Camera info

I’ve been shooting film lately, mostly large format and Polaroids, as I am taking a break from medium format and have completely abandoned 35mm film.

I’ve been asked about two cameras I use, so here’s a couple of images and some info.

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This is my 8×10″ large format pinhole camera. It’s aperture is f/400, and the focal length is 100mm. It has an view angle of 116 degrees, and it’s roughly 15mm (35mm equivalent). A very wide angle which comes in handy since you don’t get a viewfinder with these cameras. My first pack of film was Ilford FP4, a great film, and I have shot about 10 shots in a 10 months period, so although it’s expensive per sheet, it’s no big deal with the rate I shoot. For my next pack I am thinking of Fomapan 100 which is cheaper, and with a pinhole you don’t take a lot of consideration in image quality.

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The Polaroid SX-70 has a 116mm f/8 lens and a shutter speed of 1/175 to several seconds. The 35mm focal length equivalent is something between 43mm and 52mm (based on info I gathered from the internet). It’s a manual focus SLR which gives more control in framing and doF compared to my Spectra and other Polaroids. It has instantly become a favorite camera for me !

So, that’s all about these two cameras. There will be a few images coming soon from them and I am also preparing a short video about my 8×10 pinhole and the SX-70, it will be uploaded in a couple of weeks.

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2 Responses to Camera info

  1. DJ Cordero says:

    I am on the fence about using an 8X10 pinhole camera. I’ve had zero experience, but I think I may pick up a piece and then experiment with the Impossible project instant film (if I can get my hands on the old Polaroid rolling processor). What advice would you give a novice to these systems? Thank you!
    Merry Christmas!
    DJ

    • kbesios says:

      I would first try to use a 8×10 pinhole camera with cheap film (like Fomapan for example) or photographic paper. The impossible project 8×10 instant film is very expensive and I would use it with a normal 8×10 camera, in order to get the best results possible.

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