Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by RT_Panther, Aug 9, 2013.
Nikon D800X: A Huge D800 DSLR Replica Created Out of Styrofoam :smile:
A 4x5 dSLR? That would be sweet in real life. Would put the Pentax 6x7 to shame
I love stuff like this. After all, I spent my youth building model airplanes that weren't nearly as impressive.
As long as the purchase price included a couple of servants to carry it and set it up for you.
Would you settle for a 4x5 film TLR? If so, such a beast exists. They were small volume items, obviously, produced by Peter Gowland, who used them to create some of the most admired Glamour photography of the 20th century.
Gowlandflex, Mother Of All TLRs | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Good Lord, I never knew they made such a thing! I used to have a Mamiya C220 like the one in the picture and the Gowland dwarfs it!
These things tend to come up on ebay about once a month. Usually they sell for under $1000 unless multiple buyers are intent on getting one. Which is impressive value because the two lenses are each worth over $200 if you were to try to buy them separately on ebay - and this is a precision made camera of which fewer than 1000 were ever made.
Shipping tends to be expensive, though
Apparently, they were very much desired by some of the greatest portraitists ever, including Gowland, obviously, who invented and built them because he desired TLR convenience with large format image size. Other owner/users included Annie Leibovitz, Yusef Karsh, Phillipe Halsmann, the FBI, and the U.S. Navy.
I remember reading about those back in the 70s, or maybe even the late 60s. I'd still want a couple of porters to carry them around for me.
He also made a 5x7 version and an 8x10 version. Apparently, he made less than a dozen of the 8x10s (and over 600 of the 4x5s). He himself did not like the 8x10 version because it was so immense.
Not digital but Graflex made large format slr's complete with focal plane shutters.
Incredible amount of work - awesome!
A 5x7 focal plane shutter! I suspect it wasn't much good at stopping fast action. :smile:
The iconic photo on this page was taken with a 4x5 camera with a focal plane shutter. The distortion is from a combination of panning and the moving slit of the shutter. It did stop the action though.
Here's another iconic photo showing the same effect of a big focal plane shutter stopping the action: Ray Harroun, during his winning run in the inaugural Indy 500:
1911 - Ray Harroun - Indy 500: The Early Years - Photos - SI.com
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