The first photos with the new Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter were taken in Amiens, France.
The cathedral of Amiens is impressive in itself. 145 metres long, 112.70 metres high. According to legend, it was built on an artichoke field. The cathedral covers an area of 2200 square metres (23680,6 square foot). Its gigantic volume of 200,000 cubic meters covers twice the size of the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.
The largest part of the cathedral consists of about 90 million years old white chalk, which mainly comes from the Picquigny quarries 10 km downstream from Amiens. It is a very typical rock in the north and west of Picardy, Haute-Normandie and a large part of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. In Picquigny, the 100-year war of 1337 to 1453, so called by historians, was ended by Louis XI, King of France, and Eduard IV, King of England, with the peace treaty of Picquigny.
Everything is connected by invisible ribbons that can be made visible. In this way, a complex stone building takes on another dimension behind it.
The images shown on this page were taken from negatives scanned with a Nikon LS 9000, which also has a 6 x 12 drawer. While I digitized most of the other SW negatives with my two DP Merrils, you notice the difference in quality. The result are images with file sizes of 300 Megabyte with a differentiated and even grain.
The picture shows how much the rather weak plastic lenses of the Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter distort optically.
Not even a 6 x 12 cm film can reproduce the enormous dimensions of the nave and this mountain of stone.