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  1. BoblyBill

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    I have been wanting to get into LF and MF for a while now but don't know much about it as far as brand names and such. I know this would be a crazy endevor but I would like to take a LF (preferably) on a storm chase and capture tornados (cause I don't think it has been done because of it's craziness). I would figure that setup time would be long and possibly difficult in 40+ winds but if I could capture a great picture of a tornado with LF I would be estatic! What type of lens could I get with one? could I get a wide angle (one the would be comperable to a 10mm on an SLR). Any advice would help.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can get large format rangefinder cameras that can be used hand-held and do not require any set-up time. You can also get point-and-shoot large format cameras with scale focusing.

    Fast film advance is possible with a Grafmatic back, or the rarer Fuji equivalent. Here is a rangefinder 4x5 (a Polaroid 110B conversion) with a 6-sheet Grafmatic beside it:

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    If you would like more information on other rangefinder or point-and-shoot LF cameras (including 8x10) just ask.

    Best,
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    The Graflex XL-RF could be another good rangefinder choice. The neg is 6x9. I don't know if there are any lenses that wide, though. I'd have to check my old catalogs.
     
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    Sorry, I missed the 10 mm lens equivalent. If you mean 10 mm on a small sensor then you might be in with a chance. The Schneider 47 mm Super Angulon XL (not the old Super Angulon) might just do it. That's like a 15 mm on full-frame 35mm.

    That will go on a Fotoman 45PS point and shoot.

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    Great replies guys. I don't have the money to spend yet or the storms to do it with, but once I get something like that where can I get film and where could I get that developed? I'll look in the other thread for 8x10's... my goal would be to get as close as I could to a tornado and get a shot of the whole thing top to bottom with an amazing amount of detail (perferably a fisheye but I'll have to make do with what I can found and afford). I would of course have to think before I go out what ISO film to get and possibly if I could lug around a massive LF camera where I'll have to drive to be able to set something like that up to get a good shot.
     

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