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Old 17th January 2020, 07:06 AM
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Welcome aboard Tom.

I cannibalised a very dead old folder for its uncoated 3-element lens to use on my 4x5 and was disappointed at how good the lens was!

If you are going for that look, perhaps investigate using Ortho film - you can get it in 4x5. Not sure about 5x7, but Ilford do a special run of the more obscure sizes of LF film every year and possibly they can be persuaded to add their Ortho Plus to the run in 5x7.

Old photo magazines from the 40's and 50's (and I guess online searches these days) are a good source of old photographs - there is definitely a different aesthetic involved compared to the modern way of composing shots - more "romantic" I guess.

Have fun, Bob.
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