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    How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    This question comes as a result of Kerik gently chiding me over the apparent multiplicity of formats that I own or will own (only 4!!)...

    How many different LF FORMATS (not cameras, but feel free to brag!) do you own?

    How many do you use regularly?

    Do you suffer from format confusion?

    If this has been asked before, please gently point me to the thread(s) (I DID search but did not find) and moderators feel free to dilute this post...

    OK I'll start.

    8x20, 14x17 (coming Nov.), WP, 7x11 (coming Feb.) My plan is to produce a few portfolios with the 8x20 and 14x17 (minimum 1 year working with) and then decide if I'm up to continuing working with them and which, if either, to keep. The WP is a 100% keeper as I suspect the 7x11 will be. I battle format confusion by taking each out regularly either alone or in twos. Thank you for indulging my neurosis...
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    4x5 and 8x10 for me :-) But I do shoot my 8x10 as a 4x10 (two shots per 8x10 sheet) fairly often.
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel_Buck View Post
    4x5 and 8x10 for me :-) But I do shoot my 8x10 as a 4x10 (two shots per 8x10 sheet) fairly often.
    So that's THREE formats. Average so far 3.5 formats...
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    Ill kill the average a bit- I have 4x5, wish I had 4x10 and 8x10, but those are still on the horizon

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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    I'm just a poor country boy from Michigan and have only three 4x5 cameras. A Speed Graphic, Sinar P, and an Ebony SV45TE. Nine lenses from 90 to 500mm.
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    NINE LENSES?!?!
    That makes up for the one camera; I've got only four lenses for four formats...
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    Two 4x5 and one 5x7. The 4x5 is used about 5 times as often as the 5x7 as I like to shoot far from my car. Nine lenses, five used regularly.

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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard K. View Post
    NINE LENSES?!?!
    That makes up for the one camera; I've got only four lenses for four formats...
    When I can afford it, I want either a 65 and or 58 xl then I'll be done. Maybe get the 720 for the Nikkor too.

    Lately, I restarted shooting with a pinhole and find it as an "artist" it is very satisfying. It's like drawing to me in a lot of ways.
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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    Well you did say formats....
    With wetplate you can have any size you want...
    currently I have
    5X7,8X10,11x14 for squarish and 5X8,7X11, and 8X13 for panoish

    I've been meaning to make a whole plate size.

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    Re: How Many LF Formats Do You Use/Own?

    8x10, 4x5 and 6x9cm

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