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Old 06-10-2010, 06:29 PM   #11
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And those lenses had to be really good for their intended purpose.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:22 PM   #12
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After some googling around, I am amazed to discover that 20x24 film is still available: I just found a listing for 25 sheets of Ilford FP-4 for a mere $818.35. Just the thing for some casual snap-shooting!

Polaroid used to make a 20x24 camera and film, but I can't tell from the Google hits I got if it's still around or not. So hard to figure out dates of things on the web sometimes.

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I remember reading about the "Humongaroid" 20x24 camera. The Polaroid program ran as sort of a grant process; you'd apply to use it and if you and your proposed project were approved, they'd send the camera and a team of technicians to help you operate it.

Polaroid's no longer making consumer Polaroid film; I'd bet you better than even money they're not making the big stuff either.

Visit http://www.polaroid.com/ and among the rotating images at the top of the page, you'll see the monster camera. Polaroid's donated it to MIT.

And there you can also learn that I was wrong. They *had* stopped making film, but they're back in the business now. My bet's still on though.

   
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I remember reading about the "Humongaroid" 20x24 camera. The Polaroid program ran as sort of a grant process; you'd apply to use it and if you and your proposed project were approved, they'd send the camera and a team of technicians to help you operate it.

Visit http://www.polaroid.com/ and among the rotating images at the top of the page, you'll see the monster camera. Polaroid's donated it to MIT.

And look here: http://www.mammothcamera.com/
You can still rent the thing. Prices available on request but they do quote this, probably to discourage the casually curious: $200 / shot for the film alone.

To paraphrase the old carpenter's advice: Meter twice. Shoot once.

   
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:54 AM   #15
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eric: Polaroid used to make a 20x24 camera and film, but I can't tell from the Google hits I got if it's still around or not. So hard to figure out dates of things on the web sometimes.
I saw a documentary not long ago on Chuck Close and I *think* he may use this as a step in his portrait painting process...

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... traveled with a surveying expedition in the US west carrying a camera that size. And had his own special wagon to serve as a darkroom...
...looks like there's enough space to set up a darkroom inside the camera..;-)

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...looks like there's enough space to set up a darkroom inside the camera..;-)

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Sure. If you don't bring the film in there with you. There's the rub.

   
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:24 AM   #18
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Nah, I'm sure there's room to park my car in there...

...you can't believe what you see in photos these days', y'know...;-)

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Now there's a thought. Imagine what it'd take to retouch those things.
Photoshop CDs the size of flying saucers. Wow.

   
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:28 AM   #20
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Oh, heavens, more pixels than you could shake a stick at - dozens of 'em... hundreds even...

...and not only that - quality pixels, the very finest!!

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