Tue 06-Oct-09 01:30 AM | edited Tue 06-Oct-09 01:31 AM by timberline12k
I was fairly active with Nikon equipment in the 70s and 80s, but moved toward P&S cameras when we started having kids. I find it difficult to include P&S as photography. In 2008 I dug out my old Nikon equipment to fund the purchase of a D300 which I later upgraded to a D700. I really enjoy photography as a hobby again.
I tried large format during the summer, but found I just did not have the time. I just sold my large format equipment (still have a 90mm f/4.5 available) and plan to put the money toward a wide angle AF-S prime if Nikon ever makes the move.
Sorry I did not respond earlier, I forgot to subscribe to my own thread.
David D700 | 21/2.8 ZF.2 | 50/2 ZF.2 | 85/1.4 G | 100/2 ZF.2 | 200/2 G | 24-120/4 G
I shot 4x5 for about a year and LOVED it to death. The problem was that my Wista weighed 12 pounds and the convenience of digital lured me back into the Nikon fold. It was a terrific learning experience though as I learned a great deal about patience and above all focus.
At the time I also had issues with the size of the digitized images. A good scan was 100 megs or more for me.
Sometimes I still play with the idea but the lack of processing facilities in Omaha was a factor. It cost me about $5 for each shot I took.
Have a blast! I still think LF is the best platform for landscapes.
> >Have a blast! I still think LF is the best platform for >landscapes. >
Is LR the best platform for landscapes given the absolutely stunning results of the lastest crop of Nikon and Canon DSLR fullframers? Aside for the benefit of taking the time to setup, compose and focus the image, I was under the impression, perhaps erroneously, that modern day full-frame DSLR images are at least equal to 4x5 scanned images. Am I missing something?
Thu 08-Oct-09 12:44 AM | edited Thu 08-Oct-09 12:49 AM by timberline12k
I only gave large format a few months, but the only digital cameras that can come close are very expensive cameras like "Leaf" http://www.leafamerica.com/
You can build a full large format kit for under a grand including lenses, camera, spotmeter, etc, although I spent about $2 thousand. I recovered most of that investment as the equipment seems to hold its value.
Large Format allows you to enlarge photos to large prints while maintaining detail much more than the current Digital SLR cameras. In addition, the swivel and tilt capability allows the photographer much more flexibility. This was the primary interest I had in large format.
Here are several links that do a better job than me on explaining the advantages. By the way, I had my 4X5 film negatives scanned and the digital files were about 2 GBs in size.