Take a look at these very HUGE cameras.
“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
We are monkeys with money and guns.”
― Tom Waits
That was when you actually had to think before taking a photograph. I wonder how many of those guys took pictures of their meals with those beasts, to show their friends
Massimo Marinucci - L'Arte della Fotografia
I enjoy looking at those cameras.
...I want half of those cameras!
They were the really skilled ones not like some of today point and shoot characters who don't know the difference between an 'F' stop and a bus stop.
I have two Graflex SLRs and two Graphic press cameras. They're a lot of fun to use and practically bullet-proof. One of my Graflexes is 82 years old and still going strong.
A collector in San Francisco has a few Graflex SLR's listed on Craigslist if you are interested including a 5x7 press Graflex.
Take a look at this one one Etsy.
I miss those Linhof Formgrips...