To boldly go....into 4x5

KenS

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This old 'idiot' would like to know of just how many "GOOD/GREAT hand-held large format negative are exposed over those made with the camera on a tripod? Yes... I have had experience 'both ways'... but much prefer the 'steadiness' and contemplative manner in which the exposures are made when using a tripod... you become more careful to 'check' for focus, DOF, and 'verticality'. Personally, I find/found that I made better images when I had the camera mounted on a steady 'support' after being 'allowed/able to 'double check' all settings.. and being much more 'satisfied' with the final image that in 'all honestly' took but a few more minutes of 'pre-exposure effort.

Ken
 

Alan9940

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Well...this old 'idiot' is right there with ya buddy! I've been shooting LF for nearly 40 years and never, nadda, not even once shot any LF camera handheld; even the brief stint when I owned a Crown Graphic. I much prefer the more methodical process of working the camera on a tripod. Heck, I don't even like ball heads for LF!! ;)
 

KenS

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AND... you don't have to go to home, fall into bed bed still thinking "DAMMIT... I wish I HAD made the effort and 'put up' with the inconvenience of humphing that 'extra bit of hardware'... yes I HAVE experienced the lack of effort but it was a long time ago... I screwed-up but ONCE... but and.... learned a 'powerful lesson' for my 'LAZINESS/STUPIDITY'

Ken
 
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