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Large format on a budget

I'm looking into using the printing paper as the medium itself. I have built a "large format" camera, more like a box and the film holder. It has a lense, etc... I'm now trying to take pictures with it. Is using the printing paper (something by Ilford for example) or is there something cheaper I'm missing? I also don't quite undersand Direct positive paper. Hope this sparks some discussion.

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xray film
am familiar with it because of the dentist! will look into it, thanks!
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Also litho film. About same cost and sensitivity as paper. However developing it to have any tones at all needs experimentation. (Something like Rodinal 1:200, 7 mins gives some tones but result is quite thin.)
tell us how it goes
you can buy shanghai pretty cheap these days on eBay.
What don't you get about direct positive paper? Printing paper will give you paper negatives, positive paper will give you paper positives. Ilford DPP is very contrasty and rates very very low. You can find plenty of ways to improve its quality on Google, it involves "pre-flashing" the paper to a very small amount of light. Then you get to process it in normal B&W paper chemistry.
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i own a 4x5 camera and love it but i would love to start just snapshitting on 4x5 has anyone ever used one of these?
I'd love to shoot LF but whenever I dream up a setup it works out to be about 10x the cost of my current MF setup with 10x less convenience.
that or maybe a graflex. plenty of deals to be found with people who jump into large format only to realize the commitment it takes and then give up and dump their gear.
i got a couple graflex for free. just do that.
Some guys get all the luck.
Might pull the trigger on a 4x5 camera. Getting hold of film won't be a problem, but where does everyone get lenses and film holders?
Keh sells both.
>is there something cheaper I'm missing?
LF is pretty cheap as it is, as long as you do your own black and white.
sure the price per photo may seem high compared to 35mm but you will find that if you 6 shots in a day of shooting that is a lot.
LF is slow and you have time to consider your shot so quite often you will set up and decide the shot isn't worth taking.
Do you, by any chance, have a European equivalent to avoid losing my anal virginity to violent rape by import taxes?
>Might pull the trigger on a 4x5 camera.
It's called a cable release.
>might pull the trigger

It means he might buy one shitdick
He was making a joke, and it was a pretty funny one. I sensibly-chuckled.

Paid 30 bucks for my 4x5 monorail

Monorails are cheap because they're heavy as fucking all hell and no hipster wood shit all metal, love my Graphic View 4x5

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