A Graflex Super Graphic 4×5 camera with lenses popped up on Craigslist for $125. The seller, a photographer Timothy Wilson, explained that he no longer had time for the camera. He knew the price was a bargain (Thank you, Tim!). After buying it, I began to research and discovered that other tinkerers are breathing new life into the 4×5 format.
Here’s the acronym for my pre-panorama checklist: WIFEL.
W: White balance, set MANUAL, like Daylight if you’re outdoors
I: ISO, set MANUAL, to the lowest you can use, like 100 outdoors.
F: Focus, set MANUAL and focus for the important depth
E: Exposure, set MANUAL (scan the scene and set to important stuff)
I built a quick manual panorama maker for the Sigma out of particle board and lazy susans. Here’s the setup:
I used the 50-200mm lens, and set it to 50mm. Although the camera takes nice pictures, as expected, the buffer is too slow. After taking about 7 images I’d have to wait around half a minute while the buffer emptied,