My first field test for the Sinar Norma 4×5 view camera. Loaded with Ilford Delta 100 film I took a few test shots.
I have chosen Delta 100 as my main b&w landscape film. It’s a modern emulsion which has given me great results with my medium format cameras. Development was done with Ilfotec DD-X developer using the MOD54 which so far has worked great for me. Sheets came out just fine with even development and great quality. Printed at 45cm (18″) wide the results were stunning. You can’t really appreciate a large format image by just viewing it on the screen !!
Now, a few words about carrying a monorail camera of the field. The ability to have all movement is great (although for the kind of images I shot I only employed rise and fall). The Norma is not a heavy camera and its very easy to carry it in a Pelican style metal case. The problem is the shape of a monorail which makes it hard to get a good grip. I have to hold it by the rail when I move it and the balance is weird, so it requires very careful movements when trying to take it out of its the case and put it on the tripod. I usually shoot near my car and although I can carry the case for a close distance I also have to carry a second large bag with lenses, holders etc.
So, its not the easiest camera to work with outdoors, but that’s something I already knew ! A good field camera is much more expensive so at the moment I am perfectly happy with the Norma. I can also appreciate the stability that a heavy monorail provides and the precise movements lock it offers.
The whole process of shooting a camera like this is slow and very thorough and I enjoy very much the things you can do by applying movements. My images so far have just been test shots but I am on the way of making some “serious” photos soon.
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