The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 Large Format Cameras Get High-End Improvements

The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 large format cameras are now sleeker and more sophisticated with the latest improvements.

If you’re yet to get your own Intrepid large format camera, now would be a great time to contemplate your options. Intrepid Camera Co. has recently announced upgrades for both of their large format camera models. With this news comes the fourth generation of the 4×5 and the second for the 8×10, and the promise of improvements typically only seen in higher end cameras of its class.

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The Standard 4×5 Lets You Build Your Own Modular Large Format Camera

Building your own camera is always a bright idea, so you might want to give The Standard 4×5 modular DIY large format camera a shot.

If you think you’d like to progress from making your own pinhole cameras to something bigger and more complicated, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. Photographer Drew Nikonowicz offers to give you a head start to building your own large format camera through The Standard 4×5, currently being funded on Kickstarter.

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The Intrepid 4×5 Mk 3 Large Format Camera Gets a Minor Update

We’re super excited that the Intrepid 4×5 Mk 3 camera is alive and kicking!

A few years ago, the Intrepid 4×5 camera went to Kickstarter to get crowdfunded. Now, the camera is in its third version and the company is still preaching the idea of high quality at a fraction of the price of other cameras. According to the press release, the new Intrepid Mk3 “…sees the addition of leaf springs to securely hold the ground glass/film holders, rear standard tilt and swing and a much larger baseplate for use with all tripod mounts (1/4 and 3/8).” Though that sounds minor, it adds a whole lot more in terms of the durability and lifespan of the camera. Of course you still need to use your own lenses, tripods, etc. But you’re getting the body frame, the ground glass, the bellows, etc. More tech specs are after the jump.
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Travelwide 4×5 Is A New Compact Large Format Camera


A couple years ago, Wanderlust put out a pinhole lens for Micro Four Thirds. And now, they’re back with this super cool 4×5 KickStarter camera. The Travelwide is a 4×5 camera meant to be ultra light and yes–shoots 4×5 film. The camera is touted as being lighter than a DSLR and not much larger. There are a couple of different versions. The TravelWide 90 is based on the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8 lens while the Travelwide 65 is based on the Schneider Super Angulon 65mm ƒ/8 lens which is basically a 20mm wide angle equivalent.

It’s much more than just a standard setup though: support bubble levels, viewfinders, rangefinders and flash units, they placed hot shoes around the camera.

The company needs to reach $75,000–and hopefully they’ll do it. 4×5 is positively beautiful and at that size the quality destroys nearly any digital equivalent. Check out their Kickstarter and the video after the jump.

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Intrepid 4×5 Now Available in First Ever Limited Black Edition

Finally, the Intrepid 4×5 is now up for grabs in a sleek, all-black edition, but for a limited time only.

Large format photography is still very much alive, so if you’re keen on getting into the craft, now is one of the best times to grab a camera and get started. There are plenty of options, both old and new, but if you have a taste for large format cameras in modern classic designs, the newly launched Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 will surely be of interest. But, you have to be quick; this gorgeous version of the popular Intrepid camera won’t be up for grabs for long.

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Turning a Portable Scanner Into a Large Format Camera Digital Back

If you’ve ever wondered if there are digital backs for large format cameras, the short answer is yes: the long answer is you can make one yourself.

Large format photography is not only still very much alive, but it’s also evolving thanks to crafty photographers who go the DIY route and give us more ways to work with it. Among the most interesting examples are digital backs for digital cameras — even for large format cameras. Read on if that sounds like something you’d like to try for a weekend project.

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Kodak EKTACHROME E100 Soon Available in 120 and Sheet Formats

Ardent film photographers are set to have more options for shooting the beloved Kodak EKTACHROME E100 film as it will soon be available in 120 and sheet film formats.

Film photographers, it’s time to prepare your cameras and wallets! Today’s announcement from Kodak Alaris will surely provoke you to update your stash. In the next 10 days, Kodak Ektachrome E100 will be available worldwide in larger formats, particularly in a five-roll pro pack for 120 format and 10-sheet box for 4×5 sheet film format. This opens up the popular emulsion to more options and bigger projects for today’s most passionate and creative film photographers. 

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Dramatic Black and White 4×5 Portraits by Andy Lee

All photos by Andy Lee. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Large format remains the imaging format of choice for many portrait photography projects today, given the outstanding resolution and the impressive amount of detail it renders. If you’re learning about this format now and would like to get inspired with some fine examples, Pembroke-based photographer and creative director Andy Lee has some dramatic 4×5 portraits for you to check out.

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Kodak Ektachrome Will Soon Come in Large Format in Addition to 120

Film cameras are far from dead, and the success of Kodak Alaris’s Ektachrome E100 film is proof.

Medium Format and Large Format camera users could certainly have something to look forward in the coming months. Kodak Alaris recently went on record to say that following the successful launch of Ektachrome E100 35mm film late last year, the company has decided to bring Ektachrome E100 to Medium Format 120 film, and Large Format sheets, and that it hit could be ready for sale within the next few of months! Join us after the break for more info. Continue reading…

Notes on Going From Medium Format SLR to Large Format View Camera

Text and photos by David Krooshof. Used with permission.

A month after I bought an Intrepid 4×5 large format camera, I started taking down notes, then reviewed them after nine months. While very condensed compared to other writings, there are also a lot of notes for those who are eyeing to take the plunge into large format photography. It also includes some notes about what to look for in a large format camera. It’s detailed, because I like details. It’s not only technical, but also about what it means to the subject.

Photo above: Angela Davis is an American human rights activist, like my parents were in the sixties. She was very sweet and I am glad that I got this motherly smile from her. I never managed to contact her to give her this photo.


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What It’s Like to Take the World’s Largest Polaroid Photo

Ever wondered how big Polaroid photos can be? We have the answer in this fascinating video.

If no one has told you yet, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Polaroid films go bigger than the 4×5 peel apart instant films you’ve probably seen. Snoop around at the Polaroid Originals website and you’ll see some handmade 8×10 instant films for large format cameras. But, it gets even bigger than that. How big exactly, this interesting video shows us, complete with a photo shoot!

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Aron Porszasz Combines 4×5 Film to Make These 8×10 Macro Portraits

All photos by Aron Porszasz. Used with Creative Commons permission.

One of the first things we learn about portrait photography is the primary goal of capturing the personality or essence of the subject. Or at least a part of it. Other times, the focus is on the expression and the emotion it conveys. Today’s featured portrait project by Hungarian photographer Aron Porszasz, however, had a slightly different objective: to capture the barest and simplest expressions of his subjects by photographing them in complete darkness.

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The Intrepid 4×5 Enlarger Lets You Print and Scan 35mm, 120, and 4×5 Films

The Intrepid 4×5 Enlarger would be a great addition to your darkroom for printing and scanning 35mm, 120, and 4×5 negatives if you also happen to already have a 4×5 camera.

Dreaming of setting up the darkroom of your dreams? If you already have a 4×5 camera, you could just be a step closer to it. After two years of designing and testing, The Intrepid Camera Co. has recently unveiled a new DIY photography tool to add to your darkroom checklist. The Intrepid Enlarger is a nifty contraption that attaches to any 4×5 camera just like a film holder, and allows you to scan and make prints not only from 4×5 film, but also 35mm and 120 as well.

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Mijonju Introduces Photographers to Shooting Large Format with a Wista 45D Camera

For the latest installment of The Mijonju Show, we get some quick tips on shooting with a large format camera.

In case you haven’t heard yet, everyone’s favorite camera lover and collector Mijonju is back with The Mijonju Show. We’ve previously seen him test and review the MiNT InstantKon RF70 prototype a few months ago. In his most recent analog adventure, he takes us to a quick portrait session with a 4×5 large format camera. Step right up if you’re planning to shoot large format soon!

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Hasselblad Shows Differences Between 35mm and Medium Format in Comparison Videos

Curious about what makes medium format different from 35mm format? These comparison videos by Hasselblad will serve as a technical and unbiased primer.

Because there’s now more to the distinction between 35mm and medium format than the frame size and shape, it’s worth knowing their differences given today’s technologies and applications. With the help of photographer and technical expert Karl Taylor, Hasselblad has created a series of comparison videos that put both formats to the test, and shows the advantages of medium format in an unbiased manner.

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This is the Large Format Photographer’s Dream: Pre-Coated Dry Plate Negatives

You can grab some pre-coated glass plates if you want to give dry plate photography a go

Ever wanted to try old world collodion photography but found it difficult to get your hands on materials and chemicals for wet plate photography? You can still give this age-old photographic process a go with the more convenient dry plate photography. New Hampshire-based Jason Lane has been making his own dry plates for years, and he’s now made them available for collodion enthusiasts as well.

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Check Out This All-Aluminum Handmade Medium Format Camera

You’ll wish you have the skills and the tools to make your own epic medium format camera

If you’ve been lurking around vintage camera and film photography groups, you’ve probably seen an amazing DIY medium format camera project recently shared by Lucus Landers. If you’ve ever wanted to actualy have the bragging rights to a polished camera you built yourself, here’s what it takes.

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Chroma Camera is a Super Lightweight, Folding Large Format Camera

Chroma Camera is being pitched as a lightweight option for the large format community.

Photographer Steve Lloyd has been a camera tinkerer for many years ago, and today he’s launched his brand new Kickstarter project called Chroma Camera. The camera is a large format option designed to be even more lightweight than many others on the market. Additionally, it also folds down into a super compact package. While large format cameras have always folded down, this one does even more so. Steve worked on the development of the product for 17 months and designed it to be flexible with the type of work photographers do.

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Aron Lorincz Shows the Impressive Architecture of Basel on Large Format Film

All images by Aron Lorincz. Used with Creative Commons permission.

For architectural photographers and enthusiasts of the genre, the Swiss city of Basel is full of mesmerizing buildings and architectural elements to photograph. Budapest-based Aron Lorincz adds an extra layer of awesomeness by documenting the city’s architecture in large format (4×5) film. Architectural photography remains a popular genre even for film photographers, and especially to those drawn to symmetry, lines, curves, geometric shapes, and patterns. There are many approaches to this type of photography, but the goal is to emphasize these elements in such a way that they draw the eyes of the viewer. Aron’s photos, both color and occasional black and whites, definitely reflect this, showcasing the details that make Basel’s contemporary architecture among the most impressive in the world.

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Watch a 360 Video of Ultra Large Format Wet Plate Photography in a Historic Studio

Screenshot image from the videos. Used with permission

Wet plate photography, one of the traditional photographic methods, gives a completely different but fascinating experience as you’ve probably learned from our previous features. Portrait and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter shares with us another interesting look into his ultra large format wet plate process: from the cameras he uses, traveling with his wet plate gear, and shooting in a historic studio.

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Irene Rudnyk Shares Her First Large Format Camera Experience

Sreenshot image from the video by Irene Rudnyk on Large Format cameras

Surely, anyone who’s a fan of traditional photography today has large format photography on his or her bucket list. Thankfully, we have a lot of online resources to feed this curiosity with, whether it’s about getting the right gear to get started or learning the entire shooting process. In one of her recent videos, natural light photographer Irene Rudnyk gets to have a go with this beautiful medium for the first time, with pretty amazing results.

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