I'm going out of my mind!! New gear on the horizon...

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  1. veriwide

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    I am coming to the end of an emotional journey, that will start a new one.

    Back in October I was presented with an opportunity to own the holy grail, a FS V8 Deardorff. I was told if I wanted it, it was mine. I knew I couldn't afford it all at once, and sent a Linhof monorail as a down payment.

    I gave myself a set of criteria thath had to happen before I could pay it off, and they have all been completed. In the past week I have paid off two credit cards, and all of my insurance policies for the next six months. I managed things well enough to have all of March's bills paid as well.

    I go and get the camera, with 8x10, and revolving 4x5 backs on Saturday. I have sent my lenses ahead of me, and they are serviced and waiting on 'dorff boards, ready to shoot. I have film and holders at the ready.

    I now feel like an addict. I'm counting every second until Saturday. I have worked hard to accomplish this, and it is coming true. I can hardly live with myself. The camera has been a goal unto itself. The photographic posibilities are off the scale.

    Can anyone else relate? Whether for gear or not, have you met goals, that while great unto themselves, brought greater things in return?

    Only 120 hours to go...
     
  2. Jeremy

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    Put that exciting energy to use and shoot with that camera every chance you get!

    I have some obstacles in my life and every time I reach my goal I set a new one. Life's about the journey, not in the completion.
     
  3. Bruce Osgood

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    Many lessons to be learned or remembered in your post. Thank you, and as long as we continue to begin journeys, our historys will be rich.
     
  4. Francesco

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    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that using 8x10 and larger is partly my fascination with such a beautiful piece of woodwork. Do not be daunted by the weight of your pack, you shall be rewarded with beautiful, large negatives. You must use the camera often. You must make negatives that stand in a cue for your printing affections. The beauty of that Deardorff will inspire you to cultivate your vision and your technique. Enjoy the ride!
     
  5. Donald Miller

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    I understand the excitement and anticipation. I think that what I observe in what you have written is a bit of what I experience when I photograph with one of my old cameras. There is a certain character to these cameras...a tradition, if you will. A mandate, as well, to carry forward with the tradition of fine images made, life experienced, and realizations achieved. Good luck.

    Donald Miller
     
  6. veriwide

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    I look forward to packing this camera as I used to have a Calumet C1. Good'ol American Iron is great for cars, but not so much with cameras.

    I will have a lot of opportunity to use this camera soon. I am quitting my job and going back to college. Sometime in the next 60 days I'll be moving to Boone, NC to go through the Photography Technology program at Appalachain State University (another reason I'm so happy to be out of debt!). I'll almost be twice as old(35) as some of the other students there, but most of my gear is older than I am, so I figure it all works out.

    A new camera, a new education, and moving within hollerin' distance of the Appalachain Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway, YEEEHAR!!!
     
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    I shared your excitment just reading about it.

    Brings to mind my first girlfriend.........no we won't go there.


    I think things like this are like your first bike, your first car, etc. They are a very memorable times in our lives.

    Watching on TV last night they talked to NHL Hockey players and some had played in the league for ten and fifteen years and all remembered their very first goal. Vividly remembered it. Where, who it was against, who was in goal, everything.

    This stuff makes life worth living.

    Good luck and have fun with it. Share your first picture, however it turns out.


    Michael MCBlane
     
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    I can relate. I first lusted after the Mamiya 6, then it became the 7. I plotted and planned for years how to scrape the money together. It wasn't until my daugther got married and moved away that I had the extra to afford the camera. I had a friend of mine pick it up for me in Hong Kong. I paid about 1/3 for it that it would normally cost here. I had the advantage of him trying it out before he sent it to make sure that everything was fine. I had the tracking numbers of the package when it was enroute. I would bring it up almost hourly waiting for it to arrive. When it finnally got here, I sat on my bed and just stared at the box. I opened it so slowly and reverently. I still have that shipping box.

    Enjoy and go forth my son and capture beauty.
     
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    As Keats so rightly said, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
     
  11. Jeremy

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    I wouldn't be too worried about your age (unless you're closer to Aggie's age, but I think most of the other dinosaurs are extinct by now :whistle: ). In the majority of my classes the median age is 25 with an ever-increasing number of older and returning students. Higher education has become so expensive that most of my friends only take 2-3 classes a semester as they have to work full time to afford it. Your experience may vary as I haven't had any freshman or sophomore classes (1000 and 2000) level classes in a while. You might ask David Goldfarb to chime in on this as he is a professor at a university in New York (sorry, David, the exact institution slips my mind at the moment).
     
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    veriwide, I've been trying to get a stable and complete darkroom going for over 10 years and my Deardorff 8x10 going for over a year. I'm finally getting close with a large darkroom room with equipment nearly finished. I have everything I need for my 8x10 now except a bag and tripod! (a few additional lenses can wait). The bag will be here any day, and I'm still shopping for the tripod. It's looking like everything will come together at once. I'm taking a week off early next month and plan to work on my darkroom from 9am till 11pm everyday until it's 100% complete. By that time my tripod will show up and I'll be ready to shoot. The first day I take the dorff out is going to feel surreal. :smile:
     
  13. Alex Hawley

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    Hope you enjoy the 'Dorf. In the short time I've had mine its become a trusted companion. Had it out in a town square a few weeks ago - couldn't believe the waves and smiles I got as people passed by. Even the inmates in the County Jail were watching. Maybe they thought I would joining them shortly.
     
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    Good lord what a bunch of maniacs!

    Why do I feel like I'm looking in a mirror?

    Cheers,
    Ian
     
  15. veriwide

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    WOW!!! Did I mention that I bought this sight unseen? My best friend had seen it, and both he and the owner had described it to me, but to put my own eyes, and hands, on it was unbelievable. I put it in my f64 pack, and away we went.

    Stay tuned, photos to come...
     
  16. JohnArs

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    Hi

    My 8x10 is just on the way to me, as Swiss I got a 8x10 back for my Sinar and it will come thies week.
    I only get my filmholders not bevor 2 weeks thats very hard!