By Jose Antunes
Digital may be king, but there is a nostalgia about film and a nostalgia about large format cameras. One British company, producer of 4×5 models, is now ready to deliver a 8×10 model.
If you’ve a passion for large format photography, if the names of photographers as Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak or Edward Weston make you dream of taking your own large format camera – anything from 4×5 up – to the field, but you don’t want to break the bank, then the Intrepid 8×10 camera is for you. For £480 (somewhere around $620) you can have your high quality and super lightweight handmade Field Camera. It’s the starting point to explore the world of large format.
The Intrepid 8×10 is on Kickstarter, with 28 days to go, a goal of £18,000 and more than 200 backers that very quickly confirmed the viability of the project: the amount collected at the moment is £106,568. No doubt, there is interest in large format cameras.
Above: video for the first Kickstarter project
The company behind the project, from Great Britain, is called Intrepid Camera Co. and has been designing and producing Large Format Cameras – 4×5 – for the last three years. It all started, as they say, to solve a problem: a love for 4×5 photography and a lack of money.
“The idea for an affordable hand made 4×5 camera first came to me about 5 years ago, I had just started with photography, building crude film cameras in a few hours, just to see what I could make. I used to, and still do enjoy the process of building a camera just as much as taking pictures”, writes Maxim Grew, one of the founders, on the → continue…
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