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    should i do it.....Toyo810M

    I went MF digital more than a decade ago but in the nineties i shot primeraly 4/5 and 810 inch. I always did my own C41 and E6 processing but got rid of my Jobo ATL1000 and 1500 in 2002 or 2003. Last week-end i was looking for some lenses to use on my scanback and remembered that i still had a Toyo810M somewhere. So i got out the lens but it was a 210mm and a well coated one( i am looking for very old, bad performing lenses). So the lens was useless but.... then i started playing with the camera and really got back into the past centuries fun. I know, in this digital era, such a monster is only used as an ugly paperweight... but it made me remember al those nice images i took with it. As i still had some cases of Fuji provia 100, i took some shots in the studio..... but unfortunately, no lab develops 8/10 anymore (at least at an affordable price).
    So, that 810M is such a beuatifull camera but will remain a big paperweight that holds a lot of fine memories ;-(( or should i restart my own dark room for it?
    Anyway, i keep on shooting like crazy with my HartbleiCam HB1 with all kinds of fine (relatively unsharp) lenses and very soon the razorsharp super rotator 80mm with Carl Zeiss optics.

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    Re: should i do it.....Toyo810M

    i did have one 810M as well... some times i miss it... but lab is the problem...
    if i will come back to 8x10, i won't shoot color with it...

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    Re: should i do it.....Toyo810M

    It is a beautiful piece of equipment. The cam itself it can become office art -- ?
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    Re: should i do it.....Toyo810M

    After spending a couple of hours in Rodney Lough's gallery in Vegas (he still shoots mostly 8x10 film), I confess to being envious of the quality. It's only a paperweight if you choose it to be, because it can produce stunning large images. I thought my 60mp back was getting close to 8x10 film until I saw his work.
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    Re: should i do it.....Toyo810M

    It's easy to dismiss 8x10 due to the cost per exposure. The key is to work on a budget, say, 50 exposures per year. Then make every single one count. The process will make you a better photographer, in a deliberate, contemplative sense.
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