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    What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Don’t be shy – tell us what you believe about LF that’s bound to raise the eyebrows of your peers.

    You know, the kind of opinion that provokes polite skeptics to say, “Well, everybody has a right to their opinion,” and who might add: “…but no one has the right to have their opinion taken seriously.”

    Maybe it’s about darkroom technique, field or studio habits, or the reputation of cameras, lenses, tripods, meters, films, accessories.

    Here’s one of mine to start!

    "Not using a viewing card is the most common reason forum members miss a better composition."

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    Please share what you believe despite the slings and arrows – maybe it will inspire others to consider new ways to make better photos.

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Ansel Adams was just one of many quality photographers of the modernist era.


    (I don't have a viewing card)

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    For the vast majority of people the quality of photographs they make will generally decline with increasing format size.

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    The vast majority of LFers who wander from the hiking trail need to learn how to navigate without batteries – and find out what “10 Essentials” means.

    Especially the younger ones here. ;^)

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    The vast majority of LFers who wander from the hiking trail need to learn how to navigate without batteries – and find out what “10 Essentials” means.

    Especially the younger ones here. ;^)
    I would expand that to anyone who goes on a wilderness hiking trail to be honest. The headlines about missing hikers, in usually the same general area every year get tiresome.

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    I don't think much of Deardorffs, which some photographers have an almost religious devotion to.

    And most YouTube LF videos are full of bad information from experts who just got their first 4x5.

    And I don't care for all the tricks, apps, and gadgets for figuring out "bellows extension factor". Just figure out your darned f/stop! It's a simple fraction, one-step third grade math!

    But I've mostly learned to keep my mouth shut.

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    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    people who do large format photography make it seem as if it is really difficult, like there is some sort of mystique about it and think just because they use a sheet film camera that somehow their photographs are better than someone's iPhone photograph, when the only difference might be that it took the large format photographer 45 minutes to set up the photograph and what they wanted to take a picture of moved, they took a picture of something else instead and they had a great (better?) story to tell and better more interesting clouds. But unfortunately they can't share the photograph with friends and family because they might not like digital sharing techniques, or the digital exchange doesn't show their blacks to be black hole-y enough.

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    But I've mostly learned to keep my mouth shut.

    Mostly...
    im trying and have trouble mostly ..

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Wollensak made excellent lenses.

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    The only opinion that I have regarding LF that is unpopular with other people (if I'm interpreting the question correctly) is that I can get much better photographs than they can with their $10,000 digital camera -- BUT that only applies to people that have the latest and greatest $10,000 digital cameras.

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    Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    People gift LF to me now and then

    I have given way more away

    Yet ALL 'givens' from me to actual young photographers are now discarded

    Since our end of life is unknown, we can wait and never see what happens, no hurry my friends

    Tin Can

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