Among the slides I got from the lab a few days ago, there were eight 4×5 sheets of Fuji Provia 100F shot with the Sinar Norma view camera. Looking at these slides on a lightbox is really something !! The color and detail are phenomenal. Using a loupe I could see incredible detail which unfortunately my Epson V750 flatbed scanner cannot reproduce. Nevertheless, the scans came out fine and at 20 inches wide prints they look spectacular. I am sure I could get away with even larger prints and that’s something I am going to try next time to find the limits of the flatbed scan.
The ability of using movements to control perspective and depth of field is really the major reason I upgraded to large format. You can use optimum apertures and at the same time have full control over DoF while on my other cameras I would have to use smaller apertures and have to mess with diffraction after a specific point. I am still learning how to use these moves but from my small experience so far, I think they are invaluable for many situations.
The color of slide film with the tonality of the large format really impressed me. Now, I have done some comparisons with my D800E and I came to the conclusion that as far as resolution goes, they are pretty much equal. That of course concerns my flatbed scan, since a drum scanner would yield different results, but I don’t own a drum scanner and if I was to have my sheets drum scanned, that would be for a very limited number of photos since its a very expensive service. But the main reason for me using large format is the ability of movements and the unique look of film (plus the fact that I really enjoy the whole process of shooting LF, it is a very rewarding experience for me !)
So far, I have been very pleased from my LF camera, its a completely different experience from other cameras, and although it has its limitations (due to the way its operated) there are many things I am planning to do with the Sinar at the near future.
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