v11 deardorff or chamoix 16x20 camera?

Discussion in 'Ultra Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by phillip2446, May 18, 2013.

  1. phillip2446

    phillip2446 Member

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    hi

    i wanted to get some insight from you all
    in a few months, i will be moving up to a larger format
    right now, i shoot with an 8x10 deardorff.
    i plan on going to a v11 11x14 deardorff or 16x20 chamoix view camera (which will also allow me to do 11x14)
    i shoot portraits in studio and on location
    i wanted to get the pros and cons going either way
    if i could get some input, that would appreciated.
    right now, the money will be the same for both cameras so that should not be an issue with this

    thanks

    phil
     
  2. johnielvis

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    The pros and cons are obvious. It's a question of what you know you want to do. If you want the 16x20 option, then the decision is made. Since you're considering it, you obviously want the 16x20 option. Get what you want. Will it be as good as the deardorff? In some ways it will not be as good. In some ways it will be superior. It all depends on how you use it what what you consider to be important. You cannot find out what you consider important until you start using one or the other. Either one will be lacking in something the other has. You will adapt to either machine in time, don't worrry about it.
     
  3. Simon Howers

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    I own both makes which I use in my business. In terms of handling both types are excellent. The reason I bought a Chamonix was purely weight. I work landscapes so I have to carry my gear - the Chamonix is literally half the weight so no contest. If I'm working indoors, for example I recently did a job at a local museum, then I take the Deardorff.

    Simon
     
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    New here and just found your thread,if you are still looking for a solution I'd like to share a remedy use by a place I worked some time back.
    We needed an 11x14 sized copy camera to replace the 8x10 we were currently using.Utilizing an 11x14 back we already had, we added a box to the rear of the 8x10 about 10" deep and a little over 11x14 to accept the larger back. The copy camera didn't need back corrections and I'm pretty sure your portrait camera won't either, it looked a little strange but we used it for years.It was an inexpensive answer to our problem and made my boss happy....
     
  5. Len Middleton

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    Phil,

    If you are not looking for a second hand Deadorff V11, but a new one instead, you might want to do a little Google research before putting your deposit down.

    Might be easier, but more frustrating to buy someone else's position in the queue...

    No experience in the situation, but there is a lot of noise out there.

    Hope that hlps,

    Len