My exploration in the world of large format continues. I was at the wonderful location of Meteora (Greece) and had a chance to experiment with my Sinar Norma view camera.
I don’t consider the image above to be anything special, but it was a very good subject to test the camera movements. With f/22 aperture chosen (which provides the best quality image) only the lift was in focus. By using front tilt the whole image was in focus without having to use extreme apertures which would degrade the IQ. The use of rise/fall was also employed. It’s really very exciting to see all these changes in. DoF and perspective realize through the ground glass.
The Norma is a monorail camera which means that you have access to almost any possible movement you can imagine. It’s not a camera for hike unless you disassemble it but I use it near my car, so until now I didn’t have any “transportation problems”. It’s also a light camera (at least lighter than what I was excepting at first).
The use of my LEE filter system has proven invaluable, it saves me from post processing and its always better to have the image right exposed at all areas during shooting. The ground glass on my Norma is not as bright as I would want, so a fresnel could be a good addition to the system (although it might be hard to find since the Noma is very old and it uses a different fresnel approach than modern Sinars).
The more I work with large format, the easier it gets and I am getting faster during the whole procedure. Currently I am waiting for a 150mm to complete my lenses kit. 150mm is considered a normal lens for 4×5 so I except it to be my most used lens at the future.
This weekend I will try the Kodak TMAX 100, a fine grained film which I expect will give me great results in landscapes.
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