Trying to do 6x12 without losing your shirt

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by al______, Sep 28, 1998.

  1. I wanted to shoot 6x12 without paying linhofs insane prices for its point and shoot version. I would prefer not to have to lug around a view camera i.e. crop a 4x5 neg. Any other options? Anyone else make a 6x12 point and shoot? All ive been able to do is shoot 2 hassy 6x6 chromes side by side and digitally paste them together, which isnt that bad, but i would like the 6x12 chrome if possible.

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    Also do stock agencies accept high res digital files that have been pasted together that look excellent. I'm talking high res such as 100 mb per file at a minimum.
     
  2. Try the Horseman 6x12 cameras (prices only very wacky as opposed to insane). Another alternative is the Cambo/Calumet "Pancake" cameras: essentially these are the rear standard and groundglass and frame of a Cambo 4x5 body fitted with tripod mounts and mated with a selection of interchangable wide angle lenses in distance calibrated and marked helical mounts complete with shift. You can use either 4x5 film or roll film holders. there is even a handle and each lens has its own dedicated eyepiece.

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    As for your second question: maybe... depends on how much your definition of excellent matches up with their definition of excellent, as well as subject matter, style, niche, etc. It is an extremely competitive market.
     
  3. Calumet sells a Cambo Wide camera that accepts 6x12 roll film backs
    and lenses from 47mm to 150mm. Pirces start at $2295 and go through
    $3359 depending upon the lens. Check it out at
    http://www.calumetphoto.com/.
     
  4. Buy a widelux or similar camera and that will get you closer to the
    'point & shoot' you desire.
     
  5. Dan is right. If you need wider than 110 degrees you will have to go with a Noblex (better reliability than the medium format Widelux in my experience) swing-lens panoramic boththe Widelux and the 6x12 Noblex capture about a 140 degree (long dimension) view.
     
  6. Perhaps this is unusual but my intent was not to go as wide as i
    possible can. I wanted something at most the equivalent lens of a 24
    mm lens on a 35 mm camera. I simply enjoy shooting the 6x12 format for
    its dimensional value. Also i tend to use the 80 mm lens on a 6x6
    camera and just shoot 2 frames side by side. The exact angle of view
    that is acheived is unclear from the above combination due to the
    fact that the needed overlapping portions of each image detracts from
    the overall angle of view.
     
  7. You should check out the Cambowide with the 75mm lens. Advise this over the 612 Horseman on basis of cost and flexibility as you can also shoot 4x5 or polaroid with this body and there is lens panel shift capabilities. You will also need a Horseman or similar 6x12cm film back. This can either be a handholdable system or tripod mount.

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    My experience and intuition is that stock agencies will prefer film over digital files for awhile yet., although that will depend on the uniqueness, quality, and perceived saleability of your imagery. imagery
     
  8. Whatever you do, DO NOT purchase a Calumet 6x12
    slide-in roll film back. I'm a commerical shooter and my
    studio mate finally returned his for credit because it
    shredded film. Note that this model is no longer
    available in the current CPI catalog.
     
  9. Hi Al..

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    A 6x9 negative can be cropped to 5x9 or 4.5x9 easily to give you the
    1:2 panoramic format. In some cases you can take advantage of the
    cropping to gain a bit of perspective shift. Careful use of a tripod
    and modern films will keep the quality within reach of 6x12.

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    The Fuji 6x9s are available with excellent 65mm or 90mm lenses, and
    are much more versatile than the Linhof 612s.

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    Cheers..
     
  10. Horseman makes the SW612, which accepts interchangeable 35, 45, 55,
    65, 75, and 90mm Rodenstock grandagon lenses. They also make a new
    SW612 pro (on their web page) that has +/-15mm rise/fall and +/- 20mm
    shift (no tilt/swing). Prices are a little more down to earth..around
    $4K for the body, one lens, and a filmback. One nice feature is that
    the filmbacks, basically LF 4x5 rollfilmbacks, can be interchanged,
    so you can shoot 6x7, 6x9, and 6x12 with the same lens, essentially
    like having 3 lenses.

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    I believe Alpha markets a 6x12 format rangefinder (I know they have a
    6x9), but at their prices, it makes the Linhof rangefinders seem like
    a bargain!
     

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