Ultimate Camera Porn

December 1, 2010

I know it’s not cool to obsess over equipment but scratch lightly and any photographer quickly turns into a camera geek. I taught myself how to use large format cameras by reading threads on LFphoto.info.  Although, the site is  dominated by heterosexual, white, male landscape photographers, I don’t care. It’s an incredible resource. I remember when I first started to research big cameras the array of formats, names, accessories and lens types was bewildering.

I recently discovered the epic thread from several years ago that has broken all records and remains active. The title, Show off your camera, invites users to post pictures of their gear in the wild. Besides the sheer erotic thrill of seeing so much gear, the thread is actually extremely useful for seeing various types of brands and formats in use, in context. Here are a few sample images I can’t resist posting:

"Stupid Cartoon" by Mark Sawyer

ULF Camera guru Richard Ritter shows off 76 inches of bellows draw. How many centimeters is that?

Joel Brown takes the term "Camera Porn" literally. Kinda reminds me of the famous tennis poster.

The "male gaze" in photography

Monty McCutchen shows off his G-rated 20x24" Ebony

Andrew Vincent shows off a sleek 4x5" Technika with full movements. Sort of looks like a Terminator robot on the prow.

Jeremy Moore demonstrates how to achieve "front rise" using a medium format camera. Note the sandals. I'm always denting the roofs of my rental cars (fortunately the companies rarely check the roofs)

Here’s my own contribution to the thread:

My Wehman 8x10 balanced precariously over a model

2 Responses to “Ultimate Camera Porn”


  1. What a series! I don’t know how I could choose a favourite amonst these!
    Saludos desde Santiago de Chile.


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