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Thread: Show off your Large Format camera!

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    Re: Show off your camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by walter23 View Post
    That's a really interesting one... it has a prototype look to it with that diamond plate stuff lining the slot (for holders?). Amazing what people tried coming up with before the invention of roll film (or even graflex bag magazines / grafmatics). This must have been around the time that falling plate cameras already existed though, no?
    the time for this camera was approx 1947... So no prototype there..

    It was mostly used as a means to take pictures of children or family images, and as said, you could choose a lot of different "modes" for taking many exposures on a half plate film.

    Very popular at the time.

    I can scan an image where you can see some of the possibillities with this baby...

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    Well, here are some images of my just finished 14x17. Took me 7 months to build and a great big thanks to Matt Blais for all of his help. Final assembly this weekend took much longer but that is to be expected. I still have some tweaking to do and we did not get a chance to shoot any film today but she is done. Matt came up with a nice idea to make a sliding tripod block. Camera comes in at about 22 LBS. Did the Ground glass with the acrylic and used the window frost from Lowes and it worked very well. Everything is wet sanded to 1500 grit and then waxed.

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    Re: Show off your camera!

    Wow Jim. That's a beautiful camera.

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    Thanks, I can't believe I finished it! I can't wait to use it!

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    Re: Show off your camera!

    Very Impressive Jim....

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    Dan, thank you. It is nice to be finished.

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    Re: Show off your camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Fitzgerald View Post
    Dan, thank you. It is nice to be finished.
    I can imagine, looks to be quite a project - and beautifully done...

    What would one do for film on a camera this size? Curious?

    (I tried 8x10 for a bit, and it was too big for me - nervous wreck handling the camera, couldn't even imagine working with one this size....I'll stick with 4x5 and 5x7 )

    Dan

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    Dan, I built this camera with the thought of using x-ray film. It comes standard in 14x17. I shoot it in 8x10 and 11x14 and the negatives I get work well for my carbon printing. The 14x17 was built because I like the "presence" that a 14x17 print has and the fact that I got 500 sheets of film for $.50 a sheet! Affordable 14x17, you bet!

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    Jim, That is some major craziness. Did you make a 6x6 cm roll film back for it?

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    Jim, congratulations on finishing the camera, it looks wonderful...

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