Can't get a Walker camera - thanks a lot, pinhole people!!!

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  1. michael_r

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    Apparently you can't buy any of the Walker Titan stuff because he's too busy making pinhole cameras for Ilford. Guess I'm back to the Toyo plan.

    Damn pinholes!
     
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    Maybe the real problem is they keep getting up and walking away... If he made them without legs you might be able to get one easier. Sorry.
     
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    That's the best bad news I've heard all week. Though I don't know the price difference between a Walker and a Toyo, I'm assuming you'll be coughing up a little more cash for it. Still, it's good to hear that sombody making film cameras is having trouble keeping up with demand.
     
  4. Ken Nadvornick

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    "Were I to invoke logic, however, logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." -- Mr. Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Ken
     
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    Ha ha. Not always. The needs of even one lens user definitely outweigh the needs of the many pinholers, no matter how many there are.
     
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    That's right. They can use any old box or tin can!!


    steve.
     
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    Well, there's nothing to stop us lens users from screwing a lens into any old box or tin can, except that most of us consider ourselves to be "superior" to that.

    Michael, are you looking for a 4x5 or something bigger?
     
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    Sour grapes make such a fine whine!

    But pinhole images are great -- one just has to sharpen them up a bit in PhotoShop...:D

    Vaughn
     
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    Some good answers here.:D

    Bdial: 4x5. I used to use a monorail but that was quite a pain in the field, and then I sold it so I could upgrade my 35mm gear, which I switched to for a while. I'm going back to 4x5 mostly now, and I'm re-outfitting myself with equipment that will serve me better than the stuff I aquired when I first started sheet film way back (didn't know enough about what to buy at the time).
     
  10. David A. Goldfarb

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    If I were looking for a lightweight 4x5 field camera and were considering a Toyo or Walker, I'd buy the Wisner Flight that's been on offer in the APUG classifieds for the past few weeks, if it's not sold yet. Buy it, so I won't be tempted anymore!
     
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    Hey I bought one of those Titan pinhole cameras, does that make me a bad person?

    Roger
     
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    Short answer: yes*
















    *if you don't post pictures of some shots taken with it!
     
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    Thanks. Yes I've looked into the wide as well. I was kind of on the fence, and the wide has a lot going for it. It's small, and the rigid back is awesome for wide angle lenses. But in the end I still think for now a more all-around versatile camera is the way to go (I do shoot with a 300mm 4x5 lens fairly often).
     
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    Thanks. Not looking for wood cameras though.
     
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    I have around 30 view cameras and had a walker 4x5 for a while..too fiddly to unfold I'm an Arca devotee but have a great Ebony 45s and a Shenhao copy of it..don't dismiss a wood camera..I have an11x14 Chamonix and it is spectacular..E
     
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    Canham's metal cameras are an appealing functional option for new 4x5 gear.
     
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    Sorry guys....I bought one of those Walker pinholes....me bad. Mind you, it took three months to get it!
     
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    I've been curious about Canham's metal cameras. The DLC2 seems quite functional. Is it rigid though? Walker and Toyo cameras are really solid (even with bellows extended) for the price. I've read some not-so-impressive reviews of Canham gear but would be willing to hear any opinions. I had written it off as an option after reading things about it not being very tight or rigid (too much flex, too much play etc) and this is a major concern for me. I don't want to have to worry all the time about the standards not being parallel etc.
     
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    I have borrowed canham wooden 5x7 for a couple hours on a couple occasions. It doesn't make me an expert reviewer, but I suspect the hardware is similar or better on the new dlc2. The wooden ones I used had no play and tightened down nicely after adjusting things. I'm happy with my old cameras, but if I were in the market, canham would be on the list.
     
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    My 4x5 is a V8.

    Nothing wrong with a wood camera that a good dusting rag won't cure.

    tim in san jose
     
  24. E. von Hoegh

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    So's mine. :smile:

    My other 4x5 is a Super Tek IV.:wink:

    You can get a nice Linhof, used, for less than the plastic Walker. Of course, you can't fix a broken Linhof with glue from the local plumbing shop.
     
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    Sorry......................

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
     
  26. michael_r

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    Apology accepted :wink: .... on the other hand maybe I'll hold off until I get my Delta 50! :D