large format camera

2 posts

Soft Focus Lens: Congo 150mm/F4.5

One nice thing about using a large format camera is that you have access to the best lens ever made most of the time for a very good price (e.g. a standard $200 150mm Plasmat lens is as perfect as they get). On the other end of spectrum are the soft focus lenses. I have a couple hundred years old Cooke soft focus lens which I will write about later. Today I want to talk about the almost-unobtainable Congo 150mm/F4.5 lens. Almost-unobtainable because this thing never comes up for sale, and I even had a couple people looking for it […]

The Art of Engineering

A Review of the Gibellini ACN45 4×5 Large Format (LF) Camera, a post I wrote in 2016 on another site. Large format photography is a dying breed. From its heyday as the medium of choice for the world’s great portrait, landscape, fine arts and commercial photographers such as Avedon, Adams, Mann, Misrach, Penn, and Roversi, large format photography is now but a niche market for a few remaining diehards. But for the few dedicated souls who appreciate the format, amazingly enough there are still a few companies such as Chamonix and Shen Hao making new LF cameras. It’s in this […]