Projection of a LF Transparency : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I am interested in projecting some of my 4x5 transparencies onto a wall or screen but I have yet to figure out a way of doing so. I've tried overhead projectors without success (too dark) and even thought about inverting my 4x5 enlarger; this seems rather cumbersome. Any thoughts?

-- John Wiemer (, November 12, 1999


Hi, Noblex produces a great projector for 4" x 5", if you live in europe you might want to contact a shop in Holland (sending to America would be too expensive). Let me know and i'll give you the address of their site (privately). Ain't cheap but is the real Mc Coy! On the second hand market you might find very old leitz projectors but they arent easy to find, tend to be cheap though. regards

-- andrea milano (, November 12, 1999.

I think the price on the Noblex is $3000, but that may incude a lens. I forget where it is, but I read a review of it on the web somewhere.

-- John O'Connell (, November 12, 1999.

I've never tried it, but have always wondered how an office type overhead projector would work. I'm sure it wouldn't have the color or visual standards that a $3K Noblex projector has, but it might be OK enough. You would have to create a mask because the projected area is much larger than 4x5.

-- Larry Huppert (, November 12, 1999.

The Noblux 4 x 5 projector is described at the B&H website ( --- look under medium format cameras, where there is a link to projectors, including this one. Even if you were willing to spend $3000 on this item, imagine what would happen to your chromes after 5 minutes under the 500 watt lamp!

-- Stewart Ethier (, November 12, 1999.

I've tried the overhead projector approach. I did not have time to have 35mm dupes made of my 5x7 chromes, but a sudden need to present work arose. They had an overhead projector on hand so I gove it a whirl. You have to mask the light around the chrome, of course, so I mounted the chromes in black masks. It worked OK because it was a necessity but I wouldn't do it again by choice. The light was not intense enough and the projected image looked off color and muted. Good suggestion but for real presentation I would not recommend it. An enlarger tipped horizontal, by the way, has the same dull look (unless you have a very bright, quartz light.

-- Rob Tucher (, November 15, 1999.

There are overhead projects, then there are Overhead Projectors! When I used to work for the g'mn't I on occasion had to give presentations in larger rooms and some of them would have overhead projects much more powerful than the cheap ones often found in most small businesses, schools, etc. Recommend you go to a good office supply place and look through there catalogs. Don't know how expensive the higher power projectors are, but they may be cheaper than the $3000 job from europe.

-- dan (, November 17, 1999.

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