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    Deardorff 8x10 vs Wilderness 8x10

    Hi all,

    I had a chance to use a 8x10 and I'm so stoked!

    I've narrowed it down to two cameras, a used Deardorff 8x10 and Wilderness 8x10.

    Which one would be better for field backpacking camera probably near my car?

    Deardorff 8x10 is around $1500 decent condition and the wilderness is $2630 new all metal.

    Is all metal camera sturdier? Not sure if it's worth a thousand $ more.

    http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php

    Advice needed!

    Thanks!!

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    Essentially identical in weight. One comes with a built in box, one doesn't. One uses a 4 inch Technika board, one used a 6 inch wooden board. One is new, one has been proven for 70 years. One is about 1500 bucks for a nice kit, one is 2500 bucks for a stripped model with lensboard and case.

    Tough call.

    And no, the Deardorff is extremely solid.

    tim in san jose
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    From the wilderness specs. "Sinar lensboard with linhof adapter"

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    Oh, I see. The aluminum top and bottom pieces are the 6x6 holders.

    Why not just make a 6x6 lensboard?
    Makes no difference. a thousand bucks is still a lotta moola.
    Where ever you are, there you be.

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    Tim, I'm shooting with a Eastman Kodak 2D, so I'm with you on the $1000. As far as the adapter board goes, it could be useful if you had lens you wanted to use on multiple cameras.

    Roger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Thoms View Post
    Tim, I'm shooting with a Eastman Kodak 2D, so I'm with you on the $1000. As far as the adapter board goes, it could be useful if you had lens you wanted to use on multiple cameras.

    Roger
    Have you used a Deardorff before?

    Get under the hood of one of these and you'll understand... they put all the controls exactly where they need to be without looking.

    Amazing camera.

    BTW, I live in the south bay if you ever need to look at one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter View Post
    Have you used a Deardorff before?

    Get under the hood of one of these and you'll understand... they put all the controls exactly where they need to be without looking.

    Amazing camera.

    BTW, I live in the south bay if you ever need to look at one.

    tim in san jose
    Yes, it's a very intuitive camera designed by and for photographers. For the cost of the Wilderness you can get a V8, a lens, some filmholders, film, a tripod....
    and if you get tired of 8x10 you'll be able to sell it on and break even.

    Chinese aluminium & plastic crap vs Chicago mahogany craftsmanship... it's a no-brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter View Post
    Have you used a Deardorff before?

    Get under the hood of one of these and you'll understand... they put all the controls exactly where they need to be without looking.
    Unless, of course, you're Ansel Adams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Chinese aluminium & plastic crap vs Chicago mahogany craftsmanship... it's a no-brainer.
    Speaking of no-brained, nice racist slur there.

    If it's "aluminium & plastic crap", why does it matter where it's built? What led you to add where it's made, ignorance, Xenophobia or a pinch from both pots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJH View Post
    Unless, of course, you're Ansel Adams.
    Who?
    Where ever you are, there you be.

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