Large format sheet film
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Large format sheet film

Film for large-format cameras (such as view cameras) comes in the form of single sheets which must be manually loaded into film backs that fit the camera. The most common sheet film sizes are 4x5”, 5x7”, 8x10” and 11x14”, but smaller and larger sizes are also available. Sheet film is slower and less convenient to work with, but its resolution is unparalleled and it allows the photographer to fine-tune developing for each individual frame.

Large format advantages

  • Ultra-high resolution
  • Ability to tailor development for individual frames

Large format disadvantages

  • Difficult to work with
  • Expensive, fewer emulsion choices
  • Large format cameras tend to be pricey

Large format today

Large-format photography is alive and well, though as with 120 film, available film types are generally limited to 'professional' emulsions.

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