Price Seem Fair?

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  1. jono

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    Hello, I am thinking about purchasing some LF equipment to get started, and was looking for some feedback, as to whether this is a fair deal, whether it's all necessary, and perhaps what else I may need. Thanks for your time.

    wista dx vista VI, excellent shape ($760), Beattie brightscreen ($80), Cambo 45 degree view hood ($135),210/5.6 Schneider Symmar-S normal lens ($300),10 Fidelity Elite Double Cut-Film Holders ($180).

    It all totals around $1600. What are your thoughts? thanks!

    I posted the same in the "welcome new members" section, but wanted some more feedback. Thank you.
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Sounds a bit on the high side.

    You don't need the Cambo view hood, Wista's own screen is excellent so a Beattie screen's not needed, and a 210 is quite a long lens for a standard, a 150mm is better. The dark-slides are also expensive.

    I've been using a Wista 45DX since 1986 and they are nice cameras

    There's better bargains to be had for a complete 5x4 kit.

    Ian
     
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    I agree with Ian except for the lens. If you are going to have only one lens, the 210 will be the MOST versatile.
     
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    I just bought Shen Hao as a kit for a bout $1600 [NEW], including all or most the accessories to start, it is included with a Rodenstock APO Sironar N 150mm, not a bad kit to start with.
     
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    The holders seem expensive. I know of some that I suspect are in great condition for $10 apiece. I can't comment on the price, but the 210 mm lens is my favorite. In fact, for the first year of LF photography a 210 was the only lens I owned. That is a personal choice though. 150 works best for Ian, it might for you as well.
     
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    Don't forget that you will need a sturdy tripod, a decent loupe and a focusing cloth. I would also go with the 210 lens. Film holders are about $30 new so if those are not in the greatest shape maybe the seller will cut the price a little. He/she may not want to break-up the package so if the hood and screen are not needed you may be able to trade or sell them.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    Were I buying it here in the US I would consider it too expensive. I wouldn't pay more than $600 for a Wista in excellent condition. One can find excellent 210mm lenses for $200 or less and film holders for $5-$10 each without trouble. The price on the Brightscreen seems reasonable to me and in my experience (with other cameras, not the Wista) is worth it. I don't like and don't use hoods, so won't comment on the price there.

    Mike
     
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    yes i think the price is a bit high as well, a 210 fujinon in great condition sold a couple of weeks ago here on apug for 190.00, the holders seem pretty expensive as well, not sure if thats a good deal on the camera or not, but i bought my shen hao about a year ago brand new for around 650, i think i would shop around a bit longer.
     
  9. John Kasaian

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    It also sounds on the high side to meas well. Give Jim at Midwest Photo a call and see what kind of used kit he can get you into for quite a bit less than that price.