Easiest way to shoot 4X5 and 5X7 with a 5X7 camera ?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
I am very new to large format and would like to take photos in both 5X7 and 4X5 with a 4X5 camera. Each has advantages for certain situations it seems. I have seen reducing backs for sale for about $100. Would it be possible to modify a 5X7 film holder instead to center a 4X5 sheet so that the back would not have to be changed ? This would seem to be more convenient. I have not seen any mention of this being done. Maybe it is hard to do and keep the film properly centered.
-- Tom Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 05, 2000
Actually Toho (with an "h" - not Toyo) makes just such a device. They call them reducing holders. In addition to 5x7 to 4x5, they also make them in 8x10 to 5x7 and 8x10 to 4x5. I have a brochure describing them that I got from Badger Graphics. I'm not sure hom much they cost, but probably less than most reducing backs. And, it's probably smaller, lighter and easier to use (in theory, anyway, I haven't seen on in person, let alone used it). For more info, I recommend you call Badger Graphics at 800-558-5350 and ask for Jeff. He can probably answer your questions and quote a price for these reducing holders.
-- Kerry Thalmann (email@example.com), December 06, 2000.
5 X 7 reducing backs are usually intended to be used on 8 X 10 cameras.
You say you want to shoot with a 4 X 5 camera. You can't "reduce" from 4 X 5 to 5 X 7. Is it that you have a 5 X 7 with a 4 X 5 back? If so than the 5 X 7 back wouldn't be a reduction back. If you have a 4 X 5 than you would need an adapter back to 5 X 7 like the one Wista used to sell.
If you intend to use a 5 X 7 with the aformentioned film holder adapters, that'd definately save on the cost and weight and bulk of the 4 X 5 reduction back. Don't forget you'll need a mask or a ruled ground glass to get the composition for the 4 X 5 reducers centered
-- Sean Yates (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 06, 2000.
Just a short correction. I will be shooting both formats using a 5X7 (not 4X5). Thanks for the info. regarding the holder adapters - this seems like the way to go.
-- Tom Reynolds (email@example.com), December 06, 2000.
You might want to take a look at holders designed for glass plates. They have more room inside for jury-rigging, and it is relatively easy to add septums for smaller formats using thin plywood, perspex or sheet metal.
-- Struan Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 07, 2000.