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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:47 pm    Post subject: Really large format. Reply with quote

I know resolution tends to be correlated with sensor or film plane size. Full frame beats APS-C and 120 outresolves full frame. But talk about going to extremes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Energy_Survey#/media/File:DECam_iphone_insert.PNG

inside the tiny red circle top left is a size comparison to an i-phone 4 CCD


PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, you think that's big? I'll show you big:



I used to work for a large oil company. Back in one of our division offices, we had this huge camera that was installed decades before -- I don't recall the size anymore, but it was huge -- like 6 ft x 8 ft. -- it was used to photograph detailed maps of properties and well logs, etc. When I began working for them, they still had the camera in the building, but no longer used it, and were in fact contemplating what to do with it. It was a vertical design, resembling an enlarger more than a camera. Subject was placed on a flat surface at the base of the camera. Lens was on a retractable bellows and the sheet film was fed in the top, using a ginormous film holder.

But if you're talking about a big digital camera, check this one out:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/worlds-largest-digital-camera-gets-funding-go-ahead-n283141


PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
Heh, you think that's big? I'll show you big:




IIRC that was built to photograph a train in the late 1800's causing a stir when the print was exhibted in Paris...

More recently theres a wet plate camera built into a truck making serious large format prints - Something around 5'x4' I'd guess (yes thats feet not the standard LF 5x4 inches).
I couldn't say which was bigger in print size, but I beleive the earlir camera was dismantled once the photo was taken so the truck might be justified in claiming largest format.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DConvert wrote:
cooltouch wrote:
Heh, you think that's big? I'll show you big:




IIRC that was built to photograph a train in the late 1800's causing a stir when the print was exhibted in Paris...

More recently theres a wet plate camera built into a truck making serious large format prints - Something around 5'x4' I'd guess (yes thats feet not the standard LF 5x4 inches).
I couldn't say which was bigger in print size, but I beleive the earlir camera was dismantled once the photo was taken so the truck might be justified in claiming largest format.


You mean this: https://vimeo.com/39578584
I love this story. Really inspiring.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TijmenDal wrote:
You mean this: https://vimeo.com/39578584
I love this story. Really inspiring.

That's the one! Smile