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.
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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:
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.