Use Your DSLR On A 4×5 Camera

Multistitch is another interesting product I came across at PhotoPlus Expo last week.  It allows you to mount your regular DSLR onto a 4×5 view camera to generate images with nearly four times the resolution of the DSLR.  The product is a machined metal plate with a mount on it that clips onto the back of your view camera.  Now obviously your 35mm DSLR sensor won’t cover the full 4×5 view with one shot so the plate is designed that you put it on and take a shot, then you rotate it 90 degrees and take a second shot.  Next you flip it 180 degree and repeat the process for shots #3 and #4.  Eventually you are left with 4 shots that are perfect for stitching in pano software like Photoshop or PTGui.

Using this method with a Canon 5D MK3 for example would yield a 75MP image !  Obviously there is some extra cost involved for the view camera and lens but it’s a very interesting way to prolong the life of either an older camera , or a reason to dust off a 4×5 that you have sitting in your closet.

The Multistitch plates aren’t cheap at $950 but there is a little more going on than a simple plate as it also includes some internal valving to allow air to escape when the 4×5 bellows are moving around.

Check out some examples on their site!

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Dan Carr

Founder of Shutter Muse, full time photographer and creative educator. Dan lives in the Canadian Yukon, but his wanderlust often sends him in search of images all around the world to meet the needs of clients and readers alike.

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