Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/02/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] "Ideal format?"
From: "Mike Durling" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 18:40:03 -0500
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I don't know why the 4:5 ratio is considered ideal.  I would much rather
they make 8x12 paper!  Another thing that peeves me is that you can't get
4x6 prints made from 120 6x9cm negatives.  They only print 120 in 4x5.
Wider is better for me.

Mike D

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From: "Phil Stiles" <>
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Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 10:07 PM
Subject: [Leica] "Ideal format?"

> In medium format, Fuji rangefinders give one a choice of 6X9 or 6X7. The
> 6X7 prints on standard 8X10 or 11X14 enlarging paper. While the
> so-called "letterbox" format of standard 35mm is well established, I've
> often wondered why some manufacturer doesn't produce the 6X7 ratio
> negative for 35mm.  One would get quite a few more shots on a "36
> exposure" roll (can someone do the math?) and wouldn't loose the ends of
> the frame when printing to 4X6 at the one hour lab. Probably half my
> prints are cropped out of the full frame negative.
> Phil Stiles NH USA
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