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

    Douglas Busch's photos can be seen at www.superlarge.com- a few of the pictures in his galleries were published in that 'VC' article long ago.
    But the site offers no technical details or pictures of his 30x40 camera (that I can find).

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

    This guy has been inspiring!

    Quote Originally Posted by MAubrey View Post
    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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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    Lindsey Ross down in Santa Barbara shoots wet plate on a 24 x 32“ Chamonix.

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    Gee, and I was impressed by an 11x14 Deardorff in school long, long ago.
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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    Full movements on the front, indirect movements on the back.
    It sure FELT like a view camera for the last 30-something years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    It had no camera movements, no tilt/swing/shift/rise. It had a big bellows that could be focused.

    In other words, like the process cameras and the pinhole cameras, it was a very large box Brownie!

    In my mind a view camera has movements that lets the user control the plane of focus and subject shape as well as direct displacements that let you shoot from one spot and make it appear that you were at a different spot!
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    Re: What is the large format camera that you have seen ever?

    https://penobscotmarinemuseum.org/ma...inhole-camera/

    unknown if film was actually used in it, but it does work as I went in it. It had a bench or pew and we could sit down and watch the downtown upside down and backwards.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    In my mind a view camera has movements that lets the user control the plane of focus and subject shape as well as direct displacements that let you shoot from one spot and make it appear that you were at a different spot!
    Does this mean Carleton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson didn't use view cameras?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Does this mean Carleton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson didn't use view cameras?
    If their cameras had view camera movements, then they did. If their cameras did not, then they just had big bellows focusing cameras!

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

    Well, the OP was asking about 'large format' cameras rather than 'view' cameras. Lots of room for Talmudic scholarship, or just plain argument, there. I'll suggest that the largest camera known was the gigantic one made to photograph a locomotive, for a World's Fair c.1893. I read the story of it once, and have a postcard with a picture of the camera on it somewhere. But the name of the photographer who had the commission, built and used the camera, and the size of its glass-plate negative all escape me now. OTOH no one alive has seen that camera, so the question remains open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    Well, the OP was asking about 'large format' cameras rather than 'view' cameras. Lots of room for Talmudic scholarship, or just plain argument, there. I'll suggest that the largest camera known was the gigantic one made to photograph a locomotive, for a World's Fair c.1893. I read the story of it once, and have a postcard with a picture of the camera on it somewhere. But the name of the photographer who had the commission, built and used the camera, and the size of its glass-plate negative all escape me now. OTOH no one alive has seen that camera, so the question remains open.
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