the 8x10 experiment
The beauty of large format cameras is how innately simple they are, in my humble opinion. Large format cameras are basically a collapsible light tight box with a lens attached. This simplicity of the large format camera lends itself to creative modifications to the camera that are inexpensive and fun to experiment with.
I've been shooting with a Zone Vi 4x5 large format camera since 2009 and I've absolutely enjoyed it. When I was shopping for a large format camera, I debated between my current 4x5 field-box camera and an 8x10 Deardroff. My decision to purchase the 4x5 large format camera has always left me wondering what it would be like to shoot the 8x10 large format camera.
In 2015 I decided to experiment with building an 8x10 film adapter that attaches to my Zone Vi 4x5 large format camera to decide whether or not I would like shooting the 8x10 film size without investing serious money into an entirely new field-box camera setup. Thus, "The 8x10 Experiment" was born!
Please be sure to watch my YouTube video to find out if my 8x10 large format camera film adapter makes the cut!