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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    The song lyrics are fantastic and Freudian by intent.

    Hilarious!

    And makes me want to make a bigger camera.

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    Check out this custom made 30x36 camera. Surely one-of-a-kind, like the photographers who created it...

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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    This one ;-) my 35x35inch " Lady in Red "
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    Quote Originally Posted by atmomedia View Post
    This one ;-) my 35x35inch " Lady in Red "
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    35" x 35" = 1,225 square inches. Although Lawrence's camera was 22" by 55" my camera was designed to use 24" roll film.
    The George Lawrence reproduction panoramic camera is 24" x 60", that's 1440 sq inches.

    Story and photos here:

    http://www.ronkleinphotos.com/lawrence2010a.html

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    You win!

    Very interesting!

    Where are the 2 cameras now?
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    The original Lawrence camera used in San Francisco was acquired by a California photographer named Waters. He used it for a few years and then it disappeared. Smaller versions do remain with family members, but I have seen photos of even bigger pan cameras that Lawrence made for a trip to Africa that are gone forever. His big camera that was used to photograph a train and often considered the biggest in the world was slowly recycled in his studio, probably into other smaller cameras. There are photos of his workshop with what was left and gathering dust.

    My camera sits in our living room, possibly becoming a coffee table once the 500 feet of film I have gets used up.

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    Another camera to consider is the #16 Cirkut. With a 36 inch lens a full circle image is 18.85 feet long. That makes it 3619 square inches of film exposed. Only 97 of these cameras were made, and my camera has a weak spring and could probably only pull 12 or 13 feet of film. Another panoramic camera made custom for a photographer named Floyd Sheelor used film 22 inches high. I have the incomplete remains of this wonderful device that he advertised as "The largest panoramic machine in the world". He took his first photo with the camera in 1913 of Tonopah Nevada. As far as I can figure the lens used was a 19 inch dagor with one cell removed. This would give an image that would be approximately 4976 square inches if he could make a full circle.

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    Back in the 1990s, a group I belonged to toured a mamber's collection. He had converted a room over his garage into a display area for all his cameras. Glass display cases on three wals held excellent examples of just about any type of camera. Cabinets below the displays held his seconds and more.

    In the middle of the room was a wooden camera on a fixed stand with yards of bellows supported by intermediate standards . . .with some huge lens on the front. And right next to it was another just as large differing only in details. They dominated the room looking like The Guns Of Naverone!

    At the time, I was enough of a nood to not know what I was really looking at or what questions to ask (like, "How did you get them up the stairts?)

    Format? I JUST DON'T KNOW. Looking back, well over 11x14 I think. At the time, I had accerss to MRI film at work . . .and the automatic processor for it too. When I suggested that he and I could collaborate to do some ULF imaging, his eyes began to scan the air just over my head like he was speed reading and he broke out in a cold sweat then said something like, "You mean TAKE PICTURES?
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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Good for you Drew and i like that you saw the cameras first hand.

    Pictures of cameras do not meet the OP question.

    What have we actually seen?

    My biggest seen is in view to me now. Deardorff S11 on it's stand.

    And i use it!
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    Some crazy guy brought his #16 Cirkut Camera from Alaska to Osage, W.Va. (and beyond). Ron might know how big the final negative was. 16" x some crazy width.

    I had part of one around for a while. This is with a short lens; you should see the thing with the bellows racked out for the 36" Turner Reich cell.

    Ron and Doug with #16 by Yew Piney, on Flickr

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