12 Nov New Old School Camera
I can’t really explain why, but I’ve been intrigued by the weird 4×10 format for at least fifteen years now. Having always been drawn to panoramic images, my appreciation of the long ratio has been recently compounded through doing so much cinematography work. I always seem to be framing those projects to 2.4 or 2.35 which is very close to the 4×10 ratio. I’ve shot a lot of film over the last year on personal projects, have resurrected my drum scanner and am really enjoying the mystique and the workflow of shooting analog again. About a month ago I caved in and purchased a 4×10 camera from Chamonix View Camera in China. The Chamonix is a lightweight field camera constructed of teak, aluminum and carbon fiber. Hugo Zhang, Marketing Rep for Chamonix and a large format shooter himself, was very helpful in getting me set up with the right kit. The craftsmanship coming out of the Zhejiang Province studio is exceptional. The Chamonix is light to carry, quick to setup and easy to operate from under the darkcloth… not to mention, it’s damn cool looking.
I’m processing the color negs (which I have to cut down from 8×10 stock) in Unicolor C-41 chemistry, which I’ve never done before. It’s actually just as easy as souping black and white. Today I’ll be receiving Jobo’s new CPP-3 processor which should give me very accurate and repeatable results with their Master Drums that I’ve already been using.