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    Backpack and tripod advice please:)

    Hey guys, I picked this up for peanuts today. My current backpack and tripod are not really up to the task - any suggestions?
    I really only wanted the 19 inch rd artar on it but had to take it all
    It's one of those days
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    Hummmmmm??????? Mule comes to mind, but you might have a hard time getting it to stand still long enuff to take a pic!

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    For a tripod, you might mount a trailer hitch on a bull bar on a Ford F550.

    Not sure on the backpack. Have you considered a small dirigible?
    Jerold Harter MD

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    I have a tripod which would take it easily, but the combination would make a backpack irrelevant.

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    Nice find. It looks like it's in good shape. Was this a process camera, designed to ride on rails?

    If you want to use it as a portrait camera, I'd look for an old studio stand with two pillars, a tilting stage between them, and a heavy iron base. In the meanwhile, something like a Black and Decker portable workbench might do. I know someone who used one to take his Lotus 20x24" into the field, where the rolling cart was a bit impractical.
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    I was thinking about just leaving it in the back of my truck and composing with the rear view mirror, but I would really like to take it into the backcountry
    Seriously, is there anything useful that can be done with this thing? It has a film holder and the ground glass is
    about 19 inches by 23 inches. I was thinking about making an enlarger, but my space is way to limited. Anyone want to make anything out of it? I just couldn't
    pass up the lens, I have a bad habit of picking up a lot of "stuff" that one day I might be able to do something with. One suggestion by a friend was to make
    a coffee table out of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Nice find. It looks like it's in good shape. Was this a process camera, designed to ride on rails?

    If you want to use it as a portrait camera, I'd look for an old studio stand with two pillars, a tilting stage between them, and a heavy iron base. In the meanwhile, something like a Black and Decker portable workbench might do. I know someone who used one to take his Lotus 20x24" into the field, where the rolling cart was a bit impractical.
    David, I was being a smart a$$. The thing is huge, about 6 or 7 feet long and I would guess about 175lbs give or take. The thing is immaculate however and operates smoothly with cranks in the rear to control front rise/fall and front swing and also has rear tilt. I made a low ball offer for it and to my surprise they said yes
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    I know you were joking about the tripod and backpack, but figuring what you might do with it, other than using it as a process camera, setting it up as a portrait camera could be interesting.
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    Erik,
    That certainly is a nice piece of machinery. I'm really envious. I have been using a Deardorff similar in construction but smaller for over 20 years. Mine was built for 11 x 14 and has an 8 x 10 reducing back on it. Makes an excellent copy camera or macro camera. I built accessory boards to take Cambo backs and lensboards. 5 feet of bellows lets you use long focal length lenses for macro etc etc. Either have fun with it or send it to me. ; )
    Richard

    Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?

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    Erik,
    what part of the world are you in?


    erie

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