Currently looking at 4x5 field camera for landscapes. I suppose it can also be used for portraits, but I find most people dont want to buy a portrait of them that large. Res from the mkIII (10mp) is good for most all of my portrait work. 30" is the largest Ive printed for anyone. Good idea to use the 4x5 for a portrait though.
Since I’m still in the research stage of getting a 4x5, what things should I look for when buying one?
I don’t know much about the cameras...
Yesterday at the camera store I learned:
1. View, and field is different. 4x5 view is normally on rails, and you adjust them to focus on the ground glass.
Q: does anyone know if the ground glass 'wears out'? I hear people replacing them or advertising their 'used' ground glass with low hours on it... what is this about?
2. Field cameras are like a view, but more compact. They can fold into a box so you can hike them into remote places for that cool landscape photo.
Is this statement correct? View = more for studio work, and Field = landscapes? (both are 4x5 format right?)
3. Once you make your exposure, you need to process the film, then you can scan it via: pro; drum scanner or flat bed home scanner?
3b. Once the negative is scanned, you can end up with a large file 50-200mb right? Then you can work the contrast and color cast using PS/LR like a regular image?
4. are all 4x5 lenses mechanical timer release? I saw one in operation for the first time yesterday, and was really impressed! Can you sync a speedlight or strobe to the shutter?
Sorry for sounding like a noob, but I am born and raised on digital. (besides automatic 35mm and polaroid’s, and oatmeal box cameras) never played with 4x5... 100% new for me. I just know my landscapes are hurting in terms of resolution. My printing lab does a good job with up converting small files to large prints, but I think I can improve the quality by going 4x5. Currently have EOS APS-C, and APS-H digital sensors, and they look good up to 30 inches on gloss or mat, and 40 on canvas. I NEED MORE.