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Tim Catlin wrote: > > Jack Winberg wrote: > > >Why jump to a 4 x 5 though? > > Well, many photo folks I talk to say that if you are going to upgrade > from 35 mm to a medium format camera, it is not much more or even > comparable in price to just go to 4 x 5...unless size of the camera is an > issue. Plus, 4x5 gives you a bigger bang for your buck for > scanning/printing. > > I'm sure many will disagree with this, but I've heard it from numerous > photographers. > -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- > Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. > http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. Jack: It is not just a film size issue. First you have camera size. A 4x5 is a much heavier camera and takes up more camera case space. You now need a heavier tripod. More weight and space. Film for smaller format cameras come on rolls. You can put 20 rolls of film / 200 shots on 120 and over 400 shots 35mm in a space of 5x3x3 inches. To put that many shots in film holders would require a large suitcase. Next film costs. 4x5 film is much more expensive than roll film. Processing is by the sheet and will run you about $2.00 per sheet. 2 film holders with film @?, 4 sheets of film processing @$8.00. More than a complete roll of 10-15 shots of 120. Next. 4x5 is not a point and shoot camera. It takes time and space to setup and shoot. Some areas will not allow you to setup tripods. The difference between a good 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 transparency and a 4x5 may not be worth the extra cost. I have used 8x10, 4x5, Medium format, and 35 mm cameras over my 38 years of being a professional photographer. I can honestly say that I get more than acceptable results out of the medium format transparencies. I have been printing 34x28 inkjet prints with medium format transparencies for over a year. I have yet to have a print rejected by one of my commercial clients. Look around, you can purchase a good used medium format camera with lenses for a lot less than a 4x5 with a lens. Jim Davis www.visual-artists.com -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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