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    4X5 Sinar F's

    Anybody know a website dedicated to the Sinar F camera and its' various incarnations, F, F1, F2, and what this evolution represents?
    I'm not prepared to buy one, just tire kicking and trying to decide what the differences may be.

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    I think the main difference between the F and F1 is that the F has it's tilt/swing calculator on the side of the rear standard bearer, so that you have to tilt your head to see it, while the F1 has a rotating drum type scale that you can see more easily from the back of the camera.

    The F2 has that plus micrometer focus on the front standard, I believe, while the F and F1 do not. I think the F2 standard may also be a bit more robust. The F and F1 front standard can be overtightened easily and broken. It's also easy enough not to overtighten it, if you don't handle the camera like a gorilla.

    It is possible to mix and match F and P parts so you can have cameras with various combinations of front and rear standards. A camera with a P rear standard and F front standard is a C. The P has asymmetric tilts and swings instead of a calculator, so if you have a C, you can use the asymmetric tilt/swing feature on the rear standard to determine the best angle for the plane of focus, then transfer the tilt/swing to the front standard using the protractor scales, and zero the rear standard so you don't get the distortion associated with rear movements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    The F and F1 front standard can be overtightened easily and broken. It's also easy enough not to overtighten it, if you don't handle the camera like a gorilla.

    It is possible to mix and match F and P parts so you can have cameras with various combinations of front and rear standards.
    Almost by accident I acquired some Sinar F parts which became enough to assemble a camera. These included two Sinar F1 rear standards, one of which I used as a front standard to avoid the possible weakness of a "genuine" front standard.



 

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