Large Format Home Developing

Today I developed 4×5 large format film at home for the first time! Last summer I was able to get my hands on the Mod 54, a very slick film holder that fits inside a standard Paterson tank. The Mod 54 holds up to six sheets of 4×5 film and allows for processing without a darkroom. I used to have a really nice Wista 4×5 camera but alas, I sold it to raise funds for more important cameras! So now the only 4×5 in my possession is an old, very beat up Graflex Speed Graphic. The lens is an old Zeiss Jena Tessar 13.5cm f/4.5. But I recently picked up a box of Neopan 100 Acros and over the past several days I shot 6 frames.

Contrast was pretty low so I had to do a bit more work in post, and the critical sharpness isn’t really there but it was still a lot of fun. Something pretty amazing about a negative that’s the size of a postcard! Scanned at 2400 dpi these files end up being about 11,000 pixels wide and over 8,700 pixels high! In digital terminology that comes in at just under 100 megapixels!

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