Quick Comparison of Two Shots with Toyo 45AII 4x5 and Hasselblad 501cm

Monday night I took the Hasselblad and the new-to-me Toyo 45AII large format camera over to Long Island City. I got to my spot on the East River at about dusk and stayed for an hour, shooting one roll of medium format film and 8 sheets of 4x5 film. NYC Skyline at Dusk, taken with Hasselblad 501cm on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 Film, 15 second exposure at f16

I like this a great deal as the entire image is sharp and well exposed. Sometimes the lights of the two iconic buildings get blown out a bit. That didn't happen here, largely because it was dusk instead of full on dark.

Same shot, but 40 minutes later, Toyo 45AII Large Format Camera on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 Film, 120 second exposure at f22

Okay, here things get a bit messier. First of all, it's darker, colder, and windier. And it's a 2-minute exposure. You can see the image is not as sharp as the Hasselblad image. Also, the lights on the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are too bright and bleed into the darker sky. Still, the level of detail in the buildings is good.

All things being equal, I'm still much more comfortable with the Hasselblad. It's quicker and easier to shoot, especially in cold, windy conditions. However, I love the process of setting up LF shots. And I'll get better as I use it more.

Here are a couple other shots from the same evening. I developed both the negative sets in Kodak Xtol 1+1 developer for 10 minutes. I used the "taco method" to develop the 4x5 negatives.

Reflection of Empire State Building in the East River, Hasselblad 501cm and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Pepsi Neon Sign, Long Island City, Toyo 45AII and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

I'm using used film holders and this one was obviously pretty dusty. You can see the dust in the lower left of the image. I need to remember to tap the film holder before I load the film.

One final image that makes it clear (at least to me) how attractive large format shooting can be - a negative comparison between 35mm negative, a 6x6 Medium Format 120 film negative, and a 4x5* sheet film negative.

Comparison of Negative Size from 35mm SLR, 6x6 120 Film, and 4x5 Sheet Film

*Just imagine how large an 8x10 negative is!