The Compelling Draw of using an Old Linhof Bi 4×5 Large Format Camera….and why its ultimately great but will drive you crazy!

I recently was given a wonderful older Camera. I was given a Linhof Bi 4×5 Large Format film camera. For those of you unaware of what a Linhof 4×5 is, a brief refresher for you.

Back in the day, Linhof was the ROOLS ROYCE of Large format cameras.German built precision manufactured Cameras with spectacular build quality. To this day they still make the Linhof 4×5 Master Technica Field Camera. A camera that has focusing cams and folds unto itself and is so well built that it will last for decades if maintained.

Long story short, the Linhof Bi 4×5 is a Linhof Monorail camera, that has amazing technical abilities such as axial toilets and shifts and rises. Everything is machined allumiium and highly polished and perfect fit. The camera weighs a bit but could be used in the field. It also has Linhof reflex viewer that allows for viewing images right side up! a great help.

Long story short, the camera is a marvel of technology and I doppelgänger’s look forward to occasionally shooting with it.

Since it requires no software updates and will never go out of style, the use of it is long time fried indeed. You can shoot 4×5 film, either black and white or color transparency or color neg, what ever ones likes.

The images are on a 4×5 inch piece of film so resolution and sharpness are off the charts and truly mind-blowing.

Much more important to me also its that the film, once developed will last for 100’s of years if looked after! So, if you have the time get a Linhof and really enjoy shooting!

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