Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Panoramic views of the Withlacoochee River

I was fortunate to find a good deal a few days ago on a 6x17 panoramic back for my 4x5 camera made by DaYi. I also recently upgraded my 4x5 from the Zone VI / Wista to a Chamonix. The Chamonix is a really great camera that allows me to use longer lenses and is more precise than the Wista. This morning I used both of them for the first time.

These 4 photos were from a 120 roll of Ilford FP4+ film that I was given along with the 6x17 back. I used four different lenses to test out the back. It turns out that only the 90mm really covers the full 17cm-wide frame, while longer lenses use less and less. The longest lens I used was the Nikon telephoto with 500mm rear element. This combo only covered about 6x12, but it was still plenty wide.

The biggest challenge for these was scanning. I bought a small piece of treated glass from Hobby Lobby to hold down the film on the glass plate that normally is used for 8x10 negatives on the Agfa T2500. This caused Newton Rings on a couple of the scans. I will have to reconsider that strategy or maybe buy some real anti-Newton glass instead.

Here are the four photos in order from widest angle to longest lens. First was the Nikon 90mm f/8, then the Schneider 150mm APO, followed by the 210mm Symmar-S, and finally the Nikon 500mm telephoto. The film was developed in some fresh XTOL 1:1 for 8.5 minutes (I shot the FP4+ at ASA 50). I have never used FP4+ before so I think I will give it a bit less exposure next time and a little more development. I shot these at Langdale Park a little after sunrise. I need to watch for flare using this back as evident in the first photo:

I'm already really liking this panoramic perspective so expect a lot more soon.


  1. I just found your blog, thanks to your post in the Large format Photography forum.

    Very nice blog about your experiences in film photography using large format gear, mostly!

    Keep up the good work. I'll be checking it out, daily!

    Happy Trails

  2. Thanks! Glad to know you are reading.