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    v11 deardorff or chamoix 16x20 camera?

    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

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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....

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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



 

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