Here's a few links to some large format resources available online. This list is
not intended to be complete or exhaustive - it's just a list of links I was familiar with
at the time it was compiled. These links are for informational purposes only - their
presence here is not necessarily meant as an endorsement or resommendation. Web
sites come and go and URLs change. I tested these links at the time this page went
online, but if you find one that's broken, please let me know.
Online Information for the Large Format Photographer
Tuan's Large Format
Homepage - The granddaddy, and still the best, dedicated large format web site.
Lots of reviews, helpful articles and thought provoking discussions.
View Camera Magazine - The only
magazine dedicated to large format photography. Including - Getting Started in Large
Format Photography - an online guide for those considering a move up to large format.
photo.net - Commercial megasite
covering all aspects of photography. Contains a fair amount of large format info -
the problem is finding it among all the 35mm and digital coverage. Still, worth the
graphlex.org - A VERY thorough
site dedicated to Graflex Cameras (Speed Graphic, etc.), also has some good info on older
Chris Perez' Large
Format Lens Test Results - Lens resolution test results for over 100 LF lenses of all
ages and brands.
LF Equipment Dealers
Badger Graphic Sales - Large
format specialty shop with a very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Database-driven
web site with product information, pricing, online ordering and links to manufacturers'
Bromwell Marketing -
Large & Medium Format Cameras, Lenses & Accessories.
B&H Photo-Video - New
York mail order megastore. Huge selection of all kinds of photographic equipment and
supplies - including large format.
Calumet Photographic - Large
format gear and great service are their specialities. Hold onto their printed
catalogs, they are chock full of information about large format equipment and make great
The f-Stops Here -
Another LF specialty shop selling new and used large format equipment.
- Used equipment dealer with a well stocked large format section.
Lens & Repro Equipment Corp.
- Large format sales and rentals - always a huge selection of classic large format lenses.
Midwest Photo Exchange
- Used equipment dealer with a good selection of large format gear.
Photomark - "Arizona's View
Quality Camera - New and
used large format equipment store in Atlanta offering "Expert Large Format Advice
with Great Southern Service".
Robert White - UK
Dealer with great prices, great service and great selection. Ships internationally.
The View Camera Store -
Large format specialty store offering film, equipment, darkroom products and film testing
LF Equipment Manufacturers
Cameras and Accessories
Bender Photographic - Large
Format View Camera Kits in 4x5 and 8x10.
Cambo - Manufacturer of large format
monorail cameras and accessories, studio stands, specialty wide angle cameras, etc.
Ebony Professional View Cameras
- Beautifully made Japanese wooden field cameras.
Gandolfi Limited -
Makers and restorers of large format field cameras since 1885.
Gowland - Maker of
ultralight large format monorails, large format TLRs, hand-held and aerial cameras and
GranView - Lightweight, hand-holdable
large format cameras.
Horseman - Large format
monorail and technical cameras and accessories.
K. B. Canham Cameras Inc. -
Maker of wooden and metal field cameras and 6x17 roll film back.
Linhof - Precision cameras made in
Lotus View Camera -
Austrian maker of wooden field cameras and accessories in formats from 4x5 - 20x24.
Panfield - South African
maker of a unique ultralight monorail field camera.
Shen-Hao - Affordably priced
wooden field cameras made in China.
Sinar - Swiss manufacturer of
studio monorail camera and accessories.
Toho Machine Co., LTD. -
Makers of the Toho Shimo ultralight monorail field cameras in 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 formats.
Toyo-View - Makers of large
format monorail and field cameras and a full line of large format accessories.
Wehman - Maker of a unique
ultralight, ultra-rugged 8x10 field camera.
The Wisner Company - Complete
online catalog for all their large format cameras, from 4x5 - 20x24 - and speciality
Wista - Maker
of wooden and metal large format cameras, roll film backs and other large format
Large Format Lenses:
from Yamasaki Optical Co.,Ltd. - Budget priced lenses mostly based on classic four element
(wide field gauss and Tessar) designs.
Cooke Optics, Ltd. - Makers of
the Cooke Portrait PS945 soft
focus lens for 4x5 large format photography.
Fujinon does not have an official web site for their excellent large
format lenses. I have created a set of Unofficial Fujinon Web Pages on
my site. If all you want is specs on their current products, go right to this Fujinon brochure.
Nikon does not provide any official online information for their Nikkor
large format lenses. However, you can visit the web site of photographer Carey Bird
and view a scanned copy of a Nikon brochure with specs
on their large format lenses.
Large Format Lenses - This link will take you directly to the large format lens
section on the Rodenstock Präzisionsoptik GmbH web site - including complete specs on all
their current products. I have also posted an Age vs. Serial Number Table here
on my site.
Format Lenses - This link takes you directly to the section on current Schneider large
format lenses on the the web site of Schneider Optics - the official U.S. distributor for
Schneider LF lenses. Here you can find complete specs and even MTF curves for all
their current lenses. This site also conatians a wealth of information on older
Schneider large format lenses - including an Age of Lenses serial number
table and Vintage
Lens Data for several discontinued Schneider large format lenses. For even more
information on Schneider large format lenses, visit the Schneider-Kreuznach web site of the
manufacturer. The site is primarily in German, but some pages are also avaliable in
English, as are pdf data sheets on some of their recently introduced products.
Equipment Repairs and Machine Work
S.K. Grimes - Photographer's
Machinist - Shutter repairs, mounting lenses in shutters and custom fabrication work for
the large format photographer.
Large Format Film Manufacturers
Large Format Photography on the Net
Kerry L. Thalmann - A few of my
images online. Large Format Images of Nature.
Roy Harrington - A master of
the black & white landscape. I love this guy's work.
Christoper Burkett -
8x10 color landscape photographer and master Ilfochrome printer.
David Meunch - The dean
of color landscape photographers.
Jack Dykynga - Another great large
format color landscape photographer.
Jeff Foott - Former wildlife
photographer now shooting large format and panoramic landscapes.
William Neill - Color
landscape photographer who lives near Yosemite National Park.
Ansel Adams Gallery - Works
by the master himself - and many others, too.
John Sexton - Another black and
white master - former assistant to Ansel Adams.
Other Photo Resources
PhotoTrip USA - A great
resource for photographers heading to the American Southwest. Publisher of Photographing
the Southwest - Volumes 1 and 2, and Land of the Canyons
photo guidebooks and companion CD-ROMs. Also, for some great photography, check
out their current and past Showcases.
Photograph America is a
bi-monthly location oriented newsletter that details "where, when and how to discover
the best nature photograpgy in North America". Published by Robert Hitchman.
© Kerry L. Thalmann, 1999, 2000, 2002