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3.25x4.25 or 4x5?

 
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lightwriter91



Joined: 20 Jan 2011
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Location: bellingham, wa

PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: 3.25x4.25 or 4x5? Reply with quote

hello everybody im new to the form and new to large format photography in general but i do have access to 2 speed graphics. One appears to be an anniversary speed graphic and the other looks like a pacemaker speed graphic. my question is possibly a dumb one but how do i tell whether my model is a 3.25x 4.25 or a 4x5? thanks for the help!
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Billy Canuck



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Measure the groundglass in the back. The dimensions will be very close to one or the other.
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lightwriter91



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh'! then its gotta be a 3.25x4.25. I've heard rumors of there being people who still make this film, is this true? can anyone give me any leads?
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Jim23



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:38 am    Post subject: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Film Reply with quote

Efke PL100M is still available (according to freestylephoto.biz web site. I have used PL50 in 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 with good results in HC110 Dilution B.
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brian d



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try here
http://www.freestylephoto.biz/191134-Efke-PL-100-M-iso-100-3.25-x-4.25-inches-50-sheets?cat_id=404
or
http://www.freestylephoto.biz/127341-Efke-PL-25-ORT-Orthochromatic-3.25-x-4.25-50-sheets?cat_id=404
I like the PL 100 in Rodinal
Been going to try the ortho since they started carrying it , but have not got to it yet
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mopar_guy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:13 pm    Post subject: Use some T-Max Reply with quote

I have cut down 8x10 T-Max to 3-1/4x4-1/4. You can get 5 pieces out of one 8x10. I got a knife/guillotine paper cutter at Office Depot and set up an adjustable stop so that I can cut the following dimensions: 2-1/4 inch, 3-1/4 inch and 4-1/4 inch. By the way, I am in Stanwood.

Dave
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Henry



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think 3.25x4.25 is a nice "compromise"-size format. The neg is 13.8 sq.in., compared with 20 sq. in. for 4x5---not a huge difference---and the equipment is less bulky, and you can cut more negs from an 8x10, as mopar_guy has stated. The photos (all Ektachromes) in Hal Harrison's book on Bird Nests, in the Peterson Field Guide series, were made entirely on a 3x4 Crown, IIRC, as he says in the Preface. Now a good many of those photos were taken by the tree-climbing author from a nearby perch, so you know he must have appreciated the portability of the camera. It's too bad that the format has fallen from general use, but OTOH you can pick up some good deals on the equipment from the usual on-line sources, from what I have seen by following the uBuy listings.
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