how old are we?

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by joe_kras, May 29, 2002.

  1. Hello to all,
    After reading the last post it occured to me that most of the respondants were appoximately my age (I too and staring down the 50 year mark!) and I was wondering what the average age of large format shooter is? It occurred to me that I don't think I've seen very many young people using this format, actually I don't see too many people shooting large format at all.
     
  2. I got my viagra and my minoxodil mixed up and now I can't get my hair
    to stay down! If I were enlarging paper they'd have to advertise me
    as having been stored in a cool New York basement!
     
  3. 33. I'm new to LF, but hope to stare down my 50-year mark through a
    ground glass (reversed and upside-down, of course).
     
  4. 34 years old and I've been shooting large format for about 10 years.
    I shoot anything from 35mm to 5x7. I became interested in large
    format when I first noticed that my grandparents pictures kicked butt
    on todays smaller format pictures, at least my smaller format
    pictures.

    <p>

    Size does matter!
     
  5. I'm 36. Shoot 4x5 and 6x6 for couple of years.
     
  6. 34 old and 3 years using LF.
     
  7. I am 40 now , been shooting lf for about 12 years and tired of
    hearing people saying " whow , is that an oldfashioned camera?
    or "shooting a movie?" or doing anything to distract you from
    taking the picture.
    The solution? Look intensely focused, it works most of the times.
    For the rest of the times, i'll be " politely rude".
     
  8. I win! 22, and new to LF (and loving it, except for my troubles
    finding accurate developing times for Delta 100 on a Jobo)
     
  9. I'm 36. I've been mucking about with large format for a couple of
    years, but now that I've finally fixed up the camera I can get
    serious! :) I started photography with a point-n-shoot and then
    bought a Pentax 6x7. Now I have formats from half-frame to 8x10, and
    I like them all.
     
  10. 37 - but sometimes feeling 50!! Especially after lugging my gear
    up hill and down dale!
     
  11. I am 40 and from the UK. Have been shooting 35mm for 25 years, MF
    (6x9) for 18 months and LF (4x5) for 3 months. I have never seen
    anybody else out in the big outdoors with LF kit and only a handful
    with MF. I belong to a camera club but only know one person from the
    club who has ventured beyond 35mm to MF (6x7). Everyone is going
    digital now. But as Joe Cornish said once of LF "Its a great antidote
    to the digital revolution". Oh dear, better stick to the point rather
    than open that debate.
     
  12. Hi Nigel - I'm from the UK and I've also never seen anyone else
    with LF kit, come to think of it, I rarely see anyone with anything
    but 35mm. Are we a dying breed (in the UK)??
     
  13. Hi

    <p>

    I`m 45 years shooting 35mm, MF, LF. LF since 13 years the rest since at
    least 30 years.
    Good light.
     
  14. I'm 47 (sigh) and on vitamin pills too. Started LF ten years ago. Long live the Forum!
     
  15. I'm 52, shooting 4x5, 8x10 started with Polaroid when i was 19, 32
    yrs here, and still shooting
     
  16. I'm 40, have been using LF sporadically since 1997.
     
  17. I know the answer to this question, and nobody can prove me wrong! I'm 45 and started using a 6x9 view camera a little over a year ago after 20+ years of 35mm shooting.
     
  18. 38, still a baby to 4x5, 8 months.
     
  19. Patrick, is it just me or does our boat look a little empty? Are
    there really so few young people out there dedicated at slugging
    around LF?! I'm 25, using 4x5 and then 5x7 for the last few years.
    And when I think of it now, I am very likely the only person in SA
    currently doing 5x7.
     
  20. 35, 8x10 and 5x7. 3 years.
     
  21. Count me in as one of the young ones. I'm but a scant 20 years
    of age. I've been doing photography for 7 years, have been
    shooting large format for 4 years, and 8x10 for 2 of those years.
    I'm as hooked on LF as one can be, I think, and have every
    intention to keep shooting the sheet film with zeal until I expire.
    There don't seem to be a lot of people in my generation shooting
    large format, but the ones that are that I know are more than a
    little enthusiastic about it.
     
  22. 61 and started shooting LF with 810 in Denver in 1963.
     
  23. 43, shooting 4x5 about 6 years, 8x10 about 3 years, 8x20 1 year.
    What's next?
     
  24. I am now 51. Started with a Foth Derby when about 10 then 35mm when
    the family came along. I started collecting old cameras when about
    35. This led to LF once I tried using the big old cameras and
    realised that 90 year old gear can knock spots off modern 35mm. So
    old is not all bad. Keep taking the tablets.
     
  25. 34, and just started LF with second hand Wista VX, after 15 years
    with 35mm and MF. I'm in UK too, btw.
     
  26. 44 and I started with LF (4x5, 8x10)11 years ago; some of my equipment
    is as older than I am...
     
  27. I'm 43, which is not only a prime number, but quite young for a
    Galapagos tortoise.
     
  28. I havn't decided.
     
  29. I am in Toronto area. I am 48, I have been doing large format from
    age 19 in university, I have been shooting 35 and medium format since
    age 12. I got to 8x10 last year. I was a pro doing fashion in Toronto
    for about 5 years in the early eighties. I got tired of competing
    against the reyerson grads who slept in their studios and the ad
    amanagres who would sign off on he polariods and then sill pay slowly
    or had their partner complain. So I decided that I would become a
    professional amatuer, That menas I refuse to do photography for
    money. I don't get into juried competetions either because then I end
    up truing to shhot to please the judges. I had to get a really good
    job to afford this but it has frred up the way I thimk and has
    allowed me to explore the fun of being creative.
     
  30. 36. First stepped into a darkroom around age 9 and have been doing
    photography ever since. Tried LF a few times in the past, but I've
    only been doing it seriously for around 3-4 years.
     
  31. I'm 64 and have been shooting LF, along with other formats, for 45
    years, both as professional and amatuer. I current shoot 98 percent
    of work with LF. I spilled Viagra on my tripod and cannot get the
    legs to collapse for transport. It's good to see we have a lot of
    members in the 30-40 year-old-range, and even a few dedicated
    members in their 20s. Seems one takes to LF after they get a little
    older and more experienced and really know what quality means.
     
  32. hi joe -
    i'm 36, been shooting 4x5 since i was 24, 5x7 since i was 30 ..
    and using a camera since i was 6 :)
     
  33. I've just turned 43 and while I own a 4x5 Galvin, I shoot most often
    with a Toyo 23G and rollfilm. I started using view cameras a little
    over 5 years ago and lately, have started feeling an urge to move up
    to 8x10...
     
  34. Great question Joe,
    I'm 21, from saratoga springs, NY, shooting 8x10, souping azo in
    pyro. I'm proud to say that 3 years ago my first camera was a tech
    III.
     
  35. Joe,

    <p>

    43 here, started with medium format when I was 13(when I look at Old
    negs, I think I was more skilled at 13 or at least had better
    Artistic View, what ever the hell that is) now I'm back into LF for
    the last 6-7years and enjoying it the last 3-4. As for the "50 year
    mark" that you mentioned, well I remember when I thought that was
    REALLY, REALLY, REALLY OLD! Now, I even know a few people
    that "OLD". As for young people not being involved...... well I
    think all of us "OLD" people need to keep trying to change that every
    chance we get. They say "OLD People have a lot to offer" well so do
    our young people.
     
  36. 12 stuck in a 36 year old body. Serious 35mm about 3 years, 4x5 about
    3 months. Pittsburgh, PA www.pghphoto.org
     
  37. 22, started shooting 4x5 in school when I was 19. Missed a year when
    I got out of school and lost access to all the cameras. Just
    recently got back into it by purchasing a old Crown Graphic. Never
    realized how much I enjoy the process of shooting large format untill
    I didn't do it for a while and then came back to it. Its great.
     
  38. I will be 69 in October. Using LF since I attended Ansel Adams
    workshop in 80 with a 35mm slr. I bought my 4x5 on returning home.
     
  39. I just turned 52, and I've been shooting large format since 1982. My
    interest in photography started with a Pentax Spotmatic in 1968. With
    age, I've noticed that my equipment is starting to feel heavier to
    me, especially the old Bogen 3051 and C-1 8x10. I'm glad I've got a
    light weight wooden Wista 4x5 to fall back on (not literally). I also
    have a Linhof 5x7, which I'm starting to use, too.
     
  40. 49¾! Large format since '94. 4X5, 5X7, 8X10, 11X14. Looking for a
    5X12 and after yesterday's post, a cirkut. Gotta try 'em all. AZO in
    Pyro?? Love this forum.
     
  41. 22. Started shooting when I was 16. I shot a few sheets of 4x5 a few
    years ago in high school. But the large format bug didn't really get
    me until this year. I'm a photography major at Massachusetts College
    of Art in Boston. Took a view camera class this spring and just fell
    for it, bought a Canham 4x5 on student loans and I've been shooting 5-
    20 sheets a week since mid January. Haven't even looked at my 35
    lately. Loving it!
     
  42. 44 in a few weeks. Bought my first real camera, a Canon FTb, when I
    was a freshman in high school with money earned hauling hay bales in
    the summer. Started in large format about 3 years ago.
     
  43. I'm 35, have been using 5x7 on and off since my second year of college in
    1986. After taking a six year hiatus (grad school and other forms of angst) I am
    again staring at ground glass. I 'discovered' this forum only six months ago,
    but really enjoy it.
     
  44. 39 in spirit!
    55 according to the calendar!

    <p>

    Started LF 38 years ago (apparently at the mental age of 1).
     
  45. 22 - I've been interested in photography for about eight years. I've studied LF on and off for a few years, and I began using an LF camera several months ago. I think that I may have a mid- life crisis when I turn 25 (a quarter of a century). I may need to save up for some big glass.
     
  46. I am 37. Started serious photography with a 35mm Ricoh as an
    exchange student in Spain at 14. Then a Nikon, then a Pentax
    67, then a toyo starter 4x5 in 1989. Then a Canham 5x7 in 1997,
    pyro in 1999 and an 8x10 this year. My day job is in radio so
    spending free moments focusing and "moving" a big camera is
    a welcome balance.
     
  47. Ha! I guess I'm the youngest here...
    <p>
    I am 16, and I just started LF with a horseman LE (used) and an
    Angulon 90/6.8
    <p>
    although I am new to this page, the archives have helped me
    immensely. I hope to participate and learn more from all you
    experienced people out there.
     
  48. Hi,
    Just purchased my first 4x5 three weeks a go and i'm hooked!!! Look at those chromes!! :) And I'm 27 years olds.
    I don't see too many people shooting large format at all.
    Or selling the film!
     
  49. I am 50 and brand new to LF. I have shot 35 since my Kodak Brownie
    days and MF for several years.
     
  50. In dog years, I would be dead! Hi everybody -- I am 37 years
    young! I got my real start in photography when I received a
    Canon 35mm from my parents on my 16th birthday. Prior to that,
    I had either borrowed my sister's 35mm or used my trusty Kodak
    Pocket Instamatic, complete with flip flash ;-) !

    <p>

    In college, I was 2 1/2 years into a Mechanical Engineering
    degree when I started taking photo courses in Film & Television
    Production. I received my BS in F&TV (photography option) with
    the thinking that if it looked as though I was doomed to flipping
    burgers, I could always go back and finish up engineering. It's
    been 14 years since and I haven't looked back. I consider myself
    fortunate that I am able to do what I love for a living.

    <p>

    I started in LF and MF about 16 years ago. I sold my first LF
    camera (Omega 45D) and worked mostly with MF until I acquired
    a 4x5 technical field (Wista SP) about eight years ago. My
    absence from LF photography only rekindled my love for the
    large format process. Today, most of my shooting is done with
    4x5 (although my Mamiya 7II is kind of fun too!). Additionally, with
    the help of some fellow LF forum members, I am well on my way
    in the restoration of an 8x10 Korona. When people stop and ask
    me what kind of camera I am using, I simply smile and say that
    it's a "new old camera." (Their response is usually, "Boy, I bet it
    takes good pictures!")

    <p>

    Sorry for the long-winded answer to a simple question -- I hope
    that none of you have fallen asleep face-down on the keyboard.
    Good light to all!
     
  51. Am I the only O.F. here? I'm 71 but only a "mini" LF photographer
    with a Horseman 980. The pack with tripod weighs in at over #25
    which gets very old after a few miles. I'm sure my 28 marathons
    have helped me drag the "stone" around. Just got back from the Greek
    Islands where, because I've become enamored with my 2450 and 1280
    Scanner/printer, I took more color than B&W.
     
  52. I'm 44. I first became interested in photography in 1971. My first
    camera (other than a Polaroid Swinger) was a Crown Graphic. After a
    year of taking this seriously and having several pictures appear in my
    local town newspaper (Port Washington, NY), my dear father generously
    bought me a Beseler 45MCRX enlarger and a new Nikon F-2 with three
    lenses. My first love always remained with large format (and later
    medium too). I received a college degree in photography but ended up
    getting a BS and MBA in business. My career went in this direction.
    I've worked at Lockheed Martin for 21 years and currently work in
    international business. I moved from NY to LA to Atlanta and now Fort
    Worth. I had a long absence from photography...I should have never
    gone to school for it and kept it as a hobby. I guess I got burned
    out on the subject. Between 1980 and 1997, I did buy a Hasselblad,
    hoping to respark my interest. Finally in 1997, something clicked (no
    pun intended). I now own a Linhof and a few Graflex products, along
    with collecting early Hasselblads. Unfortunately, I don't have that
    first Crown Graphic as I traded it for a Super Speed Graphic in 1974.
    I'm grateful that I got my start with large format as I made several
    mistakes and had to learn the hard way. The Nikon seemed like a cinch
    after a year of 4 X 5! I guess one would say I'm an advanced amateur
    who loves to read about photography as much as shoot! I collect
    literature and have extensively studied the 40's through 60's period
    (This is why I pipe in on questions about Graflex and Linhof
    equipment). Over the past eight months, I have been building a
    darkroom. I'm also a big fan of Leica and just traded up to the new
    M7. I travel to Europe with my job a few times a year...this has
    become my favorite time to shoot.

    <p>

    I admire all of you for your contributions and I have looked at
    several photos and websites! Kerry's shots of Oregon still make my jaw
    drop! I think websites like this has been a tremendous help for
    me...my interest in photography is as stong as it was in the 1970's
    (too bad I don't have as much free time as I did then!!!)

    <p>

    Joe...I think your question was a great idea, as I've enjoyed reading
    about the others.

    <p>

    All the best,

    <p>

    J. P. Mose
     
  53. cxc

    cxc

    50. Interested in photography off and on since high school. After
    25 years of sitting in front of a computer all day, I have become
    anti-tech in my hobbies. Thus most of my photography is either LF,
    pinhole, or both.

    <p>

    The digital revolution got me spooked, fearing that LF would die out
    before I had fully experienced it, so I am in a LF feeding frenzy.
    Do it now, while you still can.

    <p>

    CXC
     
  54. 55. Been shooting 8x10 and 5x7 for two years preceded by Brownie,
    Nikons and b/w darkroom.
     
  55. I am currently 38, started LF 4 years ago, not addicted but just
    can't quit. And I enjoy coming to this forum everyday.
     
  56. 40 years old, here in Indianapolis. And I feel younger at 40 than I
    did at 25!

    <p>

    I've been shooting and printing 35mm since I was 20. I had a
    girlfriend in college who was good in the darkroom, and introduced
    me to B&W. Girlfriend’s long gone, but I still love photography!
    Another girlfriend got me into playing music at church with her -
    I'd do anything for a pretty face back then! Again, girlfriend's
    long gone, but I still do church music today (professionally). Go
    figure!

    <p>

    I've shot MF since I was 23, and I'm still breaking in my 4x5 which
    I purchased last June. Or perhaps it's breaking ME in?

    <p>

    Thank you to all who contribute to this wonderful forum!!!
     
  57. 55, newly retired to devote time to photography.

    <p>

    Early recollections of my parent's darkroom, I helped 'soup' their
    prints, (left hand in the developer, right hand in the stop and fix -
    don't rub your eyes!).

    <p>

    Did my own developing/printing at 10 or 11. First 'job' was candids
    and groups for my Jr. High Yearbook - 1963. 35mm Miranda D, tri-x
    and D-76.

    <p>

    First MF, a Mamiyaflex C-3 in 1966.

    <p>

    First Calumet CC-402 4x5 in 1968. With 210 Symmar (convertible). As
    I recall, all for about $300.

    <p>

    Now: 35, MF, 4x5 and 8x10. Current favorite combination: FP-4 and PMK

    <p>

    Some things just get better and better!
     
  58. 30...Jeeze, you finally made me realize that I'm old, thanks!
     
  59. 36 years old. In LF years, about 4 boxes of TMax 400. (Still a baby.)
    Without the internet (and Ebay), I would never have known about this
    large format stuff. I still feel like an idiot everytime I put my
    head under the horse blanket in a crowded place. Perhaps the feeling
    will go away when I'm pushing 50.
     
  60. 50 and don't know if I've ever seen someone else using an LF outside
    of a studio. I hide out with my cameras in the country.
     
  61. i'm 38 with a solid foundation of Seattle moss on the north side of my
    bones; just mixing up my ginko-biloba/viagra smoothie here (helps me
    remember what the f**k i was doing...). i'm fairly old in Velvia
    years-- recently calculated the cost of LF film i've consumed over the
    last 12 years and realized i could have paid cash for a really nice
    bay-view condo. yikes. instead, i've got 54 gigabytes of 0's and 1's
    sitting here on my hard drive (which i wouldn't trade for any condo in
    the world...).

    <p>

    ~cj
     
  62. 40 I think! Been using large format since 1988. Originally from the
    UK but now resident in Las Vegas, USA.
    Use 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10.

    <p>

    www.nigelturnerphotography.com

    <p>

    Nigel Turner.
     
  63. lemme see......4x5=9 that's when I started to play with my dad's
    Rolleicord then 6x6=36..adding up those figures....arghhhh my math is
    wrong....ain't no good in math, better go back to the dark room.... :)
     
  64. 41. 8x10 for 2 years after 1/2 of that time on 4x5.
     
  65. 38-- started taking pics when i was 5 with a 126 instamatic. got
    hooked on 4x5 @ 19. Can't believe its been so long. Now I shoot
    1/2 frame on up to 4x5, with a heavy dose of 6x9 these days.
    Joe, since you asked, I think it falls to you to add up all these
    numbers to get our average!
     
  66. Joe,
    Don't you know its rude to ask a LF photographer their age. I'm 52 and already forgetting what day it is, let alone what F-stops to use!

    <p>

    Cheers,
     
  67. Just turned 39. Again.

    <p>

    OK, actually 41...
     
  68. I'm 27 and have been shooting 4x5 for 3 years. Don't have much time
    for it now because of med school. Instead, I photograph my classmates
    with a Mamiya C330 and get dirty looks. They think I'm working some
    evil mojo on them or something.

    <p>

    Cheerio
     
  69. 76 years old in what seems to be the body of a 90 year old. started
    in l938 with a 39 cent univex and soup bowls for trays. in 39 got
    very used, leaky bellows graphlex. now have 6x9 4x5 and 11x14.
    still love it. frank ferreira
     
  70. I am bored sitting here at work.

    <p>

    61 people so far. Assuming Joe Kras is 49, the average age is 39.66.

    <p>

    So far.

    <p>

    dgh
     
  71. 44, MF, 4x5, 8x10, 12x20....so far so good, we will see the next 44
    years...:))
     
  72. 57 and counting. Primarily MF 32 years. LF (4x5) 17 years on and off.
    Now (for last 2 years) primarily 8x10. Shooting less film but enjoying
    it more!
     
  73. Age 44 here -- more MF and less 4x5 and 8x10 than I'd like these days.
     
  74. I'll raise the average age with my stats. Yesterday, I celebrated my
    72nd birthday. Made my first print in a darkroom at age 16. Addicted
    to photography ever since. Started large format with a 4X5 Speed
    Graphic at age 18. Hand held large format photography. Very difficult
    for a little guy to haul that huge fiber box filled with film holders
    and flashbulbs. Soon, moved to a much more compact, lighter, and more
    practical Rollei TLR. A stint in the in the armed forces using a 35mm
    Exacta. Back to civilian life, and medium format and 35mm for the
    next 26 years. In 1982, purchased a Calumet 4X5, and it's been B&W
    large format negatives ever since. Much easier to print than 6X6 and
    35mm negs. I leave the small format and digital imaging to my young,
    beautiful wife.
     
  75. I am 40. I got started in large format about seven years ago so that I could
    photograph furniture with a corrected perspective. Then I saw the fluid work of
    Jack Welpott. When I went outside, he was sitting there on a bench. I took an
    intensive with Jack, who showed me a way.
     
  76. I'm 40 years old and started shooting large format 13 years ago,
    shortly after moving to my adopted home state of Oregon.

    <p>

    I began photographing the landscape at the age of 14 with my father's
    Argus C3. Moved up to an Olympus OM-1 bought with my summer job
    earnings at the age of 16. My first large format camera was a Speed
    Graphic that came with a 127mm Ektar and two film holders. It was a
    purchase that changed my life forever.

    <p>

    http://www.thalmann.com

    <p>

    Kerry
     
  77. 68 years behind me, just gettin' tuned up...

    <p>

    Started in '45 or '46 with a Brownie Hawkeye, moved up into the
    big time with an Argus C-4 (remember them?). Got serious
    about '59 with 6x6 and 4x5. I still go through 120 & 220 film like
    thre's no tomorrow, using an 25+ year old RB-67, a couple of
    Mamiya M7's, a Cambo Wide 612, and a Fuji 617.

    <p>

    Somewhere around '63, I started using a 4x5 Graphic View, then
    swapped it for a Tachihara. About 1980, I convinced some guy to
    sell me a 5x7 Deardorff for $175.00. About that time I got a hot
    flash and built my own 6x17 view camera using a 90mm Super
    Angulon.

    <p>

    Then, about 5 years ago I woke up with this irresistable urge to
    get a Canham 8x20. Now when I go on a photo trip, my pickup is
    jammed with a forest of tripods, cameras, filmholders, and lens
    cases. It's crazy... (fun, though)...

    <p>

    My wife of 62 is my faithful sidekick, record keeper, and umbrella
    holder, she sure makes oprating that 8x20 easier. I should be
    able to go another 20 years, or so...
     
  78. I'm 29, 'been shooting 4x5 for about 1 year or so. 'Been shooting
    with a serious eye about 14 years.
     
  79. Hello,
    I'm 50 yrs old and been using large format for ten years. I know and
    have seen working about a dozen LF workers in the UK

    <p>

    Robin
     
  80. I am 45, originaly from France but leaving in Northern California
    since 1983. I started 4x5 about two years ago.
     
  81. I am 49. I started with a Brownie back in the late 50s/early 60s.
    Now I use whatever I have handy or fits the situation best, 35mm,
    medium format, 4x5 and 8x10.
     
  82. I'm 51 (barely) and started using LF in the early 80's. Have gone
    to medium format for certain things, but there's nothing like a BIG
    neg.
     
  83. I'll be 48 on July 1. Please send me presents:
    - 110 XL
    - 7x Silvestri tilting loupe
    - medium Domke cloths (2)

    <p>

    Thanks!
     
  84. I am 56. I have taken photographs since 1956. With a serious
    interest since 1958. Started shooting 4x5" in 1968 in
    photography school in Germany since it was mandatory. Got my
    first 8x10" in 1982 and an enlarger for that format in 1983. I like
    the big pice of film the more I use it longer. Recently I started
    potographing digitally because of clients demand. I still like film
    better, the bigger the sheet the better the results ! My camera for
    snaps now is a 6x7 cm one.
     
  85. Another 40 here - seems to be about average?
    I've played around with a Linhof TechIII 5x7 for a few years, then
    decided it was too heavy and bought a Linhof Color 4x5 this winter. I
    know there are one or two others in Norway, but I've never met any...
     
  86. I'm 48. Shot 35mm for 20+ years, shot MF for 6 months, and have been
    shooting LF for 2 years. "... a little voice inside said don't look
    back, you can never look back."
     
  87. I'm 35 and having been shooting 4x5 for 3 years. Based on the above
    list it looks like we have many 30 somethings here. I'm glad to see it!
     
  88. Turned 50 in January. Got photo flu at 17 and had it on and off ever
    since. Got LF'itis a couple of years ago which has turned into a full
    blown disease, and I will either likely die from it or probably
    starve from it.
     
  89. I'm a young 66 years old, and just getting warmed up. Got out of a
    lifetime of photojournalism and advertising photography (Shell Oil,
    Samsonite, Pentax, Rollei, Borg Warner and other clients) to help
    build the new Denver International Airport. Earned my 'wings' as a
    Navy photo recon and patrol pilot, and a B.F.A. in photography at Art
    Center in California with Dave Muench, Larry Gordon and others. Ex-
    Director of Photography at the Colorado Institute of Art. National
    UPAA photographer of the year, picture of the year IPPA/MWPPA and
    eight gold medals in Denver advertising..and a CINE Golden Eagle for
    film. Retired four years ago as deputy director of DIA. Came roaring
    out of retirement last year...and back into photography. I am
    finishing up a five month contract on a big construction project on
    Cherry Creek in Denver...for a very nice financial reward. Shooting
    construction progress with 3 Canon EOS-1VHS and will do the finish
    with my museum condition Linhof Super Technika V and lenses. Yeah,
    I'm nearly 67....and I'm 6'2 and 200 lbs. I spend my day crawling
    through dirt, mud and dust, and loving it.
    Pal...at 66...If I can do it so... can you. GO FOR IT! (This OK, JP?)
     
  90. 80 People. Average age 43 and a half. So far...
     
  91. I'm - let's see, two from seven, carry the . . . I'm 54, for almost
    the remainder of this year. While I had some forays into photography
    as a kid (I still remember 620 box cameras), I only got into it on an
    ongoing basis while in Vietnam. Shot half-frame and full-frame 35mm,
    then came home and did some experimentation with various cameras.
    Shot some 116, and some Rapid, then had a ball for a while with a
    Miniature Speed Graphic. Settled down to 35mm until about 1994 or so,
    when I first got really into 4x5. Got the 8x10 almost two years ago
    and have been a committed LF shooter since. Sold all my 35mm stuff
    about a year ago, and now my 'small' camera is a Mamiya 7. The 8x10
    is my real baby, though.

    <p>

    Tony
     
  92. I'm 55. Started shooting 4x5 8 years ago. It's been an on again off
    again situation with me. I haven't decided if it is worth the
    trouble yet. I enjoy it much more than 35mm. I just haven't been
    able to sell large format, not that I have submitted much. The few
    customers I have dealt with seem to be more receptive of my 35mm
    work.
     
  93. The kids keep reminding me I seem to behave like I’m 75 years old.
    She “who must be obeyed” says I’m still in my teens especially when
    Saturday night company comes over. A couple of years ago at the age
    of 45, I regained a lost interest in photography and brought my
    darkroom back out of the boxes from a 20 year rest. A few months
    later I bought my first 4x5 and began having the time of my life.
    Blending my outdoor activities and especially hiking with Large
    Format shooting has been a pure delight. I shoot both color (mostly
    Velvia) and B&W negatives. I also do all my own processing from start
    to finish and enjoy the quite time in my darkroom almost as much as
    the shooting sessions in the hills.

    <p>

    This is a great thread and I’m glad to read that there are many
    others like myself.

    <p>

    Good light to everyone but especially to the 4x5 crowd.

    <p>

    GreyWolf
     
  94. A "walking antique" at 57: Too old to be afraid, too stupid to die.
     
  95. 45, so I am about average, huh? Been doing LF for about 17 years in
    formats from 6x9 through 11x14.. I also run a custom b&w photo lab,
    Labwork, in Cleveland, Ohio for all those who do not do their own
    processing or printing. Long live traditional processes! Most of my
    current work is done with an Ebony 45SU, makes my life a lot
    easier. For my birthday in September I'd like a 38XL Super Angulon or
    a Nikkor 500 tele, thanks.
     
  96. I'm 31, a graduating MD/PhD student in New York, starting
    residency in San Francisco this month. Got into 4x5 last year
    with a Bender kit which I still use. Picked up an inexpensive
    Sinar P 8x10 with reducing back for home use (go ebay!). Mostly
    landscape and some macro work, mostly with Velvia. Would like
    to begin the journey into B&W soon (bought some Azo). Sold my
    Pentax 67 of 5 years to get into LF. Started shooting 10 years
    ago. Have a Canon 35mm SLR system and now getting into
    rangefinders.

    <p>

    Great post.
     
  97. 36 years old (one year older than my father, who is 35 and staying
    that way). Got my first 35mm SLR ten years ago and my Tachihara 5x4
    four years ago. I dearly love the 5x4 but make more money from the
    Nikon.

    <p>

    This is one of the best threads I've seen in 4 years. Thank you Joe.
     
  98. 48, anxiously awaiting retirement (from a non-photographic career) at
    55, so I can do more picture taking and less picture talking.
     
  99. 32 and glad to see somebody else struggling to get accurate
    developing times for Delta 100 on a Jobo. Patrick - if you figure
    that one out, let me know!
     
  100. Older than I've ever been, young as I'll ever be -- I guess that makes
    me 36 now. Started off drawing as a kid, began photographing about 14
    or 15, got hooked on B&W at age 17 when I saw that first print develop
    in the dektol. Always had a darkroom since. Started shooting 35mm,
    moved onto 120 with a Mamiya TLR, then a Rollei SL66 for a few years.
    Wanted to move up to 4x5 since the early collge days, and started LF
    about 10 years ago with and old monorail 4x5 borrowed from the
    college. My first LF camera was an early Linhof 5x7, about 7 yrs
    ago. For a while, I tried to convince myself to be practical/simple
    and just shoot 4x5 in Readyloads, and dabbled in various formats
    between 2x3 - 8x10, but somehow keep getting drawn back to 5x7.
    Finally settled on the Canham MQC57 as the most reasonable compromise
    in a 5x7. Of course, the wife would be beyond ecstatic if I would
    stick with 35mm P&S only.
     
  101. I'm hoping to be response #100. I never would have guessed there were
    100 LF shooters that frequent this board (and I can think offhand of
    at least a handful that have not responded).

    <p>

    Anyway, I'm 32 -- trying to bring the average back down. I started LF
    about a year and a half ago when I read a newspaper article about a
    local photographer who does Pt/Pd printing and thought those prints
    were amazing. I quickly figured out what contact printing was and that
    contact printing 35mm really doesn't work. It's been a steep learning
    curve since and I still have yet to make a Pt/Pd print but I've found
    the rest of LF so rewarding not sure when I'll get there (if at all).

    <p>

    -Jen
     
  102. going for the 100

    <p>

    I;m 42 but also lie a lot
     
  103. I gotta stop that, durnit

    <p>

    I'm only 38
     
  104. Oh, how _old_! I'm sorry, misunderstood. yeah I'm uh 39. again

    <p>

    been shooting LF seriously, off and on, but not necessarily well,
    since 85. Finally starting to figure some things out, I'm a slow
    learner. Father was a photographer so I've been around all those
    chemicals since I was tiny. That woulda been the early 60's or so. I
    became interested in it in 80, 12 months after he sold or threw out
    most of his old stuff-view cameras, an old 8x10 enlarger,
    damn!damn!damn! ouch ouch. But I did get the 4x5 Busch Pressman that
    got me started, and still have it, and gazillions of wooden holders
     
  105. 55 and climbing, working on career number 8, sadly, its not
    photography. Been shooting and processing film since the late fifties,
    127, 120, 35, MF about three years ago, and LF only abt 2 years ago.
    Finally found enough money to buy some gear (actually, figured out
    that saving for the golden years is out, These ARE the golden years:)
    Did an interesting stint for a couple a years processing and printing
    glass plates on an awfully big Durst for book publication, back in my
    univesity years, oh, at the beginning of the first millenium). I think
    I waited too long to build a great career shooting the beautiful
    people. Most now just think I'm weird.(Yikes!, could they right?).
    Greetings, it has been a pleasure to meet you all.
     
  106. I'm 44. That's young. Really, really young! Honest! :)

    <p>

    Mike
     
  107. I am 52. 1971:35mm; 1982:MF; 1998:LF
     
  108. 40, been shooting LF exclusively since the first time I picked up a
    camera, five years ago. Now mostly 12X20 portraiture...

    <p>

    Nathan
     
  109. I'm 45, which seems to be somewhere near average for this group. I've
    just started using an 8x10 within the past year, after using a 4x5
    off and on for about three.

    <p>

    I got my first camera, a Kodak instamatic 126 with a pack of four-
    sided flash cubes, when I was about 13. My first 35mm came a few
    years later, then MF about seven years ago. Someone gave me an old
    Speed Graphic a few years ago that had been sitting unused for 25
    years and stored in a box for the last 15 years in a hot and humid
    garage in South Louisiana. It was dirty and stiff and mouldy, and
    the 135mm Optar lens was full of fungus, but the bellows were in
    surprisingly good condition. I picked up another old lens and a box
    of Tri-x, cleaned the ground glass as best I could, and exposed a few
    sheets. My first results weren't all that impressive, but I knew I
    was hooked when I examined that first negative on a light table with
    a 4x loupe.
     
  110. Wow, I can't believe the number of responses! I just turned 36 and in
    the two years I've been shooting 4x5 I've never, ever seen any one
    else with a LF camera, even in national parks throughout the U.S.
    Where's everyone hiding?
     
  111. I'm 46 but feel like I'm still 18 (until I get vertical in the
    morning, then it's downhill for the rest of the day). Started with a
    127 camera ~39 years ago, went through 620, Polaroid, 35mm, 6x7, 4x5,
    digital, and 5x7 in that order - still using everything except the
    127 and 620. Andy had a good question... where IS everyone hiding?
    I've never seen another LF shooter in the field either. I'm in
    Pennsylvania.
     
  112. 52. They're in the bushes.
     
  113. 47 yrs old, but I started with this format at @ 23 yrs old. I know a
    few my age or older (excluding commercial still life photogs) using LF
    but the majority are fine arts students less than half my age.
     
  114. I'm 52, and the first photos I shot were of Spiro Agnew. Who's that
    you say? I have been shooting 4x5 for about 10 years, MF & 35 for 30
    years. I wonder where all the LF photographers are as well. In all
    my years I haven't seen another in the field. I think at times I
    will see a Unicorn before I see another LF photographer. Pat.
     
  115. 42, have been shooting 4x5 for 15 years, 8x10 for about 4yrs and
    gathering components for a home brew 11x14. Have been shooting 35mm
    since 20yrs starting with a good old reliable college issue Pentax.
     
  116. I'm 46...Man does the time fly. Instamatic and polaroid as a kid in
    the sixties. Around 10 years old stopped in the Nikon shop and
    gallery in NYC and the interest took hold. Dad gave me his Graphic
    at 13. Music took over at 14. At 15, NYC photographer Victor Laredo
    showed me briefly how to work in a B+W darkroom. Bought a Nikon FM
    at 22. Leica M at 33...then it really began. At 35 sold first B+W
    prints taken with a Yashica twin. Sold in local gallery Leica shots
    as well as medium format stuff and 4x5. At 44 bought a 12x20.At 45 a
    Anba 5x7......What next? Hmmmmm Platinum??
     
  117. 39, started about 18 month ago with 6x6 and a few month later with
    4x5, before that I bought a 35mm slr ten years ago for some snapping,
    but the SLR just catch dust the last 9 years.

    <p>

    Scanning this thread it looks like that the modus operandi for LF is:
    old enough for having the bucks to buy LF gear and young enough to
    lug everything around.

    <p>

    Huib

    <p>

    home.plex.nl/~hsmeets
     
  118. When I started in photography (1972), Zone VI didn't exist yet, Ansel
    Adams was a young man of 70, there were no SLR commercials on TV,
    Kodak 35mm film came in a screw top aluminum can inside a box with a
    separate instruction sheet, some of their developers came in metal
    cans; I think the only large format field camera was a Deardorff, and
    the only automatic 35mm SLR was a Konica Autoreflex!

    <p>

    Anyway, 46. Ouch!
     
  119. 41. Have been doing 4x5 for about 4 years now.
     
  120. What an amazing post! I am 46 and two years into large format (4x5).
    Just took a John Sexton workshop and am INSPIRED and revamping my
    darkroom for some serious photo phun! Always wanted to be a fine art
    B&W photographer, but got talked out of it as a teenager. Have studied
    photography ever since, but realized two years ago with a reduced work
    schedule, that I could still try out my dream!!!!

    <p>

    I am having a ball. . .

    <p>

    Scott
     
  121. I am 38, started LF a 29. Jennifer, you thought that there
    were less than 100 participants in this forum ? Are you
    serious ? Between January and now, 1500 different people
    posted a message.
     
  122. 51. My dad set me up with his 2x3 Busch Pressman at age nine. I got
    serious about LF in 1973.
     
  123. Fifty right now. A day older tomorrow. LF for twenty years, Pt/pd
    for ten. The reason that most of the LF crowd is older is that we
    can no longer squint through the viewfinder of a 35mm SLR any more!
     
  124. Just turned the big five-oh(no). I returned today from a shoot out
    on the Olympic Peninsula of my home state, Washington, and after
    lugging around a pack of camera gear for a couple of days I'm
    beginning to realize that 50 has its drawbacks. Started too many
    years ago to remember with an OM-1, then a Pentax 67, followed by a
    Wista SP, added a Pentax 645 and have sold all of the above and now
    shoot exclusively with an Arca-Swiss 69. I shoot professionally
    (nature) for stock and am hoping the economy turns around real soon.
     
  125. At 66, I'll bring up the average age a bit for this forum. After a
    lifetime of shooting 35mm, I started with LF six years back. Now
    retired in the Bay Area, I get spend real time with my Canham DLC and
    then lurk here on the forum between shoots.
     
  126. 35, started photography at 14. moved up to lf for close to 15 years
    ago? has it been that long? gulp. shoot all kinds up to 8x10, but
    don't use it too much anymore... too heavy.

    <p>

    any patrons care to loan me a wizzy exped 8x?

    <p>

    trib
     
  127. 35 as well...bought a speed graphic when I was 17, was forced to use a
    view camera in photo school and spent my following years after
    graduation in sveral small dark closets loading film holders for hours
    on end & earning minimum wage....never dreamed I'd be using a view
    camera to make a living, but after almost 10 years now, I'm starting
    to almost enjoy it...in a moment of temporary insanity earlier this
    week I bought an old kodak 8x10, so we'll see where that goes right
    now it's hogging up what little empty space I had in my darkroom, so I
    guess I better get shooting.....
     
  128. I'm 48....my exposures average 30 seconds.

    <p>

    Started with 6X6 in '68, moved to 4X5 in '79, swerved into 6X7 in 85,
    and 8X10 in '97.

    <p>

    Bounce around all of those and do a little digital from time to time.
     
  129. Sixty Six big ones. Am trying to switch to LF from 35 so I'll slow
    down and make "great photographs" in my dotage. (Good 35mm requires
    too much energy from an old man.)
     
  130. 20, shooting 4x5 large format for about 6 months now. Like Tony, I'm a
    medical student (however nothing as hardcore as MD/PhD). I suppose
    lugging a 4x5 monorail around the streets of Melbourne beats the old
    stereotype of medical people having Hasselblads and not knowing what
    to do with em...
     
  131. living here in the west I HAVE seen other large format photogs in
    places like Death Valley, or Bodie ghost town. So far they've always
    been too good to talk for 30 seconds to the likes of me! So consider
    yourselves lucky if you never stumbled into one!
     
  132. Well, I am 47. Started doing astrophotography with an Exacta body at
    age 14. First LF in 1975, but have been doing significant LF since
    1980. Mostly 4x5 and digital now.
     
  133. Per - I've also got 55 good reasons NOT to schlep around a LF rig.
    But it's a persistant passion.

    <p>

    cj - The condo won't be nearly as satifying.

    <p>

    ALL CALENDARS LIE!!!

    <p>

    I've learned more by my 19 years of photographic failures and I have
    by my successes.

    <p>

    -Steve
     
  134. i started to shoot lg format back in the 70's with a 5x7 kodak
    found out about pyro from old photo books from the turn of the
    century the experiens became like a religion i'm 52 and have
    shared with my sons the beauty of the medium. i guess i taught
    them to see before the camera format became important i have
    never shot out west only the intimate landscapes of new england
    years ago when walking around with a view camera people
    always asked "do you shoot weddings" no they say oh your a
    real photographer !
     
  135. Hmm...If things go really well, I`ll be 47 in January. Started with a
    borrowed 35mm in 1972. Now that I think about it, all these years of
    traveling, and I`ve rarely seen anyone use anything other than 35mm.
    In the past I`ve used up to 11x14, but have to say that 5x7 and 6x12
    have become my favorites.
     
  136. OK, OK if EVERYONE else is going to post on this one I guess I don't
    want to be left out. I'm 44, started photography in college with a
    Nikon FM. I needed a major and Photography sounded fun. I had a blast
    and did well. After shooting for a few years for pleasure and working
    in photo labs for money I sort of petered out. I guess partly because
    all I had at the time was 35mm equipment (I had tried 4 x 5 at school
    with there equipment) and became unsatisfied with the quality. I felt
    limited to 5 x 7 prints or maybe 8 x 10. And partly because I spent
    all day printing other peoples negs and chromes. Anyway, last year I
    started remembering how much I had loved photography once apon a
    time. Which brought me to purchacing a 4 x 5 kit. So hopefully I
    still got it. I’ll let you know. ;-)
     
  137. I am 31, I've shot 35mm since I was 4 years old, medium format
    for the past 6 years, and 4x5 for a couple of months now. I
    bought an old speed graphic to try out large format to see if I
    liked it, and am now having a blast. All those years shooting
    smaller formats, I've really been missing out.
     
  138. I'm 45. I started developing b&w film when I was 12 with a kit I received as a birthday gift. I use 4x5, 6x6, and 6x9 mostly. All my cameras are about 50 years old. I like the single coated optics of that period. I also shoot some color film. The darkroom has a powerful hold on me. It's darkness and quietness are great for thinking about everything. I am an amateur in photography. I only do it because it makes me smile.

    Greg Rust
     
  139. I'm 26, exposed my first 4x5 at age 23.
     
  140. 32. Started shooting in high school photo class. Went to Cal
    State Long Beach and got my BFA in Fine Art Photography.
    Worked as a graphic designer & for a studio photographer for a
    while. Now shooting mostly for myself and a few weddings. Oh
    yeah, I shoot with an Ebony 23s. It's 6x9 but still a view camera!
    :eek:)
     
  141. 38 Been doing 35mm seriously for 4 years, off and on for 15. Tried 6x6 with a Yashica A, and 6x9 with an Ansco Commander, and a Moskva 5. All of which I still use every so often. I am new to 4x5. Bought a Super Graphic, (rangerfinder removed) at Christmas 2001. Have shot 30-40 sheets, and love the process and the results! I hope to be doing this when I reach my fathers age of 84!
     
  142. 39, working in 8 by 10 for 7 years. Looking forward to retiring (3 years away) from the USAF to devote more energy to LF.
     
  143. I'm 21 - just started with LF in a college photo course (using a school monorail) and am currently hunting down the 'perfect' wooden field camera for myself.
     
  144. Newborn..... today I exposed my first 4x5 B&W negative.....tomorrow I quit the day job! I've been 40 for a few years now.
     
  145. Wow, some great responses. I'm 41, been shooting 35mm for 20 years, MF for 3 years and now I've got the fever for 4x5. I'm not even a newborn in 4x5 yet. I've assembled my lenses and loupes, etc. but my new Arca Swiss isn't due to arrive until next week. But I think the camera store is having labor pains from all my phone calls asking when the camera will get here!
     
  146. 49... Just bought my first 4x5. I've been shooting more-or-less seriously for about 6 years, the first three years exclusively 35mm, the last three years almost exclusively B&W MF.

    I'm surprised — and pleased — at the number of responses this question has received. I had no idea that there were as many LF'ers on this site as there is!
     
  147. I am 48 and started using large format (4x5) about 4 years ago. I discovered
    photography when I was a teenager and I have been learning ever since.
     
  148. 56. 20 years ago LF in studio. Gave it up. Now back again in my retirement. Brought on by a will to travel. A trip is not a trip if no photos are taken. Greg Pratt AU
     
  149. 24. Started when I was 22.
     
  150. 23 now, started when I was 19. 4x5
     
  151. 47. Newspaper photographer, baby portraits (yes, the 99centers),
    college yearbook photographer (37 states, that was a party!) darkroom tech. Now, I'm a golf course superintendent. Still shooting. 4x5-10 years. 8x10 as of today! .
     
  152. 47 yrs old. Was a studio photographer back in the late 70's and early 80's --
    shot everything back then: 8x10, 5x7, 4x5, 120, 35mm. Gave it up to go back
    to school and found myself on the "other side" i.e. graphic design/art direction.
    Finally broke down and bought myself a Linhof Technikardan outfit in 1996.
    Last year bought a Mamiya 7 outfit. Love them both. Lately I've been thinking
    about the Cambo wide...

    J Michael Sullivan
     
  153. I'm 31. Been using 4x5 for about 3 years now, 6x7 for about 8 years and 35mm for 20 years :)
    And I'm currently in Singapore, where using a large format camera gets a lot of stares!
     
  154. 61. Started with my fathers MF when I was 10. 35 mm at 20. Bought my 4"x5" Tachihara in NY 1992. I am only working with BW with my LF gear.
     
  155. 55 and shooting LF since '95. Before that, MF and 35mm since 1958. First serious camera was a Ricoh Diacord G, which I still have. Recently started experimenting with 5x7. One question for all over 40: If we're over the hill, why do we keep slowing down?
     
  156. 45 and been shooting LF since 96. Started with 35mm and Tri-X in 80 or 81 and started doing my own BW darkroom since 82. Started with Tachi 4x5 in 96 and added Calumet C-1 8x10 in 2002. Up here in Northwest Wisconsin it's unusual to see someone with medium format (outside of a wedding) let alone LF.
     
  157. Hello,

    I'm 41.
    I've starting photo in 1978, with a canon dial 35-2 (I've still it),
    Then I bought a Canon AE-1, and after a Canon A1. There were expensive for my student budget, I remember that !
    After the army, all was sold, and I bought a Nikon FE, and a Nikkormat FT2. I've sold the FE, but I have the "mat" today. I bought a Hassy 500C too with two lenses (still here too, I think I'll keep it forever).

    Today I have :
    2 Zorki 4K (the second for backup) both mint,1 Canon FT,1 Nikon EM, My FT2, 1 Rollei 35S, 1 AE-1 (Recently received, bought on Ebay), mint.
    And I looking for an Argus 3C. I've got an Icarex 35S, good shape , but I want to sell it (anybody interested ?, nice price !)
    I like collect cameras, but I use them, it's not only for display !

    I was professionnal photographer for 6 years, using 4x5" and 13x18 Sinars, Mamiya RZ etc..
    Then I was working in computer managment for industry, and now I'm system administrator in a big company !

    But the photo virus is still in me !!!

    Bravo for photo.net site !
     
  158. 69. When I started in 1969, you couldn't show a portfolio to an ad-agency in anything
    smaller than 10x8 (20x25 to us). So I got a Burke&James. It needed a tripod both ends.
    There was always also format snobbery. For instance, 5x7 was considered only good for
    furniture catalogs, 5x4 for packshots. I believe 10x8's mounted in a big black board were
    just nicer for the agency to present to the client. 10x8 kept us all in debt for years - not for
    the camera, but for the flash. Everything gets shot at f45 meaning four 5,000 W/sec.
    generators. Scheimpflug never did real tabletop.
     
  159. Guess I'll help keep the average up...I'm 58 and live on the sunny Mississippi Gulf Coast (when we're not being Katrina'd!). I started shooting in the early '60's when I was given a Polaroid 100 pack camera and progressed thru 35mm, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9, 4x5, and 5x7 by the time I finished college in '69. Still shoot 35mm, MF, and 4x5, depending on what I'm trying to do or what is handy at the moment!
     

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