Unplanned Cheap G.A.S

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by markbarendt, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. markbarendt

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    Life is amazing.

    I'm now in the LF club.

    At my camera club meeting tonight I picked up a Calumet 4x5, with dark cloth, changing bag, 2 cable releases, 12-15 film holders, 50 sheets of Provia 100, and a Linhof Schneider-Kreuznach Technika Symmar 1:5,6/150 1:12/265.

    $100, hope I didn't get taken. :D

    Behind the lens board on the barrel it's marked 12/265. All the 12/265 markings are in green and the 5,6/150 stuff is in white.

    What have I really got?
     
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    You got taken. It's no good. Send it to me and I'll give you $150 for it. :wink:
     
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    Hell of a good deal.Iv'e got the same lens. Its normal for a 4X5, and has fare coverage of 4X5. My lens is not a technica,but does have the option of either focal lenth.
     
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    Fare coverage on a 4x5 beats full coverage on 35mm right? :wink:

    I thought MF would be my step up from 35mm, silly me.

    Well off to bed to dream very big dreams.
     
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    It's a convertible lens. Use the full lens and it's a 150. Take off the front [I think it's the front on the Symar] and it's the longer focal length.

    If the camera is in good shape just the camera is worth about what you paid. So all the other stuff is a bonus :tongue:
     
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    You got taken.... it will cost you much more if you start LF, you should immediately forget about it ;-)
     
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    Good morning,

    Ahh the dreams...

    Yeah, when the deal came up last night I was thinking Oh Sh.. my enlarger and developing tools all stop at MF.
     
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    Just wait till you get addicted, then they stand ready with a 8X10 costing you BIIIIG $$$$$$ Thats the way those LF pushers work :D
     
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    To be serious: you are one lucky guy ! Congrad's !

    $100,- for the kit ? It is a criminal steal..... money verry well spend.
    Welcome to the LF club.

    Peter
     
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    I like your tag line.

    My wife likes 11x14 prints but she's starting to think larger, hmmm...
     
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    How would you like to pay for the 4x5 enlarger you'll be buying from me?:D:D
     
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    My wife bought a lotto ticket Wednesday, we haven't checked the numbers yet, would you consider a trade? :wink:
     
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    Nothing personal, but why would I want a wife when I am a free agent?

    I get home at night and

    1. I know when to take out the trash.
    2. I am no longer stupid.
    3. I am always right.
    4. Life is wonderful.
    Steve
     
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    :D LOL
     
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    As long as I listen to my wife and do what she says all 4 points are true for me too.

    When I listen especially well she tells me to go get the checkbook and buys me a 4x5.
     
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    On a more serious note I'm not quite ready for the enlarger just yet, but what can I expect to pay if I'm patient?
     
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    Check Craigslist often. At times you can find an old Omega D for free or under $50.
     
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    Or you can do what those of us who do not have the space for a 4x5 enlarger do and contact print them. I print my 35mm as 4x6", I print my MF as 5x5", and I contact print my 4x5". I have had 3 4x5 enlargers offered to me in the past year, but I have no space for one in the small bathroom I use as a darkroom.
     
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    Contacts are great and I'll probably start there.

    My daughter though will be going off to college this fall so space will be growing.
     
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    You are already at a cross roads. Buy the enlarger (out here in the bay area a MX45 goes for around 125 bucks) or do contact prints. Trade that puppy in on a 5x7 camera, a 191mm Commercial Ektar and some bigger developing trays.

    Nah, have a good time, learn if you like LF or not, contact print (and try Cyanotypes) and be prepared to be amazed.

    tim in san jose