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Arca-Swiss F-Classic 4x5 View Camera

Arca-Swiss F-Classic 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45F MFR # 12145

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 30cm Bench
$3,70700
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.
Linhof Kardan RE View Camera with Rail

Linhof Kardan RE View Camera with Rail

B&H # LIKRE18RG MFR # 000102
$3,44999
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Cambo 45 REPRO-D 4 x 5" Monorail Camera

B&H # CA45RD MFR # 99010490

Key Features

  • For Archival & Reproduction Photography
  • Based on Cambo 4 x 5" View Cameras
  • Fixed Front and Rear Standards
  • Dual Standard Clamps, 16.5"-Long Rail
$1,91000
Special Order
Expected availability: 3-5 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Wista Field-45SW Field Camera (Rosewood)

B&H # WI45SWR MFR # 214607

Key Features

  • Large Format 4 x 5" View Camera
  • Rear Shift, Tilt, and Swing
  • Front Rise, Fall, Tilt, and Swing
  • Interchangeable 12" Leather Bellows
$2,38350
Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Toyo-View 45AX 4 x 5" Field Camera

B&H # TO45AX MFR # 180-223

Key Features

  • View Camera for Film Capture
  • Double-Extension Bed: 12.6" Extension
  • Front Rise, Shift, Swing, and Base Tilt
  • Rear Swing and Base Tilt
$2,49995
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Arca-Swiss F-Classic C 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45FC MFR # 12245

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 30cm Monorail
$3,70700
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Field C 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45FF MFR # 12545

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Light 110/141mm F/R Standards
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
$4,46900
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Wista Field-45DX Field Camera (Ebony)

B&H # WI45DXE MFR # 214606

Key Features

  • Large Format 4 x 5" View Camera
  • Rear Shift, Tilt, and Swing
  • Front Rise, Fall, Tilt, and Swing
  • Fixed 12" Leather Bellows
$4,57999
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45FM MFR # 13145

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 30cm Bench
$4,89600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric C 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45FMC MFR # 13245

Key Features

  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 30cm Monorail
  • Conical 380mm Bellows
$4,89600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Toyo-View 4x5 45GII View Camera

B&H # TO45G2 MFR # 180-220
$5,05895
Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 months
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric C 4x5 Field Camera

B&H # ARFMFC4X5 MFR # 013545

Key Features

  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • 6 x 9 Front Frame and Folding Rail
  • Conical 380mm Bellows
$5,38440
Special Order
Expected availability: 3-5 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Wista Technical 45SP 4x5 Metal Field Camera

B&H # WI45SP MFR # 214502

Key Features

  • Metal Construction
  • Changeable Bellows
  • 56mm Front Rise
  • Microfine-Geared Rear Swing
$5,43999
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Toyo-View 4x5 45GX View Camera

B&H # TO45GX MFR # 180-209
$5,60895
Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 months
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Toyo-View 4x5 VX125-R Camera (Black)

B&H # TOVX125R MFR # 180-124
$5,82895
Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 months
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57F MFR # 12157

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 40cm Bench
$5,87000
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Classic C 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57FC MFR # 12257

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 40cm Monorail
$5,87000
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Classic C 8x10 View Camera

B&H # AR810FC MFR # 12281

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 50cm Monorail
$6,88200
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Classic 8x10 View Camera

B&H # AR810F MFR # 12181

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 50cm Bench
$6,88200
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss 8 x 10 F-Line Misura View Camera with Orbix Dynamic

B&H # ARM8X10OD MFR # 015281

Key Features

  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Folding 30cm Monorail
  • Conical 30cm Leather Bellows
$6,93000
Special Order
Expected availability: 3-5 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57FM MFR # 13157

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 40cm Bench
$7,13600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric C 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57FMC MFR # 13257

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 40cm Monorail
$7,13600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric 8x10 View Camera

B&H # AR810FM MFR # 13181

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 50cm Bench
$7,60600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss F-Metric C 8x10 View Camera

B&H # AR810FMC MFR # 13281

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Collapsing 50cm Monorail
$7,60600
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss M-Monolith 4x5 View Camera

B&H # AR45M MFR # 14145

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Ideal for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 40cm Bench
$7,76700
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Toyo-View 810GII 8x10 View Camera

B&H # TO810G2 MFR # 180-226
$7,99900
Special Order
Expected availability: 4-6 months
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s Camera

B&H # LITK45S MFR # 000108
$7,05495
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Wista Technical 45RF Rangefinder 4x5 Metal Field Camera

B&H # WI45RF MFR # 214501

Key Features

  • Metal Construction
  • Changeable Bellows
  • Incorporated Rangefinder Focusing
  • 56mm Front Rise
$9,86799
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss M-Monolith 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57M MFR # 14157

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Ideal for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 50cm Bench
$10,16700
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

Arca-Swiss M-Monolith 8x10 View Camera

B&H # AR810M MFR # 14181

Key Features

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Ideal for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 50cm Bench
$10,86300
Special Order
Expected availability: 6-8 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

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Using Large Format Cameras

Photography using large format cameras is popular among professional landscape, architectural, and still photographers who demand the high resolution, greater flexibility, and increased tonal range of large format film. These cameras are also called view cameras or field cameras. While medium format film cameras typically use 120 or 220 size roll film, large format view cameras take sheet film in various sizes, including 4 x 5, 5 x 7, and 8 x 10 inches.

 

What Are Large Format Film Cameras?

A large format camera has three components: body, lens, and film back. The body has a bellows, not unlike that used by folding cameras, with a lensboard for mounting the lens. You attach a viewing screen to the rear of the camera body to compose photographs, before inserting a film holder. The bellows is on slides for focusing, and has a mechanism for tilting the lens to correct perspective distortion and for adjusting the focal plane.

A 4 x 5 camera uses a 150mm lens to provide roughly the same angle of view as a 50mm lens on a full-frame DSLR. Lenses include a manual shutter and aperture ring, although some are separate units. A sturdy tripod prevents camera movement during composing and shooting.


Choosing Lenses for View Cameras

There are a wide variety of lenses for large format cameras. Standard large format lenses mount on lensboards, although several manufacturers also make lenses and adapters that effectively convert digital cameras into view cameras. Consider the size of the image circle, angle of view, and the recommended image size. If you use a tilt function, you need a lens with a wider angle of view (larger image circle). Apertures typically vary between f/5.6 and f/45, while shutter speeds range from 1/500 to 1 second.


Focusing Screens

A ground glass screen viewer attaches to the rear of the camera. Some are plain, while others incorporate a grid to aid leveling and adjusting for parallax. Fresnel view screens provide a brighter view. Most have clipped corners to help detect vignetting. Useful viewfinders and accessories include loupes and magnifiers for checking focus.


Film Backs for Field Cameras

Film backs are largely standardized, and fit most cameras. Choose the right size and ensure it fits snugly to prevent light leakage. Each holds two sheets of unexposed film or negative. It's also possible to buy roll film holders for 120 and 220 film that fit 4 x 5 camera backs. A pinhole camera uses identical film backs.


Assemble your large format camera from a selection of camera bodies, lenses, and film backs. For advice on the right equipment, speak to a photography expert at B&H Photo and Video.