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    Usually if someone is interested in shooting ULF, it's because they are wanting the sharp detail and tonal range from a ULF negative. Personally, I don't consider doing a pinhole camera that takes 11x14 paper a "ultra large format camera".

    He posted this in the forum about ULF cameras...not pinhole cameras.

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    There is some middle ground between a pinhole and a $2000.00 camera in 11x14. If you are patient you can probably easily find an 11x14 camera for less than 2k and maybe alot less if it needs small repairs. I've seen 11x14's go for under 1000 in need of minor repairs and some people have gotten them for much less than that.

    Film holders for 11x14 aren't cheap but antique wood ones can sometimes be found for a decent price if you are patient and look. I bought 6 11x14 holders for $150.00 about 2 years ago. I got lucky and would expect to pay 75-150 for an antique wood 11x14 holder. Keep in mind that antique wood ULF holders almost always need a little work to be tight.

    Lenses for 11x14 are also pretty easy to find and inexpensive if you can deal with barrel lenses. You can find anything from wide angles to longer process type lenses for 100-200ea in barrel.

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    My general thought is that an 11x14 camera might be worth cobbling together in various stages, starting with a cardboard pinhole camera and then turning it into a real quality camera over time.

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    Look here...If your interested in shooting 11x14 camera, don't fart around and waste time with making cardboard cameras and buying pieces of garbage here and there. Just get a credit card, do some wise shopping for a used 11x14, 2-3 holders and a decent barrel lens. On top of this, you will also need an 11x14 contact printing frame (or large, thick piece of glass) and anything else you will need in your darkroom.

    Shooting an 11x14 sheet of paper in a cardboard box is not going to tell if you like shooting with an 11x14 camera, or even if you can visual photographs in that size! The only way to do this is to actually TRY!

    If your smart with your purchases, you can do everything for under 2,000.00, and if for some reason shooting 11x14 camera is not for you...turn around and sell it all for the same price you paid! Heck, you might even make a profit!

    If you need some help finding stuff, just let me know.

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    I agree with Ryan--if you want a beater--a beater is what you''ll get--as my Jim Galli has decided--he wants a real 11x14--no playing around any more. Well I happen to have a DD V-11 (I posted those pics just to tease Jim as they are sooo hard to get) but I also have 2 more 11x14's---I have a Wisner 11x14 Traditional in "as-new" condition as never used--A very very nice camera and a big old black Folmer-Schwing 11x14 that I bought locally for $500 that has boo-coo's of accessores from the 11x14 format back down to 5x7 and takes a big 9 inch lensboard which is a plus in iteself as neither the V-11 nor the Wisner will accept that Giant Dallmeyer 6D that I have----I don't need three 11x14's--if interested the 11x14 Wisner can be had for about 3 grand plus shipping and I'll include a good film 11x14 Holder--no junk and it is a first rate camera--the V-11 is not available and as Jim Galli well knows they are really hard to find and expensive----Wisner pics upon request !!
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    Been wanting to make a smart-ass comment to Joseph all day but the post comment section of the classifieds seems to be broke. Jos has had twice as many people visit his ad as have visited my WTB.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Hrm.

    Interesting. So, how interchangable are the bits going to be? Do I have a reasonable expectation of getting any 11x14 lens and not needing to spend a bunch of time and/or money figuring out how to properly mount it? The idea of building some of it myself over a long span of time sounds rather appealing. Or the idea of having a functional camera at all times, even if it's just a pinhole or an 11x14 lens on an 8x10.

    Because just being careful about picking up the bits involves having a stack of useless gear for some span of time. That's just not very fun for me.

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