Which Film Format Is the Right One for You?

Interested in getting into analog photography, but not sure which film format to use? Our latest infographic has you covered.

Although digital dominates much of the photography market today, analog photography continues to be alive and well. In fact, interest in film photography has been steadily increasing in recent years. So much so that film manufacturers are actively developing and releasing new film emulsions to satisfy the growing demand. For the uninitiated, the film formats available on the market may have you scratching your head in confusion. If you’re just getting started with film photography, our latest original infographic covers some of the most common film formats you can find today. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the various formats outlined below if you’re planning to start shooting film.

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The World’s First 8×10 Large Format Digital Camera is Yours for $106,000

The large format bellows camera goes completely digital in this hefty-sized, hefty-priced creation by LargeSense.

If you’ve ever wondered whether those massive 8×10 large format cameras will ever have digital counterparts, the answer now is yes. Say hello to the LargeSense LS911, which lays claim to the title of “world’s first 8×10 digital single shot camera for sale.” With this mammoth digital camera, you’ll be able to truly go big or go home in terms of image sensor size. But you’ll also need deeper pockets: it’s priced at a whopping $106,000.

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George Muncey Shoots Large Format Portraits for Dickies

Today, the distinct look of film photography is sought after not only by ardent film shooters and professional photographers looking for alternate mediums, but apparently by brands as well. It’s not even limited to independent brands anymore, as George Muncey of Negative Feedback proves with a recent large format portrait shoot for Dickies.

The highlight of George’s shoot, without a doubt, is that he used his new Chamonix 8×10 large format camera equipped with a Nikkor 300mm f5.6. This impressive view camera is a handmade piece of art in itself, sporting a modern design and constructed using wood and carbon fiber composite material. Shooting large format is certainly a thrilling experience, and using it to do a project with one of his favorite brands was the perfect opportunity for George’s first large format series.

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Why I Built a 90mm 4×5 Film Pinhole Camera

All photos and blog post by Julian L. Used with permission.

 

I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm film through it. After a few years I graduated onto a Voigtlander Vitoret D and my dad found at a car boot sale. It was cheap because the shutter was jammed, but dad fixed it for me. I ‘helped’ with the repair (watched and tried not to get in the way, I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time). The shutter mechanism absolutely fascinated me. I remember dad explaining aperture and shutter speed to me, because the camera was unmetered. It took a little while to get used to it, but got there in the end. Anyway I had several other cameras, but I always remember these two. The Instamatic introduced me to photography and the Voigtlander taught me the importance of exposure.

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Dinis Santos: Photographs With a Homemade 8×10 Camera

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All images by Dinis Santos. Used with permission.

“I’ve studied Painting at the Fine Arts School of Porto, Portugal. There I had two years of analog photography. Soon I realized that photography would be my predilect tool and I’ve abandoned the pencil and the brush.” says photographer Dinis Santos about how he got into photography. Though he shoots commercial work, he also built his own camera which he used to create large format portraits.

Dinis started out shooting digitally and later on wanted to try out shooting analog. When he moved to a new home, he had the space for a lab. At the same time, he wanted to experiment with large format photography but didn’t have the money to. so he built his own camera with cheap materials: wood a cheap loupe.

“When I was starting to use this camera, Portugal was living the first years of austerity. In the parliament the right wing government was cutting on the education, health public system and had closed the department of culture.” says Dinis. “In the streets the left wing movements and new movements were rising together in huge demonstrations.” Dinis continues to say that those meetings for the left wing used to be held at his house. As people came and went, he asked for their portraits.

At our place we used to have meetings to organize protests and paint banners and posters.

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Rudi Blondia: The Challenges of Shooting 8×10 Polaroids

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All images by Rudi Blondia. Used with permission.

Photographer Rudi Blondia is a one that loves to experiment with rare mediums. He is a portrait, beauty, fashion, editorial and travel photographers based in San Francisco and is absolutely in love with the process of capturing a person’s essence in a portrait. His beginning started with a little Diana camera–and the Lo-Fi aesthetic is still present in some of his work.

Rudi really clings to film and absolutely adores creating large format Polaroid photography–providing he can get his hands on some of it. “My medium frame 56MP digital back has 25 times less surface area compared to an 8×10 film negative and I can easily scan the latter into a 460MP file and with some effort in a 1,250MP file without having to worry about Bayer filter artifacts and color interpolations.” he tells us.

We talked to Rudi about the challenges of shooting large format Polaroid photos in today’s day and age.

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One Photographer Bought the Last 12,000 Sheets of Velvia 50 8×10 Film

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Photo Via Brandon Remler’s Blog. Used with permission

UPDATE: Foto Care contacted us and stated that it was bought through them. The buyer paid over $161,000 for all the film.

There was that famous song by Paul Simon that states, “Don’t Take my Kodachrome Away.” But one photographer is positively adamant about not taking his Fujifilm Velvia 50 8×10 film away. Fujifilm rep Brandon Remler has shared images in a post about the last shipment of Fujifilm Velvia 50 8×10 going to one photographer.

So let’s figure this out mathematically: Unique Photo lists the now gone film at $219.95–so for arguments sake we’ll round it up to $220. One pack gives you 20 sheets. 12,000 divided by 20 gives you 600. 600 x $220 = $132,000. Brandon doesn’t state where he bought the film from, but perhaps he might have found a way to get it cheaper. The name of the photographer also isn’t mentioned. One thing is for sure: he can either totally figure out a way to make a profit from this, or he really loves that film.

I hope he’s got a big freezer.

Velvia 50 is still sold in 35mm and 120mm. Fujichrome Velvia 100 and Provia 100 are both available in 35mm, 120mm, 4×5 and 8×10 formats.

Ilford Releases A New Harman Titan 8×10 Pinhole Camera with F288 Aperture

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All images shot by Leon Taylor and used with permission

Not long ago, Ilford introduced their 4×5 pinhole camera. But today, they’re unveiling their 8×10 pinhole camera–possibly making everyone else feel a little small in the fanny pack. It’s made from injection moulded ABS and then a durable non-slip coating is added. However, it stays really light at only 800gms. It sports an 8 x 10 film holder and features tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and an accessory mount.

As far as optics go, it comes with a 150mm (5.9in) focal length cone with a diameter of 0.52mm (0.0205in). This optic has a fixed aperture of f288 and a 94.7 degree angle of view.

And just like the 4×5 version, the kit has the same Exposure Calculator and printed onto a waterproof material. Filmwasters already has a video review of it, and you can check it out after the jump. If you want to see samples, photographer Leon Taylor has some images already on his Flickr and after the jump. If you convert the figured, it will cost around $386 US for this monster.

Via Believe in Film

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DIY 8×10 Camera Guide For The (Daring) Film People Out There

Cary has been making DIY types of cameras for awhile now and a recent popular one was his 8×10 Lego Camera as well as a bunch of others on his blog. This camera is his attempt at making a nice 8×10 camera in which his goal was to make “a nice one, out of wood or something.” This was his original objective but as he says “one doesn’t just throw together a well-made, (really) large format camera” and he settled on making the camera out of an affordable foam core.

He found out that making the camera out of foam core was really cost effective and this led him to his $15 8×10 camera.

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The Impossible Project Releases New 8×10 Instant Film

(Top: Photo by Bill Phelps. Bottom: Photo by Chloe Aftel)

The Impossible Project’s story is one that is really inspirational in the photography world. With the death of Polaroid’s film, they tried to reverse engineer the process to continue the production of the film. Today, the company has announced that they are finally ready to release their PQ 8×10 instant film for large format cameras. As we stated before, we really need to keep medium format and large format film alive, and for the cool price of $189 US, you can score 10 sheets of this new film.

As is typical with Impossible Film though, we can probably expect the first batches to be nowhere as good as the improved formula they come up with in their, “cool” branding. Keep checking the Project’s shop for availability.

Also: not big enough for you? Take a look at the tour of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera we did last year.

British Journal of Photography: Fujifilm Discontinues Velvia 100F And Velvia 50 In Some Formats (Developing Story)

Update 2, July 20th 7:30 AM EST: Fujifilm UK already posted an official note yesterday, confirming the discontinuance of Velvia 100 in all formats and Velvia 50 in large formats. Still no word from Fujifilm USA, though.

Update: 4:44 PM- Fujifilm USA hasn’t heard anything and believes the stock to still be the same. Rejoice, everyone?

According to the BJP, Fujifilm just announced discontinuation of their Velvia 100F and Velvia 50 professional slide films in the following formats:

  • Velvia 100F: 35mm, 120 and 4×5
  • Velvia 50: 4×5 and 8×10

After contacting two of our Fujifilm USA contacts, they haven’t heard about this discontinuation; we’re currently waiting to hear from them.

If true, this means that Velvia 100F is practically killed off. Velvia 50, Velvia 100 and Provia 100F will also no longer available in Large Format. This basically leaves us with Velvia 50, Velvia 100, Provia 100F and Provia 400X in 35mm and 120 formats — large format slide films will no longer be available from Fujifilm once remaining stocks are sold out.

This announcement comes only shortly after the news of Fujifilm killing off some of their color negative emulsions, and Kodak killing off their slide film lineup entirely.

The good news, however, is that many of the now-discontinued films are still in stock. Here’s a list of what you can still buy online over at B&H Photo:

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Impossible Project Hopes to Ramp Up PX 680 Color Shade Production; 8×10 inch format

Lovers of film, like the 20×24 Polaroid studio we visited, will be happy to know that the Impossible Project is still fueling creativity. Today, they are announcing that they plan to ramp up production of PX 680 color shade film and restart production of 8×10 large format film. To be honest, there is really little more to the press release but highlighting IP’s steps forward for the year (which are still quite tremendous in and of themselves.) But if you live in Tokyo or NYC, then you’ll want to check out the events they have going on. In which case, hit the jump and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

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