I have a lot of people ask me about my 4x5 large format gear that I use and so I thought I would publish an article and show everyone my tools.
If you want the full list of my exact 4x5 large format gear, just click on this link, and I will email you a PDF.
4x5 Camera Equipment
I mostly use the Chamonix 4x5 view camera for this format because of its light weight and incredible versatility. The camera only weighs about 3 lbs/1400g, making it lighter than many modern pro DSLR cameras. I use this camera for strenuous backpacking adventures or when I want to create a silver gelatin enlargement from my negative medium. I tend to contact print my 8x10 and 11x14 negatives, although I have made several 4x5 contact prints that I am very fond of.
I use these lenses most frequently:
I typically only take 2 or 3 lenses from my inventory on any given outing. I do own and use other lenses
For metering, I typically 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.
For size comparison, I set my 4x5 Chamonix view camera next to the 11x14. No other words are required beyond this photo. :)
For miscellaneous items, I use a manual stop watch for exposures, a lens brush and micro fiber 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 closeup work in the field, and a couple cable releases, with one serving as a backup. I use a darkcloth 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 darkcloth 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.
If you have any questions, send me an email or post a comment below for others to see too.