We Visit CatLABs, Large Format Macro Photography Here We Come

I went to visit Mark in JP to do some photography stuff and took this portrait of him in his studio.

Graflex with Nikkor 180 W at f5.6 and Sony A7 on Digitiler at ISO 3200
Graflex with Nikkor 180 W at f5.6 and Sony A7 on Digitiler at ISO 3200

He then took this portrait of me with my contraptions.

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Remembering that I had yet to visit CatLABs, one of the largest large-format photography stores in the U.S.  I asked Mark if he had any interest in going.  When I told him the address he said, ‘That’s literally right down the street.’  So away we went.

We met Omer Hecht, who talked to me about my need for a 4×5 view camera.  In talking, he mentioned a macro lens and before he finished his sentence Mark said, “I’ll buy it.”  (Mark has been wanting to get back into macro photography.)  I was ecstatic that I was about to have a second photographer using a DigiTiler (which I promised to make him ASAP).

Mark with his new JML 56mm F1.9 which Omer kindly mounted on a Graflex board
Mark with his new JML 56mm F1.9 which Omer kindly mounted on a Graflex board

Of course, when we got back to Mark’s place, as exhausted as we were, he was ready to get going.  So I pulled out the DigiTiler stuff and away he went.  He found a dead fly nearby.

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And this is what he came up with

Graflex with JML 56mm F1.9 and Sony A7 at ISO 16,000 1/200th
Graflex with JML 56mm F1.9 (stopped down to f7-ish) and Sony A7 at ISO 16,000 1/200th

We noticed that macro photography in large-format is really shake sensitive.  So I’ll need to build a much better DigiTiler.  He’ll start using the Graflex with both that 56mm lens and the Nikkor 180 W.

I’ll go back and get a 4×5 view camera from CatLABS.  Omer said he would mount my Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 1:5,6/210.  I’m hoping with the easier tilt/shift movement of a view camera I can demonstrate some commercial applications.

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