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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    The largest view camera that I know of was made by Douglas Busch in the late 1980s. A field camera that took 30"x40" film; he had a lens specially made by Rodenstock. I read about it in 'View Camera' magazine, some people here may remember it.
    Wow! Imagine loading a film holder for that. Will need 2 people probably. And a room about a 5x5 to move around.
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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    A field camera that took 30"x40" film

    Wow, now that's what I call a contact print.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ryanchapman View Post
    Hello Photographer,
    What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    TIA
    I have seen, and own, several "Large Format Cameras".
    Why do you ask?
    Have you ever seen one?

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

    Wasn't a camera in the usual sense but it was a kind of horizontal repro camera to make masks for IC fabrication. Must have been late '90s close after the fall of the Berlin wall somewhere in previous east-Germany. It was sort of 2 rooms with an immense bellow between them.
    Expert in non-working solutions.

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

    A Richard Ritter 20x24.

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

    I was given a process camera 22 feet long. The bellows was large enough to walk through (but not strong enough). I cannibalized the lenses and easel. The rest went to the dump. It was Japanese, superbly made, and allegedly cost 200K originally. It would have been easy to turn into a stationary taking camera far bigger than anything Doug Busch made. Certainly not portable! But even this is tiny compared to some frontier cameras which required scaffolding to be built for each shot in lieu of a tripod. I've seen contact prints from a 40"x60" frontier camera, and a picture of a 4X8 FOOT plate camera in use. Of course, now there are those all-room pinhole cameras, entire trailers turned into backed-up, jacked-up point n'shoot cameras, and that blimp hanger stunt, if sheer size is all that counts.

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

    “....Of course, now there are those all-room pinhole cameras,....”

    Or a renaissance period camera obscura!

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

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    I have not seen this in person, it belonged to the QLD Government, when it became obsolete the guy in the picture, Sandie Barrie aquired it and had it in his garage. When the 2010-2011 floods hit, his garage was flooded, and his camera was ruined, along with mountains of old negatives. Looters took a lot of his old camera gear, including some of his rare lenses. I met him when I was selling some film holders and he told me a bit of the story.
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    This one is mine

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

    Nice cell phone!

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

    There's this fellow with a 36x14 camera. I think he chose it because it's the largest film size for X-ray film.

    https://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2...at-big-picture

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