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5x4 anyone ?

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by Ripleysbaby, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    have you got a 5x4 enlarger though?
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    that website is very sweet
     
  4. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    No, but I know someone who does.
    My wife worked in a professional d&p lab so she printed for me.
    I primarily shot E6 then.
    Wait . I've just checked film and processing charges !!!!!
    Think I will give it a miss
     
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  5. biglouis

    biglouis SC Veteran

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    Aug 4, 2013
    With 5x4 all you need is a fairly decent scanner to enjoy the results. Shame they won't ship internationally at the start. I hope they get a UK distributor.

    LouisB
     
  6. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    You know, when I read 5x4'', I thought: seriously, compact? But actually, it is ...

    M.
     
  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wanderlust are a good mob - they were the ones who produced the micro4/3 "Pinwide" pinhole. I wonder if the price of suitable lenses is going to go up as a result of their initiative ?

    Ooh I'd love to have access to a 5x4 enlarger, you lucky bugger.

    Yes, you'll pay rather dearly for E6 sheet film, and processing charges are indeed high, but there are so few E6 labs now that will handle sheet film, and the volumes are so low, it becomes labour intensive and thus expensive to do.

    For a bit less than £100, though, (he says glibly), you can equip yourself with the gear and chemicals to do E6 (and C41) at home. But then the question arises what you do with the developed film: a 5x4 projector will be hard to find and fantastically expensive and large.

    Ilfochrome and Cibachrome are dead processes with only a few enthusiasts using up their frozen stocks of paper and chemicals, so you can't print your slides unless you digitise them, and then you'll need drum (expensive) scans to bring out the best.

    Pro-lab wet printing LF C41 also rather expensive, so hybrid route again with all it's attendant shortcomings.

    Best bet though is black and white. 5x4 isn't entirely pocket-unfriendly if you use something like Foma film and develop & print yourself.
     
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  8. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    I feel seriously tempted too but then I still have a wonderful 6x9 Texas Leica in a box somewhere that I haven't used for more than 12 or so years. Ah well ...
     
  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    just send it to me ... :smile:
     
  10. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    If I only knew where I put that darn box ... :biggrin: