Thinking about purchasing a 4x5 camera

6 years 1 month ago #490679 by bojojo
During college, I used to shoot quite a bit with the medium and large format cameras available for use. Recently, I gained access to a friend's darkroom and I'm considering going back to shooting some of the film that's been sitting in my freezer for several years. Does anyone have any suggestions on camera models that I should take a look at? In addition, does anyone know of a place (online or otherwise) where I might be able to find a used 4x5 looking for a new home?

Thanks!


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6 years 1 month ago #490694 by Chris Yates
I own a Toyo Field Camera. I don't use it all that often because of the price of buying and developing film, but it's a great camera that does its job. I reccomend it, and it seems from a quick search that they're not all that hard to find for sale.


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6 years 1 month ago #490741 by KCook
The only 4x5 that I used was the Calumet.  There is good reason their price was so cheap.

Kelly

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6 years 1 month ago #490822 by Tyler Otis
Forgive me for being a bit of a newbie and getting slightly off topic, but what exactly is a 4x5 camera?


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6 years 1 month ago #490831 by effron

Why so serious?
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6 years 1 month ago #490866 by Shadowfixer1
The camera uses film that is a single sheet 4"x5" put into a film holder.

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8 months 2 days ago #730989 by Cyclingeezer
Often, you can greatly control focus with the 4x5 camera, allowing you to get critical focus and perspective control by moving the lens in relation to the film plane. That is why a lot of folks use a dark cloth and a magnifier in conjunction with a 4x5 camera. I used a Burke and James Orbit, which later became the Calumet. 


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