LF camera techniques

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Dear reader, I am new to Large Format. I am presently in the market for a camera. While I am searching for the best by I would like to read and learn on the different mouvements (lens, bellows, front and back tilts) to understand why and when to use them. Is there a place on the net I can go to further my learning. Thanks for your help.

-- Robert Houle (robert.houle@sh.cgocable.ca), December 19, 1999


Well, apart from this website, you could start with

www.bhphotovideo.com >Photo >Large Format >Introduction to LF

There are also numerous excellent books.

-- Simon (fourthpres@aol.com), December 19, 1999.

Try http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/main-frame.tcl?topic=Large%20format%20 photography

This is the link I use for the usenet format for this website. I use this extensively since I can search all the messages (hundreds) through my web browser. If the address doesn't work, you can access it through http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~qtluong/photography/lf/

Good luck. at the bottom of the main

-- Gregory Froelich (gregfroelich@atheneum.org), December 19, 1999.

The book "Using The View Camera" by Steve Grimes is a good start. Subscribing to his magazine "View Camera" is another.

-- Wayne DeWitt (wdewitt@snip.net), December 21, 1999.

The book "Using The View Camera" is written by Steve Simmons, not by Steve Grimes. I agree it is a good start. It is my favorite LF book.

-- Jon Grepstad (gjon@online.no), December 21, 1999.

Sorry - Brain F*rt. I was answering a different question at the same time (damn slow phone line). Thanks for the correction.

-- Wayne DeWitt (wdewitt@snip.net), December 21, 1999.

The Jan/Feb 2000 issue of View Camera magazine will have an article titled Gettng Started in Large Format. It won't tell you what cameda to buy but it may help people sort out what features they need in a camera.

LF is different than other formats. You should decide what range of lenses you will want to use and what subjects you want to photograph before selecting a camera body.

Steve Simmons

-- Steve Simmons (largformat@aol.com), December 23, 1999.

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