)?

On a not too serious note;

last year I was in South India with my family, we were in Udagamandalam, or better know as Ooty, a hill station were the British went to escape the horrible summer heat and huminity. Now a polulair site for Indian tourist..and a few dutch..;-)..

There is this weird Dino park (thunder World) and to my surprise also a hughe camera collection (https://www.tripadvisor.in/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297679-d8113808-i179941818-Thunder_World-Ooty_Udhagamandalam_The_Nilgiris_District_Tamil_Nadu.html), quite varied, including a rather sloppy replica (https://www.tripadvisor.in/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297679-d8113808-i135110562-Thunder_World-Ooty_Udhagamandalam_The_Nilgiris_District_Tamil_Nadu.html) of above camera, presented as the large camera ever...

Best,

Cor

erian
12-Sep-2018, 13:41
https://petapixel.com/2011/05/20/worlds-largest-camera-big-enough-to-hold-an-airplane/

Id take a selfie with this one.


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For some reason it always irks me that they call it "The Great Picture" when they only have a negative.