Free Darkroom Newsletter for Analog Photographers - The Darkroom Underground, Your Analog Photography Magazine I used 4x5 and 8x10 large format view cameras for many years before I decided to get an 11x14 camera.  In my mind, I knew it was a lot bigger, but the reality of it was still very surprising to me. I have a passion for contact printing and I find 11x14 prints to feel and appear substantially larger than 8x10.  

If you want the full list of my exact 11x14 large format gear, just click on this link, and I will email you a PDF.

I understood mathmatically that 8x10 was 80 square inches (516 square centimeters) and 11x14 was nearly twice as big at 154 square inches (992 square centimeters), but I didn't count on the emotional impact that I was able to achieve with this format.

I am learning when to use this format to support my creative vision and I look forward to continuing the journey.  

11x14 Camera Equipment

I use the Chamonix 11x14 view camera exclusively for this format.  It is an engineering marvel in my mind and for 11x14, it only weighs 14 lbs/6630g.  My old Burke & James must have weighed more than twice this amount.  The camera is a joy to use in the field and fits nicely into a case for transport. I transport it out in the field in a baby buggy!

For lenses I use the following:

  • 210mm Schneider Super-Angulon F8
  • 300mm Rodenstock APO-Sironar W F5.6-F64
  • 450mm Fujinon-C F12.5-F128
  • 600mm Fujinon-C F11.5-F64

I use a Gitzo 5541LS carbon fiber tripod with a RRS BH-55 ball head and a Manfrotto 400 geared head.  

For metering, I use a Sekonic 758-DR and I have an older Sekonic 508 that I keep as my backup.  I have been using the 758 since 2010 and really rely on it with a high degree of accuracy.

For a loupe, I use a Wista 5x (the black one) the most.  I also keep a pair of +3 reader glasses in my kit to set up the composition and get the focus fairly close, before moving to the loupe.  

Free Darkroom Newsletter for Analog Photographers - The Darkroom Underground, Your Analog Photography Magazine Because of the size and weight of this camera, I don't personally backpack with it.  I acquired a baby jogging stroller that parents use to tote their children in while they jog and it makes life a lot easier on my old and tired back.  Although, I do push the limits of where I take this gear and I always have fun doing it.  

For miscellaneous items, I use a manual stopwatch for exposures, a lens brush and microfiber clothes, an extra battery for my Sekonic 758 meter, extra rubber bands (needed many times in the field), a spanner wrench in case I need to work on lenses in the field, a flexible measuring tape to calculate bellows factor for exposure comp in case I do any close-up work in the field, and a couple cable releases, with one serving as a backup.  I use a dark cloth that has an elastic band around the front side and velcro along the seam.  It also stays in my case to help protect the ground glass too.  I also have an old black sweatshirt with a white t-shirt inside it that I use for a dark cloth too.  

I have a variety of older 11x14 film holders, but after I purchased the new holders from Chamonix, I use these exclusively, unless I need more film holders loaded.  I have a customized case that holds 6 holders.