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Friday, 21 September 2012


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Mike, one word: Dragon.

I see they dropped the USB port on the new model.

Here's a nice and low-cost 4x5 "digital back"... it can be used with mirrorless digital cameras (with adapter)


Oh, that was the joke of the year!!

So A-S named a camera the lulf despite the widespread use of the term lulz. I guess when I shoot 8x10 now, I can say I did it for the lulf.

I hope this camera solves the inadequate direct movements of the older A-S 8x10 I looked at. And I wonder if it costs more than my car.

Definitely needs image stabilization

Plus it has interchangeable lenses :) Let's hope Hassie makes a fancy version !

Sitting here with 3 mirrorless cameras.

2 8x10 views and 1 4x5 view. I'm just sayin... but at 60 with a spinal cord injury the large format mirrorless cameras will just be sitting ...but I can still use the NEX-7

I am sure I won't be the first to say, "Now that's full frame."

My wife and friend just had carpal tunnel surgery. Each had different technique, each on both wrists few months apart. Both excellent results. I'm just sayin'.

You da best, mike.


Yeah, baby! (I know, not the most articulate comment that you'll receive.)

THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

well said.

Hard to make an ugly LF camera but that comes close. Like a modernistic guppie monster.

Can I get a hellyeah? That would be a sweet rig.

It just sings of harmonic vibration with that tiny monorail and oversized standards ;-p Seriously that thing is going to be a sail outdoors and mounting on a ballhead is insane.

Imagine the file size of a hi-rez drum scan from that puppy. Or better yet, an 11x14 contact print. Take a digital camera and stitch some pics together indeed. Yep, that would cost a whole lot less alright.

We know how you got your carpal tunnel.

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. It is however not the largest mirrorless box you can buy and you don't need to go to Switzerland (except perhaps to empty out your secret account)to get one. These are now made in Tennessee.


I have a friend who shoots 10x12 with old Petzvals. He'd really be able to make this thing sing.

I'll stick to my Crown Graphic based 4x5 field cam & my 1912 Tessar, personally, but then I always preferred the medium formats ;)

To Don,

You don't have to go to a digital camera to be able to stitch together multiple exposures. A scan of film would suffice...


Now imagine tiled scans of 11x14 sheet film!

But your real point is completely understood. That thing utterly lacks portability and convenience.


"Ultra Large Format" only by the miniaturized standards of today.
That's only a fifth the size of one of George
24x58" kite cameras and only 1/33 the size of his
big glass plate camera.
I highly recommend reading the linked article, it's amazing

3300mm lens and 20 feet of bellows draw! 120 x 72 inch dry plates!
pistol grip not available

Never mind building and using the camera, just think about polishing
and coating a 120 x 72 inch glass plate. I highly recommend reading
the linked article, it's amazing

I wonder what the resolution of a 120 x 72 inch glass plate is?

"L" stands for Luggable.

There is www.arca-shop.de.....but that is not strictly arca I have to admit....but why invest in website if you make stuff that sells without.....

Greets, Ed.

I think the "L" stands for "lunatic". Anyone who's shot 8X10 as long as I have is taking one look at that thing and thinking: "...that's the most spindly, vibration prone, design I've ever seen....".

I used to use early 70's Cambo's to do 8X10 product shots, and there was so much back deflection from weight doing a moderate "down-shot", it would cause one end of the film to go out of focus. I'd have to prop it up with a light-stand with a ball of tape on top. Went back to a Deardorf pronto, with a light weight back and a triangular strut system.

Kudos for new sheet film camera designs, but it looks like it was designed by someone who never took a large format picture!

man thats one ugly camera, Shenhao on the other hand assemble absolutely gorgeous large format cameras.

not to mention other names that are no longer in production.

Arca-Swiss, famously, feels no need to conform to newfangled fashions—it's never had a website.

I applaud their decision!

"I applaud their decision!"

...on a website, you forgot to add.


It has no web site? For realsies? Ten years ago I would have found that hard to believe. Today, my mind locks up.
Good for them.
That's like a company not having a telephone. "Letters and telegrams were good enough for my great-great-great-grandfather, they are good enough for me!"

So you applaud companies that isolate and exclude themselves from their customers? What happens when you have a question, need a spare part, or have a suggestion? Or does arrogance equate to quality?

As opposed to say, Keith Canham, who also makes high quality view cameras in Arizona? (See http://www.canhamcameras.com, which is very much still a pleasant "homemade" low-tech website.) Not only can you email him and get a prompt, expert response, but he does things like coordinating special orders of custom film sizes and promoting large format in general. That's much more admirable and deserving of our support.

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