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    Brand new to LF: Help w/ these cameras

    HI. I love developing film, both color and B&W. After playing with medium format for a year, I'd like to get in to large format. On my local craigslist, I've found some equipment that meet my budget, could you give me some advice?

    1. Linhof 45s w/ tripod and 3 lens boards, 300$ (no lens, no holders)

    2. Toyo G w/ viewing hood, bellows lens shade, 2 extra lens boards, 1 4x5 Polaroid Film Holder, 18 LISCO REGAL II Film Holders, Wide Angle Bellows and Short Rail. Fujinon 150 5.6 lens. 600$

    3. Sinar F2 w/ lens (waiting to hear which lens). 750$

    4. Camera make unknown (waiting to hear back). Lens is 210mm F5.6. Shutter release cable, 10 film magazines, one polaroid back, film loading bag, and some Illford BW film, some Fuji E-6, and about 10 sheets of polaroid film Type 55 and 54. 500$

    All sellers have confirmed bellows and rest of camera in good working condition. I'm looking for something I can use outside, to setup at the beach or in the mountains, possibly after very light/ short hikes.

    Thank you!

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    For outdoors use at beach and mountains I would recommend a folding field camera like the Tachihara or Shen Hao, or Zone VI. These are less cumbersome and more fun to use, for me than the monorail cameras.

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    Those are all monorail. What are you wanting to do with them?

    I used both a field camera and monorail cameras in the field. The monorails were clumsy not to mention hard to pack any distance from the car.
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    Thanks for your input.

    My first main priority is perspective control. Second is portability.

    I don't have a huge budget for a major setup...just enough to get me started.

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    Everything is portable. It just depends on where you want to go with it. Field cameras will be the most portable. I have a sinar F1 and it is much more portable than my cambo. I started with a busch pressman d. Very portable built like a tank with more perspective control than a graphlex but less part availability. Don't forget to factor in suitable tripod.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    That last deal is going to be pretty sweet. Type 54/55 aren't made anymore and they're kind of awesome. Also, 10 film holders is really all you need. That's 20 shots, and large format is a much *slower* process than, say, small or medium. You'll find that you take more time.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    The UNKNOWN MAKE camera of option 4 is an OMEGA VIEW 450.

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    Sorry to be such a noob, but I need some advice on this ASAP. Are any of these cameras worth the price, or should I hold out?

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    I agree with John that the prices seem a little steep for the current market for monorails, at least for the U.S.
    Depending on the specifics, the Linhof or perhaps the Omega might be the best deals.
    Last edited by bdial; 10-25-2012 at 06:56 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Just throwing in my .02.

    I bought my first LF around 6 months ago.

    Paid 175.00 for a brand new looking Graphlex Graphic View in excellent condition, with a 150mm on it, and 6 film holders.

    Paid 85.00 for a CLA on the lens, and 100.00 for a case to carry all of it in.
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