End-of-Season (and rediscovering 8×10)…

I’d resigned myself to selling my 8×10 Eastman #2 recently. Hadn’t been shooting it: I couldn’t quite dial in the Ektascan BR/A in Adanol, the camera was unweildy, the Ries heavy. Got discouraged, annoyed, and checked out mentally. Went so far as to put the 14″ f/6 Petzval I’d bought for it on the block.

Gratefully, it seems to be a buyer’s market right now. Got no bites. As I was mowing this weekend, I figured I’d shoot something outdoors with the 8×10 and the 14″-er and maybe that would help it move. Decided I’d put the boy in front of the lacrosse goal for an end-of-season picture. I’d had a moment of developing success with the Ektascan in HC-110; I had just enough syrup left for a couple sheets.

I set the camera up, pre-focused and waited for some clouds. Stood my son in front of the net with his stick, and fired off the shutter.

End of Season...

Now, I’ve been shooting the same ol’ portraits for a long time. Bored with them. Wasn’t expecting much out of this shot, but was nice to shoot something a little difference. I was not ready for the rendering this lens would give, though. I’m in love. Have some ND filters on order so I can slow things down enough to shoot my local waterfall with this lens, too. I’m reinvigorated, and the rig is off the market.

Uh, oh…

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Uh, oh...

…it’s happened again!

Today’s mail brought a new toy, one that I’ve been wringing my hands nervously for for what seems like an eternity (thanks to UPS’ holiday snafu…): An Eastman View #2 8×10. In remarkable condition, the only real work to be dome is to loosen up the action of the pinions on the gear racks. And patch some holes in the bellows. But really, shootable as-is. And complete with a Voigtlaender 9-7/8″/7.7 Series III #5 Collinear lens (of which I know NOTHING). I’m down to my last four sheets of 8×10, and now need to sell something to buy more. Anyone needs a Series I Canon 5D (full frame!), drop me a line!