format panorama camera by Linhof
camera companies make a 6 x 17 centimeter ultra wide angle camera,
but the Linhof model is the one I have the most experience with.
These use 120 or 220 rollfilm. I enjoyed this camera and it clearly
has a marketplace, since so many models are available from various
sources. But in the long run I found a full scale 8 x 10 inch camera
gave me more of what I really needed for architectural scenes: namely,
camera movements and the capability to see everything on the ground
effect an 8 x 10 (18 x2 4 cm) camera does everything that the 6
x 17 format cameras can do, and better. The 617 class, however,
is more portable, though I take my 8 x 10 out in the field constantly.
There is, though, definitely an ease of use in rollfilm. It is hard
to find a place to load 8x10 film when out on an expedition that
covers large territories.
I got the 8 x 10, and after I had traded in the 617, I bought an
unusual 6 x 24. These are hand made by adapting a Linhof Technikardan
with an extremely wide back. I have seen one of these in use by
an architectural photographer so I thought I would give it a try.
is imported into the USA by HP
main difficulty was in composing the picture, since there was not
really a workable solution to viewing, except before you put in
the roll of film. If you are specialized in rollfilm wide angle
then this model might be appropriate for you. I got mine at Ken
Hansen's, and later turned it back in to get a Zeiss lens for another
panorama camera. I only took a single picture with it.
after testing all these models, I am happier with the Linhof 8 x
10. I went whole hog and bought the largest and best model Linhof
had, their Kardan Master GTL. I have taken lots of 8x10 photographs
in Mexico and they sure are the best way to record ancient art and
you should try out the Linhof 617 system for yourself. They just
came out with some new models, the Technorama 617 S III.
have visited the Linhof factory in Munich the last two times I was
in Germany. The Linhof people are hospitable and make a quality
product. Try the Linhof M 679 for medium format digital photography
and how to store your digital images? RAID,
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