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    ULF Why do it?

    I am looking at the reduced lens options once you go to 8x10 , And i wonder what challenges face ULF shooters and why bother? 11x14 would be challenging but 16x20 4x bigger than 8 x10 !!what lenses would cover this image area?And yes i know Awesome contact prints no need for an enlarger yada yada ,But hey modern films films are pretty good i think they can stand a four times enlargement . And the weight OMG a 8x10 on a four mile trek is hard enough. Just curious as to why anyone would pursue ULF

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    Pure fun. The "Yes! I am still a kid!!" kind (although, there is no shame in as-far-as-the-car-can-go photography.) And you really can't dismiss the Awesome contact prints.)
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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    Ground glass seduction. Besides, it's fun. Like self-flagellation.

    You make a good point about enlargement. Some would ask the same about LF in general. But I don't have to prove or defend my sanity to anyone these days. Besides, I love my 12x20. But I don't go on four-mile treks, either. Two or three is enough.

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    For the contact prints.

    Because although carrying the equipment is a pain, using it is a blast.

    For the contact prints.

    For the contact prints.

    For the contact prints.

    Did I say "for the contact prints"?

    It's up to you as to whether the difference between contact prints and enlargements is something to get excited about. If not, there's little point to ULF.

    Sure, you can define scenarios where, if everything goes right, an enlargement from ULF will be technically superior in some perceptible way compared to a bigger enlargement from a smaller format. And for that you pay a fearsome price in logistical challenges.

    But for most users, it's about the contact prints.

    PS: I can't carry a ULF camera on a 4-mile trek. If it's not somewhere I can get to with a car or with a cart, then I can't photograph it with ULF. C'est la vie. I have smaller cameras for treks.

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    cause you got the camera + lens cheep, use paper negatives and it is fun ?
    enjoy your coffee

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    For the carbon prints from in camera negatives up to 14 x 17! Seeing is believing.

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    All this.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    I'd be redundant at this point to say anything else.

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    Why do people bungee jump, where there are parachutes?

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    Re: ULF Why do it?

    I'm not yet into ULF, but having an 8x10 makes me want something bigger. I guess it is true, "Bigger is Better"

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Why do people bungee jump, where there are parachutes?
    Don't bungee jump in Mexico, they will think you are a pinata.

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