Are you a 4x5 or 5x4 guy?

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Are you a 4x5 or 5x4 guy?

Postby Alastair Moore » 25 Mar 2015, 16:40

Just been having a discussion with someone about whether it's 4x5 or 5x4. They thought it was 4x5 only in the US and 5x4 everywhere else. I said in my experience, with the exception of a handful of older large format shooters I've met, it's all 4x5.

How did the naming come to differ? Anyone any ideas? Do the poms only shoot portrait?

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Re: Are you a 4x5 or 5x4 guy?

Postby Walter Glover » 25 Mar 2015, 19:15

Well, to add to the confusion: 4x5 is portrait, 5x4 is landscape.
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Re: Are you a 4x5 or 5x4 guy?

Postby Maris » 27 Mar 2015, 06:50

If it's confusion you want try this:

My last Ilford catalogue lists 4"x5" film. My last Kodak catalogue lists 10.2cm x 12.7cm film and is resolutely metric throughout with no mention of inch sizes.

But the actual film is neither of those sizes from both makers. I measure it to be 10.0cm X 12.53cm!

Finally, the international convention for describing the size of art objects insists the vertical dimension in centimetres is given first and the horizontal dimension in centimetres is second. So 10.2cm x 12.7cm is landscape format and 12.7cm x 10.2cm is portrait.

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Re: Are you a 4x5 or 5x4 guy?

Postby smbooth » 30 Mar 2015, 08:14

Im 4x5 guy, dont know why.

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