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4x5 Lens Test | by jimhairphoto
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4x5 Lens Test

NOT a scientific test, but more of an exploration of the camera choices I have, and which creates the sharpest image. I placed all 5 cameras on a tripod the same distance from my bookcase, and made the same exposure on Ilford HP5 film: 1/10th at f8 : developed in Rodinal 1:50 for 13 minutes. The scans are made with an Epson 4990.

I am interested in creating a generally sharp image, but also have preferences for the cameras in certain circumstances.

I will generally use the Speed with the 90mm Angulon in the street, because that is the overall look I like, and the Crown with the 210 Sinar S for studio portraits when I want to capture every wrinkle.

The Graflex is enjoyable in the street as I am able to approach strangers and entertain them as "the old guy with the ancient camera" and the background of the photos look very soft and dreamy.

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Taken on May 20, 2020