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  1. snaggs

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    My baby arrived. Very nicely made, and very inexpensive all considered! Post a picture of yours!

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    Well, I know I should have one. Don't they need paying for somehow? Or can I get my Doctor to prescribe one?

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    Badger Graphics is virtually giving them away! $1295 including lens, double darks, shutter cord. The quality of construction really blew me away.. I assumed because it was inexpensive it would be cheap!

    Daniel.
     
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    Your right Daniel, at that price they are remarkable value. Did you get stung for import duty ?

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    Will you buy me one? :smile: a 5X7
    Looks great. Con gratulations
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    In this case I did, since they insured it and the value was stuck on the outside of the box!!! Oh well.. it was only A$280. So I had the whole thing landed for like A$2500, with a 210mm Sironar-S.. compared to prices here.. I got the lens for a good price with the camera for free!

    Daniel.
     
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    I've had one of those since 1985. I now use it as a variable focal length pinhole camera, since I now use an Arca-Swiss for 4x5 work.

    Here's the Apo II Pinhole/Zone Plate Shutter I bought, if you are interested (scroll down to find it on this page): http://www.pinholeresource.com/agora/agora.cgi?xm=on&product=Cameras

    Good luck with your camera.

    I hope you'll add an 8x10 camera soon.
     
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    All right, here's two of mine. Not the same design - at all!
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    Speed graphic, with iris lens board and a Perken Rayment Son "Optimus Portable 5x4" wide-angle lens.

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    The Carbon Infinity, with a 150mm Voigtländer Apo-Lanthar for the occasion.
     
  9. Soeren

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    GRR Stop or Ill have to report this thread and have it deleted out of envy :D
    Søren
     
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    Soeren, given the current US exchange rate.. surely it would only translate to about 8 Euro's or something :smile:

    Daniel.

    BTW : On the screen.. how do I know what 4x5 covers? Is it one square in?
     
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    Daniel, congratulations looks terrific, still scratch free.

    I have seriously looked at this camera but in the base version without a lens, to keep the whole thing under $1,000 AUD therefore keeping it tax free.

    It appears that the freight must have been considerable to incur $280 of duty and tax. Or did this costing include an importing firm to get through customs?

    When you visit Torquay will you be bringing your camera? Wouldn't mind a gander, especially if you are dropping in to check out a very recently purchased 8x10" in Geelong!

    Mick.
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    LOL
    No sorry The US $ is a bit more worth than that and the Danish costum also take their toll, 25% so all in all its not that cheap :sad:

    Søren
     
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    Just don't let Basil carry your gear up to your room. Let Manuel handle it.
     
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    Freight was only US$89, I upgraded to the Rodenstock 210mm Sironar-S lens. Badger are really good in that if you buy their starter kit and want to upgrade the lens, you just take the retail price of the 150-N lens off any other lens.

    Lets catch up when I come to Torquay. Maybe you can show me a good spot for a sunset photo?

    Daniel.
     
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    Que?
     
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    I've got the same camera, but rebranded "calumet".. It is a GREAT little camera, lightweight and very stable. I shot with it for 2 years until I got my 8x10, and haven't done anything with it since then. Someday I'll get my hands on an enlarger so I can put it to good use again!
     
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    Pardon me (I am one of the "unwashed" smaller format users),

    I see that the lens is a Rodenstock. I do not see any ID of the manufacturer or model for the camera. Is it a Shen-Hou? Is it the kit that Badger sells for $1345?

    I would like to know if their 5x7 is worth the price as I do have a lead on a 5x7 enlarger.

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
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    What is it? It's very pretty (although a little gaudy).
     
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    Very nice but I prefer lime green...

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    I found out afterwards, that for the European market they make one with stainless steel fittings. However, its not as gaudy in real life when you tend to notice the cheery wood more. It is very "olden days" looking though.

    Daniel.

    PS. It the Tachihara, and Badger do an introduction kit for $1295

    http://www.badgergraphic.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=137
     
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    Torquay: Home of "Fawlty Towers."
     
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    I could post my 20 something year old Zone VI branded Wista DX, but the wood's all scratched and the brass is all pitted.
    Still works fine. Just as long as I remember to retighten all the screws every few months or so.
    Dean
     
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    No babies around my house anymore, but here are Mutt and Jeff.

    Zone VI 8x10 wearing a Fuji W 5.6/300
    Gowland PocketView 4x5 sporting a Caltar II-N 5.6/150

    Vaughn

    PS...Those Tachs are pretty cameras. We have one we check out to students. I have had to replace a couple broken toggles (front swing) and there is a good crack in the wood (no light leak) right above the knob for back tilt. Students certainly test equipmment (and my patience!)
     

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