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6x9 Black & White Photography

Emilio Gonzalez , Jan 27, 2010; 02:38 p.m.

I am looking for examples of black & white 6x9 photography. I don't see anyone on this site doing such work.

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Richard W , Jan 27, 2010; 02:53 p.m.

Xavian-Anderson Macpherson , Jan 27, 2010; 03:08 p.m.

I think part of the reason for you not seeing much mention of this has to do with two very limiting factors.
1.) Not too many people shoot B&W.
2.) Not too many people have 6x9cm cameras or backs.

After seeing your question, it made me think about this for myself. I have a 6x9cm back for my Sinar which I used quite a bit. And now that I'm shooting digital predominantly in B&W, I'm thinking of switching over to it in film also. So I just wanted to say thank you for bringing this to mind. I am now working to make this happen for myself.

Xavian-Anderson Macpherson
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Xavian-Anderson Macpherson , Jan 27, 2010; 03:32 p.m.

I should have also stated that I did use Ilford XP-1 for all of my B&W in that 6x9cm back. So it's not like I hadn't done anything with this in the past. But now I'm considering another twist on this idea, and that involves the use of transparency film for B&W. Using slide film for this task will produce very interesting results as well as pose it's own set of new challenges.

Xavian-Anderson Macpherson
ShingoshiDao

Arthur Plumpton , Jan 27, 2010; 05:45 p.m.

Hi Emilio,

A lot of us are using various film formats, whether in B&W or colour film. My film cameras are restricted to 35mm, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9, with B&W darkroom development and printing, but also scanning the medium format to finish in Photoshop (Elements) and digital printing. The 6x9 gives a really nice negative for darkroom work or for digital transfer. I personally don't mind tripod use for my rangefinder 6x9, and quite often use slow B&W film, PanF 50, Acros 100 and other slow films, in order to permit good enlargement quaities.

Many like me do not always give technical details about which 35mm or medium format camera was used, but I am sure there are a number of 6x9 users in PNet.

Louis Meluso , Jan 27, 2010; 11:57 p.m.

Heres a couple both shot with the Mamiya Super 23 and 100mm f/2.8 lens on Tri-X. A wonderful camera! Flickr also has a good Super 23 group.


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Louis Meluso , Jan 28, 2010; 12:01 a.m.

The previous shot was focused using the ground glass. This shot is focused with the rangefinder. Can't beat 6x9cm for smooth tones on portraits.


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Dave Thomas , Jan 28, 2010; 12:05 a.m.

I've acquired this camera, an Ercona II, only recently and doubt it will become my primary photographic tool, but I am using it and fairly pleased with the results. I also own a 4x5 but that's way less portable and far more expensive to feed.
I have used Acros 100, Plus-X, 400TX, Neopan 400 and HP5+ happily in my medium format gear for B&W (mostly the Acros and the 400TX).

Jack Welsh , Jan 28, 2010; 12:17 a.m.

Louis, have the mamiya Unversal. Can vouch for them being great cameras. Use it when I want to shoot 6x9. I feel that 6x9 is a great landscape format.

Alan Varley , Jan 28, 2010; 06:55 a.m.

Emilio,
Most of the photos on my Spain page were taken with a Fuji GSW690III:
http://www.alanvarley.com/Site_1/Black_%26_White/Pages/Spain.html


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