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    Which 4x5 camera/lens choose? Need advice.

    Hello there, dear forum members.
    I am thinking about 4x5 large format "compact" camera for making negatives for contact printing.
    Want to shooting portraits and landscapes sometimes.
    Upcoming Travelwide looks like a good option, but it is not ready yet.
    So, i am researching about other options and budget needed for such project.
    Thank you for your attention.

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    Hello Dima,

    The Travelwide would be perfect for getting started, when it gets started.
    They have raised so much money for the project, that it might be possible for
    them to get it distributed sooner than expected, I'm being optimistic.

    The next option, if you are looking for a low budget entry:

    A Toyo Omega View Camera, that's on a monorail, a bit bulky, a bit heavy, but usually
    more affordable than a folding field style camera. For landscapes, a 90mm lens would be a great choice, and the 210mm lens are usually available at
    a great price if you're interested in doing portraits. A sturdy tripod, a box of film, some film holders, and a cable release will get started with the basics. and then you can get a focusing cloth, or use a light jacket. Then you can buy, or make a focusing loupe if you decide to get more involved. And you should consider getting a copy of " Using The View Camera " by Steve Simmons.


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    Thanks for reply.
    But Toyo View totally opposite to Travelwide in questions of portability and weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmtry View Post
    Thanks for reply.
    But Toyo View totally opposite to Travelwide in questions of portability and weight.
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    Yes !

    How much were you planning to spend on a 4X5 Package ?
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    Not sure yet, researching about opportunities for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmtry View Post
    Not sure yet, researching about opportunities for now.
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    A few years ago you could put together a great LF package for $300.00 { USD }.
    The Travelwide will most likely spark an increase in price for lenses, and film holders,
    and accessories . . . And stimulate film, and photochemical sales.

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    I don't wish to take away from your enthusiasm, but if you're after the experience of contact printing, you might find 4x5 a touch small and 5x7 much better instead. There are quite a few photographers also here on APUG who produce wonderful work with contact printed 4x5 (and also medium format) negatives, but to me the relatively small print size is quite restrictive: composition comes through of course beautifully, but fine detail might be too small for certain viewers.

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    That Travelwide looks like the front half of a Polaroid Big Swinger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTF III View Post
    That Travelwide looks like the front half of a Polaroid Big Swinger.
    Or Ilford Pinhole camera?
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aron View Post
    I don't wish to take away from your enthusiasm, but if you're after the experience of contact printing, you might find 4x5 a touch small and 5x7 much better instead. There are quite a few photographers also here on APUG who produce wonderful work with contact printed 4x5 (and also medium format) negatives, but to me the relatively small print size is quite restrictive: composition comes through of course beautifully, but fine detail might be too small for certain viewers.
    It's easy enough to make digital negatives at larger sizes for use as contact prints from 4x5" negs.

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