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    WTB: Cheap 4X5 View - Cambo, B&J, Calumet, Toyo, whatever

    Looking for a cheap 4X5 view - good bellows important, or at least repairable with liquid electrical tape / silicone. Something in the $100 range. Looking for use here at the house only. Shoot me a PM or email if you have one laying around you are not going to be using and need to be rid of. Cosmetics not important at all, just functionality.

    Thanks!

    Oh, and I would prefer not to pay a huge amount for shipping so cheaper the better...
    Last edited by photobizzz; 04-02-2010 at 12:00 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: added "WTB"
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    since you just purchased that 45a, you might want to look at getting a reducing lensboard adapter, so you can adapt the lenses from your 45a to your rail camera(whatever you get).

    just another thing to think about

    -Dan

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    Good idea, will save me from buying another set of lens boards and having to switch the lenses. I will check one out if I do get a monorail. From looking on eBay I think I can find a cheap (and definitely not small) monorail for about $100, I am watching one on eBay that is ending tomorrow with a Rodenstock 210mm.
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    I have a Calumet in very nice condition. Ground glass intact, bellows are good. Rails are good. No film holders, but there is a lens board. It's a bit bulky, as expected. How about $50 + shipping (from Pennsylvania)?

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    I've got a wooden one with extension rail and gridded/clipped ground glass (uninstalled at the moment). Not sure of a lens board, but they are easy to get from the guy on Ebay for less than $10 anyway. Rubberized sort of bellows, light tight, gathering dust in the closet... $65 shipped in CONUS? I think the ground glass cost me $25 and it's never even been installed yet. Cheers, Richard

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    Calumets are great!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    Calumets are great!
    I must concur...

    Before I dove into the LF pool, I dreamed of sleek and sexy Cambos and Sinars and majestic Centurys, but then a friend offered me a CC400. There are those who will tell you that it is a dog of a camera, that it is not a precision instrument... But it's got virtually every movement you need, (except rear rise/fall, which you can accomplish in other ways) and they are well built and light tight, sturdy and dependable.

    Oh, and the important thing... It works the way a view camera should, and I like the pictures I get from it. (that is the most important thing) If/when I decide to upgrade my kit, I will have no regrets about the time I have spent learning the ropes on this workhorse.

    Plus, I'm getting really buff lugging it around. People are starting to ask me if I've been working out. Seriously, it is really heavy and bulky. Definitely not for hiking or airports. It broke my heart to leave it at home when I visited Arizona last month.

    Cheers,
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    I totally plan on leaving this bad boy here at the house, I have the Toyo 45A for hiking. Sending PM...
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    Thanks for all the offers, I have decided to go with an old Gundlach 4X5 wooden camera, not the newest of the bunch by a long shot but has plenty of bellows draw and after I clean her up and polish the hardware it will be functional and pretty! Price was right too, Thanks Richard!
    "A picture is a poem without words"
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