Some dumb questions I have been wondering about

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leonard Migliore
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Have you ever tried to hold a Rollei sideways?
In reply to Barrie Davis, Mar 29, 2013

Barrie Davis wrote:

Nah! Use of square format on 120 film was more a matter of graphic designers not being able to make up their (damned) minds about how they were going to use the shots at the shooting stage...

.... they always demanding loads of crop-ability so they could try out different layouts....

... before EVENTUALLY settling on something they could change their minds about !!

Seriously, it wasn't anything to do with photographers. And wasn't anything to do with producing SQUARE pictures either. Square pictures look horrible, and photographers know that better than anybody!

In real life Hasselblad and Rollie shots were invariably cropped to vertical or horizontal rectangles before use. Hardly any pictures were actually printed square...

I believe that Rollei and Hasselblad used a 6cm X 6cm format because you could only work the camera one way. So they compromised on the format shape in case you wanted portrait orientation.

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