An Auto Graflex is a fun way to shoot 4×5 because its an SLR, with a big mirror, which allows you to use a wide aperture and then shoot immediately after focusing , as opposed to most 4×5 cameras, whose view is obscured by a film holder for a little while before shooting. This makes the Auto Graflex more spontaneous. Here’s a wonderful photo of some guys shooting a baseball game. And here’s another wonderful photo.
The film is held in a magazine which holds 12 or 18 shots. You advance the film by pulling a metal holder into a bag at the end, and pushing it onto the top of the pile of holders inside the magazine. It has a dark slide, and can be easily removed from the camera. Some of these cameras have a rotating back, though many just shoot in landscape format.
The camera seems to have some vignetting..or some small leak somewhere. I’m not too concerned, as it gives the photos a unique look.
It’s widest aperture is f/4.5. I love a shallow depth of field, so I always shoot it with that. Its really fun to look through to compose and see that shallow depth of field with both eyes, which is a bit different than our usual one-eye peeking through cameras.
These photos are a bit grainy & uneven – probably because I’m shooting 1998 TMAX.
Here’s a photo of Jana & Kat looking at some 1962 World’s Fair slides I had just bought at an estate sale.
I’ll have a bunch more shots from this camera in the next week. I just developed a bunch last night.
I wish I shot with this camera more. Its a hoot to use, and people are receptive to getting their pictures taken with it.