Large Format Photography
Large Format Wista 8x10 DX Brass and Cherrywood Field Camera
This is essentially the same camera your Great Grandfather used in the late 1800s, except for the advent of modern lens coatings and much better film. In short, these cameras take such large negatives/chromes that 30"x38" enlargements show essentially no grain. There are many other advantages to
view cameras, such as plane movements, changing film type after each shot, and access to a huge variety of lens types and manufacturers. This Wista camera is made by Tachihara
For some, the 8x10 camera and the contact print is the true test of a
large format photographer.
With the 8x10 you have to learn a great deal of discipline. I do not recommend this approach for everyone. However, there is something special about an 8x10 contact print. The 8x10 camera is the largest format seriously considered by most photographers. 8x10 folding cameras weighs between eight and 18 lbs., and the monorail style weighs between ten and 20 lbs. Their size and the size of the related equipment, primarily film holders, can take up a lot of space in a case or travelling bag. There is a large supply of 8x10 film available in both black and white and color, as well as a
plentiful supply of new and used 8x10 cameras and lenses. When selecting lenses for your 8x10, remember to take your favorite 35mm lenses and multiply their focal length by six or your medium format lenses and multiply them by four to obtain equivalent focal length lenses. The rules regarding the bellows length which needs to be at least 25% longer than the longest lens, availability of a wide angle bellows for lenses shorter than 210mm , and basic movements are the same for the 8 x 10 format as for the 4x5.
So why an 8x10? Isn't it obsolete? Not quite —a large number of high-level fine art photographers, such as
Alec Soth, use 8x10 cameras to distinguish their work visually and technically from the digital
The other reason is that there has been a big change in what was considered for
a long time to be a bottleneck in view camera practicality. 8x10 contact prints
(made by sandwiching the negative and paper together, so the print had a 1:1
correspondence to the negative). At one time 8x10 enlargers were huge, expensive, and
hard to work with. As 4x5 enlargers were more practical, and because studio pros found 4x5 Polaroids most practical, 4x5 became the dominant size in view cameras.
Enter Scanners! An 8x10 negative (or positive) is just as easy to fit on the bed of a high-quality flatbed scanner like the Epson V-100% as a 4x5 negative is. (Expect to contend with enormous file sizes, however.) Digital might yet be a puff of wind beneath the sails of this venerable old format. And, assuming your technique is good, the results of such a working method would
far surpass those from
digital cameras for image quality.
The downside is that everything is manual. It also takes 10-15 minutes to get everything right, so patience is a necessity. It does make one think carefully about composition and lighting, however, and I suspect I'll become a better photographer over time...
The Tachihara Field camera is the most advanced wooden view camera approved by the many first class photographers in the world. The material used is the best Cherry wood selected in order to have the best technical cameras.
The Field 8x10 is designed to match professional photographer's use and amateurs, provided with precision, durability and high mechanical devices.
The Field camera is one of the artistic works, the wooden surfaces are finished very carefully, brass fittings. The camera back is equipped with a Fresnel glass for easy focusing.
- Type: Field Camera
- Format: 8x10 - 4x5 (with reducing back)
- Rise: 120mm
- Swing: 17° &17°
- Tilt: 40° & 30°
- Back swing: 25° & 25°
- Back tilt: 30° & 40°
- Bellows extension: Max 550mm - Min 90mm
- Lens panel: 140x140mm Sinar type
- Dimensions: 12x12x4in (folded)
- Weight: 10.3 lbs.
Buy Wista 8x10 DX Brass and Cherrywood Field Camera at
• B&H Photo