Took the Large Format out again.....

Paul Taylor

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Loaded everything up in my F.64 Large bag.

Not only can it hold my Toyo 45G & filter set, stop watch, Minolta Spotmeter, dark cloth, misc stuff - but I can fit my Lumix G9, Oly 40-150 pro, and I threw the Minolta a7 35mm w/50mm2.8 in there for good measure.
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Unfortunately the place I went is only open 9am - 4pm and it is rarely an overcast / cloudy day in AZ so I was stuck with overhead sunlight.
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The main shot I wanted was interior of an old church.

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We will see how they turned out. I know the first six shots I took with Catlabs 80II - I accidentally set my light meter to the wrong ISO - so I am going to have to fix that in developing, but the remaining 8 shots of Ilford HP5 I should develop normally.
 
Developed (Cinestill DF96 Monobath) and scanned (Sony Nex-7 w/ 50mm 2.8 macro Minolta) the first 6 images. This is the second time out with this camera - and I am pretty happy with the results. I was somewhat limited by only having one lens with me (Nikkor 180mm) but was glad I didn't have any major oopsies. Biggest issue I have - is learning to slow down.

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Great results. :D I particularly like the shot of the church interior.

That was the one shot I really wanted visiting that place - and I am glad it turned out ok. Lol This trip taught me I need a wider lens as well.
 
Yesterday I took the Toyo out for an adventure. Shot some Cinestill 400D 4x5, CatLabs 80II, and some HP5.

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Developed (Cinestill DF96 Monobath) and scanned (Sony Nex-7 w/ 50mm 2.8 macro Minolta) the first 6 images
These are great Paul (although I didn't see until today).
Shot some Cinestill 400D 4x5, CatLabs 80II, and some HP5.
I wonder how frequently you use your Toyo as compared to other cameras. I think I'd like to fool around with 4 x 5 although I don't think it makes any sense until I once again begin my own development. I keep looking at what it would take to get back into that aspect of film and it seems like every time I look, the barriers seem less and less formidable.

When can we see a scan of the pump house at the base of the dam?
 
These are great Paul (although I didn't see until today).

I wonder how frequently you use your Toyo as compared to other cameras. I think I'd like to fool around with 4 x 5 although I don't think it makes any sense until I once again begin my own development. I keep looking at what it would take to get back into that aspect of film and it seems like every time I look, the barriers seem less and less formidable.

When can we see a scan of the pump house at the base of the dam?

I shoot more medium format than anything, but I try to take the Toyo out whenever I can. I am going to build a 6x17 panoramic camera here fairly soon as well.

I will probably get around to developing the pics this weekend.

Home developing is quite easy these days - and very cost effective. Using stuff from Cinestill - it is less than a couple bucks a roll and that is significantly cheaper than sending off to a lab that wants 20+ bucks a roll + scanning & postage.
 
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Looks like I did my part with the camera and developing - however I am not too impressed with the Cinestill 400D 4x5 when it comes to handling it. It is the curliest / unruliest film I have ever worked with. I knew it felt pretty thin when I was loading my film holders.

Soon as I started rinsing it in the Stearman 455 tank - I could see it was already super curled and had escaped the holders. Getting it in the drying holders I use was not fun. Also, very annoyingly - the film water spots like crazy. I never have an issue with water spotting so it has to be the film. The roll of 120 Kodak Gold I developed simultaneously with the same chems/process was perfect with no spots. Definitely going to have to sandwich the 4x5 in-between a couple glass plates when I scan it.

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Looking good though.

The original CineStill films were cine stock with the anti-halation layer removed and then packaged into 135 canisters. If they do that to 5x4 stock (which assume must be pre-'slicing' for 35mm cine stock), I guess that might explain the curling (and why it is so thin).
 
My friend that accompanied me to the Dam took these pic with his Minolta X700.

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The first two pics I have scanned look good focus/exposure settings. I wasn't too concerned with composition as I am just "getting used to" the camera. I still have a few more color sheets to develop and 6 or 8 B&W shots to develop.

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