Already lusting after 16x20..

alexgard
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Already lusting after 16x20..

Postby alexgard » 17 Apr 2017, 19:54

I've had my 11x14 camera for not quite a year, made a few images with it but hardly put it to really hard work.. I've been struggling with getting consistent results I'm happy with mostly through just the natural challenge of going up in size. I only just recently managed to get it succesfully mounted onto the majestic tripod head I purchased for it... up until now it's been just stuck to the Manfrotto tripod.

Anyway, so erganomics are no longer an issue.
I've already been recently lusting after a 16x20 camera. Of course finance and practicality is a major hurdle in this endeavour. Camera would be used for wet plate, as are both my 8x10 and 11x14 cameras.

Realistically speaking, how often to reasonably priced 16x20 (or even 14x17) cameras come up for sale in Australia? I'm just trying to get a feel for how stupid an idea it might be later down the track. A Chamonix 16x20 ready-to-shoot entire wet plate setup popped up a few months ago with all the necessary equipment in Melbourne, I'm not sure how often one might be so lucky as to come across something like that.

How many of them do you think are floating around the country? I'd love to even just be able to have a play with one.

Lachlan717
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Re: Already lusting after 16x20..

Postby Lachlan717 » 18 Apr 2017, 07:26

That Chamonix and Nick Thorley's DIY are the only Ultra Ultra Large I've seen here in Oz.

Craig Tuffin's the only other Banquet Camera shooter I know of in Australia besides myself.

I'm about to start work on a 1114, once I've finished the 810 and 717 that is.

The only other one I'm considering is the 1220. Anything more will necessitate ultra rare, ultra expensive new glass.

FWIW, the 1220 comes after viewing Clyde Butcher's work...

alexgard
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Re: Already lusting after 16x20..

Postby alexgard » 18 Apr 2017, 11:28

I've got plate inserts to do 5.5 x 14 panoramas, I still haven't felt comfortable enough to try that out yet.
I do have a Rapid Rectilinear that covers up to 16x20. For my purpose it would be used for landscape work, there are plenty of cheap brass lenses out there that would cover the format.

I think in the interim I might just get a RSS pinhole camera to satisfy my lust for new toys. Thanks Shane for pointing me onto those!

Why wouldn't you build a 16x20 with masks to shoot 12x20 as well? Or is it a size/erganomics thing?

Lachlan717
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Re: Already lusting after 16x20..

Postby Lachlan717 » 18 Apr 2017, 15:19

More a format thing.

I just don't see in 135/4x5/8x10 very well, not like the ratio in print.

1220 is really close to the Golden Ratio, so maybe that's it?

I also prefer 1:2.5 to 1:3 in pano formats.

And square on my phone!

alexgard
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Re: Already lusting after 16x20..

Postby alexgard » 02 May 2017, 21:57

Yeah I would love to play with 12x20. It's such a gorgeous format for landscapes. Looking forward to seeing your 11x14 build. Maybe one day I can talk you into commissioning a stupidly big camera for me...


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