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    Ari
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    Pros and Cons of Toyo 810M...

    ...versus the Kodak Master 8x10.

    I currently use and love the KMV 810; while not perfect, it is almost perfect, at least for me.

    Relatively light, lots of movements, ample extension, and very sturdy.

    And it's easy to fix; I bought one in rough shape, but have since worked it into a much more precise (and prettier) camera.

    Drawbacks include age (in relation to condition, not age per se), unavailability/high price of lens boards, few precision movements.

    Three of my past 4x5s have been Toyos, and I have a healthy admiration for the G-series; they are very well-built, if somewhat, um, corpulent.

    Can anyone fill me in as to the quirks, pros and cons of working with a Toyo 810M?

    I'll be considering a switch later on, but I'd like to be a little better informed as to the trade-offs.

    I shoot portraits and architecture.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Michael Kadillak can give you a direct comparison since he made the same switch. If I could afford one, I would probably switch too for the same reasons. It is much heavier, nearly or at, 18 pounds. That's roughly 50% heavier. The biggest problem I have with my Kodak is the lensboard, but since I got a Sinar recently for 4x5, I put my lenses on Linhoff boards and use an adapter. I will probably do the same with the Kodak and just make an adapter for the Linhoff boards. They go for $20 or less on eBay as opposed to $100 for Kodak boards.
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    Thank you, Gregory.
    I've sent Michael a PM.



 

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