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

    During an optical design conference on the Big Island Hawaii in 2014, I was provided an exclusive tour of Gemini North Observatory on Mauna Kea. The primary mirror (i.e. the lens) is 26.6 feet in diameter. The focal length is 182 meters. There are f/6, f/14, and f/32 camera positions. At the image plane, the resolution is 1.610 arcsec / millimeter. So that's the largest camera I've ever seen. However, the image plane is only 3" x 3".

    The largest format camera I've seen is a 12" x 20" camera.
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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    Well, here is a good link to how the dern thing works. I didn't know until now.

    https://walkclickmake.com/2017/03/16...oramic-camera/

    How wide was the slit?

    And why didn't the image blur?

    I love that is entirely mechanical and must be a Devil of a device to see in motion.

    How long was a rotation in time?
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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    The slit on my #10 Cirkut is around .3 inch. The Cirkut pulls the film in sync with the projected image so that it does't smear. It is not a perfect system and the narrow slit is necessary for sharpness, which can be quite good. Speed of the pan controls your exposure time. Probably about 30 seconds for an outdoor shot with a moderate lens. Focal length also effects this since you have to pull more film per degree for longer lenses.

    My usual shot was a negative about 10" x 56" for a bit more than 180 degree view with a 16 1/2" lens. The #16 takes up to 16" roll film so longer lenses and wider negatives.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by atmomedia View Post
    This one ;-) my 35x35inch " Lady in Red "
    Ye gods. The (main) tripod particularly interests me. As would the darkroom!

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

    I helped loot the old print shop where I worked. I brought home some 3 x 4 foot film. The camera was immense. I brought home the lenses the shortest was a 60 inch. Both Rodagons. I swapped them to some nut that probably sold them for a kings ransom. I should have kept them. There was an enormous Ilford roller processor. Bunch of stuff I left. I got the thermostatic mixing valve. I looked like a rock, covered with like. Cleaned up works perfect.

    Big process cameras were fun to play with.

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

    I was shot inside a human sized box for making contact prints of human forms.
    I looked inside a u-haul camera obscura.

    I have a kodak 2d 7x11

    I think I saw an 11x14 once out at crown point outside of Portland Oregon.
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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Hi Randy . . .AND I wanted to use one or both of them. The owner was a true collector though, and couldn't imagine any scenario where light exposed film through them.

    My opportunity to get a few sheets of ULF film and get it properly developed at no cost was not relevant in his mind.
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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    The one you just carried on a 50 mile hike... ;-)

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

    Imagine his surprise when he finds few will buy them for what he thinks they are worth.

    I have no such illusions.

    But I am always wrong...

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    Hi Randy . . .AND I wanted to use one or both of them. The owner was a true collector though, and couldn't imagine any scenario where light exposed film through them.

    My opportunity to get a few sheets of ULF film and get it properly developed at no cost was not relevant in his mind.
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    Re: What is the largest format camera that you have seen ever?

    Never seen it myself, but I've seen photos of a camera made by Dennis Manarchy called the "Butterflies and Buffalo" camera. I think it holds the record for the largest film camera, shoots on 8x10 negatives, 8x10 feet that is.

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