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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Elizabeth, Colorado

    LF newbie

    Today I bought into LF, I Just purchased an older 5x7 Seneca today because I have always wanted to try it, although I know 5x7 is the oddball, It just seemed to be in really decent shape. Its black and seems to have movements on the back more so than the front. The unit can be changed from landscape to portrait by unclipping the glass viewing screen and then reattaching it. The unit has an older Wollensack lens in a BETAX shutter. I will be very eager to order some film for this, I have read that enlargers are scarce for this size so will be trying to learn how to do contact prints... I think.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Westminster, MD

    Re: LF newbie

    Enjoy the fun.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Austin TX

    Re: LF newbie

    Welcome to the Forum. There is no LF "oddball" camera gear. Only LF photographers are "oddball". 5X7 is a dandy format. Have a great time experimenting.

    Nate Potter

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: LF newbie

    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.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    God's Country

    Re: LF newbie


    Welcome to the club... 5x7 is a great format to shoot.

    For film, try Jeff at Badger Graphics. They usually have a good supply of both B&W and color films in stock.

    Life in the fast lane!

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    curtis roberts's Avatar
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    May 2006
    roseburg or

    Re: LF newbie

    Welcome I made a box with an enlarger bulb mounted on the back of my 4x5 until i got a D 2 Have Fun
    Curtis Roberts

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Westport Island, Maine

    Re: LF newbie

    5x7 contact prints are the reason I started using 5x7.
    Bruce Barlow
    author of "Finely Focused" and "Exercises in Photographic Composition"

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Dec 1999

    Re: LF newbie

    If you go to the Free Articles section of the View Camera web site you will find a couple of articles on 5x7. The proportions are very nice for most subjects.

    Here is some readig that might behelpful

    Jim Stone's book User's Guide to the View Camera

    my book Using the View Camera

    check your local library. Either/both of these books have been very helpful to beginners.

    steve simmons

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Medicine Hat Alberta

    Re: LF newbie


    Is it the Seneca Improved? I have an older Improved, light wood rather than black. I bought my as my first LF and only shoot 4X5 with it as it came with a reducing back but now have holders and film for the 5X7. My also came with a Wollensak lens.

    Enjoy the camera and hope it works out great for you.

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    reellis67's Avatar
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    May 2006

    Re: LF newbie

    A couple of years ago I went to a show that was all 5x7 contact prints. They were quite intimate and a very refreshing break from the more typically extra large prints that everyone shows these days - I enjoyed them very much. Have fun with your camera!

    - Randy

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