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    advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Hello All

    i'm looking for all advice to a setup in 8x10 for portrait

    Camera (folding)

    lens

    eventually enlarger (not too much weight )

    thank you

    Thc

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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Welcome, study this page

    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/

    and tell us more about you and your photography
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Like TinCan says, look around. Search a little. This question has probably been asked a dozen times a year for the last 20 years or so. We canít predict what you want because even aside from aesthetic preferences, portraits can be made with just about any camera, lens, and film.


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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Beyond the above excellent suggestions, you should know that there is no such thing as an 8x10 enlarger that is "not too much weight." If you are shooting 8x10 and want to do traditional prints you should consider contact prints.
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Buy this lens, and then you need not search any other lens any more.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cooke-XVa-T...AAAOSweP9eLuvi

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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    Buy this lens, and then you need not search any other lens any more.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cooke-XVa-T...AAAOSweP9eLuvi
    An expensive proposition, but you're 100% right about the lens!

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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    What sort of look are you going for? Heavy bokeh? Sharp? Somewhere in between?
    There are several portrait specialists who work with 8x10s.
    You might consider which lenses worked for them, and how they performed.
    Kodak Commercial Ektar and Schneider Symmar have had a sizable following for decades.
    Wollensak Vitax are very desirable but more rare and expensive.
    And of course the Dagor.
    Good luck!
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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    And of course a Heliar!



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    Re: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    And of course a Heliar!



    Kent in SD
    Of course!
    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: advice for a 8x10 setup for portrait

    Lighting, Connection with your portrait sitter are often more important than lens-camera-image format size...etc.

    ~Much about the portrait sitters expression and content of the portrait image produced. Knowing precisely what your portrait sitter and image maker wants to achieve is the primary goal. All the rest are mere means to achieve this.


    Bernice

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