If you love large format photography, you’ll love this. I was made aware of this very cool, lightweight, portable 4×5 camera via this mention on Digital Protography Preview:
Wanderlust’s Travelwide 4×5 camera is small enough to go wherever you go. At 6.3 × 3.9 × 5 inches and 9.7 ounces [Measurements in metric units: 166 × 101 × 128 mm and 275 grams (body only)] it’s relatively compact and definitely lightweight. Constructed of glass-filled ABS plastic, the point-and-shoot camera features a focusing screen, focusing marks on the barrel, and a trio of cold shoe accessory mounts.
The Travelwide comes with a metal sport finder, pinhole lens, and lens attachment tool. You’ll have to supply a standard 4x5 film holder and, if you want to shoot instant film, a 545i Polaroid holder (the 545 should work with a little hacking).
The Travelwide accepts most 90mm lenses, and it’s designed for the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8 in particular, but the lens is not included (only the pinhole lens is), you’ll have to obtain it separately. The camera is available for preorder (it’ll ship this summer) and costs $149.
- The Travelwide System website — very well done, it gives you all the essential information.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Travelwide Flickr gallery — check out a few samples that give you an idea of the kind of photos this system can take.
- Shooting with the Travelwide — a video on Vimeo featuring Ben Syverson taking photos with this camera. Very useful so that you can see how it is to carry the Travelwide around and operate it.