I love it. The Crown Graphic is simply fun to shoot. With a built-in rangefinder, sport finder, and a ground glass the shooting options are many. Shutter release is via the side mounted button or a cable. Although by no means small, the Crown is small enough to shoot while handheld if you want.
I took it with me to a horse show in Northampton, MA. I brought along Portra 160, FPP Green x-ray film, and my Pagliuso Hollywood Senior tripod. The learning curve was interesting, with the hardest part being remembering to remove the dark slide. I missed a few shots.
This first is one of my favorite subjects, but the negative is just cursed. It’s a double exposure. I had been shooting Portra at 160 ASA and did not change the shutter speed for the 25 ASA X-ray film, so I had to reshoot it. Fortunately I was using my tripod, so the background didn’t move. It was my last film holder of the day, so the choice was between a potentially poor double exposure and no shot at all.
Then I managed to scratch it during handling, and something went wrong in the darkroom. I’m still working on my workflow for these larger negatives. I like the result anyway.
The Twinkie truck faired slightly better.
The rest of my shots were on Portra 160, developed by The Darkroom and scanned by me.
Yup, Twinkie truck again.
Ericka on Mount Holyoke
Scotty. It was a horse show after all.
Maybe I’m imagining it, but the quality on these big negatives just seems incredible to me. Since these shots were taken, I’ve acquired a roll film back for the camera, and I’ve loaded the rest of my x-ray film into the holders. You haven’t seen the last of the Crown Graphic.